To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars Episode VI, LEGO took to social media to give a hint of things to come. Return of the Jedi is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year since its first theatrical run in May 1983. And to celebrate this milestone, LEGO somewhat teases the imminent reveal of new Star Wars Return of the Jedi sets.
The teaser announcement came in via its official Twitter page, highlighting a couple of photos that show children donning costumes and props, re-enacting key moments of the film. We have a photo that seems to hint at the famous speeder bike chase on the forest moon of Endor, and another that shows the iconic showdown between the Emperor and Luke Skywalker in the Emperor’s throne room.
You are about to experience the Return of Your Jedi Moments with LEGO Star Wars.#LEGOStarWars #StarWars pic.twitter.com/z0GenFQaDx
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 3, 2023
Interestingly, the photo on this video clip includes several LEGO parts and pieces that may hint at two new LEGO Star Wars Return of the Jedi sets that will be revealed soon. And if you look closely at the banner photo that LEGO used for its Twitter and Facebook pages, these LEGO parts and pieces were given a more prominent view.
As you may have guessed, the build on the left side of the photo, together with the large circular plate, are all parts of the Emperor’s throne room. While those on the right shows remnants of a Speeder Bike as it is surrounded by plant or foliage similar to how we can imagine in the forests of Endor.
And if you’re following the trail of LEGO Star Wars leaks recently, then there is some buzz surrounding a couple of new LEGO Star Wars Return of the Jedi sets specifically the Emperor’s Throne Room (75352) and the Endor Speed Chase (75353). Details are still scant about these sets, but according to Brickset, the former is expected to clock in at 807 pieces, while the latter is at 608 pieces. Given their size and LEGO’s marketing approach to these sets, we can somewhat glimpse that these may be intended for AFOLs especially considering that the film itself is already celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Though there are plenty of images and even reviews of these upcoming LEGO Star Wars Return of the Jedi sets out there, apparently because of another 3rd-party retailer slip-up, they are still not officially revealed by LEGO. But a quick look at these sources (if you don’t mind having a spoiler or two), shows that these new sets take their inspiration from previous ones such as the Ewok Attack (7956) from 2011 and the Death Star Final Duel (75093) from 2015. But this time, the newer iterations follow a more diorama-like format bearing the movie’s 4oth anniversary logo.
In the meantime, we have just to wait for LEGO’s official reveal any time soon, and hopefully, this month. Just remember to keep tabs on our blog for the latest LEGO Star Wars news and updates.