You’re undoubtedly already familiar with Boba Fett’s Starship – or as it used to be known, the Slave I. The name change has been mandated by Disney rather than LEGO, presumably because ‘Slave’ has negative connotations. And so, the much more neutral ‘Starship’ name will undoubtedly feature on future sets of this particular craft.
Whatever it’s called though, this is an iconic build that’s already featured in several sets of various sizes. We’ve had an Ultimate Collectors Series version with 1,996 pieces, and the most recent was a 20th Anniversary Edition with 1,007 pieces. This one is 593 pieces, making it much smaller – but it’s still just as eye-catching.
LEGO Star Wars 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship
- RRP: £44.99
- Number of pieces: 593 pieces
- Release date: August 2021
- Age rating: 9+
- Time to build: ~90 minutes
What’s in the box?
The box for LEGO Star Wars 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship is surprisingly small, but don’t let that put you off. It squeezes in just shy of 600 pieces, and the finished model surpasses anything you’d usually find in a box of its size.
Once you open it up, you’ll find a thick spined instruction book, a tiny sheet of tickets (there are only nine stickers in total, almost all for external detailing on the ship), and four uniform bags of bricks.
There are two minifigures in the build, spread out amongst the bags: Boba Fett and The Mandalorian. Both wear helmets, though whilst Boba Fett has a printed face, under The Mandalorian’s, you’ll simply find a blank black piece.
Being a 9+ build, there’s nothing too tricky to put together in LEGO Star Wars 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship. Each step of the instructions asks you to apply only a handful of pieces at any one time, so they’re nice and easy to follow. The most complex part of the ship is a small Technic-based section built in the first bag that makes up the central innards of the ship. It involves making sure pegs are inserted into the right place and slotting it in between an already-built brick structure. Pay attention to the instructions, though, and you should be fine.
After the first bag of bricks, the rest of the build is concerned with putting together the exterior of the ship. There’s a lot of red slopes used to build the bottom of the ship, before a sea of green and grey are used for the ‘fin’ that juts out from the main structure.
When it’s finished, Boba Fett’s Starship feels very robust, but since there’s a lot of layering of pieces here, it can feel flimsy in its early stages. It’s easy to accidentally knock a piece or two off while you’re still building, so be careful. It won’t be an issue once everything’s securely in place, though.
The most curious part of the build is the final stage: a separate ‘transporter vehicle’. According to LEGO, it’s used to move the starship around on the ground during play. It doesn’t look like much, but it actually packs in an ingenious purpose: it doubles up as a stand so Boba Fett’s Starship can be displayed upright. It’s unusual for display configurations to be taken into consideration in sets designated as children’s playsets, so we’re delighted to see it. And, in fact, the starship looks fantastic as a vertical display piece.
Play or display?
Like many recent LEGO sets, LEGO Star Wars 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship actually fits both bills perfectly. This makes a great toy for younger builders; its price tag isn’t too steep that parents are going to rue it being played with, and moving parts make it the ideal playset. There’s also excellent ‘swooshability’, as LEGO itself would say; the base of the ship even contains a fold-out handle, allowing small hands to grab it and fly it around.
However, as we mentioned above, the included stand means Boba Fett’s Starship is also the perfect display piece. Perhaps you want a Slave I – sorry, Starship – in your collection, but haven’t had the space for one of the bigger ones. This may just be the perfect compromise. Despite its small size, it still packs in plenty of detail, and it will fit tidily on almost any shelf or desktop.
Value for money?
The value for money of Boba Fett’s Starship likely depends on if you have any previously-released Slave I sets. This is remarkably similar to 2010’s Slave 1 (8097), and so if you already own that, there may not be much point in adding 75312 to your collection. And perhaps the same is true if you own one of the bigger versions of the ship; maybe you don’t see the value in having a smaller one to sit alongside it.
But if you’re yet to have this particular ship to your LEGO Star Wars collection, 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship feels like a great place to start. Its price tag of £44.99 doesn’t break the bank – and despite being on the smaller side, it still packs in enough detail to warrant being an adult’s display piece. And hey, if you’re the type of person who has multiple Slave I ships on display, this one will squeeze in besides them all quite nicely.