In Summer 2012, LEGO released an updated version of the Jabba’s Palace (9516). This set is a more bigger and detailed version of the 2003 Jabba’s Palace (4480). The set contains 717 pieces and retails for $119.99, about $0.17/piece. The box contains seven numbered bags, one bag containing only Jabba, and two instruction booklets with a cardboard backing.
There are nine minifigures in the set: Jabba, Princess Leia in Boushh outfit, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Bib Fortuna, Oola, Gamorrean Guard, B’omarr Monk, and Salacious Crumb.
Jabba is now redesigned with him having a more olive green color for the head and body. He also has a tan colored face. His head can turn a full 360 degrees and the arms can move up and down.
Princess Leia is now dressed in a Boushh outfit when she infiltrates the Palace. The outfit is mostly tan with armor printing on both sides of the torso as well as some printing on the front of the legs. The helmet is a new mold made specially for the Boushh outfit. She has a double-sided head with calm and angry expressions. Leia also has a separate brown hairpiece for when she removes her helmet. Her accessories include a force-pike and a thermal detonator.
Han Solo is the same minifigure as in the one in the Slave I set. The only difference is the head piece. His expressions for his head include a serious look on one side and the other has him with the eyes closed due to hibernation sickness. Han also has the same carbonite piece from the Slave I set.
There is nothing new about Chewbacca. He’s the same minifigure as we’ve seen in previous sets. His accessory includes a pair on handcuffs.
Bib Fortuna has been redesigned a little from the 2003 version. He has a mostly dark blue outfit for the torso and legs with a silver chest plate. He now has a flesh-colored head and hands. His Twi’lek headpiece is also flesh-colored. Bib sports a dark blue cape.
Oola is a brand new minifigure exclusive for this set. She is mostly lime green colored with black net printing for her clothing. She has a double-sided head with a happy expression on one side and a terrified-about-to-be-eaten expression on the other side. Her lekku headpiece is the same as Aayla Secura’s.
The Gamorrean Guard has been updated from the previous version. He has olive green torso and legs. The guard is created with two pieces, much like Chewbacca. The head/torso piece shows him with an angry expression and wearing the uniform shown in the movie. His accessory is a Vibro-ax.
B’omarr is build with mostly black pieces including katanas as legs. The brain is an orange stud in a transparent bowl piece.
Salacious Crumb is also a new minifigure exclusive for this set. He is orange-brown colored with reddish hair and yellow eyes.
The first part of the build is the guard tower and the entrance to Jabba’s Palace and is contained in Bag 1 & 2. The whole part of the area is about four stories tall. The gate door has a sliding mechanism that can be held open by a Technic bar. On the door, there is the droid gatewatcher eye that pops out to interrogate visitors. On the exterior of the entrance, there are a couple of rotating turrets. On the back side of tower, there are some weapon stashes.
Bag 3 and 4 are used to create the base of Jabba’s throne room. Here you build the sliding trap door for the unsuspecting Oola. In Bag 5, you build the “walls” as well as various decorative pieces, including coins, fruits, a hookah pipe, and a frog bowl. There’s also a place for you to put the carbonite-encased Han. For Bag 6, you build the back wall of the throne room and Jabba’s sliding platform which hides the trap door to the rancor pit. The throne sits Jabba perfectly while Salacious Crumb sits on the corner of the platform. The back wall can open up and held in place to the palace by a hinge. The final bag is used to build the palace roof. The usual, almost manadatory flick-fire missile is hidden between the roof pieces. It is easily removable but sits snug on the palace. The guard tower and entrance connects to the Jabba’s throne room by the way of a couple of Technic pins.
Jabba’s Palace is a must have set. The coloring as a whole has a very deserty feel to it and is perfect for the planet of Tattooine. The set took me about 1 hour to build and wasn’t redundant to put together. The overall feel of the palace just looks perfect. Plus, you get a lot of minifigures that are related to the scene in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. On thing that is cool with the set is able to connect with the Rancor Pit (75005). We already have the set and will be doing a review on it too as well as how it looks like after both sets are connected.