The theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives the best sense of the film that fans have had so far, also providing plenty of hints about what LEGO goodies may be on the way
Lucasfilm has officially released the theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to kick off ticket sales for the latest instalment in the saga, sending fans into overdrive online. Brick Fanatics will add to the dialogue with this trailer breakdown, of course with our special twist of LEGO speculation thrown into the mix.
Rey was the focus of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer, and Kylo Ren is the focus of the new theatrical trailer. There is enough information in it to get ideas about the plot, but even more in there that demonstrates the motivations of certain characters. One thing that seems guaranteed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is melodrama in space.
Warning: There is speculation, conjecture and information about rumoured LEGO sets from here on out – do not proceed if you are sensitive to extrapolating information from seconds of footage…
Fans can finally see 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker in action in the trailer, with an AT-AT nestled in the middle of the line up, showing the size of these beasts. This looks to be an epic Star Wars battle – the Resistance will struggle to take down these four legged tanks in those little speeders they have. A bit of Battle of Hoth style ingenuity may be in order.
One thing that the trailer also demonstrates, unsurprisingly, is that some of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens vehicles will be appearing in The Last Jedi. The Force Awakens LEGO sets are due to retire soon, so 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle is one to snap up now, as this shot shows such shuttles providing air support.
Kylo Ren’s role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been ambiguous up until now, but this trailer demonstrates that it will be significant. It seems that he will be carrying the film along with Rey, with their destinies looking to be intertwined.
Luke Skywalker may not be in the trailer specifically to taunt LEGO collectors… but his appearance does just that. A new Luke minifigure is absent from the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets based on the film, but is expected in one of the January 2018 sets – only two years after his appeance in The Force Awakens…
In The Force Awakens, Han Solo told Rey and Finn that Luke had gone looking for the first Jedi Temple. He may have found it on Ahch-To – it seems that Rey is seeking knowledge there. Perhaps the elderly Force wielder’s reluctance to train her leads to her attempting to understand the Jedi teachings by herself.
One of the LEGO sets rumoured to be coming in January 2018 is Training on Ahch-To, expected to include Luke Skywalker (at last) and Rey minifigures along with a small environment. It would be nice to see a few Porgs thrown in too, so they can be had in a set other than 75192 Millennium Falcon.
The trailer suggests that Rey is unusually strong in the Force, as Luke has seen before in his former student Ben Solo. It is why Luke is reluctant to train Rey – ‘it didn’t scare me enough then,’ he tells her.
Unlike some of the LEGO Star Wars that are released alongside these movies, it looks like 75179 Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter will be seeing some real action in The Last Jedi. 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter also looks to be part of these space battles, a set that is currently earmarked for retirement.
Despite the best efforts of the Lucasfilm marketing machine to not-so-subtly trash the prequel trilogy in the lead up to the release of The Force Awakens, the filmmakers seem to be respecting the entire saga. The hair, the scar and the composition of this shot cannot be accidentally conjuring up images of Anakin Skywalker in the opening scenes of Revenge of the Sith.
General Leia is looking troubled, as unless this is trailer trickery, her son is about to send her the way of his father. Is killing your unarmed father going to prove easier than doing the same to your mother? However this conflict is resolved, a new Leia minifigure is going to be required to play out the drama in LEGO form.
Clearly the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is going to be involved in the usual heroics. So if 75192 Millennium Falcon is proving unjustifiably expensive, it is worth ordering 75105 Millennium Falcon before that edition is retired.
Porgs on tour! These little critters really do need to show up in a set that is priced below £649.99, in case that point has not yet been sufficiently emphasised.
Probably due to the ship’s tricky shape, the Mon Calamari Cruiser has never been released by the LEGO Group. Could the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi prove the opportunity to finally get around to it?
Dashing archetypal pilot Poe Dameron is back, delivering inspiring speeches to his Resistance comrades. He appears in the LEGO range twice, sporting his hero-casual outfit in 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker and his pilot gear in 75188 Resistance Bomber.
It’s Finn vs Phasma while what looks to be a First Order location crashes down around them. Hopefully Captain Phasma will be included in one of the upcoming sets, as the character has one of the coolest costumes in the sequel trilogy. Is it worth adding a couple of 1×1 tiles to her feet, for movie accurate height?
Some fans are not keen on the 75188 Resistance Bomber‘s design, but they are wrong. The vehicle offers something new that fits into the Star Wars aesthetic, and is certainly seeing some action as the Resistance attack Snoke’s Dreadnought. The LEGO version is a marvel of design, capturing the ship’s shape and still managing to stand in a stable way.
It looks like these creatures are native to the planet Crait. Will the eventual LEGO versions – that will surely be released at some point – be brick built or moulded? Let’s hope that in the meantime fans get to work at showing how these can be created with the brick.
There is an easy The Last Jedi minifigure for fans to create at home here – take a First Order Officer minifigure from one of the Battle Packs, and swap the head for Finn’s.
Look to the right of this shot, and a new version of the Scout Walker is visible. A LEGO edition has to be on the way, although no relevant rumours have emerged so far. Those contraptions protruding from the hangar ceiling must be huge, as each one has four walkers attached to it.
So those Scout Walkers seem prime candidates for LEGO models, but these Resistance speeders must be top of the list for currently unreleased The Last Jedi sets. These have been released by other toy manufacturers, they seem to be involved in a significant battle and would nicely fit the £40 price slot. If this vehicle is not released in the January launch, it is a strange omission.
Rey will come face to face with Supreme Leader Snoke by the time the credits roll on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but will she destroy the First Order’s leader, or join him? Is Kylo Ren going to offer Rey the guidance that Luke Skywalker will not?
Audiences now have just two months to wait until all of these questions will be answered.
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