LEGO Star Wars designers react to Republic Gunship winning LEGO Ideas poll

The LEGO Star Wars designers have revealed how they reacted to the Republic Gunship winning last year’s Ideas poll to find a future Ultimate Collector Series set.

The prequel-trilogy ship triumphed over a potential UCS TIE Bomber and UCS Nebulon-B Frigate – both of which hail from The Empire Strikes Back – by an overwhelming margin. Some 30,000 people, or roughly 58% of all voters, chose the Republic Gunship back in February 2020.

That result has now materialised as 75309 Republic Gunship, which will land on shelves on August 1. And despite the LEGO Group’s apparent apprehension to produce prequel-trilogy Ultimate Collector Series sets, the Star Wars design team relished the opportunity to produce the first Episode I-III UCS set since 2010’s 10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter.

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“We chose ships that we heard you say, ‘We’d like to see one day as LEGO models,’” Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO Star Wars Creative Lead, explains to Brick Fanatics. “[That was] basically all of them, so with this poll we were happy no matter what was picked. But I have to say that personally I’m so happy that it was the Republic Gunship or a prequel model.”

Does that mean we can expect to see more prequel-trilogy UCS sets in future? Only if 75309 Republic Gunship sells well – at least according to the set’s designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer, who’s also explained to Brick Fanatics that future sets essentially depend on its success.

You’ll be able to pick up 75309 Republic Gunship from next week, as it arrives at and in LEGO Stores on August 1, alongside an entire wave of brand new LEGO Star Wars sets. In the meantime, check out our detailed review of the hugely impressive (and impressively huge) 75309 Republic Gunship.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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