This custom LEGO Star Wars build has somehow never been an official set

Back on screens after 20 years, this Star Wars ship has somehow never had an official LEGO set – but this custom build is pretty close to how it might look.

Across nearly a quarter-century of LEGO Star Wars sets, the LEGO Group has covered almost every major vehicle and character from the mainline Skywalker Saga, even if some of them have only been recreated once or twice. But there are still some pretty glaring omissions from episodes one through six, including one that’s just reaffirmed its case for getting a LEGO set.

Spoilers follow for Chapter 20 of The Mandalorian.

Padmé Amidala’s H-type Nubian yacht originally debuted in Attack of the Clones in 2002, but has just popped up again in Chapter 20 of The Mandalorian. Seen briefly in a flashback to Order 66, in which Jedi Master Kelleran Beq (played by Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best) rescues Grogu from the Jedi Temple, the starship is just and shiny and chrome as we remember it.

Star Wars The Mandalorian Chapter 20 The Foundling H Type Nubian yacht
Image: Lucasfilm

That reflective décor is possibly one reason the LEGO Group has never attempted to recreate the yacht as an official LEGO set, given chromed elements are incredibly expensive (and, outside of the One Ring, incredibly rare nowadays). Even opting for drum-lacquered silver would probably be cost-prohibitive, if not outright impractical (the shiny coating is mainly reserved for pieces free of studs), which leaves us with really only one option: light grey.

It’s the path YouTuber hachiroku24 has taken for his custom build of the Naboo yacht, which feels very close to what the LEGO Group might actually put out as an official LEGO Star Wars set in both size and approach. The builder has kept things relatively small and simple – this is a deep cut that probably wouldn’t command a high price point – but has still captured the sleek and smooth lines of the on-screen vehicle.

His take was apparently inspired by the build created for the LEGO Star Wars video games, only with a few changes to simplify it even further. None of the essence of the ship is lost, though, and it absolutely looks the part set up on a sandy base, capturing the moment Anakin Skywalker and Padmé visit Tatooine and learn of Shmi’s capture by Tusken Raiders.

It even boasts an interior, complete with space for a minifigure at the controls – though funnily enough, we’re still waiting on that particular Padmé variant, too. (The YouTuber has knocked together a very credible custom version for this scene.) You can build the Nubian yacht for yourself by following hachiroku24’s instructions over on his YouTube channel.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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