Tomorrow sees the arrive of the hotly anticipated LEGO Star Wars 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, the statement set from Star Wars: The Mandalorian. When it is released on September 1 at LEGO.com, anyone who wants to own it should order quickly – new sets have been frequently selling out on day of release, and this one is going to be popular.
Baby Yoda almost didn’t make it into the set
The adorable viral success that is Baby Yoda, also known as the Child, almost wasn’t included in the set. In an interview with Brick Fanatics, Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen revealed that the character was a last minute addition: “At the last minute we managed to squeeze it in and that was also because of support from Lucas Licensing. LEGO is a big machine so making new moulded elements takes time, but we did it.”
The set was originally named 75292 The Razor Crest
It turned out that Disney hadn’t trademarked the name Razor Crest in every territory, so Michael Gaßmann, the enterprising owner of LEGO-compatible toy Modbrix, trademarked it in Germany. That seems to be the reason that the set now has the much less catchy and rather descriptive name 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter.
Pre-orders closed a month ago
Unusually for LEGO.com, the set has been available for pre-order since it was announced way back when in February. But then, on August 1, the status switched to ‘coming soon’. Given how many appealing LEGO sets have been selling out the day they launch, there’s a good chance that the LEGO.com did this to make sure some sets were actually available to order on launch day.
It includes a reference to a 20 year old LEGO set
Those Carbonite frozen bounties in the set are 2 stud wide bricks with stickers applied. It allows them to fit inside the cargo hold, but more importantly references 7144 Slave I from 2000.
“If you have been with LEGO Star Wars for as long as I have, we have gone back to how it all started with this 1x2x5 brick with the character on. There are two different characters, it is stickers, but still it’s a bit like it was in the beginning,” Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen explained to Brick Fanatics.
Greef Karga and IG-11 appear for the first time
Alongside Baby Yoda, Greef Karga and IG-11 are added to the character line-up from Star Wars: The Mandalorian for the first time. The untrustworthy Bounty Hunter Guild leader and idiosyncratic droid are vital characters in the Disney+ series and will make nice additions to fans’ collections alongside Cara Dune from 75254 AT-ST Raider.