As we continue our review of the LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (75290), we now take a look at the set itself and all its glory. We’ve already done a review of the minifigures that are in the set so you can check that out if you desire.
The first part of the build is for the V-35 Landspeeder. This is the first time that this particular ship is in LEGO form. There are two cockpit areas, one in the front that is inside the windshield and one right behind it. Right behind the open air cockpit is the repulsor-field generator. The three thrust turbines in the back uses a really interesting building technique where some smaller windscreen pieces are reversed and the turbines are attached on top of it. Considering that we’ve had many versions of Luke’s Landspeeder that have been released throughout the years, I’m not surprised that it wasn’t featured in this set but LEGO does continue the theme of showing off more obscure things in this set as the V-35 was only seen for about three seconds.
The other smaller build in the set is the Ubrikkian 9000. This ship was in the previous Mos Eisley Cantina set but this version has some slight changes to it. The dishes for it are now black and the stud shooter that is on the side has been removed. It uses angle plates with studs on the sides to give it the round look. There are plenty of stickers all around it to give it more detailing.
We also have a dewback in this set which is the same mold as the 2014 one. It also comes with a saddle that you can replace with the top part of the dewback if nobody is riding it. The reins are a little different from the previous version.
As we get to the Cantina itself, it is split up into three separate sections. The first section is the bar area that goes in between the two larger sections and is attached by some hinge bricks. Although it isn’t large, there is a lot of details that are packed into it. There are plenty of drinks on the back bar as well as on the side counter.
The first large section of the Cantina has three booths each with two seats each. The booths have very little light which is reminiscent of the scenes from the movie. You can easily remove the roof pieces to access the interiors from the top. Along with the chairs are some circular tables as well.
The front entrance has a dome on the top and above the door is a sticker that says Cantina in Aurebesh. The door works as well as it can by using the slider pieces and they are hidden pretty good too.
For the other side of the Cantina, the build is very similar to the opposite side with some slight changes. The left area is for the Cantina band and there’s enough room to fit all three Bith musicians.
The middle booth is where the iconic “Who Shot First” scene happens between Han Solo and Greedo. LEGO actually put in a play feature where you can play out the scene using the two handles on the outside wall to flip the chair of the unfortunate soul who got shot first.
The far side booth also has a couple of seats as well as some smaller chairs parallel from it. Like with the first section, this one also connects to the bar using some hinge bricks and everything stays in place using a pin on the opposite end when you close it up. The back door also uses the same technique as the entrance door.
The last few bags are used to complete the the roof area where there is a large frame that goes on top of the whole cantina as well as some other structures. The back side of the cantina has a pen for the dewback along with some junk. Next to that is a detailed moisture vaporator.
There is a junk shop ran by a Jawa and it opens up using some hinge bricks. Again, it uses the sliding door feature that the cantina uses. The other building is some sort of house complete with tools and cooking utensils. Outside of it, there’s a neat engine that sits inside a crate.
The LEGO Star Wars playsets so far has been pretty much disliked by the community but I feel the Mos Eisley Cantina (75290) is a big step in the right direction. There’s many things in the set to like and some things that aren’t really need that are added as bonuses but is that just bumping up the piece count?
First are the minifigures. There are seven brand new characters that we haven’t seen before in a LEGO Star Wars set. Granted that they are pretty obscure and were on screen for only a few seconds, it’s nice to have them. As I mentioned before in my review, some, if not all, of the new ones probably won’t be in another LEGO Star Wars set for long time.
As for the cantina itself, it’s not a bad model and certainly better than the other Master Builder Series set in the Betrayal of Cloud City (75222). The cantina interior is nicely designed with a good amount of detail. I do like how the bar is set between the two halves using just hinge bricks.
As the exact same price of $349.99, this set has a couple hundred more pieces and the same number of minifigures. The additional parts are used to build the new V-35 Landspeeder as well as the Ubrikkian Landspeeder in addition to the smaller buildings. The inside of buildings aren’t actually shown so we don’t really know what goes on but LEGO has done a decent job imagining what they are.
Thank you to LEGO for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.