LEGO Star Wars 75290: The Mos Eisley Cantina will be the upcoming D2C set!

LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina

For many weeks we have been receiving questions about which big LEGO Star Wars set will be released in autumn 2020. And a certain set has been on the rumour mill for a long time. Now we are sure: It won’t be the Imperial Shuttle (as expected by many), but the LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina.

And most likely the Cantina will not be a UCS („Ultimate Colletor Series“) set, but a part of the MBS, the „Master Builder Series“, which many believed to be dead. But first things first… Let’s start with the rumors around the Imperial Shuttle and then we will talk about the Mos Eisley Cantina.

Please keep in mind: This article was originally posted in German and then translated to English. So there could be some errors, feel free to point them out in the comments! 🙂

Origin of the Shuttle Rumors

Recently we have received many questions in emails and comments why we are not reporting on the UCS set of the 2nd half of 2020. For weeks, rumours have been buzzing around the internet that this should be a re-release of the 2010 LEGO 10212 Imperial Shuttle. These were spread by many well-known and reliable leakers. It seemed almost „safe“.

LEGO 10212 UCS Imperial Shuttle

Even though these rumors were almost everywhere attributed to this article by Brick Fanatics, they originally originated from this article by Rebelscum, which Brick Fanatics also refers to. Both website are actually known for not carelessly spreading rumors and have often been right in the past. But this time this is probably not the case.

We already had heard information from two very reliable sources that these rumours about the shuttle were not true because something else is planned for the second half of the year. That’s why we didn’t write an article about the Imperial Shuttle at that time. I also tried to let people know between the lines in the comments and in the podcast that this rumour should be handled very carefully… 😉

Is the Master Builder Series coming back?

Instead, the big D2C set was to be something from the Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) that we had never had as a set in the Ultimate Collector Series before. And I was quite sure that LEGO hasn’t yet retired the Master Builder Series, which was first introduced in 2018 with the LEGO 75222 Cloud City. At the moment LEGO is releasing like this: Every year in autumn a (very) large and expensive LEGO Star Wars set is released. In 2017 it was a UCS set, in 2018 an MBS set. In 2019 it will be a UCS set and in 2020 it will be a MBS set again – at least that would be logical in my eyes. And with the LEGO Star Wars 75275 UCS A-Wing Fighter we already had a worthy (though not perfect) UCS set for this year.

Whether or not the box of the LEGO Star Wars 75290 D2C set will really say „Master Builder Series“: This year it will probably be a set that is more oriented towards sets like Cloud City, the Ewok Village or (unfortunately) Assault on Hoth. And what could be more iconic and suitable than the Chalmuns Cantina, better known as the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tattooine. As of last night, the first rumors have been circulating on social media that the Cantina on Tattooine is actually going to appear. This is reason enough for us to finally publish this article here.

Previous Mos Eisley Cantina sets from LEGO

LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina

So far, LEGO has released the Cantina as a normal play set three times between 2004 and 2018. We have summarized all previous Mos Eisley Cantina sets in a table here:

SetnummerBildReleaseTeileMinifigurenUVP
4501LEGO 4501 Mos Eisley Cantina2004193539,99 €
75052LEGO 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina2014616879,99 €
75205LEGO 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina2018, 05376449,99 €

The highlight here is certainly the LEGO Star Wars 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina from 2014, which was launched at a price of 79.99 Euro. It comes with 616 parts and 8 minifigures as well as a Dewback, which has become indecently expensive on the market. What can we expect in the new Cantina? Let’s have a look at the minifigures!

Possible Minifigures

In the three previous Mos Eisley Cantina sets the following minifigures were included:

  • Han Solo (3x)
  • Sandtrooper (3x)
  • Greedo (3x)
  • Luke Skywalker (2x)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (2x)
  • Wuher (the barkeeper) (1x)
  • 3x Musicians of the Cantina Band (1x)

I would assume that all of these figures will also be part of a large cantina as a D2C set. Every single one of them is actually irreplaceable in a Cantina true to the original thing. But there will certainly be some more figures, because for such a set at least 15 (up to a maximum of 25) minifigures will be not unlikely. Possible further figures would be:

  • 2x more musicians of the Cantina Band (so maybe 5x in total)
  • Chewbacca
  • C-3PO und R2-D2 (won’t be served 😉)
  • Cornelius Evazan („I have the death sentence on twelve systems.„)
  • Ponda Baba (the „he“ from„he doesn’t like you„)
  • Garindan (aka Imperial Spy aka Long-Snoot)
  • more Sandtroopers
  • some aliens/guests in the cantina

For those who want to get an impression of all the guests visible in the Cantina (and a catchy tune), we have included the whole scene here again:

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Facts about LEGO Star Wars 75290 Cantina

Now let’s take a look at the facts we have so far on LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina, because we actually do know at least a little bit apart from the set number. The exclusive set is scheduled for release (like the LEGO Harry Potter 75978 Winkelgasse) in September 2020. A VIP pre-sale could be possible, especially for the LEGO Star Wars releases in autumn. So it is possible that the VIP presale will take place in September and the set might not be officially released until October. And please keep in mind that due to the worldwide pandemic in 2020, such dates may be postponed again and again.

We also know something about the price: The set should cost 349.99 Euro in Germany, so probably (!) it will be the same in USD. Even though we don’t know the piece count, based on the last LEGO Star Wars sets, it’s possible to estimate that there should be 2,500 to 3,500 parts included. The more minifigures, large parts (rather unlikely) or expensive new moulds (e.g. hopefully Dewbacks) are included, the smaller the number of parts will be.

Unfortunately we cannot answer the probably most important question yet: Will the LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina finally include another Landspeeder again? We don’t know yet and will keep you up to date! 😉

As always, please consider this article about the LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina a rumor until the set is officially presented by LEGO. However, if we didn’t consider this rumor to be very credible, we wouldn’t have written this article. 🙂

What do you think about a LEGO Star Wars 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina that will probably be released in the fall? What characters would you like to see and what other requirements would you have for a Cantina in the Master Builder Series? Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Über Lukas Kurth 1449 Artikel
LEGO Liebhaber und Star Wars Fan seit der frühen Kindheit. Begeisterungsfähig und immer Kind geblieben. 29 Jahre alt, studierter Maschinenbauingenieur und der Mensch und Gründer hinter StoneWars.de

12 Kommentare

  1. Superb article! It is very kind of you to have it translated into English – nevermind if there are any grammar mistakes or such, its readable 🙂 .. even automatic Google Chrome translation would do.

    • Thank you! We wanted to provide an english version for all the people surfing with an iPhone or any other browser that doesn’t support Google Translate functions by default. And we hope it’s at least a little better then the automatic translation made by Google 😀

      • Hi, dont take this bad in any way, but maybe the line „we have prepared English version of this article“ should not be so lost within the text – but perhaps right at the top where it would be immediately visible?

  2. I love Tatooine. Have collected 6 of the new mold dewbacks. But im really skeptical with this set as its usual for SW Lego sets to be imperfect and lazy. I will not pay 350 Eur for 1-2 unique figures and a bunch of TAN bricks (i have a Tatooine city 2×2 meters so a lot of TAN bricks collected over time)

    To sell me such cantina for such price i would have to include a lot of new bricks in TAN color, a lot of new molded figures, the figures has to be the best versions of that character so far. Doublemolded arms and legs, sideprinting, arm printing whenever it fits – for example Han similar to Cloud City one with blue doublemolded pants with sideprint. Not repeating all the basic characters over and over if there is no good reason to update it (farmboy Luke, Obi-Wan, 2 droids), no unnecessary vehicles like the never ending landspeeder. A new bantha mold similar to the dewback and it should be even twice there. If a jawa or two appears, it has to have a unique new print. I would welcome multiple not yet released aliens: Defel, Shistvanen, Deveronian, Gothal, also special aliens like 4 armed Nabrun Leids etc.

    So lets see if Lego can get 350e from me or not, so far they failed many times to get the money out of me, because the released SW sets were simply not worth the money for someone who has already a lot of SW sets (started since 1999 with first sets)
    An i bet that regular parents dont purchase sets like Cloud City for 350e just to play with. Instead they purchase multiple smaller sets – so either they capture the hardcore collectors or this set will fail the same way Assault on Hoth has.

  3. I like the article. Are we assuming then that the new UCS Gunship that won the Lego sponsored poll on the ideas website will come out spring or autumn of 2021?

    • That’s a good question that I can’t answer… I have no idea. I think it depends on how big it’s going to be. A smaller Gunship would be coming out im May, a bigger one in October I guess…

      • Lukas, I appreciate all of your devoted work to this website. Its very „clean“ (design), nice, easy to read (even using Google translator). Have you been able to figure out if the new Bespin Duel – due to its box art – would be considered as something Master Builder’s set.. „UCS commemorative set“.. or whether its just new style for future upcoming (even tiny SW sets] that might have something in common like legacy, iconic, legendary scenes from SW trilogy?

  4. I think this LEGO Star Wars 75290 will be a Mos Eisley Spaceport (Master Builder Series) which will capture the Cantina, part of the City and Docking Bay 94 to challenge the Death Star and Cloud City sets. After all an expensive LEGO playset deserves more than a scene from a film these days. As stated, expecting 20+ minifigures including C-3PO, R2-D2, Luke, Obi-Wan even though they were provided in recent sets along with the Landspeeder. They could also easily include a scaled down Millennium Falcon. I’ve seen some impressive MOC versions with a basic interior including swivel chair and computer console, djarik game and seat, bed, hidden compartment and room for a minifigure in the cockpit that was almost half the size of Millennium Falcon sets. As well as the aforementioned minifigures this set needs to include Han, Chewie, a couple of Sandtroopers and Garindan for the escape scene. That leaves a selection of Cantina patrons including Greedo, Dr. Evazan, Ponda Baba (Walrus Man), Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead), Hem Dazon, Takeel/Zutton (Snaggletooth), Baniss Keeg, Muftak and of course Wuher the bartender. Lastly, comes the issue of how many Biths to include from the band Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. According to reports there were 7 in total hiding behind the front 5 band members. Let’s just see what they come up with in the final product. It might be asking too much for a moulded dewback, ronto and bantha. But if you had some sandy desert and rocky outcrops it could represent the view of Mos Eisley or Tusken Raider region. This all adds up to a massive brick count as mentioned 2,500-3,500 in total and they couldn’t possibly incorporate all of these ideas. However, if you’re going to create some of the most iconic Star Wars scenes in history, then they should do it justice. I think we’re all just hoping LEGO doesn’t release another Assault on Hoth (Ultimate Collector’s Series) style playset for Mos Eisley in Tatooine.

  5. So, this feels like a missed opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, the cantina looks amazing and inclusion of 21 minifigures, a new landspeeder and return of the dewback and is welcoming and value for money. The whole play structure is modular and combines aesthetics for display and retains the functionality of a playset. However, instead of including Docking Bay 94 which Garindan the Imperial Spy was renown for and potentially a half-scale Millennium Falcon, this misses out on the most crucial element, the escape scene. Don’t get me wrong, when Han Solo shot first and ended Greedo, this was Sci-Fi drama at it’s finest. But for Han, Chewie, Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids to take flight from the Empire on Tatooine, that was cinematic mastery. But, instead we get a Jawa shop which kind of feels like it copied the while idea of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. There are no shops in Star Wars, just adventure and conflict. Similarly, considering the price and brick count of 3,000+ Star Wars vs. 5,000+ Harry Potter, it still feels a little underwhelming. There are some other creature aliens from the cantina that could have been included in the minifigures, such as Arcona, Duros, Gotal, Morseerian, Snivvians and Talz. Considering there is no X-34 landspeeder and to bring down the minifigure count they could have left out Threepio, Artoo, Luke & Obi-Wan. But then it wouldn’t have been a Master Builder Series without your favourite heroes re-incarnated yet again. Most people didn’t appreciate the Betrayal at Cloud City. However, despite it not enclosing the structure, I think it trumps this set based on playability of scenes from the films. That managed to fit in the entire third act of The Empire Strikes Back. This playset only manages to get a few scenes in from Star Wars. Let’s just see what LEGO does with Jabba’s Castle/Palace and Rancor Pit for the Master Builder Series in the coming years.

  6. I’ve got a proposition for LEGO. Meet me halfway and create a battle pack which you can rebrand as cantina pack. Then you can include 4 new minifigures of the designers choice. Then your Mos Eisley Cantina can finally be complete!

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