Yesterday, Lego officially announced 75098 Assault on Hoth. The UCS-labeled (more on that in a minute) has 2,144 pieces and will go on sale on May 1, 206. The good folks at FBTB.com managed to score front and back pictures of the set’s box.
From Lego’s Press Release:
“LEGO Assault on Hoth™ Base will Challenge Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in an unbelievably detailed recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy. The 2,144-piece building set inspires fans to build their own scouting missions with the Snowspeeder, armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and get back to base on the speeder bike to help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes. The modular design enables fans to customize their Rebel base configuration, including a Wampa cave and Wampa figure. The set features LEGO minifigure versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, and more. Available May 1 for $249.99.
I’m not sure what to think, honestly. The set is geared toward 12+, which runs counter to Lego’s claim that it will “…challenge even the most skilled fan builders”. It just doesn’t feel like a UCS set to me. More importantly, it pretty much looks like a greatest hits compilation of 7879 Hoth Echo Base, 8089 Wampa Cave, and 75138 Hoth Attack which will debut in the US in March. All three of the aforementioned sets can be purchased (after March when Hoth Attack debuts) brand new and sealed for a total under $250.
Perhaps minds will change once we get a better look at the set, but I am feeling a bit underwhelmed at this point. So what do you think? Feel free to leave us a comment!!!