To be specific, that’s Star Wars: Clone Wars, the 2003 animated series helmed by Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, rather than 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (The definite article is doing a lot of heavy lifting there.) That’s according to 1414falconfan, via Promobricks, who reports that a ‘Clone Wars 20th anniversary’ logo will be printed on the box of the rumoured 75353 501st Battle Pack.
Given that set is currently thought to be based on specialist Clone Trooper designs originally seen in Star Wars: Battlefront II, its link to the 2003 Clone Wars series – which ran for three seasons (or two volumes), and introduced classic characters like General Grievous and, erm, the Scooby Doo-inspired Jedi Sha’a Gi – would be pretty tenuous. The 501st never actually appeared in Clone Wars, for one.
This could just be the LEGO Group taking advantage of wider Star Wars branding, then, rather than a signal that we’re actually going to get more Clone Wars sets in 2023. That said, the company has acknowledged the series once before, in 2015’s 75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter, which includes minifigures of Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress and a generic astromech droid.
It’s also rumoured to be tackling more Clone Wars-era subject matter with two new helmets based on Commander Cody and Captain Rex, though again, neither of those has any correlation with the 2003 series. For the moment, take this rumour with an especially large grain of salt – but if it is true, it would suggest the LEGO Group is planning to celebrate two anniversaries in 2023.
That’s because next year also marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and at least two or three 2023 sets are currently thought to be based on the final chapter of the original trilogy. That’s much less surprising than a celebration of a 20-year-old animated series that isn’t even canon any more, though – particularly given the minimal acknowledgement of Attack of the Clones’ 20th anniversary in 2022.
Check out the entire list of LEGO Star Wars sets currently rumoured for 2023 below, but remember that nothing is confirmed at this point.
|Set name||Price||Pieces||Minifigures||Release date|
|40591 [May the 4th Promo]||TBC||TBC||TBC||May 2023|
|40615 [Endor BrickHeadz Pack]||$39.99 / €39.99||TBC||N/A||January 1, 2023|
|40623 Tusken Raider||$9.99 / €9.99||TBC||N/A||May 1, 2023|
|75344 Slave I Microfighter||€9.99||85||1||January 2023|
|75345 501st Battle Pack||€19.99||119||4||January 2023|
|75346 Pirate Snubfighter||€34.99||285||TBC||May 2023|
|75347 TIE Bomber||€64.99||625||4||January 2023|
|75348 Mandalorian Fang Fighter vs. TIE Interceptor||€99.99||957||TBC||May 2023|
|75349 Captain Rex (Phase II) Helmet||€69.99||854||N/A||March 2023|
|75350 Commander Cody (Phase I) Helmet||€69.99||766||N/A||March 2023|
|75351 TBC||€69.99||TBC||TBC||TBC 2023|
|75352 Jabba’s Palace Diorama / Death Star Throne Room Diorama||€99.99||807||TBC||May 2023|
|75353 Endor Speeder Bike Chase Diorama||€79.99||608||TBC||May 2023|
|75354 TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC 2023|
|75355 [UCS]||€239.99||TBC||TBC||May 2023|
|75356 TBC||€69.99||TBC||TBC||March 2023|
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