Reportedly coming in at €239.99, or a full €40 more expensive than this year’s 75341 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder, next year’s first UCS set will apparently follow its predecessors by launching to celebrate Star Wars Day, or May the Fourth. That price tag isn’t too surprising given the current climate: both of the last two May the Fourth sets have increased in price by $40 in the US this month, and will likely follow suit in the UK and Europe in September.
That means $239.99 / €239.99 (and perhaps £199.99) is presumably the new standard price point for May the Fourth sets, following several years at $199.99 / €199.99 – but thanks to our good old friend inflation, we probably won’t be getting any more LEGO for our money. With that in mind, we’ve come up with five realistic possibilities for the next May the Fourth UCS set that would fit the same price bracket as 75308 R2-D2 and 75341 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder.
5 – Slave I / Boba Fett’s Starship
Whatever the LEGO Group chooses to call it, now seems like the perfect time to introduce a redesign of 2015’s 75060 Slave I. Coming off the back of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, hype for Star Wars’ most iconic bounty hunter is still pretty high, and the original UCS ship commands a lot of Beskar on the aftermarket (£376 used or £467 new, to be precise).
At this point, even a straight re-release of that set (it still holds up today) would probably go down well. Then again, we’d also happily take a UCS Jango Fett’s Slave I – it just doesn’t feel quite as realistic as Boba’s at this point.
4 – Jedi Interceptor
The LEGO Group has had plenty of time to judge the response to 75309 Republic Gunship by now, which could potentially factor into the UCS line-up for 2023: will we see more prequel trilogy-inspired sets, or a return to the original trilogy and nothing more? If it’s the former, the Eta-2 Actis-class Jedi Interceptor (as seen in Revenge of the Sith) could be a genuine contender for the May the Fourth slot.
It would fit the bill for the price point, and Anakin Skywalker’s yellow version would inject some much-needed colour into a sea of grey and white sets. Plus, we’ve had enough at minifigure-scale – surely it’s time for a UCS iteration now?
3 – TIE Advanced
If we are talking a reversion to the original trilogy only, though, the well of potential sets has mostly run dry at this point. That means the LEGO Group would likely resume revisiting previous UCS models, as it’s already done with the Snowspeeder, Y-wing and so on – and we could feasibly see it doing the same with 10175 Vader’s TIE Advanced. That set will be 17 years old by 2023, and therefore well overdue a modern update.
Maybe the only thing standing in its way is the similarity in shape to the potential new minifigure-scale TIE Bomber, which could clash on shelves with a modern TIE Advanced. But that set is still only rumoured at this point, so you never know.
2 – AT-ST
The original 10174 Imperial AT-ST was available for just £59.99 / $79.99 in 2007, so any updated version to fit the regular May the Fourth budget would need to be considerably heftier. It wouldn’t necessarily need to be much bigger, though: the LEGO Group’s recent redesigns have focused on stronger, sturdier and more detailed models, often using a higher quantity of smaller pieces.
1 – X-wing Starfighter
By the time we get to May the Fourth next year, it will have been a full decade since 10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter landed on shelves. That UCS set originally retailed for £169.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 for 1,559 pieces, so an updated version could easily fill the expected £199.99 / $239.99 / €239.99 slot. This is really as big as an X-wing needs to be, and for arguably one of the most iconic Star Wars ships in history, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a third iteration in 2023.