Following yesterday’s, we now have our very first look at upcoming 2022 LEGO Star Wars sets with 2 Hoth-based sets revealed – and !
These two sets have a release date of 1 January 2022, and it remains to be seen if there’ll be more LEGO Star Wars in the January 2022 wave.
The big news is that Battle Packs make a triumphant return after a one year hiatus, but the pricetag isn’t going to please army builders, or those looking to fill theirup with Snowtroopers. (it fits 40 Snowtroopers).
Hoth fans are feasting with the inclusion of a proper, so if you needed Chicken Walkers to go alongside your UCS AT-AT, you’ll be in luck too.
We also get a peek at the new 2022 LEGO Star Wars packaging, which brings back Vader to the front, and the blue colourway that gives it quite a retro early 2000s Star Wars look, along with some dark grey greebling in the top corner.
But man, those prices are something else, especially for the Battle Pack, whose prices have increased by US$5 / £5 and a whopping AU$10 dollars here in Australia – when compared against.
Hello, LEGO price inflation!
75320 Snowtrooper Battle Pack (105 pieces)
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Price-aside (we’ll get to this in a bit), this Battle Pack is great, and I’m really stoked to see the return of LEGO Star Wars Army Builders in 2022. This battle pack comes with 3 Snowtroopers, and a Scout Trooper, some bits of Hoth snow, a Speeder Bike and an E-Web heavy repeating blaster.
There’s no fluff here, even the bits of snow will be handy to expand any Icy Hoth-type scenes, and most importantly, LEGO has completely done away with stud-shooters for weapons, with proper blasters making a much-needed return.
There is a new stud-shooter being used in the e-web, but I can live with that.
But that price just makes me go oof. US$20 for a battle pack, puts this squarely in the US$5 per minifigure price bracket, and unlike previous battle packs, do not scream value.
That said, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the, and it’ll be interesting to see how LEGO Star Wars fans respond to the price increase.
If you want to fill up all 40 Snowtrooper slots in the UCS AT-AT (factoring in the 5 Snowtroopers included), you’re going to need to spend about US$240 in Snowtrooper Battle Packs, about a third of the price of a UCS AT-AT (US$799.99)!
LEGO 75322 Hoth AT-ST (586 pieces)
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The chicken walker AT-ST returns in a Hoth-flavoured version! It’s been almost 20 years since the last Hoth AT-ST, so 75322 Hoth AT-ST is a welcome addition to anyone’s collection, and again, will probably look great alongside theor Snowtrooper Battle Pack.
There’s a lot to like here (except the price), such as the snow-covered Chewbacca minifigure, and for the first time ever, a proper minifigure-scale Probe Droid.
I can’t complain about the designs, or minifigure selection, and I love AT-STs, so it’s great to have a proper Original Trilogy version (instead of getting) of the beloved All Terrain Scout Transport.
The price though is pretty killer, approaching the US$50 and AU$100 dollar limit respectively.
So that’s it for the two 2022 LEGO Star Wars sets unveiled so far – while I can’t fault the designs of minifigures, I am slightly concerned about the price hikes, which seem indicative of 2022 LEGO set pricing.
Star Wars has always commanded a premium (hello, Disney tax!) and that’s been a hallmark of the LEGO Star Wars range, but the ball is now in the consumers’ court on how they’ll respond. At RRP/full price, it’s a no bueno for me, and I wouldn’t be pulling the trigger on either of these sets unless they’re at minimum, 25% off.
What do you think of these 2 Hoth sets, and more importantly, LEGO’s pricing?
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