Some of us love Star Wars for the characters and their drama — Luke, Leia, Han, and everyone who came before and after them, with their plots cribbed from Greek tragedies and soaps. Others love it as science fiction with a heavy focus on aliens, spacecraft, and intergalactic weaponry. Then there’s the third type of Star Wars fan, many of whom have never even seen the movies or TV shows: Kids who love Star Wars toys, especially buildable toys. And on this May 4, Star Wars Day, we’re going to celebrate our favorite Star Wars toys of all: LEGO sets.
When you think about it, Lucasfilm played a trick on all parents. Even those of us who are against violence and wouldn’t dream of buying a toy gun for our kids will gladly scoop up a warship complete with an arsenal (some of them shooting real, tiny LEGO pellets), as long as it’s labeled Star Wars. We’ve somehow been hypnotized to forget the “Wars” in the title. (If you do remember, and those aspects bother you, they’re easy enough to remove from a kit.)
None of that takes away from the fact that by building LEGO versions of the various complicated aircraft, spacecraft, vehicles and occasional buildings modeled after the movies and TV shows, our kids get a pretty good STEM introduction. Not that we know whether any of these ships really function in space, mind you. The thing is that kids are thinking about function, construction, and design as they build. And once they have those in their hand, they can use these as props and settings for open-ended play with their mini-figures.
Whether you’re in the market for a huge family project (you should see the sizes of some of these) or a little Star Wars Day treat, we tried to find a range of Star Wars sets to recommend here.
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