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Grand Designs Outer Rim – Darth Vader’s Castle [Review]

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Darth Vader was a promising Jedi, when a gymnastics accident left him with third degree burns to 90% of his body and several missing limbs. With the support of his good friend Sheev, Darth Vader endured months of rehabilitation and has quickly made a name for himself in the Galactic Empire. Refusing to let his accident define him, Lord Vader has returned to Mustafar and found a fantastic block of high ground to build his dream home.

It’s fair to say this this was a unique construction project. Lord Vader’s initial brief was just a single word – monolith.

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“I wanted something that was going to stand out on the landscape, something tall. Height was very important to me”

The architects opted for a unique design that uses large triangular panels around a steel and concrete core. This design allowed for the panels to be fabricated off-world and then shuttled in.

Lord Vader was initially sceptical of the design.

“I’m sure the architects dreaded our meetings in those early stages of the process. There was plenty of force choking going on back then.”

It was actually another construction project Lord Vader was working on that helped him come around to the triangles.

“The construction project I’m dealing with at work is a giant sphere, and with so many curves the project is a real pain. Straight sharp lines became a lot more appealing.”

The construction itself was surprisingly quick and without any major complications. Lord Vader puts that down to personally managing the project.

“I found that the tradespeople responded quite well to threats. Early on somebody arrived an hour late so I cut off their hand. There were no further delays.”

Now that Lord Vader is settled in, he’s going to give us a look at how this castle in the lava turned out.

Darth Vader’s Castle Unveiled

After all these years your Darth Vader minifigures finally have a place to call home with today’s announcement of 75251 Darth Vader’s Castle.

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First seen in Rogue One, Darth Vader’s Castle is located on the planet Mustafar. The LEGO version includes brick-built lava, an underground hangar and a Sith shrine. The hangar includes a TIE Advanced Fighter model that can fit the Darth Vader minifigure. Also included in the castle is a bacta tank, meditation chamber, and a meeting platform at the top.

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The set features two versions of Darth Vader, one classic and a bacta tank version. Also included are 2 Royal Guards and an Imperial Transport Pilot.

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The set will cost us $199.99 here in Australia. It is available for pre-order now and ships December 1st. View the product page here.

You can check out the full gallery of pics below.