Review of the LEGO First Order Star Destroyer
Today we will be taking a closer look at the Star Wars theme polybag First Order Star Destroyer set number 30277. This set came out in 2016, has 56 pieces, and was designed for people 6–12.
Backstory for the Ship
The polybag is based on the Resurgent-Class Star Destroyer audiences got to see for the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This 2015 film was the beginning of Disney bringing new Star Wars stories to the big screen.
In The Force Awakens, the First Order has risen after the fall of the Galactic Empire. They want to destroy the New Republic and bring back their old Empire. Rather than using drastically different ships, they use newer versions of classic Empire equipment.
The Resurgent-Class Star Destroyer is the next generation of Star Destroyers. These newer capital ships were twice the length of the older Imperial-Class Star Destroyers we saw in the original trilogy.
The mini LEGO version of the First Order Star Destroyer is a solid build. The layering of plates does a wonderful job of recreating the on-screen appearance of the First Order Battlecruiser that showcased their military might in the galaxy.
The wedge-shaped hull of the Star Destroyer is a familiar build for the LEGO group and LEGO fans. Stacking different sized wedge plates along a 2x6 plate is perfect for recreating the iconic hull of these terrifying vessels.
To create the illusion of the truss structure along the side of the vehicle, LEGO put a 1-plate-high gap in the front and a 2-plate-high gap in the back between the bottom wedges and the second layer of wedges. Translucent yellow plates were put on the side to represent the lights shining from inside the hull. While building the set, I was skeptical about the use of these translucent pieces. However, when the light hits them just right, they look great.
To fortify the hull, LEGO put four boat studs on the bottom. This added a lot of stability to the seven plates used for the base of the ship. Structurally, it made the build a lot stronger. Visually, I like how boat studs slightly raise LEGO models off the ground to give the illusion of flying or hovering.
The Resurgent-Class Star Destroyer fixed the exposed bridge flaw of its predecessor. For this reason, the bridge is flatter and closer to the hull of the ship. LEGO replicated this look by stacking more wedge pieces, but this time rotating them 90 degrees.
While this was a good start, the rest of the bridge didn’t work for me. Looking at the First Order Star Destroyer, the bridge is almost flat. There is a small bump in the center and different towers along the top, but these ships were huge. In micro scale, the use of the 30 1x2x2/3 slopes in the center were too large for the model's actual size.
That bridge critique is me putting on my reviewer hat. As a LEGO builder, you know exactly what this ship is, and it’s not a distracting flaw.
Highlights of the Set
The stacking of plates, the flatter bridge and boat studs underneath make this an extremely durable model. It’s great for kids who like to roughly play with their LEGO toys as if they were action figures. The build is easy enough for young builders, but not so simple that it will turn away older LEGO fans.
All the pieces are rather common and easy to find. The use of 18 wedge plates in various shapes and sizes does give collectors a nice way to add a lot of wedge pieces for their own MOC work.
My Conclusion: Nice, but Not Necessary
This is a nice addition to your LEGO collection, but it’s not a must-have.