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LEGO Star Wars: Find themes, sets, games, minifigures and more inspired by George Lucas

LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: Find themes, sets, games, minifigures and more inspired by George Lucas' Star Wars movie series

Star Wars and LEGO are a match made in heaven. The blending of the most beloved children's toys with arguably the best movie series of all time makes for a powerful line of unique toys and games. The LEGO Star Wars theme was introduced in 1999 as one of the first officially licensed LEGO themes. It encompasses Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars and some of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Star Wars LEGO sets were first introduced in 1999 to coincide with the release of The Phantom Menace, and were slated to run through the year 2008. However, widespread love for the theme and the subsequent sales convinced The LEGO Group to renew the license through 2011 and beyond. Many fans are excited to see this theme continued.

The popularity of the theme led to the release of LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, and a sequel based on the Original Trilogy entitled LEGO Star Wars: II: The Original Trilogy released in 2006. The two games were later combined and released as LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga in 2007, which incorporated all six films and was on the Microsoft XBox, Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii and even the Nintnedo DS. The recently announced LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is slated for 2011.

Most of the sets are based on the spacecraft and other vehicles, locations and scenes, or the characters themselves, with spacecraft being the most popular. Some of the most memorable craft have been the Millennium Falcon, The Death Star, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter, X-Wing Fighter, Boba Fett's Slave I, Jabba's Sail Barge, and of course The Imperial Star Destroyer. Some of the more popular spacecraft have been redesigned over the years in various forms.

One such redesign is the Star Wars LEGO Mini series that first appeared in 2002. LEGO released some of the popular Star Wars models that were much smaller and had significantly few pieces than the regular sets. It is a testament to the skill of the LEGO artists that even models that small retain the overall shape and theme of the original piece. Since 2005, though, there have been no new Mini sets released, and no word on their continuation.

The second most popular types of sets are those that depict famous scenes from the movies, including Cloud City, Hoth Rebel Base, Jabba's Palace, Naboo Swamp and even Watto's Junkyard. Oftentimes a smaller object may include a vehicle, while larger stand-alone sets could include multiple vehicles and other props.

But what really makes the Star Wars saga are the characters, and this theme has an abundance. If a character stands out in your mind from any of the movies, there is a good chance that it has been made into a LEGO character. Of course the most common type of characters take the form of minifigures, which were first introduced in 1978, and have since been produced in 4,000 different varieties. Most LEGO models are of the scale of a minifigure or minifig, which will be discussed in great detail in later articles.

Many of the Star Wars minifigures have a unique appearance that is different from other LEGO themes, as well as accessories such as weapons (especially lightsabers), helmets (notably for Stormtroopers), and electronic gear that is not found in anywhere else. Favorite Star Wars minifigures include Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett. However, some people have gone so far as to amass large armies of Stormtroopers and Rebel pilots to re-enact their favorite scenes.

Other variations of characters include sophisticated Technic models and Ultimate Collector Series models. Technic models include R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Jango Fett, Stormtroopers and Battle Droids. Only two Ultimate Collector Series models have been produced to date - Yoda and Darth Maul.

Please explore our other Star Wars LEGO pages for more in-depth coverage of the theme's history, most memorable sets, and detailed specifications of each set. Other information can also be found at lego.com.
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