With Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas everywhere, fans can now see the movie that the LEGO sets are based on – and find out how much screen time they get
Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers. This feature is full of Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers. Please watch the film before reading on.
Midicholrians are overrated, or so the overstated hatred for the Star Wars prequel trilogy says. On that basis, rather than measuring with a stopwatch how much each LEGO set appears in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this is very unscientifically based on one viewing and my rough memory of how long each appeared for. So caveats stated, let’s roll the list – starting with the set with the least screen time…
Perhaps 75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker is on the cutting room floor, perhaps it is shown in the background of the massive hangar where Captain Phasma intends to execute Finn and Rose (these new films seem to really enjoy showing masses and masses of military machines that are never actually used on screen). Either way, the most interesting new design in the First Order’s arsenal, that makes for a really fun LEGO set, is not even noticeable in the film. Even 75100 First Order Snowspeeder had more screen time than this.
It seems that the more interesting and original the design, the less likely the vehicle is to get any screen time. The Resistance Bombers get a heroic entrance in a battle that sparks Poe Dameron’s character arc for the movie, but they are all destroyed – just ten minutes into the film. Thanks to the excellent design and conversion into a model, the LEGO version still comes highly recommended.
In one of his moments of frustration, Kylo Ren decides to go and execute his mother, General Leia. Despite murdering his father, he falters rather than kill his mother. His wing men finish the job, but thankfully Leia can live in, and fly through space, so manages to return to the Resistance vessel. During this sequence, Kylo Ren is in his TIE Silencer, but that is the only part of the film in which he uses it.
When fans first saw the design of the new First Order Heavy Assault Walker – or AT-M6 – much was made of what it might do in the movie. Why does it have these new front legs? What extra firepower does being so much bigger than an AT-AT allow? How will the Resistance destroy it? Seeing the film makes no-one any the wiser, as the AT-M6 stands as part of a line. The only conflict it is involved in is firing at Luke Skywalker. It feels like a surprising lack of screen time for a cool design.
This set may be overpriced, but it is on screen a lot more than the vehicles based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Finn, Rose and BB-8 use 75176 Resistance Transport Pod to go on their mission to Canto Bight where they must locate a hacker. The duo crash the vehicle on a beach, where it stays until it is completely destroyed.
There are a bunch of different First Order Star Destroyers, and they are on screen a lot. As the plot of the film is that the First Order fleet is slowly chasing the Resistance fleet, these iconic ships really do factor in. Of all of the LEGO vehicles based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this gets the most screen time by far.
#1 75187 BB-8
It was not at all surprising to find that 75187 BB-8 is the LEGO set with the most screen time, as the character is integral to the sequel trilogy. The ball droid has just as much involvement in the heroics as the human characters, whether that is making a tactical alliance, piloting an AT-ST or attacking prison guards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now. LEGO sets based on the movie are available from shop.LEGO.com.