Benicio del Toro’s “The Last Jedi” Character DJ Gets a LEGO Minifigure Polybag (40298) in 2018.

The first weekend of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the US box office has come and gone (and set a record or two as well). Well ahead of the premiere however, LEGO has been helping stoke the hype with their epic lineup of tie-in sets depicting either vehicles or scenes from the film.

A minor follow-up to the LEGO Star Wars Last Jedi tsunami of products is this latest announcement of a new collectible minifigure polybag for next year, tying in to the movie. The character to receive this new minifig is the one-shot role of Benicio del Toro as the shady code-breaker known only as DJ.

Appearing only in the middle of the film, DJ was found by Resistance members Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) in the casino resort world of Canto Bight, where they hope to gain his code-breaking skills for a dangerous infiltration mission against the First Order fleet pursuing the steadily dwindling Resistance forces.

How that plot plays out is a sharp example of what Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meant in his notable Last Jedi dialogue where he says things will not end the way one thinks. And while del Toro’s DJ doesn’t stay long in front of the camera, his small part and its consequences have made him worthy of a LEGO minifigure polybag. Originally shared via Reddit, the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ (40298) minifigure is the newest collectible that joins the ranks of the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) and Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) minifigures. The DJ minifig comes with a similar stand, sticker label and interlocking Technic pins. It is also expected to be another promotional that comes as another gift with purchase, similar to its predecessors as seen below.

LEGO’s choice of TLJ character to immortalize in minifigure form may be noteworthy, but I do hope that LEGO could have thrown in some accessories that is unique to this unpredictable hacker such as his hat, jacket or the unique key cards that he carries with him in the film. It also looks like LEGO is gradually building a theme with these minifigures, and I expect that we’ll be seeing more once the next Star Wars movies hit the big screen such as Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the yet to be titled Episode IX. It will surely be nice to see all these Star Wars memento lined up as part of one’s prized LEGO Star Wars collection, and even better if LEGO decides to release similar ones that corresponds to each Episode in the Star Wars saga.

That said, the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi DJ Minifigure (40298) probably won’t come out until around May of 2018 just in time for the May the 4th, marketing pitch. Oh well, what’s a few months for a new character minifig? We’ll keep you posted.

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Author: Albert Balanza

Teacher, student, dad, AFOL, psych geek & everything in between. :)

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