According to Instagram user lego_club_news, the brick-built droid – which the LEGO Group has already revealed a glimpse of, whether accidentally or intentionally – will launch on May 4 as expected, marking the annual Star Wars day celebrations.
The same user reports that 75308 R2-D2 will consist of 2,314 pieces, which is just 187 more elements than 2012’s 10225 R2-D2, and will cost $199.99 in the US – only $20 more than the last time we saw the astromech droid at this scale. That suggests the new version of Artoo will likely be a similar size to the previous model, only with more curves and fewer studs showing, as evidenced by that tease late last month.
It makes sense to not expect too drastic a redesign for this Ultimate Collector Series set, though: the last one is only nine years old, so it won’t be quite the same leap forward from, say, 2004’s 10134 Y-wing Attack Starfighter to 2018’s 75181 Y-wing Starfighter.
Finally, lego_club_news claims the set will come with an R2-D2 minifigure, following the protocol set by 75187 BB-8 and 75278 D-O. That’s great news, because if there’s one thing we don’t have enough of by now, it’s the same basic R2-D2 minifigure the LEGO Group has been churning out since 1999 (new printing doesn’t count).
We’ll bring you confirmation on 75308 R2-D2’s release date, price and piece count as soon as we can. Until that time, treat these and all details around the set with the same scepticism that every LEGO rumour should receive.