Best Lego Star Wars Sets and Minifigures
Lego Star Wars Minifigures
Lego minifigures are cool. Star Wars characters are cool. Put them together and they are a combination that’s tough to beat. For the past decade and more Lego has been creating some of the most memorable minifigures in their history based around the Star Wars movies. From Luke to Leia and Jar Jar to Darth Maul they’re all here, immortalized as tiny minifigs.
Collecting Lego minifigures is a little secret hobby of mine, and I have many Star Wars minifigs. In this article I'll go over some of my favorites as well as some of the building sets where you can find them. Of course you don't have to get the set to get the minifigs, as there are folks out there who focus simply of selling the minifigures.
On the other hand, if you have the room and the patience (which I, unfortunately, I have neither) you may want to assemble and display some of the awesome Lego Star Wars sets in your home hobby room.
Lego and Star Wars!
For kids, the Lego Star Wars franchise is a great way to stretch their imaginations and have fun with a classic movie series they love. For many Adult Fans of Lego it takes them back to their youth when both Star Wars and Lego were about the biggest names in the toy industry.
Lego minifigures are fun to collect, and usually pretty inexpensive. You can go around buying up all the Lego sets just to get the minifigs, but it’s much smarter to find the ones you want online and buy them one at a time.
In this article we’ll go through every Star Wars movie and pick out the must-have minifigures from each. Whether your collection is just getting started or you are looking for that one missing piece, you’ll find something great here!
A New Hope Star Wars Minifigures
The movie that started it all! Who would have guessed that decades later it would still be such a big deal? But even after all these years great Star Wars toys are still just about the most collectible things out there, and Lego minifigures are right at the top of the list.
For many older Star Wars fans the little Lego minifigures are reminiscent of the Kenner action figures we used to collect as kids. Lego does a great job of bringing out the details in each character. You have to think that’s tough to do with only two inches of plastic to work with!
If you are going to start a Star Wars minifigure collection, these must-have characters are a great way to get the ball rolling.
Here's Luke in his farm-body garb, as depicted through most of the first movie. This is a must-have minifigure for any serious Star Wars fan!
I got mine with the Lego Luke's Landspeeder set, which also included R2-D2, Obi Wan, and C-3PO and a Stormstrooper.
If you're smart with your set purchases you can grab some cool minifigures a bunch at a time without having to hunt them down one-by one.
Of course always be sure to look at the prices to make sure it's more cost-effective to purchase the set rather than the individual figures.
Luke's Landspeeder Lego set comes with Luke, R2-D2, C-3PO and Ben "Obi Wan" Kenobi, plus a Stormtrooper who soon realizes these aren't the droids he's looking for.
Here's Han with his blaster.
He may be a scruffy-looking nerf herder, but he makes for a darned sharp-looking minifig. Here's Han in his vest and white shirt, as we first saw him in A New Hope.
There are a bunch of versions on Han out there, but I think this one is my favorite.
Han comes with the Millennium Falcon playset, which also includes Princess Leia, Darth Vadar, a different version of Ben and Luke than we see in the Landspeeder set, and Chewbacca.
The Millennium Falcon
This set is a great way to round out your collection of minifigures from A New Hope, but it's also a little expensive. If you aren't interested in the Lego set itself you may wish to find the minifigs separately.
Of course you can grab the above minifigures individually if you wish. Here's Princess Leia from a New Hope, complete with her sticky-bun hairstyle.
Leia has had her share of costume and hairstyle changes throughout the Star Wars saga, and there's a minifigure to document each phase of her journey.
Vader is the ultimate baddie, and no Star Wars minifigure collection would be complete without him. He started out as a cute little kid on Tatooine, but of course we didn't know that in a New Hope. He was too busy blowing up planets and offing Jedi masters for us to contemplate is moral fabric.
Darth Vader is an important figure in any Star Wars collection.
The Death Star: the Ultimate Lego Star WarsPlayset
Here's a playset that comes with no less than 24 minifigures! You can complete your Star Wars minifigure collection in one shot!
But this set isn't for casual collectors: This is for serious Star Wars fans and Lego builders. Of course kids would love it, but once built I'd say it ought to take up a revered place in a playroom or family room.
It's just too cool to disassemble!
This is an amazing Lego set, featuring the infamous Death Star and complete with 24 legendary Star Wars characters.
The Empire Strikes Back
By the end of the first Star Wars movie the Death Star had been destroyed and all seemed right with the galaxy. But the Empire was still out there, and mad as heck. In the beginning of The Empire Strike Back they hunt down the Rebels on their base on Hoth. Bad news for the Rebels, but good news for us because we get great minifigs like Luke in his Hoth Gear.
After the Battle of Hoth, Luke heads off to the Dagobah System to learn the ways of the Force from Yoda, the Jedi Master. Who would have guessed that Yoda was a two-foot-tall green guy? He's a master of the Force, and also a really awesome minifig.
There's a bunch of Yodas out there, but this one is the original. Yoda is one of most cherished characters in the Star Wars world.
About mid-way through the flick, Darth Vader decides to employ a group of bounty hunters to help find Luke, Han and the Princess.
One of them becomes among the most beloved Star Wars characters of all time: Boba Fett.
Sure he’s a bounty hunter and probably not a very nice guy, but he’s just so darn cool! And, of course, a great character always make a great minifigure!
Bobba Fett's Slave 1
Slave 1 is Boba Fett's ship, and the last we see of Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back he's being loaded into the cargo hold. This set is a cool reproduction of the Slave 1 ship, including Boba Fett, Han as he appeared before being tossed into the carbonite, Han after being tossed into the carbonite and Bossk.
The addition of Bossk is a nice bonus to this set. He didn't appear in Cloud City, but whatever. Still cool.
Return of the Jedi
Ewoks! Return of the Jedi wrapped up the Star Wars saga, saw the end of Sith, the reconciliation between Luke and Vader, the stunning revelation that Luke and Leia were brother and sister and the destruction of the second Death Star and all anyone remembers is Ewoks! And now of course we have some Ewok minifigures, with Wicket being the most famous.
ROJ also gives us a couple of versions of the Lando minifigure. He was previously released in a set called Cloud City, but those sets and minifigs are increasing hard to find. In Empire Lando was a good guy, then a bad guy, then a good guy again. Apparently he sorted out his conscience because by the time of ROJ he'd been promoted to General.
And who could forget Leia's outfit she was made to wear at Jabba's palace? Nobody is complaining, but this is definitely among the most bizarre of the Star Wars minifigs. The minifigure torso doesn't exactly have the same shape as Princess Leia! Odd it may be, but it's a unique figure to add to any collection.
For some, ROJ was a little too cutesy, but it brought a satisfying end to what is possibly the greatest movie trilogy of all time. Star Wars had become ingrained in the culture of a generation, and after Jedi it was all over. Or so we thought, at the time.
Jabba's Sail Barge
The scene on Jabba's sail barge is one of the most memorable in the move. This Lego set not only recreates the setting, but includes the Sarlaac Pit, the desert skiff and minifigure likenesses of Leia in here metal bikini, Lando is his guard outfit, Leia, Boba Fett, Han, R2-D2, and a Gamorrean guard.
And, of course, the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt.
Intermission: The Star Wars Story
Phantom Menace Minifigures
The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace reignited the Star Wars flame, and for many young fans this film kicked off their interest in the Star Wars legacy. If nothing else it featured some of the most unusual characters in Star Wars lore, and Lego has brough them to us in minifigure form.
Jar Jar Binks is beloved by many Star Wars fans, especially the younger ones. For some older fans he is by far the most annoying Star Wars character ever created! Whatever your opinion, you know you need him to make your Star Wars minifigure collection complete.
Darth Maul is one of the most menacing baddies in any Star Wars film. With his double-sided lightsaber and wicked head-horns he gave the Jedi all that they could handle. Of course Obi Wan prevailed in the end and defeated Darth Maul, but at the price of losing his master and friend, Qui-Gon Jinn.
And The Phantom Menace gave us a look at young Anakin Skywalker. Can you believe that cute little kid grew up to be Darth Vader? Little Anni is another icon of movie, and a Star Wars minifigure collection isn’t complete without him. Who else is going to put your C-3PO minifigure together?
Attack of the Clones Lego Figures
Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones was a strange movie for many older Star Wars fans, as it attempted to explain a little bit of the history behind events in the original trilogy. Some of us were left scratching their heads, but when it comes to the Lego minifigs there is no reason to be let down.
In Attack of the Clones we got a look at Boba Fett’s daddy, who also happens to be the daddy of all Stormtroopers. Weird? Yup, but Jango Fett is still a pretty sharp-looking minifigure. Unfortunately he's also rather rare. Jango only appeared in one Lego set, and he can be tough to find. Well, of course he's tough to find, he's an elusive bounty hunter!
Anakin is growing up in this movie, and training to be a Jedi. We begin to see hints of what he is capable of, but somehow we're still hoping he turns out okay. Nope! He unleashes his wrath on a village full of Sand People, then goes on a rant about becoming an all-powerful Jedi. Well, at least his minifigure is pretty harmless.
Besides Palpatine, who by this time we know is up to no good, the main baddie in the movie is Count Dooku. After a scene where Yoda proves once and for all why he's the greatest Jedi in the galaxy, Dooku escapes and the Clone Wars begin.
Minifigures from Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of the Sith
Revenge was by far the best movie of the new trilogy. Here we see the decline of Anakin Skywalker, and the rise of the Empire at the hands of Emperor Palpatine.
The Emperor is rotten to the core, and a very strong Sith as well. He knew he couldn’t defeat the Jedi alone, so he used Anakin’s love for Padme to bring him over to the dark side of the Force. Doesn't it just make you want to toss him down a bottomless shaft? The Emperor may be no good, but his minifigure is a great addition to your collection.
Mace Windu is a powerful Jedi, but even he can't stop Anakin and the Emperor from taking over the galaxy. Vader will go on to rule with an iron fist, and his twin children, Luke and Leia, are hidden from him for their protection. The Jedi order is destroyed, Ben and Yoda vanish into exile, and the Empower takes power. It’s a sad ending to the new trilogy, but necessary to set up A New Hope.
At least the minifigures from Revenge of the Sith can cheer us up a little. We get ultra-creepy baddie General Grievous and a few different version of Anakin in various building sets. Of course there are clone troopers, wookies, and a few Jedi minifigs among others.
The Lego Star Wars Legacy
Who knows what’s next in the Lego Star Wars universe? No doubt they’ll continue to release awesome sets and minifigures, and expand on the characters and scenes from six unforgettable movies.
Collecting Star Wars minifigures is a blast no matter what your age. You can find just about anything you need online, and there are lots of great websites that can help you on your way. Even if you are an adult collector, you are definitely not alone! You can join Adult Fans of Lego, an organization specifically for adults who enjoy building and collecting Legos.
And if you can’t find what you want, you can do like many other fans and build it yourself! Artists around the world create their own minifigures using a little paint a few custom parts.
Wherever your love for Lego takes you, when it comes to Star Wars minifigures have fun!
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