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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Road to Solo: Royal Starship Repair from Micro Machines: Star Wars Episode I by Galoob
Dimensions: 17 inches long by 8 inches wide
Includes: Ship playset, desert base, mountain, 6 microfigures, Darth Maul w/ Sith Speeder, a Jar-Jar Binks in a chair accessory, hypderdrive unit, playset connector, and two finials.
Year of Release: 1999/ 2000
* The final three microfigures are three droids which the packaging just refers to as R2 units. The guy on the far left is clearly R2-D2 and the other two are R2-R9 (red and white) and R2-B1 (Blue and yellow). I wonder why they left oput R2-N3? They're cool little R2 units although a bit larger than previously released ones. R2-D2 looks a but bulkier because he has a little metal ball bearing in him that helps to trigger an action feature. We'll get to that in a minute, though.
* Rather than a traditional vehicle, the Royal Starship Repair comes with Darth Maul on Bloodfin, his custom FC-20 speeder bike. Darth Maul is not removable and is actually the same model included with Collection VIII and with the Tatooine Desert playset.
original Micro Machines Star Wars playsets that serves as a place for the Royal Starship to land. As far as I can recall the Royal Starship is the only Micro Machines set that features a larger vehicle playset setting atop a smaller one.
* The large mountain in the background is a separate piece that is attached when assembling the set. It adds a bit of a backdrop to the scene and maybe gives a figure a cool place to chill on. You could easily use this base for an Episode IV Tatooine scene if you chose to.
* An interesting feature that Galoob introduced to both the Micro Machines and Action Fleet sets for the Episode I line were these little plastic connectors. The idea was that you could attach multiple playsets together to create a bigger play environment. This piece can attach to four different points on the set.
* The base has one play feature that recreates Darth Maul's attack on Qui-Gon Jinn and Anakin Skywalker. There are foot pegs for Qui-Gon and Anakin and a larger peg for Maul. Once everyone is in place pull the tab located along the bottom edge on the right side of the set and...
* Here's the Royal Starship itself. It's a very cool looking piece. Now, this picture shows off the starboard side of the ship which isn't open. I kind of wish the ship had included a cover so you could make the ship look normal for display, kind of like the earlier Slave I or Rebel Transport Playsets.
* Be careful with the finials on the stern of the ship. They can get warped fairly easily. One of mine came out of the box in excellent shape while the other was bent.
* The Royal Starship locks onto the base and looks fantastic. It makes for a fairly impressive looking scene. Let's take a look at the interior starting with the front...
* The very front of the ship feature's Queen Amidala's mobile thrown room. There is a cool, modern pattern on the floor, three chairs along the starboard side, and a throne with Queen Amidala regally upon it at the front. She isn't removable, which is kind of a shame, but she is wearing her very cool black traveling gown.
* The second room features an interior room of the ship with a table, various consoles and devices, and a sculpted Jar Jar Binks sitting in a chair, asleep. Jar Jar is not removable from the chair.
* Jar Jar's chair does feature a hinged base, allowing him to tip backwards. The chair detaches fairly easily, though, so be careful not to lose it.
* The next room features the slide out boarding ramp, allowing for easy access to the ship. This is a cool feature that works wonderfully.
* When you close the boarding ramp the door from the loading bay to the room with Jar Jar also closes. Extend ramp and the door opens back.
* The next section is fairly large and features two stories. On the bottom story is a rounded compartment that opens up to "hide" a microfigure. There is also an unusual looking ridge on the ground which is where the T-14 Hyperdrive sits. More on that in a moment, though.
* Slide the little gray switch and the rounded compartment opens to reveal a figure. Maybe this is actually the refresher on the ship? Make sure you knock before you pull the switch, I guess.
* On the second floor you have the bridge with who I'm guess is Ric Olie in the pilot's chair. There are a couple other spare chairs hanging around, too.
* The little peg on the floor is activated by the switch seen below the figure of Padme. Sliding the switch causes the figure to move across the floor, turning a bit as well.
* The last room is quite large and features the droid bay where the ship's onboard astromech units hang out. There are two pegs on the floor which R2-R9 and R2-B1 can hang out on, Slide the grey lever and they spin around in circles.
* There is also a working lift between the droid bay and the bridge. A tab slides the lift up and down.
* I particularly love the little harnesses for the astromech units in the droid bay. They fit in there perfectly and look really cool as a group.
* Remember when I mentioned the hyperdrive? When you move the switch in the droid bay that causes the astromech units to spin around you also raise and lower the hyperdrive unit.
* The hyperdrive unit is actually removable! Even though the package states this I wasn't sure it really was. It takes a bit of force but then it pops in and out fairly easily.
* The droid bay features a working lift tube to allow the R2 units easy access to the ship's hull just slide the lever on the left side up...
* And an R2 unit can pop out on the top of the ship. How cool!
* Remember way back at the beginning when I said R2-D2 had a little metal ball bearing inside? That's because there is a magnet inside the starboard hull. Move a switch underneath the hull and R2-D2 can move about the outside of the hull to repair damage, just like in the film when the Royal Starship escapes the Trade Federation's blockade of Naboo!
Interested in more Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker stuff? I've checked out quite a few plastic renditions of Anakin Skywalker over the past few years including smaller Anakins in the Micro Machines Classic Characters pack, the Star Destroyer/ Space Fortress Transforming Action Set, and the first set of Episode 1 Micro Machines, the Black Series Titanium Darth Vader, the 6 inch Black Series Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, the 40th anniversary Legacy Pack Vader, and the Walgreen's exclusive Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath), the Centerpiece Series Darth Vader, the Hero Mashers Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader 2 pack, and the Jedi Speeder with Anakin Skywalker, the Funko POP! Darth Vader [Bespin] #158, and the Hikari Minis Darth Vader.
If you also love Darth Maul, I've reviewed a few other figures of him including the Hero Mashers spider Darth Maul and the Sith Speeder & Darth Maul set, the Black Series Darth Maul, a micro Darth Maul from a set of microfigures from the Episode 1 Micro Machines line, the Rebels POP! Darth Maul, and a Mystery Minis Darth Maul.
If you're craving more Jar Jar Binks, check out my review of the Jar Jar Binks Hero Mashers figure and the Episode 1 Micro Machines Collection III set with a microfigure Jar Jar Binks.
The only other appearance of Queen Amidala/ Padme in any of my reviews is as a non-removable figure in the Micro Machines Naboo Temple Ruins playset.
If you're looking for more R2-D2 reviews then make sure to check out my reviews of the Micro Machines Classic Characters set, the R2-D2 Playset from Hasbro's Micro Machines revival, the Black Series R2-D2, the POP! R2-D2 (Jabba's Skiff) #121, and the Micro Force R2-D2.
The only other Qui-Gon Jinn toy I've reviewed is the Black Series Qui-Gon Jinn.
This is the first set I've reviewed which features the Royal Naboo Starship, R2-R9, R2-B1, and Ric Olie.
If you're looking for more Micro Machines: Star Wars Episode I items, check out the following reviews:
Collection V: Gungans
Naboo Temple Ruins