Remember last year when the UCS Republic Gunship won the LEGO Ideas fan vote to be turned into an actual LEGO set?
I just got out of a LEGO Media Roundtable where we were given an exclusive first look at upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets for May the 4th. Can’t say much, but new and long-time Star Wars fans are going to be delighted with what they see.
As part of the Q&A, LEGO Fan Media were also given the opportunity to talk about an upcoming LEGO UCS set – the UCS Republic Gunship.
LEGO were pretty tight-lipped about the details during the call (we all tried our best to tease details out), but here are 5 things you need to know about the upcoming LEGO UCS Republic Gunship
1. The release date will definitely be in 2021
We weren’t given any solid details on the release date, but we were given a guarantee that the LEGO UCS Republic Gunship will be released sometime in 2021.
I think it’s likely to come in Autumn (northern hemisphere) before the Christmas holiday season, and looking at LEGO’s previous release timing for the UCS Imperial Star Destroyer, I expect it to arrive in September 2021.
2. It will be BIG. VERY BIG.
We didn’t get a glimpse of the completed model, or any sketch concept art, but the LEGO Designers did let slip that it was going to be a big set, with an equally as impressive footprint.
Just how big? We were told that we “would need a new coffee table for it”, so let your imagination run wild at just how large the UCS Republic Gunship will be.
3. We’re getting a new windshield element!
Okay, we did get a glimpse at PART of the gunship, specifically the new windscreen element from the LEGO designers which was really cool.
It was quite big, I’d hazard to say it was about 6-ish inches long? It was also maroon in colour, and one singular solid piece (with the 2 rounded glass domes), looking exactly like it does in the concept art above.
4. There will be minifigures, but we don’t know who will be in.
Minifigures are not the focal point of UCS sets, but the LEGO designers were dancing around this particular question and wouldn’t let up much.
They did rule out Jedi Bob, so apologies in advance to Jedi Bob fans
5. The LEGO Star Wars team were surprised at how many people voted for the Republic Gunship
When asked about the poll results and if the LEGO Star Wars design team were surprised at the results, it caught them by surprise how big the vote for the Republic Gunship was.
They considered the Gunship’s opponents as really strong contenders, and they were surprised that the Gunship emerged as such a strong winner.
6. The LEGO Star Wars designers think fans will be very happy with the end result
When asked about whether fan expectations would be met/impressed, the LEGO Star Wars teams were pretty positive about this.
They did say it would be hard to keep everyone happy, especially for such a highly anticipated set.
That’s all I can write so far as it’s about 2am, and I wanted to write this down while it’s still fresh in my memory!
Stay tuned to the blog for more information of when we can finally see more of the UCS Republic Gunship, and Star Wars fans, be sure to follow along for some exciting LEGO May the 4th reveals soon!
Let me know in the comments if you’re excited about the LEGO UCS Republic Gunship, and what your guesses are of what LEGO will be releasing for Star Wars Day 2021!