I still remember getting my first Lego Star Wars set. It was 1999 and Lego had just brought out a bunch of sets to kick off their brand new line… LEGO STAR WARS. My very first purchase was the ‘Naboo Swamp’; Qui Gon Jinn, Jar Jar, some battle droids and some swampy vegetation. By todays standards it may not look like much, particularly with Qui Gon’s expressionless yellow face, but at the time it felt new and exciting… this was Lego from the galaxy far, far away.
And now here we are, 24 years on since Lego first started its Star Wars line, one of the best selling Lego themes ever with over 800 sets and poly bags released to date. It’s clear that this ship isn’t slowing down anytime soon!
So with that in mind let’s take a look at some our favourite Lego Star Wars sets on the market right now!
Best Ship - Imperial TIE Fighter
Every single Star Wars fan knows the ominous roar of the iconic Imperial TIE fighter. First introduced in 1977’s Episode IV A New Hope (original era fans may just call it Star Wars), this iconic symbol of the Empire has fascinated fans for decades. It’s been released several times in Lego format but we feel this one is worthy of our attention. Why? Well first it has a pleasing price tag; this is a nicely sized model and it comes with three great mini figures to flesh out your collection of Imperials so you definitely get your moneys worth. As well as that, it’s a great build which doesn’t take too long and isn’t too fiddly for younger builders. Finally, it’s a really nice dual purpose model; great for play (a nice sturdy model) or great to display (I mean, why wouldn’t you display this legendary star fighter?).
Best Playset - Dark Trooper Attack
If there is one scene in recent Star Wars history that delivered the feels for Star Wars fans, it surely has to be the return of an original trilogy era Luke Skywalker in the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. With all the hype surrounding that scene it would have been unbelievable if Lego DIDN’T give it the brick treatment. Thankfully it translates really nice into a fun little playset. Taking place in the interior corridor of the Imperial Light Cruiser, Luke Skywalker appears to rescue Baby Yoda and Co. from the menacing Dark Troopers. The minifigures are beautiful and we love how this set really adds plenty of trimmings for Luke’s big entrance; a revolving elevator door, a rotating platform for Luke to spin on and, of course, a sliding platform for Luke to use the Force and push his enemies away. It’s a small contained set that pairs up really nicely with other sets in the Mandalorian range (In our house Mando and Baby Yoda are stood at the end of the corridor watching events unfold!)
Best Space Saver - Death Star Trench Run Diorama
“Look at the size of that thing!” Wedge Antilles would have felt less intimated by this version of the Death Star. Well just look at it, this is one beautiful little model. Coming in at around 22cm wide this is a great set to display when you don’t have unlimited space solutions. A strikingly detailed model of an iconic moment in cinematic history, this diorama provides a satisfying result and is fun to build… just tell me those tiny TIE fighters aren’t the cutest!
Best Overall Lego Fun - Boba Fett’s Throne Roome
This is it, this is the big one. A classic locale from the original trilogy. To us it will always be Jabba’s Palace, but now that Boba Fett has taken over as the top crime lord of Tatooine we can enjoy this Lego location all over again. Inspired by The Mandalorian Season 2 finales end credits scene and in turn The Book of Boba Fett, this set manages to feel both nostalgic and new at the same time. It’s Jabba the Hutt’s Palace but under new management; there’s still the main tower, the tables and drinks, the gatekeeper droid sticking out and laughing at you and the foreboding trapdoor above the Rancors pit. Only now that Jabba is gone there’s a spiffy new throne with Rancor detailing for the daimyo of Tatooine to take his seat. Sure, it’s a little smaller than the original Jabba the Hutt’s Palace set but this is a worthy successor. By having everything tightly compacted within the alcoves it really does feel like those dingy halls of the palace that we first saw in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Finally, this set captures our attention because of the phenomenal minifigures; Quarren, Weequay and Gamorrean Guards are all iconic characters that are right at home in this set. As well as new fan favourite Fennec Shand and returning villain Bib Fortuna, we are also loving this version of the Boba Fett minifigure. Not only does he come with his new look (the classic armour and the new black robes) but his time in the Sarlaac Pit obviously took its toll. This is one face that needs a bacta tank pronto and the design of the figure really brings that out. We love playing with this set as there are lots of great little features and it looks great as a display piece.
So there we have it, those are our favourite sets so far and we can’t wait to see what other gems Lego has in store for us in 2023 and beyond!