An article has suggested that the LEGO Group alerted fans about the surprise cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story one month before the movie’s release.
When the wave of LEGO Star Wars sets was released ahead of Solo: A Star Wars Story, three buildable figures were included – 75535 Han Solo, 75536 Range Trooper and 75537 Darth Maul. Screenrant is suggesting that the LEGO product team were hinting at the big cameo, that was teased towards the end of the movie’s marketing push. During teasers close to the film’s release, clips were used showing Dryden Vos telling Han, “you know who I answer to.”
Fans expected that character to be Jabba the Hutt, but it of course turned out to be Darth Maul, who had returned to life in the Star Wars saga in The Clone Wars television series. His scene in the new film saw him revealed as the head of Crimson Dawn, and was an exceptionally well kept secret. Yet there the character was, released in a trio of contraction figures, with two characters clearly from the new film.
While it is a nice bit of conjecture on the part of ScreenRant, the website acknowledges that the chances are the LEGO Group were just revisiting an old character who had yet to get the buildable figure treatment. 75537 Darth Maul is clearly based on the character’s look from The Phantom Menace, rather than any subsequent versions. it also very rare that toy manufacturers are privy to such detail, in the current secrecy obsessed age of franchise filmmaking.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in cinemas now. The LEGO Star Wars sets based on the film will launch on April 20. The current range of LEGO Star Wars sets are available at shop.LEGO.com.