For much of the past decade, the LEGO Group has followed a clear release structure for its direct-to-consumer Star Wars sets, debuting one in the first half of the year – for May the 4th – and another around September/October. That schedule was upended in 2021 by the release of 75309 Republic Gunship, which arrived on shelves in August, pushing 75313 AT-AT back to Black Friday in November.
The first prequel trilogy Ultimate Collector Series set since 2010 was the result of a LEGO Ideas fan vote, so that unusual calendar could easily have been written off as an exception to the rule. But according to rumours and database listings that have cropped up over the past few weeks, it may actually have been the beginning of a new release schedule for the LEGO Star Wars theme – one that will see three direct-to-consumer sets drop every year.
The first of those for 2022 is 75341 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder, now confirmed to be launching on May 1 (for VIPs) as part of this year’s May the 4th promos. Less is known about the second direct-to-consumer set said to be arriving this year, however, beyond a product number of 75331 and a mooted price point of $529.99.
For a while, it seemed like those might be the only two direct-to-consumer LEGO Star Wars sets for 2022, presumably arriving on shelves across the same release windows as we’ve seen in 2020, 2019 and so on. But third-party LEGO database Brickset has now listed set number 75303 for a 2022 release – and given it an ‘Ultimate Collector Series’ tag.
That product number has represented a conspicuous absence from the 2021 line-up, given it would have been sandwiched between 75302 Imperial Shuttle and 75304 Darth Vader Helmet – both of which launched in the first half of last year. Whether it was always intended to arrive in 2022 or was simply delayed from 2021, however, Brickset now suggests that it will indeed debut this year.
If that is the case, it means we’re once again looking at three direct-to-consumer LEGO Star Wars sets in a single calendar year – and presumably another very expensive 12 months for LEGO Star Wars fans. Nothing is confirmed for the moment, but keep an eye on Brick Fanatics for more.
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