Can you believe that it has been 20 years since the first Lego Star Wars sets debuted on toy store shelves around the world? The company developed Star Wars as its first licensed property, back in 1999. Before Lego Marvel, before Lego Batman, before Lego Harry Potter, there was Lego Star Wars. It’s hard to think of a time when licensed properties weren’t a heavy mix of the Lego output. But in 1999, coinciding with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars made its way into the hearts and homes of Lego fans. Since the product line’s launch, over 700 different sets and 1,000 minifigs have been produced in conjunction with it.
Five special edition Lego Star Wars anniversary sets hit store shelves on April 1st to commemorate this momentous milestone, and each set includes a limited edition 20th anniversary minifig. The anniversary minifigs feature traditional yellow faced Legos. Prices on the sets range from $19.99 to $1119.99. The 20th anniversary sets are:
Boba Fett’s ship, Slave 1, with exclusive Princess Leia 20th Anniversary minifig.
Anakin’s Podracer, with exclusive Luke Skywalker 20th Anniversary minifig.
Snowspeeder, with exclusive Lando Calrissian 20th Anniversary minifig.
Clone Scout Walker, with exclusive Darth Vader 20th Anniversary minifig.
Imperial Dropship, with exclusive Han Solo 20th Anniversary minifig.
Which set are you most excited about?
Billy Henehan writes for The Beat. In his free time, he likes to hunt down foreign language reprints of Todd McFarlane Spider-Man comics.