- "Do that so fast, how did you?"
"We're kids. Kids are good at this stuff."
- ―Yoda and Vaash Ti, on building with LEGO
LEGO is a Danish brand of toy bricks that can be used to assemble models of various intricacy. In 1999, Star Wars became their first entertainment-related licensed product (Spider-Man, Harry Potter, Batman, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic World, and a few others followed) and since then, building sets from all eleven theatrical films have been released, as well as sets based on video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars Battlefront, as well as television series such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. LEGO Star Wars sets mainly feature prominent vehicles and locations alongside various characters.
Craft[edit | edit source]
As mentioned above, spacecraft and other vehicles are LEGO Group mainstay for the line. The sets include spacecraft such as the Millennium Falcon and the X-wing starfighter, along with some less well-known craft, such as the Flash Speeder and Count Dooku's speeder bike. The LEGO Group also creates original vehicles such as the Clone Walker and the Arrowhead.
Similarly, Star Wars characters, adapted into minifigures, are also featured in LEGO sets. These characters ranged from main players in the Star Wars saga, such as Anakin Skywalker and R2-D2, to the more obscure and even original LEGO-designed characters such as Rowan Freemaker and beach troopers. As with the LEGO Group's vehicles and locations, minifigures feature specific pieces of special design and various printed pieces that were developed by the company to achieve an accurate look of Star Wars.
Some sets over time have been redesigned by the LEGO Group, such as the Millennium Falcon, snowspeeder, landspeeder, and X-wing fighter. The Slave I has been redesigned five times (four for Boba Fett, one for Jango Fett), the latest in 2019.
Minifigures have also been redesigned, such as the Super Battle Droids (changed from blue to dark silver). Sets released in 2005 introduced many redesigned minifigures mostly due to the LEGO group introducing realistic skin tones for licensed themes, such as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi (the torso and face colors have been changed), commander, security, and pilot droids (torso piece is completely yellow, red, and blue now, respectively, as opposed to the more accurate but less cost-effective printed circles), and droidekas (made with new pieces that showcase a more movie-accurate look, but prevent the figure from folding into a ball). Some minifigures (such as Boba Fett and stormtroopers) have been temporarily redesigned for certain sets with printed legs, hips, and arms. Stormtroopers are probably the most redesigned figure to date, featuring three different helmet designs, three different types of heads, and two different torsos (the old gray and a new "bley").
Ultimate Collector's Series[edit | edit source]
The Ultimate Collector's Series (UCS) line features vehicles created to be more detailed, larger, and more accurate than most. Due to the larger scale, these models have more pieces and require a higher skill level to build. They are also more expensive than most LEGO sets. Some of the models included in the UCS line are the X-wing, Imperial Star Destroyer, snowspeeder, Y-wing, AT-ST, blockade runner, and the TIE Advanced. Some are to minifig scale, such as the Millennium Falcon, which included several minifigs. Some models have out-of-scale minifig "rooms," such as the Death Star and Super Star Destroyer. Often these UCS models come with a fact sheet with ship specifications and a display stand, both made of LEGO (information on sheet is on a sticker placed on LEGO pieces). Large astromech droid head pieces are included in relevant fighters, such as the X-wing, Y-wing, Naboo Starfighter and Jedi Starfighter.
Expanded Universe[edit | edit source]
The LEGO Group released several Expanded Universe sets, including a TIE/d fighter, a TIE Crawler, and Anakin's customized Jedi starfighter from The Clone Wars. Along with an AT-TE including Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, a clone trooper, and Rotta, a Republic Gunship with two special stickers (which can customize the Gunship to be either the Lucky Lekku or the Crumb Bomber) was released with Asajj Ventress, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Cody, a clone trooper, and Plo Koon figures, and a V-19 Torrent starfighter was released with a new clone pilot.
From The Force Unleashed videogame is the Rogue Shadow, with Juno Eclipse, Galen Marek, and a battle-damaged Darth Vader. The LEGO Group has also made a Droid Gunship, a Homing Spider Droid, a Republic Fighter Tank and Anakin's freighter, Twilight. The LEGO Group has also created their own Star Wars vehicles such as a Rebel Scout Speeder and an Imperial dropship, because of their wish to create "army-building" sets without infringing upon Hasbro's action-figure copyright.[source?]
2012 saw the release of two more Expanded Universe sets, both from Star Wars: The Old Republic, featuring a Fury-class Imperial interceptor and a Republic Striker Fighter. In 2013 two more sets from Star Wars: The Old Republic were released; the first featured two Republic troopers and two Imperial soldiers and an unidentified type of speeder, while the second set was of a Defender-class light corvette.
MINI Series (2002–Present)[edit | edit source]
In 2002, the LEGO Group began releasing a line of MINI models. These models were much smaller than the normal sets and had fewer pieces and therefore were not as detailed, though they were much cheaper. There have been a wide range of MINI models released, ranging from Episode I's MTT to Episode VI's Imperial Shuttle.
In 2005, two promotional MINI models were released in celebration of the release of Episode III. More MINI sets were released 2009, such as the V-19 Torrent Starfighter, Clone Turbo Tank, and Snowspeeder.
There are also Star Wars MINI key chains, which include a set of three new vehicles from Episode IV (the Y-wing, TIE Advanced, landspeeder and Millennium Falcon). The LEGO Group has released key chains in the past as minifigures, but these were the first time in which a MINI vehicle was released as a key chain. The other "bag charms," as they are officially called, were the Slave I and Jedi interceptor.
Locations/Scenes[edit | edit source]
The LEGO Group has also created sets or parts of a set that is focused on scenes/locations from the movies such as the "Final Duel" and "Jedi Defense" sets.
"Locations" range from large sets to single objects, such as moisture vaporators and cranes. Single objects are most often paired with vehicles, such as the Episode Two speeder bike sets: 7113 (Owen Lars' swoop) with the moisture vaporator and 7103 (Count Dooku's Geonosian speeder bike) with the crane.
Most of the smaller location sets are paired with vehicles, not limited to single props. 7180 B-wing came with a Rebel Control Center, and 4502 X-wing Fighter had Yoda's Dagobah hut as a side-draw. Episode I's 7121 Naboo Swamp, a swampy landscape of plant life, was paired with two STAPs and their battle droid pilots.
Also, there are the massive stand-alone playsets, such as 4480 Jabba's Palace (though this can be connected to 4475 Jabba's Message and 4476 Jabba's Prize to form an even larger Jabba's Palace), 10123 Cloud City, and 7257 Ultimate Lightsaber Duel. The latest large playset is 10188 Death Star, featuring scenes from both Death Stars, such as the trash compactor, the Emperor's throne room, and the conference room.
Characters[edit | edit source]
The final, but very integral part of a LEGO Star Wars set is the characters. Almost all of the saga's most iconic characters have been incarnated into LEGO form.
The most common form in which characters appear in the LEGO universe are as minifigures, classic LEGO people. These come with a boxy torso and interchangeable heads; torso; headpiece (hair or some form of headgear); cape (made from real cloth and attached onto the neck, before the head), appearing on some characters; and legs; though most fans switch arms, hands, and even hips while this is not officially intended.
Due to the unique appearances of the many droids, soldiers and aliens that populate this universe, many new molds have been specially created for the series. These include the Kit Fisto and General Grievous minifigures, the Gungan and Rodian heads, and the helmets of Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers (including stormtrooper variations). Molds for accessories have also been created, such as helmets, headpieces, weapons, etc. These include the lightsaber handle (which has since been reused for other purposes both in and out of the Star Wars realm), electrobinoculars, the new-mold blasters in the 2007 sets, Rebel pilot helmets, and more.
There are a few variations of the standard LEGO minifigure produced for the Star Wars range. The most controversial and prominent type are the light-up lightsaber (LUL) minifigs, released with some of the larger Episode III sets in 2005. Characters given the treatment include Darth Vader, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Luminara Unduli. These figures look like usual ones on the surface, except that, to facilitate internal electronics, no components can be removed, except the headpiece and the lightsaber blade. When the head is pressed down, an LED illuminates the LEGO lightsaber blade. The batteries last three hours and are not intended for replacement, though they can be replaced. These proved to be so unpopular that all minifigures have been replaced in some way or another with non-LUL minifigures.
Other less common incarnations of characters from the universe include Technic models, UCS characters and Microfigures.
Technic[edit | edit source]
LEGO Technic is a form of LEGO elements which entirely forsakes the regular brick design and relies on technical parts such as beams, gears, axles, lift-arms, cross-bars, and so on. It is mainly droids, such as the pit droid, R2-D2, C-3PO, battle droid, super battle droid, and droideka that have been incarnated in this unique form. Technic sets allow for accurate features and various movements otherwise impossible. Both the pit droid and battle droid sets fold up, while the super battle droid has a quick-draw blaster function; R2-D2 produces a tool arm, and C-3PO's head and arms fall off when the center is pushed.
However, Jango Fett, Darth Vader, General Grievous, and the stormtrooper have also been turned into Technic figures as well, possibly because of the mechanical appearance of their costumes.
Ultimate Collector's Series[edit | edit source]
The last way characters appear in LEGO brick form is as UCS models (see "craft" above). A Darth Maul bust, Yoda, General Grievous and R2-D2 have all been released. Building at this scale provides immense amounts of character detail.
List of Sets[edit | edit source]
Custom Star Wars creations[edit | edit source]
Many LEGO Star Wars fans build custom Star Wars vehicles, scenes, and figures. These creations are not official, but can be uploaded to the Lego.com Star Wars gallery, where other people can see, vote on, and comment on them.
Games[edit | edit source]
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the sequel to the first game, is based on the original trilogy (episodes IV, V, and VI). It is presented in a similar format, though introduces new features to correspond more with the interactivity of LEGO bricks. A compilation of the first two LEGO Star Wars games, named LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, was announced at Celebration IV in 2007. Incorporating the first six films, the game was released on all three next-gen consoles, as well as the Nintendo DS.
Short films[edit | edit source]
- LEGO Star Wars: The Han Solo Affair (2002)
- LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick (2005)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009)
- LEGO Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (2010)
- LEGO Star Wars Movie Shorts
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)
- The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
TV series[edit | edit source]
- LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013-2014)
- LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters (2014, 2016)
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016-2017)
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars (2018)
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
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- LEGO on Wikipedia
- LEGO Star Wars on Wikipedia
- Official LEGO Star Wars Site
- LEGO Star Wars Shop
- Peeron.com database
- LUGNET database
- From Bricks to Bothans - Star Wars LEGO Fan Resource Site
- Brickipedia, a LEGO wiki
- The LEGO Star Wars wiki
- Saber-Scorpion's Lair the Jedi Knight story illustrated in LEGO form
- LEGO Star Wars at LEGO.com
- LEGO on the Star Wars Merchandise Wiki