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#2432 SET REVIEW: 75394 Imperial Star Destroyer

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Based on A New Hope, the third playscale Star Destroyer is here! Featuring the iconic capital ship with an accessible interior, a handle for swooshing, and a lineup of Imperial minifigs, find out if it is worth it beyond the exclusive Cal Kestis minifig!

Tips&Bricks #2432 Set Review: 75394 Imperial Star Destroyer Our Score:16 out of 25 £149.99 $159.99 €169.99 for 1555 parts Based on A New Hope, the third playscale Star Destroyer is here! Is it worth it beyond the exclusive Cal Kestis minifig? Swipe for our full review to find out! Image of a Lego Star Destroyer over the planet Tatooine.  Image of Cal Kestis minifig.

[Review products provided by the LEGO group, but all opinions are our own and honest - we don’t have to praise sets to keep receiving them.]

Minifigures: 3 out of 5 - This set features a solid lineup of Imperial minifigs in line with similarly priced sets with Cal Kestis being the standout. We have not seen many of these minifigs in some years (with only slight print variations), however, we would have liked to see more unique minifigs like the sandtroopers sent down to investigate on Tatooine. Image of sandtrooper.  Image of Darth Vader and a closeup of him unmasked. Image of Imperial Crew Member. He’s wearing a black cap, has a headset, and a grey jumpsuit. Commander Praji from A New Hope appears for the first time! Image of Commander Praji.  He’s wearing a black commander uniform and cap. Image of Imperial Navy Trooper and his alternative expression which is angry. He wears black and a helmet.   Image of Imperial Gunner and her head underneath the black helmet.   Image of Stormtrooper and her head underneath the helmet. Diverse heads and alternative faces are on more than half! Hopefully Cal doesn’t need a stim or get cold because BD-1 and his poncho are not included. Image of Cal Kestis and his alternative expression which is angry.

Part selection: 1/5 - Falling into the usual Star Wars trope of big grey ship, this set contains no new parts. And while a set does not need new parts to score a high part selection, this still isn't that set.  Parts in bulk X53 Part 99563, Minifigure, Utensil Ingot / Bar, Light Bluish Gray X44 Part 3666, Plate 1x6, Light Bluish Gray X33 Part 2780, Technic, Pin with Short Friction Ridges, Black X29 Plate, 2x4, Light Bluish Gray X28 Part 54383, Wedge, Plate 6x3 Right X28 Part 54384, Wedge, Plate 6x3 Left X25 Part 3022, Plate 2x2, Dark Bluish Gray X24 Part 2412b, Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Grille with Bottom Groove, Light Bluish Gray X21 Part 3023, Plate 1x2, Light Bluish Gray X20 Part 3023, Plate 1x2, Dark Bluish Gray X18 Part 6180, Tile, Modified 4 x 6 with Studs on Edges, Light Bluish Gray X18 Part 3660, Slope, Inverted 45 2 x 2 with Flat Bottom Pin, Black X16 Part 48729b, Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw - Cut Edges and Hole on Side, Light Bluish Gray  Parts in Rare Color X2 Part 30249, Slope 55 6 x 1 x 5 without Bottom Stud Holders, Light Bluish Gray X1 Part 35700pb05,  Container, Box 2 x 2 x 1 - Top Opening with Flat Inner Bottom with Dark Bluish Gray SW Imperial Logo and Aurebesh Characters 'CARGO' Pattern X2 Part 30106, Minifigure, Utensil Crystal Ball Globe 2 x 2 x 2, Light Bluish Gray X1 Part 78258, Bar 2L with Stop Ring, Light Bluish Gray  Interesting Parts  X1 Part 6482401, Tile, Modified 4 x 6 with Studs on Edges with Bright Light Blue and Medium Blue R2-D2 Minifigure and Silver '25 YEARS OF LEGO STAR WARS' Pattern X2 Part 98989, Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Perpendicular Double 4L, Light Bluish Gray X12 Part 43045, Hinge Plate 2 x 4 with Pin Hole and 2 Holes, Top, Light Bluish Gray X8 Part 2429 / 2430, Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel (2429 / 2430), Dark Bluish Gray X4 Part 98585, Technic, Axle Connector Block Round with 2 Pin Holes and 3 Axle Holes (Hero Factory Weapon Barrel), Trans-Light Blue X1 Part 35649, Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Diamond with Bar, Satin Trans-Light Blue  Stickers:  Sticker sheet of imperial graphics.

Techniques (interior):  The triangle shape is achieved using hinges and Technic bricks to create the frame. Image of the hinge parts and Technic bricks. Panels are then connected to the frame and can fold open and close.  Image of the parts highlighted that create the folding mechanism. When folded, the panels create a hexagon opening for the top to slot into.  Image of the opening and the top removed and showing how it slots inside.

Techniques (exterior):  Hinge and clips create the subtle slope of the bridge. Part 48336, Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Bar Handle on Side - Closed Ends Closeup of the back of the bridge that shows the panels opened. This panel lifts to store the extra projectiles.  Closeup of the panel that lifts in the back of the bridge to store the projectiles. 2x4 tiles are held by tile clips which are attached to the angle that creates the Technic structure.  Render of the 2x4 tiles and pointing out where they are on the back of the Star Destroyer by the engines.

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The hinge slots between the pin holders and allows the turrets to move in sync as they slide across tiles.

Video of the turrets moving.

Part 44567b, Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 1 Finger on Side without Bottom Groove, Light Bluish Gray

Part 20482, Tile, Round 1 x 1 with Bar and Pin Holder, Dark Bluish Gray

There is a hidden handle behind two panels to allow you to hold the ship.

Video of the panels being accessed and pulling out the handle to lift it into the air.

4 out of 5 Techniques – the iconic shape of the Star Destroyer is achieved with a variety of techniques that when put together, make for a nicely shaped capital ship with accessible interior and play features.

Interior – there is ample space for the minifigs to control the ship, storage for accessories, and schematics.  While Darth Vader can’t stand here when it is closed, this area is meant to represent the bridge.  Image of interior of Star Destroyer. It includes the schematics of the Star Destroyer and a TIE Fighter, crates to hold accessories, and a space on both sides of the bridge for minifigs to be at the control as Darth Vader looks out to the horizon.

Easter Eggs: The mouse droid clocks in at 2 pieces.  Image of stormtrooper looking at a black mousedroid. Part 15712, Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Open O Clip, Black  Part 11253, Minifigure Footgear Roller Skate, Black Translation: “the droids we’re looking for.” Image of sticker with text in Aurebesh and red outline of C3-PO and R2-D2. “I’m going to need that report end of day.” Image of Darth Vader standing over Commander Praji who is at a desk working with a glass mug on it. A holotable with Star Destroyer.  Image of Navy Officer and Crew Member looking at holotable. Part 35649, Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Diamond with Bar, Satin Trans-Light Blue

Final Thoughts:  3/5 Value for Money - At $0.10 per part, it is not a bad price to parts ratio, but most of the parts are common or can be found on the secondary market.  5/5 Display Value -     This set is scaled proportionately and uses a good mix of studs and tiles to make for a nice display piece. While it does not bring anything new to the table, the last version was released 10 years ago, so the likelihood of owning one is slim for people new to LEGO and the Cal Kestis minifig is a nice addition! Lifestyle image of Star Destroyer and the minifigs on a desk.


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