In celebration of the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary and the 10 Year Anniversary of LEGO and Star Wars’ beautiful marriage, I hereby give you my top ten coolest LEGO Star Wars sets. Don’t agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments, or forever hold your peace.
10. Sandcrawler – #10144
It may not be the most exciting vehicle from the Star Wars Trilogy, but the Sandcrawler is a pretty impressive beast, especially in LEGO form. This set came with 11 minifigs, including Owen Lars (pre-burn-victim), R2-D2, C-3PO, three Jawas, and a bunch of droids. The middle compartment lifts out, and it even has a tiny cockpit for a Jawa driver. So it only takes one Jawa to drive this thing? Impressive.
9. UCS Imperial Star Destroyer – #10030
Part of the Ultimate Collector Series ($$$), the Imperial Star Destroyer boasts an impressive 3,104 LEGO pieces, is three feet long, and even comes with a scale model of the Tantive IV so you can play tractor beam. I’m not much into the non-minifig-scale sets, but I had to include this because of its sheer scale.
8. Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser – #7754
This is a new set, so you can still get it while it’s hot. This would be in my collection basically just so I could recreate Admiral Ackbar’s famous “It’s a trap!” line over and over. It has the bridge of Ackbar’s ship, complete with a holographic model of the Death Star, and an A-Wing fighter. Oh, and its got Mon Mothma.
7. The Battle of Endor – #8038
Return of the Jedi may be my third favorite original trilogy film, but I still love it. This is another new set, and runs around $90 on Amazon, but looks totally worth it. It comes with a Chewie-driven AT-ST, Imperial Bunker, two Scout Troopers on speeder bikes, an Ewok catapult and glider, and more! I saw this one the other day and almost grabbed it.
6. Motorized Walking AT-AT – #10178
As if my dream of owning any kind of toy incarnation of an AT-AT isn’t enough, this LEGO set actually walks. The Motorized Walking AT-AT may actually be cooler than the standard action figure AT-AT that I’ve always wanted looming over my desk. See for yourself!
I don’t have any experience with building motorized LEGO sets, so I’m going to assume that it is harder than building a normal set, so it would take me days to finish this. It takes me a half hour just to find the piece I need, but I digress.
5. Mos Eisley Cantina – #4501
Finally, a set I can afford! I love the Mos Eisley Cantina set because it features one of the classic (and infamous) scenes in Star Wars history; Han solo shooting Greedo. Which do you prefer, Han shooting first, or do you think that makes him seem like a murderer? Have it your way, heck, you could have Greedo spontaneously combust for all I care. The only bad thing about this set is that it doesn’t include the full Cantina, including the band.
4. Death Star – #10188
This one tops a lot of lists I’ve seen, and rightly so, because it’s pretty awesome. It has 360 degrees of Death Star cutaway goodness, including a lot of scenes from A New Hope. It has 24 minifigs, including the trash compactor monster! Here’s some more features.
- Movie-authentic Death Star environments include the Superlaser control room and target monitor, Imperial conference chamber, TIE Advanced hangar bay with moving launch rack, Emperor’s throne room, droid maintenance room, detention block, trash compactor, and much more!
- Rescue Princess Leia from the detention block cell, then escape through the secret hatch to the trash compactor below!
- Reenact the final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor’s Throne Room!
It’s a fairly new set, so if you’ve got the cash laying around, you can pick it up for around $400 on Amazon or your local mega-store.
3. Tantive IV – #10198
The Tantive IV is of course the ship that is making a mad dash to get away from the Star Destroyer at the beginning of A New Hope, and for that reason it’s a spaceship that’s ingrained in a lot of people’s memory. There have been a couple different versions of this ship in LEGO form, but I like this new one the best. It’s way too expensive for me to ever own it, but if I had my choice out of any LEGO Star Wars set, it’d be my third pick.
2. X-Wing Fighter – #4502
Along with the Mos Eisley Cantina, this is a set I could actually afford if it was still around. Why is a X-Wing Fighter my number two pick? It intends to recreate the scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Luke lands on Dagobah and meets Yoda, so it includes Yoda’s hut! I know he lived in a tree, but come on, that hut is pretty cool! Yoda even clips on to Luke’s back for some Jedi training in LEGO form. All this set needs is a stick for Yoda to beat R2-D2 with and it would be perfect.
1. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon – #10179
Sorry if this is an obvious choice, but the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon is my top choice for the coolest set ever. My biggest gripe about the other UCS sets is that most of the time they are not in minifigure scale, but that is not the case with the Falcon. It is a huge minifig-scaled Falcon that is just too cool for words. It has a whopping 5,195 pieces and includes Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan, Luke, and Leia.
It would probably take me the rest of my natural life to put that together, but a guy can dream.
So there are my picks for the coolest LEGO Star Wars sets ever, and I’m sure I left out a lot of great ones. What are you favorites?