Earlier this week, the LEGO Group renamed its hotly-anticipated Star Wars set 75292 The Razor Crest to 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport in some regions. Now, some fans have surmised the change may have been made for trademark reasons.
According to German LEGO fan website StoneWars.de, the name “Razor Crest” is trademarked across Europe by Michael Gaßmann, the owner of LEGO-compatible toy Modbrix. Gaßmann apparently submitted the application for the trademark with the German Patent and Trademark Office on January 24 – after The Mandalorian had aired in the US, but before it had arrived in Europe. (Disney+ launched in March in most other territories.)
If that’s the case, it would explain why the official LEGO set has only seen its name changed in EU countries. StoneWars.de also suggests it may be the reason Amazon cancelled pre-orders for 75292 earlier this month, before removing the product page altogether.
Lucasfilm Ltd. has since filed its own application to trademark “Razor Crest” in Europe. But because Disney’s original series had already streamed in the USA, it’s thought that Gaßmann’s registration of the trademark may be ruled as in “bad faith” – which may allow Lucasfilm’s application to win out in the long term.
We’ll have to wait for the set’s launch next week to see what’s printed on the box in Europe. It may be that stickers are used to cover the original branding, as has happened with sets exported from the LEGO Group’s European factories for sale in the USA.