“Alert my Star Destroyer to prepare for my arrival.” Darth Vader may not have been referring to the Devastator when he delivered this line on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, but nonetheless it conveys just how important the big grey triangles are to the Star Wars saga.
The name itself, ‘Star Destroyer’, says everything it needs to about what these mighty vessels are. Aside from the Death Star itself, there are few more imposing tools of oppression in the Star Wars galaxy than the Imperial flagships.
Perhaps the reason that the Imperial Star Destroyer remains so indelibly marked in the minds of movie-goers is the introduction the ship received, as only the second spacecraft to appear in the entire series. As the Tantive IV appears on screen, the impossibly larger Devastator appeared immediately after in pursuit, seeming to go one forever.
After that perfect reveal, Star Destroyers appeared throughout the classic trilogy, cleverly shot from angles that add to the menace of the Imperial navy. When designing the new Ultimate Collector Series LEGO edition of the set, LEGO Model Designer Henrik Andersen sought to replicate the original movie model as closely as possible – even noting differences with the way that Lucasfilm had photographed the model with the way it appeared on-screen.
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