[singlepic=28521,320,240,,left]Weighting in at eight pounds and coming in at 50 inches, The LEGO Group announced and unveiled today the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars universe – Darth Vader’s personal flagship Super Star Destroyer Executor!
The Super Star Destroyer Executor is the longest model in the LEGO Star Wars fleet of exclusive sets and will be available starting September 1, 2011 via the online LEGO Shop and in LEGO Brand Retail Stores.
“The thing I was trying to accomplish with this model was to get as close as possible to the original, both with angles and the whole profile of the model from the side,” says LEGO senior designer Kurt Kristiansen.
His biggest challenge with this model was the sheer size and the fact that it consists of 3,152 LEGO pieces! Second only to the LEGO Deathstar which has 3,803 pieces.
The Super Star Destroyer Executor will feature a removable section of the top which reveals the command bridge that fits the included minifigures – Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88. The model will also features a display stand and placard noting details of the ship.
“When I was first given this challenge, my first thought was ‘this is going to be a tough one’,” he said. He
planned the model by dividing it into separate sections before beginning to build at all.
The build also posed a few problems, though: “When you are developing a model, if you change something at one end of, you have to change it all the way down to make it fit. That’s a challenge on something this big.
“I think Star Wars fans will love this model because it is the first time ever that the Super Star Destroyer has been made as an official model. The thing that makes this model authentic with the movies is the shape, but also the detail on the top. It is like a small city with streets and alleys.”
The 10221 Super Star Destroyer Executor is recommended for builders ages 16 and up, and carries a suggested retail price of $399.99 USD and $499.99 CAD. Ouch…