A disturbance in the Force is approaching as Star Wars Celebration 2023 is coming to London in early April, where fans from across the world come together in a weekend of galactic geekery. It’s also often the place where the LEGO Star Wars team announce the latest upcoming sets. With May the Fourth less than a month after Celebration, it’s quite possible that we’ll get to find out what will be the next Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) set.
This year marks the 40th anniversary for Return of the Jedi, when ewoks took down stormtroopers on the big screen in 1983. 75356 Executor Super Star Destroyer has already been revealed as part of this anniversary, but it’s highly likely that there will also be a commemorative UCS set. Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, is trying to predict what it might be…
Jabba’s palace – again
It’s no secret that the LEGO designers love Jabba’s palace on Tatooine, with over half a dozen sets dedicated to different scenes. While some of these, like 75005 Rancor Pit, have been modular and able to attach to make a bigger model, a UCS version could truly do justice to Jabba’s palace. It would be able to incorporate the throne room with space for Sny Snootle’s band, the dance floor, and the trapdoor for the rancor. Allowing the model to have a basement would finally make the rancor big-fig look like the proper scale, and provide an opportunity for a new version of Malakili.
Another Ewok village
Back in 2013, the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, 10236 Ewok Village brought the cute, fuzzy bears into a massive play-set. This isn’t technically an Ultimate Collector Series set though, and a newer one could take advantage of the multiple foliage elements and colours that are now available. At a bigger piece count more of the village huts could be included, with better interior detailing, and maybe there could be an AT-ST patrolling alongside the speeder bikes. An Ewok village would also provide the perfect opportunity for some updated Endor Rebel Trooper minifigures.
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A lot of screen time is dedicated to Luke Skywalker having to outwit the crime lord Jabba on his homeworld of Tatooine, so another possibility is the sail barge. This could be a very exciting play-set because of all the action on board, from the main cannon on deck, to the multiple skiffs accompanying it. Adding to the adventure could be a big, brick-built sarlacc pit, with a plank on the barge for Luke to walk. Fan favourite Star Wars pianist, Max Rebo, hasn’t had a minifigure in ten years either!
A big chicken walker
While AT-ATs might be more memorable because of their part in the Battle of Hoth, AT-STs were small enough to stomp through the forests on Endor. There have been plenty of minifigure scale versions, and probably the biggest challenge for a UCS one wold be balance. As the cockpit has to stand on two rather thin legs (that’s where the AT-ST gets its nickname), it is top heavy, so to make one bigger and properly weighted would be impressive. Considering the Technic engineering that went into 75313 AT-AT though, it isn’t impossible, even if the pose-ability of the model ended up being limited.
These are our predictions for what may be coming as the next LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series set, but what do you think? Do you agree or think that it’s going to be something else? Let us know your ideas on any of the Blocks social media channels!