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I didn't know that was possible.
What intrigued me was that part of the ticket purchasing process required you to say what you were most interested in at the event. Toys was one of the options so I had to choose that as I’d want to know the very latest for Lego. I know TLG usually has a dedicated stand there and there’s plenty of additional input from fan sites such as Jedi News so they’ll be things to look forward to. I’d gladly get my Brickset logo brick and Dots name tag out to find the Lego fans!
I hate committing to stuff so far in advance - especially seeing as I live in the North East and my kids have so much extra curricular stuff as well. I'm hoping that weekend falls in a school holiday.
@todler - I knew various products/merch were on a lottery system but assumed the panels/presentations were more of a ‘first come first serve’ system so interesting to learn that they might be like a lottery too. I did manage to secure the full 4 day tickets and a room in London for the duration though, so I’ll be spending as much time as possible around the event to do what I can.
What other good buying opportunities might exist between now and then? Any 2x VIP and a decent GWP will probably do the trick. I'm not hugely enamored by the Sandwich Shop GWP -- it's a cute little set, but not enough to make me buy something just for that.
Anyway, I was just browsing those few sets in my collection on Brickset, when I noticed the value of Darth Revan. What on earth is going on with the value of that minifigure!?
ALL of the rarer SW figs from the past have been spiking enormously lately. Quite a few from other themes too, but the SW figs have been the worst that I've seen.
Yes, I have one.
Average sales price over the last 6 months for new in bag is close to $300. And given the prices listed now, that average is probably still going up.
I realise that from a marketing perspective any new Lego Podracing set probably has to include yet another Anakin podracer but it would be interesting to see a representation of one or two new podracer pilots in minifig form. Ratts Tyrell, Mars Guo, Dud Bolt, Ben Quadinaros, Teemto Pagalies, Ody Mandrell - some of which are admittedly more prominent than others. Mandrell and Quadinaros’ podracers both break down so it would actually make sense on box art to include them watching from the start/finish line without their podracers if needs must ;)
The Second and Ninth Sisters have appeared most prominently in the game Jedi: Fallen Order. With the recent release of a set based on that game and the upcoming sequel Jedi Survivor in the works, additional sets featuring the two seem like possibilities. The Second Sister is encountered several times throughout the game, and could thus be worked into a number of sets along with her heroic adversary Cal Kestis. Personally, I think that it would please a number of fans were she to be included in a set featuring her TIE Interceptor, seeing as that ship hasn’t appeared full size in Lego form since 2006, unless you count 75240 Major Vonreg’s TIE Fighter of the Resistance theme.
As for the Ninth Sister, who is Bigfig material if ever a Star Wars character has been, she also has a few possibilities. My vote would be to include her in a set based on the TIE Reaper, her apparent preferred method of transport. This unusual TIE variant appeared briefly in Rogue One but has yet to appear in Lego form. It would thus not only give us the chance for a new vehicle, but a character who would be only the second physical female Bigfig after Ninjago’s Dogshank.
This set features three Inquisitors from Kenobi, but omits the character of the Fourth Sister. This less prominent member appears in fewer scenes and with less dialogue-if any?-than her compatriots. I’m not sure what the best way to include her might be, unless they make more sets based on season one of the series or include her in season two or some other project. One of the best possibilities is, of course, Fortress Inquisitorious, which has potential for including many of the missing Inquisitors.
Then there’s the Seventh Sister and Eighth Brother. Like the Grand Inquisitor and Fifth Brother, they debuted in Rebels, but were not fortunate enough to receive minifigures while that series had a running theme of sets. Barring Lego revisiting Rebels for some unused concepts, their best chance to get them would seem to be appearing in a future season of Kenobi, in Ahsoka flashbacks, or in some other project. I personally wouldn’t mind some more Rebels sets, but sadly I think the line lacks the popularity of the film trilogies or The Clone Wars that makes Lego confident in continuing to base sets on them.
There are other Inquisitors, but their appearances have mostly been in comics or books rather than on screen. Among these is the Sixth Brother, the only one missing from the single digit lineup-unless he’s the one recently featured in the Tales of the Jedi series. There was also one in the Star Wars Visions episode “T0-B1”. These Inquisitors seem unlikely to get figures, unless they return in some other live-action or animated media.
Of course, almost any set that features Inquisitors could also come with Purge Troopers…
Duh... The branding is because 2023 is the 40th anniversary; it'll probably be on all 2023 SW sets.
In Lego terms, I try to restrict myself to only getting the UCS sets I can afford and then live vicariously through my son playing with his collection - especially the Bad Batch Shuttle and Razor Crest which he still excitedly tells me came from "one of daddies friends in America from the website" (AKA SumoLego!)
Some people don’t like Prequel era stories because of the politics or because it becomes ‘too complicated’ explaining aspects they’d prefer to stay vague from the OT. I actually quite like those characteristics. Viewed as a whole (1-6) you get a cautionary tale of democracy vs autocracy and how conflict shapes that. It just so happens that when the first couple of PT films came out, I also enjoyed the more family-friendly characters aimed at my age group that already-adult fans hated (of course I didn’t know that immediately until I heard what adults thought!).
It all ties back together for me too with good Star Wars content. Andor asks the fundamental question of how far the Rebellion had to go to earn their liberation, which was touched on superficially before but not quite at that grounded, more mature level. The Mandalorian is almost an outlier in relation to much of what I’ve said above though and it’s refreshing in that sense. The overarching story of Star Wars is the backdrop, but not the fundamentals of the driving plot. So far…
I really appreciated what they did last year with the Lego reveal/releasing at Star Wars Celebration US. There was nothing specifically exclusive just to buy at the event, but you had early access to the Obi-Wan & Vader Brickheadz, and for collectors there was a little banner saying it was released at the event that you could choose to keep. With it being the 20th anniversary of the OG Clone Wars tv show as well as the 40th anniversary of ROTJ, I expect all the 3 new helmets to sell like hot cakes at the event. But they wouldn’t be an ‘early release’ so it would be cool to see a Mando series 3 set sneak it’s way out there.
1997 Special Edition on DVD.