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The Star Destroyer is one of the many iconic Star Wars spaceships, representing the oppression of the Empire and always associated with evil in the minds of fans. In The Last Jedi, the First Order continue to use the triangular shaped vessels as the Empire did before them. The LEGO Group has released a few over the years, now releasing the first ever sequel trilogy version.
75190 First Order Star Destroyer is not actually based on Supreme Leader Snoke’s ship. His vessel is known as the Dreadnought, which is much flatter and packs a huge weapon on the underside. This seems to be a regular Star Destroyer, that Snoke just happens to be visiting – let’s hope that the First Order crew has tidied up in preparation for his arrival.
The finished set looks good overall, fairly accurate in its representation of the on-screen Star Destroyers. The level of detail incorporated in the on-screen version, with lots of small sections leading up to the command bridge, is lost here. But it is on par with LEGO System Star Destroyers of past, in terms of getting an accurate shape in a scaled down way. Fans looking for the incredible accuracy found on 10221 Super Star Destroyer should adjust their expectations.
A small and well-hidden handle, that is essentially just a couple of Technic pieces, does an amazing job of allowing the entire set to be lifted up without any concern for it falling apart. Yet again, the sturdiness of the model is impressive. This is as sturdy as any toy product, despite being built from a pile of parts.
Considering the scale that 75190 First Order Star Destroyer is built at, the greebling is good – this isn’t big enough to get too deep into greebling, but the use of grills, studs, tiles allows for a mix of textures to be conveyed. The stud shooters with transparent bright green studs give a great look to the ship’s exterior. The rear engines use the standard method that works well for the LEGO Star Wars team.
The general shape is different than that of the Imperial Star Destroyer, with the gradient of the slope more gradual – the Imperial version has a distinctive section that quickly staggers upwards. Unfortunately, like its LEGO predecessor, the split down the middle of the set is all too visible.
Like 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer, this First Order version opens completely – it is not a case of removing the odd panel to access the interior, the two top sides open up entirely and can be folded open. This is great not just for children looking to play, but for adults with fingers that are liable to knock pieces off when accessing small areas.
Considering the compromise that had to be made for this to look good from the outside while incorporating an interior too, there is a fair bit of space inside. There are lower level spaces for First Order minions to plug away at monitors, while officers supervise from above. There is a room with further monitors and equipment, plus one with a conference table and medic droid.
As his choice of giant hologram indicated in The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke seems to have a big ego – his spot in the Star Destroyer is elevated above every other section, with a seat and control panel available to him. A little hologram Kylo Ren microfig is included to give Snoke someone to speak to. There is a small elevator that allows the character to go from his spot to the ground floor, although it looks as though it is still under construction – size limitations seem to have come into play here.
Supreme Leader Snoke, a character that has aroused much speculation among Star Wars fans, it the must-have minifigure in 75190 First Order Star Destroyer. The villain features Force-infused blue eyes, wrinkly head detail and fancy gold robes. Hasbro included an action figure of Snoke in a playset, making him taller than the other characters included. This LEGO minifigure is regular size, suggesting the height discrepancy is not enough to warrant the tall minifigure torso being used – all will be revealed when The Last Jedi is released in December.
The First Order Officer is slightly different to previous versions of the minifigure, while First Order Shuttle Pilot is kitted out with an excellent new helmet piece. BB-9E matches the version that is part of 75179 Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter, and the First Order Stormtroopers are both the common version available in many current LEGO Star Wars sets.
The larger a Star Wars vehicle is, the tougher it is for the designers to capture what is seen on screen – an X-wing or TIE Fighter can capture the shape and scale easily, packing all of the key details. Once things get to the size where the movie version is crewed by thousands of troops, it is much tougher to distil that down into a LEGO set sized experience. With that in mind, this is a successful recreation of a First Order Star Destroyer.
How much this set works for a collector will depend on how appealing they find Star Destroyers, particularly those of the First Order. Those who prefer walkers would be better to spend the same amount of money picking up 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker, but of course those looking for a flagship for Supreme Leader Snoke’s forces will want to go for this set. Those who own a LEGO Star Destroyer already will know what to expect, those who don’t will find this to be a unique build experience in The Last Jedi launch wave.