Our good friend Chris/CapnRex101 over at Brickset.com interviews César Soares, the designer of the new LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV (#75244).

Brickset: Why was the Tantive IV chosen for the twentieth anniversary year of LEGO Star Wars?

César: The Tantive IV is the very first ship that you see in the Star Wars universe and although it does not get a lot of screen time it is very iconic and recognisable. It is also the location where important characters like Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO are introduced for the first time. In the twenty years of LEGO Star Wars, this vessel has only been produced twice. The last time was a decade ago so we thought that this would be the perfect occasion for another version.

How long has 75244 Tantive IV been in development?

The development process for this set was about six months. I must have made at least four different iterations, mainly exploring size, ways of attaching the engines and the best way to make the cockpit and of course there were countless adjustments, tweaks and small changes along the way.

Read the full interview here.

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