While this new Rebel pilot minifig’s flight suit doesn’t hold any clues to its identity it does have the characteristic helmet print that Gold Leader had in Star Wars: A New Hope and Rogue One. Since 2002 he has been known as Jon “Dutch” Vander and was first officially immortalised in plastic by Hasbro in the Saga ’04 line up (and again in the Black Series), and once – in 9495 Gold Leader’s Y-wing Starfighter – as a named minifig by LEGO. So it’s about time the count was levelled.
And then there is what seems to be his Y-wing’s astromech, which until the release Rogue One, had an unknown designator. With the addition of the expanded A New Hope lore that came with the first Star Wars anthology movie we learned – through the same that Hasbro Droid Factory four-pack that gave us the background skinny on R3-M2 – R2-BHD who was Dutch’s back seat driver.
Did this go in, or did it just impact on the surface? Of course, at this stage, the existence of a re-released UCS Y-wing is nothing more than circumstantial evidence and will only become official when LEGO announces it themselves.
This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 18th of February, 2018.
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.