40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is a very special kind of LEGO Star Wars set – it’s one that no matter your age or your cynicism towards the brand will transport you back to that first moment you fell in love with a galaxy far, far away.
It’s so on the money in its LEGO design and scale that holding it in your hands takes you right back to that first moment when you witnessed Luke’s journey, understood the Jedi, and wanted to swoosh your own lightsaber around the living room.
For Black Friday 2021, the LEGO Star Wars team offers up 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber as an exclusive gift-with-purchase, free to early adopters of the new Ultimate Collector Series set launching the same day, 75313 AT-AT.
While stocks last, LEGO Star Wars fans have an opportunity to pick up a unique and – for most – fresh promotional item that is strong enough in its own right to sit on LEGO shelves, but will likely not hang around as part of this offer for long, before popping up for a high price on the aftermarket.
As a model, 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is a faithful, brick-built recreation of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber (minus the blade), complete with display stand. It is also actually the second in a series, following the blink-and-we-all-missed-it 5006290 Yoda’s Lightsaber, which was briefly available with purchases of 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina in September 2020.
As a promotional gift, it’s truly fantastic and represents a certain return to form for wider LEGO Star Wars fans who couldn’t quite buy into the recent series of four original trilogy-themed microscale display builds, the last of which was 40451 Tatooine Homestead, available on May the Fourth this year.
From the smart black box to the attention to ridiculous detail throughout its design (there’s a kyber crystal inside!), to the way it is constructed and the display case with plaque for it to rest on, 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is a premium LEGO experience from start to finish (even if there’s a small error in the instructions).
It also ticks a box long left unticked for LEGO Star Wars as a theme – it’s quite something to consider we are into the third decade of LEGO Star Wars and only now just welcoming hand-held LEGO lightsabers.
All told, it comes together as such a brilliant LEGO set – whether you enjoy building the hilt or not, want it for display or not, once complete and in your hands, you’re eight years old again and swinging it around the living room.
In every way, 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber matches perfectly with the magnificent 75313 AT-AT. You don’t need another reason to pick up that behemoth of an Imperial walker that we are finally welcoming into the LEGO Star Wars collection on November 26, but to get 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber free (while stocks last) is an unexpectedly good and welcome bonus, and does help more than it should towards trying to justify the AT-AT’s price.
Good LEGO Star Wars design doesn’t look to over-complicate where it doesn’t need to. It offers an engaging and intuitive build process to put together an accurate, interesting and fun final model that captures the spirit of that galaxy far, far away.
The very best LEGO Star Wars sets do all that and in a way that also offers up something genuinely new and special. 75313 AT-AT is one such set, and 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is most definitely another.
40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is available while stocks last as a free gift exclusively with purchases of 75313 AT-AT from Black Friday, November 26.
Now to go and buy three dozen of this piece and convince my lovely wife that, yes, we can still build a life together, but that right now I am a Jedi, like my father before me.
- As one half of Tiro Media Ltd, I mix a passion for print and digital media production with a deep love of LEGO and can often be found on these pages eulogising about LEGO Batman, digging deeper into the LEGO Group’s inner workings, or just complaining about the price of the latest LEGO Star Wars set. Make a great impression when you meet me in person by praising EXO-FORCE as the greatest LEGO theme of all time. Follow me on Twitter @RobPaton or drop me an email at [email protected].