Celebrate 20 years of LEGO Star Wars with fun facts and brand new retro sets

Celebrate 20 years of LEGO Star Wars with fun facts and brand new retro sets

It’s crazy to think that this year is the 20th anniversary of both Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and licebsed Star Wars LEGO sets. I distinctly remember a time before Otoh Gunga, “Duel of the Fates,” and podracing, when anticipation was high and theories ran rampant, but it feels like Star Wars LEGO bricks have just… always been there. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

But yes, it’s been two decades since the first LEGO sets based on Star Wars characters, vehicles, and locations debuted, and the fine folks at LEGO are rightfully celebrating. Check out the details below for a first look at their upcoming anniversary sets, along with plenty more goodies to be enjoyed by Jedi and Sith alike.

Per LEGO:

LEGO® Star Wars™ 75262 – Imperial Dropship™-20th Anniversary Edition 125 pieces | Age 6+ 19.99 (USD) | 24.99 (CAD)

Deploy the troopers with the LEGO® Star Wars™ Imperial Dropship! Load them onto the platform and store their stud blasters for the flight. Then sit the Shadow Trooper in the cockpit, fire up the engines and blast off for another exciting battle against the Rebels!

75258 – Anakin’s Podracer™-20th Anniversary Edition 279 pieces | Age 7+ 29.99 (USD) | 39.99 (CAD)

Speed to victory in Anakin’s Podracer! Sit young Anakin Skywalker in the cockpit and lower his goggles ready for the race. Then fire up the huge engines, grab the play handle and zoom through the canyons of Tatooine… or your living room! With Anakin at the controls, victory is yours!

75261 – Clone Scout Walker™-20th Anniversary Edition 250 pieces | Age 6+ 29.99 (USD) | 39.99 (CAD)

Protect the Wookiee warrior with the armored Clone Scout Walker! Sit the Kashyyyk Trooper in the seat of the armored AT-RT Walker and stride in battle. Turn and fire the stud shooter before the Dwarf Spider Droid destroys the trench with its own stud shooter. The Clone Army must win at all costs!

75259 – Snowspeeder™-20th Anniversary Edition 309 pieces | Age 7+ 39.99 (USD) | 49.99 (CAD)

Sound the alarm, Echo Base is under attack! Win the Battle of Hoth with Luke and Dak Ralter in their amazing LEGO® Star Wars™ Snowspeeder from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Speed over the ice and launch the spring-loaded shooters. Then fire the rear stud shooter and harpoon with string. On the ground, help the Rebel Trooper take aim and fire the gun tower stud shooter. Those Imperials must be defeated!

75243 – Slave I™-20th Anniversary Edition 1007 pieces | Age 10+ 119.99 (USD) | 159.99 (CAD)

Build Boba Fett’s personal Slave I starship and travel with him through the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy in search of fugitives! Grab the handle and fly him around. Pull the triggers to fire the spring-loaded shooters. Load Han Solo trapped in carbonite into the hold and deliver him to collect your payment. It's another exciting day in the life of a bounty hunter!

Just for fun, LEGO have also released a bunch of cool bits of trivia regarding Star Wars and their relationship with a galaxy far, far away.

LEGO® Star Wars™ 20th Anniversary – Fun Facts You Didn’t Know Fun Facts Only the Most Hardcore LEGO® Star Wars™ Fans Know:

  • The 1999 Jar Jar Binks minifigure was the first ever to have a unique LEGO® head sculpt

  • Ewoks, Boba Fett and Yoda were some of the first minifigures to feature with short legs (2002)

  • Except from Battle Droids and Storm Troopers, R2-D2 is the character that appears in most LEGO Star Wars sets

  • The Jedi Bob minifigure appears in just one LEGO set, the 7163 Republic Gunship from 2002

  • The Darth Vader minifigure has changed many times over the years, but his helmet remained unchanged from 1999-2015

  • The 10177 UCS Millennium Falcon spend a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight

  • The cockpit windshield element in the 7191 X-Wing Fighter™ is based on a mould for a 4.5-volt battery box from a LEGO train set

  • The 24 minifigures and droids included in the 10188 set enable fans to re-enact almost every single scene taking place on the Death Star™

  • The Zam Wesell minifigure from 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit was one of the first minifigures to have double sided face decoration

20 Years of LEGO® Star Wars™ Nostalgia in a Wrap:

  • The launch of LEGO® Star Wars™ is announced at the International Toy Fair in New York, February 1999, by the LEGO Group and Lucas Film Ltd.

  • Jar Jar Binks from 1999. The first minifigure ever to have a unique head sculpt. Decorations on Jar Jar’s head is added in 2011

  • He’s just a kid… Young Anakin is one of the first minifigures with short legs. The first one is Yoda

  • Have you ever wondered which one of the characters appear in most sets? Well, if you don’t count battle droids and storm troopers the answer is … R2-D2. The little guy is included in roughly 30 sets

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi shares the long dark orange headpiece with another male Minifigure. Boromir in the LEGO® Lord of the Rings theme

  • Zam Wesell. Well not one of the most frequent minifigures to feature a LEGO® Star Wars™ set. But – she is one of the first minifigures to have double sided face decoration

  • Who is he? Ohh … it’s Jedi Bob. One Jedi minifigure appears in just one LEGO® set, the Republic Gunship™ #7163 from 2002 never to be seen again

  • The first battle droids are launched in 1999. They didn’t do much, however, as the hands only gripped horizontally. In 2007, the hand is changed to vertical grip, hence making it perfect for holding a blaster

  • The Darth Vader minifigure has changed many times over the years. One very important thing has remained the same for many years, though: his helmet, which is first moulded in 1999 and not replaced until 2015, when a new piece was introduced

  • Deep in the forests of Endor lives the Ewok tribe. Though small in stature they have skills. Excellent with a bow and arrow, spears and scouting skills you’d better have them on your side in a battle

  • Before launch of new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets are exposed to heat similar to the stress caused by one year of sun light through a window. The oven used for this purpose, however, was too small to fit the #10179 UCS Millennium Falcon™ from 2007. Instead, the team had to find a sauna in a public swimming pool. It worked!

  • To find the LEGO® element for the cockpit windshield in the X-Wing Fighter™, #7191 from year 2000 designer Henrik Andersen found an old mould, that he could use. The mould was for an old 4.5-volt battery box from a LEGO train set

  • Even though the Ultimate Collectors Series X-Wing Fighter™, #7191 from 2000 is massive, R2-D2 is the only character featuring the set

  • 24 minifigures and droids enable fans of all ages to reenact almost every single scene taking place on the Death Star™, #10188 from 2008

  • Almost 700 sets, more than 1000 LEGO Star Wars minifigures, five video games, several television and web series and lots of merchandising has been shared with fans of all ages since the launch in 1999

Finally, enjoy a gallery of odds and ends, from the look of the Millennium Falcon throughout the years to the evolution of minifigs to some of the very first licensed Star Wars sets to ever be released.

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