May the 4th Is With LEGO, Upgraded TIE Interceptor Is Here 24 Years After Launch

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I'm not sure how many of you remember this, but back in 1999, at the International Toy Fair in New York, a Danish toy company named LEGO announced its first official partnership with Lucasfilm. The deal was aimed at giving Star Wars fans access to plastic brick toys that mimic all the wonderful vehicles used in the movies. And boy, did that partnership grow to an incredible size.
Working its marketing magic and keeping true to the quality we're used to seeing from Denmark, LEGO managed to grow into a Star Wars powerhouse that's almost indistinguishable from the on-screen, made-up universe of George Lucas design.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the deal between the two companies, and LEGO announced ever since the start of the year we'll see incredible Star Wars-related designs being released throughout 2024.

At the end of January LEGO announced the first Star Wars product offensive, bringing into the world starships like the Millennium Falcon, the Invisible Hand, the Tantive IV, and the R2-D2 droid.

But as we're nearing the end of April, the LEGO Star Wars 25th anniversary gets a boost in visibility thanks to that global phenomenon known as “May 4 be with you!" And that calls for the release of new products, which were just announced by the company.

In a bid to give fans a complete picture of what the Star Wars Universe is all about, the toymaker will launch a number of plastic brick sets that will target the various tastes and likes of the movies' fans.

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For instance, those who are suckers for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will be gifted with the Mos Espa Podrace Diorama building set. The set is described as "a dynamic snapshot of Tatooine" and comes complete with the characters that had dealings on the planet, including Anakin Skywalker.

The diorama features the Arch Canyon, and it is decorated with a plaque showing a Qui-Gon Jinn saying: "Remember. Concentrate on the moment. Feel. Don't think. Use your instincts." The set is medium in size, requiring only 718 pieces to be put together.

Admirers of Darth Maul can go for the 640-piece Sith Infiltrator. Also known as the Scimitar, the modified Star Courier comes with retractable landing gear and folding wings, and it is also equipped with spring-loaded shooters. Three DRK-1 probe droids can also be deployed from the ship's front end.

The impressive Droideka battle droid, made famous by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is also on the table. It comes together after 583 plastic pieces are properly assembled.

On the character front, LEGO throws in for May the 4th BrickHeadz figures in the form of Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Captain Panaka, Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul, and Clone Commander Cody.

Fans of the Mandalorian have not been forgotten, and they'll be treated to the BARC Speeder Escape, accompanied by the character Kelleran Beq.

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The most impressive Star Wars set LEGO is launching this May must be the TIE Interceptor. The ship was initially launched in the year 2000 as part of the Ultimate Collector Series, and given how it's also a pivotal spacecraft for the Star Wars universe, a return is more than fitting. Especially given how the new TIE has been redesigned for 2024.

The TIE Interceptor has been made to show a detailed cockpit, laser cannons, a pilot minifigure, and the accompanying Mouse Droid - both of these characters are only available as part of this set.

The design comes together after assembling 1,931 pieces of plastic bricks and ends up being a 16-inch (40 cm) build. It can be displayed on a stand that features a printed plaque with the LEGO Star Wars anniversary logo.

Topping off all of the above in LEGO's books is an actual… book. Officially titled LEGO Star Wars Coffee Table Book, The Force of Creativity, the product shows on no less than 312 pages flanked by hardcovers some of the most iconic images and moments from the history of the Star Wars movies: development art, character designs, and interviews "with more than 50 contributors from the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm."

LEGO will take the 25th Star Wars anniversary and the May the 4th celebrations into the virtual realm as well. Starting May 3, the world's favorite battle royale game, Fortnite, will feature a new survival crafting game themed in the proper manner.

LEGO says all of the above sets will become available for order on May 1. Those of us who make a TIE Interceptor purchase from that date until May 5 will receive all three Gift with Purchases, meaning the Battle of Yavin collectible with Darth Vader's cockpit view, the Trade Federation Troop Carrier set, and the AAT building set.

As for pricing, the Mos Espa Podrace Diorama costs $79.99, the Sith Infiltrator is priced at $69.99, and the Droideka $64.99. The TIE Interceptor is priced at $229.99. Those planning to get their hands on the book should expect to spend $149.99 on it.
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