Yoda Predicts A Heat Wave This Summer

The rumors of what LEGO Star Wars sets we’ll see this summer have been circulating for months now, and the details are starting to firm up with reputable sources providing clarity on prices, part counts and minifigures.

The first set to get its official reveal was 75314 The Bad Batch Attack Shuttle, which was formally announced on This Week! In Star Wars on May 7th. Since then LEGO has been dutifully silent about what else is coming out, and we only have rumors to go by.

Typically there are two grapevines in the LEGO Star Wars vineyard – the rumors that have roots in the fervent imaginations of fans and are generally fertilized with phrases like “I wish LEGO would make…” and “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” while the second vine is carefully nurtured and pruned when grapes go sour and is the likeliest to bear fruit.

This is the grapevine that the LEGO Star Wars collecting community is closely watching in the hopes it will produce a good Summer vintage.

Similar to the side-loaded Star Wars Celebration exclusive that was 75294 Bespin Duel, one of the most anticipated sets is 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber, a location that has only ever been given the barest of attention. This vignette is believed to include Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and Admiral Piett in its 663-piece inventory, and should sell at $69.99.

Fans of the recent animated TV series will be well served, with sets stemming from both The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars coming this August.

Inspired by the tenth episode of the seventh season of The Clone Wars, 75310 Mandalorian Throne Room and Vault playset is expected to depict the showdown between Ahsoka Tano and Lord Maul. Priced at $19.99 and made up of 147 pieces, it is believed to come with Darth Maul (pics of which are already circulating on Instagram) and Ahsoka Tano minifigures.

Making its second LEGO manifestation is 75311 Imperial Troop Transport, which made its first appearance as a LEGO set in 2015 (as 75078 Imperial Troop Transport) before turning up in the showdown penultimate episode of the first season of The Mandalorian. Predictions are this set will have 478 pieces, come with four minifigures (a new Greef Karga, a Mortar Trooper and two stock Imperial Stormtrooper minifigures) and be priced $39.99. If you know where to look you can find images of two of the rumored minifigures.

Believed to be a replication of its appearance late in the second season of The Mandalorian is 75312 Slave I, which is expected to be scaled with the Winter wave sets (75300 Imperial TIE Fighter, 75301 Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter, and 75302 Imperial Shuttle). While the inclusion of a Boba Fett minifigure is a given, conflicting rumors suggest that it may either include Han Solo or Fennic Shand. With an expected part count of 592, this set is pegged at the $60 mark.

Falling firmly in the canon of The Mandalorian is 75315 Moff Gideon’s Cruiser, the arrowhead-like ship utilized as both a command platform and a research station. The set is expected to cost $159.99 and have 1336 pieces, and predictions are it will fold open to reveal an interior element that will accommodate six minifigures (Moff Gideon, The Mandalorian, Grogu, Fennic Shand, Dark Trooper and Cara Dune – though this last one is in doubt following the dismissal of Gina Carano from Lucasfilm).

In what could have been another tie-in to The Mandalorian, LEGO has opted to put the 75316 Mandalorian Starfighter re-release of 9525 Pre Vizsla’s Mandalorian Fighter back into The Clone Wars timeline, as suggested by the rumored minifigure cohort: Bo Katan, Gar Saxon and Mandalorian Loyalist. Priced at $59.99, this set is expected to have 544 pieces. 

Perhaps the most anticipated set of the Summer wave is 75319 Beskar Forge, a small vignette of the underground smithy that was seen on several episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian. The expected piece count for this set is 258, and it is believed to have a price tag of $29.99. There are no minifigure rumors attached to this set yet but good money will be on The Mandalorian and The Armorer being included.

And that’s the run down of the Summer wave sets.

Due out in September is 75307 Star Wars Advent Calendar, and rumor has it that this 335 piece set will lean heavily on material from The Mandalorian. Coming with a price tag of $39.99, it is believed to contain six minifigs (Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper, Tusken Raider, IG-11, The Mandalorian (Holiday) and Festive Grogu) as well as micro-builds of TIE Fighter, X-wing, Landspeeder, Tusken ballista, E-web blaster, Imperial Troop Transport, weapon stand, Razor Crest and Cobb Vanth’s Speeder.

Though 75309 Republic Gunship was the very first 2021 set to be revealed when members of the LEGO Star Wars design team who were involved with this set conducted a round table interview with members of the fan community press corp, their lips were sealed on what the exact shelf date would be. Anyone with any knowledge of the LEGO Star Wars distribution pattern would be placing bets on this coming September or October to see this set on shelves, which is expected to comprise 3292 pieces, include Mace Windu and Clone Captain minifigures and retail for around $350.

Finally, there is the heavily rumored 75313 AT-AT, which is believed to be an Ultimate Collector Series set. This has been high on fans’ want-list for a long time, but the natural tendency of this four-legged set to topple over has been an insurmountable hurdle for the designers on the LEGO Star Wars team. Unless this has been overcome or the decision that the potential hazard of having a 3 foot tall Imperial Walker falling over has been mitigated, then this set will likely stay a pipe dream.

The absence of any BrickHeadz sets or additional Microfighters is notable, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that there is a rumored gift-with-purchase set coming later this year, too.

It should be stressed that – aside from the already-announced 75309 Republic Gunship and the strong likelihood that there will be an Advent calendar this year – none of the above should be taken with anything less than a grain of salt, and the bottom line is when it comes to categorically confirming new LEGO Star Wars sets, there’s no truth in any of this until it is spoken by LEGO itself.

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