Development on LEGO Ideas sets often starts before the set is approved. Was any development done on the Republic Gunship before it won?
Jens: To be quite honest we didn’t have anything before the poll, we had done a little bit of thinking on the Nebulon-B and also on the TIE Bomber – but that was more coincidence. I would say the Nebulon was more to be sure we could deliver it, because of the structure. We were very much in doubt if it was at all possible to make at that size, so we were experimenting a little bit. But with the Gunship, we were sure we could do it and we hadn’t started any work.
Michael: We are knee-deep in development now. We’re hard at work, definitely.
It is interesting to read that some development work has been done on the other two options and based on a recent conversation between Rebelscum and Jens Kronvold Frederiksen the primary area of concern in the design of the Rebel medical frigate (Nebulon-B), seen at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, was the connecting structure between the forward and aft sections. Jens was able to reveal that once the LEGO Star Wars team had overcome problems ensuring the connections were strong enough they would continue to develop this model.
When probed for a release date Jens explained “Our development side takes time at LEGO, so we hope that people will just be a little bit patient. It is going to happen, but we can’t mention the launch date yet.”
While an official release date hasn’t been announced, Rebelscum has been tipped off that this new Ultimate Collector Series set is likely to be made available in 2021. Standard scheduling procedure for direct-to-consumer (i.e. LEGO online/branded stores exclusives) UCS sets is typically April/May and September/October so you either have eleven or seventeen months to decide where you will display it.
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This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 30th of May, 2020.
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