Numerous prominent locations appear aboard the Death Star, including the vital tractor beam control tower that Obi-Wan deactivated. 75246 Death Star Cannon combines this terminal and an interesting laser cannon turret which varies from previous designs.
That combination appears slightly unusual but seems effective. The updated Obi-Wan Kenobi minifigure looks excellent too, incorporating an entirely new hood component which is perfectly integrated with the fabric cape. On that basis, this should prove to be an enjoyable set, despite its modest size.
Recent minifigures depicting Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Original Trilogy have lacked separate capes, instead featuring printed reddish brown robes. That design was unsuccessful in my opinion but its replacement appears more impressive. I am particularly satisfied with the new hood component which includes excellent texture so looks considerably more realistic than its predecessor.
Furthermore, this element combines neatly with the fabric cape and I appreciate the intricate torso decoration. Obi-Wan's head includes one expression but looks good and he wields a trans-light blue lightsaber, as usual. However, the shade of that colour has been changed so it now appears cloudier, although the part number remains the same.
LEGO produced the first Imperial Gunner minifigure during 2014 and this example wears an accurate helmet with a white Imperial emblem above the visor. This appears more faithful to the movies than the earlier metallic silver design and returns from 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport. The head underneath looks great too, featuring a simple headset.
The torso and legs have not been updated since their introduction but these elements compare favourably with the source material. The metallic silver highlights across the belt appear especially authentic. While this character would typically control the substantial laser cannon emplacement, he also carries a small blaster pistol.
The Completed Model
Death Star laser cannons and the tractor beam reactor coupling have previously appeared in both 10188 Death Star and 75159 Death Star. Their respective designs are relatively simple but this model looks reasonable, despite the unusual combination of these locations. I think the consistent dark bluish grey and black colour scheme softens their integration to some extent.
Both structures are elevated slightly, giving an impression of the cavernous air shaft beneath the reactor coupling. This arrangement is effective and I like the narrow walkway around the controls, providing enough space for Obi-Wan Kenobi to stand. However, the light bluish grey pieces on the central column look rather awkward.
Moreover, the trans-light blue energy beam is not connected securely, instead resting upon a Technic axle. Pulling this axle will drop the beam into the octagonal console. This function works perfectly but the stacked 2x2 round bricks are generally angled slightly which is disappointing and I think the cone that disables the tractor beam could have been hidden more effectively.
Several thousand turbolaser batteries and laser cannons protect the Death Star and these weapons have appeared in multiple LEGO sets. This model is considerably smaller than its predecessors, especially around the barrels which have been truncated. The resultant design does not capture the proportions of its onscreen counterpart, although the shape of this laser cannon is recognisable and the trans-red laser activator looks nice.
The entire weapon can rotate on its base which is excellent and its pitch can be adjusted too. Spring-loaded shooters are enjoyable but this example could undoubtedly have been integrated more neatly, particularly when compared with the version from 75159 Death Star which looks more accurate. Clips on the wall provide storage for the Imperial Gunner's blaster but his seat could have been improved as the original cannon features two seats.
However, the angular aperture surrounding the laser cannon tip looks reasonable, distinguishing this model from previous designs. I like the trans-red details and the combination of smooth surfaces with studs is superb. On the other hand, omitting this section would probably have enabled the designer to improve the laser cannon, especially since its barrels could then have been an appropriate length.
Comparisons have previously been drawn between 75246 Death Star Cannon and 75229 Death Star Escape. That certainly seems justified as both sets contain brilliant minifigures and I am exceptionally impressed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, whose new hood looks marvellous. There is considerable play value too as this model incorporates numerous functions and interacts with the minifigures nicely.
However, the laser cannon lacks detail when compared with earlier renditions of the same subject and that is disappointing. I think the tractor beam reactor coupling could have been improved as well, most notably by stabilising the energy beam. The price of £17.99 or $19.99 feels slightly too expensive but I think younger fans will appreciate this set.
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