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Here's a bit of news for 2018 Han Solo movie from the front page:

LEGO: Rumoured Han Solo Set Release Dates

Despite some well documented production woes Lucasfilm/Disney are holding the release date for the currently untitled Han Solo stand alone movie at May 25th, 2018, and now Brick Fanatics have received word that suggests the LEGO Star Wars range for the Han Solo movie will hit shelves on April 20th, 2018. This would put the - presumably wider - merchandise release five weeks ahead of the movie's premiere. While Brick Fanatics are quietly confident that this will pan out it remains a rumour until officially confirmed by Lucasfilm/Disney or LEGO.

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Here's another which was up on the front page for a bit:

An interesting news post appeared on the Dutch-language LEGO news site [/FONT][/COLOR]bouwsteentjes.info yesterday, with word on two rumoured LEGO Star Wars sets for 2018. Note that the quotes below are translated from Dutch using a Babel fish so might read as a touch odd.

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"LEGO Star Wars Build Able Figures are a special case. You must love to find them beautiful. There are plenty of fans of these sets may be clear for LEGO brings them still out. In 2018 LEGO comes with some models and one of the models is Boba Fett."

Originally introduced to the LEGO Star Wars theme in 2015, the lineage of buildable figures or "constraction" (*gag*) sets can be traced as far back as 2011 with the release of three DC Comics Super Heroes sets, though LEGO aficionados at Maskofdestiny.com might argue that the first Bionicles, dating as far back as 2001, were the "Lucy" of today's buildable figures.

Now it sounds like there might be the possibility of adding Boba to the Fett family Christmas card. Curiously this isn't the first time Boba Fett has appeared as a Builable Figure, because notorious LEGO (pardon the pun) cloner KSZ produced a Boba Fett constraction figure as long ago as 2013. This was considerably well ahead of the release of 75107 Jango Fett buildable figure in 2015. A comparison of the two demonstrates that there isn't much of a family resemblance - the Boba Fett build more closely resembles the more rudimentary Hero Factory constraction figures of the time and lacks the detailed elements or required building skills of the more advanced 75107 Jango Fett.

This suggests that this wasn't a knock-off that was ahead of its time, but a bootleg of one of the rumoured cancelled wave of six LEGO Star Wars Ultrabuild sets that were due out in 2013, and a quick tally of the Ultrabuild line shows that C-3PO and Boba Fett are the only ones that haven't been released yet. This has led fans to speculate that other high-quality bootleg Star Wars sets coming out from the likes of Lepin might be similarly cancelled sets that could - albeit in a repurposed form - see the light of day further down the track.

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"The first rumor about LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz. Now Hasbro has the sole right to issue action figures under the Star Wars license and LEGO somewhat limited when it comes to the release of LEGO Star Wars Minifigs. As a solution, they have Battlepacks created and it looks as though they will tackle the exclusive Hasbro with the LEGO BrickHeadz."

It has been long acknowledged that, after the flying elbow Hasbro brought to bear on LEGO in 2000 when they released three minifig triple-packs (3340,3341 and 3342) and Lucasfilm had to act as arbitrator between these two giants of ABS, LEGO has steered clear of producing individual LEGO Star Wars character builds - much to the dismay of LEGO and Star Wars fans who have been clamouring for a dedicated LEGO Star Wars Collectible Minifig series.

As curiously adorable as BrickHeadz are it isn't quite what army builders and minifig collectors were expecting and, humourously, with the minifig range at one end of the scale and the buildable figures at the other end this possible addition parallels Hasbro's judgement to sandwich a 6 inch line between their 3-3/4 and 12 inch lines.

Those of us who have been following LEGO Star Wars through the non-movie years will remember the 2010 convention exclusive CubeDude sets that came in two flavours - Clone Wars (San Diego Comic-Con) and Bounty Hunters (Celebration V). For whatever reason prompted LEGO to make the decision not to produce these in commercial numbers, that reason doesn't seem to exist anymore.

Taking a look at twelve existing examples in the Brickheadz section on the Shop@Home website, the break down is four Disney characters (Belle, Beast, Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar), four DC characters (Batman, Robin, Batgirl and The Joker) and four Marvel builds (Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Black Widow). If this rumour is true has the door been opened for four Star Wars characters?

And don't forget that there is currently a LEGO Ideas campaign for a series of LEGO Star Wars bobble heads that could really do with your support.

You can read the original Dutch-language report at http://www.bouwsteentjes.info/lego-star-wars-brick.... Remember that these are rumours at the moment and no-one is reporting them to be true.
 
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Don't care about the buildable figures but definitely in for those sets. Also a rumor of a Jedi Battlepack with Coleman TRebor and Ki Adi Mundi
 
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I hope there are some decent new Jedi in there as well. Lego reissues a lot more than I expected.
 
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Taking this with a big grain of salt for now. Yoda's Hut is probably my #1 most-wanted set at the moment.

And if the rumors are true that the Tatooine battle pack includes two Jawas, an astromech and a Tusken Raider, I'll buy about 10 of those things. :grin:
 
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Yoda's Hut would be a phenomenal set. it better have a detailed exterior that can open up to reveal a detailed interior. No "half building" corner cutting please.
 
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I read it was euros not dollars, so that would be US$35.
 
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I hope the print on Yoda is OT, not PT.

Why would it be prequel? Yoda's hut was in TESB/ROTJ.

Unless there was a Rebels episode on Dagobah featuring Yoda and his hut? I haven't watched them.
 
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If they simply used the existing Yoda torso in the set, then it would technically be a prequel version. It's certainly a possibility.
 
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Exactly. And such a shortcut wouldn't be unprecedented. The last few Boba Fetts have included Jango's Geonosis jetpack molded in green, and the last couple of ANH Han Solo minifigs were released with the ROTJ vest/shirt torso print, just to name a couple of examples.
 
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It would be disappointing, but probably wouldn't keep me from buying the set.

I'm more disappointed by the likeness on the current Yoda minifig's head, to be honest. I realize Lego goes for stylization, but it's too on the cartoony side IMO. The original mold is still the best, if only it could get some updated printing: http://www.fbtb.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Yodas.jpg
 
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It would be disappointing, but probably wouldn't keep me from buying the set.

I'm more disappointed by the likeness on the current Yoda minifig's head, to be honest. I realize Lego goes for stylization, but it's too on the cartoony side IMO. The original mold is still the best, if only it could get some updated printing: http://www.fbtb.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Yodas.jpg

Totally agree. I can deal with no ghost Ben, smaller price point (if done well) but please give us an ESB accurate Yoda. Hoping for some cool features or at least a few crates. Trap door swamp? Super hopefully optimistic on this one. Can't wait for more info!
 
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Yoda's hut def. has potential. I mostly only buy sets themed on locations (because we don't get that from Hasbro), so I'm in for this one. Dagobah training Luke, R2 (muddy print maybe?) and of course Yoda. I'd rather skip a ghost Ben or vision Vader if it gives a complete hut.
 
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Yoda's hut def. has potential. I mostly only buy sets themed on locations (because we don't get that from Hasbro), so I'm in for this one. Dagobah training Luke, R2 (muddy print maybe?) and of course Yoda. I'd rather skip a ghost Ben or vision Vader if it gives a complete hut.

Well, not what I expected. Hut is pretty light, no mud on r2, I do see a crate tho! Reused yoda head? I like what looks like a swing feature. Hopefully r2 gets some mud & the hut darkens before release. Looks like pegs for additional dagobah "world" sets to attach??
 
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I saw Jeremy's story about the Hidden UCS Reveal.

I can see it happening as I saw a rumor of the UCS Star Destroyer being re-released a while ago. Sure hope it happens.
 
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not impressed with the Yoda hut except for the mini figure of Luke.. I'm glad I still have set #4502. the hut in the new set looks way to small.
 
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Just read the article on the main page about the Sandspeeder. I didn't know about The Epic Continues, that's pretty cool. Hopefully those rumours are right, it'd be nice to get something that isn't a rehash!
 
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Not sure if anyone noted (judging by the lack of interaction I'd say that no-one did) that I ran a small front page campaign to find the next UCS set to be re-issued.

I was able to compile a top five (was hoping for ten) list from those who did contact me and wrote a small article about it - http://www.rebelscum.com/story/lego/LEGO_Top_Five_UCS_Phoenix_Sets_176393.asp

Now I'm running a poll -http://www.rebelscum.com/scumpoll/p1212.asp - to see which one comes out tops.

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Out of those 5 only one i'd want is the DS2, as i have the others and bespin one isn't for me.
IMO, before rehashes give us USC versions of the A-Wing or Tie Bomber so as to finish off the OT fighters since all the others are done.
 
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Excellent news, thanks for your click.

I'm surprised at the CC uptick.

My next foray into LEGO editorials will look at the different opinions of the UCS line.
 

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I would love an ISD remake and a CC remake, I think in order to do Cloud City right it needs to be around the 4000 to 5000 piece mark. A tie Bomber would be great too!
 
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I'm all in for that 5000 Piece Cloud City set. I want my Ice cream maker (willrow Hood) mini figure too! :)
 
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I still can't figure why they have left this undone for so long.

It doesn't have that much appeal to the core LEGO values I reckon. Aside from the carbon freeze chamber and the gantry it's a diorama set, and little play. We've had the freeze chamber (75137) already and typically lightsaber duel playsets haven't been that great. That said the new Duel on Naboo playset (75169) is a big improvement so maybe we will see the Bespin Gantry.

I just can't see us getting the rest (dining room and landing pads) though.
 
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I actually saw Cloud City as the Logical Large size replacement for the Death star set. It could have been made in the same manor. One large set (Shaped like Cloud City) with multiple play and display area's. There could have been multiple Rooms just for the lightsaber duel alone. You have so many sections in cloud city that could make a wonderful set that could easily be designed to out play the DeathStar Set. There's no need for me to write them all down, I'm sure everyone knows the movie well enough. The first Cloud city, that was made for it's time is fine, but is really outdated and lacks the imagination of a full blown designed set. Just my 2 cents on this.
 
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