LEGO lays claim to May the Fourth!

by Steve Rensi
on 2021-04-28, 07:54:19

May the 4th has entered into modern pop culture as Star Wars day. Now much to the chagrin of us sensible fans who feel May 25, the day Star Wars premiered back on Wednesday in 1977 on 35 screens nationwide, should be Star Wars Day; May 4th is the day that not only can you find deals and sales galore on your favorite Star Wars merchandise, it is the day many of licensee's reveal highly anticipate new products from that galaxy far, far away. LEGO is no different, and have been kind enough to send a press release of their May the 4th collectibles. Image

Pure and simple, LEGO is a tier-1 Star Wars licensee and I dare say occasionally has outshined Hasbro as the producer of the best Star Wars toys. As the hobby has begun to drift to higher-end offerings and tastes, LEGO has followed suit and supplied us with new sets that appeal to the collector as more akin to models and statues as compared to "buildable toys". To quote the press-release, these sets are "perfect to compliment any bookshelf, home office or Star Wars shrine."

The heavy hitter for this batch of LEGO offerings is their new premium R2 set. Coming in at a whopping 2315 pieces, this set is a definite must-have for any R2 fan and / or collector. This hero of the saga droid features a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening and extendable front hatches and adjustable periscope, plus a lightsaber hidden in a compartment in the head. Much as they did for the 20th Anniversary of Star Wars Legos, this set features a R2-D2 LEGO mini-figure and a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick.

I reached out to Scott Fetzick, PA's #1 R2 Collector, to get his thoughts on this amazing set. Scott was highly impressed with this set and loved that it featured movable and interactive features. Now to be fair, he is leery of the $199 price-point, but knowing Scott I can see this pretty easily finding a home in his collection when LEGO offers it up for sale on their website on May 1.

LEGO is also expanding it's new and popular line of buildable helmet displays with offerings of both Darth Vader & Scout Trooper helmets. These join the Boba Fett, TIE Pilot and Stormtrooper helmets already on the market. These helmets, with their fine details and constructible display stands would be valued addition to any collection. Image

LEGO rounds up their "adult-orientated" releases with an amazing Imperial Probe Droid set. As I mentioned earlier, I really appreciate how LEGO is moving towards releasing more sets that function more as buildable high-end models, and this 683 piece Probot is proof of that statement. This set is closer to a prized piece of art, than a simple kids toy for those aged 3 - 99. Now let's just hope it doesn't have a self-destruct featured. Image

To get a more of a LEGO fanboy's thoughts on this I reached out to my good buddy and ex-oil tycoon Mike D, who ironically had just visited the LEGO Store in Disney Springs. Here's what Mike had to say:

"Overall, I think the sets they are releasing are good sets and that the promotions are often nice enough to be entice you to spend up to get them.

"Of the sets that are being released between 4/26 and 5/4, the one I am most drawn too is the Imperial Probe Droid as I like the look of the probe droid on this scale. It has over 600 pieces and seems to be a fun build.

"Initially, I was not going to go down the rabbit hole of the helmet sets but they are putting out a nice Original Trilogy line-up and the biker scout helmet is what will push me into this line (then I get to go back and play catch up on the others – Fett, Stormtrooper, TIE pilot). Hoping this eventually leads to a Royal Guard in the helmet series. Image

"The Exclusive R2-D2 that is being released on May the Fourth is tempting, especially with the double VIP points, but I will likely hold off on purchasing this one at the higher price point until somewhere down the line. Would much rather pick up the probe droid and the Biker scout helmet this go round."

There you have it, real opinions from real fans. This is the honest reporting you can expect from us dignified and superb CreatureCantina staffers. Not some shill reporting from those fake-Star Wars news sites with fancy ad campaigns and clicks. So thank you LEGO for recognizing the grand importance of CreatureCantina and we look forward to showcasing your future offerings.

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