While the reception to next month’s Mandalorian set has been mostly positive online – there’s a lot to look forward to in a sub-£25 set that includes three Dark Troopers and a new Luke Skywalker minifigure – some eagle-eyed fans have noticed a slight discrepancy in the box art for the new model.
Contrary to initial assumptions, the Dark Troopers included in the box are indeed identical to the one in last summer’s 75315 Imperial Light Cruiser – even if they don’t appear that way at first glance.
“Unfortunately, there’s a little error on the packaging,” explains LEGO Star Wars Creative Lead Jens Kronvold Frederiksen. “We have the Dark Trooper already with 75315 Imperial Light Cruiser, [but] there’s a small error here on the box: the torso is the wrong way round. So the back’s the front and the front is the back.
“However, it’s only on the box. The minifigures inside the set are correct, [and] it’s also shown correctly in the building instructions. But it simply slipped [through]. It’s the first production batch where this will appear live. We are working on a change right now, so from June, this will all be changed. So here’s a very rare item for you guys.”
This isn’t the first time the LEGO Star Wars theme has suffered from packaging issues in recent memory: the first batch of sets for last year’s 75309 Republic Gunship featured the Imperial rather than Republic logo on the box and instructions, an error that’s since been corrected as promised.
Whether those first-edition boxes for 75324 Dark Trooper Attack will genuinely end up being rare collector’s items is trickier to say. Some ambitious sellers are attempting to cash in on ‘rare, misprinted’ versions of 75309 Republic Gunship on eBay, but so far, none have sold above the set’s regular retail price. That could change post-retirement, of course.
With a cheaper and more widely-produced (and widely-sold) set like 75324 Dark Trooper Attack, the chances of a misprinted box being valuable feel even slimmer, but you never know. For the sake of £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99, it might be worth taking a punt on an extra copy come March 1.