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, and a few others followed) and since then, building sets from all six films have been released, and more recently sets from The Clone Wars film and TV series. Lego Star Wars sets mainly feature prominent vehicles, and a few scenes.
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the sequel to the first game, was also released, which 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 all six films, the game was released on all three next-gen consoles, as well as the Nintendo DS. In 2011, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars was released.
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, along with some less well-known craft, such as the Flash Speeder and Count Dooku's Geonosian speeder bike (both of which are no longer available for general sale). Specific pieces of special design and various printed pieces have been developed by the company to achieve an accurate look of some of the more complicated craft. LEGO Star Wars uses stickers as opposed to transfers, as they are more cost-effective.
Some sets over time have been redesigned by the LEGO Group, such as the Millennium Falcon, snowspeeder, landspeeder, and X-Wing fighter. The snowspeeder is the most recent of these, having been redesigned and released in 2010. The Slave I has been redesigned four times (three for Boba Fett, one for Jango Fett), the latest in 2010. Minifigures have even been redesigned like the Super Battle Droids (changed from blue to dark silver), 2007 sets have many redesigned minifigures such as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi (the torso and face colors have been changed), commander, security, 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 SeriesEdit
Some vehicles have been created to be more detailed larger and more accurate than most. This line of models is known as the Ultimate Collector's Series (UCS). Due to the larger scale, more pieces are required and higher skill level to build these models is usually needed. 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 also 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.
The LEGO Group has already released and plans to release 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) were 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 will be released, the first features two Republic troopers and two Imperial soldiers and an unidentified type of speeder, the second set will be of an Defender-class light corvette.
MINI Series (2002-Present)Edit
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.
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. No Episode II sets, aside from Clone Wars sets, are currently available for general sale.
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.
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.
New minifigures of accessories representing characters never cease to cause excitement. Due to the unique appearances of the many droids, soldiers and aliens that comprise 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 range), electrobinoculars, the recent 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.
The other variation is the minifigure magnet. So far, four of such sets (containing three characters each) have been released. The 12 characters are Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, a green clone trooper, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper, an AT-ST Pilot, a Rebel Pilot, a Royal guard, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Anakin Skywalker (young), Darth Maul and a Naboo Pilot. Strong magnets are placed in the minifigure's legs and torso, so while they look exactly like a normal LEGO minifig, they can stick onto magnetic surfaces. Unlike LULs, only the legs and the torso of the minifigure cannot be separated. As of 2008, these minifigures have ceased production, most likely because of new legislation discouraging the use of such small magnets in a children's toy.
Star Wars products were also among the first, besides the Spider-Man and Harry Potter (starting at the Prisoner of Azkaban sets) range, to experience the change from yellow to "flesh-tone". As of mid-2004, all of LEGO licensed product ranges experienced a change in skin tone from the classic yellow to the more realistic flesh-tone. These minifigs are often called "fleshies".
Other less common incarnations of characters from the universe include Technic models and UCS characters.
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 SeriesEdit
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 SetsEdit
Visit the wiki dedicated to everything about the LEGO Star Wars Universe: LEGO Star Wars Wiki or Brickipedia's Star Wars page
or see List of LEGO sets on the Star Wars Merchandise Wiki.
Custom Star Wars creationsEdit
Many Lego Star Wars fans also build custom creations of Star Wars vehicles, scenes and figures. These creations are not official, but can however be uploaded to the Lego.com Star Wars gallery, where other people can see, vote and comment on them.
Notes and referencesEdit
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: The Han Solo Affair
- LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
- LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out
- 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
- Brickwiki, another LEGO wiki
- The LEGO Star Wars wiki
- Saber-Scorpion's Lair the Jedi Knight story illustrated in LEGO form