LEGO’s timing issues exposed by Star Wars Helmet Collection

A LEGO Star Wars Boushh set is coming for Return of the Jedi’s anniversary, but after its companion sets have retired, exposing a timing issue. 

2023 is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, explaining why the LEGO Group is soon to launch 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet. Arriving on March 1, 2023, this sets covers both Princess Leia’s bounty hunter disguise and the bounty hunter himself, though the nameplate specifically refers to Leia. 

However, two other LEGO Star Wars helmets that go well as companions to 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet have just retired at the end of 2022. These include 75277 Boba Fett Helmet and 75305 Scout Trooper Helmet, both of which featured in Return of the Jedi. Boba Fett, as a fellow bounty hunter, also has a second connection to the Boushh helmet.

These retirements are unfortunate for those hoping to pick up 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet for a larger display as its announcement earlier this week came after the two helmets had already left the production line, exposing an issue with the LEGO Group’s timing. Unless you already have one or both 75277 Boba Fett Helmet and 75305 Scout Trooper Helmet, there is no way to display these three models together without resorting to the secondary market.

This could have been fixed by keeping one or both of the models in production for another year, giving people a chance to pick them up and finish a bounty hunter or Return of the Jedi-inspired collection. However, that’s simply not the case. 

It’s a similar situation to the one we saw in 2020 when 75288 AT-AT launched months after 75259 Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition had retired, two sets that pair well together thanks to their source material scene and the issue could have been avoided with an extra year of production time.

With LEGO sets being in development for years, you could argue that issues like this can be resolved behind the scenes, changing retirement dates at any point during the process to best time sets together, but it could be that the teams at the LEGO Group simply don’t intend for such timing with builds that complement each other and therefore don’t see it as an issue.

You can pre-order 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet now, as well as the other two Clone Wars creations on the official online store now.

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