• Essential Lego Star Wars, 1999-2009

    Compiled by Zacherano. Updated 02 November 2009. Contains 11 sets.
    This comprehensive list includes a number of the best Lego Star Wars sets from the past decade, determined by their minifigures, movie accuracy, design, functionality, attention to detail, and overall appearance (I have not included price-to-piece ratio as one my main criteria because I think that an avid collector should probably be able spare the extra money to complete his/her collection). I have created this list to organize some of my favorite Lego Star Wars set and help Lego Star Wars fans to create, add to, or complete their displays.

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8038: The Battle of Endor

35 reviews
Pieces
890
Minifigs
12
RRP
$99.99, £84.99, €99.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This set is a well-designed, extremely accurate embodiment of one of the most memorable original trilogy sequences, in Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. The Battle of Endor comes with a number of rare and detailed minifigures, including three Ewoks with insignias on their hoods, two Rebel commandos, a new Princess Leia, two Imperial scout troopers, a Death Star R2-D2, the classic Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a Death Star trooper. The set is divided into three connected sections which together compose a panoramic battle display: the Ewok catapult and glider and two Imperial speeder bikes; the AT-ST assault walker; and the central Imperial shield bunker.
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5438 own this set, 2956 want it.

10188: Death Star

26 reviews
Pieces
3803
Minifigs
24
RRP
$399.99, £274.99, €419.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This gargantuan, involved, and incredibly complete original trilogy set chronicles all of the adventures which take place in the Death Star, in both Episodes IV and VI. The almost 4,000 piece model includes a full spectrum of 24 original trilogy minifigures, including a new design of the Tattooine Luke Skywalker, Emperor Palpatine with gray face and black hands, Han Solo and Luke in Stormtrooper disguise, two Death Star troopers, a Dianoga trash compactor monster, and many more detailed figures. The Death Star model has four jam-packed floors, with such features as a lift, a central elevator, a compacting trash compactor, Emperor Palpatine’s observation deck and throne, a landing area with a miniature Vader’s TIE fighter, a swiveling super laser, and more.
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5437 own this set, 4997 want it.

7663: Sith Infiltrator

39 reviews
Pieces
310
Minifigs
1
RRP
$29.99, £24.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This medium-sized, detailed rendition of Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator (a greatly modified version of an earlier model) incorporates masterful design and a combination of special pieces. The set includes a rare Darth Maul minifigure with his Sith speeder, binoculars, and three probe droids. Some notable features include easily folding and opening wings, an opening cockpit with computer console, and a detachable top on the front section of the ship.
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2790 own this set, 1737 want it.

6212: X-wing Fighter

72 reviews
Pieces
437
Minifigs
6
RRP
$49.99, £45.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66221-1
Bricklist notes
Not only is this collector’s edition set with six classic original trilogy minifigures a great purchase and display, but it has the best functionality and design of almost any Lego set in my collection (I own over 300 unique sets at the present). The model is movie-accurate, works very well with Death Star, and includes a socket for R2-D2 and colorful cockpit with a black and gold tracking computer. The four wings may be turned slowly but smoothly with a back knob, while the landing gear works surprisingly well. With a reasonable price, phenomenal functionality and design, and great collectable minifigures, the X-wing Fighter is a must-have for any Lego or Star Wars fan (not to mention that it is one of the most important and frequently viewed ships from the saga).
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6366 own this set, 1867 want it.

7103: Jedi Duel

51 reviews
Pieces
82
Minifigs
2
RRP
$10, £8.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I understand that many collectors have undermined this set for the outdated minifigures, supporting their Clone Wars "replacements" as adequate. Although this is a small set with questionable design and coloring, these classic minifigures are valuable, rare, and incredibly detailed and movie-accurate. Who could forget Dooku and Yoda, two of the most prominent and fun Star Wars characters? The classics will never die!

Note: Please see my review for further information on this set - I have also posted a very lengthy review of the Battle of Endor and will likely post reviews for other sets on this list as well.
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4071 own this set, 1443 want it.

10123: Cloud City

18 reviews
Pieces
698
Minifigs
7
RRP
$100
Packaging
Box
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Of the sets on this list, only Death Star surpasses the Cloud City diorama as a crucial summation of the Star Wars saga. Containing minifigures for all of the classic characters, excepting Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO, Cloud City represents one of the most famous Star Wars movie sequences, and is very well-designed with plenty of features and special functions. Of the minifigures, highlights include an extremely rare and valuable Boba Fett with exclusively printed legs and arms, and an original Lando Calrissian as the Baron of Cloud City, not to mention exclusive Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker figures. In the set itself, the outdoor deck where Luke falls, black and red passage, white dining room, carbonite freezing chamber, and landing platform all involve carefully constructed functions, beautiful coloring, and authentic details. A number of fans have complained about the exorbitant online prices of resale on this set – I think it is worth the costs if you have the money.
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1278 own this set, 3005 want it.

8017: Darth Vader's TIE Fighter

58 reviews
Pieces
251
Minifigs
1
RRP
$29.99, £34.99
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66308-1
Bricklist notes
Although this classic fighter is small and easily breakable, it is a pheomenal display model with a greatly modified and improved design. Along with the X-Wing, Vader’s TIE is one of the most iconic models from the Star Wars saga – thus, I consider this model a must-have to complete any Lego Star Wars collection or display. Lego has predictably released numerous versions of this model over the years, most likely for this reason, but the latest is definitely the best. With the included new version of Darth Vader with a more detailed chest plate, the set shines out as a critical and well-placed addition to the X-Wing and Death Star. The cockpit is roomy and opens easily, while the outer portion features movie-accurate stickers which complete the detail of the ship, as well as two flick-fire missiles and smoothly folding wings. Even if the ship crashes, the build is quick and simple. Along with any hero, the villain must always emerge!
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6525 own this set, 2385 want it.

7661: Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring

52 reviews
Pieces
575
Minifigs
2
RRP
$49.99, £48.95
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
In order to complete a full Lego Star Wars saga collection, this set is important and enjoyable for recreating the noble Jedi starfighters of the days long before the Battle of Yavin (BBY on the Star Wars timeline for short). Although the construction of the booster ring is a bit tedious, it eventually forms a sturdy and pleasing blue and white display model. Included are two well designed and rare Jedi minifigures, a RotS Obi-Wan Kenobi and the exclusive Kit Fisto (I think a new version of Fisto will be available in the 2010 ARC-170 Starfighter, however). Obi-Wan features a gold headset, reddish-brown hair, and the classic tan and brown Jedi robes, while Kit Fisto introduces a rubber head with back and front design in green and brown, as well as brown Jedi robes similar to those of Plo Koon’s in the 2008 Clone Wars Republic Attack Gunship. The Kit Fisto figure is valuable and well-designed. Obi-Wan’s Jedi fighter is blue with detailed individual pieces and a solid design. The hyperdrive booster ring itself is large, fits the Jedi starfighter nicely, and even contains the old flick fire missiles and bright coloring. To relive the new trilogy, this set is critical!
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3872 own this set, 2249 want it.

7171: Mos Espa Podrace

18 reviews
Pieces
896
Minifigs
10
RRP
$90
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
How could any Star Wars fan forget the dangerous and thrilling scenes of the Mos Espa Podrace in Episode I? This old Lego Star Wars set recreates these exciting moments with movie-accurate design and a large crowd of minifigures. The brightly colored podracers are detailed and spirited, while the figures include not only the classic Ani Skywalker, Padme (Naberrie) Amidala, Qui-Gon, Jar Jar Binks, and R2-D2, but Sebulba, Gasgano, and the three racers’ brown and white pit droids as well. This is a satisfying display model and important collection element to relive those long-ago crowd-pleasing Tattooine times.
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2392 own this set, 1631 want it.

7749: Echo Base

61 reviews
Pieces
155
Minifigs
5
RRP
$24.99, £24.99
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66364-1 66366-1
Bricklist notes
Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away… a ruthless battle was fought on the snowy plains of Hoth, with Imperial and Rebel soldiers both risking their lives for the war effort as the Imperial fleet infiltrated the Rebel base under the direction of Darth Vader and Admiral Piett! These classic and innovative snowy scenes from the original Episode V are unforgettable for any Star Wars fan. This fairly new set recreates the scenes of the movie for an affordable price with a great selection of minifigures and other details. The model also features a Taun-Taun, which is very movie-accurate in illustrating these unique snowy creatures. Minifigures include a new, blue and bundled up Han Solo, two newly designed Rebel troopers with great new visors, and two Imperial Snowtroopers with backpacks and an E-Web blaster. The rotating Rebel blaster turret, flinging rebel soldier action behind the fort, and Taun-Taun are just some of the phenomenal display aspects of this classic set.
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7535 own this set, 1976 want it.

7754: Home One Mon Calimari Star Cruiser

13 reviews
Pieces
789
Minifigs
6
RRP
$109.99, £89.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Notes
This set is exclusive to Toys R Us in the U.S.
Bricklist notes
This well-sized Star Wars gem contains a menagerie of unique pieces and minifigures and incorporates unique building styles! With the one and only, fan-coveted Admiral Ackbar, along with exclusive figures of General Lando Calrissian, Mon Mothma, General Crix Madine, a Mon Calamari engineer/controller, and a new A-Wing pilot, this set has a large number of distinct features which render it a necessary, fun addition to any Lego Star Wars collection. Buy it now before it goes off sale! It has already been out for almost a year as of May 2010.
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3469 own this set, 2504 want it.