The second season of The Mandalorian just wrapped up a couple weeks ago on Disney+, and LEGO continues to drip-feed LEGO Star Wars sets based on scenes from the show. Hitting stores on January 1st, 2021, 75299 Trouble on Tatooine provides a fairly low-cost (US $29.99 | CAN $39.99 | UK £27.99), spoiler-free way to pick up Mando and the Child in minifig form, with a few key pieces of equipment and scenery from season 2.
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“Now this is podracing!” – one of the many famous lines from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace can be applied to this LEGO model by Penny Drop on Instagram. This mean machine and its pilot are of the more obscure racers in the film. The LEGO group tends to release sets centered around Anakin’s podracer while sometimes including Sebulba as well, therefore it is refreshing when fans create models of the lesser-known competitors.
A podracer is really only comprised of two components – the cockpit and the engine. Penny utilized some lime green bricks and slopes for the cockpit and for the engine Penny has put to use some large lime green rims and technic elements in addition to a few bricks and slopes. I appreciate the application of the round saw blade elements in conjunction with some silver dishes for the auxiliary thrusters. It’s nice to see the build as a whole displayed on a brick-built stand, mimicking the Mos Espa arena circuit. Podracers watch out, Penny has certainly built a worthy opponent!
If you watched Star Wars beginning with Episode IV: A New Hope as many of us born in the decades before the Prequel Trilogy did, the first planet in a “Galaxy Far, Far Away” you ever saw on screen was Tatooine. But the enormous universe that Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi lived in truly came alive only when they first stepped into the cantina in the Mos Eisley Spaceport — “This place can be a little rough,” Old Ben warned Luke. LEGO’s latest set in its Master Builder Series takes us deep into that “wretched hive of scum and villainy” with 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina. It’s rare that I acknowledge up front in a review how excited I was personally about a forthcoming LEGO set. But I am, because my favorite planet in the Star Wars universe is still Tatooine, and my favorite place on the planet is Chalmun’s Cantina. Does it live up to my nearly life-long expectations? How does it compare to previous incarnations of this iconic watering hole?
75290 Mos Eisley Cantina is built from 3,187 LEGO pieces, and the product description states that it includes 21 minifigures “plus” R2-D2 the droid (a point we’ll return to later in this review). The set retails from the LEGO Shop for US $349.99 | CAN $449.99 | UK £319.99 and is available to LEGO VIP Program members beginning on September 16, with general availability on October 1st.
Let’s strap a blaster to our hip, leave the droids to park the landspeeder, and step inside…
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While a few images of the set were revealed in our article last week, today LEGO is fully revealing the next Star Wars Master Builder Series set, 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina. The newest version of the iconic Star Wars location includes 3,187 pieces. It is accompanied by 21 minifigures (plus Artoo), including many characters that have never appeared in any other LEGO Star Wars set. The set will retail for US $349.99 | UK £319.99 | EUR 349.99 starting sales on September 16 for LEGO VIP members and then globally from October 1, directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.
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