Kylo Ren's Upsilon-class Shuttle is one of the most distinctive craft from the Sequel Trilogy and has already been depicted four times in LEGO form. The first two were designed using concept artwork so suffered from a number of inaccuracies but every subsequent version has improved upon its predecessor.
30380 Kylo Ren's Shuttle may therefore be the best rendition yet, despite containing just 33 pieces. Its black and trans-red colour scheme looks superb and the folding wings work very well in relation to the movies, allowing you to alter its flight configuration.
The Completed Model
The Upsilon-class Shuttle measures just under 10cm in height so is a similar size to previous miniature renditions of the vehicle but its black colour scheme represents a significant improvement over the dark bluish grey 30279 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle. Furthermore, the proportions of this craft are far more accurate than those of SW911831 Kylo Ren's Shuttle, a magazine gift released earlier this year.
Each wing is constructed around a 4x9 wedge plate, the shape of which looks perfect when compared with the source material. I like the dark bluish grey grille tiles on the exterior surface but the dark bluish grey plates inside appear out of place to me. The 2x2 inverted curved slopes look brilliant though and it is good to see a couple of them in this polybag as they are only found in six other sets.
The wings are mounted on hinges so can fold outwards for flight, just as they do in the Sequel Trilogy. I think the model looks equally impressive in either configuration and dark bluish grey is a good choice of colour for the hinges, helping to break up the black silhouette. The twin heavy laser cannons look great too and their angles are adjustable, although the weapons should probably be positioned a little further down each wing.
Kylo Ren's shuttle is distinguished by a red-tinted viewport which looks very intimidating and I am glad to see that feature here alongside a pair of glowing engines at the rear. The vehicle rests on two hinge plates underneath and also includes a black 1x1 rounded plate with a clip which adds some welcome texture to the top of the fuselage.
Past models of the Upsilon-class Shuttle have been disappointing but this is a superb little model. I am satisfied with the shape of the vessel and its folding wings look marvellous, matching the films almost exactly. It would have been wonderful to see an extending wing function too, although there is probably no room for that at such a small scale. Hopefully we will soon see a larger version of the shuttle that matches the high quality of this polybag.
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