LEGO 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Review

Today we’re taking a look at the very impressive (and very large) UCS Imperial Star Destroyer. Seriously, this thing is MASSIVE – if you are lucky enough to pick this up before it’s completely sold out online (retired in 2022) make sure you have the almost 4′ of display space available to show it off.

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*Update: this set is already sold out on LEGO.com – if you are interested in adding this classic ship to your collection, it can still be found on Amazon or eBay if you’re quick.

While some folks knock the steep “price-per-piece” ratio of this cruiser, I disagree. Many of the 4,784 pieces are large plates, which are more expensive for LEGO to manufacture when compared to smaller pieces. I think the $699 price point is fair for this model, especially considering its display presence and sheer size.

Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer on display

Exact measurements are 43 x 26 x 17 inches (including the display stand):

Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer dimensions top
Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer dimensions side

Fun fact: this version of the Star Destroyer is Darth Vader’s own “Devastator” ship, which is seen right at the end of Rogue One leading into the opening moments of A New Hope.

Darth Vader hallway scene Rogue One
Best Darth Vader scene ever? (Rogue One)

Also included is a mini version of Princess Leia’s Tantive IV ship, which is cleverly attached to the side of the Star Destroyer.

Given the significance of this scene, my main complaint with this set is the poor minifigure selection.

Rather than including the obvious choices of Darth Vader (it is his ship after all), with Princess Leia and General Tarkin, LEGO instead opted for 2 generic Imperial Officers. Minus 10 points.

Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer plaque

My other issue with this set is the lack of any sort of interior. LEGO were able to include a small, minifigure-playable interior on the 2011 Super Star Destroyer, and I feel there was a missed opportunity to include something similar on this set, especially as the build includes hollow sections in the interior.

However, removing the top plates does provide access to the durable technic frame, which functions as a handle to carefully move the set around (if you’re brave enough, ha).

Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer being built
Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer being built

Those 2 issues aside, overall this set still shines and is an impressive addition to the UCS family. Given that the design of the ship is basically a large, gray, triangle – LEGO did a fantastic job with the details and build of this set. The surface detailing is nicely detailed, and the rear engines and exhaust ports look stunning.

Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer back engines
Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer back engines
Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer display side
Lego Star Wars 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer top view

Fun fact: even though this set sits at over 3.5′ long, it’s still only the 6th largest Star Wars set ever released in terms of piece count.

LEGO UCS Imperial Star Destroyer 75252 Stats:

Release Date:1 October 2019
Retire Date:31 December 2022
Original Price:$699.99
Current Value (new):~$1,000+
Piece Count:4,784
Minifigures:2
Set Dimensions:43 x 26 x 17 in.
Where to Buy:Amazon / eBay

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