The event that LEGO Star Wars fans look forward to all year is nearly upon us–May the 4th 2016! But while this international Star Wars holiday (of a sort) usually brings with it a phenomenal new UCS set and a highly-demanded polybag promo minifigure, this year is looking to be a little disappointing. Not only is the major set being released the critically-maligned Assault on Hoth 75098, but now the free minifig itself is getting harsh reviews: it’s the 30602 LEGO Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper minifigure May the 4th 2016 exclusive!
Basically, this is the First Order Stormtrooper figure that’s already easily obtainable in multiple sets, but now with a different torso print. Disney is really pushing for toy manufacturers to release this specific design as an exclusive, and it was already used for the $200+ Hot Toys Jakku Stormtrooper sixth scale minifigure that was released earlier this year.
Personally, I think this is a pretty unspeakably lame exclusive. I’m sure that Disney/Lucasfilm heavily limited what TLG could choose for the 2016 May the 4th Exclusive figure, but the number of people I’ve heard crying out for a Jakku Stormtrooper minifigure is exactly zero.
As a promotional tool, I’m really curious to see how successful this will be at the LEGO Stores in May. At least the Yularen minifigure was a unique character–I’m not sure that there’s going to be much demand for this particular Stormtrooper iteration at all.
The exclusive First Order Stormtrooper LEGO Star Wars May the 4th minifigure promo will be available online and in stores from April 30th to May 4th 2016. The promotional offer is supposedly limited to one per person, but I have no idea if–or how–TLG is planning to enforce that restriction. I suspect that anyone wanting to load up on these troopers will be able to snag them with multiple $50 purchases with no problems whatsoever.
What do you think of this year’s LEGO Star Wars May the 4th minifigure exclusive, Star Wars fans? Will you be venturing out to make a purchase to earn this exclusive minifig during the week of May the 4th, or does a slightly modified version of the readily-available First Order Stormtrooper figure fail to capture your enthusiasm?