LEGO Star Wars Reviews

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In 1999, Star Wars fans around the world were given the first new film in the series for 16 years – Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It had the biggest merchandise launch that had ever been seen and saw the first ever collaboration between the LEGO Group and an outside property. Inside the company, there was huge debate about whether it was appropriate to release a theme with the word ‘wars’ in the title and whether it would disrupt the LEGO traditions.   Those who saw the opportunity in licensed themes won the argument, and LEGO Star Wars went on to be a huge success. In the first year, two waves of sets were released – one based on the classic trilogy, and one based on The Phantom Menace. In subsequent years, that strategy of releasing sets that cover the entire saga would continue.   Within a few years of LEGO Star Wars arriving on the toy store shelves, several new things had been tried within the theme. LEGO Technic sets that built armoured characters and droids had been launched, as had Mini sets that built tiny version of Star Wars vehicles. Most significantly though, the Ultimate Collector Series launched, offering highly detailed display models that were not in scale with minifigures.   coincide with the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, TT Games released LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, which saw players following the story of the prequel trilogy as a minifigure character. It was packed with humour and simple pick-up-and-go  gameplay, allowing children and casual gamers to get it on the action.   While Han Solo’s famous hunk of junk had been released several times before, 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon was the largest ever set in the theme when it arrived in 2007 with 5,197 elements. It built version of the ship that was in scale with a minifigure and could fit four characters in the cockpit for the first time. Until a new version came along, it was selling for incredible amounts of the secondary market.   In 2012, Lucasfilm became part of the Disney company and new films were announced. Beginning in 2015, for each new film the LEGO Group released a new wave of sets depicting the latest vehicles, locations and minifigures.   No other licensed theme has been continually on the shelves for as long as LEGO Star Wars, which commemorated the 20-year mark in 2019 with a series of special anniversary sets. Hundreds of sets through those two decades have covered the sequel trilogy, The Clone Wars, the Expanded Universe, Rebels, The Mandalorian and more. With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm of 2012, a never-ending stream of Star Wars was promised – and that is likely to ensure that the LEGO Star Wars team never run out of new subject matter to keep collectors collecting.

FAQs

What is the most expensive Lego Star Wars set?

The most expensive Star Wars set is the 75192 Millennium Falcon, that costs £649.99 from the official LEGO shop.

Which LEGO Star Wars set should I buy?

One of our favourite mid-range Star Wars sets is 75255 Yoda, great to sit on your desk.

When was Lego Star Wars invented?

Star Wars was first introduced in partnership with LEGO back in February 1999, at the International Toy Fair.

Where can I buy Lego Star Wars?

For the most recent releases you can visit the official LEGO shop, for older releases you should visit Amazon.