Darth Vader Meditation Chamber – 9to5Toys
Becoming the only set in the LEGO Star Wars summer 2021 line-up focused on the original trilogy, Darth Vader’s Meditation Chamber arrives with an eye-catching build intended for collectors. But with a higher price tag, is it worth adding it to your collection? See you below for all the details of our road test.
Practice with LEGO Darth Vader Meditation Chamber
UCS kits have long been synonymous with collectibles in the world of Star Wars, but more recently the range editions have started to mix this trend. The promo set from last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the Bespin Duel, arrived with such an eye-catching build as one would expect from a limited-edition creation. Likewise, this year saw the introduction of another equally collectable set, Darth Vader’s Meditation Chamber.
Debuting as part of the latest Star Wars summer 2021 collection, the $ 69.99 set stands out for several reasons. Shockingly enough, this is the only kit among its peers to come up with an original trilogy theme. That aside, there’s also the more adult-oriented build that shifts from all-black box art to the heavy attention to detail and displayable design.
Stacking up to 663 pieces, the set has a single focus centered on another scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Adapted to its collector’s nature, the construction rests on an ornate base which is associated with a nameplate to complete the packaging. While this overlooks Darth Vader’s real meditation chamber, let’s take a closer look.
Depicting a pretty iconic scene from Episode V, the kit has put together a detailed version of where Vader is going to relax, so to speak. In LEGO form, the kit includes a series of interlocking panels that give it the unique design you would expect, which is delivered quite authentically in the build.
Although this is a display model, there is some interactivity overall. There is an arm at the back that allows you to raise and lower the upper half of the meditation chamber. Some may complain that there are holes in the closed form factor, but I don’t think that’s much of a problem. I’ll probably end up keeping the displayed set open so you can see Darth Vader inside, which I imagine a lot of builders to grab the Meditation Chamber will end up doing as well.
There is also a seat inside that can swivel in order to position Darth Vader to face the conference screen or look out. Speaking of which, there is a screen on the back that represents the scene where Admiral Kendal Ozzel informs the Sith Lord that his fleet came out of the speed of light too close to Hoth. It’s a cool little touch that definitely adds to the build.
Darth Vader’s Meditation Chamber also includes a pair of minifigures that perfectly match the theme of the LEGO set. There is of course Vader himself, who joins forces with General Veers. Each of these are pretty standard numbers, all things considered lately, making them more complete additions to the set rather than eye-catching inclusions.
Even so, it’s nice to have another chance to bring the Sith Lord to your collection. And having another Imperial Officer is always an advantage too.
After seeing the Bespin Duel set last year, I was really hoping that LEGO would release similar kits in the future. Now, a year later, Darth Vader’s Meditation Chamber offers just that. And if anything is double everything I liked the first time around! Of course, the $ 70 price tag is pretty steep, but paying a bit more for the collectible version is fine for me in this case. It’s about as solid as what we’ve seen in recent years.
One of my favorite aspects has to be the compactness of the footprint. That’s not to say that the build is small, but that everything fits in a package that can easily sit on a shelf among the rest of your collection is a plus. Especially now that all of the more adult-oriented versions all seem a bit heavy in the space department.
All in all, this is certainly a highlight of the summer 2021 wave and the Star Wars collection in general. I love the attention to detail and how cohesive the whole build is. While it might not be as flashy as some of the others on display now, it’s just as worthy of your collection.
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