Watto's Junkyard 7186

Watto's Junkyard 7186

Watto's Junkyard 7186

On the scorching desert sands of Tatooine, there sits a seedy little junkyard that was home to a boy who would become one of the most feared villains in the galaxy. Lego's Watto’s Junkyard 7186 set replicates the junkyard from The Phantom Menace where Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi find young Anakin Skywalker. Most of the bricks go into building the two pod racers that come with the set, but the junkyard is still an important location for the movie's storyline.

The Characters
The Watto’s Junkyard 7186 set comes with two characters who were minor in the movie but only packaged with this set: Watto, the sleazy Toydarian merchant who owns Anakin and his mother at the start of The Phantom Menace, and Aldar Beedo, the Glymphid mercenary and pod racer who ends up placing third in the Boonta Eve Classic. Watto flies in the movie, and the kit attempts to replicate that by providing a clear plastic block for him to stand on. The Aldar Beedo minifigure is made from a single piece of plastic with feet that can attach to his pod's cockpit.

The Constructs
This set comes with two pods. One of them is Aldar Beedo's MARK IV Flat-Twin Turbotjet, while the other belongs to Mawhonic (who is not included). You can either keep Mawhonic's pod assembled or break it into parts for "sale" at Watto's. The shop packaged with Watto’s Junkyard 7186 is minimal, with two arches connected by a workbench, but it has a set of pod modification tools along with other racer parts, like engines.

The Pods
The two racing pods included with the Watto’s Junkyard 7186 set are visually distinct from each other and different from the racing pods found in other sets. The massive engines from Beedo's pod are a striking blue and white with red components and adjustable flaps, while Mawhonic's racer is smaller and more streamlined with a green and yellow color scheme set off by brown highlights. Beedo's engines are joined to his pod's cockpit with bricks while Mawhonic's engines are free (but you can connect them to the cockpit if you want by dismantling the junkyard piece).

The Watto's Junkyard 7186 set was released by Lego in 2001. It contains 446 pieces and originally retailed for US$49.99. If you pair it with the Mos Espa Podrace 7171 set, you have the top three racers from the Boonta Eve Classic, as well as a fourth pilot and two additional pods.

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