There have been plenty of buildable models in the Star Wars universe: R2-D2, Yoda, Baby Yoda, D-0 and plenty more. Soon, one more will be joining that line-up: a brick-built Lego Star Wars Chewbacca. It’s been unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. But we can’t decide if it’s epic, or pretty ugly.
Shared on Brickset, Chewbacca is one of three new Star Wars sets announced during SDCC. Coming alongside it on 1st September is a 599-piece Ahsoka Tano’s T-6 Jedi Shuttle and a 1,056-piece duo ship set, New Republic E-wing vs. Shin Hati’s Starfighter. There’s nothing remarkable about the ships, as nice as they are. But a buildable UCS Chewbacca? We just can’t make our minds up.
Chewbacca is made up of 2,319 pieces, making him rather large indeed. He’ll cost £179.99/$199.99, and comes with a Chewbacca minifigure, a display stand and the typical UCS display plate of information.
On the one hand, we love the idea of having a brick-built Chewbacca. It’s Chewie! We love Chewie! On the other hand, something about it just doesn’t look quite… right.
Granted, getting Chewbacca’s fur to look anything like the real thing is quite a tall task when it comes to Lego. But the designers have seemingly done a fantastic job of getting the shape of his body right, particularly his legs and feet. We think it’s his face that seems a little “off”. His little beady eyes? His open mouth? There’s just something we don’t like but we can’t quite put our finger on it.
Still, we’re happy to see something brand new coming to Lego Star Wars, rather than a rehash of an existing ship. Undoubtedly it’s going to be popular with collectors: who doesn’t love Chewbacca? We’re still waiting for a C-3PO model though, please Lego.