What's missing? The Phantom Menace

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The LEGO Star Wars theme is now in its seventeenth year and over 500 sets have been released in that time, a figure which only Town surpasses. It would therefore be reasonable to assume that every scene, vehicle and important character has been represented at some point in the long history of the theme.

However, that is not the case. Each Star Wars film and television series is packed with memorable characters, locations and vehicles, not all of which have been replicated in LEGO. This new eight-part series will discuss those absentees which I think are required to definitively encompass the entire Star Wars saga, beginning with The Phantom Menace.

The opening shot of the film has been criticised for setting the tone of the entire trilogy, borrowing elements from the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV but simplifying the cinematography and removing the action altogether. Nevertheless, the Radiant VII was represented superbly in 2007 by 7665 Republic Cruiser, a set which includes all of the necessary characters to replicate the first moments of the movie.

The same can be said of subsequent events onboard the Saak'ak as 7203 Jedi Defence I, 7204 Jedi Defence II and 5000063 TC-14 have all been released to replicate Qui-Gonn and Obi-Wan's escape from the Trade Federation.

On the other hand, the Lucrehulk-Class Freighter which appears extensively throughout the movie has never been recreated as an official model, only appearing in the LEGO Star Wars video game and later in a panel from LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul's Mission which is shown below. This is somewhat surprising given how prolific the vessel is in the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, especially since it would suit a set with a price of around £119.99 or $129.99 if it were designed at a similar scale to 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer.

The C-9799 Landing Craft is also absent from the current roster of sets, although since the vehicle only appears relatively briefly and would be difficult to replicate at an appropriate price in LEGO I think it is unlikely to be released at any point. I cannot imagine an official set doing justice to this enormous vessel given that the ability to interact with AATs and MTTs would be integral.

Jar-Jar Binks has appeared in eight sets and other Gungans have been included in another five but Boss Nass has yet to be represented in minifigure form. This is one of the most glaring omissions from the entire range in my opinion, although his first appearance in Otoh Gunga does not lend itself to a LEGO set. Enormous translucent spheres would be required to recreate this unique location as I do not think these could be constructed using currently available pieces. The play value of such a set would also be low and I therefore doubt we will ever see it. Luckily, there are other opportunities to include Boss Nass and these will be discussed later.

The Bongo submarine has been represented twice at minifigure scale, by 7161 Gungan Sub and 9499 Gungan Sub. However, the Opee Sea Killer, Colo Claw Fish and Sando Aqua Monster which threaten the submarine during its journey through the planet core have never appeared in a set and I doubt that will change as all three could only be recreated at a very large scale and I do not think that such enormous sets would sell well.

Theed has not been seen in LEGO either but the major characters involved in Queen Amidala's rescue all exist as minifigures, including Queen Amidala herself who appeared in 9499 Gungan Sub. The architecture of the Naboo capital city might lend itself to a play set of a similar size to 75139 Battle on Takodana but only Sio Bibble is sufficiently significant to warrant a minifigure and even he is of little importance.

The next scene involves the Jedi's liberation of the Naboo Royal Starship and many LEGO Star Wars fans have been hoping to one day see this impressive vessel released in an official set. It plays an enormous role in the film and therefore seems like an ideal candidate for another set priced at around £119.99 or $129.99. However, I do not think the craft could be represented adequately in LEGO no matter how large the set might be, due primarily to its chrome finish.

There is no chance of LEGO producing a set with hundreds of chrome elements as both the cost and potential environmental impact would be prohibitive. Alternatively the model could be pearl silver or even light bluish grey in colour but I do not think that would satisfy fans who might wish to display the set and it would probably prove unpopular with children as well given the relative lack of interest in the J-Type 327 Nubian starship.

The ship's Hyperdrive is damaged during the escape from Naboo and it is forced to set down on Tatooine, just outside the spaceport of Mos Espa. This is another scene which has not been effectively replicated in a LEGO set to date but, unlike events in Theed or onboard the royal starship, I think there is the potential for an excellent set to be released. Shmi Skywalker is a glaring omission from the range of Star Wars minifigures and this would be a perfect opportunity to produce Anakin's mother as well as adding to the limited selection of Tatooinian buildings.

After a long sequence of scenes which have hardly been seen at all among the 32 sets based on The Phantom Menace, the podrace makes a welcome change. Anakin and Sebulba's podracers have been released a number of times while Aldar Beedo, Gasgano and Mawhonic's racers all appeared during the early years of LEGO Star Wars in 7171 Mos Espa Podrace and 7186 Watto's Junkyard. More podracers and their pilots would be welcome but are not necessary in my opinion, particularly since so many other characters, vehicles and locations have yet to be made.

With the ship repaired and Anakin freed from slavery the group is able to leave for Coruscant, but not before Qui-Gon encounters Darth Maul and briefly duels with the Sith lord. This scene was represented in 1999 by 7101 Lightsaber Duel and the Sith Infiltrator has appeared no fewer than four times at minifigure scale! There are some who would argue that it need not have been released at all, particularly since it has yet to produce a definitive model of this rather forgettable vessel.

Many of the scenes on Coruscant would be incredibly difficult to recreate in LEGO due to the sheer enormity of the locations but the Jedi Council Chamber has the potential to yield an excellent set in my opinion, with an even more impressive selection of minifigures! Given the lack of action in the council chamber I think this set would need to rely on its aesthetic appeal and it might also be very difficult to decide which selection of Jedi Council members to include given how it changes throughout the Prequel Trilogy. Personally, I favour the Jedi Council seen in Revenge of the Sith and I will thus discuss my expectations for such a set in that article.

I would like to see minifigures of Chancellor Valorum and Senator Palpatine given their integral roles in the plot but cannot invisage how the Senate Rotunda could be designed. Perhaps Chancellor Valorum, Senator Palpatine and Mas Amedda could be included in a £19.99 or $24.99 set which might also feature the Chancellor's Podium and a Senate pod. I cannot imagine such a model selling very well given the lack of action but see no alternative method of releasing the three minifigures as part of a set.

Queen Amidala's return to Naboo might be the best opportunity to release a set containing Boss Nass as she appeals to him for the help of the Gungans in retaking Naboo. The scene at the Gungan Sacred Place is only short but features a number of important characters who have yet to become minifigures, providing a perfect opportunity to release some of them and produce a new Kaadu! Furthermore, the stone heads which litter the scene would make perfect scenery for the set and there is even potential to include a Gian Speeder, a craft which has long been absent from the LEGO Star Wars range.

The Battle on the Great Grass Plains is an unusual Star Wars conflict, with one army consisting of only infantry and cavalry while the other is equipped with support vehicles and tanks. The Trade Federation's MTTs, AATs and troop carriers have been released in plenty of sets, most notably 7662 Trade Federation MTT which is still one of my favourite Star Wars sets. Many of those vehicles have come with a few Gungan warriors, but there is still an opportunity to produce a battle pack containing some Gungans much like 7115 Gungan Patrol from 2001. However, with a much greater desire for Clone Troopers, Stormtroopers and now First Order Stormtroopers I think we are unlikely to see a Gungan battle pack in the near future.

While the Gungans occupy the majority of the Trade Federation forces, Padmé, the Jedi and a small security force attempt to retake Theed Palace and capture Viceroy Gunray. The Flash Speeder plays a significant role in this scene and has been released twice in 7124 Flash Speeder and 75091 Flash Speeder but no structures have been released, limiting how many of these climactic scenes can be replicated in LEGO. Perhaps the best way would be to release a large set akin to 10123 Cloud City which might include the throne room, the hangar bay and the generator complex along with a selection of minifigures. While this set could adequately represent the Battle of Theed in my view, I am not sure that it would sell particularly well given that only the lightsaber duel is very memorable.

With the Gungans engaged in the countryside and Theed under siege by Naboo security forces it is up to Bravo Squadron to eliminate the Droid Control Ship which is in orbit above the planet. As stated earlier, this vessel has not been recreated as a physical LEGO set but has been seen in books and video games. I think this would be a perfect candidate for a large set which might include Nute Gunray and a number of other Neimodian officers alongside some of the heroes.

Although the Saak'ak seen at the beginning of the film and the Vuutan Palaa which is destroyed at the end are distinct craft, I think features of the two vessels could be combined in a single set. This would also provide an opportunity to include minifigures from scenes on the Trade Federation ships throughout the movie.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace concludes with a celebration in which Boss Nass and Queen Amidala declare peace between the Naboo and the Gungans. It would be nice to see Anakin Skywalker in this scene represented as a minifigure wearing Padawan robes. Perhaps this could be released with a LEGO Star Wars book in a similar manner to the celebration Luke Skywalker which was released in 2009.


To summarise, I am going to pitch set descriptions for three sets which I think would best fill the gaps in the range based on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I have used some artistic license where necessary to create what I believe to be plausible sets and tried to spread them across various price points.

75200 An Audience with Boss Nass - £19.99, $24.99, €29.99 - Padmé Amidala (handmaiden disguise), Boss Nass, Gungan Soldier, Battle Droid.

  • Meet Boss Nass at the Gungan Sacred Place!
  • Appeal for Boss Nass' help in defeating the droid army and hide from droid patrols inside the stone head.
  • Tend the Kaadu and mount the saddle ready for battle.
  • Includes stone head statue, new Kaadu, STAP and four minifigures!

75201 Mos Espa - £69.99, $79.99, €89.99 - Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, Shmi Skywalker, C-3PO (incomplete), Watto, Jira, Kitster.

  • Explore Mos Espa with Qui-Gon Jinn!
  • Visit Watto's junk shop and Jira's stall to find the parts you need or shelter at home with Anakin in the event of a sandstorm.
  • Watto's junk shop features droid racks, spare parts and T-14 Hyperdrive Generator.
  • Anakin's home features dining room and bedroom with a workbench to build C-3PO.
  • Includes Watto's junk shop, Anakin's home, Jira's stall and seven minifigures!

75202 Droid Control Ship - £119.99, $129.99, €129.99 - Nute Gunray, Daultay Dofine, Tey How, Ric Olié, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Pilot Battle Droid (x2), Security Battle Droid (x2), PK Droid.

  • Command the droid army from the Droid Control Ship!
  • Fight off the mini Naboo N-1 Starfighter with the firing laser cannon turrets and remove the hull panels to explore the interior.
  • Speak with Queen Amidala and Darth Sidious in the communication room or swap sides and free the captive Ric Olié from the prison cell.
  • Fight your way through Battle Droids after being ambushed in the conference room.
  • Includes conference room, communication room, prison cell, corridor, mini Vulture Droid, mini Naboo N-1 Starfighter and eleven minifigures!


Let me know whether you agree or disagree with my suggestions in the comments below and post your own ideas.

This series of articles will continue to be published on the last Sunday of each month until the Rogue One range is released on the 30th of September, so stay tuned!

69 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I love the concept behind this series. Great set suggestions! The Mos Espa set sounds like the most exciting idea of the three.

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By in United States,

It'd be great if you could discuss scale replicas as well. A lot of iconic ships have yet to be recreated in polybag scale. As somebody who enjoys the polybag sets, they make a great cheap alternative to expensive, giant builds.

If it helps, we did get a micro Naboo starship in the 2012 Advent Calendar...

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant idea! I personally like the idea for a Droid Control Ship!

My suggestion would be a set based off the final lightsaber duel between Maul, Kenobi and Qui-Gon. It could have the laser gates and a shaft for Darth Maul to fall down.

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By in United States,

Good recap! Episode I is about when my childhood interest in Star Wars peaked. It may have been pretty cheesy compared to the other episodes, but I loved its lighthearted tone and its willingness to indulge in humor that suited its characters. The next two episodes may have felt more grown-up, but they didn't speak to me nearly as much.

It surprises me that there have been no sets of Theed Palace, not even so much as a facade. Considering what a distinctive setting it is and how well its architecture would translate to LEGO, you'd think there'd have been one by now. Maybe LEGO just figures that kids prefer spaceships and adults prefer anything but Episode I. And, sure, in fairness, they might not be wrong.

Even though we've gotten plenty of podracers, I certainly wouldn't mind more. I love podracers. Podracers we haven't gotten that would be decent candidates for a set would be the podracers of Teemto Pagalies, Clegg Holdfast, and Ben Quadinaros. These all featured prominently in the podrace scene from the movie. Some of the ones we got back in the day could also do with an update, like Gasgano's, Mawhonic's, and Aldar Beedo's. On a related note, we haven't seen a Pit Droid in any set since the Technic one in 2000! What gives? That would be a necessity for a Mos Espa set.

Back to Theed Palace, it's surprising that the lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon has not been the focus of a set, seeing as how the laser gates could make a great play feature. Instead, pretty much every set with Darth Maul in it has focused on his extremely brief time on Tatooine.

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By in United States,

Great feature! Yeah, it is kind of amazing, how many Phantom Menace vehicles and locations have never appeared in sets. Those things are the best part of the film (ironically, the least interesting ones have gotten the most LEGO attention).

Personally, I would be in favor of a pearl silver Royal Naboo starship. I think that it would look decent enough, and that fans would be willing to forgive it for not being chrome. But the design itself would be the key, as some of the MOC versions out there just don't look good geometrically.

As beautiful as Theed City is, maybe an eventual Star Wars Architecture theme could catch it. I do think that the Jedi Council Chambers and the Senate could and should get sets, as they apply across the entire prequel trilogy and are compatible with many minifigs.

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By in Canada,

This is an amazing idea for a series of articles! I am excited to see the OT entries. I think the prequel movies will have a lot more gaps than the OT since they weren't as popular and not as many sets were produced.

I'd love to see an article like this for Star Wars Rebels as well!

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By in United States,

Yes yes yes yes yes! Now if only LEGO could listen and take heed. Like the article pointed out does LEGO really need to keep rereleasing the same sets, or can we have some more variety.
The 2007 MTT is arguably one of the best LEGO Star Wars sets ever released. A good balance between playability and authenticity to the actual thing. Just wish more LEGO sets were like it.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, exactly what I love about Brickset! I think I would prefer a big Theed Palace set to the Droid Control ship but otherwise your ideas sound good to me. I'm desperate for a Boss Nass so would certainly buy 75170 An Audience with Boss Nass.

I look forward to the next instalment and hope LEGO are reading these!

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By in Portugal,

Nice! Hopefully Lego actually takes these into account, since Brickset is such a big thing in the world of Lego.
Looking forward to the next one!

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By in United States,

Great idea for a series of articles!! Hopefully it grabs somebody's attention at LEGO, as there are some gaping (and very obvious holes) in the Star Wars collection.

I'd absolutely buy the three sets that you came up with -- particularly the Mos Espa set.

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By in United States,

Nice ideas, waiting for the next one. Also, there is a Jedi Counsil on LEGO Ideas which is nearing 10k, it is pretty impressive and would capture the room well.

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By in United States,

Love the article. You can argue for a Senate Room Battle set but it would be Episode III. Play feature with flying senate pods that pop off the wall and a small escape tunnel for Yoda. I think that could work if you throw two exclusive clone troopers in it (then it will sell) similar to the red/white clones.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think a ucs Jedi temple is in order,
£249.99
Includes a Jedi temple with 3 floors, each removable, built on 48x48 base plate with extensions
Bottom floor: hanger with republic gunship, same scale as Darth Vaders tie from the death star
Middle floor: high council chamber with 12 chairs and sliding door
Top floor: Jedi archives with research machines
Minifigs: the 12 Jedi high council members with hologram versions, anakin, Jocasta nu, phase II clone troopers x3, phase II clone pilot.

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By in United States,

Eh, to be honest the first two aren't that interesting at all in my opinion. The TF isn't that iconic or memorable, and the transport ship isn't either. Senator Amidala's ship doesn't have to be restricted to just Episode 1, it can include different things from all across the prequels such as Padme' in snow equipment from the Clone Wars cartoons.
Also I noticed a lack of non-Hoth scenes from the Empire Strikes Back.

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By in United States,

Thank you, CapnRex - great article idea. I agree that we need in order:

1) Jedi Council Chamber - Lego may still be restricted from the SW action figure license, so there would have to be a build to go along with this besides chairs.

2) Final Duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Darth Maul. Action features could include laser-barriers and Darth Maul's fall.

3) Update of Gungan Patrol with new mounts, Droids and Droidekas; maybe even giant boomers carried in a wagon!

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By in Netherlands,

The Gian speeder had 10x more screentime than the Flash speeder, yet no LEGO version has been made of it...

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By in Argentina,

Maybe for some sets they could take elements from several movies like they did with the Death Star. They could make some senate pods based on the Yoda vs. Sidious duel from Ep. III, include minifigures from all three movies (Chancellor Valorum, Senator Palpatine, Mas Amedda, other sentors like Organa (who I think is the character that needs a minifig the most...) Orn Free Taa, some version of Padmé, etc.) and still have some play features like something that makes Yoda jump from pod to pod or some easy way to disassemble the pods to simulate destruction...

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By in Argentina,

The problem with the Jedi Council is that the one from Ep. I is the ONLY way to include some Jedis like Oppo Rancisis or the long-neck one (whose name I don't remember) since they don't appear in any other film, while all the others can be included in some other set from the Battle of Geonosis for example.

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By in United States,

Love the overview, Cap! With the appearance of Boss Nass in the LEGO Star Wars TV specials, I was quite surprised that he has never been given a minifigure!

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By in United States,

There was a transport ship that the Trade Federation guys were put on at the end of the movie (I can't find a picture of it). It would be a good way to include some of the neglected characters, by making it part of a Naboo Celebration set. Then you could have Boss Nass, Palpatine, Anakin, Padme and a Trade Federation guy.

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By in United States,

As with most SW fans, I think Lego is content to let that dog movie and memories of it die...

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By in United States,

Eight-part series? are you including the Clone wars? not that i'm saying you couldn't do it, it's just very extensive.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great idea - I was just discussing this with my son today. I would buy all those sets - Especially for a Kaadu!

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By in Puerto Rico,

Love theDroid Control Ship concept.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you for your comments everyone. I am looking forward to writing the next one.

@nate-dog7 - I will be doing an article for Star Wars Rebels.

@Lego_Fox - Padmé actually uses four different craft across the Prequel Trilogy, although they are easily confused as all four are silver in colour and are reasonably similar in size. The J-Type 327 Nubian appears throughout Episode I while Episode II opens with the J-Type Diplomatic Barge and later features the H-Type Nubian Yacht. Padmé then uses a J-Type Star Skiff during The Clone Wars and on her mission to Mustafar in Episode III.

@dscwo - There is at least one set based on The Phantom Menace being released this year and I am sure there will continue to be more in future, albeit far fewer than before. Regardless of the quality of the film, the toys based on it sell well and have done since 1999.

@ViciousPig - I am still considering whether or not to cover The Clone Wars in the same article as Star Wars Rebels. I could skim through some of the characters and vehicles which were omitted from the range but it might be somewhat futile as I think we are very unlikely to see any more sets based on The Clone Wars.

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent feature, Chris - I'm looking forward to the next instalment already!

With the new Star Wars movie having now been released, a couple more in the works, and the enduring popularity of the original trilogy, LEGO already has more than enough material for the next decade of the Star Wars theme; I suspect that we may therefore see few if any prequel-inspired sets featuring previously untapped subject matter, although you can obviously never rule out re-hashes of previously-released sets..... We shall see!

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By in Norway,

Nice article about episode 1. I know this should not include everything. But Right before the fight to destroy the control ships you have the set 7141: Naboo Fighter. I think showing Arnie hiding in the Naboo fighter and then setting of the events that follows. But it had been nice to actually fight against the station

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By in Poland,

Excellent article, even though I'm quite fed up with SW. Still can't figure out why it deserves 500+ sets and other themes do not even the fifth of it (yes, sales, sales...).

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By in United States,

Fantastic article. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series!

As far as Episode I goes, I personally feel like it's been sufficiently mined for good sets already. However, if LEGO were to release a Trade Federation Droid Control / Battleship I'd definitely be interested.

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By in Australia,

Great article! Quite enjoying all these new spinoffs that Brickset is doing...

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By in Australia,

I like all the ideas for the sets, An Audience with Boss Nass is most appealing to me now, as I definitely want a Kaadu, however what CapnRex101 said about a Gungan Battle pack is quite true, I would only be one of many who want new or better Trooper Battle packs (especially for Clones).
Even though its a tragic moment, I would like to see Order 66 sets.

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By in United States,

Great article! If a Droid Control Ship set were to be produced in the future, I think it would be important to include a Rune Haako minifigure as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article. Not least because I can't believe anyone would willingly sit through this abomination of a film when they don't have to.

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By in United States,

This article is fantastic! I like the three sets you picked. I have been wanting a droid control ship and Boss Nass for a long time.

Have fun with episode II lego has missed a lot of sets and figs from that episode.

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By in United States,

I am really going to enjoy this series. I've kinda done this in my head for the length of the line.

I think your set ideas are great! Though I personally would enjoy more podracers. When I was a young teen I had even built my own MOC of Teemto's podracer. I wanted it to be a set so much I even sent pictures of it and building instructions (which I custom made in MS Paint!) to LEGO and everything. They respectfully declined the acceptance of set designs at the time (this was back in 2000, long before Cuusoo/Ideas was a thing).

But I've always wanted a set of Teemto's podracer; I always the raced as him playing the Episode I Racer game on my N64.

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By in Georgia,

I am excited for this series of articles. I think Mos Espa would be a definite winner. The Boss Nass set would be nice if just for the scenery. I have to agree that Ep. I is not too exciting to get sets from and I actually avoided them even when they were new in 1999.
@Aanchir I never realized it but Darth Maul is always featured with his double bladed lightsaber but he only uses it that way on Naboo! Weak LEGO...give us a final duel with a pit to toss Darth Maul into.

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By in United States,

Great article. Very interesting. That being said, I wouldn't buy any of those suggested Lego sets. However, that is likely due mainly to the fact that Star Wars Episode 1 is SUCH AN ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE MOVIE. I'd like to forget 90% of it, not recreate it in Lego form.

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By in United States,

Excellently written article. I agree with all your suggested sets. (I'd buy the Boss Nass one.) The sets wouldn't sell, sadly, because there are those who hate the film.

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By in Australia,

I would like to see the Jedi council released in a 4 part set ?.
( like the Christmas corners, Thanks Giving ),
If each set had 3 chairs and figs ( some Holographic Figs would also be good { like see-through/transparent })
with connectable base sections for ease of play/display

I think this could be an easy way to release ??

OR they could do a Collectable Minifig "Jedi council" with Extra rare Holographic Figs ??

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By in United States,

@welshysensei - In fairness regarding Maul's lightsaber, even when on Tatooine, the weapon could have extended both blades, i.e. it wasn't a single-bladed separate version (was it?). It makes sense for it to be advertised with its full features on display, I think, especially if they weren't going to actually release a duel set, which I agree, they totally should have and still should.

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By in Singapore,

A pleasant way to start the day with a great article of interest for Lego star wars fans! Thank you CapnRex101!

I felt that it would be great if TLG could do another release of the rare Naboo star fighter with distinct Chrome parts around the engines for those whom have missed the opportunity. I would love to have one!

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By in Czech Republic,

Great article!

I can nothing but agree with those points. I'm big fan of Phantom Menace and some of these scenes/crafts are definitely missing. Hopefully we get some of these in some of the next set waves.

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By in United Kingdom,

I often make observations very similarly to this and think "what if there was a set for this?" with gaps in the Star Wars range so it's great to see a summary with all the analysis in one place! I think all of the 3 sets pitched at the end of the article are very plausible, certainly in terms of size and content. But it remains to be seen just how many more sets Lego will release from Episode I considering the extra properties and classic trilogy. Also, it seems to me like Star Wars is becoming a predominantly 'adult fan pleasing' theme (Assault on Hoth not withstanding) so I don't know if action content is really that important anymore.

I am probably one of the only other people like Aanchir who is willing to admit they actually quite liked Episode I, but considering I was only 6 or 7 years old when the film came out (and it was PG) it was what got me really interested in Star Wars in the first place. Then I found the classic trilogy and I will now admit IV and V are my favourites. But most importantly, I don't hate Ep I-III and would love to see more sets to fill the gaps!

I'm looking forward to the 'lack of Cloud City sets' rant! Because I would wholeheartedly agree.

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By in United States,

Looking forward to reading the articles based on the rest of the films! I think Mos Espa is the best idea.

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By in Ireland,

First of all I love this article and am excited to read the rest, I hope you will do one for each season of The Clone Wars. I know that many of these sets would not appeal to kids, but Lego has so many adult collectors and I think it has to keep them in mind. I would much rather see brand new sets from TPM than Hoth sets every single wave. I would like if they did a different Podracer every wave, that might be cool.

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By in Canada,

I'd buy these sets. Episode one is cooler visually than it was story-wise, and we are missing quite a few iconic pieces. Why they keep filling those holes with X-Wings and other remakes, we'll never know. :P

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By in United States,

Still holding out for a Star Wars lego Crab Droid. I mean they probably have the pieces, and you could probably stick double barreled rotating studshooters on the bottom, so playability would be good.

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By in United States,

As someone who can't get enough SW LEGO, I thank you for this series. You make excellent points about the sets not made.

It got me thinking about economics of these sets and timing. Maybe the bit OT sets (Star Destroyer and Executor for example) did so well was because the kids that watched the movies growing up are now adults with disposable income. Maybe in another 10 years we'll see a demand for large UCS PT sets, and a resurgence of interest in those movies.

For now I'll keep throwing my money at the TFA sets coming out.

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By in United States,

Lego did the Imperial Assault Carrier with mini TIE Fighters. Why not do a C-9799 Landing Craft with a mini MTT or even a Micro Fighter MTT.

Same could be done with the Lucrehulk-Class Freighter. Use the Micro Fighter Vulture Droid and make a ETA-2 for it.

Not the perfect solution, but, I think it would be kinda cool.

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By in United States,

I don't know why lego doesn't fill all these gaps before remaking all of these other sets. I would enjoy collecting Star Wars again if it wasn't remakes all the time.

@CapnRex101 lego needs to read your article to help give them some ideas.

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By in New Zealand,

Nice article. Awesome movie, and it's had some awesome sets over the years (that MTT is one of my all-time favourites too). I'd probably be most interested in a Lucrehulk, a Mos Espa set including Shmi, or an updated version of the Battle of the Grassy Plains with a few more Gungans. I also love the idea of a Cloud City-style diorama of the Theed Palace.
Looking forward to the rest of this series, Episode II in particular. There's a heap of cool stuff missing from that one which is long overdue (looking at you, Petranaki Arena!)

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By in Singapore,

Awesome series! Recently, a fellow LEGO Star Wars fan and I were brainstorming amongst ourselves about what sets are missing... Great idea to start with Episode I and work your way through till the release of Rouge One.

Based on what you've presented, I would most like to see the "Droid Control Ship." Based on how you described it with the amount of minifigures and ships, I'd love to see it as a UCS on the scale of the SHIELD Helicarrier. I'd surly prefer this to Assault on Hoth.

As for other sets from Episode I, I like the idea of J-Type 327 Nubian starship. Yes! The colour might be what has held this up. I think fans would accept a pearl colour or even that newer, more metallic grey seen in The Force Awakens sets. I think a Jedi Council would be a hit (one recently reached 10K supporters on Ideas), but agree that an Episode III version would be better (perhaps a UCS of the "Jedi Council w/Temple" would be of both size and Jedi mininfigure count that fans would expect). The senate chambers would be fun, but again, better for Episode III to also include the duel between Sidious and Yoda.

Agree that "Mos Espa" as you defined it, would be welcome and "An Audience with Boss Nass" might be the best vehicle to gain missing Gungans.

Looking forward to your Episode II article.

Cheers,
Ron

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By in Sweden,

Many thanks. One of the best articles on brickset.com I've read so far. Many thanks and greetings from Germany.

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By in United States,

For those interested in a Jedi Council set, if you go on to ideas.lego.com, you will see that there is already a Jedi Council chamber that Lego is looking to consider.

The way this website works is that one submits an idea and people vote on it. If and when it reaches 10,000 votes, Lego will review it and determine if and how it can mass produce it. This is why the Jedi Council Chamber idea is getting reviewed at the moment since it was able to garner enough interest to generate the required votes in the allotted amount of time that votes need to be gathered. Here, check it out: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/115367

Also folks, please remember that while adults can enjoy these sets as well, they are primarily targeted to children and regardless of the amount of action taking place in a scene, that doesn't mean that a child can't take said Lego set (ex: a proposed outdoor Theed location) and create their own adventure.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, says exactly what I've been thinking about the Episode I sets (or lack of). The Mos Espa set sounds amazing, I'd love to see a Shmi minifigure. A padawan Anakin would be brilliant but the scene unfortunately wouldn't work as a Lego set, so the idea of a special release with a book is brilliant.

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By in United States,

Awesome Ideas!!

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By in Italy,

I love the idea of writing a similar article! I've thought about some sets that should be released too, but your analysis is very accurate and, for example, I was missing sets from Episode I in my list.

However, I think that a Landing Craft in smaller-than-minifigure scale could appear, carrying small AATs and MTTs (like 2 tanks and 1 transport) big as Advent Calendar mini-vehicles. The set could measure about 15 cm in length and 20-25 in width. It could be very good and appreciable I think.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the set suggestions! Definitely sets i would be VERY interested in buying. Too many sets revolving around the new Star Wars Rebels...

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By in Canada,

Great article! Looking forward to the next one!

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By in United States,

great ideas! You should run a contest to design the best renditions of these ideas.

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By in Germany,

A great article. Looking forward to E II already!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good article, can't wait for the next one. I've long been surprised that there hasn't yet been a droid control ship, it's so obviously missing and there have been at least 3 opportunities to make one alongside a film/tv show (ep I, ep III, CW).

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By in Australia,

What a great article. As I thought before, many vehicles and scenes have not been replicated in Lego, such as the big Droid Control Space Ship, clone wars' massive moving machine with big electric cannon and a huge machine ball of trade federation.

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By in Luxembourg,

I think the only way to realese a good 'Droid Control Ship' set would be an UCS model because I think a normal set would be too small and an UCS of this huge ship wiuld be awesome :)

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By in United States,

Agreed need sets like that

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By in United States,

It would be easy to make a landing craft set if you used mini-scale MTTs. They should definitely make more Coruscant sets. Looking forward to reading the next article.

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By in United Kingdom,

If you wanted another Gungan battle pack (which I personally think we are sorely missing), I would quite like to see something on a slightly larger scale, maybe containing one of their catapults, along with a few kaadu and large numbers of different Gungans

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By in United States,

Awesome ideas and article. I look forward to the next one.

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By in United States,

I think that the Duel of the Fates could be a great potential set. It would cost around $70, and contain: hangar doors, corridor with laser doors that move up & down, and the chasm that Darth Maul falls down, with Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul. For more info, my project is on Lego Ideas.

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