This year, LEGO will end their six year run of exclusive minifigures for the annual May the 4th promotion with the LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611) polybag as it was confirmed on the May 2017 LEGO Store Calendar. For many collectors, including me, the May the 4th promo is one of the times of the year where we are excited to see what characters we’re going to get as a minifigure that we normally wouldn’t get in a regular set. The Star Wars canon as well as the Expanded Universe is massive and there is an unlimited number of characters that could be turned into buildable characters like R2-D2.

Does this year’s polybag start a new trend for buildable characters for future LEGO May the 4th promotions or do you think this is just a one-off thing for 2017 of LEGO testing the waters for these kind of polybags? Keep in mind, this post is about the May the 4th promotions and not ones that are for other times of the year.

Here’s a list of the May the 4th LEGO minifigures from previous years:

2011: Shadow ARF Trooper (2856197)

2012: TC-14 (5000063)

2013: Hoth Han Solo (5001621)

2014: Darth Revan (5002123)

2015: Admiral Yularen (5002949)

2016: First Order Stormtrooper (30602)

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