The very first scene shown in the Star Wars franchise is the now-famous sequence of a small Rebel blockade runner fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer. Through the visuals alone, moviegoers were able to get a sense of the disparity between the two warring factions, seeing the ragtag Alliance severely outmatched by the Galactic Empire. The Star Destroyer was a massive vehicle, nearly taking up the entire screen as it passed by the camera, symbolizing the great reach and power of the villains. From that moment on, audiences were hooked, and Star Wars has been a force in pop culture for nearly 40 years.
Simply put, the Star Destroyer is a crucial element of the property, as it’s been with fans from the very beginning. As is the case with many of the iconic Star Wars spaceships, various merchandise manufacturers have produced toy and model versions of it, including LEGO. The company’s official Star Destroyer set is quite complex, containing 1,359 pieces. That wasn’t large enough for imgur user Doomhandle, and he took it upon himself to craft a gigantic custom LEGO Star Destroyer so large, it contains three interior levels and a landing bay for other vehicles.
Doomhandle posted an image gallery on his profile, showcasing all of the various features and basic setup. Dubbed the Tyrant, this Star Destroyer is more than 56 inches long and weighs about 70 pounds. It is about 20 inches longer (and considerably heavier) when compared to the classic LEGO version. There were no non-LEGO parts used in the construction of the Tyrant, save for two strings of LED lights that will be added on later once they are finished. One of the pictures showed the two side-by-side, offering viewers a great look at the tremendous scale and scope of the Star Destroyer. Check it out below:
It’s clear that a lot of thought and effort went into creating the Tyrant. The inside of the ship is most impressive, including everything from a command bridge to troop barracks. There are also two Sith meditation chambers (where a Dark Side apprentice receives orders from the Emperor), a cafeteria, a medical bay, and conference rooms where Imperial officers can discuss strategy (among others). Arguably the most amazing aspect of this is the hangar, which can fit numerous other LEGO sets of TIE Interceptors (which are 320 pieces), an Imperial shuttle, and even a captured Rebel fighter. All in all, it’s extremely creative and something fun for Star Wars fans to check out.
Since 1977, Star Wars has inspired fans to make astonishing things and the LEGO Tyrant is no exception. It speaks to the impact the series as a whole has had on popular culture, giving people an outlet to pursue their passions and share them with the world. With Doomhandle teasing the possibility of more Tyrant pictures or videos soon, there’s a chance this model can get even better as he continues to work on it, so that’s definitely something to keep an eye out for.
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