Remakes are a topic that is sure to divide LEGO Star Wars fans. Some get excited at the announcement of a new version of a past model, whether it be because they missed out on the first or are just looking for an upgrade. Others are less enthusiastic, instead lamenting the use of shelf space for yet another version of an X-wing or TIE Fighter.
Both sides make valid points, but there’s no denying that remakes allow newer fans to get their hands on iconic Star Wars ships and locations in the brick without having to pay ludicrous aftermarket prices for older sets. However, not all sets are treated equally when it comes to receiving remakes. A set like 75168 Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter got a new version about five years after its retirement, while others have been waiting over half a decade for a makeover. Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, makes the jump into hyperspace to find five LEGO Star Wars sets that desperately need a remake.
7668 Rebel Scout Speeder
Rebels and Stormtroopers made their battle pack debuts in 2008 as part of the second wave of the army building sets. 7667 Imperial Dropship has since gotten a remake, but 7668 Rebel Scout Speeder has been all but forgotten. The style of Rebel Trooper in the set is rarely seen in LEGO Star Wars, so a battle pack containing modern versions would be great for fans. A set in the same vein as 7667 Imperial Dropship’s remake would be perfect for this classic battle pack.
8017 Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter
Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced has made many appearances in the past decade, but it’s almost always at mini scale — Vader’s TIE Advanced hasn’t had a standalone release since 2009’s Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. For a ship as iconic as Vader’s personal TIE fighter, it’s bizarre that it hasn’t been given another chance on shelves. The LEGO Group has been on a roll releasing updated TIE variants in recent years; it would make sense to cap off the remakes with the most important TIE in the Imperial fleet.
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7646 V-19 Torrent
The first years of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series saw a flurry of sets released based on the show, many of which have never been seen again — including 7646 V-19 Torrent. The V-19 was an important part of the Republic’s navy during the early seasons of the show but was gradually phased out, with ships like the V-wing and ARC-170 taking its place. Even if it fell out of favour with the Republic, the V-19 is still beloved by fans and an updated set would be a great addition to the modern LEGO Clone Army.
75041 Vulture Droid
The LEGO Group had a bit of a Vulture Droid addiction in the first decade of LEGO Star Wars. The Separatist craft featured in a variety of sets, both as a standalone model and as an adversary for Jedi pilots. But 2014’s 75041 Vulture Droid marked the last appearance of the Vulture Droid in the brick. Separatist sets have been largely neglected in recent years, and there’s no better set to begin a resurgence than the first new Vulture Droid in nearly ten years. It’s a small ship in-universe, as well, which means it could be an inexpensive and accessible set for fans of all ages and budgets.
7153 Jango Fett’s Slave I
There are a few vehicles the LEGO Group loves making over and over, and the Slave I is one of them. With all the versions of the ship over the years, it’s surprising its blue paint job has only appeared in one set, 7153 Jango Fett’s Slave I — back in 2002. 7153 is coveted by fans not for its design, but because it’s the only set depicting that version of the Slave I. There hasn’t been another for over two decades. A remake could even be as simple as a recolour of 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship.