Lego 6211 Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer Review
The Lego 6211, also known as the Imperial Star Destroyer, has always been a favorite of many Lego Star Wars fans. So it’s not really surprising to see that Lego is creating another version of this vehicle after the LEGO 75055. The previous edition came in a playing style that looked similar to its previous incarnation back in 2006. Despite the fact that both versions of the build come from a singular source material, these two could not be any more different. For instance, the Lego 6211 is priced at around $129 bucks, and includes 1359 pieces in total. So even though the pieces are practically the same as the ones found in the 2006 version, the price has since skyrocketed.
Not only is the Lego 6211 a beautiful set in general, there’s loads of improvement to be found here when it comes to playability. However, there are many things that this build could work upon which have been better than the first version.
The box is just as huge as one might expect, especially coming from a set of this magnitude. This shows the famous Imperial Star Destroyer in action, in its attempt to destroy the Death Star II. This is a build based after the very first Star Wars Film: Episode IV, A New Hope, based after the display on the monitor located right inside the vehicle.
At the back of the box, you can see the set with is accompanying panels which have all opened up to show off the build’s interior, as well as a host of other demonstrated features. Blueprint-style photos of the completed build are also present: A brand new addition that we like.
There are also a handful of manuals included inside the box, as well as a poster, and the customary sticker sheet. The sheet is backed in cardboard, and kept in perfect condition. There are also numbered brick bags found inside here, even though a couple of them contain identical bricks. These are commonly used for a couple of reversed wedging plates.
The poster shows off the Imperial Star Destroyer as it fights another Lego Star Wars build, the B-Wing (Lego 75050) on one side of the box. There’s also a gallery of Star Wars character minifigures included here. Of course, the more exclusive ones are present – But apart from that, the poster is just exquisite.
The build comes with a bunch of minifigures – A couple less when you compare it to the previous Imperial Star Destroyer. But the main quality of these figures are still excellent, and even though we could use a couple more of them, we’re already quite satisfied with the collection in itself – Especially since all of them carry new designs.
We would pretty much estimate that the construction of the Lego 6211 would normally take at least up to three hours without stopping. And even though there’s a handful of nice techniques used here, such as loads of SNOT and a good mixture of both Lego System and Lego Technic parts, our enjoyment of building the Lego 6211 dampened quite a bit thanks to the design’s symmetry. This is clearly unavoidable, thanks to the limits of the ship’s design in the Star Wars movies, and the techniques used in building do vary sufficiently to keep one’s own interest. So we can’t criticize this build too much.
If you have a child who is lucky enough to own this set, then this would give them the perfect opportunity to experience their very first big Lego build. This is a fuss-free build, despite the fact that it uses some highly complicated techniques, and there’s also loads of completely built-brick portions that might seem familiar to Lego Star Wars fans.
This isn’t a revolutionary build by any means, but it’s still a good one nonetheless.
One of the bigger differences between the aforementioned LEGO 75055 and the Lego 6211 is its size. The 6211 is smaller than the 75055, which is already small enough as it is. Even though it’s got a rather diminutive size, it’s just as heavy as its other version, and feels bulky and wonderful in your hands – As compared to the 75055 which feels fragile and hollow in certain areas.
Even though the size of the 6211 is small, there’s an even better quality to it versus the 75055. The model is filled with loads of features, and wonderful details both on the inside and the outside. From the exterior, the completely monotonous color scheme still bears a slick look, and the dark blue bricks serve to break up the light bluish grey hull wonderfully. The panels located around the Star Destroyer’s lower half give it a similar look to a wedge shape located on both above and below the build, even though the real Imperial Star Destroyer in the films is flat-bottomed, allowing it to be placed easily on top of a flat surface. You can still see the vehicle’s hinges, but the plates are pretty much as close as you can get to creating a sharp edge, since the scale does have its limits.
There are four turbo laser turrets that run down from both sides of the command tower. It’s quite fun to see them swivel back and forth in unison. You can achieve this with the help of the two levers located at the back side of the vehicle, with one of them handling the four turrets located at the port side, while the other one deals with the ones found at the starboard. The barrels located on each gun can also be lowered and raised independently from one another, even though this doesn’t really have a purpose and must only be done manually. The area leading up to the command tower contains a bunch of spring-loaded missiles, which Lego has introduced in the beginning of 2006. These are also highly effective and have the ability to shoot at least three to four meters away from the build, as long as you hold up the 6211 at a reasonable height.
Speaking of which, it’s very easy to hold up the build since it contains a carrying handle, found in front of the bridge area. It goes on far enough to give you an excellent grip, even when you have big hands. You can still fold it away without damaging the build, almost to the point where you might not even notice that it’s folded at a quick glance. The command tower has got to be one of the most accurate portions of the 6211 – In the LEGO 75055, the tower looks a bit shorter and frumpier as compared to the vehicle’s main body. But there’s no bridge area found in the model: The only thing present is a small sticker placed on a 1 x 4 tile, which is meant to represent the viewports.
There’s still some nice greebling around the area though, and we’re very much happy to see that both the shield generator domes, along with the build’s communications array, are included on top of the tower itself. You can find a hatch right behind the build where you can place two spare trans-neon green missiles in. We do enjoy these types of features, since we like spare gun accessories, or any form of ammo that comes with the set. This of course, becomes much easier when you can find a good place to store all of these goods.
The engines found at the backside of the ship are joined together with the help of Lego Technic pins. Each pin contains a trans-light blue dish, or a weapon barrel from the Technic series which gives off the impression that the build is very active. In our opinion, the engines that come with the 6211 are pretty much the right size, even though they’re a tad bit too large on the actual Star Destroyer, if we were to judge using the screencaps.
Inside of the build, the 6211 is far more detailed than its predecessor. It’s got a bridge area found at the front side, and one more bigger room that houses a holographic display screen, a hologram table, and a weapons rack towards the back of the build.
The bridge portion is a bit accurate, although simplified due to size constraints. There’s a walkway that runs down towards the center with its own crew pit on either side, much like what happens in the films. Each of the crew pit contains a good amount of control panels (in the form of stickers). This is a good representation of the bridge itself, and even though it doesn’t carry the exact proportions, it’s still a brilliant piece of inclusion in the 6211.
This build might be great, but we feel like Lego has yet to release a set that truly captures the feel of the Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer. The small size of the model serves as a major drawback, since it doesn’t feel big enough to represent a ship of this magnitude. As a result, we feel like the build is on the overpriced side.