Who are these new characters?
As Triple Force Friday rolls around, it’s no surprise that LEGO is getting in on the action. But my favorite part is to see if there are any clues in the LEGO sets about the new film and the live action TV show. There are sets for both The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian coming out on October 4th featuring the characters, sets, and ships from both. Prices range from $29.99 to $159.99 and look incredible.
As you all know, the new Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, is set to be released on November 12th on the brand new streaming service. If you’re not already a founding member and you love Star Wars, this will likely be a good investment for you. As we get closer to the date, more is being released about the plot, characters, and actors in the show, but this is LEGO’s first set being released in support of it. Called the AT-ST Raider (75254) it comes in at 540 pieces and a $49.99 (USD) price tag. It is similar to other AT-ST sets but with distinct markings and of course 4 minifigs only found for the first time here – The Mandalorian (no clues about the bounty hunter’s identity), Cara Dune (the ex-Rebel shock trooper), and two Klatoonian Raiders. It’s hard to glean much from the images and figures except maybe the planet of Klatoo is involved? Even then with bounty hunters, you can’t even assume THAT! Still collectors always like when the first of a minifigure is introduced so this is a first for this one!
The Rise of Skywalker sees five sets coming from LEGO! The film, coming out in December, will be the conclusion of the epic Skywalker saga begun way back in 1977 so fans are anxious to see how it all works out for our intrepid heroes. The sets do lift up some intriguing questions like who is Zorii Bliss? And General Pryde? Who are the Knights of Ren and why are we seeing them only now? Who is Booliio and how does he fit in with Lando Calrissian and our other heroes aboard the Millennium Falcon? Is Pasaana the location of some Resistance outpost or the place where Rey finds some key element to her discovery of the Force? While the sets do provide a glimpse into the future, that’s all it really is – just a glimpse. However, every little bit of information helps to feed the growing interest among fans who eagerly await this ninth and final installment.
The Skywalker sets range in size and price from the $29.99 Resistance A-Wing Fighter featuring Snap Wexley and Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix (75248) to the fairly huge newest version of the Millennium Falcon (75357) coming in at a whopping 1351 pieces and a $159.99 price tag. My favorite has to be the Resistance Y-Wing Fighter. I’ve always been a fan of the tuning fork design and style of this sleek ship. Coming in the middle at $69.99 this 578 piece set features Poe Dameron, D-O, Zorii Bliss (shown piloting the ship), an anonymous astromech, and a First Order Snowtrooper (where do they go with snow?). I love that this ship (like all the new LEGO Star Wars ships) have spring-loaded shooters and this one has trigger-activated released bombs as well as folding landing gear.
These fun sets join the excitement of Triple Force Friday this coming October 4th! Which set will you be setting your eyes on?