When browsing through the records of LEGO builds, there are a few Star Wars sets that jump off the page. The LEGO 10221 Super Star Destroyer, 10188 Death Star and 10212 Imperial Shuttle are among the most amazing sets ever created. But how do you pick the best set out of these three? Is it even possible?
At 124.4 cm (50 inches) long, the 10221 Super Star Destroyer is the longest LEGO Star Wars set ever created. The Super Star Destroyer, most feared of all naval warships has been recreated in exquisite and painstaking detail. The sleek design, flowing lines and massive engines, will actually make you wish that you could be standing in the massive ship as you behold it; the set also includes a micro-mini Imperial Star Destroyer to show the incredible size difference. Featuring five minifigures and a fully functional bridge, you can reenact your favorite scenes from the Empire Strikes Back. Admiral Piett is exclusive to this set, while Dengar has been redesigned with extra detail just for this set. Bossk and IG-88 are primarily the same from their original designs, but Darth Vader includes pupil eyes under the normal dark helmet in this latest variation. The bridge includes a walkway and crew pit with technical monitors and even an Emperor Palpatine hologram, but the set is primarily for display, not rough play. Including two solid stands to hold it up and an information card, this 3152 piece, 3.5 kg (nearly 8 pounds) set is great for experienced builders who want an awesome challenge, but will severely frustrate any one else.
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The opposite of the 10221 Super Star Destroyer, the 10188 Death Star is a large set designed to be played with. At 41 cm tall and 42 in diameter, this huge reproduction of the Emperor’s world killer allows you to recreate all the intense and action packed scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope. This set enables you to play through the Conference chamber, Control room, Detention Block, Trash compactor, Turbolift chasm, Tractor beam generator room, Emperor’s throne room, droid maintenance room, Hanger bay with a mini version of Darth Vader’s personal TIE fighter, Crane room, Defensive turret controls, Armory with Missile launcher, and the Super Weapon Control room itself, all built with incredible attention to detail. This is not a display type model, this is a serious play set designed to include the maximum number of minifigures (Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper outfit, Han Solo inStormtrooper outfit, Assassin Droid, Interrogation Droid, Death Star Droid and 2 Death Star Troopers. Also includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Emperor Palpatine, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor's Royal Guards, R2-Q5 and mouse droid!) and environments to play in, perfect for younger builders and Star Wars enthusiasts. Built in a circular fashion with 3803 pieces, this set is not one that younger builders should attempt on their own, even though they would highly enjoy playing with the set.
The 10212 Imperial Shuttle is the only way for Imperial VIPs to travel. The tri-winged Lambda-class shuttle strikes fear into the hearts of people everywhere, because you never know who is going to step off that ramp. Coming straight from Endor on its way to the second Death Star, this shuttle carries Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper escort, Imperial officer and shuttle pilot. Most of the minifigures will fit into the cockpit, allowing you to shuttle them back and forth to different parts of the galaxy. Equipped with landing gear and a display stand with informational card, this is definitely a display set. With an exquisite attention to detail, gears to actually fold the wings down or hold them up, this is a solidly built ship, but it is not really designed for rough play. Standing 28 inches (71 cm) tall on the stand and 22 inches (57 cm) wide with wings deployed, this massive ship contains 2503 pieces and will frustrate any but the most experienced builders (recommended for ages 16 and up). All of these massive builds are amazing recreations of the classic ships from the movies and are perfect for every Star Wars fan. They can be very difficult to build, but are also very rewarding to display and play with.