LEGO's newest buildable, a 1,060-piece replica of Darth Vader's castle, will take Star Wars fans back to Sith-ruled Mustafar -- Anakin Skywalker's personal residence and the site of his greatest defeat.
The set, which includes five minifigures, highlights several key features of the Sith Lord's fortress. It's divided into two parts: An underground hangar and the castle proper. The hangar is home to Vader's trusty starship, a TIE Advanced Warfighter hailing from the first Star Wars movie. It measures over 2 inches (6 centimeters) high, 4 inches (11 centimeters) wide and 3 inches (9 centimeters) long and comes equipped with two stud shooters and a cockpit made to fit Vader's minifigure.
The hangar also houses several ammunition racks, relic-enclosed secret compartments and a holocron-equipped shrine from the Sith's earlier days. It has a built-in mouse droid and docking station, too.
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Vader's fork-shaped castle is equally feature-packed. The side access door hides a bacta tank, holographic comm units, a meditation chamber made to fit a single minifigure and a hook for Vader's cape. A circular meeting platform sits on the roof of the castle and comes equipped with defensive armaments and a stud-shooter cannon. Overall, the building set measures over 16 inches (41 centimeters) high, 11 inches (28 centimeters) wide and 9 inches (23 centimeters) deep and is surrounded by brick-built lava.
Loose parts include all five minifigures, as well as several weapons and weapon parts. These consist of two Royal Guards, one Imperial Transport Pilot and two Darth Vaders -- the original Sith Lord and his bacta tank counterpart. Each minifigure (aside from bacta Vader) is armed with its own weapon -- a red lightsaber for the Sith Lord, force pikes for the two Royal Guards and a blaster pistol for the pilot. The underground hangar hides two valuable Force relics, a lightsaber handle and a red kyber crystal for use on Vader's blade.
Darth Vader's castle made its film debut in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the height of the Galactic Empire. The site was already featured in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith during Anakin Skywalker's fateful duel against former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. It currently features heavily in Marvel's Darth Vader comics series, helmed since 2017 by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung.
Priced at $129.99, LEGO Star Wars: Darth Vader's Castle is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The building kit is scheduled for worldwide release during the holiday season.