Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been out in theaters for nearly a month, so we’re circling back to some of the LEGO sets released to support the movie. 75200 Ahch-To Island Training retails for $29.99 (US) with 241 pieces and features Luke Skywalker, Rey, and a porg.
We hope you’ve had an opportunity to see the movie, but fair warning that we’ll be discussing the movie’s plot freely, so consider this your standard SPOILERS! warning.
The box & instructions
This is a fairly small set, which comes in just two numbered bags, with the instruction booklet and small sticker sheet loose in the box.
The back of the box shows the set’s myriad play features, which we’ll go into in depth later in this review.
The first bag includes Luke Skywalker and the parts for most of Luke’s hut (minus the roof and outside modules). It’s clear from the very first steps that Luke’s hut will be full of play features, with small Technic mechanisms to flip layers above.
As the build progresses, more play features emerge, including “Murphy” style bed that flips up.
A cloth covers the door to Luke’s hut. This isn’t quite what appears in the movie, and we’ll take a closer look when we examine the finished model.
The Jedi sanctuary on Ahch-To was filmed on location on the Irish island of Skellig Michael, with beehive stone structures built by monks during Ireland’s “Golden Age” of saints and scholars between the 6th and 8th centuries AD. Luke’s hut is thus built from much smaller stones than the LEGO bricks, so the LEGO designers have added stonework detail with several stickers.
Rey and a porg turn up in the second bag, which adds a roof to Luke’s hut, along with areas that attach to the hut’s base with Technic pins.
The finished model
After a fairly brief build, Luke’s hut is complete. The hut itself sits on its own base, with an outdoor cooking area and in front of the door and a training area to one side.
Both of the “outboard” modules are detachable, so that they can be stored separately or even reconfigured (since they share a two-pin connection).
The rounded, beehive huts where the Ahch-To scenes were filmed get translated into a fairly angular structure, with stickers representing the small, stacked stones that comprise the real-life buildings. As someone with a lifelong interest in archaeology, it’s a little disappointing that this UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t recreated in LEGO form more accurately. Although it’s recognizable as Luke’s hut because Luke is in the set, I might be hard-pressed to identify it if I didn’t know what it was.
But as a highly compressed playset, 75200 Ahch-To Island Training is actually rather phenomenal.
The roof comes off so you can get to all the play features inside.
Flipping the Technic mechanism built into the base knocks part of the wall out so you can recreate the scene when Rey blasts away part of Luke’s hut. (While the minifig selection is understandable, it’s a little disappointing that the adorable Lanai caretakers — distant evolutionary cousins of the porgs — who repair the hut aren’t represented in this set, since it’s unlikely we’ll see them in any other set.)
The interior of the hut has a bed, bowl with something black in it (frankly, it looks a little like a toilet…), basket of fish, and a small table with a candle and cup.
The table pops up to reveal a small compartment that has some green cherries inside.
The outside training area has a round turntable structure where you can spin Rey and have her split a rock with her lightsaber.
The split rock includes a blue crystal inside, which is a fun play feature even if there’s no such feature in the movie.
Another quibble I have about the set’s design in terms of accuracy is the cloth flap that serves as the front door to Luke’s hut. DK’s The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary reveals something very cool about the movie set: The metal door of Luke’s hut has faded red stripes, and the book confirms that it’s a piece salvaged from the wing of Luke’s submerged X-wing. Thus, the cloth flap in the LEGO set is another disconnect from both the real location and the movie set.
Nevertheless, despite nit-picky accuracy issues, the interior details and play features add up to an entertaining playset.
LEGO sets from The Force Awakens in 2015 and 2016 included Rey in nearly every set, and since she wore the same outfit for nearly the whole movie, each of these minifigs was identical — she was the Qui-Gon Jinn minifig of The Force Awakens. The first LEGO set from The Last Jedi to include Rey was 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker, which depicts Rey in her Jedi training robes with a loose hairstyle from when she fell into the watery Dark Side hole on Ahch-To. 75200 Ahch-To training depicts Rey earlier in the film, with hair and clothes she carries over from the very end scene in The Force Awakens.
Rey has a double-sided head with a slight smile as well as a determined expression.
Luke Skywalker wears his hermit robes in tan and white, with dark tan hair, a soft cloth cape, and a walking stick rather than a lightsaber (having cut himself off from the Force).
Luke has a tendency to get annoyed and angry with Rey, so his double-sided head has both unimpressed and upset expressions.
Luke’s wavy, dark tan hair is a new mold. The color is a great match for Mark Hamill’s hair, though his beard is considerably whiter than the minifig version’s.
The brick-buit porg is slightly different from the pair included in 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon. However, the only unique or unusual part in the Falcon’s porgs is the printed BB-8 head piece, enabling LEGO Star Wars fans to have this popular creature in a $30 set rather than an $800 set.
Conclusions & recommendation
While I’m mildly disappointed by some accuracy issues (like the cloth flap instead of a salvaged piece of Luke’s X-wing), the minifig selection, play features, and price more than make up for this.
With a great trio of desirable characters, including the much-anticipated Luke Skywalker and Jedi training Rey, plus a ton of fun play features for only $29.99, 75200 Ahch-To Island Training is a must-have for all fans of the new Star Wars movies.