A long time ago in a toy factory far, far away, some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to save a stuttering brand by sealing commercial tie-ups with well-known movie franchises.
LEGO’s tie-in with Lucasfilm is probably the most famous and recognizable result of this decision; a concept that mashes together the idea of Star Wars toys with the LEGO Space brand of the 1980s and 1990s.
It’s a range so big it can be difficult to know where to begin, but we’re here to help.
The Original Trilogy
As with any good Star Wars-related exercise, the place to start is, of course, the Original Trilogy. Sure, the prequels are chronologically first, but they represent an evolution of the storyline (as various TV documentaries and books prior to the prequels bear out).
One of several Star Wars figure kits, this LEGO Darth Vader Building Kit features arm-swinging function and the famous red lightsaber. Standing at over 12 inches (32 cm) tall, this figure is constructed from 168 pieces of LEGO. The removable mask reveals the scarred, dying face of Anakin Skywalker. But while this is an achievable build, the end result may disappoint.
Rather than the brooding menace of the original Darth Vader, this model is bulkier, and more muscular, like many Vader toys. Other than that, it’s a great option that no Star Wars fan should be without. Other builds in this series include Boba Fett, General Grievous, and Chewbacca.
First seen in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Slave 1 is inspired by the shape of a street lamp. Flown by legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, he uses it to track the Millennium Falcon from Hoth to Bespin. His aim is to track down and capture the smuggler turned Rebellion hero, Han Solo.
In this set, you’ll find figures of Fett, a Bespin Guard, a Stormtrooper, and two Han Solos. One is the regular minifigure, while the second is Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Like the original Kenner toy, the ship features a pivoting pilot seat, to accommodate the correct direction of flight.
Containing a massive 1,996 pieces, the Slave 1 is seven inches high, 17 inches long, and 14 inches wide!
2019 marks two decades of Star Wars-flavored brick building. To celebrate, LEGO has released a range of 20th anniversary kits, including the LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Snowspeeder. Each 20th anniversary set features a bonus figure, along with an anniversary plinth to display it on.
The craft features laser cannons, spring-loaded shooters, a stud shooter, and a harpoon for taking down AT-AT walkers! You’ll also find a gun tower in the 309-piece kit. Three figures are included: Luke Skywalker (with lightsaber), Dak Ralter in pilot outfits, and a rebel trooper.
The Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars
Some of you may be unaware, but between 1999 and 2005, a second trilogy of Star Wars films was released. At the time, the movies were well received, expanding on the legend of the Clone Wars and the Jedi.
The movies were then followed by an animated movie and series, The Clone Wars.
Sitting at 12 inches in length, and 6 inches high, with a 5-inch width due to the massive wheels, this LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank appeared in Revenge of the Sith and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show.
Featuring 903 pieces, the tank has two side flaps and a rear door to provide access to the inside. You’ll also find a cockpit for the driver. Four characters and two Battle Droids are included: Luminara Unduli, Quinlan Vos, Clone Commander Gree, and Elite Corps Clone Trooper.
These figures can be placed inside the tank or positioned on the flaps or on the turret. The set also includes a mini AT-RT Walker, and the tank can fire missiles!
The LEGO Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Anakin’s Podracer is another 20th anniversary re-release set. Featuring minifigures of Anakin and Padme Amidala, there’s also a 20th anniversary Luke Skywalker, complete with lightsaber and plinth.
This 279-piece kit measures 13 inches in length and comes with a play handle. This is an L-shaped collection of mostly transparent LEGO pieces that doubles as a stand. As a result, the podracer appears to be hovering when placed on a surface.
While the prequel trilogy has received much criticism (often justified), one scene stands out across all nine movies. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s epic lightsaber battle scene against monosyllabic Darth Maul is superb!
So, it makes sense that the scene should be reproduced in LEGO, complete with field gates and a minifigure catapult. Comprising 208 bricks, the LEGO Star Wars Duel on Naboo kit features the three principal characters, complete with lightsabers.
The Disney Era Movies
Since the release of The Force Awakens in 2015, there have been five new Star Wars movies. These have opened a whole new avenue for LEGO set builders to explore, delivering iconic and previously barely seen vehicles.
Featuring in Solo: A Star Wars Story, this version of the LEGO Star Wars Solo: A Star Wars Story Millennium Falcon includes Han Solo and Chewbacca. You’ll also find Qi’ra, Lando Calrissian, and Quay Tolsite minifigures within. This kit is an impressive 1,414 pieces.
The resulting build is 18 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 4 inches high. Like larger, more expensive versions of the Millennium Falcon, you’ll find flaps that open to give access to the interior. There’s also an opening cockpit for your choice of pilot and a detachable auxiliary ship.
If you prefer a more traditional approach to the Han Solo’s ship, however, the LEGO Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon might pique your interest. Featuring four flaps to reveal the ship’s interior, along with a removable canopy for the cockpit, it’s remarkably detailed.
Look for rotating top and bottom gun turrets, spring-loaded shooters, and a lowering ramp. The kit features seven minifigures: Finn, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, C-3PO and Boolio, plus D-O and BB-8. This impressive craft is built from 1,351 bricks and measures 17 inches wide, 12 inches long, and five inches high.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter is an awesome bomb-dropping, missile-firing redesign of the classic Y-Wing craft, appearing in 2019 film, The Rise of Skywalker. The kit includes Poe Dameron, Zorii Bliss, and a First Order Snowtrooper.
The ship also comes with the D-O and astromech droids. Once you’ve seen The Rise of Skywalker movie, you can build this ship and re-enact key scenes from the film. Boasting spring-loaded shooters, the Y-Wing is 16 inches long, 7 inches wide, and uses 578 pieces.
Bonus: LEGO Star Wars Video Game!
Surely there are no other LEGO Star Wars toys to mention? Well, there are, and more than we can shake a handful of bricks at. But, if you want a recommendation for something a little different…
This LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition game features some previously exclusive character packs. These include characters from Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebels, and the excellent Freemaker Adventures LEGO animated series. The game is available on most major gaming consoles, including the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
If you’ve ever played a LEGO Star Wars game, then you’ll know what to expect—stud collecting and puzzle-solving. All of this is tied together with close adherence to the movie’s plot, and lots of cut-scene humor. Various Easter eggs can be found throughout the game for added entertainment.
That’s No Moon… It’s LEGO!
So, there you go, Star Wars fans: an extensive list of LEGO toys to suit all budgets. They’re also suitable for all skill levels and ages, so you should find the perfect Star Wars LEGO experience.
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