The return of Star Wars was far from a one-time thing. The success of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One – both of which are very different movies – showed that there was a market for Star Wars across the generations. Old fans could dive back into the world with new stories and old characters and new ones could start a new adventure. The fallout of these films, and the anticipation of more, means that there are lots of fans in 2017 looking for toys and merchandise. LEGO have not disappointed with their new range of Star Wars building sets for the year. There is one again an interesting mixture of vehicles, battle scenes and characters that take us across the trilogies to different areas of the franchise. There is something here to pique the interest of newcomers and rekindle the love of older fans.
Top 2017 Star Wars LEGO Sets
LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder 75144 Set
The LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder 75144 Set is an interesting new model for 2017 for two important reasons. Firstly, this set is a true collectors’ edition with that level of attention to detail and clever crafting that buyers come to expect. Secondly, this Snowspeeder takes its inspiration from the “real” thing – the one that Luke used in The Empire Strikes Back. This is clear from the paintwork on the parts and sticker set, to the positioning of the guns and lasers. This is something that all older collectors and fans of the original trilogy can really appreciate. The addition of the display stand and card are a nice touch to make it that little bit more special.
However, this doesn’t mean that the model can’t be used as a toy if younger players would like to own it, build it and play with it. There are plenty of moving elements in the rotating gun and opening cockpit to ensure that this model is ready for a fight. There are also two mini figures in the box, dressed for action with their uniforms and helmets, and also blaster pistols and electrobinoculars to play with. This all means that this model is a lot of fun for any collector.
LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter 75168 Set
It isn’t often that Yoda gets to take to the skies in his own LEGO Star Wars adventure, but that is precisely what is on offer with the LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter 75168 Set. Here we get Yoda, in detailed mini-figure form, with his trusted light saber. When it is time to fly into action, he can hop aboard his ship via the cockpit, which has a front and top opening function. This is an impressive looking ship for such a small, calm Jedi master. The shape is sleek, made from an appealing mixture of grey and dark green bricks, and has folding wings for maneuverability.
This 2017 ship clearly isn’t there to just cruise around and keep an eye on everyone. There is also plenty of firepower in the form of the two laser cannons and the spring-loaded shooters. If that wasn’t enough, there is also the chance to use R2-D2 as a helpful ally while up in the air. This additional mini-figure has is own little dock at the back of the ship where he can ride between destinations in safety. This choice of characters is interesting for those that want to build on a collection and the detailed ship looks good against the rest of the fleet.
LEGO Star Wars Duel On Naboo 75169 Set
Moving over to the prequels, we have the LEGO Star Wars Duel On Naboo 75169 Set. This may be smaller than some of the other builds that are out there, at just 208 pieces, but it is clear that the designers have gone for a ??less is more’ approach here. There isn’t an element that doesn’t add to the structure of the generator core and purification chamber, or bring the action to life in some way. There are push-activated laser doors that allow the characters entry, a plasma element for added danger and even a catapault to send the minifigures hurtling over the gap to fight.
On that note, there are three key minifigure characters involved in this 2017 set. They are Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. Each model is nicely detailed in both the costumes and expressions depicted and the choice of lightsaber. Rather than use three run-of-the-mill light-saber accessories in this set, LEGO have made sure to use the correct ones. Darth Maul is threatening with his red, double-bladed one, but Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan both have their green and blue one respectively. This should be a good fight for creative players.
LEGO Star Wars The Phantom 75170 Set
LEGO haven’t forgotten about the Star Wars Rebels series in their attempts to build an interesting new collection for 2017. That is why many Star Wars fans may not immediately recognize the LEGO Star Wars The Phantom 75170 Set – if at all. This cute little ship is only found in the animated cartoon, which gives it a niche appeal and makes it an interesting model to bring into 3D form. It may be a compact craft with a non-threatening shape – including a cargo area and detachable cockpit – but this is still a Rebel starfighter. It has dual spring-loaded shooter to fight back when needed.
Also included in this set are minifigures of Kanan, Admiral Thrawn and a Chopper droid to assist them. The trio can load up the ship with weapons and goods – making good use of that detonator store – before climbing into the cockpit, releasing the retractable landing gear and jetting off for a new adventure. They also have the advantage of spare ammo and their own personal weapons, should Kanan and Thrawn wish to land and engage with the enemy on the ground. This is a fun build, for both Rebels fans and LEGO collectors alike.
LEGO Star Wars Battle on Scarif 75171 Set
Then we come even further up to date in the chronology of Star Wars movies with this new set based on a scene from Rogue One. The main aim in this movie was for the heroes to recover the plans for the Death Star and escape the enemy. This is precisely what Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor plan to do in the LEGO Star Wars Battle on Scarif 75171 Set. Thee are all kitted out ready to infiltrate this base and retrieve the blueprints – which are handily included here in Lego form. They have all the weapons they may need with the regular and special blasters, elecrobinoculars for a better view and three thermal detectors to get a better idea of what is going on inside.
The problem is that it won’t be easy to break into this fortified beach bunker. The Empire have ensured that the plans are secure behind those tough walls and sliding doors, and there are even exploding floor panels to watch out for. They can be disarmed, but only if the heroes find the control panel. To make matters worse, there are two armed Scarif Stormtroopers on guard. Will the heroes sneak through and steal the plans, or will the Empire catch them?
LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing Starfighter 75172 Set
Another Rebel-focused ship that will prove to be of great use in battle is the LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing Starfighter 75172 Set. This Y-Wing is a more recognizable model in this universe for 2017, and certainly seems like it would be of greater use in an aerial battle. This is first seen in the shape. The Y-shape and the detail of the build on this 41cm long model means an attractive, aerodynamic shape that players will love. This build also has moving parts like the cockpit, landing gear and rotating guns for interactive play. On the subject of weaponry, there are also many different ways for players to attack the enemy. In addition to the guns there are the dual spring-loaded shooter and bomb-drop function.
Of course it is as much about the story as the flight here, and there is also the inclusion of five minifigures to advance the gameplay. They are a Y-Wing Pilot, Admiral Raddus, Moroff, a Stormtrooper and a Rebel Astromech droid figure. Each player has their own blaster – Moroff’s being assembled from his backpack. There is also the nice touch of the weapon loading crane for use when preparing for a mission.
LEGO Star Wars Luke’s Landspeeder 75173 Set
Then we get a speeder that is at the entirely opposite end of the scale for these 2017 releases. With the Star Wars Day collectors’ Snowspeeder, there is detail, complexity in the build and elements that make it a display piece. With that comes a high price tag. The LEGO Star Wars Luke’s Landspeeder 75173 Set is different because it is a very simple, minimal build that is really more of an add-on item. This is reflected in the $20 list price. Even so, this model is still attractive and the set is a must have for anyone starting to build on a new collection based on the original trilogy.
The reason for this is the characters included and the story element. The Landspeeder is basically a means of getting Luke Skywalker to Ben Kenobi while attempting to avoid the Tusken Raider. All three minifigures are included here, in nice detail, alongside C-3P0 and a bonus womp rat. Ben has his lightsaber, the Raider has a bantha stick and Luke has electrobinoculars. This is why the set is so appealing to newcomers. It really is the ideal introduction to Star Wars in Lego form.
Star Wars – Desert Skiff Escape 75174 Set
Another new set for 2017 that has a strong focus on the characters and story over the build is the Star Wars – Desert Skiff Escape 75174 Set. Here players have minifigures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and a Skiff Guard. This means that is it much different in tone to the Luke’s Landspeeder set, but it is also a nice companion piece. Han and Chewbacca are dealing with Boba Fett on Jabba the Hutt’s skiff. It will take a tactful negotiation to prevent either from walking the plank, but this is no guarantee. To make matters worse, the skiff is hovering over Sarlacc pit and there could be a nasty landing.
This is where we get the two interesting buildable elements of this set. There is the skiff, which has the nice touches of the storage hold, rudders at the back to steer in into place and that dangerous plank, which extends out. The Sarlacc pit portrays the menacing teeth and tentacles of the angry monster. It is details like this, and the use of weapons and handcuffs for the prisoners, that really helps new players connect to this Return of the Jedi scene.
LEGO Star Wars A-Wing Starfighter 75175 Set
Models like the Desert Skiff Escape and Luke’s Landspeeder are both great examples of sets where LEGO have carefully recreated iconic scenes in order to bring vehicles and main characters together. This is a must for newcomers building a new collection. Then there is the LEGO Star Wars A-Wing Starfighter 75175, where there is more of a mismatch of characters and craft. Some fanatics are a little unsure why Lando Calrissian is the main minifigure used alongside the A-Wing Pilot and a Rebel Ground Crew. Yet, no-one is really complaining because this is a whole new character to add the collection, and the model and costume are pretty good.
The main selling point of this A-Wing kit is the model of the starfighter and the chance to bring in more rebels to handle a growing fleet of ships. The ground crew member may actually be the star of the show here with his service cart and different tools. He has a toolbox with a wrench and welder to keep the ship in top condition for the pilot. When the ship is ready, the pilot can climb up the retractable ladder, into the cockpit, and run through all the systems and weapons checks.