The Star Wars universe, with its rich lore and iconic spaceships, has always been a favorite among LEGO enthusiasts. The recent unveiling of the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser has reignited the passion of fans and collectors alike.
A Majestic Recreation
The Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser, one of the most formidable ships from the Clone Wars era, has been meticulously recreated in LEGO form. This large-scale model, set to release on October 1 exclusively at LEGO.com and LEGO Stores, boasts an impressive 5,374 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands over 12.5 inches high, spans 43 inches in length, and is 21 inches wide.
The set is not just about size; it’s about the intricate details that make it a true collector’s piece. From the sleek design of the cruiser to the detailed miniatures of Captain Rex and Admiral Yularen, every aspect has been crafted with precision.
The Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser holds a special place in the Star Wars saga. It made its debut in the opening sequence of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” during the Battle of Coruscant. This ship played a pivotal role throughout the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series and symbolized the Republic’s transformation into the Galactic Empire.
Hans Burkhard Schlömer, the designer behind this LEGO masterpiece, shared some insights into the creation process. According to Schlömer, the scale of the Republic Attack Cruiser presented both opportunities and challenges. The size allowed for more intricate details, such as turbo lasers, turrets, and hull intricacies. However, the weight of the model, especially the unsupported overhang at the tail end, posed significant challenges.
Schlömer also highlighted the importance of accuracy in the UCS set. While previous LEGO versions of the cruiser, like Set 8039, were designed with play in mind, the UCS version prioritizes display and accuracy. Schlömer affectionately referred to the previous set as “the shoe” due to its bulkier design to accommodate minifigures. In contrast, the UCS version is all about how it displays, and Schlömer believes it does so exceptionally well.
One of the standout features of this set is the sub-micro scale Republic Gunship, which emerges from a side hangar bay. This is a nod to Schlömer’s previous UCS set, 75309, and serves as a delightful Easter egg for fans. Additionally, the dark metal-colored engines and the prominent dark red stripe at the front of the cruiser showcase the attention to detail that went into the design.
Celebrating 20 Years of Clone Wars Stories
The release of the UCS Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser marks the celebration of 20 years of Clone Wars stories. The Clone Wars” reintroduced the elements that made the Star Wars era fascinating, from clone troopers and Jedi to iconic spaceships. Schlömer expressed hope for more LEGO sets based on this era, given its immense popularity among fans.
The LEGO Star Wars UCS Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser is more than just a toy; it’s a piece of art that pays homage to the Star Wars legacy. Whether you’re a LEGO enthusiast, a Star Wars fan, or both, this set promises to be a valuable addition to your collection.
For those interested in purchasing this collector’s piece, it’s available for buy here on Amazon.