February 4, 2023

When The Mandalorian series began to air in 2019, one of the things that captured many fans’ hearts right off the bat (including my own) was Din Djarin’s battered bounty hunter vessel the Razor Crest. It perfectly suited the famously “lived-in” Star Wars universe of the original trilogy, and so it’s fitting that 75331 The Razor Crest This vehicle is the first to receive the Ultimate Collector Series treatment. The UCS Razor Crest measures in at 28 inches (72 cm) in length and includes 6,187 pieces. It also includes minifigures like Din Djarin, Kuiil, a Mythrol Grogu and Grogu. The set was just revealed and will retail at $19.99 US $599.99 | CAN $759.99 | UK £519.99Available for VIP Members on Oct. 3. General availability Oct. 7.


The LEGO Group provided a copy of the set to The Brothers Brick for review. If they receive products to review, TBB will not be covered.

Unboxing the set with its contents

The Razor Crest comes in a large black box that’s thinner than the almost cubic boxes of the 75192UCS Millenium Falcon and 75313 UCS AT–AT are similar to the box for 75309 UCS Republic Gunship. While I didn’t weigh the box, it’s definitely quite full and feels appropriately hefty for a 6,000-piece set. As is the norm for adult-oriented sets the back of the box contains a variety details about the model as well as screenshots from the show.

The inner boxes divide the set. The boxes are decorated with artwork from the show on several faces, and they look so nice that it’s a shame they’re only visible momentarily between opening the main box, and dumping the parts out to begin building.

Box 1 contains 25 bags numbered 1-19 and two cardboard packets. Each packet contains a thick instruction book. The UCS Razor Crest follows the 75159 Death Star’s footsteps and is screen-accurate. (too soon?) 

The second box contains another 23 bags numbered 20-36, another packet of instruction manuals (this one has two thinner manuals together), and the loose 8×16 plate for the info placard.

The manuals are brightly colored and indicate which parts of each model they correspond with. While I can’t deny they clearly convey their message, I find the look pretty ugly compared to manuals in other premium sets, notably TechnicThese flagship sets continue outpacing Star Wars in presentation, printing and design. These sets have discarded stickers and printed the information placards, even though they were printed with stickers. Here you’ll find a large sticker sheet packaged with one of the manuals in box 1.

The manual opens with a number of pages that provide information about the LEGO model and the ship on-screen, as is the case for adult-oriented sets.

While the majority of the Razor Crest’s elements are standard fare with boatloads of light grey for the exterior and a smattering of other colors for hidden structural elements. There are fewer odd-colored parts in this build that in other builds. The interior is easily accessible so most of the parts are visible in the final model. You will find some interesting parts here. Starting off, there’s just one all-new element introduced (not counting Kuiil’s head sculpt that we’ll look at later). The 4×4 tile (part 1751) gets introduced, finally providing an intermediary between the 2×2 and 6×6 tiles. The set includes 19 in lightbluish-grey.

Next up are a few recolors and prints; I didn’t exhaustively scour the set’s 6,000+ pieces for recolors, but these are the ones that stood out as noteworthy. TechnicThe previously limited availability of red friction half-pins is now available in five dark bluish gray colors. The set also includes a number of red half-pins. Similarly, the curved slope 3×3 corner element, introduced in last year’s 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, appears for the first time in light bluish grey (you’ll get just 2). Red is also available for the stop ring and bar 2.L. This was previously only available in Minifigures 23’s Ferry Captain.

There are also three new prints: left and right versions of the canopy printing in the curved corner panel, and new eye prints for the blurrg on 1×1 round tiles (an extra is included).


The build

It’s always exciting to crack into Bag 1 of Box 1. A set this large contains nearly 50 bags. The build begins humbly, if predictably if you’ve built many large LEGO models in the past few years, with a thick section of Technic framing.

This quickly balloons out to front and rear and immediately we can begin to see the Razor Crest’s footprint take shape. It’s unusual for a set this large to have so many details already in place. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the first seasons of The Mandalorian, so I don’t recall if this dark orange cube is something specific from an episode; let me know in the comments if you’ve got an idea.

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The interior is completed quickly. Many details are attached to the hull’s walls. While they’re visible on the finished model they’re not very accessible, so getting them laid down this early is necessary.

You can frame the image a bit more by using large TechnicThe lines of the hull are beginning to take shape as we see beams. By the end of the first manual (Bag 9), the scale of the model also becomes apparent, as it’s close to its final length of 28 inches (72cm), and you start to get a sense that minifigures could actually walk around inside this vessel.

Razor Crest uses the tried-and-true engineering method that uses a TechnicSkelet with plates panels added for final fuselage shaping. This creates a rigid structure that allows for fine detailing. The second manual focuses on covering the main hull’s frame with exterior plating. The first sections to be covered are the forward sections, which contain the side entry ramps. Each has a hatch that’s almost invisible when closed but folds down into a two-part ramp.

With most of the outer main hull in place, it’s time to add some more details to the interior before the ship gets closed up. Although many interior details can be removed, it is not easy to install or remove them once the ship’s closed. These include the blasters cupboard and carbon freezing chamber, as well as carbon freeze bounties (a human-rodian), and a bunk.

Access to the lower deck is possible from the front by removing the upper deck. This is where the bulkhead opens and the two rear cockpit chairs are located. It’s also where Grogu and his egg bassinet are placed, perilously close to the container of the Frog Lady’s eggs from Chapter 11: The Heiress.

There’s just one more section left in Box 1, and that’s the upper hull cladding on the tail, which is built as one large piece that can be removed later for access. Here’s the bottom of it that shows the construction.

Box 2’s subassemblies are all removable for access, with the exception of the forward cannons. Rather remarkably, that means that something close to half the set’s elements are contained in removable subassemblies, thanks in large part to the two huge engines. The wing segments’ fore and aft sections will be constructed. They will be placed on either side of the main cross-member that holds the engines.

The engines come next, and they’re by far the most complex portions of the entire build. The cross-member is made of TechnicPlates sandwiched between tiles for strength. The engines are cylinders made from stacked SNOT blocks arranged radially. The engine’s exterior is very similar to that of the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

The engine cores are so part-dense that once this section is complete, it weighs nearly as much as the rest of the ship, but it feels very sturdy and the rigidity is confidence-inspiring.

Now there’s just a few sections of the ship left to build: the canopy, escape pod, and front blaster cannons. The canopy is actually a long piece, which extends almost to the nose to reach engines. It’s got some clever building to it, but both the smaller side windows and the main canopy are lackluster. The minifigure-scale 75292 Razor Crest received a new element for its canopy, and that’s often been the case with UCS sets. The combo of three main transparent elements to create the curving canopy honestly works fairly well, but it does leave an awkward divot in the middle at the front since the curves on the middle windscreen don’t match that of the panels. There’s also an inaccurate bit of grey protruding toward the nose on top. Even worse are the side windows. This would have been the perfect opportunity to introduce the 1x3x2 curved arch in trans-clear (the same element that’s used in grey on either side of the windows). Instead, we’re treated to a murky mess of stacked plates and a regular slope, which is technically transparent but hardly see-through.

The brick-built blurrg, combined info placard and minifigure stand are the final two pieces. We’ll look more at the blurrg later, but the stand is very typical fare, as they’re pretty well standardized across UCS sets with a two-wide black plate section with just a few exposed studs for placing the minifigures.


The completed model

So many LEGO vehicle models are modified in scale from their on-screen counterparts, that it almost seems weird to handle a large spaceship that’s properly in scale, and it’s awesome. In case it wasn’t clear from the opening, I love the Razor Crest. It’s a perfectly Star-Warsy vessel, and it looks amazing in full detail at this scale.

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The Razor Crest set before 2020, 75292 Razor Crest is a solid model. It cost $130 USD, and contained more than 1,000 pieces. But it’s indicative of the scaling down that so many LEGO sets go through (which to be clear, is not inherently a problem, because even $130 models already strain most people’s budgets). But it’s simply CoolThe ship can be seen fully scaled up. The UCS version of the ship is a vast improvement over the previous set.

Now, let’s talk about the scale. There are many ways to calculate a minifigure scale. Minifigures aren’t even close to a scale model of a person. One common method is 1 Foot = 1 Stud. The Razor Crest is slightly higher at 89 than the target scale, which is significantly more than what the scale would give you. But it’s certainly close enough to satisfy me, and as I said, that’s not the only way to calculate the scale.

In any case, it’s not that the Razor Crest is first UCS set to be minifigure scale—both the 75192UCS Millenium Falcon (75313 UCS AT) were approximately miniaturefigures. The Falcon is too big to move easily. It was a table prop, not a vehicle toy. The AT-AT, with its spindly legs and large size, is also subject to the same fate. Although the Razor Crest is easier to maneuver, it should be done with care. The manual doesn’t include any instructions on how to move the Razor Crest like other UCS models. However, it does contain guidance. (Looking at you, AT–AT)The model was very sturdy and required less maintenance than the instructions. However, you can’t lift the model from its armpits. This is the area underneath the wings. If you do, you won’t damage anything, but you’ll lift the engines and leave the ship behind!

Moving on, let’s take a look at the details on this monster model. It features two side hatches, and a large cargo ramp to its rear. They all work flawlessly and feel more like spaceship-style hatches rather than hinged plates. The nice touch is the pistons at either side of the rear ramp. They retract and extend with it.

All three openings have a foldaway section that extends to meet the ground; it’s not quite as nifty as the sliding extensions seen on-screen, but it works well enough.

The ship’s front is stunningly detailed, with its giant aftermarket laser cannons that repeat multiple times, and the yellow stripes look amazing, even though stickers are a little distracting.

 

The top of the escape pod can be viewed. It is very similar to the one on the smaller model of 1000 pieces, but it fits better here. It has an opening lid and can hold one miniaturefigure.

Now let’s take a look at all the removable sections, starting with the canopy. The canopy does not attach to your model. It is held down by gravity. It doesn’t slot in much, so tipping the model even a bit will cause it to fall off, which seems like a big miss for me, as engineering some sort of stronger attachment would be trivial.

The cockpit is wonderfully detailed with designs old and new (though none exclusive to this set), and the pilot’s chair up front swivels. The upper deck lifts up and the rear seats are part of that same upper deck.

There is a cross-member at the top that lifts the engines. There are also three large sections that can be removed. This allows for limited access to the interior and effectively removes all of the top shell.

Looking down inside, we can see all the interior details from the frozen bounties to Boba Fett’s armor. It is difficult to find, though it looks amazing. This reinforces the fact it is a display model, not a set.

The Razor Crest will no more grace our screens after its tragic end at the end season 2. That has no bearing on my review of this model, but I’m salty because, in my opinion, the Razor Crest was the coolest on-screen ship since the original trilogy (and it reminds me more than a bit of Serenity). Don’t get me wrong; Mando’s new Naboo N-1 Starfighter is awesome, and presumably way faster. These two are amazing. It’s like switching from Winnebagos and Corvettes. Both have their qualities, but they’re so radically different that comparing them is nearly impossible. The N-1 folding wings could be used to store the Razor Crest.


The minfigures

The Razor Crest includes three traditional minifigures. Grogu in a hovering pram and a blurrg. All three attach to the info placard’s base.

Both the Mandalorian and Grogu are exclusives to this set—well, sort of. Grogu is not new, but this is the first set in minifigure-scale to include his hovering pram with accurate colors, although it’s made of common elements (the 2021 Star Wars Advent Calendar included a grey version). This set features a unique version called the Mandalorian.

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Mando, an enhanced version of the figure from the 75292 Razor Crest collection, is called “Mando”. It features printing on the arms (now dark gray), an extra helmet printing, and a hairpiece that Mando can wear when he takes off his helmet. It’s also only the second time that Din’s head has been a proper, printed headpiece rather than just solid black, following the one in 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter earlier this year.

Other minifigures include a unnamed Mythrol Mando catches for a bounty episode one and Kuiil with whom Mando shares a friendship on Arvala-7. Kuiil is a gruff but loving Ugnaught Mando. These minifigures are unique to this set. Kuiil’s new head component combines his cap and goggles into one mold. Kuiil’s brick-built blurrg is also included, and of course, it’s rideable.

The blurrg can be described simply as a quick build around SNOT’s core. The tail, head and arms have some movement. The legs are however fixed. It’s a good build and it looks great, but I’d still love to have a nice molded version that matches the style of many of the other LEGO creatures about this size.


Conclusion & recommendations

From a construction standpoint, the UCS Razor Crest set is outstandingly designed. The ship’s angular lines are captured well, and the engineering to support the massive engines—not to mention the engineering on the engines themselves—is spectacular. The design is not perfect. You may note that the exterior hull doesn’t quite match that of the on-screen ship, which is battered bare metal, giving the vessel a silvery satin finish. LEGO has a few colors that come close to that, and this set’s light bluish grey is not one of them. A flat silver (AKA silver metallic) or pearl dark grey (AKA titanium metallic) would have been great alternatives. It’s true this would have required LEGO to produce quite a few new elements in those colors, but this is a $600 flagship set for one of LEGO’s most well-known themes. This is a poor shortcut to a set that should be better.

As I mentioned, the removable canopy design feels rushed. It’s a little too loose and doesn’t have a clip or stud connection. The canopy should be treated as the smaller one. The engine cross-member and the roof panels could have been fitted with a removable pin to secure them onto fuselages. This is similar to the 10294 Titanic set. Finally, there’s the inexplicably still stickered info placard, which feels cheap in a set that costs this much. Yes, it’s difficult to print blue or white on black, but that’s not an insurmountable roadblock, and LEGO printed the white text info placard for the recent TechnicFerrari, a set that surpasses the Star Wars UCS lines in every aspect of its presentation

The previous Mando minifigure versions were already great, so there really wasn’t a lot of room to elevate the design for this one, but the new arm and helmet printing still manages to feel like an upgrade. Kuiil is the only one, as he was a character who saw a lot on the show. His new molded head looks amazing. While Mythrol and blurrg are solid entries they are less interesting. Grogu isn’t the only one, even though technically his hover pram may be.

$600 is a lot to spend on a LEGO set, and this isn’t even the most expensive Star Wars set you can buy. We’re keenly aware that this set won’t be in the budget for many fans, regardless of how cool it is. But for those who’ve got expendable income to drop on a 6,000-piece replica of one of Star Wars’ coolest ships, this is a great set, even if it’s not perfect. It’s an engaging build that results of a model that’s both fun to look at and to fly around.


75331 The Razor Crest includes 6,187 pieces and retails at $7331 US $599.99 | CAN $759.99 | UK £519.99. It will be made available to VIP members on October 3, and all other customers on October 7. It could also be sold by third party vendors AmazonAnd eBay.


The LEGO Group provided a copy of the set to The Brothers Brick for review. If they receive products to review, TBB will not be covered.

Source: LEGO Star Wars 75331 The Razor Crest Ultimate Collector series from The Mandalorian [Review]The Brothers Brick

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