Now we're talking! Revealed yesterday were three new Lego Star Wars sets being released next month for May the 4th. First a brand new Ultimate Collector Set Classic X-Wing Fighter, and then two new Lego Star Wars Dioramas from Return of the Jedi. Available for pre-order soon at lego.com - happy hunting everyone!
From The Lego Group:
The LEGO Group today announced the new Star WarsTM Ultimate Collector Series X-wing StarfighterTM building set. Based on the iconic T-65 X-wing Starfighter from the Star Wars saga, the new 1,949 piece LEGO Star Wars set is highly detailed and includes the Incom 4L4 fusial thrust engineS and the Taim & Bak KX9 laser cannons.
The X-wing Starfighter was originally designed by the Incom Corporation for use by the Empire but they deemed it too expensive and it was instead purchased by the Rebel Alliance, for use in long missions and dog fights. First seen in Star Wars: A New Hope, the X-wings were manned by elite pilots in the Rebel Alliance – including Luke Skywalker. In the same film, the Rebel Alliance deployed the X-wings in the Battle of Yavin, where Luke joins the Red and Gold Squadrons as call-sign Red Five, alongside Biggs and Porkins, in an attempt to destroy the Empire’s Death Star.
In one of cinema’s most iconic scenes, the battle ends with a tense moment between Luke and Darth Vader in the Death Star trench – where Luke has one chance to fire his seemingly impossible shot into the exhaust port that is “not much bigger than 2 metres”, and destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon.
At over 55cm / 21.5” long, the new LEGO Star Wars X-wing Starfighter set is the perfect addition to the Ultimate Collector Series, joining the AT-ATTM, Millennium FalconTM, Razor crestTM and Luke Skywalker’s LandspeederTM building sets. Once complete, fans can display the X-wing model with either the wings open or closed. Plus, it comes complete with Luke Skywalker and R2-D2TM astromech droid minifigures, and a display plaque with technical details about the X-wing.
“Whilst this is not the first time we have bro
ught the X-wing Starfighter to brick life, this is the most detailed and I am so excited with the final design. It is such an iconic ship, by designing at this new larger scale we were able to include more specific details such as the thrusters, the cockpit and the wings. We are so excited to now share this with fans.” said Henrik Andersen, LEGO Design Master.The new LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series X-wing Starfighter set will be available from 1st May for LEGO VIP members exclusively on LEGO.com/star-wars and in LEGO Stores priced at €/$239.99 £209.99 and for everyone from 4th May. But fans won’t have to wait that long to get up close to the new set – as it will be on display exclusively at the forthcoming Star Wars Celebration event in London from 7th – 10th April 2023, at the LEGO booth. In addition, Celebration attendees will be able to get their hands on the new LEGO Star Wars™ Brickheadz Battle of Endor building set (40623) which features Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Lando Calrissian, an Ewok and Princess Leia-inspired by LEGO Star Wars figures, before it is available anywhere else. Plus, stay tuned for more exciting LEGO Star Wars announcements at the event.
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