There are two new LEGO Star Wars related releases coming in early May, just in time for the annual May the 4th holiday. Both are updated and revised editions of previous releases but I don’t think either are something you’ll want to pass up…
First up is a brand new fully updated and expanded version on the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, first released in October 2009 and which went on to sell more than two million copies worldwide. The new edition comes complete with 48 additional pages and is updated throughout to show all the sets released since 2009 along with detailed and annotated photography that gives the reader an insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft as brought to life by the master builders at LEGO. For young Padawans and Jedi Masters like me you’ll get to learn the ins and outs of your favorite vehicles, weapons and minifigures from Anakin to Zuckuss and everything in between.
Updated cross-sections expose the inner workings of some of the largest sets released such as the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon (set # 10179) and the updated Beyond the Bricks section shows us how LEGO sets are made. Since this is the 15th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars, the book wouldn’t be complete without an exclusive minifigure, and this time around we’re treated to Luke Skywalker on Tatooine with an original yellow skin tone recreating the early LEGO Star Wars minifigures released in 1999.
Like the first edition, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary has been written by Simon Beecroft and this new edition adds Jason Fry to the author list. It arrives at all good bookstores in early May, priced at $21.99 (£13.99 in the UK). Look out for news on an upcoming book tour with Jason Fry!
The second release is a huge new LEGO set featuring 3,296 pieces: the second release of the Sandcrawler as seen in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. First released in 2005, the Sandcrawler (set #10144) featured just 1,669 pieces and this is a much requested and long overdue revisit of this iconic vehicle.
With almost double the pieces of the 2005 release, the new 2014 version promises more play functions — by turning the knob at the rear you can steer the Sandcrawler into position with its eight tracks and lower the front ramp to offload the droids using the two working cranes. You can lift the side panels and top to reveal the features inside such as the engine, storage bay, cockpit, and more. Included is an all-new speeder bike for when the Jawas need to venture further afield. The finished vehicle means over 9” (24cm) high, 18” (48cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.
Included are seven new minifigures and five astromech droids: Luke Skywalker (with dual sided head), Uncle Owen, C-3PO, four Jawas (which feature two distinct bodies), R2-D2, R2 unit, an R1-series droid, Gonk droid, R5-D4, and Treadwell Droid.
The new LEGO Star Wars Sandcrawler (set #75059) will be available in early May for $299.99 (£249.99 in the UK), and I can’t wait to get it and start building!