Getting its debut during LEGO CON 2022 in June, the LEGO-ized version of Cade Bane’s kite-shaped bounty hunting transport was designed by veteran artists/concept designer Russel Chong, who also conceived The Malevolence, for the unfinished sixth season of The Clone Wars.
Replacing the Xanadu Blood, a ship that hasn’t been realized as a LEGO set (unless you count 7673 MagnaGuard Starfighter) yet, Bane’s transport during the second and third seasons of The Clone Wars animated series, The Justifier was introduced in Bounty Lost, the ninth episode of the first season of The Bad Batch animated series.
Unique in the Star Wars galaxy, The Justifier had a central, hammer-like thruster that was capable of reorienting itself laterally, so that it would align itself horizontally with the ship for landing.
Until the release of 75323 The Justifier as part of the Summer wave in August 2022, its last known location was at a clandestine Kaminoan cloning facility on Bora Vio, where it was sabotaged to prevent Bane from recapturing Omega, the adopted member of Clone Force 99.
75323 The Justifier
Children aged 9 and up can recreate epic Star Wars: The Bad Batch stories with this superb LEGO® brick-built model of bounty hunter Cad Bane’s starship, The Justifier (75323). Fans will love the realistic features, such as the rear engine that folds up and down for flight and landing, a detailed cockpit, spring-loaded shooters on the wingtips and a ‘laser’ jail cell to imprison Omega. There are 4 LEGO Star Wars™ minifigures of Cad Bane, Omega, Fennec Shand and Hunter with cool weapons and accessories, plus a Todo 360 LEGO droid figure to inspire imaginative play. Illustrated instructions A fabulous gift idea for trendsetting kids, this construction toy comes with step-by-step instructions so even Star Wars fans who are new to LEGO sets can build confidently. Cool building toys The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the Star Wars universe for over 2 decades, and there is a large assortment of sets to delight fans of all ages.
- Buildable LEGO® Star Wars™ model of The Justifier (75323) – Fans can role-play Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 scenes with this authentically detailed, brick-built starship and popular characters
- 4 LEGO® minifigures and a droid – Cad Bane with 2 blaster pistols, Omega with handcuffs, Fennec Shand with a blaster pistol and Hunter with a knife, plus a Todo 360 LEGO droid figure
- Flight and landing modes – Fold up the rear engine of bounty hunter Cad Bane’s starship for flight mode and fold down to automatically deploy the landing gear
- Many play-inspiring features – A detailed easy-access cockpit, 2 thermal detonator elements, a ‘laser’ jail cell for Omega, spring-loaded shooters on the wingtips and spare ammo in the wing
- Fun gift idea for ages 9 and up – Give this 1,022-piece buildable playset as a birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat to trendsetting kids who are into Star Wars: The Bad Batch
- For play and display – The Justifier starship measures over 5 in. (12 cm) high, 15 in. (38 cm) long and 19.5 in. (50 cm) wide and can be displayed between playtime missions
- Step-by-step instructions – Thinking of buying this set for a Star Wars™ fan who is a newcomer to LEGO® building? No problem. Illustrated instructions are included to guide their creative experience
- Building toys for all ages – LEGO® Star Wars™ sets allow kids and adult fans to recreate memorable scenes, make up their own stories or simply display the buildable models
- Premium quality – LEGO® bricks and pieces satisfy rigorous quality standards, ensuring that they connect simply and securely for robust builds
- Safety first – LEGO® components are dropped, heated, crushed, twisted and carefully analyzed to make sure that they meet stringent global safety standards
Pictured amongst the abandoned Kaminoan cloning facilities floating in the atmosphere of Bora Vio, The Justifier comes across as an impressive set, and given its price tag and the heft of the box you’d expect a pretty stunning set. Hold on to that thought over the next two or so hours that you’ll need to set aside to come to the conclusion of the build.
The fuselage is an unartistic block that feels like something from the earliest days of the LEGO Star Wars theme, and while the mechanism that allows the rear thruster to tilt (and raise/lower the landing gear at the same time) is well executed, its lack of cover detracts from the final effect.
The structure of the wings, while satisfyingly technical, contributes an excessive number of bricks to the set’s 1022 piece count. With the end result being flatter than an armadillo that has been driven over by a steamroller, it’s fair to wonder why LEGO couldn’t come up with a more part-conscious solution. The only play feature of the wings is a pair of hinged panels that reveal clips for the spring-firing missiles. That’s it.
The interior is accessed by a removable roof behind the cockpit, as well as a ramp at the rear. Unfortunately, the insides are as spartan as the exterior, with a barebones cockpit, a difficult-to-reach prison cell and a compartment that only seems to serve as storage for the inexplicable cargo of booty that only seems to be included to add a touch of color to the set.
The large number of stickers aside, the worst of which is the transparent ones that decorate the cockpit windows, the detailing on the finished set isn’t particularly inspiring, and the smattering of greebles – which are barely augmented by poorly color-matched triangular stickers adjacent to the cockpit windows – in the hollows of the wings is pretty much all that LEGO has included.
The two stand-out aspects of the finished build are at either end of The Justifier: the large cockpit canopy, which is reminiscent of a World War II bomber, and the intake of the tilt-thruster. Ignoring that the stickers take away from the finished version, the outcome is pretty satisfying. If anything can justify this set, it’s the clever use of tiles to successfully replicate the thruster’s vents. Long-time LEGO builders will immediately want to shout “but that’s illegal!” when they complete step 95.
As easy as it is to bag this model, it’s only fair to reflect on the fact that this ship’s design isn’t at all exciting and LEGO did what they could with it. Like the saying goes ‘You can’t polish a turd” but you can roll it in glitter, which is what LEGO did with the selection of minifigures 75323 The Justifier comes with.
With the right blend of characters – Cad Banea and sidekick Todo 360, Fennec Shand (who comes with a briefcase), Hunter, and Omega – to recreate the action at the end of Bounty Lost, this set does provide an excellent selection of minifigures.
At the more expensive end of the Summer wave sets, this $170 monstrosity’s only real catch is the minifigures that come with it – particularly Omega, who’s absence from 75314 Bad Batch Shuttle was sorely missed.
LEGO has done an adequate job of capturing The Justifier, but – unfortunately – the source design isn’t that inspiring and the final result is about as exciting as a flat iron. Not an electric one with the added excitement of steam jets, but the boring one your great-great-great grandmother used. Add to that The Justifier’s appearance in Bad Batch was fleeting you have to wonder which side of the license – Disney or LEGO – the unexpected decision to make this set came from.
Only really fit for the collection of completists and LEGO Star Wars minifigure collectors, fans of Cade Bane take heed – this is likely that this is the only time The Justifier will be made at this scale.
Yes, that’s a lot of words to stress that this set isn’t great, but if you do still want to add it to your collection then look to LEGO.com (US$169.99 / CA$209.99 / UK£149.99 / DE€169.99 / AU$259.99), Target.com, Walmart, Toys “R” Us (Australia and Canada), Kmart, The Entertainer, and Smyths Toys (United Kingdom and Germany).
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.