Are you a fan of the LEGO Star Wars 75354 prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars animated series? Do you love the iconic Republic Gunship and its red-themed variants? If so, you might be interested in the LEGO Star Wars 75354 Coruscant Guard Gunship set, which was released in September 2023. This set is a remake of the classic 7163 Republic Gunship from 2002, but with a new color scheme and minifigure lineup. In this article, we will review the set’s details, build process, minifigures, completed model, and final thoughts.
What’s in the Box of LEGO Star Wars 75354?
The set comes in a large box that features a stunning artwork of the gunship flying over the Coruscant skyline. The back of the box shows the gunship landed with some of its play features highlighted. Inside, you will find ten numbered bags, an instruction manual, and a small sticker sheet. The set has 1083 pieces and five minifigures: Chancellor Palpatine, Padmé Amidala, Commander Fox, and two Coruscant Guard troopers. The set is part of the LEGO Star Wars 75354 theme and retails for US$139.99 / AU$249.99 / £129.99 / €149.99 / CAD$179.99.
How to Build the Gunship
The build process is divided into ten steps, each corresponding to a numbered bag. The first two bags create the foundation and the nose section of the gunship, which include the front bubble turrets and the troop bay platform. The next two bags build a subassembly for the top of the gunship, which has a Technic carrying handle and a sliding mechanism. The subassembly is then attached to the main body and the design is expanded. The last six bags add the finishing touches to the gunship, such as the front panels, the folding ramp, the cockpit, the sliding doors, and the wings. The build process is fairly straightforward and enjoyable, but it can also be repetitive and tedious at times.
Meet the Minifigures
The set comes with five minifigures, all of them exclusive to this set. The minifigures are based on the characters from the LEGO Star Wars 75354 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie and the Clone Wars animated series. The minifigures are:
- Chancellor Palpatine: The leader of the Galactic Republic and the secret Sith Lord Darth Sidious. He has a new skirt piece and two facial expressions: a calm smile and a sinister grin.
- Padmé Amidala: The senator of Naboo and the wife of Anakin Skywalker. She has a new torso print that depicts her outfit from the movie, but her headpiece is a reuse of the one from the 2016 set 75183 Darth Vader Transformation, which does not match her hairstyle.
- Commander Fox: The leader of the Coruscant Guard, an elite clone unit that protects the Republic capital. He has a new Phase II helmet with red markings, but his printing is not very accurate and his visor is misaligned.
- Coruscant Guard x2: Two clone troopers that serve under Commander Fox. They have the same helmet as Fox, but with different facial expressions. They also have new torso and leg prints in bright red, which match the Coruscant Guard theme.
The Finished Model: A Blast from the Past
The completed model is a faithful representation of the Republic Gunship, a staple vehicle in the LEGO Star Wars 75354 prequel universe. The model measures approximately 37cm in length and 41cm in width, and it has a lot of details and features that make it authentic and playable. Some of the features are:
- A dual cockpit that can fit two minifigures and has a stickered control panel.
- A troop bay that can fit four minifigures and has a folding ramp and a sliding door on each side.
- A rear section that has a rotating turret and a stickered Republic emblem.
- A pair of wings that have stud shooters and missile launchers on the tips.
- A Technic handle that allows you to lift and swoosh the model easily.
The model captures the essence of the LEGO Gunship, but it also has some drawbacks and compromises. For example, the model is somewhat blocky and angular in some sections, such as the nose and the wings. The model also lacks some features that were present in the previous versions, such as the wingtip bubble turrets, the side-mounted cannons, and the opening canopy. The model also has a reduced troop-carrying capacity, as it can only fit four minifigures instead of eight. These changes may disappoint some fans who expected a more faithful and accurate remake of the Gunship.
If you are a fan of the LEGO Star Wars 75354 prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars animated series, you should definitely get the LEGO Star Wars 75354 Coruscant Guard Gunship set. The set is a great way to relive the epic scenes from the movies and the show, and to display your love for the Coruscant Guard and the Republic. The set is not flawless, but it is still a fun and satisfying build that will make you feel nostalgic and excited. You can find this set at your nearest LEGO Star Wars 75354 store or online, but hurry up, as it may sell out fast!