The final confrontation between Rey, Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke's lethal Praetorian Guard is certainly among the most memorable sequences from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 75216 Snoke's Throne Room is therefore an extremely appealing set, offering a tremendous minifigure selection that includes two new members of the aforementioned Praetorian Guard.
However, this set costs £64.99 or $69.99 which seems rather expensive to me, particularly since it only contains 492 pieces and lacks several of the Praetorian Guards who protect Snoke in the film. Nevertheless, the throne room looks reasonably detailed and I enjoyed this scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi so have been looking forward to building this set.
This version of Rey has only appeared once before in 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker. I like her light and dark bluish grey robes which retain design features of Rey's original attire from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, albeit with styling more akin to that of a traditional Jedi. The tan sleeves look good in relation to the movie and the wrinkled fabric is very realistic, covering both sides of the torso and the legs.
Rey's dark brown hair piece is brand new and looks perfect when compared with the source material, featuring some lovely texture and two simple hair ties at the back. The double-sided head is decorated with some freckles as well as two different expressions, neither of which look as angry as the character does during this climactic battle in the film. Rey comes with a standard blue lightsaber.
Kylo Ren includes two more appropriate expressions, one of which looks rather severe while the other is twisted in anger. I like the scar across his right eye and the mole printed beside it shows excellent attention to detail. This hair piece looks great too, capturing the brutal warrior's unkempt hair style and including an accurate parting. Kylo does not come with his unique helmet so you cannot recreate its destruction, although this set is primarily focused upon later events in Snoke's throne room.
The minifigure's black robe features a silver stitched design which looks marvellous, especially under certain light conditions. I like the intricately detailed buckle on the belt around his waist but it is slightly disappointing that a fabric cape is not included as Kylo Ren does wear one for a significant part of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As usual, he carries a trans-red crossguard lightsaber with a pearl dark grey hilt.
75190 First Order Star Destroyer was the first set to include Supreme Leader Snoke so I am glad that he is now available in a less expensive alternative. The character's gruesome visage looks magnificent, featuring extensive scarring on the front and back of the head as well as a pair of distinctive pale blue eyes and white eyebrows. The scars are also visible on the minifigure's chest, just as in the movie.
Snoke wears a striking pearl gold robe which is decorated with a series of metallic gold streaks. These adorn both sides of the torso and continue across the hips and onto the legs, interrupted only by a belt. A standard minifigure does not quite capture Snoke's exceptional height so it might be worth adding a couple of 1x1 plates under his feet for display when standing up. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with this rendition of the Supreme Leader.
However, the most interesting figures in this set are definitely the exclusive Praetorian Guards. Their crimson armour looks absolutely fantastic, consisting of accurate printed designs on both sides of each torso and a brand new pauldron component which protects the minifigures' shoulders. I like the layered design of these armour plates, although there is slightly more clearance between the pauldron and the arms than would be ideal.
The torso looks brilliant when compared with the source material and I like the printed fabric designs on the skirt element which forms the lower half of each figure. These are present on the front and back of the skirt and appear distinct beside the curves on the guards' chest armour. The helmets are equally detailed, especially when viewed from the rear. I love the concentric bands across the visor and the shape of the helmet matches those belonging to the Fifth and Sixth Guards in the film. The red heads underneath are plain.
Unfortunately, this set only comes with one of the three different kinds of Praetorian Guard helmet, although they are actually separated into four pairs by their respective weapons. At least one of each guard should have been included, wielding four different weapons. Instead, the set features a bladed staff, depicting either the electro-bisento or a vibro-voulge, as well as two electro-chain whips, one of which is built in its stowed configuration. The lightsaber hilts are new in red and could be very useful but my set did not come with a spare.
The Completed Model
Comparisons have been drawn between Supreme Leader Snoke's throne room and that belonging to Emperor Palpatine from the Original Trilogy. A similar comparison can be made between this set and 75093 Death Star Final Duel from 2015 as both models are focused upon an entranceway as well as the space in front of a throne. However, this set is smaller than its predecessor, measuring 26cm from the throne to the turbolift and including no raised areas.
However, its layout is faithful to the source material. The chamber is accessed using a rounded turbolift opposite the Supreme Leader's throne and that is represented here by a revolving cylinder which can be activated by turning a Technic gear above the lift, revealing the minifigure standing inside. The back of the lift structure is open so you can place a figure inside without turning it around, as though they are entering the lift at a different level. Unfortunately, there is not enough room to fit both Rey and Kylo Ren in here.
Several stickers are found on this part of the model, including two control panels beside the turbolift and a series of bright blue light fixtures inside. These are reminiscent of the panels found throughout Imperial infrastructure and look pretty good, although it is quite difficult to apply the two stickers on the concave surface of the 2x2x5 curved wall panels which form the lift. The trans-orange lights above the entrance are excellent though and the stickers add some welcome detail, as long as they are properly applied.
A narrow walkway connects the turbolift to Snoke's impressive throne. Two black handrails protect minifigures walking across the bridge and their angle can be adjusted on hinges. I like the trans-red lights on either side of the walkway and the open areas are accurate to the film. More floor space would have been welcome though as there would not be space to stand all eight Praetorian Guards in here, if one were to assemble the entire group.
Two dark bluish grey structures flank the throne room, representing just a small section of its imposing walls. These feel rather superfluous to me as most of the action takes place in front of Snoke's throne and the walls obstruct access to the floor area for play. However, they do look good when compared with this location in the film and can be removed with ease as they are only linked to the central floor space by two Technic pins and a 1x2 tile.
Furthermore, storage compartments are situated at the foot of the walls. These contain a pair of handcuffs for Rey and a pearl silver goblet. You can also place the Praetorian Guards' weapons in here but the large electro-bisento will require some disassembly. Further stickers depict control panels on each exterior wall, presumably for unlocking the storage bays.
Supreme Leader Snoke's throne room is furnished with several interesting devices, the most prominent of which is the oculus. This unique viewing scope magnifies distant areas of space and is represented here by a sticker on a 2x2 round tile, showing a few stars, along with a trans-clear 1x1 round plate that forms the lens. The exact purpose of the machines protruding from the floor has not yet been identified but we know that they generate energy given the explosive fate of a Praetorian Guard who falls into one during the battle!
The throne is elevated at the centre of a curved dais which looks absolutely magnificent, although the designs on the dais are almost entirely reliant upon stickers. There is plenty of space to seat Snoke in his chair and the armrests look appropriately grand, featuring some trans-red and trans-blue lights that match the film. I also like the black pentagonal tile fitted at the base of the tall backrest.
A number of smaller pieces are attached to the back of the throne, creating some attractive mechanical detail. This side of the chair is not shown in the film but it compares favourably with other toys released for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I appreciate that the throne can rotate too, providing further display options. However, this chamber is notably lacking the vast crimson curtain that encircles the entire room, instead featuring a few red highlights in the base. This is a shame but does not detract from the set too much in my opinion as a curtain would make it more difficult to reach into the throne room.
Strangely, the throne can be removed from its dais to reveal a Technic axle underneath. The official set description suggests that this should be used for storage but the set comes with few accessories and I would not recommend placing anything in here as it could easily interfere with the Technic mechanism. An entirely separate mechanism allows you to launch minifigures from one corner of the room towards the other and this is integrated effectively.
The aforementioned Technic axle links a red ball behind the throne to a section of the floor in front of it. This function allows you to recreate the moment in which Snoke pulls Rey towards him using the Force which is fun, although that also opens a hole in the floor. This could have been resolved very easily by placing another layer of tiles beneath the floor surface, lowering it by the width of a single plate rather than opening a chasm!
Supreme Leader Snoke's impressive throne room hosts a pivotal scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I had high expectations for this set. Unfortunately, it is a little disappointing. Most of its functions work well and the minifigures are excellent but certain areas of the model lack detail. Furthermore, I think the designer has focused upon the wrong areas of the throne room as the walls occupy many pieces but serve little purpose. The crimson curtains are of much greater visual importance.
However, the most significant issue with this set is its price. £64.99 or $69.99 feels very expensive in relation to the size of the chamber and the quantity of minifigures included, even though those figures are appealing. I would therefore suggest waiting for a discount before purchasing this set and I think those who already own the Rey, Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke minifigures may wish to focus their attention elsewhere. Hopefully the Praetorian Guards will become available in a smaller set.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.