I was all ready to give today’s set, 30279 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, a thumbs up because it looked pretty good compared to the source material I was remembering in my mind. That is until I re-watched the beginning of The Force Awakens to familiarize myself a little more about the ship. And now I’m not so sure.
Kylo’s shuttle is a weird one in terms of color because at the beginning of TFA, it looked like it was black as night. But at the Battle of Takodana, it looked like it was more of a dark grey. I’d chalk up that discrepancy to the lighting though as most other online resources have the ship as black. Why this is important to note is because LEGO themselves couldn’t really figure it out releasing the ship twice in two different colors: in dark grey in 2015’s 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and in black in 2019’s 75256 Kylo Ren’s Shuttle sets. I think it’s safe to say the polybag being reviewed, released in 2016 mind you, is based on the 2015 set and not the actual source material (and I’ll fight you on this one, Ed) as the color scheme matches 75104, dark grey.
The wings are built in the vertical position and don’t fold down. A couple of clips and bars might have been able to make the wings fold down to that “V” shape while in flight and would have really elevated this set’s quality. Though it may have interfered with the other feature of the mini shuttle, and that is the loading ramp:
A simple flag element recreates the belly ramp while it’s on the ground and it looks pretty nice. The wings are long and don’t extend or retract but that’s something that would be impossible to build at this scale. The tips are capped off with transparent red 1×1 tiles to simulate red running lights. A pair of minifig binoculars make up the wing-mounted twin laser cannons. A pretty simple build that captures most of the major details of the ship. I’d say it’s a win.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! I may not have liked the movies but the sets aren’t half bad and this one I kinda like. I may have started the set unsure about the final rating but I have to admit, even without folding wings, it looks pretty close to the source material, 75256 Kylo Ren’s Shuttle set, and it is highly swooshable. Not a bad set at all.
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