The long-awaited 75309 Republic Gunship has arrived, but does the first LEGO Star Wars UCS set based on a prequel trilogy vehicle since 2010 provide all we’ve hoped for? More than 30,000 fans voted in droves for the famous troop transport in a LEGO Ideas poll last February, ensuring that 75309 Republic Gunship will hit stores in 2021.
The prequel trilogy youngsters, who grew up captivated by George Lucas’s exploits in CGI and are now apparently ready to spend large, LEGO for Adults-sized expenditures on LEGO Star Wars kits, will have to wait.
Can 75309 Republic Gunship live up to the hype and kick-start a new wave of Ultimate Collector Series sets based on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith? With the weight of 30,000 fans’ expectations on its shoulders, can it live up to the hype and kick-start a new wave of Ultimate Collector Series sets based on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith?
But credit to designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer for keeping the price from reaching the levels of the 75192 Millennium Falcon and 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer while still delivering a ship that exceeds the scale of previous Republic Gunships and, as a result, feels very deserving of the Ultimate Collector Series badge.
However, it’s difficult to get a sense of size from the box alone: the bland 18+ packaging undersells one of the LEGO Group’s most costly kits, and the odd perspective of the primary image doesn’t help matters. Look at the photographs in this article to get a better idea of what to anticipate from the sheer magnitude of 75309 Republic Gunship (and even the official lifestyle images).
The fact that this Gunship employs the identical ball-joint parts for its front turrets as the Minifigure-scale models contribute to the scale’s deception. There’s a very precise purpose for sticking with the same pieces, as Hans explained in a recent roundtable conversation, and they’re accented with curved bricks to indicate size.
Nobody will criticize you for underestimating the size of this set if those turrets are one of the first things you notice when looking at the Gunship’s box cover. Just be sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into because it’s a monster. (You’ll want a larger boat shelf.)