LEGO Star Wars: Andor’s blandest minifigure is secretly its best

The first three episodes of Star Wars: Andor have given us all the context we need for 75338 Ambush on Ferrix – including how its blandest minifigure might secretly be its best.

A total of three characters are included in the 679-piece set, two of whom we’re plenty familiar with from Andor’s marketing campaign alone. Those are Cassian himself, played by Diego Luna, and Luthen Rael, portrayed by Stellan Skarsgard. The third and final minifigure is Syril Karn, a blue-suited character we’ve had minimal exposure to through Andor’s various trailers. But that’s all now changed.

Warning: spoilers follow for the first three episodes of Star Wars: Andor.

Streaming right now on Disney+, Andor kicks off five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which first introduced us to would-be rebel Cassian. The Tony Gilroy-helmed spin-off series dives into Andor’s backstory, flipping between his childhood on Kenari and the present day on Ferrix. It’s this storyline from which 75338 Ambush on Ferrix takes inspiration, and specifically the show’s third episode.

Star Wars Andor Syril Karn
Image: Disney

In pursuit of Andor for murdering two Preox-Morlana officers, mid-level manager Syril Karn takes it upon himself to lead a squad of 12 more security goons down to Ferrix, where our hero is busy trying to sell rare Imperial parts to Luthen Rael. A firefight and chase break out, as the show pays off the relatively measured build-up of its first two episodes in style, with Andor and Rael eventually escaping – but only after taking down a few members of Karn’s security forces.

Of course, in going down to Ferrix in the first place, Karn has defied the orders of his superior officer (who told him to sweep the whole thing under the rug), which makes the casualties he’s suffered even more damaging. It’s a great setup for what’s already shaping up to be one of Star Wars’ most refreshing villains in recent memory, and fashions Kyle Soller’s character into a complex and – in some ways – relatable figure. He’s just a guy trying to do his job properly, after all. (Even if that job is space fascism.)

For LEGO Star Wars fans, that obviously means we’re going to want a minifigure of him. And while we had to wait a good long while for the key characters from The Mandalorian, the LEGO Group has managed to get out ahead of the curve this time, including Karn in 75338 Ambush on Ferrix. His vibrant blue suit, tinged with orange highlights, matches his outfit note for note – and while his face is fairly generic, the character doesn’t exactly have many distinguishing features either.

The end result is that even though Cassian Andor and Luthen Rael are the minifigures you may have initially been most excited about in 75338 Ambush on Ferrix, Syril Karn is arguably now just as much a reason to pick up what is (so far) the only LEGO Star Wars: Andor set. You can check out our full review of the model here, and bag your copy right now at LEGO.com.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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