LEGO designers must have re-watched Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back over and over while designing 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City – here are seven references to the film that they included
Fans can finally own the ultimate LEGO recreation of the galaxy’s ideal long weekend destination, Bespin Cloud City. The new LEGO Star Wars set, 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City, is available now, and packed with scenes from and references to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Eager fans will enjoy doing spotting all of the highlights and doing bad voice impressions as they use the minifigures to reenact pivotal moments.*
Brick Fanatics has picked out seven of the best movie references and acknowledgements in 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City, in an attempt to bide the time while waiting for this hefty 2,812 piece set to be delivered.
Cloud City diningIt is a nice reveal in the movie when Lando Calrissian opens the dining room door to reveal Darth Vader standing inside, with Boba Fett alongside. As for a scene to recreate, is perhaps not so high on the list of must-haves. Its inclusion here is fun though, and the notion of depicting what could have happened – seating Han, Leia and Chewbacca minifigures around the table for a nice meal – seems like a fun one. The decorative mini Cloud City in the corner is excellent, too.
Igniting Luke’s attachments
Surprisingly for a LEGO set, the table on which Han Solo is tortured is included. The Empire does not even question him, they just need him to suffer, so that Luke Skywalker will feel his friend’s pain through the Force. This is a small and simple section of the set, but an important moment in the film.
Perfect hibernationIt may be hard to top combing three 75137 Carbon Freezing Chamber sets, but at a smaller scale this looks great and ensures that the pivotal scene is incorporated into this larger playset. The duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker incorporated this room too, so it is cleverly placed alongside the gantry.
While not necessarily the most memorable location in The Empire Strikes Back, Cloud City is full of quotable lines. While the carbon freezing chamber may have “I love you”–”I know”, the set also includes a platform with perilously thin apparatus at the end for father and son to duel on, as the Dark Lord of the Sith reveals Luke’s true parentage to him.
The cell in which Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia are imprisoned is included in the set, with the dark red hued room outside being the location where Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian disagree about the terms of their agreement. It is fantastic to see a LEGO set that includes locations where characters stand around bickering – perhaps The West Wing would not be such a fanciful LEGO Ideas project after all.
Art decoThe sculptures dotted around the set might not be the sexiest part of 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City, but they are movie accurate and add a sense of place. The room in which Han Solo and Princess Leia argue when Chewbacca bursts in with a dismantled C-3PO features the curved centrepiece seen in the film, carefully recreated at LEGO scale.
While only one landing platform is included, it can be used for multiple purposes. The dramatic scene in which Slave I flies away with Han Solo inside, with Leia running out onto the pad having just missed the opportunity to rescue her friend. Alternatively, it can be used to recall the scene when the Falcon arrives and Lando pulls a prank on his old smuggling buddy.
LEGO Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City is available now, exclusively at shop.LEGO.com.
*anyone who denies doing this has a problem, the people who do it are the normal ones. Yeah.