New Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Lego Set Announced

One of Star Wars’ most iconic moments is getting a Lego set. Starwars.com has revealed a first look at a set celebrating the long-running sci-fi films. This time, it’s a construction set of The Empire Strikes Back’s Bespin duel, which “celebrates the climactic clash between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader” in which (spoiler alert) it’s revealed they are son and father. The new set will launch August 27 exclusively on Target.com, and run $40.

In a Q&A with Starwars.com, Lego Star Wars design director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen revealed that in order to assure detailed accuracy in the 295-piece kit, he was granted access to black-and-white pictures from Lucasfilm of the original movie set. Frederiksen explains: “This is more a model…. For display, so it is important to get every little detail right.” The set, Frederiksen adds, “reflects the moment after the lightsaber duel is over, and Vader tells Luke, ‘I am your father.'” The lightsabers aren’t canon to that moment but were included because “everybody wants lightsabers.”

This set, most likely, was originally intended as merchandise that would have been released during the 2020 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The event was canceled due to COVID-19 back in June. As indicated in that cancelation announcement: “All of the incredible, exclusive merchandise planned for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be available for purchase online in the not so distant future and fans that choose to receive a merchandise credit will be able to use it at that time.” Looks like that not-so-distant future is here–next week.

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