Star Wars toys first hit store shelves in the mid-1970s. It wasn’t until the release of The Phantom Menace in 1999, however, that Star Wars-themed Legos entered the galaxy. Captivating the collective imagination of a new generation of fans, the new brick sets allowed kids to build entire scenes from a newly expanded Star Wars universe. They also let adults make hilarious stop-motion videos of Darth Vader in the Death Star’s cafeteria.
In the past 19 years, Lego has produced around 425 Star Wars sets, each seemingly better than the last. But which are the most iconic, essential, the coolest? Or even still available to buy? We took a look at everything still out there ⏤ from the classic Hoth Snowspeeder to Boba Fett’s Slave I to last year’s 7,5000-piece Ultimate Millenium Falcon ⏤ and came up with our top 19.
What’s fun about the T-16 Skyhopper is that it only briefly appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as the model ship Luke plays with when he was still on his home planet Tatooine. The 247-piece set comes with a Tusken Raider, a sky-hopper pilot, and a small Womp Rat.
The U-Wing Fighter from Star Wars: Rogue One features 4 engines, 5 minifigs (including Rogue One’s awesome lead protagonist, Jyn Erso), and front spring-loaded shooters. Even better, it measures 17-inches long and looks handsome displayed on a shelf.
The Lego Tie Striker from Star Wars: Rogue One features large adjustable wings, a front-and-back opening cockpit, and comes with 4 minifigs: TIE pilot, Imperial ground crew, Imperial shore trooper, and a rebel trooper. What’s awesome about this ship is that its menacing look reflects Rogue One’s tone, arguably the darkest entry of the franchise.
Solo: A Star Wars Story TIE Fighter
The TIE fighter is arguably one of the most iconic ships in the Star Wars franchise. This one, based on the design in Solo: A Star Wars story, is equipped with two spring-loaded shooters and four minifigs, including a young Han Solo.
Only the greatest ship in the greatest Star Wars movie ever, The Empire Strikes Back, the Hoth snowspeeder has airbrakes that flip open, a retractable grappling hook, and three figures including Luke Skywalker (with blue lightsaber) and a snowtrooper.
BB-8 doesn’t seem like a great fit for a Lego set because he’s spherical and Lego pieces are very much… not. Still, Lego found a way to pull it off (although it doesn’t roll around). That said, the 1,100-piece droid does come with a stand so it can be prominently displayed.
Poe’s X-wing Fighter
There’s a lot to like about Poe Dameron’s X-wing fighter from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, beginning with its visually-striking black and orange color scheme. It has retractable landing gear, wings that open, and a cockpit with room for the Poe minifig.
Emperor Palpatine’s Shuttle
One of the most memorable moments in all of Star Wars comes at the end of Episode III Revenge of the Sith when Emperor Palpatine takes an almost dead Anakin Skywalker and entombs him in the black life support suit that would mark the birth of Darth Vader, the strong arm of the galactic empire. This comes with everything you need to capture that scene in Lego: the Imperial shuttle, a battle-scarred Anakin, Emperor Palpatine, a medical droid, and clone pilot. The ship’s top opens up too, perfect for a good view of Anakin’s final tragic transformation.
A scrappy dogfighter in the original Star Wars trilogy, the defining feature of the B-wing is its rotating cockpit that let pilots maneuver in intricate ways. This 448-piece ship stands over a foot high and, thanks the fully rotating cockpit, can be set up either vertically or horizontally.
Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
This Imperial Tydirium features an access hatch and an opening middle section that can fit multiple minifigs, plus a cast of Star Wars all-stars including Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. The wings fold, the landing legs retract, it’s huge, and it comes spring-loaded shooters.
Based on the design from The Last Jedi (and not from the greatest Star Wars movie ever, The Empire Strikes Back), this imposing 1,300-piece All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) Heavy Assault Walker features detailed armored plating, posable legs and head, a storage compartment, and rapid-fire stud shooters.
Boba Fett’s Slave I
This is the infamous bounty hunter’s iconic ship from the original films and The Clone Wars trilogy. It measures 7-inches high, 17-inches long, and 14-inches wide, and has two different modes for landing and flying. In landing mode, the cockpit rotates and the wings fold down to simulate hovering. Naturally, it comes with Boba Fett and a carbonite-trapped Han Solo from the end of Empire Strikes Back. One thing to note: It takes seven hours to build so plan accordingly.
Imperial Star Destroyer
This 19-inch-long Imperial Class Destroyer includes 1,359 pieces and three booklets worth of instructions. It also comes with its own rogue’s gallery including Sith Lord and apprentice to the Galatic Emperor, Darth Vader.
Assualt on Hoth
The scale of the battle of Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back is so massive that any Lego set depicting it must be equally as impressive. This one most definitely delivers. It includes rebel fighters, Imperial soldiers, snowspeeders, a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and, of course, a Tauntaun. Plus, almost every vehicle is able to shoot something at some other thing so that blasters and rubble can go flying just like the movie.
Who knew the massive Sandcrawler that captures and resells abandoned and broken droids would eventually become a massive 9-pound Lego set? It comes with four Jawas, Luke Skywalker, uncle Owen, R2D2, and C3PO. Oh yeah, there’s also a retractable droid-grabbing hook on the back.
The Death Star
In the movies, the Death Star is the size of a moon or small planet. Here, it’s the size of a swollen basketball. More a collector’s set than one to play with, this 4,000-piece Death Star comes with a whopping 23 minifigs, including Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker so fans can recreate the scene where Vader reveals the truth about Skywalker’s lineage.
Ultimate Millenium Falcon
At 7,500 pieces, this is the largest Lego Millenium Falcon ⏤ and one of the largest Lego sets in general ⏤ ever sold. It brings two eras of Star Wars together by including Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3pO from the original trilogy alongside an older Han Solo, Rey, and Finn from episodes VII and VIII. It has a cockpit that can fit up to 4 minifigs, as well as a gunnery station, engineering console, and seating area in the main hold. This thing is a 33-pound behemoth and can be opened from the top for access to the Falcon’s different sections. And yes, it also includes a Dejarik hologram game board.
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