The truth behind that LEGO Star Wars Ben Solo minifigure

Sorry, LEGO Star Wars fans: that new Ben Solo minifigure isn’t real after all.

Earlier this week, the LEGO Mexico team published a video to its Instagram account that featured a seemingly brand new Ben Solo minifigure, based on his appearance from the climactic scenes of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The clip paid tribute to deceased fictional characters for Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, using official LEGO minifigures. Or as it now transpires, mostly official LEGO minifigures.

While Luke Skywalker, Albus Dumbledore and Robin may all have been legit, the redeemed version of Kylo Ren is unfortunately just a fan design. As @BrickCucumber pointed out on Twitter, the LEGO Mexico team simply plucked it from a LEGO Dimensions fan website, which also includes an incredibly detailed vision for a sequel to the franchise-hopping videogame.

That’s a shame for sequel trilogy fans hoping for a physical incarnation of the reformed son of Han Solo. And it’s also a little puzzling: why would the LEGO Group’s Mexico team use a seemingly random fan design next to a bunch of official minifigures?

We may never know for sure. But it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Ben Solo might one day show up in minifigure form anyway. Love it or loathe it, The Rise of Skywalker’s epic showdown on Exegol is the culmination of a nine-film saga. Ignoring it in the LEGO Star Wars line-up doesn’t seem particularly wise, so we reckon it’s only a matter of time.

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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 @chriswharfe.

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