Here it is my friends. The most stellar Star Wars Lego set ever forged of the brick: The Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series Death Star 10188. I give you the Death Star as you’ve never seen it before!
Make no mistake, this set is massive! Once built the Death Star stands 16″ (41 cm) high! It has over a dozen chambers with movie accurate details. Yes it’s $399.99 but that is not over-priced for a licensed set with over 3800 pieces and 24 minifigures! This set is basically 10¢ a brick which is a pretty sweet deal.
Expect to spend several hours building this bad boy. Whether you build it alone or as a family project you’ll have hours of enjoyment in the build. Some estimate over ten hours to complete it. But don’t be daunted because building it is part of the fun of course. The difficulty says 14 years old and up but I have heard plenty of reviewers say that their 7 year old had no problem with it.
Inside the box you get 4 separate boxes each numbered and containing numbered bags that are put together step by step. In this way the project is very nicely organized in smaller chunks so you can build it easier and even can work on it little bits at a time over several sittings if you so choose. But trust me, once you get started you will want to keep going until it’s done!
So let me walk you through the many features and possibilities of this set. First off, lets cover the best part of any Lego set…the minifigs. The Death Star includes 24 minifigures: Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper outfit, Han Solo in Stormtrooper outfit, Assassin Droid, Interrogation Droid, Death Star Droid, 2 Death Star Troopers, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Emperor Palpatine, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor’s Royal Guards, R2-Q5, and the lovable mouse droid!
Follow me on a tour of all the Death Star environments included in this model!
The chasm with the missing bridge where Luke and Leia tethered across,
Heavy Laser Cannon room,
The Superlaser control room and target monitor,
The detention level with escape hatch into the trash compactor room,
Imperial conference chamber,
Dual moving laser turrets,
Master control bridge with view monitor.
The view screen can change from Alderan (pre-obliteration) to the count down orbiting Yavin.
There’s even a “bottomless” pit you can toss ol’ Palpatine down if don’t learn how to do right!
So with all these possible rooms you can reenact sooooo many pivotal scenes from the movies. Rescue Princess Leia from the detention block cell, then escape through the secret hatch to the trash compactor below! Swing across the chasm with Luke and Leia on the cord to safty. Experience the epic duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor’s Throne Room!
Overall this model is got to be one of the most creative, awesome, masterfully engineered, fun to build and all around incredible Star Wars Lego sets ever created! If you factor in all the entertainment hours of building and play it provides, the great minifigures and the display and collectability of this set it really does make it a must have!