The prequel trilogy ship faced off competition from the TIE Bomber and Nebulon-B Frigate in a 2020 Ideas poll to find a future UCS set, eventually taking the crown with over 30,000 votes (or 58% of all votes cast). Seventeen months later, the result of that ballot has finally been unveiled as 75309 Republic Gunship, and it’s an absolute beast.
Coming in at 3,292 pieces, the first prequel trilogy UCS set since 2010 absolutely dwarfs all previous playset versions of the Republic Gunship, but takes its cues from both Episode II: Attack of the Clones models in design. That’s because it swaps out 7676 Republic Attack Gunship’s fully-closing bay doors for the swinging bubble turrets from 7163 Republic Gunship and 75021 Republic Gunship.
Along with opening rear passenger doors, rotating forward and rear cannons and those extending bubble turrets, 75309 Republic Gunship also includes a display stand and two minifigures in Mace Windu and a Clone Trooper Commander.
“Our fans are always coming up with concepts and ideas for the LEGO Star Wars range – so it was great to give them the opportunity to let their voices be heard and choose the next UCS set,” said LEGO Star Wars Creative Lead Jens Kronvold Frederiksen.
“There is always an enormous responsibility to deliver a quality design, and the set that Hans [Burkhard Schlömer, designer] has crafted is a triumph, particularly the size. We knew our fans would want to display this model but we didn’t want to compromise on the scale versus the ability to exhibit it. I can’t wait to see how the fans incorporate the set into their Star Wars collections.”
You’ll be able to get your hands on 75309 Republic Gunship from August 1 at LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores, for the not-insignificant sum of £329.99 / $349.99 / €349.99. While you wait, browse the official gallery, read our in-depth review, and learn how the Star Wars team decided which minifigures to include – and why it was a ‘nightmare’ to design.