LEGO Star Wars that is focussed on being played with. Will this work, or will these sets also end up on display?
Most Star Wars sets are meant for display. A lot have them also have the Swoosh-factor, but usually remain in the shelve to look at. With the Action Battle sets, LEGO is trying something new. These are sets with two teams, Rebels and Imperials, with springloaded shooters and targets to battle each other. There are three sets in this serie: 75238-1 - Action Battle Endor Assault, 75239-1 - Action Battle Hoth Generator Attack and 75241-1 - Action Battle Echo Base Defense I'll be looking at the largest one, 75241-1 - Action Battle Echo Base Defense.
Give an all-new-for-April-2019 build and play experience with this LEGO Star Wars 75241 Action Battle Echo Base Defense building toy. Kids will love to share the building experience with their friends as they construct a LEGO brick Echo Base scene from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, featuring a Rebel base entrance gate, blaster tower, trench section with Probe Droid and an Imperial AT-AT Walker. Opponents load up their powerful shooters and take turns to hit each other's targets to blast the Rebel Trooper and Snowtrooper minifigures into the air, blast open the Rebel base gate and bring the AT-AT crashing to the ground. This entertaining LEGO Star Wars battle construction playset offers endless creative play for kids of any age. Includes 5 LEGO Star Wars minifigures. 
The box measures 380 x 260 x 70 mm and weighs 750 gram. It contains 504 parts, 11 spare parts and the build instructions. There are no stickers. In the box we find 5 numbered bags and the instruction manual.
The instructions measure 205 x 184 mm. It has 111 pages. The build is divided over 5 bags. Bag 1 has 36 steps. Bag 2 has 40 steps. Bag 3 has 45 stpes. Bags 4 and 5 are combined into 70 steps.
The pdf can be downloaded here.
The set contains 504 parts and 11 spare parts, in 14 different colors, and 28 different categories, with a total of 192 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- White: 55 parts, 168 quantity
- Light Bluish Gray: 54 parts, 159 quantity
- Dark Bluish Gray: 28 parts, 65 quantity
Main categories are:
- Bricks Sloped: 19 parts, 76 quantity
- Plates Special: 15 part, 47 quantity
- Plates Round and Dishes: 12 parts, 36 quantity
There are several new prints. These are also appearing in other Action Battle sets:
14769pr1132 - Tile Round 2 x 2 with Red First Order Symbol,
14769pr1133 - Tile Round 2 x 2 with Star Wars Blue Rebels Symbol print,
973pr4664c01 - Minifig Torso White Armour (StormTrooper), Red Lights, Utility Belt,
970c00pr1689 - Minifig Hips and Legs Light Bluish Grey Pockets
16501pr0002 - Minifig Helmet SW Snowtrooper with Black Eyeholes Print
973pr4663c01 - Minifig Torso Light Shirt, Ammo Belt, Utility Belt, Pockets, ID Badge also appears in 75259-1 - Snowspeeder - 20th Anniversary Edition.
3626cpr2486 - Minifig Head Rebel Trooper / Admiral Emmatt, Dark Grey Eyebrows, White Full Beard and Mustache, Frown Print [Hollow Stud] also appears in 75202-1 - Defense of Crait.
There are 2 identical Stormtroopers in the set, along with 3 different Rebel soldiers.
Bag 1 builds a Imperial Droid and Stormtrooper behind a icy wall. There is a clever technique used to trigger both the Stormtrooper and the droid in 1 shot. Unfortunatly this requiers a perfect shot to function properly.
Bags 2 and 3 build the Rebel stronghold, with a large cannon and a door.
Bags 4 and 5 build a large AT-AT. This is my favorite part of the build. A shot at the top target launches the Stormtrooper. A good hit on the bottom target shoots the white ice back, making the AT-AT collapse.
The Battle in Action...
So, does it work? From a design standpoint, this set is a bit underwhelming. Design is clearly not the main focus, but that was to be expected. From a function standpoint this works very well. I've let my daughters (7 & 9) play with it for a while, and they really like it. It soon turned into a Red vs Blue battle, where they created their own point system. I would say that that is an succes.
In general, my advice would be: Start them young with the 4+ sets, like the 75237-1, and when Swoosh factor alone is not enough anymore, hop over to this series. Before you know, you'll have some Star Wars CFOLs in your home.
 - Action Battle Echo Base (LEGOShop)
Parts- and build photographs by Tobymac (© 2019 Rebrickable)