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The Force Is Strong with These 12 Star Wars LEGO Sets

SPY logo SPY 5/4/2021 Jacob Lauing
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No, you are never too old to play with LEGOs.

One of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 30 years, LEGOs have a number of benefits for children, including motor skills development and enhanced creativity and concentrationBut some of the benefits, like reduced anxiety and increased patience, are age agnostic. Adults who spend all day glued to laptops (particularly in a virtual working environment) could really use a tactile, screen-free outlet to reduce stress and harness creativity. Other analog pastimes like records, coloring books, cassettes and film cameras have already made a steady comeback, surely this is society’s answer to digital fatigue.

And like with LEGOs, you can never really outgrow Star Wars, either. Both may have been a childhood obsession  — speaking from personal experience here, as someone who sunk hours into both LEGOs and Star Wars films, and went the Jedi costume route on Halloween more than once — but the Star Wars canon never stops evolving. With a constant stream of new films, spinoffs and multimedia installments arriving practically every year, Star Wars is here to stay.

LEGOs have kept up with Star Wars, too. Many of the best Star Wars LEGO sets come from the more recent Star Wars installments, though ships and characters from the original trilogy are readily available too.

When shopping for Star Wars LEGOs, the main question to consider is this: How much time and money are you willing to spend? You can snag $20 Star Wars LEGO sets with under 300 pieces, or splurge on $200, 1,000-piece sets that’ll take some time to assemble.

The choice is yours, young Padawan. May the Force be with you.

  

1. LEGO Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon

BEST SHIP

Is there a more recognizable Star Wars collectible? Doubt it. We should first and foremost note, however, that this is not the original Millennium Falcon LEGO set, which costs $799 and is regularly out of stock. We reviewed that particular set in our best LEGO sets piece, but because it’s so hard to find, we’ve stuck with the contemporary version here. It’s modeled after the latest Star Wars trilogy, and thus sadly does not feature Han Solo, the legendary Falcon captain, in action figure form. And while that original Millennium Falcon LEGO set included a whopping 7,500 pieces, this one comes with a more manageable 1,351 pieces, a much friendlier price tag and some classic Star Wars characters, new and old.

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2. LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet

BEST DISPLAY ITEM

Darth Vader might be the most iconic villain, not just in the Star Wars universe, but ever. His menacing physical presence, spine-chilling breathes and booming bass voice (delivered by the legendary James Earl Jones) mirror the evil that precedes his reputation. What better persona to feature on your shelf? The 834-piece completed model measures about 8 inches tall and 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches at the base, making it the perfect display size. We highly recommend keeping this in view during Zoom calls, to ensure your coworkers know you mean business.

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3. LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope Mos Eisley Cantina

BEST SET PIECE

You can already hear John Williams’ classic Cantina Band song buzzing in your head. First introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope (the first film), Mos Eisley is a spaceport town, with its Cantina serving as a watering hole for many smugglers and thieves. Basically, it’s the grittiest dive bar you’ve ever been to. The Cantina has some unfortunately discriminatory policies — they don’t serve droids or allow them in the building — but it’s the setting for our introduction to Han Solo and Chewbacca. This 3,187-piece LEGO set is sprawling and dynamic, with 21 different figurines (including the trio of aliens performing the aforementioned Cantina Band song) and a retractable roof to watch your favorite Cantina scenes play out.

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4. LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope Imperial Star Destroyer

BEST COLLECTOR’S ITEM

For serious Star Wars fans and master LEGO builders only. This massive, 4,784 piece LEGO set is a behemoth, with the completed ship reaching almost four feet long and more than two feet wide. It truly embodies the scale of the actual Star Destroyer, which fans will know absolutely dwarfs the Millennium Falcon in size. The LEGO kit also includes a display stand, informational plaque and two imperial figurines.

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5. LEGO Star Wars: Attack of The Clones Yoda

BEST CHARACTER

Build it, you must. 1,771 pieces, it has. Pardon the Yoda speak, we’re just getting into the Star Wars spirit. A legendary Jedi master, Yoda’s wisdom and power belie his 2-foot size. He’s a sage figure in Star Wars, the embodiment of good, so we suggest pairing him with the Darth Vader helmet above to ensure you’re representing both sides of The Force.

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6. LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Razor Crest

CONTEMPORARY CHOICE

Aside from its cultural impact and sheer scale, the most impressive thing about Star Wars might be its longevity. What started as one film in 1977 has evolved into an entire universe and multimedia franchise, with more films, books, theme parks and television series. One of the latest installments — the Emmy-nominated The Mandalorian TV series on Disney+ — proves that this isn’t longevity for longevity’s sake: Star Wars continues to churn out legitimate, quality installments that fans and critics both love. This Razor Crest ship featured in The Mandalorian features two actual spring-loaded shooters, along with a handful of familiar figurines, including the beloved Baby Yoda.

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7. LEGO Star Wars AT-AT

BEST EMPIRE WEAPON

The Empire Strikes Back, which premiered in 1980, is widely considered not only the strongest film in the Star Wars canon but also one of the greatest sequels of all time. Its first act takes place on the remote planet of Hoth, and features and epic snowy battle between the Empire and Rebels. The Battle of Hoth marks the first appearance of the Empire’s AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport), the massive, 72-foot combat vehicle with blast-proof armor. This LEGO version is only a foot tall, but features spring loader shooters, foldout panels and a cockpit with room for three LEGO figures. You can also employ the LEGO-sized Luke Skywalker to take down the AT-AT, which he famously does in the Battle of Hoth.

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8. LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing

CLASSIC CHOICE

Speaking of Luke Skywalker, his popular X-Wing ship is also available in LEGO form. At only 474 pieces, this one has a pretty manageable assembly process, with the completed LEGO ship a foot long and 11 inches wide. The figurine set features Luke himself — complete with his lightsaber and decked out in his orange flying suit — Princess Leia, General Dodonna, and, of course, Luke’s trusted X-Wing droid companion: R2-D2.

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9. LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars The Mandalorian & The Child

BUDGET BUY

Not everyone has the time or patience to sift through thousands of LEGO pieces. For a more affordable and simpler assembly process, we recommend this BrickHeadz LEGO pair, featuring The Mandalorian‘s titular character and The Child (a.k.a. Grogu, but colloquially known to us as Baby Yoda). It’s only $20 and just under 300 pieces, so you’ll have these built in no time.

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10. LEGO Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren’s Shuttle

ALSO CONSIDER

Though the recent Star Wars sequel trilogy sputtered to a somewhat disappointing final installment (2019’s The Rise of Skywalker), the trilogy as a whole revamped Star Wars as a whole and brought an exciting new energy to the already legendary saga. It also gave us a fresh cast of characters, including Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, whose ship is pretty badass. You can snag the LEGO version which comprises just over 1,000 pieces and boasts a pretty impressive size — 19 inches wide with the wings extended.

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11. LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader’s Castle

BEST EVIL LAIR

You can never have too much Darth Vader. Though it’s featured sparingly in the major film installments, Darth Vader’s castle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar makes its first appearance in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And as far as evil lairs go, it’s pretty darn epic. Fans will appreciate the level of detail here, right down to Vader’s meditative bacta tank. The set features 1,060 pieces, six figurines and a classic TIE fighter starship.

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12. LEGO Star Wars Death Star

FOR SUPERFANS ONLY

Alright, let’s make it known up front: This LEGO Death Star costs $1,100. So yeah, if you’re not a Star Wars superfan, this is most definitely not the set for you. Consider the Death Star — a humungous space station with a planet-destroying laser — the truest symbol of the evil Empire. It’s on par with the Millennium Falcon when it comes to iconic Star Wars memorabilia, and plays a major role in the original Star Wars trilogy. The LEGO version sports an inordinate amount of detail, with characters and locations that’ll be instantly recognizable to Star Wars fans. It features an impressive cast of more than 20 LEGO good and evil figurines as well, with multiple versions of Luke Skywalker plucked from different moments in the film trilogy. The level of specificity here is impressive, which might just validate that price tag.

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