The honor of revealing the name of the Imperial Inquisitions’ first official transport ship went to LEGO when the Obi-Wan Wednesdays announced the set at the end of May 2022, which immediately became a hot seller when 75336 Inquisitor Transport Scythe was made available for purchase at the start of August. While this might have been the latest addendum to the lore of the Inquisitorious (also known as the Imperial Inquisition), their development goes back much further than most fans suspect.
Revealed as a solo character in the premiere episode of Star Wars: Rebels in 2014, the first Inquisitor was based on Torbin the Grand Inquisitor, a character that was first mentioned into Star Wars canon through the Star Wars Sourcebook accompaniment to West End Games’ (WEG) licensed roleplaying game in 1989 and fleshed out further as an interrogator and torturer who was always looking for questionable practices among the citizens of the Empire in their Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook (1993).
The next installment in the history of the Inquisitors came in 1993, with the release of WEG’s Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments from the Rim, in which they named (and provided an illustration for) High Inquisitor Tremayne as an apprentice to Darth Vader, who tasked him with hunting Jedi.
The rank and file of the Imperial Inquisition was first filled out by Wizards of the Coast (WotC), who picked up the roleplaying license from WEG, when they published their The Dark Side Sourcebook in 2001. Designed to allow games masters to circumvent the Rule of Two, the Imperial Inquisitor character class was filled by loathsome Jedi hunters based on High Inquisitor Tremayne. Not only did WotC deliver the ranks, but also provided a headquarters – Citadel Inquisitorius – for the order.
The lore of the Grand Inquisitor was expanded again in Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG in 2004, when he was given graphic representation, named Ja’ce Yiaso, and placed as the head of the Imperial Inquisition squadron, .
The story of the Inquisitors was once again re-written in The Clone Wars animated series. With their numbers built up from kidnapped Force-sensitive children and by recruiting Jedi Knights who had a grudge against their Order, the ranks of the spoken-of-but-never-seen Inquisitorious grew during the Clone Wars.
With the exception of the backstory built up in The Clone Wars animated series, this was all relegated to Legends with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, gave us the first (and still solo) Inquisitor and paved the way for the Imperial Inquisition to have a more fitting story arc in the live-action Rebels series.
The initial premise was the same as the organization which evolved through the various role-playing incarnations – a Dark Side agent that served Darth Vader in his continuing quest to purge the galaxy of the survivors of Order 66 – the animated TV show transformed the role of the Inquisitor into the Grand Inquisitor, and built up a shadowy company of like-minded Force users.
Given the title of Brothers and Sisters in Rebels, their full number has never been disclosed – no doubt being kept uncertain so that future members could be added as required. A total of 12 have been referenced through Rebels, Jedi: Fallen Order video game, the Ahsoka novel, and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith and Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu comics.
It was Rebels that brought the Inquisitorious to the mainstream, with LEGO creating a Rebels collection that included Inquisitor minifigures in 75082 TIE Advanced Prototype and 75157 Captain Rex’s AT-TE to satisfy fans, but the live-action Obi-Wan Kenobi series really delivered, adding the Third and Fourth Sisters and giving fans a look at their ocean-bound Fortress Inquisitorius and dedicated starship, the Scythe.
75336 Inquisitor Transport Scythe
Kids can play out Jedi-hunting missions from Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi with LEGO® Star Wars™ Inquisitor Transport Scythe (75336). This buildable toy starship has adjustable wings for flight and landing modes, 2 spring-loaded shooters and an access ramp. The cockpit opens for easy viewing of the detailed interior, which has 3 minifigure seats and storage clips for lightsabers. There are also LEGO minifigures of Ben Kenobi, the Grand Inquisitor, Reva (Third Sister) and the Fifth Brother with lightsaber weapons for creative role play. Digital building tools A cool Star Wars gift idea for trendsetting kids aged 9 and up, the set includes printed building instructions. And check out the LEGO Building Instructions app, which has zoom and rotate viewing tools to enhance the creative experience. Awesome construction toys The LEGO Group has been recreating starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999, and there is a wide variety of sets to inspire fans of all ages.
- Detailed, brick-built model of The Inquisitor Transport Scythe (75336) – Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi fans can play out dramatic battles between Imperial Inquisitors and Obi-Wan with this building toy
- 4 LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures – Ben Kenobi with a blue lightsaber, plus the Grand Inquisitor, Reva (Third Sister) and the Fifth Brother, each with double-bladed red lightsabers
- Authentic features – The Inquisitor Transport Scythe has wings that fold up and down for landing or flight mode, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a fold-down access ramp at the front
- Easy access to the detailed interior – The top and sides of the cockpit open to reveal a pilot seat and 2 passenger seats for minifigures, plus storage clips for their lightsabers
- Gift idea for ages 9 and up – Give this 924-piece building toy as a birthday present or holiday gift to kids who are into Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi or just love Star Wars™ starships
- For play and display – This buildable LEGO® Star Wars™ starship toy measures over 5.5 in. (14 cm) high, 14.5 in. (37 cm) long and 9.5 in. (24 cm) wide and can be displayed between playtime missions
- Printed and digital instructions – Find step-by-step illustrated instructions in the box and check out the LEGO® Building Instructions app for digital instructions, plus zoom and rotate viewing tools
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Pictured in orbit above Tatooine, the graphics of the Scythe really illustrate the striking design that LEGO has come up with to capture the unique and imposing transport ship used by the Inquisitors in the Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series. Unlike the recently released 75335 BD-1 set which has a Jedi: Fallen Order logo in the bottom left corner, this set’s packaging lacks any clues that link it to the TV show, though a pair of minifigures – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader – with crossed lightsabers leave no doubt that 75336 Inquisitor Transport Scythe belongs in the freshly minted Obi-Wan Kenobi collection.
The 924-piece build – which takes between an hour and a half to two hours – frames up the substructure and adds the twin-bladed prow (which pleasingly looks like a pair of shears), before building up the hull plates and wings.
The end result is amazing and will give most fans a new appreciation of how clever the designers on the LEGO Star Wars team are.
There are some exceedingly ingenious techniques – like the hook that holds the bifurcated hull at the right angles and the flip-top lid/butterfly panels that gives access to the crew compartment – tucked away in the build, so keep an eye out for them, because they are definitely worth noting.
After the criticism that LEGO received after the limited space in 75315 Imperial Light Cruiser and 75342 Republic Fighter Tank, the interior’s open plan comes as a big relief. With a mid-line cockpit and two seats, there is room for a full crew complement, with space left for prisoners (presumably a young Princess Leia) or even more Inquisitors, when they are released.
With two Rebels sets already including the Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother, these aren’t the first minifigs of the Inquisitorious, but they have been updated – and Reva (Third Sister) and another new Obi-Wan Kenobi have been included.
The inclusion of three Imperial Inquisitor minifigures, rather than splitting them up between a number of sets like the Knights of Ren was, is a step forward and one that LEGO will hopefully continue with.
Readers looking for ideas to modify this set wouldn’t go wrong with a grab handle to increase the Scythe’s swooshability and a mechanism that releases the wings into flight mode.
If you were disappointed that the number of screen minutes – not including its shadow – that the Scythe received in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was too low, then you’ll definitely want to add this magnificently realized model to your collection.
Now globally available at the LEGO website and branded stores for US$99.99 / CA$129.99 / UK£89.99 / DE€99.99 / AU$159.99, you can also purchase this set at Target (United States and Australia), Walmart, BigW, Toys “R” Us (Australia and Canada), as well as Smyths Toys (United Kingdom and Germany) and Argos.
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