Review: Lego Star Wars 75013 Umbaran MHC (Mobile Heavy Cannon)

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Post by brickitect on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:06 pm

This is the biggest set (in terms of parts count) in the first wave of 2013 SW sets. The "actual" vehicle appeared in the "Clone Wars" cartoon series.
Although not appearing in the movies, I think this may become an iconic SW set.

Name: Umbaran MHC (Mobile Heavy Cannon)
Set Number: 75013
Pieces: 493
Price: $109.90
Minifigs: 4
Theme: Star Wars
Year of Release: 2013


Front of box
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The box front shows the 2013 theme for SW sets with a green band on top and Yoda at top right corner.

The Figs
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At the bottom right of the front box and side of box shows the four minifigs included:
Ashoka Tano
212th Clone Trooper
Umbarans soldiers x 2

Back of box
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The back of box shows the several play features of the MHC: opening front and back panels, cannon that can both rotate and elevate.

The Contents
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Opening the box, you will find the parts separated in 3 numbered bags, one instruction booklet and one sticker sheet.

The Manual
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The manual is just one booklet. The first page shows what each bag will build:
Bag 1: Minifigs and main body
Bag 2: 6 legs
Bag 3: 6 feet and the cannon

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And the usual parts list at the last few pages.

Building

Bag 1

Bag 1 starts with the minifigs
Ashoka Tano
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The fig comes with a double printed head: one side with happy expression, the opposite side is angry expression.

212 Clone Trooper
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The clone trooper’s head is printed even though the face is completely covered by the helmet. I would prefer Rex as he also appeared in the episode of “Battle of Umbara” which the MHC appeared in.

Umbara Soliders
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Both look the same although I don’t think they are clones in the cartoon

Weapons:
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Too bad the light sabre handle is not chrome like it was long time ago.

MHC body
Rest of bag 1 builds the MHC body

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The front headlights which are new parts I believe

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Bottom side has two rifles attached.

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Front "bulb" window attached

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With the back panel attached, bag 1 is completed

Bag 2:

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The side panels attached with stickers. There is difference between left and right side panels, remember the blue triangular "eyes" of the sticker should be facing front.

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First stage of leg

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Second stage and the “drumstick” is completed

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Now repeat 5 more times, attached to body and bag 2 is completed

Bag 3:

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Bag 3 starts with the "feet" of the MHC, repeated 6 times

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The final steps are the building of the cannon and the MHC is completed, yea!

Conclusions:
Plus points: many new parts and great design, the six legs are very sturdy
Minus points: stickers as usual, mainly because of alignment and may peel off in future.

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Major design fault: the pilot can hardly see out of the cockpit

The Ratings

Value: 4/10 - As usual SW sets are way over priced locally when compare to US RRP
Design: 8/10 - Except for the small cockpit window, I find it rather good
Minifigs: 6/10 - As mentioned before I would prefer Rex to be included and at least one more Clone Troopers
Playability: 9/10 - Lot of play features, but it would be perfect if it has included some light or sound bricks for effects
Parts: 9/10 - Many new parts, and great colour combination overall
Overall: 7.2/10 - Worth buying during sales


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Post by ChrisLim on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:46 pm

Nice review! I built this set too, to allow the pilot to see thru the cockpit, u can modify the cockpit and remove the 2 pc of 1x3 tiles, this will allow the pilot to be seated lower and let him see outside. Cool
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Post by maxximo on Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:24 pm

Thanks for the review .... looks great ...

Cheers.
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Post by brickitect on Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:40 am

ChrisLim wrote:Nice review! I built this set too, to allow the pilot to see thru the cockpit, u can modify the cockpit and remove the 2 pc of 1x3 tiles, this will allow the pilot to be seated lower and let him see outside. Cool
Good idea!

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Post by stitchx0003 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:37 pm

Like the picture for the completion of pack 2. Looks like some squashed bug. haha... Good review.
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Post by brickitect on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:36 pm

stitchx0003 wrote:Like the picture for the completion of pack 2. Looks like some squashed bug. haha... Good review.
Thx. Actually that's how it appears in the instruction too, except I place it right side up. Now that you've mentioned, it does looks like squashed Laughing

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Post by kiddocoo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:16 pm

Thanks for the review Smile

Now i know which set Ashoka Tano come from.
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Post by brickitect on Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:58 am

OT: Someone build a real working walker:


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Post by blooed on Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:57 pm

brickitect wrote:OT: Someone build a real working walker:


This look like the lego version!
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Post by miloverynice on Wed May 01, 2013 10:30 pm

brickitect wrote:OT: Someone build a real working walker:


Wah that is awesome!

Nice review too! =)
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Post by brickitect on Wed May 01, 2013 11:39 pm

miloverynice wrote:

Nice review too! =)
Thanks, need to improve on my photo shooting

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