LEGO revealed three new Star Wars sets yesterday. All three are diorama pieces. All three are clearly made for display and not play. And all three are can be pre-ordered today with shipments starting on April 26th. And of course, I have thoughts. Let’s see what we’re getting first and I’ll put my reaction down below.
75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama
Pre-order 75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama from LEGO.com today with shipping beginning on April 26, 2022.
RRP: 59,99€ EUR / $59.99 USD
Measures: Over 4 in. (10 cm) high, 8.5 in. (22 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm) deep
Official Pictures of 75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama
75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama
Pre-order 75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama from LEGO.com today with shipping beginning on April 26, 2022.
RRP: 79,99€ EUR / $79.99 USD
Measures: Over 6 in. (16 cm) high, 11 in. (29 cm) wide and 6.5 in. (17 cm) deep
Official Pictures of 75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama
75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama
Pre-order 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama from LEGO.com today with shipping beginning on April 26, 2022. Exclusive to Walmart and LEGO.
RRP: 89,99€ EUR / $89.99 USD
Measures: Over 4 in. (10 cm) high, 8 in. (21 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm) deep
Official Pictures of 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama
My thoughts in no particular order:
- I’m wondering if this is a new product category for LEGO Star Wars, kind of like the Hogwarts Moments book sets for Harry Potter. LEGO’s been doing these sorts of things for awhile. I want to say the first onee was 75294 Bespin Duel and more recently there was 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber. These three new ones are a bit more uniform and consistent in their presentation, each sporting the same style base with the LEGO Star Wars logo and a quote from the scene front and center.
- The set numbering is really strange. The first two are sequential, 75329 and then 75330, and then it jumps all the way to 75339. There’s 8 slots there that need to be filled. It’s doubtful that the numbers in between are more diorama sets, but I always find it odd the way that sets are numbered and then eventually marketed.
- The piece counts seem high for the price you pay. For $59.99, 75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama gives you 665 pieces. For $79.99, you get an 1,000 pieces in 75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama. You only get 802 pieces for $89.99 in 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama. You get a ton of small pieces in the first two sets, at least that’s I’m guessing. Sets with a highly favorable price per piece ratio ow their inflated piece counts to just having a ton of small pieces. And those first two are definitely inflated because of how the trend of the price per piece ratio has been going for LEGO Star Wars. Just look at 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber: $69.99 for 663 pieces, or 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter: $59.99 for only 412 pieces. Those ratios are the norm unfortunately.
- The best one? Clearly it’s 75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama. I am defo getting this one ’cause look at it! That X-wing’s got ski poles for laser cannons!
- Aside from the ski poles, I’ve been looking at that mini X-wing to see if there was a way to incorporate the printed tiles from 6963. It looks like you’d have to sacrifice the wedge plate and give up the nice angled look on the wings. It’s an either-or situation at that size. There’s some other really interesting building techniques on that thing.
- One last note about the Death Star Trench Run set, the printed 1×1 round plate for R2-D2 on the X-wing is super neat.
- 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Scene is an exclusive set for Walmart, LEGO.com and LEGO Brand Retail locations.
- These are kind of a neat product idea. I can think of a few more scenes that would make for nice dioramas. I think LEGO would have to be careful though. These could easily see remakes of sets but turned into a dio and slapped with a premium price tag. Carbon Freezing Chamber is one such scene that would make a nice dio I think, but at the same time be recreating the official set, 75137 Carbon-Freezing Chamber.
That’s all I can think of for now.