With something for each fan across the galaxy, LEGO has some stellar releases on the way this summer.
I can confidently say that summer is the most exciting time for Star Wars sets. Winter sees the smaller post-holiday releases, while Force Friday in the fall coincides with LucasFilm’s latest project.
Without any blockbuster releases this year, LEGO has full freedom to pursue some unique paths. The latest set of leaks indicates just that, and with many different trusty sources reporting on them, it seems this list is all-but-confirmed for 2021.
Starting off the list is a holiday favorite in the advent calendar. There really isn’t much to say here, but last year’s calendar was a step forward with new builds and exclusive Christmas figures. With that out of the way, let’s dive into the interesting information.
LEGO will be capitalizing on The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars.
First from the general sets is the Mandalore Throne and Vault. LEGO has been releasing these battle vignettes for the past few years and will continue that trend into the Clone Wars. With Darth Maul and Ahsoka, this should be a neat desk display at $20.
Continuing the Mandalore theme is a new rendition of the Mandalorian Fighter, along with the first appearances of Bo-Katan and Gar Saxon. And let’s not forget about the Bad Batch, whose shuttle will be released along with a full crew of figures to provide a fresh spin on a familiar silhouette.
Made popular by The Mandalorian, next is the Imperial Troop Transport. Fans should be especially happy here as the set with two stormtroopers and a brand new mortar trooper. Alongside that will be Moff Gideon’s cruiser for a steep $160. With a strong set of figures and mini TIE fighters to complete the scene, it may be worth it, though. And it’s about time Moff Gideon comes to LEGO form.
There will be new and old original trilogy sets.
Perhaps most interesting is another version of the Slave One. Rather than being fittingly from The Mandalorian, this version centers around The Empire Strikes Back, evident in the inclusion of Han Solo. Not to worry as Fennec Shand will be a part of the previous set, but it would have been nice to see an older version of Boba Fett. Paired with that will be a new model, Darth Vader’s meditation chamber.
On May 4, LEGO will continue its trend of buildable characters with R2-D2. It has been done before, but designers can re-imagine a model that definitely needs it.
What other UCS sets will LEGO release?
After winning the fan vote, LEGO’s rendition of the Republic Gunship will release for $350. With that price, this model must be a decent size as the first UCS model from the Clone Wars era.
Then there is the lingering “question mark” with over 6,000 pieces. Some say a Death Star, perhaps in the tens of thousands of pieces, with a combination of the interior of the first and exterior of the second Death Star. Others suggest an AT-AT, though that would be a bit of a surprise considering a version of that model released this past year.
Either way, LEGO has some big plans in 2021, and that’s not even mentioning a new game as well. Which set are you most excited for, or think is missing from the list? Let us know in the comments!