Coming to your nearest LEGO retailer and LEGO website is the latest Star Wars LEGO set, Betrayal at Cloud City (75222), set to hit shelves on October 1st, 2018. LEGO VIP members will be able to get their hands on this set starting September 13th. If this set is anything like the Millennium Falcon (75192) that released in October of 2017, it will be hard to come by and expensive on the secondary markets when first released, especially considering that this set is going to retail at $349.99. With a piece count of 2812 pieces, that comes out to thirteen cents a piece. This set is also considered part of the Star Wars: Master Builder Series and recommended for ages 14 and older.
When it came to the Millennium Falcon set, so many VIP members ordered their share of the UCS version of their favorite ship that it went on backorder status. This delay was met with an unsavory reaction from VIP members, but the problem was compounded when fans learned that this would also delay the release for the general public. With lines already out the door in most LEGO stores, many dissatisfied Star Wars and LEGO fans left the stores empty-handed and headed over to secondary markets to try to grab this set, only to be faced with the expected exorbitant price increase.
What’s the point of this tale, you might ask? Well, if anything is to be learned from this situation, it’s to order early. While LEGO has probably taken some steps to make sure that this delay doesn’t happen again, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re not already a VIP member, you can head on over to the LEGO page and sign up by clicking the link here.
Now, as for the reasons why you should be looking into purchasing this set itself, the following information is straight from the LEGO site:
Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO® Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection.
- Includes 18 minifigures:
- Han Solo
- Princess Leia in Bespin outfit
- Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfit
- Lando Calrissian
- 2 Cloud City Guards
- 2 Cloud Car Pilots
- Leiain Hoth outfit
- Han in Hoth outfit
- Darth Vader
- Boba Fett
- 2 Stormtroopers
- IG-88 droid
- Section 1 features a landing platform with a sliding entrance door and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship with an opening minifigure cockpit, movable wings and space underneath to store the Han in carbonite element.
- Section 2 features a dining room with a table, seats for 5 minifigures and a decorative Cloud City micro build; lounge with a transparent sculpture and 2 chairs; garbage processing room with an incinerator, conveyor belt and a deactivated IG-class droid; and a promenade with tree sculpture, mural relief and opening doorways leading to other parts of the model.
- Section 3 features a sensor balcony with railing and swing-out function, plus a maintenance cabin with opening round window for epic Lightsaber duels, plus a carbon freeze chamber with lever-activated ‘freeze’ function.
- Section 4 features a dark-red corridor leading to the interrogation chamber with a turning interrogation chair, plus a prison cell, hangar with a secret trapdoor and tool & weapon rack, and space for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car with opening minifigure cockpits and 2 stud shooters.
- New-for-October-2018 minifigure details include:
- Leia’s red dress
- Han’s Corellian blood stripe
- Luke’s dark-tan Dagobah outfit
- Ugnaught’s head decoration
- Cloud Car Pilots.
- Weapons include:
- Han’s blaster pistol
- Chewbacca’s bowcaster
- Luke’s Lightsaber
- Vader’s Lightsaber
- Boba Fett’s blaster rifle
- IG-88’s blaster rifle
- 5 blaster pistols
- 4 blasters
- Accessory elements include:
- a wrench
- Lobot’s cybernetic band.
- Stage air-to-air battles between Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Twin-Pod Cloud Car.
- Pull the carbon freeze chamber lever to pretend freeze Han in carbonite!
- Relive unforgettable scenes from the classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie.
- This amazing set is part of the LEGO® Star Wars Master Builder Series.
- Cloud City measures over 6” (16cm) high, 22” (58cm) wide and 22” (56cm) deep.
- Slave I measures over 4” (11cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide.
I have to say that this set looks pretty interesting, especially when compared to the 2003 Cloud City Set (10123) that was more of a rectangle and not roundish like the new set coming out. It’s more in line with how we all imagine it to look from the movies.
The 2003 set did have exclusive figures that could not be found in any other Star Wars LEGO set out at that time, or since then. However, it appears that we might finally have some of those hard to find figures available in another set now.
At this time, I can neither confirm or deny this without doing some more research. Due to the 2003 set having such exclusive figures, it has driven the price of the original set to insane prices on the secondary markets. Other than the exclusiveness of the figures, I don’t see why the set would otherwise sell for so much on the secondary markets as most of the pieces of this set are generic LEGO pieces. The 2003 set came out for a retail price $99.99 and over the past few years has seen prices of over $1000 on the secondary market. At last check, during the time of writing this article, prices are running around $500 and over. With the new set coming out, it will be interesting to see what happens to the price of the 2003 Cloud City set when the new set releases.
One thing I can say I’m not a fan of is the transition to the new Han Solo minifigure from the new Star Wars Solo movie. In my opinion, they should have stuck with the older Han Solo minfigures that have been used in the LEGO sets up until the release of the Solo LEGO sets. I get that this is the new face of Han Solo, but this is a remake of a set from the original movies and should have the character representation of Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in that film.
LEGO is known for reproducing newer, updated versions of the same sets from days past, and I hope this is not a direction they are moving towards for the repeat sets.
The 2003 Cloud City came with only 698 pieces and had a mere 7 minifigures. So with the 2018 release, while more expensive, we are getting over twice the amount of minifigures and over four times the piece count. With the increased piece count, you can see a lot more details in the photos above.
I look forward to seeing this set in person and I hope that it looks as good in person as it does in the photos above. There have been some mixed reactions from the fans out there, but even if this is not what you were hoping for with the new Cloud City, I think we can all agree that it looks better than the original.
I complain that LEGO continues to re-release older sets with minor changes to the set itself or figures, but this is one time, in my opinion, they did the right thing, and I hope in the future they continue to make vast improvements on a set if they choose to produce it again.
So what do you think of this set? Are you looking forward to adding it to your collection? Do you like the new representation of Han Solo or do you wish they kept the iconic Harrison Ford resemblance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and, as always, May the Force be with You!