The Star Wars Lego sets have been very popular from its introduction in 1999, and the number of kits introduced under this series which is currently in the hundreds, continues to grow. The latest Star War sets have a more complicated build, greater number of pieces, and are a lot pricier as the models and the mini-figures are becoming better with more intricate details. Lego fans who want to start collecting the Star War sets can start with some of the most affordable kits, such as the ones discussed below. The movie versions on which these kits were modeled appear in the different Star Wars episodes.
The Sandcrawler (Set 10144) contains 1669 brick pieces and 11 mini-figures. It comes from Episode IV of the movie and is an excellent replica of the Jawa ship, and is mainly made from patchwork bricks of various colors. The completed has a height of 9 inches, and is 15 inches long. The Sandcrawler is a sturdy vessel built along simple designs that has excellent playable features, such as the big doors that fold down, a Jawa workshop for storing droid mini-figures, and the cockpit of the ship that opens to introduce or remove one mini-figure. The kit has an awesome content of 11 mini-figures that include the popular R2-D2 and C-3PO, Owen Lars, an ASP droid, R1-G4, R5-D4, a Treadwell and a Gonk Droid, and 3 Jawa’s.
The Lego Imperial Star Destroyer (Set 6211) released in 2006 is the airborne home of Darth Vader that is made up of 1367 pieces. The movie version was introduced in Episode IV, and its brick replica is two feet long with plenty of playable options with the cool collection of 9 mini-figures included with the kit. The best features of the Destroyer are the eight cannons that can blast enemies simultaneously, and the hologram figure of the Emperor Palpatine. The ship has a detailed interior that can be accessed by lifting the top and swinging out the sides to reach the meditation chamber of Darth Vader, which also contains the hologram. The nine mini-figures included in the set are Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, R2-D5, an Imperial Officer and a Mouse Droid, two Stromtroopers, and two Royal Guards.
The new Millenium Falcon (Set 75105) from the movie The Force Awakens is an affordable version of the Han Solo craft that has been produced in different versions. The set contains 1329 pieces, with the completed ship featuring new cool features such as two spring-loaded missile shooters and the freight door that slides forward, while maintaining the quad-laser cannons located on the top and bottom. Seven mini-figures complete the set, which includes a notably graying Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8, Rey, Finn, Tasu Leech, and a Kanjaklub gang member.
The X-Wing Fighter (Set 6212) re-released in 2006 is a 437-piece made up mainly of black and orange bricks. With wings that open and close, the fighter is a sturdy ship that has excellent playability features. The hinged cockpit has room for seating a mini-figure, with a spot behind for R2-D2. The Fighter is a sturdy build with nicely detailed features that can be swooshed around. The six mini-figures included in the set are Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Han Solo, Wedge Antilles, and Princess Leia.
The Rebel Snowspeeder (Set 4500) released in 2004 appeared in the Episode V of Star Wars, and is a third version of the craft. This sturdy and well-made ship made out from 214 pieces is perfect for display or for play. It includes the three mini-figures of a Hoth Rebel, Luke Skywalker, and Dack Ralter. The most notable features of the model are the cockpit that opens to reveal two seats in the back and front that can seat a mini-figure, opening brake flaps, a turret, and a tow cable.
The Mos Eisley Cantina (Set 4501) released in 2004 has 193 pieces and five mini-figures – that of Han Solo, Greedo, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a Stormtrooper. The Cantina is the favorite resting spot of travelers in the intergalactic route that is more known among Star Wars fans as the spot where Han Solo shot Greedo. In addition to the five min-figures, this collectible set includes a playable landspeeder and the cantina with a small bar.
The AT-AT (Set 75054) is a large vehicle made up from 1138 Lego bricks and is a second version with options for customization. The completed has four legs with a wide range of motion that allow the vehicle to stomp and rage to smash everything in its path. It features a heavily armored troop bay, a hatch on its belly that opens and closes, and a central panel that opens from the top. The set contains five mini-figures that include General Veers, the At-At driver, two Snowtroopers, and a Snowtrooper Commander.
The Republic Fighter Tank (Set 7679) from the Clone Wars was released in 2008 and contains 592 pieces. This awesome and fantastic-looking model is fun to build and has many notable features for playability, the most notable being the elevating, spring loaded gunner seat that can seat a mini-figure. The head of the seat can be maneuvered to allow the head of the mini-figure to pop out and man the gun. Other cool features are the adjustable wings with storage compartments and the big laser cannons that move up and down. Two clone mini-trooper figures complete the set.
Emperor Palpatine’s Shuttle (Set 8096) released in 2010 has 592 pieces and 4 mini-figures. The completed model looks outstanding, has a sturdy build, and has great playability. The Shuttle is equipped with guns on both sides with an extra artillery gun with left and right movements at the back. The sings easily fold up and down, while the landing gear is retractable and nicely folds up. The cockpit opens up to seat a mini-figure, 4 of which are included with the set. These are a Clone Pilot, a 2-1B Medical Droid, Anakin Skywalker, and Emperor Palpatine.
The Lego Sith Nightspeeder (Set 7597) released in 2011 features excellent playability and contains rare and unique mini-figures of Assajj Ventress and Savage Opress, and a new Anakin Skywalker figure. The Nightspeeder is featured in the Clone Wars as the vehicle used in Dathmir by the Nightsisters. The vehicle is easy to swoosh around in one hand, which makes it ideal for kids. The notable features of this model are the flick missiles, a little rocket that ejects, and the seats or speeders that slides forward when pulled.