Was LEGO Star Wars 75292 The Razor Crest renamed for trademark reasons?

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.

Modbrix is also selling a fan-designed version of the Mandalorian’s ship, originally taken without license. However, Gaßmann has apparently now reached an agreement with its creator YCBricks.

In Australia, the set has apparently reverted to 75292 The Razor Crest, although Brick Fanatics cannot verify whether the product was ever renamed in that region.

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.

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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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