New Star Wars Lego Sets For Summer 2012 - Release Dates, Prices
In this article we are taking a look at the new Star Wars Lego sets for summer 2012. We will review the new Lego Star Wars sets and also tell you about release dates and prices. If you are wondering what exactly Lego have in store for us over the summer of 2012, then you should find all the answers you are looking for on this page.
Lego have been producing Star Wars sets since way back in 1999. In the past decade or so we have seen some classic toys come out based on the films. As well as toys based on the films themselves, we have also seen Clone Wars toys. Lego have various subthemes running under the star wars franchise such as Clone Wars, Classic and Expanded Universe. Lego Star Wars has long been one of the most popular selling toys that the company makes, so it is no surprise that in the summer of 2012 we will be getting some brand new toys. So let’s take a look at them.
The Lego Star Wars Skiff
The New Star Wars Sets
New Star Wars Lego Sets To Be Released Summer 2012
So the main bulk of the release comes from 8 different Lego sets. At first we thought these would have a release date of sometime in August, but as often happens the release date has come forward. So now these look set to be out in June, in fact some are available even now. So below is the run down of all the different sets we are going to be getting. We will give you a brief description of what to expect from the set and which minifigures will be included.
9496 - Skiff
The smallest of the new toys will be this one, the Skiff. This comes with 213 pieces and will cost around $25. You get four minifigures included with the Skiff and these are Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Kithaba and Lando Calrissian. This comes under the subtheme Classic. The set consists of the actual skiff and also a Sarlacc Mouth. Although this is the smallest of the new sets there looks to be plenty going on and the minifigures are very nice.
9497 - Republic Striker Starfighter
Next up then is the Republic Striker Starfighter. This one contains 376 pieces and will retail at around $45. This is from the Expanded Universe subtheme and is based on a starship from the Old Republic. Although this one costs more you only get three minifigures for some reason, these will be Satele Shan, T7-O1 and a Republic Trooper. The bulk of the build is a red starship and it has a few moving pieces as well as some flick-fire missiles. For quite a small build this is a nice looking set all round.
New Gungan Sub
9498 - Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter
Another relatively small set, Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter will contain 244 pieces and will have the price $30. This set comes from the Clone Wars subtheme. With this one you will get 3 minifigs and these are going to be Even Piell, Saesee Tiin and R3-D5. This is a slim line fighter predominantly in green with a few white bits for detail. Again this will have some nice moving parts which give it additional playability.
9499 - Gungan Sub
The forth new Star Wars Lego set to be released over the summer months is this one, the Gungan Sub. This is from the Phantom Menace subtheme, will contain 465 pieces and be priced at around $70. With this one you get some classic minifigures and these are Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks and Queen Amidala. This is a top class build that is mainly grey with quite a few blue sections as well. There are three cockpits and these are all accessible. It’s worth mentioning that the minifigures have all been changed as well, so even if you already have these ones they will be updated versions of them.
9500 - Fury Class Interceptor
The first of the larger sets then is this one, the Fury Class Interceptor. This one is from the Expanded Universe subtheme, it will contain almost 750 pieces and will cost something like $90, so getting more expensive now. This one has currently only has three minifigures which seems a little poor due to the size of the set, these are Darth Malgus and two Sith Troopers. Another set based on a starship from the Old Republic, this one is black, grey and white. The wings fold in and out and there are lots of other moving pieces as well as some flick-fire missiles. This looks like a classic build it’s just a shame about the minifigures, maybe Lego will get the message and include a few more before this one is released in the summer.
More New Ones
9515 - Malevolence
The largest and most expensive set to be released is the Malevolence. This huge build has over 1000 pieces and will cost somewhere in the region of $120. This one comes under the Clone Wars subtheme and is based on General Grievous’ original flagship. As this one is large you get six minifigures with it and these will be General Grievous, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, a Battle Droid, Padme Amidala and a Battle Droid Commander. The bulk of the ship is blue with white and grey sections for detail. As you would expect from such a large set there is plenty going on, plenty of moving parts and plenty to play with.
9516 - Jabba’s Palace
Another fairly large set is this one, Jabba’s Palace. This one has 717 pieces and will be priced at $120 and is from the subtheme Classic. Unlike the vast majority of Star Wars Lego sets this one is not a ship or craft of any sort. Rather, as you would expect from the title, it is a palace. One of the impressive things about this one is that you get a whopping ten minifigures! These are Han Solo, Ree-Yees, Leia Organa, Bib Fortuna, a Gamorrean Guard, Chewbacca, Oola, B’omarr Monk, Jabba The Hutt and Salacious B Crumb. The set includes a tower and the throne room for Jabba. This is not your usual Star Wars Lego set but it really does look very impressive and will no doubt be one that is massively popular.
9525 - Pre Vizsla’s Mandorian Fighter
The eighth and final set to be released over the summer is the Pre Vizsla’s Mandorian Fighter. This is a smaller set and will cost around the $40 mark and will be from the Clone Wars subtheme. Along with this one you get three minifigures, these will be Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Pre Vizsla. The build is blue, white and grey and has some nice detail on.
More Lego Star Wars Releases
As well as the eight sets we have briefly looked at here we are expecting to see a few more things brought out over 2012. Lego are set to release three small sets costing around $10 each. They will feature one minifigure and a small space craft of some description. One release that we are very excited about is the R2-D2 build. Details around this are sketchy but it could contain over 2000 pieces making it a very large set indeed. If we get more details on this one we will let you know. There are also a few other smaller sets pencilled in for later in the year. Plus in December we will be getting another Lego Star Wars advent calendar, joy!
As you can see Lego are keen to keep rolling out new releases from the Star Wars franchise. We have seen so many classic toys over the years and some of these new ones could well join these on many people lists of top toys. Although some of the new toys for summer 2012 are a little more obscure than some people may like, they still represent very good quality toys and some great builds for die hard Star Wars fans. As the months pass by we may well get some more details on new Lego Star Wars sets to be released over the summer of 2012, if we do get more details we will update our page and let you know of any changes.