Gungan Patrol 7115

Gungan Patrol 7115

Gungan Patrol 7115

The Gungan Patrol, set #7115, was released in 2000 as part of Lego's then-new Star Wars line. This is an "army builder" set: while affordable enough for children, collectors wanting to reenact Episode I's battle between the Gungan Grand Army and the Trade Federation Army for control of Naboo would have bought several of these sets to fill out their display. In the movie, the Gungans fight the Trade Federation riding dinosaur-like Kaadus and pulling carts full of boomas, the Gungan equivalent of a grenade: each of these elements of their army are covered by this kit.

The set includes Jar Jar Binks, a Gungan soldier, two Kaadus for them to ride, a cart full of boomas (represented by round 1x1 translucent blue bricks), two spears, and plates for the Kaadus to attach to, helping them stand up when displayed. Jar Jar is a relatively rare figure, while the Gungan soldier and Kaadus are exclusive to this set. The Kaadus are particularly unusual as they required their own tooling dies: Lego rarely makes just one part from a die, instead re-releasing the part or repainting it to use in other ways.

The Gungan minifig head saw wider use than the Kaadu, but was still only used in three sets. Jar Jar is rare for a major character, making an appearance in this set as well as the 7121 Naboo Swamp and 7171 Mos Espa Podrace sets, both of which were released at the beginning of the Star Wars line in 1999. The only other character to use this head is the Gungan soldier, exclusive to the patrol set, although the only difference between it and the Jar Jar figure are green legs instead of brown and a new jacked design on the torso. The soldier's shield is also an exclusive design. None of the figures in this set were returned to production in Lego's Star Wars 30th Anniversary line, possibly because they skewed to an older audience that mostly dislikes Jar Jar. Each of these figures do make appearances in the more kid-friendly Lego Star Wars: The Video Game.

Originally retailing for $9.99, this was a popular set at the time. However, due to the rarity of the set's figures and their importance to the Star Wars universe, the value of the Gungan Patrol set has skyrocketed, with used sets starting at $20, and mint-in-box sets selling for $45-$60.

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