Adventurer, Comedian & Johnny-5 Impersonator: 75335 BD-1 Review

Created for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the canon single-player, third-person action/adventure video game released on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2019 and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in June 2021, BD-1 was the break-out sidekick to the game’s main character, Cal Kestis.

The game is centered around the efforts of a surviving Jedi Padawan, who – five years after the Great Jedi Purge – goes on the lam after his Force powers are revealed to the Empire. Fleeing the Inquisitors, Kestis befriends BD-1 during his adventures, and the duo forms a close bond while they attempt to finish a quest that may bring about the return of the Jedi Order.

When the new BD-1 set was announced during the Summer of LEGO Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim it drew gasps and elicited cheers from the gathered crowd, who then made a beeline to the LEGO booth in the main exhibition hall where it was put on display immediately following its grand reveal by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen.

75335 BD-1

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order players can relive their epic adventures when they build and display this LEGO® Star Wars™ version of exploration droid BD-1 (75335). The head of this posable brick-built model can be tilted back, forward and sideways for maximum cuteness. Fans will be delighted by other authentic details, such as the translucent elements on the back of the head that indicate BD-1’s mood, plus a compartment for stim canister elements. An information sign and a BD-1 LEGO figure that can be attached next to the sign complete a charming centerpiece. Build, display, collect This cool BD-1 building toy makes the best birthday or holiday gift for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order fans aged 14 and up and any collector of LEGO Star Wars droid build-and-display models. Galaxy of creative fun The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999, and there is a wide variety of sets to thrill fans of all ages.
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ BD-1 build-and-display toy (75335) – Fans will love to build their own detailed, brick-built model of BD-1, the exploration droid from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Authentic features – This brick-built model has posable joints and a head that can be tilted back, forward and sideways, plus a compartment for stim canister elements
  • Designed for display – An information sign and a BD-1 LEGO® figure that can be attached next to the sign completes the display
  • Collectible set – This BD-1 droid is part of a series of buildable LEGO® Star Wars™ droid display models
  • Premium-quality gift for ages 14 and up – Give this 1,062-piece building toy as a birthday or holiday gift to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order fans and LEGO® Star Wars™ collectors
  • Fun centerpiece for any room – This brick-built BD-1 droid model stands over 12.5 in. (31 cm) tall
  • App-assisted building – Instructions are included and, using the LEGO® Building Instructions app, builders can rotate and zoom in on a digital version of the construction model as they build
  • Building toys for all ages – The LEGO® Star Wars™ range includes buildable playsets that let kids and adult fans recreate epic scenes as well as brick-built models that are designed for display
  • Quality assurance – LEGO® bricks and pieces meet stringent quality standards, ensuring that they connect simply and strongly for robust builds
  • Rigorously tested for safety – LEGO® components are dropped, heated, crushed, twisted and carefully analyzed to make sure they comply with strict global safety standards
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Fronting the big, square box that the set is packed into is an image of the BD-1 model that is so eye-poppingly gorgeous that it looks ready to step right out of the packaging. Not surprisingly, given the box’s dimensions, the pictured model on the front is exactly the same size as the finished build. It’s such a rare occasion that the coincidence seems to have escaped the notice of the graphic designers at LEGO because they still included the underwhelming BD-1 minifigure on a side panel to show the scale of the set.

The six bags of 1062 pieces sees 75335 BD-1 assembled in two logical stages – the hips/feet and legs coming first, followed by the head unit – in a little over two hours. There are a couple of steps that can test a distracted builder, so pay particular attention to the orientation of the cogs in the hips, and the positioning of the liftarms that act as shins because getting these wrong means that the thigh plates won’t attach. Once you’ve passed these potential speed bumps, the rest of the build is a breeze.

Measuring in at 12.2 inches (31 cm) in height, the LEGO version comes in close to the 3D modeled version (17.6 inches / 45 cm) seen in the game. That’s around 66% of scale, so as cute as 75335 BD-1 is, it could be 33% more adorable!

With just the right amount of greebling on the legs, and the whips replicating hydraulic hoses on either side of its hock (that’s the proper name for the reversed knee joint on the back legs of a horse), the legs on this set are spot on, and it’s only the lack of extra articulation that detracts from the poseability of this model. That said, the absence of moveable fetlock (ankle joint) and hock joints does mean that the finished build is stable, and the extra mobility of the stifle (hip joint) is just enough to adjust its posture.

While symmetry is meant to be more attractive, BD-1’s two different eyes – especially with its head tilted – have a specific appeal. In humans, head tilting is a sign of subservience or surrender (it’s supposedly linked to exposing the jugular vein), and unevenly shaped or sized eyes are often interpreted as physical weakness. The combined effect commonly elicits a nurturing feeling in the beholder; a fact that would not have escaped the game designers, and one that this new LEGO Star Wars set replicates with astonishing accuracy.

The data plate includes the typical information about the character and comes with a minifigure which, unfortunately, is the small-scale version of BD-1 (and the same molded plastic as the BD unit in 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter) and not a minifigure of Cal Kestis.

Available now at LEGO.com and its brand stores for US$99.99 / CA$129.99 / UK£89.99 / DE€99.99 / AU$159.99, as well as at general retailers like Walmart and Target in the United States, Toys “R” Us Canada, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer and Argos in the United Kingdom, and Smyths Toys in Germany.

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