Porgs first appeared in a promotional video for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and have been causing controversy ever since. These winged creatures were inspired by the puffins that inhabit Skellig Michael, where scenes on Ahch-To were filmed, but they have subsequently come to represent weaker aspects of the modern Star Wars films for certain groups within the fan community.
75230 Porg therefore provoked considerable debate when images of this set emerged in July. Personally, I like the porgs in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and am quite impressed with this model. Furthermore, the set contains 811 pieces and costs £59.99 or $69.99 so it appears to offer reasonable value and I am approaching this review with high expectations.
This set includes a tiny minifigure-scale Porg for display beside the larger model. A similar figure has previously appeared in 75192 Millennium Falcon and 75200 Ahch-To Island Training but I am pleased to see another one here, following the example of 75187 BB-8 which also came with a BB-8 minifigure. The head was originally created for BB-8 but this element works perfectly for a porg, featuring some orange feathers and beady eyes. The orange 1x1 round plate that represents a pair of webbed feet looks great too.
The Completed Model
Information plaques are typically associated with the Ultimate Collector Series but are not exclusively available in that popular range. 75187 BB-8 came with a plaque and 75230 Porg includes one as well, providing some information about the porg's habitat, physical attributes and diet. This is a fun addition to the set and there is enough room to place the smaller figure on an exposed stud beside the plaque which is useful.
Creating organic shapes using LEGO pieces is notoriously difficult but I think this model looks fantastic. The porg measures almost 20cm in height so is life-size which is ideal for display, although it is slightly smaller than some of the other 'life-size' porg toys which have been produced. Nevertheless, its scale seems very realistic to me and the animal feels quite substantial in relation to its cost.
The model is constructed around a simple Technic frame so it feels remarkably sturdy, despite being almost entirely hollow. This cavity at the centre of the porg contains a long Technic liftarm which links the creature's tail to the lower jaw, both of which appear in the image below. Several panels are then attached to the central Technic frame, reminding me of 75187 BB-8 which employed similar building techniques.
These panels consist almost entirely of layered plates and slopes, creating an interesting feathered texture that matches the source material exactly. I love how it changes from the front of the model to the back, transitioning from curved slopes which only include a few exposed studs to a rougher surface with many more studs at the rear, as demonstrated in the image below.
A pair of webbed feet extend from the base of the model. These can rotate a short distance and the toes are individually articulated as they do not actually provide any support for the model. Instead, it rests on an inverted 2x4 tile and some 2x2 sliders beneath the feet. I like how the 2x2 wedge plates have been used to form webbing between each digit and the 1x1 round bricks, representing legs, look marvellous as well.
The porg's belly is comparatively smooth, featuring curved slopes of several different sizes which are arranged to create a rounded shape. I think the resultant design looks magnificent, especially since it appears suitably rotund in relation to the movie. This came as a pleasant surprise as I think the porg looks disproportionately tall in official images.
Dark bluish grey and black 2x3 rock plates are used to brilliant effect on the back of the model. These create a rough texture which looks fantastic and I love the combination of different colours, particularly around the black tail section. Pressing the tail will cause the porg's mouth to open and its wings to flap! This function works perfectly and is neatly integrated, although the wings' range of motion is somewhat disappointing.
While most of the body is constructed around a rectilinear frame, the head is attached using a Technic axles so rests at an angle. I was not impressed with this design in official images but it looks far better once the model is constructed, especially when displayed on a low shelf. The mouth looks superb in relation to the movie and I love the porg's large eyes too.
The mouth contains a pair of tiny teeth which are slightly larger than those on the creatures in the film, although they look good in my opinion. I like the consistent colour of the red Technic pieces inside the porg's mouth and the light bluish grey Technic bushes are not too distracting either. However, there is not enough friction for the mouth to remain open which surprised me as that does reduce the options for display. Of course, a simple internal modification will allow you to display the model with its mouth open.
Turning the porg around reveals even more textured detail on the back and sides of is head. I love the layered 1x2 wedge slopes and the blending of orange with light and dark bluish grey works beautifully. Once again, this area of the model also includes some 2x3 rock plates so the transition between the back of the body and the head is very smooth.
75230 Porg will not appeal to everyone but I am very pleased with this model. Not only does it capture the adorable appearance of these creatures in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but the porg is sturdily constructed and includes a couple of fun play features. Ideally, the wings would have a slightly greater range of motion, although the existing design still looks good.
However, this model is primarily intended for display and I think it fares equally well in that respect, making a welcome change from the vehicles which dominate the Star Wars theme. £59.99 or $69.99 feels like a reasonable price in relation to the size of the model as well. Ultimately, I think those who appreciate the porgs will enjoy this set and I would absolutely recommend adding it to your collection.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.