Much of the reaction to the first LEGO Star Wars set based on The Book of Boba Fett has focused on the weapon wielded by The Mandalorian, which uses a regular lightsaber handle and solid black bar to represent the Darksaber. First appearing in The Clone Wars sets 9525 Pre Vizsla’s Mandalorian Fighter and 75022 Mandalorian Speeder, the same design was used again for last summer’s 75315 Imperial Light Cruiser.
While it just about did the job in 2012 and 2013, however, by today’s standards it’s perhaps not quite up to snuff. LEGO Star Wars characters enjoy new moulds left, right and centre, and given the role the Darksaber played (and continues to play) in first The Clone Wars and now both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, it’s surprising that it still hasn’t received a dedicated element.
We reached out to the LEGO Star Wars team to find out if there’s a particular reason we’re yet to see a specific Darksaber mould, and while they didn’t provide any concrete reasons, they did explain why they weren’t able to include one in 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter specifically.
“We had a shorter development process for the N-1 Starfighter model, so we were not able to create a new element for the Darksaber,” the LEGO Star Wars team explains. “However, since it’s an important part of the storyline, we wanted to represent it in the set, so we decided to use the same solution we had done previously in set 75315.”
It’s not especially surprising to hear that the development window for the first The Book of Boba Fett set was condensed, given it was revealed only days after the spin-off series wrapped up. The LEGO Group’s previous sets based on the live-action Star Wars shows have always arrived on a delay, so getting Mando’s new ship out so quickly has proved a pretty major coup for the team.
Unfortunately, it’s come at the expense of a dedicated Darksaber piece – at least this time. There’s nothing in that statement to suggest it’s off the table altogether, though, so we could yet see an element for the historic weapon somewhere down the line.
75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter will launch on June 1, and includes the first-ever face print for Din Djarin. It’s also currently available to pre-order at LEGO.com in the UK and Europe, and if you purchase it before the end of today (February 28), you’ll score double VIP points on your order once the set ships.
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