Darth Vader’s Castle Pre-release Review

A great new addition to the LEGO® Star Wars range has arrived (well, almost!): Darth Vader’s Castle 75251 is being released by LEGO® on 1st December 2018 – just in time to fill all those Christmas stockings.

The set contains 1060 pieces, is recommended for ages 9+ and will retail for £119.99.

Darth Vader’s Castle is a replica of the SIth Lord’s Mustafa fortress which most notably featured in the Star Wars Rogue One film but is also the focus of the ongoing Darth Vader comic series.

LEGO® are skilled in packing in as much detail as possible into their designs, and this set is no exception with several unique aspects and features on display.

This eloquently imposing set features an underground hangar with mouse droid and docking station, ancient Sith shrine with holocron, racks for extra ammunition, and secret compartments hiding more Sith relics. The hangar also houses a buildable TIE Advanced Fighter model with stud shooters and space to sit the Darth Vader minifigure. There’s also a bacta tank, Darth Vader’s meditation chamber with holographic communication unit, and a meeting platform at the top with a defensive stud-shooter cannon.

The Sith Shrine with holocron is a really nice touch and the holocron itself seems to be a newly designed LEGO® brick which I don’t think has been previously included in any sets.

The set comes with 5 minifigures including Darth Vader, 2 Royal Guards, Darth Vader Bacta Tank version and an Imperial Transport Pilot. Whilst some LEGO® fans might be a bit disappointed with the limited minifigures included in a set of this size, the Imperial Transport Pilot and the Darth Vader Bacta Tank minifigures are new and unique to this set.

The miniaturized version of Darth Vader’s Tie Advanced Fighter is a nice touch to the set and nicely scaled to house the Darth Vader minifigure as well as fit snugly into the fortress’ hanger.

Whilst the set has quite a hefty price tag which falls into the same pricing category as the largest non-UCS Star Wars LEGO® sets, this is quite a unique build and is a refreshing change from the countless space ships and vehicles which currently dominate the LEGO® Star Wars range. There’s plenty of playable features in this set to keep younger fans happy and I’m sure that the uniqueness of this set will also tempt many adult collectors – especially as the set looks quite solid and easy to display as part of a collection.