Star Wars LEGO sets are becoming increasingly popular with the anticipation of Episode 7 but there are plenty more kits out there than those that are promoting the new characters and worlds and plenty of ways for collectors of LEGO and Star Wars to build upon their collections.
For kids that may be less knowledgeable on the topic, building older ships and models gives them a chance to learn more about the mythology of the universe and the characters that paved the way for the upcoming story. The following Lego Star Wars sets released in 2015 are taken from across the board – from iconic original trilogy sets to prequel ships and other pieces – and each have their unique charms as toys and display pieces.
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Star wars LEGO Sets of 2015 from the Original Trilogy
The Sandcrawler – LEGO Set 75059
This is an iconic vehicle from Star Wars mythology that any collector will want to own because of its significance in the development of the saga; however, there is a lot for kids to love here too. The detail in the construction and the inclusion of the different minifigures means that kids can learn about the classic episodes through play and re-enact scenes from Episode 4: A New Hope in their own playroom – under the careful guidance of their nerdy parents.
There are numerous droids available here for kids to partner up with Luke Skywalker and and Uncle Owen – including c-3PO and R2-D2 – and of course a handful of Jawas to make the trades that will shape the young Jedi’s future. The Lego set’s detail of the moving parts and the scale of the Sandcrawler – 9x18x6 inches – just adds to this sense of awe and adventure.
LEGO Star Wars Slave I Set
Once kids have learnt the origin stories of the key heroes through these important LEGO Episode 4 toys, they can move on to Episode 5 and a great place to start, especially for those that enjoy the battles and flights in those detailed ships is the LEGO Star Wars Slave I. The amount of moving parts included here really does ensure that this is an interactive toy that can fuel the imagination; the cockpit and wings rotate and there are shooters, guns and missiles to load up and fire at any enemy that players stumble upon.
The Lego toy comes with two minifigures that are said to be unique to the set – which is where older collectors start to show a greater interest – and they are Boba Fett and Bespin Guard. Each figure has has own weapon so the battle can continue outside of the ship and kids should remain entertained for a long time.
LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle Tydirium 75094 Set
By the time kids reach Episode 6: Return of the Jedi in their education of the older Star Wars films and the mythology of the universe and characters, there is no let up in the intensity of battle and the missions that the characters – and players – must face. The LEGO Imperial Shuttle Tydirium set provides an adaptable craft of fine detail that measures 16x9x18 inches in flight mode and lets their now beloved heroes climb onboard and prepare to take on the Imperial enemy.
There are springloaded shooters and blasters and five figures to choose from – Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and 2 Rebel Troopers. As with many kits, there is a detail that makes a toy unique and collectable and here there is the connection to Endor, with the characters “dresssed” in Endor outfits. With this choice of pilot, great weaponry and movable parts, it is easy for kids to get engrossed in the story.
Death Star Final Duel Lego Set 75093
Also from Return of the Jedi is the the Death Star Final Duel Lego set– a name that immediately grabs the interest of players and collectors because of the implications of those words and the universal appeal of the Death Star. The Death Star is the most iconic setting in the franchise and here buyers have the chance to recreate the scenery from the final battle between Skywalker and Darth Vader at the reactor shaft.
The detail in the set design and the minifigures of the main hero and villain – lightsabres in hand – are all building toward that crucial finale; however, kids can let their imaginations run wild and explore the different structures and rework the choreography to their heart’s content. Play as Luke, Vader or Palpaine and master the force jump, collapsing stairs and other moving parts within the well-crafted throne room to decide their fate.
LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper Toy Set 75081
No matter how accomplished players believe themselves to be when it comes to flying LEGO Star Wars spacecraft, it never hurts to get a little practice in. The 2015 LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper building set gives players the chance to build this detailed ship from Episode IV: A New Hope and enjoy some target practice over the landscape of Tatooine.
The ship has a cabin for the included pilot minifigure, adjustable wings for careful manoeuvres in the canyons, a detachable storage container and two spring-loaded shooters. Once complete, players can test out the different functions, and their skills, by chasing down the womp rat figure. It should all be fun and games but the pilot also has to watch out for the Tusken Raider. This mini-figure isn’t too happy to have this Skyhopper racing around and is sure to show his frustration with his gaffi stick.
Star Wars LEGO 2015 Sets from the Prequels
LEGO Star Wars Sith InfiltratorTM 75096 Set
It is interesting that many of the iconic and well-loved LEGO Star Wars sets are based around the original trilogy of films rather than the more modern prequels, but this does not mean that there aren’t interesting items to build to help kids learn more about the other side of the story. The Sith Infiltrator set is a great place to start with these earlier storylines because it has five five important figures included – Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, R2-D2, Qui-Gon Jinn and Watto – and gives players the chance to fly Darth Maul’s aircraft around their recreated universe and shoot weapons and probes in the search for Jedis.
The ship also has retractable landing gear, springloaded shooters, folding wings and an accessible cockpit to make play more engaging and it should be a source of fun for numerous missions based on the adventures of the Young Anakin.
Lego Star Wars 75087 Anakins Custom Jedi Starfighter
Every important Star Wars character has their accompanying vehicle. Some instantly spring to mind, like Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, but others are not seen so often. The 2015 LEGO Star Wars Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter takes players back to origins of Anakin Skywalker and the Starfighter he flew in the Clone Wars animated series. This buildable ship has a striking blue and white design and a number of features to help the young Jedi-in-training take to the skies.
There is an opening cockpit, escape pod, landing gear and an Astromech droid with his own eject function. Anakin doesn’t have much time for flight practice around Coruscant because Asajj Ventress is also included and ready for a fight. Attack from the air with the four spring-loaded shooters and included ammo or land and engage in an epic lightsaber battle with the blue and red lightsabers.
LEGO Star Wars Naboo Starfighter 75092 Set
An alternative to Darth Maul’s ship is the Naboo Starfighter set from Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. This attractive looking model is another that sets itself up as a collectable because of the addition of the display stand but there are too many elements involved to entice kids to play for it to be left on a shelf for too long.
The aim is to let kids build the ship and fuelling station in fine detail, uncuff the pilot and fly off in another battle re-enactment, with Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi and R2-D2 on hand guide the way. With plenty of weaponry and details like the access ladder and ejector function for R2, it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the creation of the Lego toy set, meaning that kids will surely spend plenty of hours carefully creating it and even more inventing fun adventures for the characters.
LEGO Star Wars Attack of the Clones Hailfire Droid 75085
There are many different droids and armored vehicles that have been used across the Star Wars franchise and an exclusive set for 2015 gives players the chance to own one of the deadliest from the prequels. The LEGO Star Wars Attack of the Clones Hailfire Droid set contains a detailed, 163 piece building set that looks as good as a collector’s piece for older fans as it does in play.
Naturally, this weaponized droid has plenty of firepower to ensure that player can hold back the enemy with ease. There are four spring-loaded shooters, side pylons and an adjustable gun so players can attack from all sides and there is the added benefit of the two Super Battle Droids and the Clone Trooper Lieutenant to man the controls. The other selling point with this set is the use of the massive wheels, which make the set more manoeuvrable and more attractive.
LEGO Star Wars Flash Speeder 75091 Building Set
If players want their Star Wars mini-figures to get across a planet in record time or join a vital battle before it is too late, they need some of the series’ best speeders for transportation. An alternative option for fans of the prequel films comes in the form of the 2015 LEGO Star Wars Flash Speeder from Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
This large speeder is the pride of the Royal Naboo Security Forces and is big enough to hold the three mini-figures in its cockpit as well as three spring-loaded shooters and plenty of cargo. These minifigures are Captain Tarpals, a Naboo Security Guard and a Naboo Security officer and they can easily climb into the opening cockpit to head off into battle against the two additional Battle Droids. Also included in this set are the macro-binoculars element and plenty of weapons, such as the blaster pistols and Captain Tarpals’ spear.
LEGO Star Wars AAT Toy 75080 Set
The 2015 range of LEGO Star Wars building sets was created with all players and fans in mind – even the minority that enjoyed the prequels and thought that Jar Jar Binks was a character worthy of immortalization in LEGO form. The LEGO Star Wars AAT set takes players back to the Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a battle on Bink’s Gungan homeworld.
Jar Jar Binks has a tough job ahead of him if he is to fight off the Trade Federation and their vicious AAT. This armored tank has a rotating turret with an elevating cannon, two spring-loaded shooters and a host of other guns and ammo. Jar Jar, on the other hand, simply has access to his staff and shield and a blaster pistol. The action seems a little one sided and it is up to players to deliver the final blow – either to the AAT or Binks.
Other Star Wars LEGO 2015 Sets
TIE Fighter 75095 Lego Set
Some Lego sets are less about the episode that they come from and the stories that can be recreated and more about the iconic structures and designs of the finished item. The TIE Fighter is one such craft and while there will be many fans keen to buy the new one, the 75095 kit has its own charms as a collectors item due its history. It is sold as being the “perfect flagship model”, a great starting point for building up a bigger collection of LEGO Star Wars toys.
This kit is pretty big at 18.5x12x12.2 inches and this means that there is plenty of room for all the important details, like the hatch and the weaponry. There is a fighter pilot minifigure included, so kids could use it go and fight the Deathstar, but this kit is designed for display rather than play, with the addition of the stand and plague for housing the completed piece.
Battle Droid Troop Carrier 75086 Lego Set
While big, detailed kits like the above TIE fighter are a must for collectors looking for the very best modelling kits for iconic structures in the Star Wars universe, there is an alternative approach to take for LEGO toys for your kids. The 75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier is different because it is much smaller – just a few inches in height and length – and has a simplicity to it that makes it less obvious as a means of recreating key scenes.
This simplicity is part of the charm, however, as kids can use this troop carrying unit as an additional piece to enhance other battles with other sets. The carrier transports a selection of little droids and their weapons to the chosen location and once there, they can be put up against any additional character that the player wishes to use.
LEGO Star Wars Shadow Troopers 75079 Set
No matter how many Stormtroopers the Rebels manage to attack and how much progress they make with their mission, there is always another trick up the Empire’s sleeve and the chance to call in even more reinforcements. An interesting set from 2015 that adds a little diversity to a scene is the LEGO Star Wars Shadow Troopers set. There are two key elements with this set to make it appealing to keen collectors.
First there are the cool looking Shadow Guards with their black uniforms, capes and red lightsaber staffs. These figures provide a new challenge in battle and let players add to a growing collection of mini-figures. The second element is the buildable speeder that carries two extra Troopers into the fight and is fitted with two flick missiles. These Shadow Troopers are also armed with stud shooters to make things even tougher for any Rebel fighters.
LEGO Star Wars 2015 Advent Calendar Building Set 75097
Star Wars and Christmas do not immediately go together, apart from on a kids toy list for Santa, but the LEGO Star Wars 2015 Advent Calendar Building set is an exception to the rule that brings the joy of building a fun LEGO construction together with mini-figures.
There is quite a broad approach to this set in the pieces offered, with plenty of iconic vehicles and parts from the Star Wars universe to find and play with – such as a Sand Crawler, Hoth command post and Millennium Falcon – but there is also Santa on his sleigh and holiday themed droids to remind kids that Christmas is just around the corner. The aim is to let kids “journey through the Star Wars galaxy” and discover new pieces and characters through long-term play and the detail of the mini LEGO universe created goes a long way to providing this.
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