Review: Star Wars Droid Escape Pod 
Set Theme: Star Wars | Set Subtheme: A New Hope [Episode IV] | Set Name: Droid Escape Pod | Set Number: 75136-1 | Piece Count: 197 | Number of Minifigs: 4 | Set Year: 2016
The set represents an early scene from Star Wars Episode IV [A New Hope] when the rebels ship, Tantive IV, is being attacked and boarded by Darth Vader along with other members of the Empire. The rebels have obtained plans stolen from the Empire which contain blueprints for a massive, planet-sized super weapon known as the Death Star. The plans are hidden within the astromech droid R2-D2. To escape the Empire and prevent them from obtaining the stolen plans, R2-D2 and his faithful companion, C-3PO, board one of the ship’s escape pods and use it to safely evade the Empire’s grasp. The pod eventually lands on the desert planet of Tatooine, where they encounter many crucial Star Wars characters, including Jawas - of which we receive two in this set.
The build of the set is very straightforward, fast, and simple. You’ll probably be able to assemble this set in around half an hour and be flying the pod around the house with your kids [or by yourself…that’s fun too] in no time. Once assembled, the pod is incredibly sturdy and can certainly stand up to a bit of rough play and air swooshing. The only downside to the set is it’s reliance on large stickers to provide the main details of the exterior of the pod. The middle and main focus point of the pod is assembled using four large ¼ cylinder pieces. Four large stickers are then applied around the tops of each cylinder piece to proved the pods spaceship-like detailing. In no way do these large stickers decrease the play value of the set, but they do create a bit of an eye-sore in the middle of the pod and can take some patience to apply. Although, the trans-neon orange used on the pod’s back engines is great!
THE PLAY FEATURES
The top of the escape pod is attached via hinge pieces which allow the top to open, revealing a nicely detailed interior for the size of the set. The interior of the pod is also large enough to easily house both the C-3PO and R2-D2 minifigs. The build includes two carefully placed jumper studs spaced just right in order to allow R2 to comfortably attach toward the back of the pod. I appreciate the detail of the “window” stickers on each door of the pod. Although their placement does not match the pod in the original film, they do represent imagery seen in the film and adds more detail and play-value to the inside of the pod.
My favorite piece included in the set [and the only printed piece included in the set] is hidden toward the front of the pods interior. What looks like a simple pod dashboard can be pulled up to reveal a 2x2 printed tile containing what is meant to be the stolen Death Star plans. For fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, this is a very cool piece. It stays true to the retro late-70s graphic seen in Episode IV.
One of the best things this set has going for it is the minifigs. You get a great and highly collectible collection of minifigs, including an updated for 2016 version of both C-3PO and R2-D2, and two Jawa minifigs which were previously only available with the very expensive UCF version of the Sandcrawler. Honestly, the minifigs alone are worth the price of this set [$24.99 as of the time of this post].
If you’re a fan of Star Wars, and you’re looking to add to your LEGO Star Wars collection, then the minifigs and the great printed tile containing the Death Star plans makes this set a worthwhile purchase. Also, if you’re looking for a great, swoosh-able and spacey LEGO set for your child, then this set is a good buy for you as well. However, if you’re looking a great set to build and show off on a shelf for display purposes, then you might want to skip this one.
Playability: A | Displayability: C-