It’s hard to believe that after a full 20 years of LEGO Star Wars that there would be anything left untouched by LEGO bricks, particularly from the original trilogy, yet 75270 Obi-Wan’s Hut affords us such an opportunity, as the LEGO Group tackle the retired Jedi’s humble abode on Tatooine for the first time ever.
The set is comparable in many ways to 2018’s 75208 Yoda’s Hut and 75200 Ahch-To Training, offering a small settlement with touches of everyday life both inside and out, whilst serving as a setting for Jedi Master and apprentice to begin training. Just like Yoda’s Hut, Obi-Wan’s Hut is built on a hinged base that allows the set to open and close, but 75270 differs in how when it closes up, creating fully formed, four-walled living quarters for its occupants.
Whilst detailing inside is – perhaps aptly so – sparse, with few points of interest beyond the neatly constructed stove in the corner, and the build process is rather uninteresting, and the final model very much hems Obi-Wan into a tight area, the exterior design to the hut and this open-and-close function very much completes it.
Once closed up, the close proximity of everything works for the build, rather than against it, to create a cosy, matchbox-style house that looks like it has been lifted directly from the bleak sandy deserts of Tatooine. The lack of detail and the peculiar shaping on the inside makes greater sense when you see how the outside walls are then formed, whilst the back wall’s opening forms a nice window to check in on LEGO Obi-Wan from time to time.
Whilst the build is unique, the minifigures are, unfortunately, not, with Obi-Wan, Luke and a Tusken Raider all looking more than a little familiar, likewise R2-D2. However, they serve the function of legitimising the inclusion in the scene of the small trans-light blue Princess Leia hologram. Place that, Luke, Obi-Wan and the droid inside the hut and the lack of detail suddenly makes even more sense. The space inside allows for comfortable play and display involving all the characters, and for the set to serve as the background to a key part of the original trilogy’s story.
The Jedi training droid isn’t exactly canon for this scene but again adds extra value to the set, and certainly an element of play to what is otherwise a mini display set. The other thing worth noting on this set is the switch to frosted translucent plastic for the bar that holds the Jedi training droid and the lightsaber blades. It’s not necessarily better or worse than trans-clear plastic, but is certainly different.
75270 Obi-Wan’s Hut isn’t the most interesting LEGO Star Wars set releasing this winter, but, it packs in just enough character and story to justify its place, finally, in the LEGO Star Wars universe, after two decades of waiting.
This product was provided for review by the LEGO Group.