Who can forget the opening sequence of Star Wars? That first shot has been burned into the memories of many, as the Rebels try to flee to Tatooine with Darth Vader's star destroyer in close pursuit. The Rebel's blockade runner, known as the Tantive IV to any half-decent fan, wasn't on screen for very long, but it was still our first glimpse at the great many ships Star Wars has to offer. So it makes total sense that Lego is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Star Wars line with a brand new version of the ship.
The original Tantive IV set as released in 2001, making it one of the earliest big Star Wars sets, and was followed by a more detailed re-release in 2009 to celebrate the theme's 10th anniversary. Naturally 2019 was the perfect time to bring it back, and it'll be arriving in the Lego store on 3rd May. By pure coincidence that's right before Star Wars day on May the 4th. Funny that.
The new set comes with 1,768 pieces to build, and is 14cm tall, 19cm wide, and 62cm long. It also comes with five minifigures in the form of an updated Captain Antilles, a rebel soldier, C-3PO, Princess Leia (with her updated skirt) and the never-before-released Bail Organa. R2-D2 is there too, though I wouldn't count him as a minifigure, and it seems you can swap Leia's skirt for trousers if you'd prefer.
Fancy features include the shield dish that doubles as a carrying handle, a detailed cockpit with room for two minifigs, the conference room, and a detachable hull to let you play with the insides. Of course it wouldn't be complete without detachable escape pods, otherwise how will R2-D2 deliver the Death Star plans to Obi Wan?
What it doesn't have is a display stand, since this is not part of the Ultimate Collector's edition line - despite the similarities the box art has. That's a shame, but it's still a very nice set without it. You can always grab some spare pieces and built you're own, if you're that desperate for one.
The Tantive IV will be exclusive to Lego stores and the Lego website, and will cost £180.