Out of the sarlacc pit and onto the throne!
Boba Fett is back! With more limelight shone on him than a pair of blazing suns, the beloved character has returned to our screens in the second season of The Mandalorian and in his own series earlier this year. With all this attention it was only inevitable we’d see more of him in Lego form. Seizing Jabba the Hutt’s infamous throne for himself, the aptly titled Boba Fett’s Throne Room 75326, priced at $159.99, revisits the moment the feared bounty hunter relieves Bib Fortuna of his caretaker duties and, uh, his life! It’s a sinisterly satisfying scene worthy of a Lego set, but do these 732 pieces do justice to the iconic character? Let’s take a look!
Some quick qualifications before we jump in. This set is not simply a remake of 2012’s Jabba’s Palace 9516. I know some people would have preferred that and may have even read it on the cards after the release of the Master Builder Series Mos Eisley in late 2020. Rather, this is a set that aims to recreate a specific scene highlighting Boba Fett’s return and ascendancy to the top of Tatooine’s criminal underworld.
The building process is very logical and sprinkled with just enough features throughout to make you think ‘oh, that’s neat!’ more than a couple times. The focal point is naturally the throne; adorned with judicial use of stickers and hidden detail. The throne area is flanked by a smaller alcove seating room on one side and tower/entrance on the other. Immediately, the lack of that iconic circular ceiling does perhaps stand out as a sad omission. What we have instead is a fair amount of detail with a pair of ominous bars above permitting light onto what would otherwise be a very dark stage. And I think this was the point – to not literally, and figuratively, overshadow the throne itself by adorning the roof with large, eye-drawing pieces. I’m torn; the reasoning is sound but I’m still a little nostalgic for those shapes and pieces from older sets.
What about the rest of the build? Well, the alcove stage-left to the throne portion is a very familiar type of Mos Eisely-esque construction. Although unimpressive, it’s a perfectly adequate seating area for a pair of villainous scum. The tower/entrance on the opposing side, could stand to be a little taller perhaps but has all the features you’d expect. The door rises and can lock in the ‘up’ position using the retractable gatekeeper droid. The stairs can also be rotated slightly to dislodge any unsuspecting guards off their feet. Honestly, the features throughout are numerous and I don’t want to spoil every one!
The design of this set does really emphasise play and one last feature I’d like to highlight is just how flexible the build can be. The base is equipped with several hinges and clips allowing the two wings to pivot inwards considerably or left completely parallel with the main throne area if you prefer. This feature extends to the rear of the main throne room where the back wall can fully swing open for full access. With seven minifigures to position, this makes things fun and simple to try different arrangements or even alternative scenarios.
And what of these seven minifigures? Well, in short, they’re pretty amazing! It’s definitely unusual these days for Lego to include so many minifigs in a Star Wars set. To boot, six of them are unique to this set with the only exception being Boba Fett himself which is a repeat from last year. Furthermore, the selection is a colourful crew of misfits in totally new molds and prints. The Quarren is my personal favourite but the entertainer with the massive pink hairdo is also right up there for me. The minifigs really do complete this set. They bring the set to life and it’s clear from the open, flexible design of the build that this is no coincidence.
Boba Fett’s Throne Room is a well-thought-out, creatively function-over-form set that aims to capture a scene, enabling builders to really play with that moment in time. What it’s not is a re-creation of the larger Jabba’s palace many may have wanted but focuses its lens tighter and distinguishes itself as a solid set in its own right. If the build isn’t exactly your cup of blue milk, the strong selection of minifigures might just prove persuasive enough to open your wallet and pay tribute.
Words by Lukas Mack
Photos by Lukas Mack
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This set was provided free of charge from The LEGO Group. Opinions expressed in the review are those of the reviewer.