During a recent roundtable discussion with Recognized LEGO Fan Media sites, Creative Lead Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Design Manager Michael Lee Stockwell told Brickset that the fan favorite sets will make a return in the future. "This is something which is actually quite difficult to explain," Jens said. "It is not always up to us what the range will contain or which products are required on shelves."
Omitting the battle packs during January was not a deliberate choice and is certainly not an indication that battle packs are dead or are never going to happen again. We just did not launch any at that time. -Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO Star Wars™ Creative Lead
The LEGO Group first began producing Battle Packs in 2007, beginning with the Clone Troopers Battle Pack (7655) and the Droids Battle Pack (7654). LEGO typically releases anywhere from 2 to 4 Battle Packs per year, with the exception of 2008 and 2013-2015, when there were no Battle Packs on shelves. The last batch of Battle Packs that LEGO released were the LEGO Star Wars™ Sith Troopers Battle Pack (75266) and the Mandalorian Battle Pack (75267), which both released in January 2020. The most recent Army Builder set they released was the LEGO Star Wars™ 501st Legion Clone Troopers (75280)—which was a deviation from the company's Battle Pack formula, as it included much more substantial builds and a larger Minifigure count.
If you take into consideration that LEGO has gone through extensive periods in the past without releasing any Battle Packs, it's reassuring when you consider no Battle Packs were on the cards for 2021, and are potentially not going to be on the docket for 2022. Thankfully, the LEGO Star Wars™ Design Team reassured fans that the Battle Packs will make a return—unfortunately, they didn't specify when we'll be seeing more, but at least we know they're not scrapping the format.
They will be back. They are absolutely not gone forever so LEGO Star Wars fans can rest easy! -Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO Star Wars™ Creative Lead
In the past, it has been suggested that the reason LEGO has put Battle Packs on-hold may have been in relation to a potential LEGO Star Wars™ Collectible Minifigure Series, which will be based on several of the Disney+ Star Wars™ shows coming in the pipeline, but there's not been any substantive updates on that front.
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