Polybags provide an excellent opportunity for the LEGO Star Wars design team to produce a few minifigures which might not suit standard retail sets. The new 40299 Kessel Mine Worker, based upon Solo: A Star wars Story, is one such character.
This polybag is currently available with LEGO purchases exceeding $29.95 at Barnes & Noble stores in the US. It can be also be purchased as an individual item, costing $5.99.
LEGO Star Wars minifigures are often rather monochromatic so the Kessel Mine Worker really stands out. His bright light yellow uniform looks marvellous, featuring a band of organisational sigils across the jacket as well as a white belt with pouches for storing equipment. Unfortunately, the design on the hips does not line up perfectly with that on the torso in this instance but I like the splashes of dark tan mud on both components.
The minifigure wears an unusual visor but does not include a helmet. This is disappointing as a perfect element already exists and could have been moulded in tan, although not every worker wears a helmet in the film. Nevertheless, I think the minifigure appears incomplete without a helmet or datafeed headset. He does come with a pearl silver blaster pistol though.
The Completed Model
Technic pins allow you to connect this display base with others in the series and it includes a backdrop showing the Kessel control centre. The printing seems quite dark so little detail is visible, although this does present a lovely contrast with the minifigure. As usual, the stand also includes a sticker which is applied on a 1x4 tile and identifies the Kessel Mine Worker.
Exclusive characters are always a welcome addition to the LEGO Star Wars range and I like the bright light yellow attire worn by the Kessel Mine Worker. The organisational sigils look fantastic in relation to the source material but this minifigure should have come with a helmet, matching the majority of Quay Tolsite's staff in the film.
On that basis, I am slightly disappointed with 40299 Kessel Mine Worker, although the minifigure looks fairly generic so could certainly form part of a large Star Wars display. Hopefully this polybag will soon become more widely available around the world.
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Thanks to Huw for the photos in this review.