LEGO Death Star Review 2008 - LegoMaster« Back to Questions List

Set Details:

Set: 10188

Series: Ultimate Collector Series

Buy it from: Amazon, eBay

Released: 2008

Pieces: 3803

Minifigs: 24

The Review

The LEGO Death Star is one of the few LEGO Star Wars sets that I would wholeheartedly recommend to absolutely everyone. With tons of playability features, an absurd number of quality minifigures (24), and an ingenious design, the Death Star has something for every LEGO fan to love.

This set is broken into three main floors with thirteen primary rooms between them. Each room depicts a memorable scene from the original Star Wars trilogy. The rooms are very well done, and each is worthy of being described in detail. I’ll take you through each room, floor by floor. Let’s start at the top.

Top Floor of the LEGO Death Star

The top floor of the Death Star has four rooms: a meeting room, a droid maintenance room, a super laser control room, and a turbo laser room. Here are the details of each one:

Meeting Room: The meeting room has a sleek black table and seven chairs. The chairs swivel around, which is a nice touch, and the top of the table can be removed to reveal a small storage space.

Turbo Laser Room: The Turbo Laser room has two Turbo Lasers inside. Both are very well-designed, and they can be moved in unison by turning a knob just below the floor. Each Turbo Laser also has a gear on its right side that controls the vertical position of its laser.

Droid Maintenance Room: The Droid Maintenance Room has storage for a pair of extra Stormtrooper helmets, as well as some places you can put spare blasters and maintenance tools. The droid operating table in the center of the room can be lifted up, which gives you access to a gear that moves the TIE Advanced stand (in the room directly below it). This room also has the primary control for the elevator that moves up and down throughout the entire Death Star.

Super Laser Control Room: The Super Laser Control Room has two consoles, one of which controls the movement of Death Star’s infamous Super Laser. The Super Laser can be moved side to side as well as up and down, though the range of motion is a little bit limited (as you’d expect). The only other real feature in this room is a ‘screen.’ The screen is really a two-sided panel. One side has a picture of Alderaan on it, and the other side a picture of Yavin.

Middle Floor of the LEGO Death Star

The middle floor of this set has four rooms: a detention cell, the Emperor’s throne room, a hangar, and the super laser room. Here are the details of each room:

Detention Block: The Detention Block is one of the best rooms in the LEGO Death Star, based on the scene in Episode IV where Luke Skywalker and Han Solo rescue Princess Leia from her cell. The Detention Block includes a computer terminal area, ‘lights’ in the ceiling, and a cell door that opens and closes. But the real highlight here for most Star Wars fans is the trash chute that leads to the compactor on the bottom floor (more on that later).

Emperor’s Throne Room: To put it in a word, Emperor Palpatine’s Throne Room is awesome. Palpatine has a turnable chair, and behind it is his iconic glass window. The entire throne area is very well-made, and it’s clear that the designers paid some extra attention to detail here, as everything came together really well. The rest of the room is staged around the final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Episode VI. It features a collapsible platform, as well as a hole in the floor that you can recreate Palpatine’s death plunge in if you like.

Hangar: The Death Star just wouldn’t be complete without a hangar of some sort, and LEGO wisely chose to have a hangar for Vader’s TIE Advanced. The TIE is easy to remove from the stand, and its cockpit opens to seat one minifigure. As I mentioned earlier, the TIE stand can be moved with a control in the Droid Maintenance Room directly above it.

Super Laser Room: This is the room where the Super Laser is anchored. There is a little computer terminal and some storage boxes, but you can’t really play with this section too much with the big Super Laser in the way. But this is a fine tradeoff, as the super laser is fantastic and it’s nice to have a room where you can store things.

Bottom Floor of the LEGO Death Star

The bottom floor of this set has five rooms: a trash compactor room, a tractor beam room, an air shaft, the maintenance room, and the laser cannon room. Here are the details of each room:

Trash Compactor Room: The Trash Compactor Room does an excellent job of recreating one of everyone’s favorite scenes from Episode IV. The ‘trash’ in the room is really just some nicely assorted parts that clutter the floors, and also includes the Dianoga Monster, which is a nice inclusion. The walls close in and open with a slick push/pull mechanism that works really well. The door in the back of the room opens, allowing for escape.

Tractor Beam Room: The Tractor Beam Room represents the scene in Episode IV where Obi-Wan Kenobi shuts down the tractor beam, allowing his allies to escape from the Death Star on the Millennium Falcon following his duel with Darth Vader. The controls are well-made, but the platform can be a little flimsy. I’d recommend reinforcing it with pieces from other sets if you can.

Laser Cannon Room: The Laser Cannon room houses a nice laser cannon. It has two seats and shoots flick fire missiles. It’s nicely designed, but there isn’t too much else to say about it. It’s a good playability feature.

Cargo Bay: The cargo bay is a cool little room that includes a small crane that can pick up barrels and put them onto a platform. The platform raises up to the Hangar on the middle floor.

Air Shaft: I’m not exactly sure what the official name of this room is, but it’s the scene in Episode IV where Luke and Leia are running from the Stormtroopers and they swing over a large gap from one platform to another. The room represents the scene very well, and it has a cable that hangs from the ceiling, so you can recreate it in LEGO form.

Basement

There is a basement area that contains four rooms, but none of the rooms are themed, and space is rather limited. You can definitely find creative uses for it, but it isn’t as big of a draw as the rooms on the upper three floors.

Assembly

Building the LEGO Death Star is a task that you don’t want to take lightly. The manual could easily be mistaken for a book, and just looking at the loose pieces is enough to make most people a little anxious. At 3,803 pieces, you should expect to spend at least 24 hours putting this set together, and it will take some people even longer.

The good news is that there is very little repetition in this set. Each of the rooms is unique, so there is a lot of variety in the building process. In the end, it’s one of the most thoroughly enjoyable building experiences you can ever hope to have with a LEGO set.

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