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Today I’ll look at a scenery set: the 75229-1 Death Star Escape. This kind of sets show a scene from one of the movies, making them both nice display items, and great ways to re-enact your favourite parts of the movies.

Contents:

Introduction
The Set
The Bag
The Instruction
The Parts
The Build
Conclusion
References

Introduction

LEGO Star Wars is the first licensed theme, starting in 1999, coinciding with the premiere of The Phantom Menace. After a rocky start, it soon grew out to one of the largest themes, with sets ranging from small figure packs to the large Ultimate Collectors Sets, including the largest LEGO set ever: The 75192-1 UCS Millennium Falcon. Still on my wish list, but unfortunately way out of budget for me. I’ll go deeper into the history of LEGO Star Wars in a later review.
There are several types of sets within the theme. I already mentioned the UCS sets, but there are also smaller ships, minifig (and droid) packs, a Planet series, Microfighters, Advents Calendars, Brickheadz and sceneries. Today I’ll look at a scenery set: the 75229-1 Death Star Escape. These kind of sets show a scene from one of the movies, making them both nice display items, and great ways to re-enact your favourite parts of the movies.

The Set

Immerse any Star Wars fan in an unforgettable space adventure with the LEGO Star Wars 75229 Death Star Escape set. Recreating the epic scene from Star Wars: A New Hope featuring Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, this great set includes a hinged Death Star setting with an entrance, lever-activated closing door and retracting walkway, plus a second section with a platform, access ladder, hidden Mouse Droid and an opening box with electrobinoculars. Fans will love to attach Leia to Luke's back, help him grab the grappling hook and swing over the chasm to safety away from the Stormtrooper. Includes 3 minifigures and a Mouse Droid LEGO figure.
Death Star scene building toy (folded out) measures over 5” (15cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 3” (8cm) deep.
(From LEGO.com)

This set depicts one of the most iconic scenes from the original trilogy. It’s the moment where Luke Skywalker just rescued Princess Leia, and the need to cross a bridge in the Death Star, while being shot at by Stormtroopers.

Carrie Fisher

The main reason I wanted to get this set, is because it has a minifig of Princess Leia. Princess Leia is played by Carrie Fisher. She is very special to me. Not only because she played in Star Wars, one of my favourite franchises, but mostly because of her battle against mental health problems.

Carrie Fisher had Bipolar Disorder. This made her life into a living hell, ultimately driving into alcohol and drug addiction. But she overcome her addictions and fought back. This was a big inspiration for me, when I was dealing with a combination of PTSD, depression and autism. The fact that she was able to (mostly) beat her demons and come out on top, gave me the courage to fight on in my struggles.
Her passing in December 2016 was a big shock to me. It felt to me that all her efforts were in fain. She fought so hard, only to die in the end. What was the point?
But then I saw the responses around the world. People held parades to celebrate her life, and even petition to have Princess Leia officially added to the list of Disney Princesses. She had such an enormous impact on the world. She touched so many people during her life-time, and even today she continues to inspire people. I now try to follow that example and be an example. And that starts with my own family. I have 3 daughters, 2 of which are on the Spectrum. They need my hand to guide them through this world and give them courage to stand on their own when the have grown up.
But enough emotional stuff, let’s get back to LEGO!

The Box

The box measures 26.2 x 19.1 x 7.2 cm and weighs 440 gram. It contains 3 numbered bags with parts and the Build Instructions. There are no stickers in the set, what is always a plus in my opinion.

The Instructions

The instruction booklet measures 20 x 12.5 cm and contains 84 pages and 99 steps.
The pdf can be downloaded here.

The Parts

The set contains 110 parts and 15 spare parts, in 14 different colors, with a total of 329 unique parts/color combinations. Unsuprisingly for a set of the original trilogy, there is a lot of Light Bluish Grey, Dark Bluish Grey and Black.

There are no parts unique to this set, but there are a few rare part/color combinations.
The 3626cpr2764 only comes in 1 other set, the 75244-1 Tantive IV.

The 973pr3523c01 comes in 3 sets.

The 42861pr0002 comes in 3 sets. It’s the new version of the standard Stormtrooper Helmet, using a Dual Mold.

And last is the 27145, appearing in 3 sets in White. 

 

There are 3 figures in the set:
A Stormtrooper that also appears in 2 other sets.

Luke Skywalker is unique for this set, but if you leave out the grappling hook, the figure also appears in 4 other sets.

Princess Leia is unique for this set.

There are also droids! A Mouse Droid and unknown type of Droid:

The Build

Bag 1 builds the half of the scene where the Stormtrooper is standing. There is a fun plaything where you can let the Stormtrooper fall down by spinning a gear.

Bag 2 builds the half of the scene where Luke and Leia are standing.

There is a bridge, that can be moved in and out, just like in the movie.

Bag 3 finishes the scene, including a door that can be lowered and raised.


Conclusion

For the size of this set, it’s a good build. It has the original trilogy vibe, and represents the scene very well. It looks nice enough to be on display, but there are also fun play features, making it a good choice for both adults and children. I can see AFOLs having several scenery sets on display. Added bonus is the figures. Both Leia and Luke are popular characters, and this is a relatively cheap set to score them.

Disclaimer: Anything said in this post is the opinion of the author and not The LEGO Group.
Parts- and build photographs by Tobymac (© 2019 Rebrickable)

9 COMMENTS

  • 1 day, 1 hour ago bikerscout (339)
    Nice set, nice review, top notch photos! Picked that one up off of amazon on the prime-weekend...
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago Commander_Cody (1544)
    Great review! Btw I don't think the unknown type of droid is a droid at all :D
    Honestly this is not a very good set IMO and a little boring.
    For those who have the Death Star I don't see them buying this set at all.
    However it does seem pretty neat display piece I guess but it doesn't look the best from the back.
  • 1 month ago artwodeetwo (1778)
    Does anyone know (who may or not have the set) why LEGO chose to use friction-less 8 tooth gears?
  • 1 month ago mcada (230) PRO
    Thanks for the good review. I agree, this is a fun set to build, and love the fact that I now have Luke and Leia minifigs!
  • 1 month ago whitebuffalo (967)
    Great review.  I purchased this kit when It came out.  Would love to see more areas like this that we can make a full-size death star that is minifig size.
  • 1 month ago mfg3 (268)
    Thanks for the thorough review and all those detailed pictures. I keep waffling on this set and just thought this week I would pass on it. But, like you, I admire Carrie Fisher, so I am going to get it! There really aren't a lot of opportunities to get Princess Leia at a good price. It looks like a great little set, too:)
  • 1 month ago Theoderic (5197) MOC Designer PRO
    Good review, thank you. A very nice set, definitely a must  have for me.
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