The release of eleven new sets based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now just a few days away but first we are returning our attention to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This film explores events beyond the bounds of the saga and has yielded just twelve sets thus far, the fewest of any theatrically released Star Wars movie.
This comparative dearth of sets leaves several notable gaps in the Rogue One range so our popular 'What's Missing?' series has returned to explore what else could be produced in order to complete LEGO's coverage of the film! Read on and see whether or not you agree with my assessment...
The Empire has secured its grip on the galaxy in the years following the Clone Wars and intends to maintain order through the threat of a vast superweapon known as the Death Star. This battle station presents numerous technical challenges, none more vital than finding an appropriate power source for its deadly superlaser. Orson Krennic is tasked with delivering the Death Star so seeks out Galen Erso, a skilled energy researcher and former ally who fled Coruscant with his wife and daughter in the months after the fall of the Republic.
The Erso family is hidden on the planet of Lah'mu but Krennic hunts them down on board his Delta-class T-3c Shuttle which appeared in 75156 Krennic's Imperial Shuttle last year. I love the design of both the original vessel and the LEGO model and see very little room for improvement at this scale. Krennic's Death Troopers kill Lyra and take Galen prisoner but are unable to find Galen's daughter, Jyn, who escapes with the aid of Saw Gerrera.
The Erso homestead has yet to be appear in a LEGO set and has considerable potential in my opinion, not only because its interior might include some great details but also due to the possible minifigure selection. Galen Erso is currently absent from the Rogue One range and could be included in a set based on Lah'mu alongside Lyra and Jyn as well as Director Krennic wearing his black officer's kepi.
Thirteen years later, Jyn is a captive on Wobani and lives under several different aliases to avoid Imperial attention. The Rebel Alliance is aware of her identity and her father's involvement in the development of an Imperial superweapon so liberates Jyn and brings her before the rebel leaders. I mentioned the rebel base on Yavin IV in the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope article as this famous location has yet to appear in a LEGO set, despite the existence of a sketch model which was shown in LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.
It seems like only a matter of time before a set based on the rebel base will be released, particularly following its appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as A New Hope. Such a model could now include characters from both films and would likely prove even more popular as a result, akin to the style of 10188 Death Star and its successor, 75159.
Jyn is initially reluctant to help the Rebel Alliance but is surprised to discover that her father is still alive and has contacted the rebels through an Imperial defector, Bodhi Rook. Bodhi has been imprisoned by Saw Gerrera's Partisans, an extremist rebel group which severed ties with the Alliance, on Jedha so Jyn travels to the moon along with Cassian Andor and a reprogrammed Imperial droid named K-2SO.
Jedha is the site of the Temple of the Kyber, an ancient building sacred to those who follow the Church of the Force. The Empire has been harvesting kyber crystals from the temple but has faced opposition as Saw's gang repeatedly ambush transport vehicles as they prepare to leave the moon. Jyn and Cassian observe one such attack and are captured by the Partisans along with two Guardians of the Whills who once protected the temple.
Saw Gerrera and his militia reside among a cluster of towering rock formations several miles from Jedha City. This labyrinthine hideout could form part of an excellent set containing a prison cell for Bodhi Rook and Saw's diagnostics station, as well as the rebel extremist himself. Jyn Erso is currently only available in larger sets so this would also provide a perfect opportunity to include the film's heroine in a smaller one.
The rebels are placed in a cell and meet with Bodhi Rook, the former Imperial pilot who conveyed Galen's holographic message to Saw Gerrera and the rebels. Jyn watches the message and learns that her father has remained opposed to the Empire, placing a flaw in his design for the Death Star which could be exploited to destroy the station if they are able to find it. Meanwhile, the Death Star looms over Jedha and prepares to test the superlaser, having collected enough kyber crystals from the temple.
Grand Moff Tarkin watches on as Director Krennic targets Jedha City and destroys a section of the moon's crust. He is satisfied with this demonstration but seizes control of the weapon from Krennic, citing the security issues which have allowed information regarding the Death Star to fall into the hands of the Rebel Alliance. The rebels escape on board a U-wing moments before the shockwave reaches Saw's hideout but Saw Gerrera remains behind and perishes in the blast. They next travel to Eadu on Bodhi's advice.
Eadu's mountainous terrain is difficult to navigate so the U-wing crash lands on the planet just a short distance from the research facility. Cassian prepares to execute Galen while Jyn attempts to rescue him but neither is successful as Krennic arrives, having tracked Bodhi Rook's defection to Eadu. A rebel bombing run causes total confusion as Jyn rushes to the aid of her father but he is killed in an explosion and the rebels leave once again, this time on board an Imperial Cargo Shuttle.
The Zeta-class Transport Shuttle is prevalent throughout the latter half of the movie and is perhaps the most notable absentee from the LEGO range at the moment. Its four stabiliser foils serve to distinguish the vessel from other shuttles and a large set could include some great play features based around the folding wings and the modular cargo pods which slot into the underside. The minifigure selection might also be very appealing, featuring numerous major characters alongside some of the rebel soldiers who appear later in the film.
The skirmish on Eadu is centred around a landing platform and features almost the entire cast of the movie. This platform may therefore be appropriate for recreation in a play set which could include Jyn and Galen Erso along with Director Krennic and an Imperial engineer. However, such a set may be too reminiscent of 75171 Battle on Scarif so if the Eadu installation does appear in a future model, I expect it will not be for several years.
Jyn returns to Yavin IV with Cassian, K-2SO and Bodhi as well as Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus. She insists that the Rebel Alliance must launch an attack on Scarif in order to capture the plans for the Death Star but some members are unconvinced without proof that Galen's information is valid so they refuse. However, Cassian trusts Jyn so they resolve to launch an independent mission and are accompanied by a small force of rebel soldiers, dubbing their vessel 'Rogue One' as they leave the base without consent.
They arrive at Scarif to find a shield protecting the entire planet but are able to pass through the gate using an Imperial access code. Having landed on the planet, Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO infiltrate the Citadel facility while the rest of the rebels create a distraction by detonating bombs, drawing much of the garrison away from the vault in which the Death Star plans are stored. The events on Scarif underwent numerous changes during re-shoots for the film and on that basis I think 75171 Battle on Scarif depicts the conflict fairly well. Nevertheless, I would not be adverse to an updated representation in the future.
Meanwhile, Krennic meets with Darth Vader on Mustafar and expresses his frustration at Grand Moff Tarkin's conduct. The Sith Lord is uninterested in Imperial politics so rejects Director Krennic's pleas for recognition. Krennic therefore returns to Scarif in the hope that he can resecure his position. Darth Vader's castle was designed during the production of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and has the potential to be a tremendous LEGO set. However, it enjoys little screen time in Rogue One so hopefully we will see it again in future films, increasing the possibility of an associated model.
Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO reach the Imperial datatape vault while a battle between the Imperial garrison and the rebel renegades rages on the beaches outside. Mon Mothma learns of the incursion through an intercepted Imperial transmission and the Rebel Alliance fleet is quickly dispatched to Scarif. The shield gate is closed upon their arrival but not before several X-wings and a U-wing reach the surface to reinforce those already on the ground.
75149 Resistance X-wing Fighter was released just over a year ago and depicts the T-70 class craft but the more famous T-65 has not appeared since 2012's 9493 X-wing Starfighter. I would therefore be glad to see a new version of the T-65 X-wing in the near future, perhaps following the retirement of the two sets based on the T-70 which are available at the moment. The inclusion of the updated canopy element, some Blue Squadron markings and General Antoc Merrick would be quite enticing in my opinion.
The element of surprise initially gives the Rebel Alliance the upper hand but they are gradually overwhelmed by a fleet of TIE Strikers and several AT-ACTs. These four-legged walkers are fairly similar to the AT-ATs but include an enlarged cargo area and a unique cockpit design. I love the shock of orange around the cargo bay and would welcome a set based on the AT-ACT, although this seems unlikely within the next few years as 75189 First Order Heavy Assault Walker is about to be released.
Jyn acquires the plans but Bodhi realises that they will be unable to transmit them without first destroying the shield which surrounds the planet. He therefore contacts Admiral Raddus who is leading the naval assault from the Profundity and the fleet turns its attention to the shield gate while also engaging two Imperial Star Destroyers. Fighters have little effect but a Hammerhead Corvette is able to barge a disable Star Destroyer into the gate, destroying it and allowing Jyn to transmit the plans from the surface.
This is undoubtedly one of the most memorable scenes in the entire film and the popularity of the Hammerhead Corvette has grown enormously in the months afterwards. It could therefore prove to be an equally popular LEGO set and was mentioned in the Star Wars Rebels 'What's Missing?' article last year, having also appeared in the animated series. I would be delighted to see a model based on either the film or the television series but have omitted it from the conclusion of this article, just to avoid repeating my suggested sets.
The Death Star emerges from hyperspace moments after the plans reach the rebel fleet and they make a hasty retreat. However, many vessels are not fast enough and are trapped by the arrival of Darth Vader's Star Destroyer Devastator. As Darth Vader prepares to board the rebel flagship, Grand Moff Tarkin decides to destroy the compromised base on Scarif, killing Jyn and Cassian alongside Director Krennic and the remaining Imperial troops.
Darth Vader boards the vessel and hacks through ranks of rebel fleet troopers but is unable to intercept the plans as they are transferred to the Tantive IV which escapes into hyperspace with Vader watching. 10198 Tantive IV is the most recent large rendition of the Rebel Blockade Runner and I certainly think there is room for improvement. However, the vessel makes only a brief cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story so I think any future set would be based on the opening scenes of A New Hope.
I am going to conclude by pitching set descriptions for three sets which I think would adequately complete the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story range. I have used some artistic license where necessary to create what I believe to be plausible sets and I have tried to spread them across various price points.
75227 Saw's Hideout - £19.99, $24.99, €29.99 - Saw Gerrera, Jyn Erso, Bodhi Rook.
- Explore Saw Gerrera's Partisan hideout!
- Seat Saw Gerrera at the diagnostics station and maintain his pressurised suit.
- Release the sliding door to Bodhi's prison cell or activate the exploding function.
- Includes prison cell, diagnostics station and three minifigures!
75228 Lah'mu Capture - £54.99, $49.99, €59.99 - Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, Jyn Erso (young), Orson Krennic, Death Trooper.
- Help the Erso family escape the evil Empire!
- Open the sliding door to the Erso's hidden homestead.
- Explore the interior and collect Jyn's accessories including a Stormtrooper doll and a kyber crystal pendant.
- Pilot Galen's Gian V-44 landspeeder, with seating for three minifigures as well as firing twin stud shooters.
- Includes homestead play set, Gian V-44 landspeeder and five minifigures!
75229 Imperial Cargo Shuttle - £129.99, $139.99, €139.99 - Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, Bodhi Rook, Rebel Trooper (x2), Shoretrooper (x2).
- Infiltrate the Imperial military research research facility on Scarif!
- Open the cockpit access panel and seat up to two minifigures inside.
- Lower the access ramp and load the passengers.
- Unfold the wings and prepare for take-off.
- Rotate the blaster cannons and activate the spring-loaded shooters.
- Release the cargo pod by pulling the hidden lever.
- Open the cargo pod to reveal space for four minifigures as well as two brick-built crates.
- Includes Imperial Cargo Shuttle, cargo pod, two crates 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 eight previous installments 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
- What's Missing? Star Wars Rebels
- What's Missing? A New Hope
- What's Missing? The Empire Strikes Back
- What's Missing? Return of the Jedi
- What's Missing? The Force Awakens
The 'What's Missing?' series will continue next month with something a little bit different as we scour every Star Wars movie and television series in search of future Ultimate Collector's Series sets. Keep an eye on the homepage for that as well as our upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi set reviews.