In July 2010, LEGO released the Hoth Wampa Cave (8089). The set contains 297 pieces and retails for $39.99 which is about $0.13/piece. The Hoth Wampa Cave reenacts the beginning of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where Luke goes to inspect the droid probe and gets ambushed by the Wampa and wakes up hanging in the cave.
The Hoth Wampa Cave Set includes four minifigures, the Wampa, Luke Skywalker, Zev Senesca, and a skeleton.
The main minifig with this set is the Wampa. It’s mostly white and has two arms that rotate a full 360 degrees. The right hand can hold a chicken leg while the left hand is able to hold a minifig making it seem like it’s dragging him.
Luke Skywalker is in his Hoth attire and has his blue lightsaber. His helmet and goggles is similar to the ones in the LEGO Star Wars Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (8083).
Zev Senesca was the exact figure that was included in the Rebel Trooper Battle Pack.
The skeleton is probably a person killed by the Wampa.
The set consists of two parts, the cave itself and the snowspeeder. Naming it a cave is a little far-fetched because it’s not really a cave. It is nothing more than a small part of the entrance where the scene takes place. Even though it is just the entrance, it is a fairly good build. The cave mainly features Luke hanging upside-down in the middle of the cave. To the right of Luke, there is a rack of ribs of an animal finished by the Wampa. Next to the rack, there is a place for Luke’s lightsaber to fit in appearing to look like it was stuck in the ice. The gimmick here is to press on the plate and the lightsaber flies out to create the illusion of Luke using the Force to recover his weapon.
The snowspeeder is the other part of the Hoth Wampa Cave set and I like it a lot. It can sit the pilot and the gunner if you have another minifig to sit in the back. The windshield can be opened whole or halfway, although opening it halfway may break the piece off if you’re just opening it with one hand. The wings do not move but the converters are able to spin. The main feature of the snowspeeder is the winch on the back. It can be loosened by turning the gear. It is used in conjunction with the AT-AT Walker (8129) to trip up it’s legs.
Overall, the Hoth Wampa Cave is a fairly decent set. It does have two exclusive minifigs of Luke and the Wampa but the size of the cave itself is rather small. The snowspeeder is a nice addition. At $39.99 for the amount of pieces, I would suggest looking elsewhere unless you really want it. Of the 297 pieces of the set, probably a third of it goes to the snowspeeder making the cave a bit smaller making it feel incomplete. If all the pieces went to the cave itself, then it’s a definite buy but right now, it’s an in-betweener.
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