We're done with Death Stars. Absolutely finished.
Thank the Rebellion and their successor, the Resistance, for blowing all three of them up! That's all they're good for. They get constructed over years and years only to be used once before expiring thanks to some design flaw and I guess, Han Solo. RIP.
Even after three of them were explosively dismantled over the course of seven installments of the live-action Star Wars saga, the first Anthology film - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - just had to go back to tell another Death Star story, a war movie that explained the flaw of the original weapon of mass destruction. That flaw allowed the Rebel Alliance launch a starfighter attack that saw Red Squadron X-Wings and Gold Squadron Y-Wings assault the small moon-esque starbase via its trench. And now you can see it all again in LEGO!
Of course, there were no A-Wings or U-Wings in Episode IV - A New Hope but Rogue One retconned U-Wings into the merchandise lines and continuity in that era despite none of the appearing on the original film. As for A-Wings, they were first introduced alongside B-Wing bombers in Return of the Jedi but were retconned far earlier into the timeline thanks to the animation department featuring them as primary vehicles in Star Wars Rebels. They're the fastest fighters in the Rebel Alliance and a new version will be introduced later this year in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi.
And there's more for LEGO Star Wars fans today and this weekend! We debuted the Ultimate Collector's Edition of the T-47 "Snowspeeder" Airspeeder (video and awesome photos) earlier this week that becomes available today on Star Wars Day, May the 4th, alongside some fun in-store promotions held at LEGO locations all weekend long as part of May 4th celebrations and the 40th anniversary of Star Wars:
- Running through May 4-7th, customers can get their hands on a free buildable R2-D2 set when they purchase a $50 and over LEGO Star Wars set
- Anyone who also comes dressed as their favorite Star Wars character and complete the search & find activity can receive wearable Yoda™ ears
- At 5pm customers can participate in a minifigure speed build challenge in which the fastest builders will receive a free minifigure
Do you own any LEGO Star Wars sets? What's your fave one? What's your fave vehicle? Share your thoughts and Star Wars memories in the comments!
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019