Given the way that the LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens set images were closely guarded under lock and key until it was nearly Force Friday last year, I really expected that TLG would keep a tight lid on their LEGO Rogue One sets until this year’s Force Friday (September 30th, 2016) as well. But it looks like the starfighters are out of the bag, as Amazon Italy has posted the official images of all of this year’s sets for brick fans the world over to see! I’ll be discussing the Rogue One Buildable Figures sets on my Star Wars blog, but let’s take a first look at the Rogue One vehicles sets…
UPDATED September 1st, 2016: All LEGO Rogue One sets photos that had previously been removed at the request of The LEGO Company have been re-uploaded! Finally, we can officially post the images again!
Personally, I thought that was a little silly and a bit of overkill for The Force Awakens, so I’m glad to see photos of the merchandise for this year’s movie making the rounds much earlier.
So, what does TLG have in store for us as far as vehicles go from the just-before-A New Hope time period? Let’s have ourselves a look…
First, we’ve got the sleek and ultra-cool new LEGO TIE Striker 75154 set, which is the first new canonical TIE Fighter variant from a movie in over thirty years! Craziness, right?!
The 75154 TIE Striker includes 543 pieces and will retail for $69.99 in the United States. While it’s not quite as neat as the now non-canon TIE Defenders, the TIE Striker sure a slick-looking imperial vehicle! The set includes a Rebel Trooper, a TIE Pilot, an Imperial Shoretrooper and an Imperial Ground Crew minifigure.
I always thought it was weird that the Rebels AT-ST was retired so quickly after being released, and now I can’t help but wonder if TLG knew that the Rogue AT-ST was coming up and wanted to clear collectors’ palettes for it…?
The LEGO Imperial Assault Hovertank set looks really weird, and reminds me more of something that we would have seen in the Clone Wars or the prequels than a vehicle from the Original Trilogy. I think this has the potential to be the slowest seller in this lineup unless the Hovertank is really cool in the movie.
All three figures included with the set are exclusive to this set: a LEGO Chirrut Imwe minifigure and two Imperial Hovertank Pilot minifigures.
This isn’t your typical Star Wars starfighter–instead, the Rebel U-Wing looks to serve as more a troop transport vehicle and Gunboat than the outer space rebel vehicles that we’ve become accustomed to.
The LEGO U-Wing Fighter set is the only set containing the LEGO Jyn Erso minifigure in 2016, so it’s obviously meant to be a pretty big deal and a huge seller. The set contains 659 pieces and will retail for $69.99, and includes five minifigures: Bistan, Cassian Andor, Jyn Erso, a Rebel Trooper and a U-Wing Pilot.
Finally, we’ve got the largest and most expensive of all of this fall’s LEGO Rogue One sets: Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle 75156! This black Imperial Shuttle basically looks like a cross between the Original Trilogy Imperial Shuttles (which were white-grey) and Kylo’s Ren’s Shuttle (which was jet black).
The $89.99 set contains 863 pieces and includes six minifigures (the most of any Rogue One set), including Director Krennic, two Imperial Death Troopers, Pao, Bodi Rook and K2-SO. Hopefully this set actually launches at $90 and doesn’t have a price increase, as the MSRP looks pretty reasonable at $89.99.
I’ll post more news and photos of these sets as more specific release information regarding them (and any potential exclusive releases) are revealed, and you can follow the Brick Toy News Facebook and Twitter Pages for alerts and updates as they happen.
Now that we’ve seen them officially, what do you think of the Star Wars Rogue One LEGO sets coming out next month, brick fans? Which of these sets look like must-buys for your collection, and which ones do you feel like you can pass on without losing any sleep?