LEGO Star Wars – Jabba’s Palace Set #9516 Review

by admin on September 12, 2012

For me, this was a highly anticipated set: Jabba’s Palace, set #9516. I never had the older version that LEGO released back in 2003, and was never a fan of the older Jabba that didn’t have any printing detail.

This set has a high price tag ($120!!!!) for a mere 770 pieces. But… it is saved by the massive amount of new and unique minifigs. I do realize that it takes a lot of $$$ for LEGO to create new molds for pieces that will only appear in a single set, and that the detailed printing costs money too. Overall, they have outdone themselves in terms of minifig detail.

Here is the box, manuals and set:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The front of the box shows off the new minifigs:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

I’m not sure why, but this bugged me. One manual was landscape, and the other portrait:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Here is the back of the setup. Not too bad!
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The door with the ominous spider droid in the background:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The setup with minifigs:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Overall it does a really nice job of recreating the key scenes in Jabba’s palace:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The has a quasi modular design to it. The entranceway breaks apart, the top comes off, and the back swings out. This will be especially useful when paired with the upcoming Rancor set:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Onto the minifigs. I am quite impressed with the delicate design of Salacious Crumb:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Bib Fortuna and Oola, really great job with the printing on both:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The back:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The Gamorrean Guard is barely able to be called a LEGO piece, since the entire top section is a single molded/printed piece. But… it does look amazing.
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The back:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Boushh looks incredible, I am almost shocked at how good of a job LEGO did with this. Chewie, as usual, is the same old mold:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The back:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Han in Carbonite, and unfrozen with the same face (it’s a double sided head.) Nice to get this in another set – iconic:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Jabba is just amazing, they did such a great job on the mold and printing:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

It’s nice that they allowed him to turn his head so he can slither along, and isn’t just stuck in the “seated” position:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Details right down to his tattoo, which I never knew about until they printed it on this piece!
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Jabba’s back:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

B’Omarr Monk:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

The trap door play feature:
LEGO Jabba's Palace

Overall, an amazing set. I got it for about 20% off via Amazon, which made it an easier pill to swallow, price-wise. But even at $120, you get a lot for your money.

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