2023 is off to a roaring start with the return of a beloved LEGO Space faction – Blacktron! LEGO.com has just unveiled 40580 Blacktron Cruiser, an upcoming LEGO Gift with Purchase that will likely be available in January 2023, alongside all the new 2023 releases!
Update: check out my review of 40580 Blacktron Cruiser to see more of the set, including the updated Blacktron 1 minifigure!
40580 Blacktron Cruiser is a gift with purchase (GWP), and will be available from 1 – 14 January from LEGO.com or your local LEGO Store, with a purchase threshold of US$190 AU$310 / €190 / £170.
I cannot explain just how good the box art looks, along with the grid space background. It just oozes late 80s LEGO Space nostalgia!
We even get a modern Blacktron minifigure, with a new torso, which is super exciting as some of these vintage Space faction torsos have become quite expensive on the aftermarket.
The set even comes with the Robot sidekick featured in the original Invader set.
Alas, most of the set’s decorations are stickers, so the
Triforce Blacktron 1 logo are unfortunately not printed like the original.
And yes, LEGO did actually tease the coming of Blacktron in 10497 Galaxy Explorer, which has a Blacktron craft showing up on its radar, making this the perfect companion to the Galaxy Explorer!
I am beyond excited as Blacktron 1 is one of my favourite Space factions, so this comes as a massive but welcome surprise to me. Unbeknownst to me, I’ve spent a lot of 2021 and 2022 amassing Blacktron parts and ships, so I cannot wait to add this to my Blacktron base!
40580 Blacktron Cruiser is a gift with purchase (GWP), and will be available from 1 January – 14 February from LEGO.com or your local LEGO Store, with a purchase threshold of US$190 / €190 / £170.
What do you think of LEGO bringing back Blacktron? Let me know if you’re excited to pick this up in the comments!
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