Back-to-back LEGO Star Wars reviews on the blog? You bet!
You can tell that I’m really impressed by the new wave of Summer 2017 Star Wars sets as I’m following up my review of the Bounty Hunter Battle Pack (which I absolutely loved) with the other set that I’ve been really hyped up for – 75182 Republic Fighter Tank.
The main reason why I was drawn to 75182 Republic Fighter Tank was purely because the set contains one of my favourite Jedi Masters – Aayla Secura!
She’s legitimately one of the most bad-ass Jedi and I was really happy that LEGO have released a contemporary non-cartoony version in a relatively affordable set. The last time Aayla Secura was available in a LEGO set was way back in 2010’s 8098 Clone Turbo Tank, so it’s about the right time to get an updated version. Bonus points for it being in a fairly inexpensive set!
Let’s jump straight into the review of 75182 Republic Fighter Tank!
Name: Republic Fighter Tank
Set Number: 75182
Price: AU$44.99 | US$24.99 | £19.99 – Buy from LEGO.com [AUS] [USA] [UK] [Amazon]
Exclusive to: N/A
Theme: Star Wars
Release Date: 1 June 2017
Yes, this set is from the prequel era but I’ve had a recent change of heart when it material from that era. Firstly, I’ve come to fall in love with the entire era, thanks to the fantastic Clone Wars TV series which I started watching last year, I’ve gained a newly found appreciation for Anakin, the Clones and everything in that period between Episode 2 and 3.
I highly recommend watching it (it’s on Netflix) but be sure to follow the Ultimate Episode Order. I also attribute r/prequelmemes on Reddit for helping me develop a much more light-hearted perspective on the Prequels.
The Republic Fighter Tank is LEGO’s second take on a vehicle (the first version was released in 2008) that has not made an appearance in the Prequel Movies. I think (?) it may have made an appearance in the Clone Wars TV series, but I can’t quite remember for sure.
It’s pretty uncommon for LEGO to take on sets that haven’t had a lot of airtime in the movies or TV series.
Let’s take a look at the 4 minifigures included in the set. Accompanying Aayla is a Clone Trooper Gunner and two Battle Droids. It’s a decent spread and you get all the essential character archetypes that you’d expect from a Clone Wars-era set.
First up is the Clone Trooper Gunner, which is exclusive to this set and a brand new variant of Clone Trooper. The Gunner as his name suggests has a more specialised role and is identifiable by the unique printing on his helmet which has some tan-coloured patches.
The Clone Trooper Gunner’s torso also has a black harness of sorts stretched across his chest. He comes with a blaster rifle which has a short technic pin attached to the tip.
Here’s a look at the Clone’s black printing.
I don’t have the largest collection of Clones, but for those that collect them, the Clone Trooper Gunner would be a fine addition to their collection. I mostly appreciate the fact that we get a unique Clone Trooper in this set, instead of a generic Clone which helps beef up this set’s perceived value.
Also included are two Battle Droids, or Clankers as they are commonly known among the Clone Troopers. They’re your standard issue Battle Droids so there’s nothing particularly new about them. More Battle Droids are always useful as your Jedi Masters are going to need plenty of cannon fodder to mow down.
The star of this set is none other than Aayla Secura, a femal Twi’Lek Jedi Master and General during the Clone Wars. She’s one of my favourite Jedi from the Clone Wars, mostly because she radiated strength and confidence in her fighting skills – her presence whenever she appeared on-screen was always one of calm, power and raw tenacity.
Her minifigure gets a nice upgrade over her first iteration, which had those unnervingly large “anime-eyes” that were present in Clone Wars characters from that era. She’s attired in a simple brown leather tube top and pants.
True to her Twi’Lek roots, she isn’t afraid to show off a bit of skin.
The Twi’Lek’s signature head tentacles are her most striking feature and are covered with brown decorative patterns. Here’s a better look at her headpiece.
Here’s a look at Aayla’s alternate face which has an angry expression. Here, you can also see her back printing. I do like some of the most subtler details such as the lines on her lower back (and midriff) which are rather provocative.
Rounding up her look is her blue lightsaber. As I’m a big fan of Aayla Secura, I’m very happy with how well her minifigure is designed and I’m really glad we get a normal looking minifigure instead of the cartoony one.
Prior to the Republic Fighter Tank being announced, I was this close to picking up the older minifig on Bricklink.
On to the main course, the Republic Fighter Tank itself. Firstly, the tank’s attractive colour scheme which masterfully intersperses dark red, white with bursts of lime green works remarkably well at grabbing your attention.
The build was fairly interesting, as you slowly put all the different parts together. It’s slightly repetitive because of its symmetrical design but it’s just the right length for a short but satisfying build. There are just enough fine details and flourishes to keep you occupied throughout the process, which I really enjoyed.
The tank’s two sloping prongs are visually pleasing, and are just the right length which helps it look quite accurate when compared to the source material. There are two stickers which feature the Republic insignia.
Here’s how the tank looks like from the front. Don’t know if it’s just me, but it bears a very close resemblance to a Clone Trooper helmet.
You can also see the wheels at the bottom, which allow the tank to move. When rolling the tank on a hard surface, the lack of friction makes it quite an unsatisfying experience – rubber wheels would’ve been a slight improvement to improve the playability of it.
From the back, the Republic Fighter Tank has a small compartment which you can use to store ammo/studs. The use of pearl silver rapiers for the antennae were also a pretty clever touch and I appreciate the use of this non-traditional element.
For weaponry, the Republic Fighter Tank’s two laser cannons can swivel at an angle which gives it an extra bit of playability. The cannons are just the right length and fit the overall scale of the tank well.
Attached to the cannons are also white stud blasters – these are fairly uncommon and it’s my first time coming across them. They look so much better in white compared to the usual black variants.
This photo above best illustrates my favourite thing about the Tank. I really like the layers of plates that cascade down the main section of the tank. The mix of plates, tiles and studs make it look like there’s a lot going on and represents a very smart use of texture and edges to add detail to the model.
The hatch opens up so that you can access the tank’s interiors. There’s a small handle that the Clone Trooper can grasp to pop its head out like the photo above. It’s quite a tight fit inside and getting the Clone Trooper to grip the bar is quite a tricky feat.
The inside of the hatch is spectacularly tiny, and there isn’t much wiggle room. You can see a printed control panel which was a nice surprise. There is also a set of control sticks inside which cleverly use a black bucket handle.
What I liked:
- Aayla Secura is a big upgrade over her predecessor
- The Republic Fighter Tank is well designed and has an awesome colour scheme
- Tank has plenty of nice playable features
What I didn’t like:
- Interior of tank is quite small
- The wheels could use more grip
Final thoughts: I’m very happy with 75182 Republic Fighter Tank. The vehicle’s terrific design is accentuated by the attractive colour scheme benefits from being perfectly sized. It’s neither too big nor too small, and all the elements such as the two forward prongs, cannons and even antennae are all just the right size.
Despite being a relatively small build, the tank doesn’t skimp on details – there are plenty of nice layering techniques and aesthetic details which give it a very modern look – all of which are squeezed into a compact design which helps make it an easy piece to display.
There’s not much to complain about the tank – the wheels could be improved to boost playability, but as an adult collector, this small flaw doesn’t phase me too much.
The minifigure line-up is solid – you can always use more Battle Droids and the exclusive Clone Gunner Trooper is a great new variant for Clone Trooper collectors.
Aayla Secura steals the show with her fantastic design which trades in the cartoony eyes of her predecessor for a more elaborate printing on her torso and legs. Fans who have been awaiting a proper Aayla Secura minifigure are finally rewarded for their patience in stunning fashion.
For a AU$45/US$25 set, the 2017 version of the Republic Fighter Tank ticks all the boxes of a decent LEGO set. I feel like it’s fairly priced, especially if you can get it as a discount (which you should) and it’s one of those sets where the minifigures and model both pull their weight to produce a very satisfying LEGO Star Wars experience.
Obviously if you aren’t a massive Clone Wars-era fan, the set’s appeal might be slightly diminished, but can you really resist the allure of the best Aayla Secura minifigure yet?
Thanks for reading! It was really fun diving back into LEGO Star Wars reviews. It certainly helps that the sets released in this Summer 2017 wave are of a high calibre and I have the Darth Vader Transformation set in my sights for my next Star Wars review.
Tell me what you think of 75182 Republic Fighter Tank in the comments below – will Aayla Secura sway you to pick this one up, or are the better options currently on the market?
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Chris Neufeld says
Sorry, tried to post this but it wouldn’t, do this comment will be a bit rushed. Basically, I’m 13, have 100 bucks (almost), want to spend half-to-three quarters of it on some Awesome LEGO, because I love LEGO but haven’t bought any in quite a while. I want a Jay minifig to complete my ninja collection, and maybe a big fig. Also that pizza van (I mean truck) is an idea. Should I get killow vs. Samurai x? Or what? I want to get multiple sets of possible. Price limit is 75$ us. Please reply? Any ideas?
Chris Neufeld says
Wow! Sounds good! I think it looks very good too. I hope to buy the Pizza Van—I mean truck ?— too… haven’t bought many LEGO sets in the past while, so I hope to buy a ton soon. But I have a question:
I am in my early teens and have about 100 bucks and want to spend about half-to-three quarters of it on LEGO since I haven’t for a while. I’ve been using your site as a guide but I’m still not quite sure which I should get, though, again, this and the Pizza Truck are some ideas. What are yours? What should I think about getting? (Just a note: I hope to get a Jay NINJAGO minifig to complete my Ninja Collection, and maybe get a bigfog too…is Killow vs. Samurai X a good idea?)
I reread this review and only now realize you browse prequelmemes too! Cool!! Do you have an account on Reddit?
Haha, it’s a guilty pleasure. Yeah I do, have been on it for YEARS. Try finding me, I lurk on r/lego (obviously), r/sneakers and r/australia 😉
I love lego! says
Can you review yoda’s Jedi Starfighter?
I’m not sure if I have the budget to pick that one up, but maybe if there’s a decent sale!
Um, one of the droids legs are on backwards 😛
Ugh, this happens to me every time! I do this all the time. See this photo from the Advent Calendar: https://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LEGO-Star-Wars-Advent-Calendar-2016-Day-13-So-Far.jpg
I like the inclusion of a minifig with different coloured arms, Lego rarely does that.
Yup! I would’ve loved to see more arm printing, though.
Aayla Secura is definitely my motivation for picking the set up as I rarely collect prequel sets. It sounds like I should watch the Clone War TV series in case it softens my heart to episodes 1-3.
You really should! They’re nothing like the Prequel Movies and really show off Anakin as a Jedi General, as well as his slow descent into the Dark Side. You also get yo know the clones so much better which makes Order 66 so much more impactful!
More Star Wars reviews are always good. I’m torn between this and 75183 Darth Vader Transformation.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this. I think if you had to choose between the two, 75183 wins every time.
Yeah. I’m in a love hate relationship with that set though, I hate the build itself but I HAVE to get it for the figures XD
The tank’s really nice. It’s a really solid overall set. Trust me 😉
(although probably not as good as the Darth Vader Transformation set!)
I love lego! says
The droid’s legs are facing the wrong way?
You know what, this happens to me ALL the time. I remember making the same mistake when I did last year’s SW Advent Calendar too. https://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LEGO-Star-Wars-Advent-Calendar-2016-Day-13-So-Far.jpg
I love lego! says
Hahaha, goes to show we’re all human 🙂
This set looks quite nice. The tank looks nice, and the two minifigures exclusive to this set looks really great, so I’m probably picking this set up after my exams.
You won’t regret it 🙂
bought this set vaders transformation and bounty hunter battle pack the day they hit shelves!
Nice! I’m waiting patiently on a good discount before I spring for the Vader Transformation set.
I am a massive Star Wars fan and I agree the Aayla minifigure is pretty cool.
But for me since Jar Jar Binks and the Prequels nearly ruined Star Wars forever for me, I just can’t watch the clone wars, too many bad memories.
The tank looks pretty well made and it is a reasonable price. But I would only like the Aayla minifigure.
I have the Darth Vader transformation chamber set in front of me. I think I will make it and try to forget about Jar Jar Binks.
RIP Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
It’s painful, but the cartoon series more than makes up for it. Not a lot of Jar Jar too, if that reassures you in any way!
Love, love, love that we are getting an updated Aayla minifig. I think I paid about what this entire set retails for just for the cartoony face Aayla minifig on the secondary market a couple of years ago. The white/dark red with flashes of lime green on the tank does work really well, a colour scheme that has appeared on several previous sets including the UCS Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter (IMO a very underrated set). At the 25%+ discounts we have been enjoying of late this set is a no brainier for me. Great review once again Jay.?
you mean obi wans jedi star fighter?
Yes, my mistake.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the review! Yeah, Aayla is one more off the list for me, I’m planning to pick up Luminara as well off Bricklink when I find the time. All we need is a non-cartoony Ahsoka and Asajj Ventress and maybe a new Plo Koon and I’ll be a very happy man.
Non cartoony Ahsoka and Asajj… we technically have those.
I want Shaak Ti and Ki Adi Mundi.
Non-cartoony young Ahsoka 😉 I have the one from Rebels and she’s one of my fav minifigs!