Release Date: June 2015
No. of pieces: 724
Build Time: 2 Hours approx.
Reenact the epic final duel between Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine from the movie Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. This amazing LEGO® Star Wars recreation of Emperor Palpatine’s throne room aboard the second Death Star features loads of great play details, like swing-out side sections for easy play, opening entrance doors, Force Jump function, collapsing stairs and bridge, reactor shaft, and detachable throne section with rotating throne and hidden Lightsaber pop-up function. Can Luke overpower the Royal Guards? Will Lord Vader rescue his son from Palpatine’s deadly Force Lightning attack and send the evil Sith Lord tumbling down the reactor shaft? Only you can decide!
The third set we are reviewing in the LEGO Star Wars Summer 2015 range is the ‘Death Star Final Duel’ set – arguably one of the most poignant set pieces in the entire movie series. This set has everything you need to recreate Luke Skywalker’s epic battle against Darth Vader, and it’s packed with some rather cool features!
Going through in sequential order; after Luke has used the Force on the royal guards, he can go through the red doors at the entrance, which you can slide open. Once through, there is a floor panel, which, once stepped on, will propel Luke in the air.
As you then walk up the stairs to face Emperor Palpatine, there is a lever which will collapse the stairs – this is great for both Luke walking up and Darth Vader walking down.
Each of the tri-windowed sections of the throne room swing out so you can open up the play space. The left-hand section has a bridge area which can collapse, allowing you to recreate the scene from the movie where Darth Vader throws his lightsaber at Luke.
The central section, which seats the Emperor, houses two console areas, a rotating throne, and a plinth for a lightsaber, which, if you hit the button at the back of the section, will propel the saber into the air.
Finally, the right-hand section is the reactor shaft, where Darth Vader can throw the Emperor into.
The build time was around 2 hours, and was incredibly enjoyable to put together. There’s always a great level of satisfaction when you have separate areas that come together at the end and snap together. Applying the stickers to the inside of the reactor shaft was particularly tricky and time-consuming, but once applied, gives a fantastic effect and looks awesome. The other time-consuming section of the build were the console pillars. Visually, they look quite striking with the vibrant blue pieces, but attaching them and getting the right angle was the hard part. Totally worth it though!
As for mini-figures, you get Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader (with removable helmet), Emperor Palpatine (together with 2 attachable ‘force lightening’ elements), and two royal guards.
Kudos has got to go to LEGO for the sheer amount of attention to detail in this set – from the beautiful recreated set pieces right down to the base plates of each of the sections.
The Death Star Final Duel set is worth every penny of the £69.99 retail price. Packed with loads of fun features, this set will fill older fans with nostalgia, and new fans with a new-found respect for the original trilogy.