US-based online retailers now have the latest Lego Star Wars sets in-stock. Each set looks to be fun builds with neat features and desirable minifigures.
Battle on Takodana 75139 , $59.99
This 409 piece is Lego's first attempt at creating a scene from Maz Kanata's castle. Lego is usually "hit or miss" with playsets and set 75139 is probably a "miss" with regards to the castle itself. A small portion of the castle's entrance can be built including the main door and wall that contains a falling tree. The banner above the door is a nice touch and screen accurate although it should be one of many.
Included minifigures are Finn, Maz Kanata, unmasked Kylo Ren and 2 First Order Stormtroopers. Ren and Finn's lightsabers are among the included accessories. The set is the most affordable method of obtaining Finn and Ren minifigures. Both Maz and this version of Ren are exclusive to 75139.
Resistance Troop Transporter 75140, $69.99
Set 75139 contains 646 elements. 4 minifigures are included: Princess Leia, Admiral Ackbar and 2 Resistance Troopers. Although not mentioned in the film, Troop Transports are built using parts from B-Wings (and it shows nicely).
This set is a nice addition to owners of the Battle on Takodana since it's film's key appearance is on that planet. Leia and Ackbar are exclusive. At 12" long and 4" deep, this set is well sized and perfect for swooshing.
Both sets are great additions for Star Wars fans of all ages especially children. I would recommend these two sets for AFOLs, builders but not investors.
In my opinion, either set will to be remade in 2-4 years and / or the included exclusive minifigures (e.g unmasked Ren, Maz) will be in other sets. I also think the minifigures in the Transport won't have too much demand other than Leia. Finally, Star Wars playlets since the late 2000s haven't been solid investments.
At the end of the day, I ask myself if buying sets (as investments) are worth the storage space. I doubt these 2 will be.
note: all prices above are suggested retail.