The years between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope have been investigated extensively by Star Wars Rebels over the last couple of years and will soon be explored further in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While Rogue One depicts the theft of the Death Star plans shortly before the action of the original film, Star Wars Rebels documents the development of the fledgling Rebellion as the crew of the Ghost combine with other rebel cells in an attempt to defeat the Galactic Empire.
Rebels only began in 2014 but has already been represented by nineteen sets, more than make up the Attack of the Clones range and almost as many as have been released in conjunction with The Force Awakens. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of gaps to be filled and Star Wars Rebels is therefore the subject of my latest 'What's Missing?' article.
The second season of Star Wars Rebels concluded in March and I will be discussing which scenes, vehicles and characters from across both seasons might lend themselves to an appearance in LEGO sets. The recent release of 75157 Captain Rex's AT-TE suggests that the sets released so far are not completely up to date and that we may therefore see sets based on the latter half of season two in future waves. I do not have any knowledge of which sets are coming next and if any of my ideas happen to be realised in the near future then that will be purely coincidental.
We are introduced to the crew of the Ghost as Kanan, Zeb and Sabine attempt to disrupt an Imperial shipment on Lothal but their efforts are only partly successful due to the interference of an orphan named Ezra Bridger. The group commandeers a couple of Imperial speeder bikes, represented in 75090 Ezra's Speeder Bike and the crates have appeared in 75141 Kanan's Speeder Bike, although Kanan's Joben T-85 speeder bike did not actually appear until much later in the first season.
Ezra is able to temporarily escape with a single crate but the threat of a TIE Fighter forces him to take refuge on board the Ghost where he forms an uneasy alliance with the crew. 75053 The Ghost was one of the first Star Wars Rebels sets to be released and the vessel has since appeared in every episode of the series. The original model is very impressive but I would not be adverse to a slightly larger one which could offer further interior detail, a feature which was lacking from 75053.
The team delivers food to a nearby settlement known as Tarkintown which houses citizens who have been displaced by Imperial mining operations. There they meet with Cikatro Vizago, a Devaronian criminal who swaps Imperial hardware for money and information, who reveals the location of some Wookiee prisoners who have been enslaved by the Empire. This information later proves to be false but the encounter demonstrates that helping the impoverished citizens of Lothal and other worlds sometimes necessitates working with disreputable characters.
Cikatro Vizago is unfortunately absent from the Rebels range at the moment but he did appear briefly as a minifigure in an episode of LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. I hope that he and his IG-RM droids will be included in a set at some point, perhaps alongside Lando Calrissian and the smuggler's homestead. The criminal aspect of Star Wars Rebels has yet to be explored in LEGO but I hope that will change in future as episodes based on dealings with Vizago, Calrissian and Azmorigan are among the best in my opinion.
After briefly falling into an Imperial trap the Rebels learn the true location of the Wookiees and rescue them from enslavement on Kessel. Kanan is revealed to be a Jedi during the escape and he later takes Ezra, who has demonstrated force sensitivity as his apprentice. This episode also sees the brief appearance of the Auzituck Anti-Slaver Gunship which has been represented by 75084 Wookiee Gunship, a set released in 2015.
Ezra learns more about Kanan, Zeb, Sabine, Hera and C1-10P during subsequent adventures on Lothal and the neighbouring planet of Garel, where the team acquires a shipment of deadly T-7 ion disruptors. This episode features the Star Commuter Shuttle and RX-24, a character who first appeared at the helm of the StarSpeeder 3000 used for the famous Star Tours simulator ride. I would be fascinated to see the actual StarSpeeder 3000 realised in LEGO at some point, perhaps as an exclusive product at a convention, but a model of the Star Commuter Shuttle would be an impressive alternative.
The rebels next travel beyond the Lothal system to Stygeon Prime where they try to rescue Luminara Unduli who is reported to be imprisoned at an Imperial facility known as The Spire. Unfortunately this is revealed to be a ruse devised by the Inquisitor, a ruthless Pau'an who hunts Jedi on behalf of the Empire. The group barely escape with their lives but quickly return to form during a successful attempt to destroy an Imperial cargo.
The threat of the Inquisitor looms over the crew of the Ghost and is particularly fierce when they come across a Rodian informant named Tseebo who has downloaded Imperial intelligence. A new kind of TIE Fighter is introduced as the Rebels help Tseebo to escape and this was recreated in 75082 TIE Advanced Prototype despite only appearing a couple of times in the series.
Dangers continue to grow as the Rebels continue to achieve their objectives and Grand Moff Tarkin is eventually dispatched to assess the effectiveness of the tactics used against the Rebels. He has recently been included in 75150 Vader's TIE Advanced vs. A-wing Starfighter but it would be nice to see another version of the character in his field uniform, as shown below.
Tarkin's harsh methods prove successful when Kanan is captured and tortured but even the calculating Grand Moff is taken by surprise at the daring of the rebels who rescue him. A cunning plan allows the group to free Kanan and they also dispatch the Inquisitor following a lightsaber duel but the rebels are only able to escape thanks to the timely arrival of several more ships which clear their way to jump into Hyperspace. Ahsoka Tano is revealed as the leader of this attack and the crew of the Ghost take comfort in the knowledge that they are part of a larger rebellion.
This is shortlived though as the Imperial presence on Lothal is increased and the rebels are forced into hiding. A mysterious Sith Lord arrives on the planet to hunt them down and the Jedi are easily bested in a lightsaber duel, forcing them to concede total control of Lothal to the Empire. The rebels rejoin the main fleet but are pursued and Phoenix Home, the rebel flagship, is destroyed by a single fighter. Ahsoka feels a disturbance in the Force upon the arrival of this pilot and is shocked to realise that Anakin Skywalker has turned to the Dark Side and is now Darth Vader.
Vader is unable to press his attack and the rebels escape but he dispatches two more Inquisitors to continue the pursuit. Meanwhile, another major character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars is introduced, Captain Rex. He is recruited on Seelos but not before an encounter with three AT-ATs which are defeated by an antiquated AT-TE. This vehicle was recently released in 75157 Captain Rex's AT-TE and the set also comes with the Fifth Brother who menaces Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper throughout the season.
However, the Seventh Sister has yet to be seen in minifigure form which is a great shame as she appears consistently alongside the Fifth Brother. Given that the Fifth Brother does not appear on the surface Seelos as his inclusion in 75157 Captain Rex's AT-TE would suggest it seems likely that the Seventh Sister could be included in just about any set based on Star Wars Rebels so I am sure she will appear in a future wave.
The crew embark on individual adventures which lead them to meet established characters such as Hondo Ohnaka and Cham Syndulla as well as new ones including Ketsu Onyo and Quarrie, the Mon Calamari designer of a powerful vessel known as the Blade Wing. This starfighter joins the rebel fleet and proves to be invaluable as it offers extraordinary firepower capable of destroying an entire Arquitens-class light cruiser. This would make a brilliant LEGO set in my opinion and might provide a perfect opportunity to include some desirable characters too.
I would also be delighted to see Ketsu Onyo in LEGO form alongside the Shadow Caster, her customised Lancer-class pursuit craft which is initially used against Sabine but later assists the rebel fleet in battle against the Empire. I expect Ketsu will appear again in future seasons and would not therefore surprised to see the Shadow Caster in an official set at some point.
The Mandalorian Fenn Rau undergoes a similar transformation as he uses a Fang Fighter to defend Concord Dawn against external influence. After destroying a number of A-wing Starfighters and wounding Hera in his first encounter with the rebels he decides to support them by allowing the rebellion to use Hyperspace routes which pass through his area of control. The Fang Fighters are fairly similar to 9525 Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter but I would be pleased with a model which includes a Fenn Rau minifigure nevertheless.
Princess Leia also makes an appearance in the second season of Star Wars Rebels and it would be wonderful to see a minifigure version of the character as she appears in the animated series. Here she supports the Rebellion by delivering three Hammerhead Corvettes, although close supervision from Lieutenant Yogar Lyste forces the princess to use some deceptive tactics which make the Empire look foolish as the rebels escape with the transport ships to add to the fleet.
The rebels have been searching for a permanent base throughout the season and they are finally able to settle on Atollon thanks to Chopper and an Imperial droid named AP-5, who defects to the Rebellion. The planet is beyond Imperial control but still holds natural dangers such as the deadly krykna, spider-like creatures which prey upon just about anything small enough for them to eat, including the rebels!
The second season concludes with one of the most engaging chapters in recent Star Wars lore as Ezra, Kanan and Ahsoka travel to Malachor in search of a means of stopping the Inquisitors. There they encounter Maul as well as the Fifth Brother, the Seventh Sister and Darth Vader! All seven characters engage in a series of lightsaber duels, culminating in the deaths of the Inquisitors as well as the loss of Kanan's sight.
Ahsoka finally meets Darth Vader in person and she makes an emotional appeal to her old master but is rejected and the two characters engage in a lengthy duel, the consequences of which have yet to be fully revealed. The events on Malachor should perhaps be recreated in LEGO but I cannot imagine an official set replicating the entire Sith Temple given the enormous size of the structure. Maybe a small set containing a blind version of Kanan, Maul and the Seventh Sister along with a section of scenery would be a more realistic and popular prospect.
To summarise, I am going to pitch set descriptions for three sets which I think would best fill the gaps in the range based on Star Wars Rebels. I have used some artistic license where necessary to create what I believe to be plausible sets and tried to spread them across various price points.
75212 Star Commuter Shuttle - £49.99, $59.99, €59.99 - Ezra Bridger, C1-10P (Chopper), Minister Maketh Tua, R2-D2, C-3PO, RX-24.
- Help the Rebels to disrupt Imperial plans!
- Remove the roof to seat the minifigures inside the passenger area.
- Lower the access ramp.
- Control the external fins by rotating RX-24 in the cockpit.
- Hide the T-7 ion disruptors in a secret compartment.
- Includes Star Commuter Shuttle, T-7 ion disruptor crate and six minifigures!
75213 Blade Wing Starfighter - £69.99, $79.99, €89.99 - Hera Syndulla, Garazeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Quarrie, BG-81.
- Fly into battle aboard the prototype Blade Wing Starfighter!
- Open the dual cockpits to seat the pilot and gunner inside.
- Convert the Blade Wing from its landed configuration to flight mode.
- Rotate the cockpits as the starfighter manoeuvres.
- Includes Blade Wing Starfighter and five minifigures!
75214 Hammerhead Corvette - £99.99, $119.99, €129.99 - Princess Leia Organa, Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper disguise), Captain Rex, Ryder Azadi, Seventh Sister, Lieutenant Lyste, Stormtrooper (x2)
- Expand the rebel fleet with the Hammerhead Corvette!
- Explore the detailed interior and take a seat in the cockpit.
- Turn the knob to deploy the landing gear.
- Lower the boarding ramp and load the supplies.
- Defeat the Imperial forces and release the gravity lock.
- Includes Hammerhead Corvette, gravity lock, rebel supplies and eight minifigures!
Let me know whether you agree or disagree with my suggestions in the comments below and post your own ideas.
Also, if you have not taken a look the four previous instalments then you can do so by following these links:
- What's Missing? The Phantom Menace
- What's Missing? Attack of the Clones
- What's Missing? Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- What's Missing? Revenge of the Sith
You might notice that this article has been published a little later than planned and for that I apologise. The next one, focusing on A New Hope, will be published on the last Sunday of this month and normal service will be resumed from then onwards.