|Boba Fett. What else matters?|
The skiff comes in at 213 pieces and retails for $24.99 in the US. It's actually a fairly decent bargain when you consider that it comes with four minifigures. You get Luke, Boba, Lando in disguise, and Kithaba. I admit I had to look that last one up. All of them have the high level of torso printing and detail you would expect from modern figures.
Bag one is all about Luke and Boba, along with the brick-built Sarlacc. The dreaded pit of doom that slowly digests you over a thousand years is actually a pretty simple build, with just some shell pieces on hinges and a few little teeth and tentacles to add in details. I guess it's fortunate that the updated cut of RotJ gave the Sarlacc more of a "head." Otherwise, I highly doubt we would be seeing this piece of scenery in LEGO form. He makes a cool feature, but I was not highly impressed with the finished product.
2000 release and is easily three times the size. It has a very cool plank that can swing underneath the deck and the adjustable stabilizing wings on the back make an excellent play feature. The center section of the deck can also lift up for some minimal storage. There are two extra little black blasters included to place in there.
An interesting inclusion is several 2x2 round trans-clear bricks, which are placed on the bottom of the skiff to lift it up a little off the ground. I think this is a great touch by LEGO and really helps to improve the display potential for this set. Of course, now I'm tempted to order a few extra so I can increase the height.
The finished product feels very solid and I can certainly see a lot of play potential here for younger fans. The inclusion of so many great figures makes this well worth the modest price for a small set and I can easily see this being one of the best sellers out of the summer line of Star Wars. Now we just need a re-release of Jabba's Sail Barge. Based on the Tatooine focus in recent OT sets, I'm hoping the wait will not be too long.