Six things we’re probably going to see from LEGO Star Wars in 2023

The latest rumours haven’t given us much to go on, but based on context clues, current sets and historical precedent, here are six things we’re probably going to see from LEGO Star Wars in 2023.

While rumoured product names are slowly beginning to emerge for other LEGO themes’ summer 2023 waves, the only info available for Star Wars at the moment is a longlist of spotty product numbers, piece counts and prices. That’s not a great starting point for speculating around what they could entail, but there are some clear and obvious gaps in the current portfolio – with a view to everything else going on at the moment – that we can see the LEGO Group filling this summer.

Dive in below, but remember that nothing here is confirmed for 2023 – it’s all just speculation, theories and educated guesswork, based on what’s already out there and what we know is going on otherwise this year…

6 – More Clone Wars sets

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Have you picked up your copy (or copies) of 75345 501st Clone Troopers Battle Pack yet? If so, you’ll probably have flagged that Clone Wars 20th anniversary logo on the box, all unassuming – and yet full of potential. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series, which Lucasfilm is apparently running with as a celebration of all things Clone Wars in general.

If the LEGO Group has slapped the logo on this set, which is inspired by Star Wars: Battlefront II, we’ll hopefully see plenty more LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars sets this year…

5 – A new Republic Gunship

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…and top of that list is surely a new minifigure-scale Republic Gunship. 2021’s 75309 Republic Gunship is a fine set for Ultimate Collector Series enthusiasts, but those of us without the space to display such a behemoth are still left wanting for our first play-scale LAAT/i since 2013. The current list of rumoured LEGO Star Wars 2023 sets includes a mystery product with 1,067 pieces for $159.99 – could that be a new Gunship?

If so, it will come in just a little bit smaller than 2013’s 75021 Republic Gunship, which includes 1,175 pieces and retailed for $119.99. The price tag would be less surprising, though (at least with one eye on 75323 The Justifier).

4 – Ewoks

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As well as the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Clone Wars, 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the closing chapter in the original trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. We’ve already seen the LEGO Group celebrating that milestone with 75347 TIE Bomber, an Empire Strikes Back set with an Expanded Universe minifigure selection (erm…), but hopefully we’ll see more direct tie-ins to Episode VI this summer.

And that ideally means more Ewoks than just Wicket, the only teddy bear from a galaxy far, far away we’ve seen in LEGO since 2013’s 10236 Ewok Village (save for the generic ‘Ewok Warrior’ included in 2015’s 75097 Star Wars Advent Calendar). A redo of that UCS set with the Master Builder Series tag wouldn’t go amiss, although there’s nowhere in the current list of rumoured sets it could fit.

3 – Captain Rex

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Image: Star Wars

With a Phase II Commander Cody minifigure finally under our belts in 2022’s 75337 AT-TE Walker, it’s high time another iconic clone trooper was paid his dues by the LEGO Star Wars team: Captain Rex. An updated Phase II design to match the current batch of 501st Legion soldiers has been high on many wish lists for a while, but all the pieces seem to be falling into place for it to happen in 2023.

First, the LEGO Group has paid extra attention to the 501st by debuting new soldier classes in January’s battle pack; and second, there’s supposedly a Captain Rex (Phase II) helmet coming in March. Placing this much focus on a single character without actually delivering that minifigure would be beyond the pale even for the LEGO Star Wars team.

2 – Jabba the Hutt

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If there’s a bigger hole in the LEGO Star Wars: Return of the Jedi line-up than Ewoks, it’s Jabba the Hutt. The intergalactic gangster hasn’t made an appearance in LEGO since 2013 (the 30th anniversary of Episode VI, probably not by coincidence), and while his palace is currently on shelves in 75326 Boba Fett’s Throne Room, the return of LEGO Jabba the Hutt is long overdue.

According to recent rumours, it may well be happening, too: word of a Jabba’s Palace Diorama has been floating around for a while, although it’s not currently attached to a specific product number. Looking at the current list, it could make sense as 75351, which is expected to retail for €69.99. That’s just enough budget for the giant space slug, his throne, an archway and a few supporting characters.

1 – A UCS redesign

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There’s no suggestion yet of what this year’s May the 4th set could involve, beyond a (perfectly believable) rumour that it’s going to be an Ultimate Collector Series model that matches the current price tag of 75341 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder. The LEGO Group has pretty much exhausted the list of original trilogy vehicles within its UCS subtheme by now, so we’re half-expecting to see a redesign of a classic model for the first 2023 set.

With one eye again on Return of the Jedi’s 40th anniversary, we can see that being a B-wing or TIE Interceptor. But it’s only a half expectation because there’s still a possibility that the LEGO Star Wars team might finally start embracing the prequel trilogy in a post-UCS Gunship landscape, in which case we’d very much love to see an Ultimate Collector Series Jedi Interceptor.

See below for the latest list of LEGO Star Wars sets said to be on the way in 2023, and bear in mind that all the above is pure speculation for the moment – to date, nothing has been confirmed for LEGO Star Wars in 2023 beyond what’s already on shelves.

Every LEGO Star Wars set confirmed and rumoured for 2023

LEGO setPricePiecesRelease date
40591 [May the 4th Promo]TBC TBCMay 2023
40615 Tusken Raider£9.99 / $9.99 / €9.99152January 1, 2023
40623 [Endor BrickHeadz Pack]$39.99 / €39.99TBCTBC 2023
75344 Boba Fett’s Starship Microfighter£8.99 / $9.99 / €9.9985January 1, 2023
75345 501st Clone Troopers Battle Pack£17.99 / $19.99 / €19.99119January 1, 2023
75346 Pirate Snubfighter€34.99285May 2023
75347 TIE Bomber£59.99 / $64.99 / €64.99625January 1, 2023
75348 Mandalorian Fang Fighter vs. TIE Interceptor€99.99957May 2023
75349 Captain Rex (Phase II) Helmet€69.99854March 2023
75350 Commander Cody (Phase I) Helmet€69.99766March 2023
75351 TBC€69.99TBCTBC 2023
75352 Death Star Throne Room Diorama€99.99807May 2023
75353 Endor Speeder Bike Chase Diorama€79.99608May 2023
75354 TBCTBC TBCTBC 2023
75355 [UCS]€239.99 TBCMay 2023
75356 TBC€69.99 TBCMarch 2023
75358 TBC$39.99124Summer 2023
75360 TBC$34.99253August 2023
75363 TBC$14.9988August 2023
75364 TBCTBCTBCSeptember 2023
75365 TBC$159.991,067Summer 2023
75366 Star Wars Advent Calendar$44.99320TBC 2023
75368 TBC$14.99139Summer 2023
75369 TBCTBC155TBC 2023
75370 TBCTBC138August 2023
75371 [18+]$199.992,320Summer 2023

Featured image: Star Wars

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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