Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lego Star Wars Death Star

I'll just get this out of the way: the last toy to make me feel this giddy - like 10 year old you getting from your mom and dad the exact thing you wanted for your birthday giddy - was Fortress Maximus couple'o years ago. Even with grown up goggles its hard to get over how much ass this toy kicks.

See, i am, for all intents and purposes, a lego casual. I'm cool with dropping serious dough for a toy when it comes to vintage transformers (being the focus of my collection its easy to justify) but to me lego is generally expensive. Star wars lego even more so. First time i saw this set online when it came out I thought, "cool" followed by "fuhgedaboutit".

Then the local lego store brought it in, so see the thing in person. And it was GLORIOUS. The box was frickin huge, the packaging was plastered with little vignettes of all its play features (and there was a lot of em); only thing it was short of was hypnotic strobe lights above the retail shelf relaying subliminal message telling me to BUY IT NOW.

I HAD to have this toy.

Then i saw the price tag and quickly changed my tune to 'i still need to have this toy but not for SIX HUNDRED FUCKING DOLLARS' (RM2,000 actually, for my homies).

A price check on amazon (they sell used lego sets, sometimes at bargain prices) and a trip to mwctoys.com (their review really sold me that i was not gonna have buyers regret, even if i overpaid) sealed the deal for me. And because i'm a cheap bastard i only bought a loose set (without packaging but with instructions) with spare change even to also snag the midi scale lego millenium falcon (previously reviewed).


(note how many weeks ago this arrived and for me to finish it. LOL. Told y'all i was a casual.)

You can get better in depth description from the mwctoys.com review but its already evident from pictures, this set has all the characters and set pieces to recreate all your favourite scenes from ANH and ROTJ...as long as those scenes happened on the death star. Theres some creative license of course to fit em all into a single 2' diameter sphere, BUT STILL!

*deep breath*

...Its all integrated with not one but TWO working elevators, two sliding doors, a chasm for luke and leia to swing across, working tractor beam which light column 'switches off' with a lever pull, synchronized gun turrets, swiveling/tilting superlaser platform, working garbage compactor, operable cranes in the hangar and deck, a working trap door over the garbage compactor and a collapsible platform for luke and vader to duke it out...it is IMPOSSIBLE to undersell this toy.

This thing is a bitch to build and a nuisance to store/display but at the end of the day this set superbly captures the essence of the source material, has inexhaustible features/high replay value and having recently been discontinued, will only go up in price.


Superlaser side of the death star...


...detention cell with trap door to garbage compactor, tractor beam generator platform below it...


...superlaser platform room, theres another control panel on the other side of the platform, shooting projectile cannon with gunner seat below it...


...conference room and superlaser command centre at top level.


Far side (away from the superlaser) of the death star...


...superlaser control room overlooks into the hangar, which is connected to the cargo bay below by a working elevator...


...emperors throne room with a bridge and void so you can chuck ol' palpy into the chasm/shaft below which luke and leia swing across...


...gun turrets and a droids workshop at the top level.


2 comments:

The Rebel said...

Wow....nice to see a fan finally seeing the true value of this playset! Kudos to you man....looks like a fun playset!

I wld've snagged this too being a SW crazed fan myself.....but thr's just too many other 'commitment' I'd have to adhere to....*shucks*....

K.A. said...

I gave up on SW merch awhile back and made exception for stuff like star wars/transformers crossover, but lego is making SW collecting fun again. I still think theyre overpriced but not being a completist i just have to be selective.