A long time ago in a toy factory far, far away, some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to save a failing brand by sealing commercial tie-ups with well-known movie franchises.
LEGO’s tie up with Lucasfilm is probably the most famous and recognizable result of this decision, a concept that mashes together the idea of Star Wars toys with the LEGO Space brand of the 1980s and 1990s. It is a range that is so big, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but we’re here to help.
The Original Trilogy
As with any good Star Wars-related exercise, the place to start is, of course, the Original Trilogy. Sure, the prequels are chronologically first, but they represent an evolution of the storyline (as various TV documentaries and books prior to the prequels bear out).
One of several Star Wars figure kits, this Darth Vader build features arm-swinging function and the famous red lightsaber. Standing at over 12 inches (32 cm) tall, this figure is constructed from 168 pieces of LEGO.
The removable mask reveals the scarred, dying face of Anakin Skywalker, but note that while this is an achievable build, the end result may disappoint. Rather than the brooding menace of the original Darth Vader, this model is bulkier, more muscular, like many other Vader toys. Other than that, it’s a great option that no Star Wars fan should be without.
Other builds in this series include Boba Fett, General Grievous, and Chewbacca.
First seen in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the stunning Slave 1 ship is (inspired by the shape of a street lamp) is flown by the legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett. He uses it to track the Millennium Falcon from Hoth to Bespin, and to transport the captured Han Solo.
In this set, you’ll find figures of Fett, a Bespin Guard, a Stormtrooper, Han Solo, and a second Solo frozen in carbonite. Like the original Kenner toy, the ship features a pivoting pilot seat, to accommodate the correct direction of flight.
Containing a massive 1996 pieces, Slave 1 is 7 inches high, 17 inches long and 14 inches wide!
One of the most stunning Star Wars LEGO kits of recent years, this The Empire Strikes Back-inspired Snow Speeder includes two minifigs. It also ships with a display stand, as well as a fact plaque. The Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner come with electrobinoculars, while the ship itself has authentic detailing.
You’ll find opening airbrakes, and a rotating rear gun, which can be controlled from within the cockpit. The opening cockpit has space for both figures. There is also a pull-out landing gear, but regrettably, no AT-AT-defeating harpoon gun.
When mounted on the stand, the Snowspeeder measures 8 inches in height (4 inches without the stand), and is 15 inches long and 11 inches wide.
The Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars
Some of you may be unaware of this, but between 1999 and 2005, a second trilogy of Star Wars films was released.
No, really, we’re not making this up. At the time, the movies were well received, and expanded on the legend of the Clone Wars and the Jedi. The movies were then followed by an animated movie and series, The Clone Wars.
Sitting at 12 inches in length, and 6 inches high, with a 5-inch width thanks to the massive wheels, this Clone Turbo Tank appeared in Revenge of the Sith and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show.
Featuring 903 pieces, the tank has two side flaps and a rear door to provide access to the inside. You’ll also find a cockpit for the driver. Four characters and two Battle Droids are included: Luminara Unduli, Quinlan Vos, Clone Commander Gree and Elite Corps Clone Trooper.
These figures can be placed inside the tank, or positioned on the flaps or on the turret. The set also includes a mini AT-RT Walker, and the tank can fire missiles!
Tragic hero Anakin Skywalker has many adventures with his friend Obi Wan Kenobi in the superb The Clone Wars animated series. The show has inspired various LEGO sets, including this surprisingly affordable Jedi Starfighter.
Anakin’s Starfighter features an opening cockpit and stud cannon, and is 10 inches long, 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. There’s also a slot for an astromech droid; the set ships with an Anakin Skywalker minifigure, along with R2-D2.
Fearsome General Grievous travels in this Combat Speeder in the The Clone Wars TV show, hunting Jedi. The toy sits at 9 inches long, and 5 inches wide, and is just 2 inches tall. Featuring General Grievous and Mace Windu figures, the kit includes five lightsabers (one for the Jedi, four for the droid). These can be stored under the speeder.
With 157 pieces, this is a straightforward build, letting you get right into your Clone Wars reenactment within the hour.
The Disney Era Movies
YAY! New Star Wars! It looks like Star Wars! It feels like Star Wars! And while some people think Disney has ruined Star Wars at least George Lucas didn’t write the scripts! At the time of writing there have been four new movies (two thirds of a trilogy, plus Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story), with a nice selection of LEGO sets accompanying them.
With command posts for a First Order Officer, First Order Stormtrooper Sergeant, First Order Stormtrooper, and First Order Shuttle Pilot, this massive First Order Star Destroyer also features Supreme Leader Snoke, as well as BB-9E and Medical Droid figures.
Measuring 22 inches long by 12 inches wide (and 5 inches high), this Star Destroyer also features an elevated area. This is Snoke’s chamber, and like the rest of the interior, can be accessed by opening the craft. Hinges run along each side of the Star Destroyer, and four stud shooting guns can be found along each flank.
Featuring in Solo: A Star Wars Story, this new version of the Millennium Falcon features Han Solo and Chewbacca. You’ll also find Qi’ra, Lando Calrissian, and Quay Tolsite minifigures within.
Like other versions of the Millennium Falcon (which are larger and more expensive), this craft has flaps that open to give access to the interior. There’s also an opening cockpit for your choice of pilot (if they suppress their egos long enough to make the jump to lightspeed).
Including an impressive 1414 pieces, the finished build is 18 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 4 inches high.
From the stunning opening to The Last Jedi, this Resistance Bomber kit is packed with weapons. On the finished build you’ll find a bomb release function with six bombs. These are loaded through the top hatch, and released using a simple button mechanism.
The ship also has a pair of spring-loaded shooters, two opening rear minifigure gun turrets, and elevating rear guns.
Piloting the ship you’ll find a Resistance Bomber Pilot, Resistance Gunner Paige, and a Resistance Bombardier. The 780-piece set (13 inches high, 15 inches long, and 11 inches wide) also ships with starring characters Poe Dameron and Vice Admiral Holdo.
Bonus: LEGO Star Wars Video Game!
Surely there are no other LEGO Star Wars toys to mention? Well, there are actually, and more than we can shake a handful of bricks at, but if you want a recommendation for something a little different…
Released in 2016 to tie in with the movie of the same name, this deluxe edition of The Force Awakens features some previously exclusive character packs. These include characters from Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebels, and the excellent Freemaker Adventures LEGO animated series.
If you’ve ever played a LEGO Star Wars game, then you’ll know what to expect: stud collecting and puzzle solving. All of this is tied together with a close adherence to the movie’s plot, and lots of cut-scene humor. Various Easter eggs can be found throughout the game, for added entertainment. if you prefer mobile gaming, you’ll find plenty of Star Wars games for your phone, including the original LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
That’s No Moon… It’s LEGO!
So, there you go, Star Wars fans: an immense list of LEGO toys to suit all budgets (unless you don’t own a games console, in which you’ll have to break your budget).
If your fingers are still itching to build, we’ve compiled a list of the best sites for LEGO fans. “May the Force brick with you, always.”