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LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV Designer-Video

At first glance, the newly released #75244 LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV looks similar to the #10198 LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV released back in 2009. However, the new design includes quite a few updates and upgrades that you may not notice until you check it out in detail. In the video below, LEGO’s own designers who worked on the ship share some of the in interesting details of the LEGO version of this iconic Star Wars ship.

LEGO model designer Cesar Soares talks about some of the new techniques and new pieces that were used in #75244 LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV. I especially appreciate some of the smaller details like having slightly shapes, colors, and mechanical details for the eleven engines, a detailed interior, and that the radar doubles as a handle to swoosh the ship around. LEGO graphic designer Maddy O’Neil talks about the design decisions made for the minifigures as well as for the decorations on the ship. Watch the video below for more details.

Intersting, isn’t it? I really like these designer interviews. Even if I wasn’t considering buying a particular set, the designer-video gives me more appreciation and insight about the design process. And, when I do plan to buy a set, it’s nice to learn who worked on the model, the challenges they faced, the design decisions they made, and all the little details they added.

Here is the official description of the set: Build, play and display a legendary Star Wars starship! This LEGO Star Wars interpretation of Tantive IV, seen fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer in the opening moments of Star Wars: A New Hope, faithfully recreates all of the Rebel cruiser’s signature details, including an elongated hull, detachable escape pods, elevating gun turrets, cargo hold and 11 massive engines at the back. Remove the hull plating of this fantastic LEGO Star Wars vehicle to reveal a detailed 2-minifigure cockpit, conference area with table, weapon rack and a control console with 2 seats. The radar dish also doubles as a convenient carry handle, which makes it perfect for flying around the room. When the mission is over, this amazing kids’ buildable toy also makes a great centerpiece for any LEGO Star Wars collection. Includes 5 LEGO Star Wars minifigures: Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO and a Rebel Fleet Trooper, plus an R2-D2 droid LEGO figure. Measures over 5” (14cm) high, 24” (62cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide. 1768 pieces. Price: $199.99. You can find the set at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Also, remember that today is the last day to take advantage of all the Star Wars Day specials, including the free #40333 LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition Battle of Hoth set with LEGO Star Wars purchases of $75 or more, the free LEGO Star Wars poster with purchases of $35 or more, Double VIP Points on all LEGO Star Wars sets, and select LEGO Star Wars sets on sale. All these promotions are valid until the end of day today at LEGO stores and the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the #75244 LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV? Is this a set you are interested in? And do you celebrate Star Wars Day? What are you getting or building? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Hayato May 6, 2019, 10:10 AM

    Our kids like sets with those built-in handles. It’s in several of the Ninjago sets. It makes swooshing around ships much easier, giving little hands a solid place to grab a bigger set without pieces falling off. Using the radar was a great idea!

  • Sith015 May 6, 2019, 10:35 AM

    I watched the video yesterday, and I like the changes they made. My favorite part is the engines. It would be so cool if lego would add lights to them so they can really glow!

    • admin May 8, 2019, 8:10 PM

      You can always put in some LED lights. 😀

  • LEGOJeff May 6, 2019, 1:12 PM

    I like the set, but there are so many others on my wanted list. I think I will just get the anniversary set on bricklink or ebay. I do want to finish collecting those.

    • admin May 8, 2019, 8:10 PM

      That’s a good option if you don’t want to get anything else. 🙂

  • Legostuff14 May 6, 2019, 4:26 PM

    I have the second or third Imperial Star Destroyer set that has a handle on it and it’s a lot easier to move it around. My first Star Destroyer was so bulky and kept falling apart on me but I finally just left it in pieces in a box in storage.

    • admin May 8, 2019, 8:11 PM

      Yeah, modern sets are usually much better in this regard. Better pieces, better techniques, and better playability.

  • jabber-baby-wocky May 6, 2019, 9:40 PM

    It’s a nice set, I agree. But I was expecting something more exciting for the 20th anniversary. I’m not exactly sure what, but I wanted to be surprised by something we haven’t seen before. I just felt a little underwhelmed when the set was announced.

    • admin May 8, 2019, 8:12 PM

      Hm… maybe you will find something exciting later in the year when the new SW sets come out. 🙂

  • FrenchToast May 7, 2019, 8:50 AM

    My son wants to get into star wars lego but I’m afraid there will be no end to it. How do you guys keep a check on your purchases? Any advice?

    • admin May 8, 2019, 8:16 PM

      That’s a hard one. Especially with Star Wars as there are so many sets, wit more coming out constantly. It’s a good idea to establish a budget and stick to it. Also, take notice of the kind of sets your son likes to build and how he likes to play. He may say he wants them all, but he might prefer swooshing around spaceships, or building large battle scenes, or collect minifigs, build vehicles, do stop-motion videos, or something else. Talk it through with him so he learns how to make good choices. Letting him save up for the sets can also make him more thoughtful about what he really wants. May the Force be with you. 😉

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