What could follow 75309 Republic Gunship?

Posted by CapnRex101, 19 Jul 2021 16:30

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The appealing Ultimate Collector Series focuses predominantly upon the most recognisable and popular subjects from throughout the Star Wars saga, especially among older LEGO fans.

Original Trilogy craft and locations have therefore dominated this range, although changing demographics and associated fan demand may adjust that focus. LEGO Star Wars designers have asserted that the sales performance of 75309 Republic Gunship will certainly influence potential for subsequent Prequel Trilogy models within the Ultimate Collector Series.

On that basis, it seems appropriate to discuss which Prequel Trilogy subjects are suitable for Ultimate Collector Series or Master Builder Series creations, should 75309 Republic Gunship prove successful. View our ten most likely candidates after the break…

Anakin’s Podracer

  • £179.99, $199.99, €199.99
  • Anakin Skywalker, Shmi Skywalker

Podracing occupies an integral role during Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, although LEGO has produced comparatively few sets based upon the Mos Espa Podrace. Anakin’s distinctive podracer is perhaps the most recognisable such vehicle and would be perfectly suitable for an Ultimate Collector Series model, permitting intricate mechanical detail and differing significantly from previous products.

Droid Control Ship

  • £319.99, $349.99, €349.99
  • Nute Gunray, Daultay Dofine

Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 Cargo Freighters and the powerful Lucrehulk-class Battleship appear prominently throughout the Prequel Trilogy and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I think the famous Droid Control Ship would provide ideal source material for an Ultimate Collector Series design, including the elaborate communication systems. Additionally, it would be interesting if the core section could detach, providing an alternative option for display.

Trade Federation MTT

  • £279.99, $299.99, €299.99
  • Battle Droid (36), Battle Droid Pilot (2)

7662 Trade Federation MTT is regularly discussed among the greatest LEGO Star Wars sets, although an Ultimate Collector Series model of the transport may prove even better! I imagine LEGO could produce a minifigure-scale design, although this would match the length of 75192 Millennium Falcon which is improbable. On that basis, I think a slightly smaller example seems plausible, perhaps containing 36 Battle Droids on the deployment rack.

Geonosian Arena

  • £319.99, $349.99, €349.99
  • Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Mace Windu, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Jedi Bob, C-3PO (Battle Droid) Count Dooku, Jango Fett, Boba Fett, Poggle the Lesser, Wat Tambor, Geonosian (2), Battle Droid (4), Super Battle Droid (2), Droideka

Despite appearing prominently during Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, the enormous Petranaki Arena and its associated beasts have never appeared in an official set. While smaller creations could prove effective, I think this renowned location would be worthy of a Master Builder Series model, including the varied collection of minifigures needed for this scene. I envisage the arena comprising connected sections which could be detached to open the structure for play.

LEGO designers have previously stated that vehicles should accompany larger location-based models and I think that would be possible here. Supplying the Geonosian executioner cart may suffice, particularly with the aforementioned animals that could occupy a similar role during play.

Venator-class Star Destroyer

  • £369.99, $399.99, €399.99
  • Anakin Skywalker (dark blue robe), Admiral Yularen

Imperial capital ships have provided tremendous source material for Ultimate Collector Series models, including the marvellous 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer. I think the Venator-class Star Destroyer would warrant another such design, perhaps in scale with the earlier Star Destroyer and therefore measuring 78cm in length.

This model could integrate an opening dorsal hangar, perhaps housing some little Republic Y-wings beside other vehicles! Fortunately, the Venator-class Star Destroyer remains absolutely consistent between its live-action and animated appearances, hence I believe Admiral Yularen and Anakin Skywalker, based upon his season one design with dark blue robes, would be ideal minifigures.

Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor

  • £179.99, $199.99, €199.99
  • Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2

Large-scale starfighters have formed the backbone of the Ultimate Collector Series since the range was introduced. Anakin Skywalker’s classic Eta-2 Actis-class Light Interceptor provides great inspiration from the Prequel Trilogy, approximating the scale of 75275 A-wing Starfighter. The rounded cockpit could present design challenges, although I think the scale would ensure accuracy.

ARC-170 Starfighter

  • £229.99, $249.99, €249.99
  • Oddball, Clone Pilot (2)

The distinctive ARC-170 Starfighter could become another Ultimate Collector Series creation, with the canopy element from 75275 A-wing Starfighter potentially defining its scale. Opening wings would be a necessity and I think increasing the size would enable designers to improve upon 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter, particularly around the gigantic engines and wings.

Invisible Hand

  • £319.99, $349.99, €349.99
  • General Grievous, IG-100 MagnaGuard (2)

Separatist equipment remains completely absent from the Ultimate Collector Series, with the faction instead represented by 10186 General Grievous. I envisage the general’s threatening flagship could become an excellent Ultimate Collector Series model, perhaps complementing the aforementioned Venator-class Star Destroyer and therefore measuring 75cm in length. Of course, Grievous and his MagnaGuards could accompany the display stand.

Clone Turbo Tank

  • £319.99, $349.99, €349.99
  • Luminara Unduli, Commander Gree, 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (2), 41st Elite Corps Scout Battalion Trooper (2), Clone Trooper Tank Driver (2), Clone Trooper Gunner

Corresponding with the MTT, the spectacular Clone Turbo Tank appears outwardly suitable for minifigure-scale representation, although such a model would measure about 119cm in length! That seems decidedly unlikely, but a smaller version could prove impressive and include some internal space for minifigures without compromising the exterior design.

I have observed discussion of LEGO producing a motorised Turbo Tank, which has sometimes seemed plausible. However, I think the considerable expense of Control+ components renders this improbable, unless the scale was substantially reduced to match other Juggernaut models, such as 75151 Clone Turbo Tank.

Jedi Temple

  • £369.99, $399.99, €399.99
  • Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon, Saesee Tiin, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Shaak Ti, Stass Allie, Coleman Kcaj, Aayla Secura, Jocasta Nu, Jedi Temple Guard (2), Jedi Youngling, 501st Legion Clone Trooper (3), Bail Organa

While new vehicles and locations are introduced frequently throughout the Prequel Trilogy, the Jedi Temple appears during all three films. This structure therefore seems deserving of Master Builder Series representation, balancing an attractive exterior with the necessary rooms inside. They could include the Jedi Council Chamber, the Jedi Archives and other locations from each movie.

Once again, the requirement for accompanying vehicles must be addressed, although I think this example is relatively simple. Beyond simple Jedi Airspeeders or other craft, Bail Organa’s speeder would be ideal. Additionally, an outstanding selection of Jedi minifigures could appear here, perhaps alongside 501st Clone Troopers to recreate their storming of the Jedi Temple.

Addressing the Naboo Royal Starship

Discussing potential models from the Prequel Trilogy invariably provokes mention of the Naboo Royal Starship, or J-type 327 Nubian Starship, from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This vehicle is probably the most prominent never to appear in anything beyond 9509 Star Wars Advent Calendar, due primarily to its organic shaping and silver colour. LEGO no longer creates chrome elements, which could prove problematic.

However, drum-lacquered silver pieces could probably achieve an impressive result and those are becoming increasingly prevalent. Unfortunately, I imagine the sheer number and variety of parts which would be needed in that colour would be prohibitive, especially as complementing them with light bluish grey elements would likely compromise the design.

Which other subjects from the Prequel Trilogy would interest you and which do you believe are the most likely to become Ultimate Collector Series sets? Let us know in the comments.

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