The New York Toy Fair is now underway, and we have seen a couple of new sets officially unveiled. 75317 Brickheadz: The Mandalorian™ & The Child was prematurely revealed to the world by Amazon in Canada last week, but today we got our first look at 75292: The Razor Crest, the Mandalorian’s ship.
We don’t know too many additional details – release is merely slated for ‘Second Half 2020’, and global pricing is not available at this stage. Release is slated for 1st September 2020, and will cost $AUD199.99.
Read on for a closer look…
75317: The Mandalorian and The Child
Applying the Brickheadz aesthetic to The Child (or Baby Yoda as some think of it), was always going to be an exercise in cuteness overload, as this 295 piece set demonstrates.
The Brickheadz eye element plays on the childlike innocence of the character, and the use of the sand green sloped bricks on their side really captures the feeling of its ears – can they be rotated, or merely turned upside down to alter the Child’s expressions – time will tell. Possibly a more fitting part than the tooth element used 41627: Luke and Yoda. Meanwhile the Mandalorian draws from some of the design cues seen in the Boba Fest version, but is not identical, and seems to achieve the look with fewer printed elements (for better or worse).
Either way, this, along with other Brickheadz revealed earlier in the year, proves that the format is not dead, just not being developed at the break neck speed that it once was.
75292: Razor Crest
The Mandoalorian’s transport ship has 1023 pieces, and comes with 5 mini figures: The Mandalorian, Green Karga, a Scout Trooper, IG-11 and the Child -which appears to use a redesigned LEGO Baby mould.
At this stage, we only have the one view of the the Razor Crest. There appear to be a number of stickers to get some of the engine detail, as well as the dark tan detail on the side of the ship.
We could argue that this is another wasted opportunity to not introduce a significant number of chrome elements, but to do so might well have priced this ship out of the market. The overall shape appears to have been captured, whilst maintaining a significant degree of ‘LEGOness’.
As for the Minifigures: the Mandalorian appears, at this stage, to be the same as the one featured in 75254: AT-ST raider, released last year. It could have been a great opportunity to update the armour to the shiny version featured in later episodes of the first series – and who knows, the actual figure released might vary a little before final release. Green Karga uses an exisiting hair mould, and IG-11 seems to have a different printed element compared to the various iterations of IG-88 from across the years.
Here are some of the salient points from the press release:
- Kids can role-play as heroic warrior The Mandalorian and play out action-packed Star Wars: The Mandalorian scenes with this detailed, LEGO® brick model of The Razor Crest (75292) starship.
- This fun buildable toy includes 4 LEGO® minifigures: The Mandalorian, Greef Karga, Scout Trooper and the Child, plus an IG-11 LEGO® figure, all with cool weapons to role-play exciting battles.
- The Razor Crest has a dual LEGO® minifigure cockpit, 2 spring-loaded shooters, cargo hold with opening sides/access ramps and carbonite bounty elements inside, sleeping area and detachable escape pod for creative play.
- This 1,023-piece construction playset offers a challenging build and combines brilliantly with other LEGO® Star Wars™ sets. It makes a super holiday gift or birthday present for boys and girls aged 10+.
- The Razor Crest dreadnought measures over 5.5” (14cm) high, 15” (38cm) long and 11” (28cm) wide. It makes an eye-catching Star Wars: The Mandalorian display piece when it is not being used to transport vital cargo!
I’m sure more details will come to light, as the release date approaches – sometime towards October, when the second series is due to be released.
What do you think of these two sets? I have not been a dedicated collector of Brickheadz, Star Wars or otherwise, but I can understand the appeal. I quite like the look of the Razor Crest: I really enjoyed the first series of the Mandalorian, and I am looking forward to the next. I find this strange, as I was never really a fan of the Western genre, growing up.
In the mean time, I am sure we will hear more news from Toy Fair over the Weekend. Until then… Play Well.