LEGO Star Wars 75331 The Razor Crest Final Collector Collection from The Mandalorian [Review]The Brothers Brick

When The Mandalorian collection started to air in 2019, one of many issues that captured many followers’ hearts proper off the bat (together with my very own) was Din Djarin’s battered bounty hunter vessel the Razor Crest. It completely match into the famously “lived-in” Star Wars universe of the unique trilogy, and so it’s becoming that 75331 The Razor Crest That is the primary car outdoors of the film trilogy to obtain the Final Collector Collection remedy. The UCS Razor Crest measures 28 inches (72cm) in size and consists of 6,187 items. It additionally options minifigures resembling Din Djarin, Kuiil a Mythrol Grogu, Grogu, and a brick-built blurrg. The set was revealed simply days in the past and can retail at $19.99 US $599.99 | CAN $759.99 | UK £519.99Accessible for VIP members on Oct. 3, with normal availability Oct. 7.


The LEGO Group supplied The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set to evaluation. TBB won’t be coated or given constructive opinions if they’re supplied with merchandise to evaluation.

Unboxing the set and its contents

The Razor Crest is available in a big black field that’s thinner than the virtually cubic containers of the 75192 UCS Millenium Falcon and 75313 UCS AT-AT, just like the field for 75309 UCS Republic Gunship. Whereas I didn’t weigh the field, it’s undoubtedly fairly full and feels appropriately hefty for a 6,000-piece set. The again of the field, as is typical for adult-oriented units, reveals a wide range of particulars in regards to the mannequin and screenshots from the present.

The set is split by the inside containers. The containers are adorned with art work from the present on a number of faces, and so they look so good that it’s a disgrace they’re solely seen momentarily between opening the principle field, and dumping the components out to start constructing.

Field 1 comprises 25 luggage, numbered 1-19, and two cardboard packets every, which comprise a thick instruction information. The UCS Razor Crest is screen-accurate and follows within the footsteps set 75159 Loss of life Star. (too quickly?) 

The second field comprises one other 23 luggage numbered 20-36, one other packet of instruction manuals (this one has two thinner manuals collectively), and the unfastened 8×16 plate for the data placard.

The manuals are brilliant yellow and present which components of every mannequin they correspond to. Whereas I can’t deny they clearly convey their message, I discover the look fairly ugly in comparison with manuals in different premium units, notably Technic, the place the flagship units proceed to one-up the Star Wars in each presentation and printing. These units have deserted stickers and printed the data placards regardless that they used stickers. Right here you’ll discover a big sticker sheet packaged with one of many manuals in field 1.

As is the case with adult-oriented units, the handbook opens with a number of pages of behind-the scenes info on the LEGO mannequin and the on-screen ship.

Whereas the vast majority of the Razor Crest’s components are commonplace fare with boatloads of sunshine gray for the outside and a smattering of different colours for hidden structural components. There are fewer strange-colored components on this construct than in lots of others. It’s because a lot of the components may be seen within the last mannequin, as the inside is definitely accessible. There are some attention-grabbing components to be famous right here. Beginning off, there’s only one all-new factor launched (not counting Kuiil’s head sculpt that we’ll take a look at later). The 4×4 tile (half 1751) will get launched, lastly offering an middleman between the two×2 and 6×6 tiles. The set consists of 19 in mild blueish-grey.

Subsequent up are a couple of recolors and prints; I didn’t exhaustively scour the set’s 6,000+ items for recolors, however these are those that stood out as noteworthy. Technic friction half-pins, beforehand solely obtainable as purple, are actually obtainable in 5 darkish bluish gray colours. There are additionally fairly a couple of purple ones within the set. Equally, the curved slope 3×3 nook factor, launched in final 12 months’s 10283 NASA Area Shuttle Discovery, seems for the primary time in mild bluish gray (you’ll get simply 2). The cease ring and bar 2L are additionally obtainable right here in purple. This was beforehand solely obtainable in Minifigures 23’s Ferry Captain.

There are additionally three new prints: left and proper variations of the cover printing within the curved nook panel, and new eye prints for the blurrg on 1×1 spherical tiles (an additional is included).


The construct

It’s all the time thrilling to crack into Bag 1 of Field 1. There are virtually 50 luggage in a set this massive. The construct begins humbly, if predictably should you’ve constructed many giant LEGO fashions up to now few years, with a thick part of Technic framing.

This rapidly balloons out to entrance and rear and instantly we are able to start to see the Razor Crest’s footprint take form. It’s uncommon for a set this massive to have so many particulars already in place. It’s been some time since I’ve watched the primary seasons of The Mandalorian, so I don’t recall if this darkish orange dice is one thing particular from an episode; let me know within the feedback should you’ve received an thought.

The inside is rapidly accomplished. Many particulars are hooked up to the hull’s partitions. Whereas they’re seen on the completed mannequin they’re not very accessible, so getting them laid down this early is important.

With a bit extra framing utilizing giant Technic beams, we are able to see the traces of hull beginning to take form. By the tip of the primary handbook (Bag 9), the dimensions of the mannequin additionally turns into obvious, because it’s near its last size of 28 inches (72cm), and also you begin to get a way that minifigures might really stroll round inside this vessel.

Razor Crest employs the tried and true engineering methodology that makes use of a Technic Skelet overlaid with plates panels for last fuselage shaping. This ends in a powerful and inflexible building that permits for some detailing. The second handbook focuses on masking the principle hull’s body with exterior plating. The ahead sections, which home the aspect entry ramps, are two of the primary to be coated. Every has a hatch that’s virtually invisible when closed however folds down right into a two-part ramp.

With a lot of the outer primary hull in place, it’s time so as to add some extra particulars to the inside earlier than the ship will get closed up. Though many inside particulars may be eliminated, it isn’t simple to put in or take away them as soon as the ship’s closed. These embody the blasters cabinet, carbon freezing chamber and carbon freeze bounties (a human-rodian) and a bunk.

The higher deck space on the entrance can also be detachable, which permits entry to the realm under. The bulkhead has a gap door and the rear two cockpit chairs are situated on this higher deck. It’s additionally the place Grogu and his egg bassinet are positioned, perilously near the container of the Frog Woman’s eggs from Chapter 11: The Heiress.

There’s only one extra part left in Field 1, and that’s the higher hull cladding on the tail, which is constructed as one giant piece that may be eliminated later for entry. Right here’s the underside of it that reveals the development.

Field 2’s subassemblies are all detachable for entry, aside from the ahead cannons. Moderately remarkably, that implies that one thing near half the set’s components are contained in detachable subassemblies, thanks largely to the 2 big engines. The fore and aft sections of the wing segments might be constructed. They’ll sit on both aspect the principle cross-member, which holds the engines.

The engines come subsequent, and so they’re by far probably the most advanced parts of your entire construct. The cross-member is constructed of Technic plates sandwiched amongst tiles for power. The engines are cylinders fabricated from stacked SNOT blocks organized radially. The engine’s exterior is similar to that of the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

The engine cores are so part-dense that after this part is full, it weighs almost as a lot as the remainder of the ship, but it surely feels very sturdy and the rigidity is confidence-inspiring.

Now there’s only a few sections of the ship left to construct: the cover, escape pod, and entrance blaster cannons. The cover is definitely an extended piece that extends virtually from the nostril to succeed in the engines. It’s received some intelligent constructing to it, however each the smaller aspect home windows and the principle cover are lackluster. The minifigure-scale 75292 Razor Crest acquired a brand new factor for its cover, and that’s typically been the case with UCS units. The combo of three primary clear components to create the curving cover actually works pretty properly, but it surely does go away a clumsy divot within the center on the entrance because the curves on the center windscreen don’t match that of the panels. There’s additionally an inaccurate little bit of gray protruding towards the nostril on prime. The aspect home windows are worse. This may have been the right alternative to introduce the 1x3x2 curved arch in trans-clear (the identical factor that’s utilized in gray on both aspect of the home windows). As a substitute, we’re handled to a murky mess of stacked plates and a daily slope, which is technically clear however hardly see-through.

The mixed data placard, minifigure stand, in addition to the brick-built blurrg are the final two items to assemble. We’ll look extra on the blurrg later, however the stand could be very typical fare, as they’re fairly properly standardized throughout UCS units with a two-wide black plate part with only a few uncovered studs for putting the minifigures.


The mannequin as it’s accomplished

So many LEGO car fashions are modified in scale from their on-screen counterparts, that it virtually appears bizarre to deal with a big spaceship that’s correctly in scale, and it’s superior. In case it wasn’t clear from the opening, I really like the Razor Crest. It’s a superbly Star-Warsy vessel, and it seems to be wonderful in full element at this scale.

The Razor Crest set previous to 2020, 75292 Razor Crest was a stable mannequin. It price $130 USD and had over 1,000 items. Nevertheless it’s indicative of the cutting down that so many LEGO units undergo (which to be clear, is just not inherently an issue, as a result of even $130 fashions already pressure most individuals’s budgets). Nevertheless it’s merely CoolYou possibly can see the ship totally scaled up. The UCS model is an unlimited enchancment on the earlier set.

Now, let’s discuss in regards to the scale. There are a lot of methods to calculate the minifigure scale. Minifigures aren’t even near a scale mannequin of an individual. Nevertheless, one widespread methodology is 1 foot = 1 Stud. The Razor Crest is barely greater than the goal scale at 89, which is much more than the 79 the dimensions would carry. Nevertheless it’s actually shut sufficient to fulfill me, and as I stated, that’s not the one method to calculate the dimensions.

In any case, it’s not that the Razor Crest is first UCS set to be minifigure scale—each the 75192 UCS Millenium Falcon and 75313 UCS AT-AT have been roughly minifigure scale. The Falcon is simply too giant to be moved simply, making it a desk prop and never a useful car toy. The AT-AT, on its spindly legs, suffers the identical destiny. The Razor Crest is way simpler to maneuver, although it have to be carried out rigorously. Though the handbook doesn’t embody directions on how you can transfer it like different UCS fashions, it does present steering. (Taking a look at you, AT–AT)In follow, the mannequin was fairly sturdy and required much less care than the directions indicated. Nevertheless, you may’t raise the mannequin from its armpits. That is what’s beneath the wings. In the event you do, you gained’t injury something, however you’ll raise the engines and go away the ship behind!

Transferring on, let’s check out the small print on this monster mannequin. There are two aspect hatches and a big cargo ramp at its rear. All three features flawlessly and really feel extra like spaceship-style hatches than hinged plates. The pistons on the rear ramp on both aspect are a pleasant contact. They prolong and retract with it.

All three openings have a foldaway part that extends to fulfill the bottom; it’s not fairly as nifty because the sliding extensions seen on-screen, but it surely works properly sufficient.

The ship’s entrance is stunningly detailed, with its large aftermarket laser cannons that repeat a number of instances, and the yellow stripes look wonderful, regardless that stickers are a bit distracting.

 

The escape pod may be seen from the highest. It is rather related in design to the one discovered on the smaller mannequin of 1,000 items, but it surely suits a lot better right here. It has an open lid and might maintain one minifigure.

Now let’s check out all of the detachable sections, beginning with the cover. The cover is just not hooked up to your mannequin, it’s held in place solely by gravity. It doesn’t slot in a lot, so tipping the mannequin even a bit will trigger it to fall off, which looks like a giant miss for me, as engineering some type of stronger attachment could be trivial.

The cockpit is splendidly detailed with designs outdated and new (although none unique to this set), and the pilot’s chair up entrance swivels. The higher deck lifts out and the rear chairs are a part of the identical higher deck.

To the highest, there’s a cross-member that lifts the engines, and three further giant sections that may be eliminated. This enables restricted entry to inside, and successfully removes your entire prime shell.

Trying down inside, we are able to see all the inside particulars from the frozen bounties to Boba Fett’s armor. It seems to be implausible, however it is vitally tough to entry. This reinforces the truth that it is a show mannequin and never a playset.

After its tragic demise on the finish of season 2, the Razor Crest will not grace our screens. That has no bearing on my evaluation of this mannequin, however I’m salty as a result of, for my part, the Razor Crest was the best on-screen ship because the authentic trilogy (and it jogs my memory greater than a little bit of Serenity). Don’t get me flawed; Mando’s new Naboo N-1 Starfighter is superior, and presumably means sooner. Check out these two. That is like switching from Winnebagos to Corvettes. Each have their qualities, however they’re so radically completely different that evaluating them is sort of unimaginable. The Razor Crest might be stowed within the N-1 folding wings.


The minfigures

The Razor Crest options three conventional minifigures, Grogu in his hovering pram and a blurrg. All three connect to the data placard’s base.

Each the Mandalorian and Grogu are exclusives to this set—properly, type of. Grogu is just not new, however that is the primary set in minifigure-scale to incorporate his hovering pram with correct colours, though it’s fabricated from widespread components (the 2021 Star Wars Introduction Calendar included a gray model). The Mandalorian is a singular model of this set.

Mando is an enhanced model of the determine within the 75292 Razor Crest set. It has printing on the arms (now darkish gray), further printing on helmet and a hairpiece to put on when Mando takes his helmet off. It’s additionally solely the second time that Din’s head has been a correct, printed headpiece somewhat than simply stable black, following the one in 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter earlier this 12 months.

The opposite minifigures embody an unnamed Mythrol that Mando captures for a bounty in episode one, and Kuiil who Mando has a friendship with on Arvala-7. Kuiil is a gruff, however loving Ugnaught Mando. Each of those minifigures are unique to this set. Kuiil has a brand new head part that mixes his cap with goggles into one mould. Kuiil’s brick-built blurrg can also be included, and naturally, it’s rideable.

The blurrg may be described as a fast construct across the SNOT core. The tail, head, arms, and legs have a little bit of motion. Nevertheless, the legs are fastened. It’s a great construct and it seems to be nice, however I’d nonetheless like to have a pleasant molded model that matches the model of most of the different LEGO creatures about this dimension.


Conclusion & suggestions

The UCS Razor Crest is an outstandingly designed set from a building perspective. The ship’s angular traces are captured properly, and the engineering to assist the huge engines—to not point out the engineering on the engines themselves—is spectacular. The design is just not good. It’s possible you’ll notice that the outside hull doesn’t fairly match that of the on-screen ship, which is battered naked metallic, giving the vessel a silvery satin end. LEGO has a couple of colours that come near that, and this set’s mild bluish gray is just not one among them. Flat silver (AKA silver metallic), or pearl darkish grey (AKA titanium metallic), would have made nice alternate options. It’s true this might have required LEGO to supply fairly a couple of new components in these colours, however it is a $600 flagship set for one among LEGO’s most well-known themes. This can be a disappointing shortcut to a set that deserves higher.

The detachable cover design feels rushed, as I discussed beforehand. It’s a bit too unfastened and doesn’t have a clip or stud connection. The cover actually deserves the identical remedy because the smaller one. The engine cross-member and roof panels might have been designed with a detachable pin that may lock them onto fuselages, just like the 10294 Titanic set. Lastly, there’s the inexplicably nonetheless stickered data placard, which feels low-cost in a set that prices this a lot. Sure, it’s tough to print blue or white on black, however that’s not an insurmountable roadblock, and LEGO printed the white textual content data placard for the latest Technic Ferrari, a set that one-ups the Star Wars UCS line in each facet of the presentation.

The earlier Mando minifigure variations have been already nice, so there actually wasn’t numerous room to raise the design for this one, however the brand new arm and helmet printing nonetheless manages to really feel like an improve. Kuiil is the true unique, as he was a personality that noticed numerous screentime on the present. His new molded head is wonderful. Though Mythrol and the blurrg are stable entries, they’re much less attention-grabbing. Grogu isn’t the one one, regardless that technically his hover pram could also be.

$600 is lots to spend on a LEGO set, and this isn’t even the costliest Star Wars set you should purchase. We’re keenly conscious that this set gained’t be within the price range for a lot of followers, no matter how cool it’s. However for many who’ve received expendable revenue to drop on a 6,000-piece duplicate of one among Star Wars’ coolest ships, it is a nice set, even when it’s not good. It’s an interesting construct that outcomes of a mannequin that’s each enjoyable to have a look at and to fly round.


75331 The Razor Crest comprises 6,187 items and can retail at $7331 US $599.99 | CAN $759.99 | UK £519.99. It will likely be obtainable for VIP members on Oct. 3, with normal availability on Oct. 7. It could even be offered by third-party distributors AmazonAnd eBay.


The LEGO Group supplied The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set to evaluation. TBB won’t be coated or given constructive opinions if they’re supplied with merchandise to evaluation.

LEGO Star Wars 75331 The Razor Crest Final Collector Collection from The Mandalorian [Review]The Brothers Brick

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