Did you know LEGO nearly went under in the late 90s? As crazy as that sounds, the iconic toy company was not at the top of its game; their original themes were hit-or-miss with kids and they needed a shot in the arm to reinvent the company. Fortunately for LEGO, Star Wars was returning to theaters with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and anyone alive at the time will tell you that it was the marketing blitz of the decade. From fast food toys to car accessories, you could find almost any product imaginable with a Star Wars logo on it.
LEGO and Star Wars partnered to create LEGO sets depicting scenes and ships from The Phantom Menace, as well as iconic models from the Original Trilogy. The LEGO x Star Wars partnership marked the first time that LEGO ever created a line of licensed sets, and since its inception over 20 years ago, Star Wars continues to be one of LEGO’s best-selling themes year after year.
With over 20 years of sets to choose from, today we’ll be taking a look at some of my picks for the best 20 LEGO Star Wars sets of all-time. Before that, let’s set some ground rules:
1.) Bigger does not always mean better; there will be some sets in here that are smaller sets, but ones that I feel elevated and/or game-changed the LEGO Star Wars theme. Not every set has to be as big and grandiose as the Death Star!
2.) Certain sets like the Slave 1 or Millennium Falcon have been released several times with different builds, figures, or aesthetics altogether. I will be including what I consider to be the best version of whatever models make the list, so some decisions could be split-hair choices.
3.) The beauty of LEGO is that some sets will resonate with us more than others. If you agree or disagree with my list, I’d love to hear from you and talk about it! Here’s my IG - let’s connect!