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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits in December, you can bet there will be a slew of merchandise to capitalize on the reinvigorated franchise. And, yes, that includes new LEGO sets.
Several new pictures of upcoming Episode VII-themed LEGO sets have snuck out ahead of release, and they actually provide some valuable insight into the upcoming film. For one, it looks like Poe Dameron’s X-Wing fighter does indeed feature a custom color scheme—something several set photos revealed last year. Second, it’s clear that the Rebel Alliance is now known as the Resistance—similar to the Empire becoming the First Order. There’s more.
We also get confirmation that BB-8, that little spherical droid, can co-pilot Dameron’s ship (you can see it sitting behind the cockpit). Other mini-figs in the set include a female Resistance X-Wing pilot, along with a Resistance ground crew member.
In the second box set, there’s nothing really of note about the Millennium Falcon; there’s now a rectangular radar dish, replacing the old one we saw knocked off in Return of the Jedi. But it’s the cast of characters included in the boxset that’s particularly noteworthy.
In addition to Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, Rey and BB-8, there are two new characters: Kanjiklub Gang Member and Tasu Leech. Based on Han Solo’s comments during the second Episode VII trailer, we know that him and Chewbacca lose the Falcon at some point. Could Tasu Leech and his Kanjiklub goon have anything to do with that?
The boxset shows the Falcon flying over what is presumably Jakku, a sandy planet where people, including Rey, go to scavenge. It looks like Leech will be a prominent figure there, though we don’t really know A) who is playing the character; and B) how big of a role he’ll play. If he’s getting his own mini-fig, it sure looks like he’ll be very important.
Both of these new sets (along with others, I’d assume) are set for a September release.