2016 Lego sets: sneak peek

Over the weekend, the good folks over at The Brick Fan posted some images of forthcoming Lego sets found on Lego’s servers. Close to a hundred images were posted, but of course we’re only interested in the eight Star Wars-related ones. Let’s have a look and get speculating, shall we?

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Right away I’m not sure what to think. We’ve got a fairly detailed and intricate build of a speeder bike, the coloring of which suggests it’s meant to represent the bikes seen on Endor in Return of the Jedi. However, this one has a stud shooter on the back, along with what looks like room for a gunner to sit.

The mystery deepens when we look at the minifigs. The resolution on these images isn’t fantastic, but we’ve got a blue-skinned alien (a Duros, perhaps?), a Rodian, and two humans — in what looks like Hoth gear. What the what?

SPECULATION: One of the humans and the maybe-Duros both have what look like jet packs. Maybe a Battlefront tie-in set? Otherwise, I’m just going to assume this is (a) part of a larger set, and/or (b) something from The Force Awakens we haven’t seen yet.

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This one’s a little easier. Given the simplicity of the model, I’d say this is a Battle Pack (Lego’s way of selling a set of minifigs without violating their agreement with LFL that they can’t just sell a set of minifigs). The Stormtroopers here appear to be OT-era, though again, the coloring and the jetpacks make me wonder if this isn’t another Battlefront tie-in.

Hey, did anyone try the Battlefront beta this weekend? I did, briefly. I died. A lot.

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Okay, now this is not only easily identifiable, but welcome. We’ve already got Anakin’s ETA Interceptor from Revenge of the Sith, and now it looks like we’re getting a re-release of Obi-Wan’s as well. Little odd for Lego to have two versions of the same ship available at the same time, but it’ll be nice to have the pair.

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Whaaaaaaat?!? This is obviously Bespin’s carbon freezing chamber from The Empire Strikes Back, but I can only assume and hope that this is a smaller segment of a larger set. We’d been hearing rumors a Bespin set was coming (the first since set 10123 from waaaaay back in 2003), but I think everyone assumed it would be at least on the scale of the recent Death Star Final Duel (if not another Ewok Village-sized monstrosity). Even with the nice level of detail we see here (love those stairs), this just seems like far too small a set on it’s own. Fingers crossed it’s part of a larger set.

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Speaking of Ewok Village-sized monstrosities, we’ve been hearing rumors of an UCS-sized Echo Base set for almost a year now. I can only assume this is a small segment of said set (which also gives me hope the Bespin set we see above is only a small segment of that set). Looking pretty good here — we’ve got a cannon, a probe droid, and a Han minifig. This is a set I’ve been really looking forward to, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

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Now this is interesting. Some kind of advanced B-Wing? Given that we haven’t seen anything quite like this yet, and given my strong suspicions that the minfig with the short hair and the purple vest is General Leia Organa, I’m going to assume this is a TFA set. I don’t love the design of this ship, personally, but hey, maybe the wings pop out and it looks fantastic. Hard to say.

(Also, is that old-Ackbar? He’s got the same mug Lego always insists on pairing Ackbar with …)

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Rebels set, specifically the weapons heist from the pilot. Always happy to see more Rebels sets, but I’d much rather see (a) Hera’s B-Wing, (b) a Phoenix Squadron A-Wing, or (c) Sabine’s TIE. Still, the presence of this indicates they’re still putting out Rebels sets, and hey, maybe this is even part of a larger Lothal playset? I mean, I doubt it, but you never know.

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Finally, a new Spider Droid. Doesn’t seem that long since the last Spider Droid set, honestly, but whatever. This one seems to have the new turnable stud shooter that debuted on the Wookiee Gunship, and includes a Yoda minifig instead of Stass Allie. I have the old Spider Droid set and it’s nice, but I don’t know that I’ll need to bother with this upgrade. Nice if you missed the last one, though.

That’s it! Let me know if you have any further thoughts and/or if I missed anything obvious in the comments. This tease really only makes me more impatient to see what Lego has in store for the Star Wars line in 2016.

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