This year was the first time a January wave of LEGO Star Wars sets has left out battle packs since the concept was introduced in 2007’s 7654 Droids Battle Pack and 7655 Clone Troopers Battle Pack, suggesting the LEGO Group may have retired them altogether – or, in the wake of 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers, shifted to a summer release window.
When images of August’s LEGO Star Wars sets showed up in a Japanese consumer catalogue earlier this month, however, there were no battle packs – or even larger, more expensive battle pack-style sets, such as the 501st box – in sight. Does that mean battle packs are gone for good?
Thankfully, no – at least according to LEGO Star Wars Creative Lead Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Design Manager Michael Lee Stockwell, who told Brickset that the tried-and-tested format will return to shelves in future.
“This is something which is actually quite difficult to explain,” Jens said. “It is not always up to us what the range will contain or which products are required on shelves. Omitting the battle packs during January was not a deliberate choice and is certainly not an indication that battle packs are dead or never going to happen again. We just did not launch any at that time.
The duo gave no indication as to when exactly we can expect to see battle packs back in the assortment, but it could theoretically be as soon as January 2022. Stay tuned.