We hope that everyone who wanted to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening weekend was able to do so. Many of us at The Brothers Brick have seen the movie (some of us twice already), and we’ve been furiously discussing little factoids and pieces of trivia from the movie that affect our understanding of details in current and forthcoming LEGO sets based on characters and vehicles in the movie. I’ve also been poring through the official reference books from DK, the Visual Dictionary and Incredible Cross-Sections for further insights.
Based on the movie and Lucasfilm-approved reference books, what have we learned about the LEGO sets? What did LEGO get right? What errors are in the LEGO sets?
75188 Resistance Bomber
The “Resistance Bomber” in this set is formally the Slaynn & Korpil MG-100 StarFortress SF-17. It’s a huge vehicle that stands nearly 22 m (71 feet) tall and nearly 30 m (97 feet) long, rivaling even the Millennium Falcon at 34.75 m (114 feet) in length.
Key facts about this LEGO set that we know now (from the movie and DK reference books):
- “Resistance Gunner Paige” named on the LEGO box is Rose Tico’s heroic sister.
- Based on his helmet markings and role, the unnamed “Resistance Bombardier” is Nix Jerd.
- Paige and Nix serve aboard the Cobalt Hammer.
- StarFortresses have a crew complement of five, not six as I guessed in my review.
- The upper “observation post” that Poe sits in in the LEGO set is actually a remotely operated dorsal turret.
- Poe Dameron and Admiral Holdo never travel on a StarFortress in the movie, but it’s nice to get Admiral Holdo in a first-wave set rather than years from now in a UCS Raddus (after a UCS Home One, of course).
Speaking personally, I think the StarFortress would make an utterly fantastic UCS set at proper minifig scale…
75196 A-Wing vs Tie Silencer
During the evacuation of D’Qar, Tallissan “Tallie” Lintra and fellow A-wing pilots escort the Cobalt Squadron StarFortress heavy bombers into position over the First Order Dreadnaught Fulminatrix. The Microfighters line is fairly self-referential, and so it’s rare that LEGO releases a Microfighters variation ahead of a minifig-scale vehicle. At the same time, it’s also odd that the “A-wing Pilot” named on the box next to Kylo Ren is very clearly Tallie Lintra (as always, based on her helmet markings), but isn’t actually named. So, here’s hoping this is an indication of LEGO’s intention to release an RZ-2 A-wing sometime in the near future.
75200 Ahch-To Island Training
I wondered why Rey’s minifig in 75200 Ahch-To Island Training has “old” (The Force Awakens) hair, while her minifig in 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker has a new hair mold reminiscent of Qui-Gon Jin. Well, Rey falls in the ocean between her initial rounds of training with Luke and when we first see AT-M6 walkers on Crait, and she never gives her hair that iconic up-do after that point on Ahch-To. What a subtle nod to proper movie continuity, despite the sets being released “out of order”!
75190 First Order Star Destroyer
One of the very first glimpses that Star Wars fans got of the elusive Snoke at “human scale” (rather than as a monumental hologram) was in minifig form when the first images for 75190 First Order Star Destroyer leaked online this past summer. He turns out to be decidedly underwhelming, and we never learn much about who — or what — he is in The Last Jedi. What we do learn is that Snoke flits about the galaxy aboard his 60-km-wide “Mega-class” flagship the Supremacy.
LEGO’s original product description began “Join Supreme Leader Snoke as he rules the galaxy aboard the mighty First Order Star Destroyer!” In reality, Snoke never sets foot on a standard First Order Star Destroyer. The current product description states, “Open-out top panels reveal a detailed interior, including a working elevator to Snoke’s chamber.” Of course, his throne room was on the Supremacy.
I think it’s actually great that the sheer magnitude of Snoke’s real flagship was never revealed ahead of the movie’s release — the audience I saw the movie with on opening night took in a collective gasp when it dropped out of hyperspace behind the fleeing Resistance fleet.
75179 Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter
Kylo Ren pursues the Resistance fleet aboard his prototype TIE/vn “Silencer” starfighter, though he was unable to carry out the destruction of the Raddus‘s command bridge — leaving that task to a less-conflicted wingman in a standard TIE fighter. The Silencer is a one-man fighter, though it’s nice to get a First Order Special Forces TIE fighter pilot with proper helmet streaks and another opportunity to pick up BB-9E (aka “BB-Hate”). It’s also noteworthy that Kylo Ren will likely no longer be wearing the helmet he sported until his encounter with Snoke in The Last Jedi, so be sure to pick up one of the older The Force Awakens sets if you want that accessory (at least for the time being, until we start to see TFA redesigns or sets from earlier in TLJ).
75197 First Order Specialists Battle Pack
Near the end of the movie, Finn and Rose barely escape Snoke’s flagship, and the audience first gets a glimpse of First Order stormtroopers with black markings wielding laser axes. In the Visual Dictionary, we learn that these are dedicated First Order Executioner Troopers with the sole purpose of carrying out dramatic public executions. The two “specialist” stormtroopers in the 75197 First Order Specialists Battle Pack have the same markings and wield axes with blue “lightning.” It’s very obvious that these LEGO stormtroopers are First Order Executioner Troopers.
It’s certainly an interesting choice to center a LEGO set on space Nazi executioners, and — giving the team the benefit of the doubt — we have to wonder whether the LEGO designers and product planners were aware of the characters’ role when they were handed new stormtrooper designs from Lucasfilm. I could see this set becoming rather problematic for LEGO upon the Battle Pack’s release on January 1st. Get ’em when you see ’em.
75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker
The massive, simian walkers accompanying the miniaturized superlaser on Crait are All Terrain MegaCaliber Six (AT-M6) mobile artillery. These walkers tower over standard AT-ATs — AT-M6s are over 36 meters tall, while First Order AT-ATs are “only” 22 meters tall. Although Rey never runs out onto the salt flats of Crait to fight the First Order with her newfound Jedi skills, and Poe remains in a ski speeder, this was the first set with Rey wearing her new Jedi training outfit and looser hairstyle. As I noted earlier in relation to 75200 Ahch-To Island Training, I think it’s pretty cool that the LEGO design team got movie continuity so right by releasing the earlier set with the later hair, and vice versa.
75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker
The “First Order Heavy Scout Walker” never actually appears in the movie. No, those crab-walkers hauling the superlaser are All Terrain Heavy Haulers, or AT-HH walkers. The Visual Dictionary is the only place where the Heavy Scout Walker is even mentioned in passing, noting that “Beyond these armor units [other weapons on the page], the First Order fields AT-MA (All Terrain Mobile Artillery), AT-PD (All Terrain Patrol Droid), and AT-HS (All Terrain Heavy Scout) combat walkers” (emphasis added).
Thus, the AT-HS joins the 75100 First Order Snowspeeder as a LEGO set depicting a vehicle that never appears on screen.
75202 Defense of Crait
In the final, climactic scene in The Last Jedi, the last remaining Resistance pilots fly “ski speeders” in a futile attempt to destroy the First Order ground forces’ superlaser siege cannon aimed at their makeshift base’s front door. Although the set isn’t due out until January 1st, we can still make a few observations about 75202 Defense of Crait based on final box art and photos.
Key facts about this LEGO set that we know now (from the movie and DK reference books):
- The vehicle’s official name is the Roche Machines V-4X-D Ski Speeder (though highly customized by the original Rebel forces on Crait).
- The Resistance artillery emplacements are tall, multi-story structures — much larger than the small towers shown in the LEGO set (which are comparable to the Golan Arms DF.9 towers on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back).
- The box names a Resistance officer as “Admiral Ematt.” Caluan Ematt is actually a Resistance General (formerly Major) responsible for Resistance ground forces, not a member of Resistance fleet command.
We guessed incorrectly — and many of our readers were right all along — that 75204 Sandspeeder never appears in The Last Jedi. Commenters pointed out the obvious: That the box art background depicts Jakku, not Crait or any other planet revealed in trailers at the time. But particularly astute readers have pointed out that one of the speeder pilots wears a Rebel helmet identical to the one that Rey plays with at her AT-AT “house” on Jakku. It remains to be seen what this LEGO set represents, whether it’s a flashback scene cut from TLJ or something aligned to a forthcoming vehicle in a video game like Star Wars Battlefront II (potentially via future downloadable content). But for now, all we know is that it’s not in The Last Jedi.
So, what do you think of the first couple of waves of LEGO Star Wars sets from The Last Jedi now that you’ve seen the movie? Are there any other interesting details you’ve noticed that we haven’t called out?