The prequel trilogy ship topped a 2020 LEGO Ideas poll for an upcoming Ultimate Collector Series set, and was already ‘deep in development‘ by May last year. A 2021 launch isn’t too surprising, then, but Zusammengebaut reports it won’t be coming for May the Fourth.
Instead, the set is part of a wider list of LEGO Star Wars products rumoured to be launching in the second half of 2020. The $349.99 price sounds pretty reasonable for a set the size of the LAAT/i – particularly given the last minifigure-scale version, 2013’s 75021 Republic Gunship, came in at $119.99. A regular $199.99 UCS set – the kind that usually launches on May the Fourth – probably wouldn’t have cut it.
More than 40,000 people responded in the LEGO Ideas poll, which saw the Republic Gunship beat out the original trilogy’s Nebulon-B Escort Frigate and TIE Bomber. For a peek into how the set’s currently coming together, check out our interview with LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Designer Manager Michael Lee Stockwell.
The Republic Gunship isn’t the only direct-to-consumer Star Wars set reportedly on the way this year. Rumours suggest an enormous, 11,000-piece Death Star is also due to launch in the second half of 2021, at the eye-watering price of $799.99, while a third D2C set will apparently arrive as normal on May the Fourth.