The first list of rumoured LEGO Star Wars sets for 2023 has appeared, with a mix of intriguing possibilities for LEGO Star Wars fans. We’re possibly getting a new 501st legion battle pack, a return of a beloved TIE ship, and (in a less enticing move) another Death Star throne room.
However, one of the smaller rumoured sets may be the most intriguing. 75344 Slave I Microfighter is said to launching next year on January 1, at a €9.99 price point.
Slave I is a common choice of subject matter in LEGO Star Wars sets, with a variety of scales represented through the years. However, it hasn’t officially graced the Microfighters line – which recreates Star Wars vehicles at a cutesy, smaller scale in LEGO form. A Slave I Microfighter (or a roughly analogous model) has actually appeared before now, courtesy of the Star Wars Celebration event in 2012. However, its availability nowadays is extremely limited, so a new official Microfighter is welcome news.
The design of the ship may help it to stand out from the Microfighter product range, which currently includes 35 different models. Traditionally, Slave I flies upright (although it lands horizontally) with recent LEGO versions of it accommodating a pilot in both flight and landing configurations. A new Slave I Microfighter could make improvements on the last Slave I at this scale, by accommodating both these options.
The design may also necessitate a wider base – or even a dedicated display stand for the ship. It’s not difficult to display most LEGO Microfighters in a flight scene, but the unique shaping of Slave I makes a transparent sub-assembly for display plausible, to provide the same opportunity.
Finally, there are question marks over what will actually be included with the set. If the model draws inspiration from The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett, it’s a chance to get a rare Boba Fett minifigure (or at least a new design in a cheaper set). There’s even an outside chance the set will take its cues from the prequel trilogy, and give us a new Jango Fett minifigure. Given we’ve recently returned to this era with 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter, it’s not impossible.
We’re still waiting for confirmation that this LEGO set exists, so take all this speculation with a pinch of salt. But if it is real, there’s potential for the resulting model to please a plethora of Star Wars fans.