‘Star Wars’ Fans Slam Cost of New ‘Mandalorian’ Product as “Highway Robbery”

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Star Wars fans and LEGO collectors are often of the same ilk. For this reason, there are a number of Star Wars LEGO sets — like the controversial “Boba Fett’s Starship,” which confirmed Disney’s starship name change from Slave I to Firespray — that sell extremely successfully.

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Thus, it comes as no surprise that The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm want to capitalize on what is arguably their most popular Star Wars property at the moment, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Disney+ Original series The Mandalorian.

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In the Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”) Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) returned to the Star Wars story when he swooped in with his X-wing to to rescue titular bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal)Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”)Cara Dune (Gina Carano)Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from certain doom onboard Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Imperial starcruiser.

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Now, LEGO has immortalized the moment Skywalker fought off Gideon’s Dark Trooper squad with his green lightsaber, but fans are not thrilled with the $30 price point for the set. Twitter user Bman posted:

BREAKING: LEGO Star Wars has revealed the Dark Trooper attack set based on Luke Skywalker’s hallway scene from the Mandalorian season 2 finale! The set includes 3 first of their kind dark troopers, & Luke Skywalker with a new hood! The set releases on March 1 & will cost $30 USD!

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Followers immediately began commenting on the post, noting their dissatisfaction with the price of the product. I Remember the 80s chastised the brick makers, calling the cost “highway robbery”:

That should be no more than $12.
Highway robbery for $30
#LEGO

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Another commenter, Zarius, shared similar thoughts:

As much as I love it it ain’t worth 30 bucks

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The website where the new Mandalorian LEGO set first appeared notes that it has 166 pieces, which explains the pricing concerns. Small sets like this generally do not cost $30 USD. To put it in perspective, the popular Millennium Falcon Microfighter set — which earned one 12-year-old Star Wars fan a Guinness World Record — has 101 pieces and costs $9.99.

The site indicates that the set can currently be preordered and will be available for shipment on March 1, 2022.

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LEGO.com does not list the “LEGO 75324 DARK TROOPER BATTLEPACK WITH LUKE SKYWALKER” set yet at this time.

What do you think? Is $30 really too much for this LEGO Star Wars product?

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