After two long years, San Diego Comic-Con is back, and with it, LEGO has returned to the biggest celebration of pop culture on the planet – so what Star Wars experiences have convention-goers been treated to?
The answer is very little.
Following their showcase of new sets at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and the Summer wave announcements that came after, there’s nothing new for LEGO to share with the community. Instead, they concentrated on revealing sets from their more SDCC-friendly licenses – like the new Mario and Marvel sets.
That’s not to say that Star Wars didn’t have any kind of presence – there just wasn’t much of it. The large -scale, brick-built, tank-top-wearing Darth Vader minifigure that debuted at Celebration Anaheim was present – this time holding a popsicle – as were two displays of a selection of currently available and upcoming sets. Those who made purchases of more than $125 at the pop-up retail store were rewarded with a 5000063 TC-14 polybag gift with purchase.
The big news coming out of SDCC is that LEGO is done with exclusives, at least for this event. LEGO has had a long history with exclusives – starting with the first Star Wars Celebration in 1999 – and every one has caused consternation and division amongst collectors, so the reported termination of these won’t come as a loss.
Special thanks to Barry at Factory Entertainment for helping us to provide coverage of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
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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.