I wake up in the middle of the night and, as is my (bad) habit, I check my phone before heading back to snoozeville. Lo and behold, I see Instagram posts about a new Star Wars set? One that no one knew a thing about? For a hot minute I think it’s a joke or someone’s fan-made rendering. You know the ones I mean, they look totally legit but they’re totally wish list items. Then I think it’s April Fool’s because it is the first of the month. Oh wait, it’s March. Frank you’re way too tired and need to get a grip. So after a groggy minute I see that we have a brand new Executor Super Star Destroyer (75356) on the way. With no notice, The LEGO®️ Group adds this to the website, and for advance pre-order. Wild. Let’s check it out.
executor super star destroyer
- SET #: 75356
- COST: $89.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 630
- MINIFIGURES: None
- RELEASE DATE: May1, 2023
- PRE-ORDER DATE: March 1, 2023
- COST/BRICK: $0.14 (good value)
- DIMENSIONS: 43 cm wide x 14 cm tall
Celebrating 40 Years
So this is a fun surprise. It’s rare that sets can be announced without a leak or spoiler online in some form. So kudos marketing team, you got one by the internet 🙂 May is basically Star Wars month and new sets often release on the 1st or 4th. In this case, the Super Star Destroyer commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It follows in the hyperspace trails of prior sets like the Nebulon-B Frigate (77904) and Bespin Duel (75294). These two sets celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Both those sets were originally slated for exclusive release at San Diego Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration in 2020 respectively. But cue the pandemic and they release online to all – one mildly positive outcome in all that madness.
Like these prior sets, The Executor will sit on a stand and have a small printed plaque – keeping it nice and consistent. One nice new feature is a larger printed tile with the 40th Anniversary logo. The ship itself is quite well done with tons of greebling and accurate shaping. And how cute are those tiny Star Destroyers on either side? Even with minimal parts, they look great. I appreciate this midi/mini scale for displays. It’s certainly a more affordable way to show your Star Wars love through the brick. The cost is up there for us Canucks, but it’s thankfully still the average/decent range of value.
Concentrate All Fire…
So there we have it. A new and fairly original Star Wars vehicle that’s not 10 feet long and is relatively affordable. I have always LOVED this vehicle, it’s one of my absolute faves in the SW universe. Years ago an associate at the LEGO®️ Store tried to upsell me the UCS Super Star Destroyer (10221). I came in for a battle pack LOL. It was ONLY $500 CAD in 2011. Which seems like a total bargain now. Live and learn right? But what do you think of this newest Anniversary set? Do you like the scale and design? Do you own the other similar sets? What other commemorative ROTJ sets would you like to see? Comment below and let us know all your thoughts. Thanks as always for reading and until next time, keep on brickin’. 🧱
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