The desolate planet has received plenty of love from the LEGO Star Wars team over the past two decades, most recently in this year’s 75298 AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters and 75306 Imperial Probe Droid, and 2020’s 75268 Snowspeeder and 75288 AT-AT.
That relationship will apparently continue over the next few months, as rumours begin to paint a picture of a very icy landscape for the LEGO Star Wars theme in late 2021 and early 2022. First up is a huge, $800, Ultimate Collector Series rendition of the Empire Strikes Back’s famous four-legged walker, which is said to be launching around Black Friday as 75313 AT-AT.
75320 Hoth Battle Pack and 75322 Hoth AT-ST will apparently then follow in 2022, both seemingly acting as complementary sets to that UCS model – in more ways than one. Not only are they thematically linked, but reports of those two sets indicate that they’ll both be marketed towards adults, just like the direct-to-consumer AT-AT.
For the AT-ST, that’s apparently by way of 18+ branding, matching the likes of 75294 Bespin Duel and 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber. The battle pack, meanwhile, will reportedly contain brick-built display stands for its Snowtrooper and Scout Trooper minifigures.
While those two sets would traditionally be targeted first and foremost towards kids, it sounds like the LEGO Group is attempting to broaden the appeal of its entire Star Wars portfolio to fully embrace its new ‘LEGO for Adults’ strategy.
With all that in mind, the safe money is on the next rumoured LEGO Star Wars set for 2022 being a brand new Snowspeeder. The current 4+ model is due to retire by the end of 2021, and a new 18+ version to replace it would fit in perfectly with the rest of the imminent Hoth line-up – as well as last summer’s 75288 AT-AT, which will remain on shelves into 2023.
But Snowspeeder or no Snowspeeder, the next few months are shaping up to be very promising for Hoth fans. Now, if someone could just remind the LEGO Group that 2022 is actually the 20th anniversary of Attack of the Clones…