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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LEGO Dagobah Jedi Training
With this new limited-edition set from The Collector Series, Star Wars fans can recreate the Jedi training scene from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Featuring Yoda’s swamp side hut and Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and R2D2 Minifigures, the details will thrill LEGO lovers. Though it’s suggested for adults, it could be put together as part of a family project, or given to a more skilled older builder.
LEGO Star Wars Dark Trooper Attack
166 pieces of pure LEGO Star Wars joy, featuring four minifigures and fun, interactive elements like a revolving elevator and rotating battle platform. Kids can recreate the return of Luke Skywalker and help him fight off the Dark Troopers in this set inspired by The Mandalorian. (Ages 8 and up.)
The Most Adorable Mandalorian
We didn’t think that was possible to show exactly how cute The Child is in brick form, but this BrickHeadz set managed it. You get both The Mandalorian and The Child, because this epic pair is worth building together. (Ages 10 and up.)
The Razor Crest
Your kids can re-enact the battle between The Mandalorian and The Scout Trooper with this 1,023-piece set. The shooters are even spring-loaded to make the battle more authentic. It includes five minifigures. (Ages 10 and up.)
Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder
Luke got an upgraded Landspeeder with this special 2020 rendition. Fly through the desert with Luke Skywalker and C-3PO. (Ages 7 and up.)
Maybe most of you knew that AT-ST stands for All-Terrain Scout Transport, but I just learned it this instant. This 540-piece set is one of the few with Mandalorian characters that’s already available. (Ages 8 and up.)
‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Millennium Falcon
Grownups, you’re going to realize who is missing from this ship — good ol’ Han Solo, R.I.P. Your kids, on the other hand, will probably carry on just fine as they put together all 1,351 pieces. (Ages 9 and up.)
Mandalorian Battle Pack
Traveling through space seems pretty thrilling, but we’re also very jealous of any Star Wars character that gets to ride those hover bikes. This small kit includes four Mandalorians, but sadly, no Child. (Ages 6 and up.)
Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter
Inject a little more color into your household’s Star Wars collection with this zippy guy. The wings retract for landing, and it comes with R2-D2 for the cockpit. (Ages 9 and up.)
Darth Vader’s Castle
There can be little doubt that a villain resides in this ominous abode. If building this 1,060-piece set converts your kid to the Dark Side, you can’t say you weren’t warned. (Ages 9 and up.)
‘The Force Awakens’ First Order TIE Fighter Microfighter
There’s a huge advantage to buying the easier and less expensive Microfighters over their more intricate counterparts. Fewer pieces to step on! (Ages 6 and up.)
Action Battle Echo Base Defense
It goes without saying that this re-creation of a battle scene from Empire Strikes Back encourages quite a bit of shooting. But watching that towering four-legged AT-AT collapse under fire from the Rebel fighters is so darn uplifting. (Ages 8 and up.)
‘Attack of the Clones’ Yoda
Sometimes you might want to take a break from building cold, gray ships. When completed, this 1,771-piece Yoda stands at 16″ tall. Sadly, he will not give you advice in odd syntax. (Ages 12 and up.)
‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Resistance A Wing Starfighter
With 269 pieces, this is a satisfying build that’s still easy for younger fans. The finished product is also solid enough to withstand some good airfights. (Ages 7 and up.)
So, LEGO has actually deemed this set for builders ages 18 and older. This is because of its complexity, not any mature content, however, so you can probably give this to a skilled teen or work on it with someone younger.
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