Lego Star Wars is a Lego theme that incorporates the Star Wars saga. Originally it was only licensed from 1999–2008, but the Lego Group extended the license with Lucasfilm Ltd. multiple times: first until 2011, then until 2016, then again until 2022.

Star Wars
Lego Star Wars Logo.svg
Sub‑themesThe Old Republic
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars
Revenge of the Sith
The Force Unleashed
Rebels
The Force Awakens
Battlefront
Rogue One
The Last Jedi
Solo
Resistance
The Rise of Skywalker
The Mandalorian
SubjectStar Wars
Licensed fromLucasfilm (via Disney)
Availability1999–present
Total sets700+
Official website

The brand has spawned six video game releases, developed by Traveller's TalesLego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005), Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006), Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011) Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020). Many short films and miniseries have also been produced.

Lego SetsEdit

 
The package for Darth Vader's TIE fighter.

The first Lego Star Wars, released in 1999, included model 7140, the first Lego X-wing. Star Wars was the first intellectual property to be licensed in Lego Group history.[1] The first few sets based on the original trilogy were released in 1999, coinciding with the release of The Phantom Menace. Sets based on the prequel trilogy (Episodes 1 to 3) of Star Wars would follow, starting with Episode I. As each new film in the prequel trilogy neared its release date, Lego issued new models of ships and scenes in those films, as well as additional sets from the original trilogy. Lego also produced models based on The Clone Wars, which was released early in 2008.[2] Sets based on Star Wars Rebels, The Force Awakens, Battlefront, Rogue One, Solo, The Last Jedi, Star Wars Resistance, The Mandalorian, and The Rise of Skywalker have also been produced.

Ultimate Collector Series (UCS)Edit

In addition to the regular minifigure-scale sets, Lego has released several sets (approximately 26) for the Ultimate Collector Series. These models are often considerably larger, more detailed, and meant more for display purposes than other sets. They often cost more than regular Lego sets as well. Many of them include an information plaque and often a display stand. The largest of these is 75192, the 2017 UCS version of the Millennium Falcon, complete with ten minifigures. At 7541 pieces, it is the largest Star Wars Lego set ever released; and the largest set of any collection ever commercially released. The newest Ultimate Collector Series set is the 75181 Y-wing Starfighter, released in 2018.[3] On June 5, 2015, an unopened box of the older 2007 Millennium Falcon Lego set was auctioned at online auction house Catawiki for 5,000 euros (US$5556.5 at the time) making it the most expensive LEGO set ever.

MinifiguresEdit

Most characters from the Star Wars universe have materialized in Lego minifigure form by now. The minifigure with the first code, i.e. sw0001, is a tan battle droid that appeared in The Phantom Menace.[4] Some minifigures repeatedly appear across multiple Lego sets, while others can be very rare, vastly increasing their resale value. In 2019, the number of Lego Star Wars minifigures has surpassed 1000, with the Battlefront II protagonist Iden Versio bearing code sw1000.[5]

Video gamesEdit

There have been five Lego Star Wars video games:

  • Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005) – (Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 2, Xbox) – Based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, first released on 29 March 2005.
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006) – (Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360) – Based on the Star Wars original trilogy, first released on 12 September 2006.
    • Lego Star Wars II Mobile (J2ME) – Mobile phone adaption of Lego Star Wars II, first released on 19 December 2006.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007) which combined Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy into a single game. While also upgrading the first game from the PS2 and Original Xbox generation, to the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation. It was also available for the Wii.
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011) – (Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360) – Based on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and animated series, first released on 22 March 2011.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) – (iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Based on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, first released on 28 June 2016.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020) - (Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) - Based on all nine films of the main Star Wars saga, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. To be released in 2020.

Traveller's Tales president Jon Burton stated in a July 2008 interview with Variety that the series had collectively sold 15 million copies.[6] As of February 13, 2009, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game has sold over 6.8 million copies worldwide, Lego Star Wars II has sold over 8.3 million, The Complete Saga has sold over 4.1 million, and the three combined have sold over 21 million ???? How can it be 15 for all and then 21 for only those 3.[7] In May 2009, Wired reported combined sales of 20 million.[8]

Films and videosEdit

Lego Star Wars characters cameo in The Lego Movie (2014), additionally several films and videos based on Lego Star Wars have been produced.

Short filmsEdit

  • Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick is the first computer-animated Lego Star Wars short film. It premiered on Cartoon Network in mid-2005, in conjunction with the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith.[9]
  • Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 is a short movie which aired on Cartoon Network on August 2009, and was uploaded to the Lego Star Wars website, in order to celebrate 10 years of Lego Star Wars,[10][11]
  • Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty, is another CGI Lego short film, it was released in 2010. In it, Vader hires Boba Fett to track down the Gungan Jar Jar Binks for an accident he caused to Vader. The film also takes place at the same time as the original movies showing that Jar Jar was responsible for the destruction of the first Death Star and was with Boba Fett on Jabba's Barge during the events of Return of the Jedi.

Television specialsEdit

  • Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace released on July 7, 2011, is a 30-minute, exclusive TV special written by Michael Price is about a Jedi Academy field trip.[12] When Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that a young boy pretending to be a Jedi youngling secretly boarded his ship... and has a taste for adventure. Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. Yoda and the droids proceed to save the younglings from Sith Lords as well as the vile Jabba the Hutt. The special premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 22, 2011, at 7 p.m. and in the United Kingdom on October 17 at 5:30. The DVD and Blu-ray include several special features such as The Quest for R2-D2 and Bombad Bounty as well as other short films.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out released on September 26, 2012, airing on Cartoon Network in the United States.[13] In it, Luke Skywalker embarks on a mission to find and destroy an Imperial base on Naboo, but is relentlessly chased by a group of fanatic fangirls, who think of him as a celebrity for destroying the Death Star. Meanwhile, Darth Vader engages a "sithling" rivalry with Darth Maul, in order to prove he's the best Sith Lord to Emperor Palpatine, who is constructing the second Death Star.

Television seriesEdit

  • Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles trilogy:
    • "The Phantom Clone", aired on May 29, 2013. General Grievous steals the lightsabers of a group of Padawans at the Jedi Training Academy, and he and Count Dooku plan to use the lightsabers' crystals to create an army of super-powered Sith clones on Kamino. Yoda and Mace Windu embark on a quest to stop them. Meanwhile, the Padawans try to retrieve their lightsabers, much to C-3PO's concern.
    • "Menace of the Sith" , aired on September 4, 2013. The only surviving Sith clone, Jek-14, decides not to fight for the dark side of the force and wants to be left alone to build in peace, but both the Jedi and the Sith want him on their side, with the latter planning to use him to clone an evil army. Meanwhile, C-3PO quits being the substitute teacher for the Padawans, and the Jedi Council hires Anakin Skywalker as his replacement.
    • "Attack of the Jedi", aired on November 27, 2013. After the Sith's plan to create Sith clones has failed, they start teaching a group of "Badawans" on the planet Mustafar. When the Jedi get a tip of this, they head there to stop them, but when they reach complications, they must persuade Jek-14 to help them, despite him not wanting to fight for either side of the Force. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious tries to meet up with the evil padawans, but has trouble getting away from C-3PO. The series continued to a second season with four episodes airing in 2014 but now without "Lego" in the title to avoid legal disputes over ownership between Disney and Cartoon Network.
  • Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales aired on Disney XD between July and November 2015, as a 5-part animated mini-series. The series serves as a comedic re-telling of the first six Star Wars films from C-3PO's point of view.[14]
  • Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises aired on Disney XD between February and May 2016, as a 5-part animated mini-series. The series serves as a comedic prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures aired on Disney XD. It was announced by Disney on February 17, 2016, as a new Lego animated series. Set between Episode V and Episode VI, it tells the story of the Freemakers, a family of scavengers that find themselves pulled into the conflict between the Rebels and the Empire.
  • Lego Star Wars: All-Stars premiered on Disney XD on October 29, 2018. Set across all eras, it consists of eight short films and five half-hour episodes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lego gets Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit licence". Metro.
  2. ^ "Lego Star Wars". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  3. ^ "75181-1: Y-wing Starfighter". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  4. ^ "sw0001a: Battle Droid Tan with Back Plate". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  5. ^ "sw1000: Iden Versio (Inferno Squad Commander)". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  6. ^ Orry, James (8 July 2008). "LEGO Star Wars has sold 15 million units". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Lego Group Celebrates 10 Years of the Force". PR Newswire. February 13, 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Lego and Star Wars Celebrate 10 Years Together!". Wired. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick". 8 May 2005 – via IMDb.
  10. ^ Playthings.com: Lego Star Wars Celebrates 10 Years with ‘The Quest for R2-D2’[dead link]
  11. ^ Media Freaks - The Animation Business Blog: The Quest for R2-D2 - Lego Star Wars Celebrates Ten Years Archived 2009-09-02 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace". 22 July 2011 – via IMDb.
  13. ^ "Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out". 26 September 2012 – via IMDb.
  14. ^ Link Voxx. "Star Wars Episode 7 News - New LEGO Star Wars Mini-Series Retelling the Whole Saga Coming to DisneyXD". Star Wars Episode 7 News. Archived from the original on 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2016-01-15.

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