The Odd Couple: The Mandalorian & The Child Double Review

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The unlikeliest of father figures looks after a ward that is the elder of the pair as they hunt – and are hunted – their way across the galaxy in order to…

…the pessimistic fanboy might say that The Mandalorian is an attempt to cash in on the cult popularity of Boba Fett and (belatedly) jump on The Child’s bandwagon, while the optimistic Star Wars supporter will recognize that the basic premise of the show’s plot is about positive parenting in the Star Wars galaxy – a subject that Disney desperately needed to address.

As successful as Disney has been with The Mandalorian – it spreads a positive message, it touches on every important aspect of Star Wars, and, perhaps most importantly, it gave the fans something to not argue about – its product push was oddly delayed.

Ignoring the fact that test audience reactions to The Child must have been misplaced, the rollout of tie-in merch wasn’t particularly well planned. Typically, when a movie is launched the associated products are released a month or two ahead of the opening day, and while The Mandalorian was a new enterprise for Lucasfilm and Disney its success was guaranteed from the outset.

Though the initial two sets created by LEGO – 75267 Mandalorian Battle Pack and 75254 AT-ST Raider – did come during the airing of the first season, they didn’t include vital characters and vehicles that fans clearly wanted.

It wasn’t until the build-up to the International Toy Fair in New York that LEGO announced the news that a BrickHeadz The Mandalorian & The Child (75317) and The Razor Crest (75292) would be added to the LEGO Star Wars theme, bringing the set count to four.

75317 The Mandalorian & The Child

Released alongside the Summer Wave on August 1st, one of the most anticipated BrickHeadz of 2020 gave us our first LEGO-ized version of The Child. Combined with a blocky version of The Mandalorian, success of 75317 The Mandalorian & The Child was guaranteed.

Inspire memories of epic Star Wars: The Mandalorian stories with this fun building toy for creative kids, featuring LEGO® BrickHeadz™ versions of The Mandalorian and the Child (75317). Fans will appreciate authentic details such as The Mandalorian’s signature weapons – a blaster rifle and a blaster pistol. The Child has adjustable ears to create happy and sad expressions, and it sits in a hoverpram ‘floating’ on 4 transparent LEGO elements.

Rewarding build, cool display
A great addition to any Star Wars™ fan’s collection, this awesome construction toy is fun to build solo or with friends and family, and each of the buildable LEGO figures has a baseplate to create an eye-catching display.

Top gifts
The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe since 1999. LEGO Star Wars is now its most successful theme offering a huge variety of birthday, holiday and surprise gift ideas to delight all ages.

  • Star Wars: The Mandalorian fans and creative kids will love building their own LEGO® BrickHeadz™ versions of the Child and The Mandalorian (75317), recreating authentic details to create a cool display.
  • The Mandalorian buildable LEGO® figure has signature weapons – a blaster rifle clipped on the back and a blaster pistol in hand – to spark memories of thrilling Star Wars: The Mandalorian scenes.
  • Youngsters will love the Child building toy with adjustable ears for different expressions, and its hoverpram ‘floating’ on a transparent LEGO® element. Both construction models have baseplates for display.
  • This 295-piece LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Star Wars™ building toy makes an awesome birthday present, holiday gift or anytime surprise for Star Wars: The Mandalorian fans and LEGO builders aged 10 and up.
  • The Mandalorian measures 3” (8cm) tall and the Child and hoverpram building toy measures 3” (8cm) high – they won’t take up too much space but are sure to make a big impression wherever they are displayed.
  • This battery-free construction toy offers a fun building experience, so fans can enjoy time alone or with family and friends creating LEGO® BrickHeadz™ versions of 2 popular Star Wars: The Mandalorian characters.
  • Thinking of buying this building set for a Star Wars™ fan new to LEGO® sets? No problem. It comes with step-by-step, illustrated instructions so they can take on the construction project with Jedi-level confidence. v The exciting LEGO® Star Wars™ range of building toys includes collectible, build-and-display models and construction playsets to recreate epic scenes from the Star Wars saga. There’s something for fans of all ages.
  • No need to use the Force to connect or pull apart LEGO® bricks in this building set! The bricks meet the highest industry standards to ensure consistency and a perfect, easy connection.
  • LEGO® bricks and pieces are dropped, crushed, twisted, heated and analyzed to ensure that every building set meets the highest safety standards here on Earth – and in any galaxy you travel to!
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Keeping to the spirit of the set, father and son worked together to put together the assembled pair of characters – no points for guessing who tackled which one. Each of the BrickHeadz can be easily done in 15 to 20 minutes without breaking a sweat, or a bit quicker if you are sharing the task of piece sorting and building.

Combining greys, tans and browns, LEGO has done well in replicating Din Djarin’s beat-up, pre-beskar armor. His ragged cloak is particularly well done and the clip on his back that holds the Amban phase-pulse blaster is a clever touch.

Having built 41629 Boba Fett quite recently, the similarity between the most famous bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy was easy to see; aside from the colors of the elements and a few necessary details, The Mandalorian is an almost exact replica – including the artful way that the helmet visors attach.

The sets crowning glory is, of course, The Child and it’s no small wonder. Tucked into the safe confines of a hoverpram, this breakout character’s resemblance to its larger BrickHeadz doppelgänger is quite pleasing to the eye.

The hoverpram, which is undoubtedly a necessary inclusion, does a good job of mimicking The Child’s floating crib considering the nature of the medium. The top and back halves are spot on but the base is a little bit blocky, particularly around the lip of the hoverpram.

Scaling inaccuracies aside, the best feature of this set can only be seen if you lop the tops of their heads off to reveal their brains because the standard adult BrickHeadz model has a 2×2 pink brick, but The Child – being an adolescent – has a smaller, 1×1 pink brick. Ghoulish, maybe, brilliant design, definitely!

Head over to Entertainment Earth (pre-order), LEGO.com, Target, Amazon.com and Walmart where you can add 75317 The Mandalorian & The Child to your collection for $19.99 (MSRP).

75292 The Razor Crest

Launched in advance of The Skywalker Saga video game (which was subsequently delayed more than half a year), it was mired in a confusing trademark lawsuit over its name. When it did come out on September 1st it sold out almost immediately at LEGO.com and many other retailers.

Relive bounty hunter The Mandalorian and the Child’s battles against Scout Trooper and other enemies with The Razor Crest (75292) LEGO® Star Wars™ building toy for kids. This brick-built armored transport shuttle features a cargo hold with opening sides that double as access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, a dual LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, an escape pod and more authentic details to inspire creative play.

Role-play adventures
A challenging build for ages 10 and up, this 1,023-piece starship construction kit includes 5 collectible LEGO Star Wars characters, including new-for-August-2020 The Mandalorian and the Child LEGO minifigures. It’s great for role play and combines with other LEGO Star Wars sets for even more action.Great gift ideas
Since 1999, the LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars building toys are hugely popular with awesome gift ideas for all ages.

  • Kids can role-play as heroic warrior The Mandalorian and play out action-packed Star Wars: The Mandalorian scenes with this detailed, LEGO® brick model of The Razor Crest (75292) starship.
  • This fun buildable toy includes 4 LEGO® minifigures: The Mandalorian, Greef Karga, Scout Trooper and the Child, plus an IG-11 LEGO® figure, all with cool weapons to role-play exciting battles.
  • The Razor Crest has a dual LEGO® minifigure cockpit, 2 spring-loaded shooters, cargo hold with opening sides/access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, sleeping area and detachable escape pod for creative play.
  • This 1,023-piece construction playset offers a challenging build and combines brilliantly with other LEGO® Star Wars™ sets. It makes a super holiday gift or birthday present for boys and girls aged 10+.
  • The Razor Crest dreadnought measures over 5.5” (14cm) high, 15” (38cm) long and 11” (28cm) wide. It makes an eye-catching Star Wars: The Mandalorian display piece when it is not being used to transport vital cargo!
  • This LEGO® Star Wars™ collectible building toy is made purely with LEGO building bricks and powered by children’s imaginations – no batteries required – so the fun, creative, playtime adventures never run out of energy!
  • Is your youngster new to LEGO® sets? Don’t worry. This buildable playset comes with step-by-step, illustrated instructions so they can piece together the Mandalorian dreadnought building toy with Jedi-like confidence!
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ building toys are the best for kids (and adult fans) to recreate scenes from the Star Wars saga, dream up their own original stories or simply display the awesome construction models.
  • No need to use the Force to connect or pull apart LEGO® bricks! They meet the highest industry standards to ensure a perfect, easy connection every time and consistently robust builds.
  • LEGO® bricks and pieces are dropped, crushed, twisted, heated and rigorously analyzed so you can be sure that this Star Wars: The Mandalorian building set meets the highest safety standards.

Under the bulbous canopy, which cleverly mimics the on-screen version’s rake and can be lifted out using a discrete handle that could easily be explained away as a sensor or probe, is a utilitarian flight deck with two seats, a printed console and little else.

While the cockpit is missing the gear stick that kept The Child entertained for eight episodes in the first season and feels cut-off from the rest of the ship, it is nonetheless an achievement in functionality tempered by cost-cutting requirements.

Behind the canopy is a flip-up storage area in a discrete armory that holds The Mandalorian’s long-barreled Amban rifle. Further matching the ship’s requirements, the LEGO Star Wars team has included the escape pod that fills the upper hull. Whether by accident or design, it doubles up as an astromech socket. Had the escape pod’s interior compartment been slightly longer it would have been a perfect transport for carbonite-frozen prisoners.

The cylindrical engines either side of The Razor Crest’s body are unbelievably authentic. The curved elements on the leading edge of the intake do well to mimic the rounded nacelles and it’s easy to imagine braking panels flipping up from the puck-like element that sits behind them. A careful hand is needed to apply the large sticker that successfully conveys panels that allow for access to the guts of the engine. And at the back is a trans-orange element whose contrast with the dark gray cylinder it is set in perfectly emulates the glow of the ship’s thrust. It’s a shame that the terminal plate is so bland – a few greeblies would have helped.

Below and in front of the cockpit is the bullish nose of The Razor Crest, which LEGO has both managed to maintain and somehow mimic The Mandalorian’s own helmet visor. Either side of this is two clunky guns – which, according to the mythos of the show are replacements for the original – and presumably elegant – laser cannons.

These act as grab handles to open the side panels which swing downwards on concealed hinges. The starboard compartment serves as The Mandalorian’s berth while the one on the port side is a locker to store the spring-launched missiles which are hidden in the model’s stubby wings.

Aft of these two compartments and below the level of the cockpit is the main hold section, which can be accessed by lowering the panels on either side – and even the rear. Doing so opens out a surprisingly large – and largely devoid – area that invites creative play. Technic stanchions depict The Razor Crest’s past life as a gunship, and the two bricks with prisoner decals remind us that it now serves as a flying gaol.

Minifigure-wise, you get what you’d expect – The Mandalorian, The Child, IG-11 (aka The Nanny), Greef Karga (The Uncle), and a Scout Trooper (The Bully).

Before reading our final verdict, ask yourself this question: “Have you ever felt that LEGO boxes are like packets of potato?” Why there’s always more packaging than contents has never been fully answered. Is it to keep the bricks from being crushed against each other? Perhaps it’s got something to do with standardising carton dimensions. Or what about giving sets as much curb appeal as possible?

Whatever reason LEGO has for coming up with an unsatisfactory box:brick ratio is turned on its head with 75292 The Razor Crest, because the completed set – for once – dwarfs the carton it came in. But before you can achieve this realisation you get to experience a build process that is enjoyable, fun and easy to progress through, yet challenging enough to encourage advancement. All told, The Razor Crest can be built in under an hour and a half without distractions – otherwise expect to take eight episodes to build it if your attention is divided.

You can buy this set at LEGO.com or Amazon.com now for $129.99 (MSRP).

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