It’s Good To Be Back: 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship

Returning to the Star Wars universe by way of the small screen, the First Mandalorian of the Star Wars saga puts on his armor and resumes his position as the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter in this new LEGO set.

Long considered one of the many victims of the All-Mighty Sarlacc, Fett’s demise in Return of the Jedi shocked many fans when the third Star Wars movie (and sixth episode) hit theatres in 1983. Despite many authors contributing to the expanded lore of this cult character over the decades, official canon – according to George – had him solidly written out.

That is, of course, until we were treated to tantalizing images of him in the first season of The Mandalorian live-action television series, though it wasn’t until the second season was firmly underway that the reports of his death were proven to be greatly exaggerated.

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Clone son of the genome-donating Jango Fett, he was orphaned on Geonosis at the opening battle of the Clone Wars when his father learned – at the hands of Mace Windu – that bringing a blaster to a lightsaber fight would bring a quick end to the lesson. Taking up his father’s durasteel helmet and beskar armor, and grabbing the keys to his newly-inherited Firespray-31-class patrolship, the young Fett began a life filled with revenge, denial and confusion before finally settling on bounty hunting.

It was this that led him to the employment of Jabba the Hutt and entwined his story with that of Han Solo’s, which led to his fall (albeit temporary) into the Great Pit of Carkoon. How he escaped and what happened between his escape from the belly of the Sarlacc and his reappearance on Tython has yet to be told.

75312 Boba Fett’s Starship

Star Wars: The Mandalorian fans can play out bounty-hunting missions and battles with this brilliant LEGO® brick version of Boba Fett’s Starship (75312). It features a handle for easy flying, an opening LEGO minifigure cockpit, rotating wings, 2 stud shooters and 2 rotating dual blaster cannons (non-shooting). This premium-quality set also includes Boba Fett and The Mandalorian LEGO minifigures with weapons, plus a Carbonite brick that fits in a compartment of the starship.

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There is also a transporter vehicle to move the starship and use as a stand so kids can display this awesome building toy in a vertical flying position. The set comes with clear instructions so even LEGO newcomers can build confidently.

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The LEGO Group has been creating brick-built versions of Star Wars™ starfighters, vehicles, locations and characters since 1999. The LEGO Star Wars theme has become hugely successful with construction sets that make super gifts for fans of all ages.

  • Kids can recreate Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 battle scenes and play out their own bounty-hunting missions with this cool LEGO® brick version of Boba Fett’s Starship (75312).
  • Includes 2 LEGO® minifigures: Boba Fett with a blaster and The Mandalorian with his blaster rifle and a beskar spear, plus a Carbonite brick to add to the creative play possibilities.
  • The starship has a handle for easy flying, an opening LEGO® minifigure cockpit, rotating wings, 2 stud shooters, 2 rotating dual blaster cannons (non-shooting) and a compartment for a Carbonite brick.
  • Also includes a transporter vehicle to move the starship on the ground in play scenarios; this also makes a great display stand for builders to show off their creation in an upright flight position.
  • This buildable toy playset offers a fun, creative solo or group activity and makes the best birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat for trend-setting kids aged 9 and up.
  • The starship measures over 3.5 in. (8 cm) high, 8 in. (20 cm) long and 8 in. (20 cm) wide and makes an impressive centerpiece that will wow your young builder’s friends.
  • Looking for an awesome buildable toy for a child who is new to LEGO® sets? This 593-piece Star Wars™ set comes with step-by-step instructions so they can build with Jedi-level confidence.
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Aimed at a slightly older age range than the previous two sets in the Summer wave, 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship (so-named at the request of Lucasfilm and Disney) is a slightly more complicated built, and one that most nine-year-olds will likely find a challenge.

Assembled in four stages, and working from the bottom up the base, lower hull, fuselage/cockpit and armaments/accessories are added over the space of a couple of hours. The effort gone into making this new model unique is plain to see: from the layered hull, through the tiles and curving bricks used to give the ship its slope and the simple technique to give the upper hull its raked angle is remarkable.

The minifigures included in the set are drawn from the second season of The Mandalorian – the most recent chapter in the lifecycle of Boba Fett – when Fett’s nick-of-time appearance on Tython prevents Djarin’s death and is the catalyst for the final story arc of the season.

Without a doubt the set’s big draw is Boba Fett; with a base of black underlying the freshly repainted armor, this minifigure is responsible for the set flying off the shelves on its launch day. Accompanying it is the newest Mandalorian in the Star Wars galaxy. and while the minifigure of The Mandalorian (sw1135) is one we were treated to in 75299 Trouble On Tatooine, it does come with the beskar spear that Din Djarin won when he bested Morgan Elsbeth, magistrate of Corvus, in hand-to-hand combat.

Though some collectors rail at the repetition of certain sets – like land- and snowspeeders, and Luke’s own starship – finding out how the designer assigned to reimagining an evergreen set like this is an enticement to many fans who build their sets. This refresh comes on the heels of two recent versions – the one included with 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City and the 20th Anniversary Edition version – which 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship improves and expands upon.

One aspect of the set that hasn’t changed since 75243 Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition came out in 2019 is the grab handle on the back, and that’s because Michael Lee Stockwell designed both. Having a designer work on a set twice is unusual, and two in a row is unheard of within the modern LEGO Star Wars team. Stockwell, however, received such high praise for his 2019 version that he was given a chance to better himself. Realizing it was a tight space he opted to reduce the size of the handle, making it perfect for a child’s grip – and acting as a reminder to those adult collectors that 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship is meant to be played with.

“[It was a] small, tight spot. But I just think for the kids, one hand on the model, it’s just a lot of fun. And then they can have another ship in their other hand.”

Michal Lee Stockwell via Brick Fanatics

The tale of the Gamorrean encased in carbonite is one that suggests Fett has continued his career after his resurrection and is a story that needs to be told. Given the approvals process that LEGO and Lucasfilm would have gone through to produce this set, it’s likely that someone had a backstory in mind when it was included. Hopefully one day we’ll learn more – possibly in the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series, due to be streamed on Disney+ this December.

Another aspect of 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship that needed the thumbs up from Lucasfilm was the inclusion of the utility sled, which doubles as the model’s stand. Because it wasn’t seen in the movie – or any of the subsequent canon or Legend material – LEGO had to check that the license holders were happy with the inclusion.

“Lucasfilm were totally up for it, even though it’s something we came up with.” said Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, creative lead on the LEGO Star Wars team. That said, Lucasfilm did make some minor changes and suggested that Boba Fett might not be the best character to drive the sled. In the end – largely because there was no other suitable option – it was Fett who was pictured in control on the set’s packaging.

Regardless of what you think of the return of the son of Jango – or the name change that has seen Slave I reduced to a simple starship and the ensuing Barbara Streisand effect when Lucasfilm and Disney did their best to ignore any requests for press statement – 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship is a great 593-piece model that, at $49.99, comes in under 10 cents per piece than most LEGO shoppers use to benchmark the value of a Star Wars set.

You can visit LEGO.com, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com to add 75312 Boba Fett’s Starship to your collection now, or pre-order the set through Entertainment Earth.

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