Some marvellous large scale models have been produced recently and 75255 Yoda seems quite impressive. This interesting rendition of the Jedi Master includes magnificent detail and appears accurate when compared with its famed source material. However, certain aspects of its design have elicited criticism.
The eyes have proven particularly controversial based upon their unusual aesthetic in some official images. However, they convey wonderful expression when properly positioned and should represent an improvement over 7194 Yoda from 2002. Hopefully this model will match the high standard of other large-scale characters.
Following the examples of 75187 BB-8 and 75230 Porg, the large Yoda model is accompanied by its minifigure counterpart. This rendition of the Jedi Master was introduced during 2013 and looks superb, featuring tan robes with realistic texture. Unfortunately, the decoration does not continue onto his short legs but the reverse displays lovely printing.
Moreover, the olive green head includes marvellous detail. I am particularly pleased with the wrinkles across the top and the ears appear similarly accurate when compared with the movies. However, this colour scheme contrasts with the sand green skin tone on the larger figure. I think olive green is more authentic but a significantly broader selection of sand green elements are available.
The Completed Model
Past large-scale characters have contained plaques which provide room for the accompanying figures to stand. 75255 Yoda continues that trend and I think the information plaque looks splendid on display, featuring black and blue colours that correspond with the Ultimate Collector Series. Unfortunately, this decoration is formed using a sticker but no other stickers are required within this set.
LEGO has become increasingly confident in producing organic characters during recent years, most notably following the introduction of curved slopes. This rendition of Yoda features many such pieces but also integrates classic layered plates which generate textured clothing. That contrast between his wrinkled skin and robe appears remarkably effective, distinguishing this figure from 7194 Yoda.
The model measures 30cm in height, excluding the lightsaber, so stands considerably taller than its recent predecessors. He therefore looks great on display, especially since the onscreen character is only approximately twice the height of this figure! However, the scaling between these models varies quite significantly which may disappoint some collectors.
Several panels are assembled around a Technic frame, further corresponding with both 75187 BB-8 and 75230 Porg. This construction technique remains effective though and connecting each panel to the frame is incredibly satisfying as they combine perfectly. Once complete, the structure feels robust and the colourful Technic parts are almost entirely hidden, except when viewed from beneath.
Numerous sand green curved slopes envelope Yoda's head. These form an intricate wrinkled texture that corresponds with the aged Jedi Master and appears accordingly authentic, particularly across his forehead. The profile of the ears looks marvellous too, although these lack depth when compared with the source material which is surprising because that depth was replicated for 7194 Yoda.
However, the head offers reasonable articulation which is pleasing for display and you can articulate Yoda's eyelids, as demonstrated below. They are assembled using sand green 3x3 dishes which are only otherwise available in 21042 Statue of Liberty and I appreciate their expressive aesthetic. I think the sorrowful appearance seems notably appropriate for Yoda during the Prequel Trilogy.
Moving those elements inwards creates an angry expression. The hollow eye sockets do appear odd when viewed from certain angles but this function is superb and I think specialised printed eyes might have been the only effective alternative. Furthermore, the nose and mouth have each been integrated beautifully so reflect Yoda's onscreen appearance, especially during the Original Trilogy when his chin is slightly recessed.
White hair covers the reverse of Yoda's head and looks wonderful, making perfect use of several 2x3 rock components. An identical building technique is employed in 75230 Porg and the resulting texture captures the wispy hair which appears during the movies. Moreover, the space between the head and the robe underneath is suitably narrow but provides adequate room for some motion.
Yoda's robe seems to hang around his shoulders and therefore captures the appearance of realistic fabric. Unfortunately, that design precludes the possibility of shoulder articulation but I think including any joints here might have affected the shape. Moreover, the contrasting reddish brown shirt beneath matches the Prequel Trilogy movies, hence the pan flute which is secured around his neck during the Original Trilogy has been omitted.
Exposed studs dominate the robe and this design elicited some debate when the set was announced. Nevertheless, I think the studded texture is excellent, replicating the loosely woven material that Yoda wears during the films. His folded hood features particular detail and I like how the sleeves have been assembled with hollow areas inside.
Technic axles connect Yoda's hands to his sleeves and these seem reasonably accurate in relation to the original character, featuring three separate fingers. Each finger is individually articulated, although they appear slender when compared with the films. Nevertheless, the hands make good use of curved slopes and wrap around the lightsaber nicely.
Opening the fingers reveals Yoda's distinctive lightsaber hilt. This accessory is connected to his right palm and incorporates marvellous detail, including an activation button and four black grips above the pommel. However, my favourite design feature is probably the light bluish grey emitter shroud which is ingeniously formed using a mudguard element that has only appeared in one other set.
Trans-bright green 2x2 round bricks represent the lightsaber blade and these are stacked around an enormous 32L Technic axle which provides absolute stability. This element has appeared on several previous occasions but the white example found here is exclusive. It looks brilliant and the lightsaber almost seems to emit light under certain light conditions!
Yoda's feet are connected to the Technic structure within this model and their angle may be adjusted slightly. This character only features six toes during Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back but eight are included here, thereby corresponding with the later movies and demonstrating great attention to detail as the hind toe is hidden underneath the figure.
Befitting the exceptional popularity of this character, 75255 Yoda is an impressive set. Recreating his wrinkled skin must have been particularly challenging but I think this design looks marvellous and the shaping across the head appears similarly accurate. Moreover, the robe texturing has been executed beautifully in my opinion and seems quite natural, despite comprising angular bricks and plates.
However, the most divisive aspect of this model is undoubtedly its eyes. I think they look somewhat strange when positioned with the eyelids level but adjusting them to convey sadness or anger is more effective. On that basis, I am pleased with this large-scale character and its price of £89.99 or $99.99 seems reasonable given the substantial size of the Jedi Master, especially since this set includes 1771 pieces.
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