Selling to kids is a lot different than selling to adults. There’s a limited window for that customer, where they are coming in and leaving the market. At the same time, there are new kids coming in right behind that customer, looking to pick up the hobby. That means that re-releasing a set every few years is trying to make sure that the new batch of kids can find something recognizable to purchase… and regardless of how we feel about those prequel movies or cartoons, they are more popular with kids than they were with the adults that grew up with the original movies.
Of course, all of that being said… there has got to be some more popular stuff to release than Stumbles McSpiderwalker here, last seen in the 2013 set of the same name, 75016 Homing Spider Droid, which it feels like I just reviewed a couple of months ago. That was in that little gap where I wasn’t putting point totals on there, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the set despite my love of walkers.
The price isn’t different, though the minifigure lineup has changed… and that’s pretty much what I wrote about the set last time. I asked Ace if I could just copy/paste the old one, and he told me to shut up and watch BvS again as punishment (actually, I didn’t, I just like making up fake responses from him). So instead, I’m going to review 75142 Homing Spider Droid as if it was some brand new set I wanted, and not just a $30 filler set that got me to above a certain price target when trying to get a promo item at my LEGO store (this is a TRU exclusive in the US, otherwise).