Star Wars at 40: Five awesome A New Hope LEGO minifigures

As part of Brick Fanatics’ celebration of 40 years of Star Wars, here are five minifigures from A New Hope that are worth seeking out to add to your LEGO collection

If you are a LEGO Star Wars fan, then it’s pretty easy to get hold of the core cast; Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the droids are frequently included in sets to keep new fans happy. But to really flesh out those Star Wars scenes and expand your collection there are some gems to be found elsewhere in the long-running line, so here are five wonderfully designed minifigures worth seeking out based on the original movie .

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Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony)

The great Rebel leader has been released a number of times during the LEGO Star Wars run, but predominantly with her classic buns or in her Hoth outfit. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo both came with medals when packed in with DK books, but who would award them such medals? The appropriate Leia was finally released in 2012 with 9495 Gold Leader’s Y-wing Starfighter.

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Jawa

One of the best things about Star Wars is the number of iconic alien species that the saga has given movie fans, even though some of them do not have large roles. The Jawa is a great example of this, instantly recognisable despite only appearing for a few scenes in A New Hope and very briefly in the prequels. This version of the Jawa first appeared in the excellent 75059 Sandcrawler and was available recently in the much more affordable 75136 Droid Escape Pod.

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Death Star Droid

The droid design, that is glimpsed on the Sandcrawler then also seen on the Death Star, has been released as part of the upgraded LEGO battle station, 75159 Death Star. The unique head mould, rather than the more common LEGO protocol droid, makes for a nice change. The character adds another bit of variety to the interior of the Empire’s ultimate weapon.

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Bith Musician

Would the Mos Eisley Cantina be as memorable without quality live music from the Modal Nodes? Duh, do Tauntauns make for good sleeping bags? It took until 2014 for the LEGO Group to release a sizable version of the classic location, when 70752 Mos Eisley Cantina hit the shelves. It included vital components such as multiple booths and the bar, but two copies of the set are needed to make up the full cantina band.

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Admiral Yularen

What kind of a Star Wars fan do you want to be? It seems only right that a friend, whilst marveling at the size of  the Death Star set and asking how long it took to build, spots a character that is so obscure they can’t name. Having the satisfaction of owning this sharply dressed fellow who was part of the Death Star briefing scene is nearly as satisfying as it was to get him for free as part of the May the Fourth promotion in 2015.

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