Yesterday, I mentioned a new LEGO Star Wars set that was a long time coming. Building instructions for the LEGO Star Wars Bespin Duel (75294) set was made available online via LEGO’s Customer Service Portal, hinting on the fact that the set will be making a physical appearance anytime soon. However, as it turns out, the set itself will be available not at LEGO Shop@Home, but on another retailer’s website.
Toys R Us Canada (yep, TRU seems to be doing well up north) has now listed the LEGO Star Wars Bespin Duel set as a TRU exclusive. Retailing for $49.94, the set comes in at 295 pieces and interestingly carries the 18+ branding. This is by far the smallest set to be labeled and marketed as such with LEGO adult fans in mind. I also find it curious how LEGO determines when a set should be branded as an 18+ set. I always have this notion that it has to do with the complexity and size of its build, and the aesthetics that go with it.
But perhaps the larger question in my mind is that why would LEGO opt for this long-awaited set to be a regional and retailer exclusive? I’m no fan of such marketing strategies since I’ve always felt that it severely limits access for well-meaning fans, and it creates an artificial and a kind of exploitive inflation of its value for collectors and scalpers. I also feel that this is like backpedaling on LEGO’s part since they made it a point before to limit, or do away with regional exclusives. I also understand that this set may have been originally intended as an event-exclusive, but still, I think LEGO is capable of producing more of these sets for the benefit of the larger fan community. I just hope that LEGO will reconsider releasing this set over at LEGO Shop@Home to allow more fans to have access to this LEGO Star Wars gem.
Anyways, let’s hear what TRU’s Canada’s website has to say about the LEGO Star Wars Bespin Duel (75294). Please take note that as of this posting, this set is currently out of stock in just less than 24 hours after it was listed over at the site. So if you’re looking forward to this, then perhaps your last resort will be eBay for now.
Let me know in the comments below how you feel about this set, and if in case you spot this at your local retail stores.
LEGO Star Wars Bespin Duel (75294)
295 pieces | $49.94
R Exclusive, only available at Toys R Us Canada. Disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nostalgic Star Wars memories with this detailed Bespin Duel build-and-display LEGO model (75294). Marking the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, it cleverly recreates the iconic Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader Cloud City duel scene. Build and display This fun, creative construction set features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader LEGO minifigures with lightsabers. It also has a display stand with a 40th-anniversary nameplate to complete a wonderful centerpiece for your home or office. And don’t worry if you are a LEGO newcomer – step-by-step instructions are included so you can enjoy a stress-free building experience. Mindful relaxation The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations, and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999. This building set for adults makes a super gift for yourself or Star Wars fans and hobbyists in your life looking for a mindful way to unwind from the daily grind.
- Take time out to relax, reawaken nostalgic Star Wars memories and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in LEGO style with this Bespin Duel (75294) build-and-display model
- With this construction set, you can recreate the iconic Cloud City duel scene on a stand with a nameplate, adding lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader LEGO minifigures to complete a classic display piece
- This beautifully detailed Bespin building set makes a great addition to Star Wars fans’ memorabilia collections, and any LEGO enthusiast will love to show it off alongside their other creations
- This 295-piece Star Wars construction kit is great for solo building or sharing creative fun with your friends. It also makes a super birthday or holiday gift for the Star Wars fan or hobbyist in your life
- The buildable model measures over 8″ (20cm) high, 9″ (23cm) wide and 4″ (11cm) deep – it doesn’t need a huge amount of space for display, but its striking, authentic details are sure to grab people’s attention