What is the worst LEGO Star Wars set?

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LEGO Star Wars will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary next year and most of the 643 sets released since 1999 have been excellent in my opinion, depicting numerous iconic vehicles, locations and characters.

However, some sets are very disappointing, due perhaps to the poor execution of a good idea or to a bewildering decision on the part of the set designer. Yet others are flawed from the very beginning as certain scenes and craft are ill-suited to LEGO. The recent release of 75201 First Order AT-ST has inspired considerable discussion about people's least favourite LEGO Star Wars set so we have decided to publish a poll on that very subject.

I have selected ten sets which I believe to be among the worst ever released and have tried to explain my reasoning for each selection below. The following items have not been taken into consideration as I do not think they can be properly compared with conventional System sets.

  • Technic Figures
  • Mindstorms
  • Microfighters
  • Buildable Figures
  • Direct re-releases (7142 X-wing Fighter, 7262 TIE Fighter and Y-wing)

Prices were not taken into consideration either as they vary a great deal between different countries and regions, although this may be a factor in choosing your least favourite Star Wars set.


7151 Sith Infiltrator

The first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets were released to coincide with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. This included several products based upon the Original Trilogy as well as some from the new movie. 7151 Sith Infiltrator takes inspiration from the latter source and is probably the weakest Star Wars set of 1999 as a result of its appearance. Sleek shapes are an integral feature of the Sith Infiltrator but this design looks very blocky and its colours are woefully inaccurate. The wobbly wing assemblies are problematic too.

However, there are a couple of mitigating factors to be taken into consideration. Firstly, the designer probably only had access to limited material from which to take inspiration as the set was created while the film was in production. The range of pieces and colours available was also far less comprehensive than it is today. Elements such as curved slopes, which have been used to good effect in modern Sith Infiltrator sets, were not created until 2004.

7184 Trade Federation MTT

7184 Trade Federation MTT was released in 2000. The limited selection of parts available continued to affect the quality of some sets during this period and I suspect that was a factor in the use of grey and tan throughout this model. Even so, it must be acknowledged that these colours look totally out of place in relation to the film. The crucial droid storage rack is equally unimpressive in this rendition of the MTT, carrying just six Battle Droids into battle.

Furthermore, the interior is very sparsely detailed. Later models have contained a smaller vehicle but this one is almost entirely empty and certain areas of the hull therefore feel flimsy. The minifigures are also relatively unappealing and the absence of any opposing forces is disappointing. The overall shape of the vehicle is reasonably faithful to the source material though and I quite like the idea of opening the model to create a static base.

7144 Slave I

The Star Wars saga has yielded many unusual vehicles over the last four decades but few match the unconventional design of the Slave I. Its variable geometry and curving shape are difficult to recreate using LEGO bricks and I think this had a significant impact upon 7144 Slave I which was released in 2000. The layers of slopes around the engine housing leave many jagged edges exposed and the combination of light grey, brown and green across the hull scarcely resembles the source material.

Once again, this issue can be attributed to the limited selection of colours available. Dark green pieces are ideally suited to Boba Fett's Slave I and have been used on every subsequent model of the vessel. Unfortunately, they did not appear until 2003 so the designer had to use the standard shade of green which is not at all suitable. This model also suffers from a severe scaling issue and its flaws become even more apparent when the set is compared with 7153 Jango Fett's Slave I which was released just two years later.

7257 Ultimate Lightsaber Duel

The LEGO Star Wars range is primarily focused upon vehicles but it has also included some splendid location-based models. Unfortunately, 7257 Ultimate Lightsaber Duel is not among them in my opinion as the control rods around which the entire set is designed do not work particularly well. These rods for each minifigure are a nice idea but their execution is rather disappointing as the platforms tend to rotate freely, making them difficult to direct.

Toppling pillars and falling lava bombs are also included. These functions are a little more effective but neither is very interesting which is not satisfactory for a set designed purely for play. However, the light-up lightsaber minifigures are fun and I appreciate LEGO's effort to try something different, even though it was not entirely successful on this occasion.

8015 Assassin Droids Battle Pack

LEGO has released 33 Battle Packs since 2007. The models in these sets are rarely impressive but I always expect an excellent minifigure selection and in that regard 8015 Assassin Droids Battle Pack is disappointing. IG-86 sentinel droids often appear in Star Wars: The Clone Wars but never in great quantity so they are ill-suited to a Battle Pack. In addition, the figures lack detail when compared with similar characters such as IG-88 from 10221 Super Star Destroyer which was released just a couple of years after this set.

The speeder bike, on the other hand, looks reasonably sleek and I like the combination of greys with dark blue which suggests an affiliation with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Nevertheless, the minifigures should always be the focal point of a Battle Pack and I do not believe these Assassin Droids reach the standard we have come to expect.

75058 MTT

7662 Trade Federation MTT from 2007 is arguably one of the best LEGO Star Wars sets ever released and designing the successor to such a tremendous model presents a difficult challenge. Unfortunately, 75058 MTT falls a long way short of the 2007 set as it contains less than half the total number of Battle Droids, is much smaller than the previous model and lacks detail. The exposed Technic liftarms around the engines are especially disappointing and there are large gaps which are clearly visible in the official image below.

Furthermore, the minifigure selection is very poor. Eight Battle Droids is not sufficient for a set of this size and the most interesting of the opposing forces, a Naboo Security Guard, also appeared in the far less expensive 75091 Flash Speeder a year later. Having said all that, I think everyone's impression of this set is affected by the exceptional quality of 7662 Trade Federation MTT and it might be received slightly more favourably were it not for the inevitable comparisons with its predecessor.

75098 Assault on Hoth

The Ultimate Collector's Series represents the pinnacle of the LEGO Star Wars theme, usually valuing detail and authenticity over every other factor. 75098 Assault on Hoth was released in 2016 and does not adhere to those principles at all, instead containing an array of small models which would be far better suited to a standard retail set by the admission of the set designer in the instruction manual. These models are of mixed quality and combining them to form a focal point does little to improve the design.

I do not think that play features should be excluded from UCS sets but they must be neatly integrated to avoid spoiling the appearance of a model. Unfortunately, 75098 Assault on Hoth is packed with ugly functions, many of which do not work properly or feel very rudimentary. Vital minifigures such as Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO are also absent from this set and those which are included are comparatively dull. Some sets fail based upon their concept, others upon their execution. 75098 Assault on Hoth is a rare example of a set which fails on both counts.

75147 StarScavenger

LEGO has released a number of sets based upon their own animated series in recent years, the latest of which are from The Freemaker Adventures. On the one hand, these sets are at a disadvantage because they are not based upon a familiar or beloved design from the Star Wars movies. However, this situation also allows the designers to create something from their own imagination, without the restrictions imposed by a source material.

75147 StarScavenger is therefore quite baffling. Not only does it look absolutely dreadful but the model is remarkably fragile, using Technic pins with little friction where those with more friction would be more appropriate. The scavenging mech is equally lacking in detail and it can only be deployed manually by opening the roof of the docking bay which seems like an obvious missed opportunity. In fact, I consider the minifigures to be the only redeeming aspect of this entire set.

75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker

Star Wars designers have a particularly difficult task when creating sets based upon the new movies as they are often given little material from which to work. 75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle is a notable example of this as features of the vehicle in the film were not present on the LEGO rendition. It is also possible for certain vehicles or scenes to be cut from the movie altogether, as in the unfortunate case of 75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker. Furthermore, the eight-legged configuration of this walker was very divisive.

Neither detractive factor can be attributed to LEGO but the poor execution of the vital walking function certainly can. The model stands on four wheels which are not properly hidden and should cause the legs to scuttle as the AT-HS moves. In fact, their range of motion is very limited and they often appear to move in a random order so this function does not work nearly as well as many people were hoping. Even the minifigures, which are so frequently a highlight of Star Wars sets, are relatively unappealing.

75201 First Order AT-ST

Some sets are bound to be unpopular based purely upon a poor concept and I think this factor is most clearly exemplified by 75201 First Order AT-ST. The idea of designing a model which is inspired by an incomplete vehicle is unacceptable in my view, especially given the obvious potential to include a removable head section, thereby recreating the scene in the film. That would have been far more interesting as the AT-ST could then be used for play or display beyond this short scene.

Even the simple lift platform does not work properly as it does not reach the height necessary to load minifigures onto the First Order AT-ST. The AT-ST also lacks articulation and many unsightly Technic beams are left needlessly exposed. I think the minifigures are somewhat appealing though and they alone offer reasonable play value, although that does not excuse the fundamental flaws with this set.


What is your least favourite Star Wars set?

7151 Sith Infiltrator
7184 Trade Federation MTT
7144 Slave I
7257 Ultimate Lightsaber Duel
8015 Assassin Droids Battle Pack
75058 MTT
75098 Assault on Hoth
75147 StarScavenger
75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker
75201 First Order AT-ST
Other - Tell us more in the comments

 

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182 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

The earliest SW sets i can forgive for their flaws as the colours and elements weren't really available. Newer sets like the AT-ST are atrocities and there are no excuses. I think that set in particular is bad as not only is the design terrible but it's super overpriced.

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By in United States,

Maybe Im biased but i didn't even consider the original Sith Infiltrator, it was an early set for me and holds a nostalgic place in my heart. The freemaker ship on the other hand, or the IG droid "pack"...Ugh those could never exist and I'd be fine. I think its a testament to good design that the other original Star Wars sets, the ones containing JEK-14, have not been included. No doubt because the model and figures where both stronger

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By in United States,

Most of these sets are very good, actually. Judging the very first wave of Star Wars sets by contemporary standards does a disservice to the sets. Iteration over decades is the reason the line is as good as it is.

I will defend Assault on Hoth to my dying breath. You're all wrong about it.

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By in United States,

The Assassin Droid Battle Pack is a great set...

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By in Poland,

Sith Infiltrator was a great set for its time.
Battle of Takodana - Now THAT'S a horrible, Cashgrabbing set.

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By in United States,

The original Millennium Falcon was the worst. It was so poorly engineered that it fell apart constantly. Another bad one was the original podracers. Those were terrible for a kid like me who wanted to play with them and not just display them.

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By in United States,

Personally I disagree with many of the items being on this list—the first bunch are from around the birth of the theme, a time when LEGO designing was a far more difficult task than it is now, and a good number of the newer entries on the list I happen to like—although given that I liked Assault on Hoth(!) that may not be surprising. Plus, who doesn't enjoy more assassin droids? :-)

That said, the half-finished First Order AT-ST is a must on this list. Wouldn't be surprised to see that top the charts.

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By in United States,

Agree with buscava. While the entire first wave SW vehicles are hard to look back at today; I remember when they first came out. Seeing each one in LEGO from was exciting and so was the idea of collecting LEGO SW. The pieces and colors weren't there and the designers were doing the best they could. While the UCS Hoth set was a poor lazy reuse excuse of a UCS set; I simply cannot comprehend why we have a half of a set in the first order AT-ST. Part of the scene was it getting its top ripped off which could lend to its playability. As it is - it looks unfinished and doesn't fit anywhere comfortably

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By in Canada,

Strange how this year's ugly, overpriced, out-of-scale General Grivous's Combat Speeder isn't on the list. Although it's still slightly better than First Order AT-ST set.

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By in United States,

I definitely agree with the StarScavenger, but I don’t think any of the other sets are honestly too terrible. Probably just my opinion, but for some of the older sets, some slack must be given for the types of parts available then. Many people also will say the Assault on Hoth is a bad set as well, however as a play set it is not bad at all, just the UCS name is what puts it as such a low-tier set. I say Star Scavenger without a doubt, but I think everything else really isn’t too terrible (it could also just be that the quality of Star Wars sets is just generally high, tho).

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By in United States,

I would say the new Sandspeeder is a worthy contender.

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By in United States,

Anything pre 2002-ish I think gets a pass. They have their problems, but they were a product of their time. I'm glad the article does mention that many of the issues present on those sets to today's audience would not be able to be rectified until years later.

Many on this list are "okay but could have been much better". That's not to say that other versions aren't vastly superior, but more that the ones on the list made missteps. The only ones that I really feel like should have started from scratch if not axed completely are the Ultimate Lightsaber Duel and the StarScavenger.

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By in Sweden,

^To me Battle on Takodana wasn't bad at all. The price was certainly unreasonable and the lack of an interior was unfortunate, but the exterior looked pretty good and the minifigs were amazing.

I cast my vote on AoH - there is no redeeming aspect of that set. Generic figures, bland builds, too pricey and then the 'UCS' label which it doesn't even deserve. As for the mediocre AT-ST, I'm considering picking one if it goes on sale to customize it into a proper walker.

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By in United States,

Insult on Hoth is pure garbage, and so it has my vote. :-)

As for others, I actually really like the Star Scavenger (yeah, that’s right, I said it). I totally agree about the First Order AT-ST, though. The rest I can take or leave.

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By in United Kingdom,

The AT-ST still comes in in first place in my opinion. I'd prefer to have 100% of a sub-standard set than 50% of a potentially good one.

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By in Finland,

General Grievous Speeder bike??

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By in Canada,

Each set IMO is bad however Assault on Hoth is inexcusable due to its high price. The IG88 battle pack is bad because there are no legit minifigures and no printed head for IG88. The AT-ST is bad because there is the Rogue One AT-ST for the SAME price sold alongside it.

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By in Denmark,

After 2014’s Star Wars Rebels sets, I don’t think there’s a “worst LEGO Star Wars set”. Few of them are boring or need functions as seen in the movies/series, but I like all of them. I don’t understand why so many people hate 75098 or 75177. They’re pretty cool and some of my favourites.

I think these following Star Wars sets need more function compared with movies/series:

- 75053
- 75147
- 75148

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By in France,

the first star wars models are hard to judge since they are clearly not to today's standards, and when you see what was available at the time in other themes, they were still among the most desirable models.

many models of the list are actually good or at least decent. I would say the first order at-st is the worst. the star scavenger is dreadful too and I don't get the ultimate saber duel, it's one of the main duels of the serie, and there is only one set of it and you hardly even recognize mustafar?

oh and assault on hoth, it's not that bad I guess, rather average. I mean, if it didn't have the UCS logo, people probably wouldn't care too much. it's overpriced too, but not more than most star wars sets.

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By in Portugal,

I completely disagree on the first 3 sets being bad. In fact the Sith Infiltrator, back then, was an amazing set. We can't forget now limited LEGO was when it came to available pieces for it back then (and how bad their finances were).

I think the worst set ever has to be the First Order AT-ST, mainly considering they ask 67€ for it.
Assault on Hoth is also very close to it being a rip-off.

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By in United States,

The Sith Infiltrator, Slave I, and MTT weren't too bad for there time, as they didn't have nearly as many parts available. The Ultimate Lightsaber Duel, though not a great set had an interesting concept. The Assassin Droid BP isn't too bad as they make up for the lack of detail with an extra figure. The MTT and Star Scavenger I honestly don't think are that bad. That leaves the FO AT-ST, AOH, and one that wasn't included, General Grievous' Combat Speeder. AOH, though terrible as a UCS, is phenomenal as a playset, so it gets a pass. GGCS is one of the most overpriced SW sets in history and has an awful speeder. The only redeeming quality is the minifigures.

For me though, the worst SW set of all time, by a long mile, is the First Order AT-ST. Overpriced, inaccurate, and a poor design. Not to mention the Rogue One AT-ST came out just a year before and actually includes an entire AT-ST. At the same price as well.

Maybe if the FO AT-ST had at least improved on the design of the legs by making them posable it wouldn't be as bad. Unfortunately it doesn't do that though so it easily gets my vote.

It's a shame as well, as all the sets César Soares had designed prior were excellent, and I think if LEGO gave him some better parameters to work around it could have been a really nice set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just bought Hoth. I guess it's lacklustre for those who already have parts of it or who wished for something more worthy of the 'UCS' title. However I think it's an amazing set for people like me (who don't own any other Hoth-related sets) - everything's pretty much there except for the Imperial threat. I think you've got to accept it as a kick-starter for newbies to the Hoth collection (rather than a UCS) to really appreciate it.

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By in Netherlands,

The bad shape of those earlier sets were due to the lack of availability in colors and different shaped bricks. The 75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker and the 75201 are bad decisions from the designers.

The 75058 MTT looks okay in my opinion, I own the 7662 version myself. As for the 75098 Assault on Hoth, I actually really like that set, although, I wish it was a whole lot cheaper when it were still available. But I agree, it doesn't deserve the be an Ultimate Collector Series set.

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By in United States,

I feel that you cant really compare the older sets with the new ones, for what they were at the time they weren’t that bad.

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By in United States,

I actually really like the assasin droid pack!

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By in United States,

I think that the 8016 Hyena Droid Bomber is the worst. It looks really good, and has some cool functions, but when I was a young kid playing with it, the wings would always fall apart when I was trying to make it takeoff or land, and so I would get frustrated and play with other sets. If they could go back and make those connections stronger it would be a great set. I should mention that I am only choosing from sets that I either own, or have seen in person. I agree with others opinion about the old sets not being fair as well as they are old with a much smaller array of parts and colors.

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By in France,

the funny thing about general grievous' speeder is even though it's one of the worst and most overpriced star wars sets, it got quickly overlooked as they released an even worse set at the same time (that first 2018 star wars wave is actually probably the worst in quite a few years)

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By in United States,

Sets must be judged against their potential. That said, Assualt on Hoth falls so short of its potential that it must be the worst set ever.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with those who are giving the early sets a pass - a more limited parts palette and little experience of translating much-loved I.P. into sets provide a decent excuse.

Although Assault on Hoth was a massive let down (and that's an understatement....) 75201 First Order AT-ST 'wins' it for me by a clear margin - it's a ridiculous set, and whoever decided that it was fit for release should hang their head in shame....

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By in United States,

I really like AoH, although I do agree that it's not UCS (but the badge doesn't mean anything to me anyway). I LOVE the Assassins Droid Battle Pack, I have a ton of nostalgia for it and I really like the droids and speeder. 75058 is okay, it's not as good as the old one, but I'm not paying $500 for the old one either.

The first three aren't that bad, given the standards of the time. ULD is meh, but not particularly awful. The Scout Walker isn't great, but it's not awful.

That leaves the Star Scavenger and the FO AT-ST. I have to give my vote to the SS. Completely made up sets irritate me and it's just so gappy and poorly designed that I can't ignore how bad it is. At least the FO AT-ST was accurate to the scene it was in.

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By in Germany,

The FO AT-ST is bar far the worst, because they are asking for 60€ for half a model, just 1 year after selling a whole AT-ST for 10€ less. If they charged 40€ for the new set, this could have been overlooked, but the greed is what damages this set the most.

I would never vote for any of the classics, they're almost 20 years old and I think they are really well done and perfectly recognizable as their movie counterpart. For anyone who started collecting later, of course these can't compare, but for their time they were amazing. Also, I believe the Slave I was 25€ and the X-wing was 40€, keep that in mind.

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By in United States,

I agree with all regarding the early sets, comparing the first few years to modern sets is like comparing a model T to a Tesla, the years between are just too much.
Hoth got my vote because the price was absolutely insane for what you got, nothing was unique about it, it did not match quality of previous UCS, and when Lego kinda admited it wasn't great but still released it anyway, well that was it for me.

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By in France,

also, the first order scout walker was just unfortunate to be the weakest, and also the only one not appearing in the movie of all the sets of a wave that was rather good.

the only sets standing out from the first 2018 wave are actually standing out in a bad way which makes it even worse.

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By in United Kingdom,

Star Scavenger looks like the Star Scavenger. Aesthetically it may not please many but it does look as it should (Why they drew it this way, who knows. Possibly just so it was different from the other SW universe stuff out there).
At least it's complete, unlike the FO AT-ST

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By in United States,

Looking back over the list, I think the Star Scavenger is actually a pretty wicked design. Looks like something out of KOTOR.

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By in United States,

I actually really like Assault On Hoth. As a brickfilmer, I think it offers a lot of potential, and all of the different modules make it so I could make as big of a Hoth battle as I wanted too. I could shoot the trench a bunch of times, and then layer them into the final shot so theoretically I could make a massive Hoth Battle. Also, I don't mind the Minifigures it comes with. And, it comes with a Wampa and a Taun Taun! Those would be super fun to make brickfilms with. Also, pretty much the only Lego sets I get are location sets, because they offer way more potential for brickfilms. So, does anyone know where I could get it for under 200 dollars, new?

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By in United Kingdom,

As someone who missed out on the glorious 7662 MTT, I can't deny I was greatly looking forward to the next rendition and was sorely disappointed. As you say, the set isn't exactly bad, but the expectation for it no doubt ruined it and that's something I just couldn't forgive.

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By in United Kingdom,

Its already been said by a lot of people and I agree with the sentiment that the early sets get a pass due to limited parts etc of the time.

The Heavy Scout Walker got my vote though as its poorly designed, looks terrible with the exposed wheels, was massively overpriced for the size of the set, let alone it didn't even appear in the movie.

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By in United States,

My vote goes to #7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing. The TIE was alright, but should have been black and grey, not black and blue (I understand some think the Interceptor should be blue, but there's never been any contention over Vader's TIE). And the Y-Wing was awful. Zero greebling, the pilot was practically on his back to fit in the thing, the engines were all wrong, and the set at the time was the only way to get Vader. It felt really cash-grabby and should have been two separate sets.

I know the first gen Star Wars sets are primitive, but this one was beyond that. Both the X-Wing and Snowspeeder from back then hold up reasonably well after almost 20 years, but this set not so much.

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By in United States,

I loved that assassin droid battle pack! That was one of my favorite sets as a kid.

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By in Netherlands,

for me, the worst set is the 2016 death star.
the 2008 death star was overhyped to begin with and just didn't look that well. After that, Lego had 8 years to make an updated one, but they made the exact same set,. there was so much potential in that set

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By in United States,

I gave the FO AT-ST my vote. I do feel sorry for the designer though, he is one of the newer designers on the theme, and a few of his other sets are excellent! (Luke's Hut on Ach-To being one of the ones he designed). I hope he takes the criticism of the set as constructive, and not degrading.

^Johnnypumpkinseed, I gotta disagree with you on the Sandspeeder. I got it this week, and it's been a blast to play with. Sure it's just a recolor of the Snowspeeder's, but I haven't got a new Snowspeeder set in over 15 years now. The two figures are excellent, the side build is a great display piece for OT collectors, and it's just fun to swoosh around. Very sturdy and solid build, feels like it is worth the $30 price tag. Plus the speeder is a cool reference to an old Kenner toy design, so props for Lego referencing old obscure Star Wars lore!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm mostly annoyed I couldn't buy AoH at a serious discount before it retired...

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By in United Kingdom,

For me, it has to be the Assault on Hoth as there's nothing really redeemable about it - overpriced, messy functions, lack of a decent assault, not deserving of the UCS label, poor concept and execution - in all a set that should never have seen the light of day.

Otherwise it would have to be the First Order AT-ST, why in the world would anyone pay so much for half a vehicle and not a complete AT-ST with accessories that show so many horrible technic pieces???

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By in United States,

I like the Assassin Droid set, especially because I got one of those chromey Vaders in mine.

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By in Norway,

None of them. I don't think any of them was bad.

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By in Belgium,

7111 droid fighter for me, do not like this set at all

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By in Germany,

Of these, FO AT-ST, no questions asked. It's not only half a vehicle, it's even just half of a scene. You can recreate about 20 seconds of film with this, and that's all it's good for. The ludicrous pricing (especially compared to the excellent Rogue One AT-ST) only adds insult to injury.

Concerning the first MTT though, you must be taking crazy pills, Captain. It's got the slightly patchy colours of all early sets (and some current ones), but I think the little bit of green is the only thing that stands out too much. The shape is good considering the parts available at the time, no pointless and inaccurate little sled taking up interior space like the 2007 version, and it's great for play. You can cram so many figures or so much equipment in there, which is something modern sets don't really offer anymore.

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By in United States,

Where's Home One?

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By in United States,

I feel out of all of these, Assult on Hoth doesn’t fit in line with all of the other great UCS sets that have come before it. It feels like a mashup of a bunch of play sets that focus too much on the playability, rather than a focus on the detail that we’ve gotten from UCS sets before it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel I have to give the first few entries a pass, since they came from the earliest days of Star Wars. With a much more limited array of specialised pieces that later sets take advantage of, of course they look sub-par. It's be like criticising something I built out of duplo because it doesn't look as good as the stuff I can build now.

It was a toss up between Ultimate Lightsaber Duel and First Order AT-ST, both for the same reason; they look unfinished. It looks like someone got lazy, just stuck a bunch of spare parts together and went "there, its a set now". However ULD is kind of supposed to look like that, being set on a collapsing station, while there were ways they could have fixed the FOATST (as the article itself states, why is there no removable head?) so ultimately it got my vote

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By in United States,

I’m forgiving of the early stuff. I’m even forgiving of Assault on Hoth. I’m not forgiving of the 50% of an AT-ST and calling it an AT-ST. Maybe they should have called it an AT?? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ummm what happened to my post? It’s was there at 19:00 and now it’s gone!

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with those who have suggested that early sets are beholden to different standards in relation to those released today and made certain to stress the limited availability of parts and colours during that period in the article, as well as the potential for limited source material being available.

However, I think it would be unfair to ignore sets from the first few years of LEGO Star Wars entirely. Sets should be judged according to the context of their release and in that regard I think certain older models, such as those mentioned in the article, fare comparatively poorly in relation to other sets released in the same year. Also, from a purely practical perspective it would be almost impossible to identify a single year after which we are able to judge sets by modern standards.

That having been said, this entire topic is a matter of opinion and I welcome those who wish to respectfully disagree with either one another or myself. After all, this article is intended to provoke a discussion!

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't really count any of the earlier sets as 'bad' - I remember getting #7140 X-wing in 1999 and being utterly blown away by it - my favourite fictional ship rendered in Lego, and I thought it couldn't get any better than that. Fast-forward to #9493 in 2012 and you cannot compare the two - the newer set surpasses the original in every way possible, but there were very few curved pieces, and studs-up construction was the norm which made the fighter's sleek shape difficult to recreate in Lego form. Since then the standard of engineering & detail seen in Lego sets has come on in leaps and bounds, and I think it would be a disservice to regard those early sets as 'bad' - they're just hampered by the limitations of the designs and parts of the time.

My vote went to Star Scavenger, for the non-existent interior and just being a generally forgettable design & set.

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By in United States,

Some of the worst sets released in the past 3 years that weren’t mentioned IMO are:

75100 - FO Snowspeeder
75151 - Clone Turbo Tank
75148 - Encounter on Jakku
75180 - Rathtar Escape
75178 - Jakku Quadjumper

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By in United States,

I think it is not fair to say those sets from early years are bad, because designers got limited amount of well designed slope pieces[1] and the idea of combining interesting building technics to create play feature revolves over times.[2]

For me, I pick 75147 StarScavenger because it comes from neither the prequel nor the sequel. I looked up on Lego [email protected] and found TLG make this set for people to rebuild it.[3] That is why its part ratio is about 9 cents per piece (49.99USD/558pieces). Its play feature is just open and fold up its "trunk" and the scavenger vessel has nothing related to Star Wars theme. For me, I think Lego can do better than this in 2016. If StarScavenger was produced in one to two years before or after 2004, it would not be on this list. It is a mistake for Lego to produce this horrible version of 75025 JedI Defender Class Cruiser.

[1]Cheese slopes are introduced in 2004. Source: https://brickset.com/parts/design-54200
[2]A study done by Christoph Bartneck. Source: https://brickset.com/article/33448/have-lego-sets-become-more-complex
[3]Description of StarScavenger from Lego [email protected] Source: https://shop.lego.com/en-US/StarScavenger-75147

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By in New Zealand,

The Death Star II is the only unfinished thing I want modelled in LEGO

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By in United States,

With the assault on hoth ucs set I feel it was a good standard set but a bad ucs set but I totally agree with the first order at st being really bad

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By in Germany,

In my opinion it has to be the FO AT-ST for at least three reasons:

1) It was a bad idea to make this set in the first place.
2) The execution is terrible.
3) The price is insane.

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By in United States,

There have been so, so many Star Wars sets that even the ones that fall short of the others are eminently avoidable. I would think a list of "best Star Wars sets" would be less negative, less divisive, and altogether better, but as far as I'm aware Brickset hasn't published any such article of that sort. Why start by shooting for the bottom?

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By in Indonesia,

Difficult to choose between Insult on Hoth and First Order AT-ST. For me the "winner" is Insult on Hoth because so many pieces in 1 set provide so much opportunity to get something right and Lego still managed to miss each and everyone of those opportunities.

In general I think we shouldn't make "bad" Star Wars sets any bigger than it really is, because:

1) the percentage of bad Star Wars sets compared to the total number sets in this theme is really very low

2) while we're having discussions about which Star Wars set is worst, it would be infinitely more difficult to decide on the best, or 10 best, Star Wars sets considering all the good and great sets released by Lego over the course of time.

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By in Canada,

I never realized people dont' like StarScavenger. I happen to think the model looks fantastic! It's a little fragile, I suppose, but I don't see why the design looks that bad.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Lyichir - Our recent review of 75201 First Order AT-ST provoked a lengthy discussion about whether or not it was the worst LEGO Star Wars set ever released. We therefore decided to publish a separate article focused entirely upon that subject, providing everyone with an opportunity to express their opinion.

Perhaps we will celebrate the twentieth year of LEGO Star Wars by publishing an article about the best sets next year.

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By in United States,

I own the original Slave I, and I see why it's on this list. But I think, Chris, you're a liitle harsh. Forgive LEGO for a lacking color palette and TLG was new to creating SW sets. About being less blocky, was there a good selection of curved pieces back then? Surely the first Millennium Falcon is worse than this. I watched JANGBRiCKS' recent video review of the original Falcon and I think it's dreadful.

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By in Australia,

I don’t understand the hate for Assault On Hoth. It has everything I didn’t have in my collection at the time prior to it’s release. And for the record, it’s the only UCS set I have ever bought along with Ewok Village.

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By in United States,

I only own Slave I from this list but FO AT-ST is surely an insult as Assault on Hoth UCS.

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By in United States,

I tend to give those early Lego Star Wars sets a pass. Save perhaps the dual set. For example while that first Sith Infiltrator looked like something from an 8bit videogame, at least you could swoosh it and have fun with it. The later 7961 Sith Infiltrator is much worse as it isn't locked closed and if you invert the model it all flops around and comes apart.

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By in France,

best star wars set risks being a no-brainer. 75192?
unless they release anything more impressive this year.

An article about the best sets ever would be perfect for this year too, though that may end up being a list of sets you are the most nostalgic about.

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By in United Kingdom,

Like many I can't put blame on the early sets, after all without them where would Lego be now? Insult on Hoth I think is an ok set as a play set, but terrible as a UCS set.

So yes, it has to be the FO AT-ST.

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By in United States,

I vote for the Star Scavenger because LEGO came up with that horrible design all by themselves, so all the faults with it... ugliness, lack of play features, fragility... are completely on them, and it's so recent. MTT is a close second because of how much worse it is than the previous version.

Assault on Hoth is bad, sure, but as a playset it works decently well and has some good parts to it, and the AT-ST is just a horrible concept that's executed about as well as it could be.

Of the old Star Wars sets, the original AT-ST and Millennium Falcon are pretty terrible, as is the Pod Race Bucket, not sure why none of those made the list.

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By in Canada,

How dare you even consider including the MTTs on this list! You fools! You absolute plebeians! (For real tho the StarScavenger is probably the worst Star Wars set I've ever seen lmao.)

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By in Sweden,

I don't see how anyone can pile onto that First Order AT-ST when the same Last Jedi subtheme offered up the Heavy Scout Walker.

Yes, the AT-ST might've been overpriced and a bad set, but it was actually something that appeared in The Last Jedi. BB-8 really DID ride on top of a headless AT-ST. The set also included a completely accurate selection minifigures in regards to who were in that scene, which can't be said about 90% of Star Wars sets. It's not the fault of LEGO that the filmmakers at Disney decided to create that scene, not to mention the fact that when LEGO designed the set, they might not have known it would have its head torn off (which is usually the main criticism people have). The fact that this set did do some things right (shows up in movie, check. correct minifigures, check.) should disqualify it from being considered the worst set "ever".

Meanwhile, the Heavy Scout Walker not only looked completely out of place, out of style with everything else Star Wars, but its cardinal sin is that it didn't appear in the film at all. Unless it makes an appearance in a future film, you can't even consider that thing canon. It might as well be some random sci-fi MOC. It also included a very random, bland selection of minifigures, not that it mattered since it wasn't in the film anyway and it could never have included an accurate assortment.

I'm genuinely baffled how the AFOL community collectively drank the cool aid on this one and just decided, in spite of everything, to dub that AT-ST the worst set ever.

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By in Canada,

Assault on Hoth was disappointing in many ways but I still liked it. The gate was awesome, the snowspeeder was awesome, the power generator (although incomplete) looked great, the trench was great, and I like the minifigs a lot.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like many others, can forgive the early sets as they are what they are in the evolving history of design, parts and colours. Assault on Hoth is not worthy of the UCS branding but as a set, if you were late to the party, wasn't that bad. The First Order AT-ST although hugely overpriced, does look like what it's supposed to although why a removable body wasn't included as a play feature is a bit of a mystery.
The one that really does it for me is the First Order Heavy Assault Walker. IMO it's got to be the worst looking, poorly executed set. The head isn't that movable, you can see the wheels and its main feature of the moving legs are poorly done. I love the Star Wars Lego line but this is the one set that even at a heavily discounted price will not be ending up in the collection.

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By in United States,

@Graysmith: You're excusing the FO AT-ST as LEGO might not have known that it originally had a head, yet the same goes for the FO Heavy Scout Walker. LEGO had no idea that the First Order HSW wouldn't appear in the film. They were given a sketch/image of it by Disney and told to make it into a set. No one could have known that it would be cut from the film.

If LEGO did not know that the FO AT-ST would have a head in the film they should have compensated for it. Whether that's heavily improving the legs or including an interesting side build they still should have made it so that it would be worth buying over the complete RO AT-ST

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By in United States,

I actually really like the old wonky 1999 - 2004 sets. Most of them are very bad and mostly innaccurate, but that's what gives them that wonderful classic feel! Same with the minifigures from back then.

I don't think there's ever been a particular set I could take out and say "I don't like this one!", because there are so many different kinds of redeeming factors across the board. Like build, minifigs, nostalgia, jokes relating to the set, a particular piece or pieces, interesting techniques, and many others.

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By in United States,

One set I really didn't like was the T-6 Jedi Shuttle. Not only were the wings really fragile, but the rotating wing function made it very hard to swoosh around, and the underside of the wings which became the left side in vertical orientation was always ugly looking due to the structural nature. There was also no way to display it in flight, too, which might have been nice.

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By in France,

That 75098 Insult on Hoth is obviously the worst!

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By in United States,

Most of these aren’t that bad, considering Lego has been making hundreds of sets every year, and early on the standard of the sets was very low compared to now.

I feel like that the First Order AT-ST is hated so much because of its name as well as being released too close to the AT-ST from Rogue One, which was very well designed. I too dislike the set because of the name and the timeframe from the complete AT-ST. The same case with naming could also be said about the UCS Assault on Hoth.

Lego has made mistakes throughout the years, but haven’t we all made mistakes?
Just my opinion and thoughts, and I do respect that others have opinions as well.

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By in Sweden,

@Coson, I don't blame LEGO for not knowing the Heavy Scout Walker wouldn't show up in the film, I'm just flabbergasted that people seemingly give that set a free pass while absolutely piling on the AT-ST, which at the very least has some redeeming qualities about it (unlike the Heavy Scout Walker, which has none whatsoever).

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By in United States,

Insult on Hoth.

(and I actually like the assassin droid battle pack)

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By in United States,

I chose Assault of Hoth because it had a lot of potential, but fell short tremendously plainly because of the designers' faults. Not because of lack of colors of parts, not because of lack of source material, but because the designers made a dumb decision by simply creating a giant battle-pack. The figures are good, and the Snowspeeder is good, but the base itself is pathetic. Gone are the days of baseplates and awesome giant builds; now all we have are dozens of tiny assemblies.

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By in United States,

All the older sets I can forgive for lack of good parts, and out of those remaining the battle pack I forgive because of the well built speeder better than many battle pack builds today, and awesome chrome droids, the newer MTT looks pretty cool in my opinion, Assualt on Hoth has individual elements that are good, and the Scout Walker and AT-ST may have been results of bad concept art. The Star Scavenger is unforgivable though, because the designers could have done anything with it, but chose that.

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By in Australia,

Shocked to see Slave I on the list o.O

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By in United Kingdom,

I can understand why you didn't include buildable figures as that would have been slots 1-10 filled immediately (and 11-26).

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By in United Kingdom,

The older ones have a certain charm. Slightly bad form to call them out just because they are old. I love the old blocky Slave 1 for what it is.

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By in United States,

Not to defend the First Order AT-ST (I still think it's a terrible set), but I feel like a small portion of the reason fans hate it so much stems from its name. A set named "First Order AT-ST" should include just that - an accurate, fun, COMPLETE representation of that vehicle. If the set were named "BB-8's Rescue" or something along those lines, what you receive in the set would actually make some sense. However, I still think such a set would benefit greatly from a removable head function.

Assault on Hoth has my vote. It is not representative of the UCS line and even fails as a play set, as a number of the pieces are inaccurate/incomplete and it includes very little of the enemy to attack the jumbled mess.

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By in United States,

7671 AT-AP is easily the worst in my opinion. Falls apart very easily and minifigure selection was subpar for price.

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By in Germany,

What bothers me most with the AT-ST that nobody seems to acknowledge how horrible the legs are. I can understand that they needed to be bigger and blockier on the 2016 set to support the weight of the head, even though I don't understand why the AT-ST couldn't be a 25-40$ set. But even here without the head there was no effort put into it. When this already counts as a complete model, why not try to make them a little bit more accurate to make the best out of the removed weight? Why not make the model smaller? The search for screen accurate legs will take MOCers until the end of time for sure but there is nothing sadder than to see how far LEGO itself regresses after finding acceptable or good solutions for some designs. I would rather see the 8038 AT-ST make a comeback than to see this oversized abomination ever again.

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By in Australia,

I didnt think the 75058 MTT was that bad?

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By in United States,

Of the curated list I would say 75098 Assault on Hoth (calling it Defense of Hoth, dropping the UCS label, and a 30% discount helps redeem it) or 75201 First Order AT-ST for worst execution.

Looked thru all the Star Wars sets in the database and have to say 7159 Star Wars Bucket is pretty uninspired / poorly executed even for an early set. You could probably build the exact same thing with any Basic bricks set. It gets my final vote.

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By in Norway,

Top Gear had some useful advice on this - if you're making a "worst X ever" list it helps to replace "worst" by "most disappointing". Also you should excuse products that are cheap, made by startup companies, or in third world/east block countries. Generally a "worst ever" should not be cheap and be made by a company who should have known better.

As such the first 3 sets on the list should get a pass - not only were the parts and color selection more restricted then, Lego also had limited experience with licensed themes and was probably rather unsure about the best balance between looks, play value and price (back then we still had mostly anemic 4-wide cars and $100+ sets were a rarity).

I wish it was possible to vote for 2 or 3 sets, right now I'm torn between the half AT-ST and the Star Scavenger. As others have said, the Insult on Hoth is not THAT bad, if it had been more reasonably priced and not marketed as a UCS it could been a decent Hoth starter pack/playset. That being said, it would've been SO much better with a more substantial base built from white BURPs with the hangar at the bottom, a control room on the upper floor and things like the ion cannon attached to the outside.

The Star Scavenger OTOH is just depressing to look at, it looks like something a 10 year old has built, it's badly out of scale, it lacks internal space (with the "wings" being just massive structures) and is fragile to boot. What really kills it for me is how this ship is Lego's OWN design, so they can't excuse themselves with the original being hard to transfer to brick form.

Then we have the AT-ST, which essentially is like selling a totaled car at the same price as a brand new one. Without a removable head it can neither be used for display nor can it fully re-enact the scene it's meant to depict. What really earns this set my vote is how Lego chose to retire the previous and much better 75153 AT-ST after just one year (rather than the usual two) on the shelves, seemingly only to "encourage" people to buy this wreck.

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By in United States,

First Order AT-ST all the way!

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By in United States,

Can we vote for "Best of the worst"? If so, I cast my lot for the 75075 AT-AT Microfighter. Still makes me chuckle whenever I look at it.

I always liked the Ultimate Lightsaber Duel set. Yes kind of clunky for playability, but still fun.

7184 got my vote, because 1) I HATE battle droids, and 2) this was still in the era before LEGO got their act together mold-wise to get more faithful movie re-creations. Just plain ugly.

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By in United States,

So out of this list, I only own four of these sets, three of which are in the old category and I am bundling in Ultimate Lightsaber Duel with those, leaving the Assassin Droids Battle Pack. I don't feel right voting on something I do not own, so it got my vote although not being very bad. The reasons why I never got the others in the line up is because I didn't need them for my collection like that latest MTT, Assault on Hoth, or I didn't want to get it until I saw what it did in media like the Freemaker Star Scavenger (The show is surprisingly decent) or that First Order Scout Walker (Never even showed up in the movie or if it did, it was minimal in the highest degree (a bit of an oxymoron)), and finally, I knew I did not want it like the AT-ST.

The first ever MTT was on my list until the 2007 version, and the only reason to get it now would be for completionist means for the older sets. I could have chosen something I knew was not good by word of mouth like the latest MTT and that AT-ST, but with all the mudslinging I saw at those older sets in the AT-ST review purely because they were old (I doubt most that crapped on them actually owned them. They have some fantastic functions and utilize great innovation in my opinion.), what are we going to do with the sets we have coming out now in ten years? While I may know that the sets I listed are considered bad, I do not know firsthand why they are bad. It's easy enough to do like knowing a Transformers movie is going to be bad, but how severe?

The Assassin Droid Battle Pack essentially became the default and I don't really have a single set I would throw in the ring in the Other category. I already know Other isn't going to win because then it's all subjective, I'd rather the winner be as objective as possible despite it all being subjective, it's just the level of subjectivity I guess. That battle pack isn't awful, but I'd have rather seen some other form of battle pack I suppose, but then it's more or less battle droids and super battle droids. Actually, those trip wire droids from the movie would have been pretty unique and interesting. While the Assassin droids are nice, I don't need that many nor the speederbike they wouldn't be piloting (Although there were all those droids on the speederbikes with the lances from the classic Clone Wars show. That was rad.) So yeah, two trip wire droids with two assassins might have made for a better battle pack.

Long Story Short: I voted for the Assassin Droids because it was the least liked among the sets I owned from this list of which the whole second half I don't own.

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By in United States,

@yuffie - I died laughing when I read your comment. LOL!

I do agree about the capn on the FO AT-ST, though.

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By in United States,

I don’t know where my post went, but I’ll say it again. This is a terrible list. Nobody can truthfully say those original sets are terrible. And if you are, shouldn’t they all be on there, especially the Millennium Falcon?! Terrible list and opinions.

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By in Australia,

Personally I do believe the early sets belong in this discussion. They may be a product of their time, but that doesn't mean they're not ugly. Modern sets are objectively better representations of the source material, and usually better toys as well.

On an unrelated note, I love the assassin droid battle pack. Always have, always will. Its one of the nicest looking builds in any battle pack, and for me, as a kid droids were kinda hard to amass, so getting 5 in a cheap set was a godsend. I find it very hard to believe that any considerable number of kids are buying large numbers of battle packs, and honestly, I just dont care about the AFOL perspective of a freaking $20 set.

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By in United States,

I wouldn't put the 2nd-voted Assault on Hoth in the top 10 personally. I know the price is arguably high for the contents, but most of the offense that older fans took came down to the presence of the UCS label on the box and the adjoining perception that this prevented us from getting a new non-play piece we feel we deserved. The ion cannon looks very incomplete around the back and the shield generator is missing a disc, but otherwise none of the components are truly bad, they're just sparse. So many sets have had significantly lower value & worse actual designs for both play and display.

Though my contempt for the FO AT-ST is high and fresh, I had to vote for the Star Scavenger. It would have scored in the top 2 if more readers had bought it (don't buy it, though, readers, seriously). It's one of those sets you have to have in your hands to realize how truly horrible it is, and how unworthy of production & retail sale it was. On display, especially from the camera-friendly angles, it doesn't look all that bad. When you go to pick it up, though, you immediately feel like you've done something wrong and need to put it down before you damage it further. It's unsettling. It feels like... a dying toucan with a heavy head and all of its bones broken.

At least the insultingly priced, woefully incomplete, terrible-looking FO AT-ST has a mechanically solid build and *can* be played with effectively.

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By in United States,

For me, the Star Scavenger should never have been made. It’s an ugly set based on a new Star Wars property that has nothing to do with Star Wars cannon, I haven’t watched the show so tell me if I’m wrong. At least with JEK-14 and his sets they were connected with Yoda in a way. This set looks like something my 7 year old cousin threw together in a few minutes. Total disgrace, it’s slot should have been used for another Force Awakens set, because we all know there’s plenty more to be made there.

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By in United Kingdom,

The FO AT-ST is by dar the worst set in the line! I agree that the early sets are bad, but I feel they are excusable because of the era.

Although I don't have it, the Mustafur duel set is probably one of my favorites from that period, i just really like the concept.

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By in United Kingdom,

FO AT-ST is er... doing well

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By in United States,

7201 Final Duel II doesn't really hold up as a "set".

Assault on Hoth shouldn't be on this list, or at least not in the top 10 anyway. It's a GREAT set to build with 6 people at the same time-- a rare thing for LEGO sets, even if everyone has their own instructions on their tablets/laptops. For someone who only ever had the original snowspeeder and one AT-AT, this set was a godsend. What people hated wasn't the builds, but rather the UCS sticker on the box. Personally, I think it deserves the UCS sticker (as did Ewok Village and Death Star) even though the builds aren't "complicated", just big and long-- meant for an ULTIMATE LEGO Star Wars fan.

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By in United States,

I’m more inclined to be displeased by the sets that HAVEN’T been made.

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By in United States,

The older sets cannot be fairly judged against modern sets. What drives me nuts is that x-wings, TIEs, and other fighters all cost between $50 and $100 (US) these days.

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By in United States,

Can't think of any sets off the top of my head that I think are the worst ever, but I definitely disagree with almost all of these choices. The newer MTT looks fine to me, but I don't have it so maybe that's why. I'm most surprised by the Assassin Droid battle pack...what's wrong with it?

I feel like there are way more gappy, unfinished-looking and ugly designs that could go here.

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By in United States,

Assault on Hoth wins this contest for me. There was so much excitement and such promise when we heard TLG was creating a UCS Hoth Base. Then when it came out it was such a disappointment. The set is supposed to be top of the line, and like Rex said, it fails in both concept and execution. Come on, a hodgepodge of smaller sets crammed together to be UCS? Very sad. I did not waste my money on this set.

The shield generator is missing a disk. The wampa cave shouldn't even be included. The ion cannon is half finished. The anti-vehicle cannon looks horrible (much better version in 75014). Tauntaun feeding pen... come on. The command center is tragically small. The shield doors are decent, but that's all.

With sets like the Ewok Village, the Death Star, and even Sandcrawler, there's no excuse for such a horrible design to hit the shelves.

Worst Star Wars Set ever!

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By in United States,

The AT-TE all the way. There is no excuse in 2018 to make a set that is that bad. I do blame Disney for probably not telling them the head explodes off because you know LEGO would have charged $60 and made an exploding head. But it's just bad. However so is the movie.

The Hoth set is a USELESS and overpriced set, but not a bad set. If you somehow missed every other Hoth set ever made than it's new to you and useful, but $100 too much. It's a badly name set as there is no assault in it at all. But it's not the worst set ever. Maybe the most disappointing.

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By in United States,

I’d be interested to see a worst Star Wars set poll from a range of years, I.e. worst S.W. set from 1999-2000 etc. I think that may be a better way of accounting for the particular era’s available parts.

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By in Australia,

75058 MTT is actually a really good set. The only actual downside is that, being a smaller version of the 2007 (7662) MTT, it has less droids - and that's annoying. But if you put this one fact aside - this set is actually better than 7662 in many ways.

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By in Singapore,

Really, Assassins Droid Battle Pack? Who the heck thought of that?

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By in United Kingdom,

Also reposting my original comment as it was removed - presumably due to being ‘disrespectful’!

Just to echo what other people have said about those early sets - none should be in the list. As someone who grew up on Lego and on Star Wars - to see them together even though I was in my twenties was incredible, and I bought the lot. The sith infiltrator was blocky - but so was Lego! At the time that was the mysterious ship owned by the awesome Darth Maul - who knew at the time it wouldn’t be back in the has next film?
From my personal view the sets that should be on this list are the ones that have completely compromised Lego building and design for the inclusion of desirable mini figures - cad banes speeder and palatines throne room to name a couple.
Ultimately I think this is a great topic but capn rex should have removed his ego and instead of giving us his ten worst sets open it up to a wider vote to narrow it down to ten.

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By in United States,

This is an interesting exercise for sure.

I definitely fall into the camp that believes comparing the builds from the first few years to sets from several years later is something of a pointless exercise. As already mentioned numerous times, the color palette, available parts, and experience in creating these sets was at a much lower level than later. For the most part, the best you could hope for was an approximation of what was being created. I think each of the three sets listed here actually do a good job in that respect.

The items I would have included from those first few years are:

1999 -- 7161: Gungan Sub, which does a poor job of approximating the vehicle. Amazingly, the remake of this (9499: Gungan Sub) did the same thing!
2000 -- 7159: Star Wars Bucket, which is really more of a parts pack anyway. 7190: Millennium Falcon might be a contender as well.
2001 -- 7186: Watto's Junkyard, which isn't really fair as it gave us Watto and two more podracers

I think at this point, Lego really began to figure out what they were doing. The designs started to become less blocky, more colorful, and more intricate. Unfortunately, in 2002, you also had the re-releases 7142: X-wing Fighter and 7152: TIE Fighter & Y-wing.

2003 had a bunch of small sets that were mostly pretty good. The worst to me, by far, is 4489: AT-AT. It makes me sad to say an AT-AT is the worst set of a year.

2004 had the re-re-release of 7262: TIE Fighter and Y-Wing.

I agree with some of the statements elsewhere that the idea/concept of the Lightsaber Duel was actually a pretty good one. It just didn't really work out. For me, a lot of the RotS sets were pretty lackluster, particularly the Wookiee sets. Also from 2005 are 7260: Wookiee Catamaran and 7258: Wookiee Attack. The only real negative from 2006 is having the 7261-2: Clone Turbo Tank without the light-up Mace Windu. My only real complaint in 2007 is 7664: TIE Crawler. I was actually interested in this from some of the EU material out there. I just never wanted it enough to get it.

After 2007, things are a little more difficult for me. I never had a real connection to the Clone Wars show (though I greatly enjoyed the initial shorts). Lego also begins adding in some other Star Wars properties that I have no connection to (such as Force Unleashed, Yoda Chronicles, Freemaker Adventures). In a few years, you get more and more exclusive sets and small polybag type sets, both of which can be difficult to obtain. There are a lot more sets I don't care about. Even some of the base movie sets are at times uninteresting. Just because I'm not interested, are they really that bad? Hard to say.

In regards to 8015 Assassin Droids Battle Pack, I have a hard time calling any battle pack one of the "worst" sets ever. If I did, it would probably be one of the innumerable clone trooper versions. This set was the first opportunity to get IG-88. And it was the only cheap way to get him until the very awesome 75167: Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack. Plus you get the black assassin droids like they had in those original Clone Wars shorts.

Wow, that's way too much.

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By in Netherlands,

Star Scavenger of course.

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By in Australia,

Clearly the worst set is the current UCS Millennium Falcon because I DON'T HAVE ONE YET! Just kidding people.

But to remain controversial, I don't think Hoth is that bad. It looks bad in comparison to the Sandcrawler or Endor, but they're a couple of the best sets ever made. It's flawed, especially if you have the earlier Hoth sets, but if you didn't have a single Hoth set and was starting with it, it would give a lot of playability. Compare that to the FO AT-ST. When the completed model is that dull, I think that's more of a problem.

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By in Australia,

Sod Star Wars. I wish it had never been created, so that Lego would not be flooded by a stupid licensed theme and could focus on the original Lego themes, the ones that projected the company to a global corporation.

It is annoying that so many people who call themselves 'AFOLs' just buy Lego as another representation of some stupid starship or mech.

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By in Germany,

I voted FO AT-ST, hands down. Perhaps Star Scavenger is a worse build, but until this article I had never even heard of it, let alone of the source material.

As for Assault on Hoth, I agree with Jang in that it definitely doesn't deserve the UCS label, but as a playset it works quite well. Kids don't care as much about whether the ion cannon is beautifully finished around the back, or whether there are three or four discs in the shield generator. Kids tend to be a little more forgiving than AFOL UCS set collectors, as long as the play features work, and as long as there is stuff to blow up ;-)

And at least that set is available at a very high discount from time to time, making it quite reasonable for a playset or as a parts-pack with some nice figures.

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By in New Zealand,

All sw walkers seem to have faults of one form or another. However 75153-1 AT-ST Walker has to be the single worst lego set I've ever owned. It fails on every measure.

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By in Australia,

I don't think Brickset needs this much negativity. If there is a worst Star Wars set, it is already shown by reviewer ratings. Turns out, not including magnet or promotional sets, it's the Clone Turbo Tank (without the light-up sabre) from 2006.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not sure why Assault on Hoth is on the list. Together it is a collection of great little models. Individually those sets are fairly high quality for the most part. Many of them have been done before at a similar scale or design. And that is the let-down of the set, that it is a disappointment of what could have been compared to the rest of the UCS series because it is a large playset rather than a single large scale model. It is not about the quality, it is about the content. Clearly there are far worse sets out there.

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By in France,

Based on the comments so far, it seems straightforward which is the worst UCS... and whch is the worst standard set...

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By in Australia,

Completely disagree with the first 3 sets on the list. I own two of them and they were more than fine for their time.

The latest AT-ST came in 2nd for me , awful design and over priced, however it isn’t meant to be

... a UCS set, so Insult on Hoth is an easy “winner” , awful design, over priced, and from my favourite movie I was so disappointed.

For both the AT-ST and Insult on Hoth all involved in their creation should be incredibly embarrassed. I can’t say that about any other set.

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By in Denmark,

Agree with what have been said by many - has to be the worst LIST ever!

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't you dare knock the 7144 Slave One! This was a brilliant set; I'd love to have more of these.
It may use crude and basic shapes made of the roof pieces and panels of the time, but the canopy piece and extender were great in their own right, and the set was a reasonable price! Like the first X-Wing and Landspeeder, these were decent, affordable Star Wars sets, before LEGO decided to adopt the policy of pushing sets to be bigger and bigger and prices ever higher.

If you want a really terrible set, look no further than 7680, the 'Twilight', from the early days of Clone Wars. It was a pretty awful ship design to start with, but the LEGO rendition managed to make it even more boxy and ugly.

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By in United States,

I am surprised no one complained about "Blue TIE Fighters". But anyway my vote went to the 75147 Star-Scavenger. When I look at it, I think it was made during the early days of LEGO Star Wars. Speaking of early days when I first spotted the 7144 Slave 1, I kinda thought it looked ugly. So I never got it but I did get Jango Fett's Slave 1 (for half off).

Some honorable mentions go to 7111 Droid Fighter for an early set, I feel it is a little flimsy and bulky. And then their is 7674 V-19 Torrent the first issue is usually set are to small compared to the original source but the Torrent has the opposite problem. Plus, if you are not careful while building the set the function(s) can get messed up.

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By in United Kingdom,

Urk. Subjectivity rules in this kind of debate. Also, it's very hard to read comments you're interested in as this site (as opposed to a forum) is not user-friendly when it comes to replying or grouping content, but anyway...

I've had a quick look at all the SW sets on Brickset. And I've tried to ignore my own personal preference (OT spaceships only, hate battlepacks, constraction and unfinished dioramas), but I can't get around the fact that I know very few of the source material that these sets come from, so you'll have to bear with me:

75081-1: T-16 Skyhopper - as featured in A New Hope. Err... really? It's not a bad model, but it's presence here perplexes me. At least I saw the Jakku Quadjumper in TFA. this could be literally anything else.

7115-1: Gungan Patrol - it has Jar Jar in it, and not much else.

10018-1: Darth Maul - Argh! Those eyes! And where is the rest of him?

7680-1: The Twilight - so many studs, so little greebling. And $100!

4501-1: Mos Eisley Cantina - Mos Eisley Wall, more like.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think they can be forgiven for the clunkiness of the early sets - I always liked the Sith Infiltrator myself, and the Slave I was my "one that got away" for the early SW theme.

I also like the look of the Heavy Scout Walker, but maybe I'm just weird?!

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By in Norway,

I actually love my 7144 Slave 1 where it sits on the Cloud City landing platform right next to the UCS Slave 1... It reminds me of the passage of time and that I'm getting older.

(I voted "Other" on the poll and would have put "Negativity" as the worst if there had been an option to clarify the "Other" choice.)

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By in United States,

Love Star Wars and LOVE Lego. I will admit I was intrigued YEARS ago when they first appeared but I certainly believe they solely built up the Lego user base only yo destroy it years later keeping in mind having a massive amount of people is not worth it if these masses are .............. well what they are. In a nutshell it has been nothing but better (different) versions of the same stuff for years now.

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By in United States,

The Sith Infiltrator was a pretty good set for it's time. Obviously LEGO has come a long way since the early days of the Star Wars sets so a lot must be forgiven. The FO AT-ST is an absolute abomination of a LEGO set and is not worthy of the brand name. Lego needs to give us the updated AT-ST and not this garbage.

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By in United States,

I actually thought the Star Scavenger was a pretty cool set. It's a rare moment when LEGO gives us a civilian SW ship, and for that reason alone I enjoyed it. Sure, it's blocky and could use some streamlining and improvements (I plan on enclosing the cargo area someday). However, it's far from one of the worst sets IMO. Now the First Order AT-ST, or Insult on Hoth, those belong on this list. When I first saw leaked pics of the new AT-ST I thought it was a joke. Then to my horror the "joke" appeared here on Brickset in official form. Insult on Hoth isn't such a horrible set (except for the back of the ion cannon - what were they thinking leaving all that open w/red pieces exposed?). It's downfall is due to the non-UCS nature of it being a giant, overpriced assortment of what should be smaller and cheaper sets. The first few years of SW sets are pretty ugly, looking back. Although, at the time they were new, exciting, and combined my two greatest toy passions to bring me out of my dark ages. So to LEGO I say a job well done at seperating a man and his money, and filling up my basement (and annoying my wife to no end due to cost and clutter).

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By in United States,

My least favorite is General Grievous' Combat Speeder because it's oversized, ugly, and double the price it should be.

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By in United States,

I agree with most of the comments above that the early years should be excluded from the list. I like the Assault on Hoth set, I know why people don't like it but I like all the Hoth Rebel troopers and Wedge and Wes are cool minifigs too. I wish I could have bought it as it was too pricey. I voted the Star Scavanger set. I'm not a huge fan of the not actual Star Wars sets like the FreeMaker Adventures. Like what my cousin said, "They clog up the shelves."

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By in Singapore,

@LegoSolo77 - my thoughts, exactly.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Star Scavenger is the worst set because all of the other sets at least are based on something recognisable, but the freemaker sets and their accompanying show just seem like a cash grab rather than an effort to make a good quality toy.

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By in United States,

For me, all the first couple of years' sets get a pass. I waited more than 20 years for Star Wars LEGO, so my reaction when they finally happened was, "Woo-hoo!!! Star Wars LEGO! Star Wars LEGO! STAR WARS LEGO!!!" Regarding #75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker... it's not LEGO's fault it got cut from the movie. I feel the leg movement was pretty good, for being built of LEGO.

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By in United States,

@Brickchap: Without Star Wars, we might not have LEGO to enjoy today at all. The brand was floundering until they acquired that license and they survived from the boosted interest brought by the Star Wars line. Sure, it may be bloated now, but they probably don't want to risk it. Also, there is nothing wrong with buying the sets without loving everything else LEGO puts out.

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By in United States,

I actually like half of these sets.

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By in United States,

It's kind of unfair to have 7151, 7184, and 7144 on the list because they aren't really modern sets and were the first of their kind.

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By in United States,

Nobody would say the assassin droid pack was a great set, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with it - the speeder is better than most battle pack vehicles and it’s silly to criticize the figures when to this day every battle droid looks similar.

The most recent MTT is the one that bothered me most - everyone wanted a cool tank-thing with a lot of droids, and TLG did the opposite. Of course its predecessor made it look worse, but it IS bad.

The early sets look weird because they’re old, but some look surprisingly good, like Slave I. Assault on Hoth isn’t horrible, but it’s a collection of ‘meh’ $20 models being sold as an expensive UCS set.

The AT-ST, on the other hand, is totally awful. It’s overpriced, it has an ugly and uselessly short elevator, it inexplicably has no cockpit, and the legs are no better than previous AT-ST legs.

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By in Switzerland,

I voted the assassin droid battle pack. The minifigures look so bad and nobody even wants assassin droids anyway. And the build is just rubbish. I know battle packs don't usually have good builds but this is one of the worst. Literally nothing good about this set.

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By in Switzerland,

Even though I think I could have done better and they are really bad, I can't hate on the old sets too much. The designers had limited pieces to choose from and basically all old sets were as bad as these.
However, the use of blue on the Sith infiltrator and TIE Fighters was unforgivable. Why couldn't they just make grey pieces?

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By in Germany,

Why not checking the overall rating of the reviews? For comparison it could give some more basic views. It could also give a top ten of good or bad rated sets

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By in United Kingdom,

The use of blue makes sense in the context of the time. What I mean is Lego’s primary market is and was kids. Were kids really going to be interested in a range of grey spaceships? Lego weren’t to know back then. They put a bit of colour in to create interest. It wasn’t the same then as it is now, with every set that’s released scrutinised to make sure it’s completely realistic to the ‘source material’. When these sets were released there simply wasn’t the market there is now for Lego Star Wars so no one should be judging those sets against modern day counterparts. A better idea would have been to vote on the worst set of each year - then if the infiltrator is still at the bottom that’s fine.

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By in Netherlands,

How come no one mentioned 75171: Battle on Scarif?

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By in Germany,

I still somewhat like the original Slave 1. Considering the year it came out I think it's not as bad as some of the others listed here. It's not pretty but neither is the subject matter.

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By in Australia,

Hands down for me would have to be 7201 Final Duel II - It should be renamed to something along the lines of "Corridor" as there is absolutely NO DUEL and the price of 26.9¢/piece is ridiculous. In my opinion, this is a set that no one would have missed if it never was released.

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By in United States,

@Brickchap, your statement is a disgrace to Lego fans. If you’re what we call an AFOL, I would never want to be put in the same group as you. There’s no place for your statements here. Lego would not have survived if it just stuck to the classic sets that you claim are superior. You insult everyone by not realizing that.

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By in United States,

Another thing about the assassin droids, personally, I like that design way more than the IG-88 with the really tall head.

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By in United States,

Where's the 7159 Podracer Bucket? I thought that was easily the worst Star Wars set ever made. It includes the worst minifig of an existing character ever (that... thing that is somehow supposed to be Aldar Beedo) and the podracers themselves are absolute jokes compared to the other podracer sets that came out around that time (7131, 7171 and 7186). Also, there's a stack of tires as decoration in the set. Tires. In a podracer set. LOL what?

I THINK they were going for a "Juniors" type set that was easy for little kids to build. But it just fails on so many levels. There are so many shortcuts they took that they didn't need to take to make the pods easier to build. It just ends up coming off as lazy and uninspired.

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By in Australia,

@8BrickMario

How do I insult Lego fans by reminding them of the true Lego themes that matter? An AFOL is an Adult Fan of Lego, real Lego, not some borrowed idea from stupid movies. There are too many Adult Fans of Star Wars who have taken over the Lego community.

Take Lego Ideas. Look how many great sets have been created since Star Wars was banned from it. And also look at Adventurers, Power Miners, or Classic Space themes (including the recent ones like Galaxy Squad). All these were great ideas that were popular with people of all ages.

If people think my comments are irrelevant, well look at all those stupid comments on City, Creator and other true Lego themes news "When's the new Star Wars coming out?" "What do you think of the new Star Wars sets?" "Where's Star Wars Rogue 1 being released?" It's very annoying.

Sod the 100th Lego Millennium Falcon, how about a Lego Maltese Falcon? Humphrey Bogart as a minifig would be cool.

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By in Italy,

what??? The Scavenger is beautiful to spot and to game and very similar to cartoon series (ok, that's easy :) )

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By in Germany,

The Hall of shame is definetly for the 75201 - half walker.
Never seen a more disgusting Set.
I wonder how the Lego guys could even think of pulling this off. Unbelievable.
Even more, the EU MSRP of 60€ or US$ 74 is a spit in the face for such junk.
I hope everyone is letting them rott in the shelves until they go discounted out for 10 bucks part value.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brickchap: You forget though that Lego is a business, and it has to make sets that sell to make money. Like it or not, licenced sets like Star Wars already have a huge fan base that can be used to make sales. If the company didn't make money, they'd not be able to use funds to make and develop new sets and themes to keep the 'classic' Lego going.

Plus, you have to remember, if these 'classic' themes were so popular... how come we don't still have Power Miners, or a classic Space or Pirates theme on the shelves right now, or for the last several years?

Say whatever you want, but calling licenced sets a bad thing just shows your ignorance of the wider market and how business works.

Though I will agree to an extent that Lego trying to keep to family friendly themes does limit them a lot in what they can do. Look at the Sherlock, Shaun of the Dead, Discworld, red Dwarf, Spaceballs, Blues Brothers etc sets that weren't made despite very quickly getting the support because they weren't deemed 'family friendly'.

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By in Austria,

I think 10123 Cloud City deserves a mention. Although I would pay as much as 700 Euro instantly to anyone who can give me a sealed one ( I only want Lando...)

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By in Slovenia,

I would vote for Assault on Hoth, it being a glorified collection of play sets, plus there's barely any "attack" there at all, empire minifigs being dominated by rebels. So the name should at least be the defense of Hoth.

The original sets have no place on here, for reasons mentioned several times.

I work in a store that sells Lego and I don't remember selling more than 3 Star scavengers since it was released. It is seriously cramming up the shelves and warehouse. That being said, I think it is ugly but not the worst out of the bunch.

I resent the FO scout walker for the sole reason of it never appearing in the movie at all. overall the design is just meh.

So yeah my vote goes of course to FO AT ST. And it is so stupid, all they needed to do is add the cockpit and have it as a removable play feature if you need. Ditch the pointless elevator. And like that the price would make more sense and the set wouldn't be so hated.

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By in United States,

@Brickchap, you have to be absolutely the most ignorant poster I have ever seen on this website. Every sentence you wrote reeks of stupidity. Again, you're a disgrace to AFOL's if you call yourself one.

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By in United Kingdom,

@maffyd- watch Star Wars, the Lars homestead just after they get the droids. You'll see Luke sat in a seat while Threepio has an oil bath. Luke is playing with a toy/model Skyhopper. You can also see part of its wing through the doorway at the back.
It also appears quite frequently in other Star Wars material

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By in United States,

Man, am I glad my interest in Lego SW came soon after 7662 was released (proud owner of one). I'll never get over the original 7184 MTT. It resembles the thing my dog left on my patio after he had worms last Friday.

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By in United States,

The original SW sets should be forgiven for the exact thing you mentioned, lack of proper inventory. Lego has proved that they could make those original sets better, and have. The ones I fault are the newer sets. The At-St I feel like was mainly Disney's fault. Disney probably sent over concept images without the head on the walker and since they couldn't discuss any details of the film, the Lego group was probably left in the dark regarding that vehicles role in the movie. Much like the scout walker and the snow speeder from The Force Awakens. What surprises me though is that someone at both Disney and Lego approved the manufacturing of the AT-ST set in general.

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By in Australia,

@Grizby O yes sorry, I forgot that accountants had taken over Lego and people only care about making money instead of bringing joy and creativity to children.
When did I mention anything about non family friendly themes??

@monkyby87 Everything I wrote is well written. Just because you disagree with my views, doesn't make my sentences stupid. And I never called myself an AFOL.

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By in United States,

It surprises me in how many cases do I actually fundamentally disagree with the choice you made for the worst set contenders. Actually, I agree just about the Assassins Droid BP, which is trully odd and then the new releases - Scavenger, Hoth and two TLJ sets.

All the old models you feature were, in my opinion, decent playsets with no unforgivable flaws. You even say it in the description that most of the problems originate in low part selection back then, which almost makes calling it an actual flaw a self contradiction. Besides, I strongly disagree that any of the older models (Infiltrator, MTT, Slave I) look as bad as it is presented. MTT actually looks quite impressive when it comes to overal shape. The odd colors might result from the effort of breaking the uniform surface up and making it more easily buildable, which was a thing back then even more than today (At least today designers don't sacrifice looks for the ease of build so significantly) and/or a tendency to show some battle worn surface. In any case, except of the small droid load (Which, makes some sense as well given that back then droids were new and rare and maybe more complicated to produce pieces) I really don't see why this one would be among the worst sets. Very similar arguments go for the other two old sets. You might think it's sentiment talking here but I was actually to young to appreciate these sets when they originally came out, only few years later from retrospect.

Newest MTT, in my opinion, looks actually better in overal shape and proportion than the worshipped 2007 one. I agree on the gappiness and lack of droids - I wish it was sold for cheaper, because then these compromises would make more sense. I think the price tag was actually the only major flaw of this set. It could have been perfect option for people who would have liked to have more than just one to imply big battles. Anyway, you also complain about poor minifig selection, but thinking about that 2007 versions ONLY included battle droids, the newer one at least brings some extr figures in. I feel thats a good thing and in all honesty, as much as 20 battledroids is better than 8, it is still no realistic MTT truckload :D People who want to display massive droid regiments (because, honestly, what else are battledroids good for) need to buy more figures on their own.

All in all, I feel like naming some of the sets as aspiring for worst set title is a bit harsh and that not all aspects were properly considered. It's just my opinion though.

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By in Norway,

The first rounds of Star Wars sets can I forgive. But collecting a bunch of sets that have been
sold on its own and call it an UCS set. Looks a bit strange too me. So that is my choice.

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By in United States,

@Brickchap, this will be the last time, but you are incredibly ignorant. You display that with every post you make.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Don't bother feeding the troll. Its pretty clear he's just trying to cause trouble now.

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By in Norway,

I don't know who's the worst troll here - the user who says "Sod Star Wars" and "Fanboys has taken over the community", or the one who says "There’s no place for your statements here" and "Every sentence you wrote reeks of stupidity".

I have to at least partially agree with Brickchap that Lego focuses way too much on licenses nowadays, it's especially troubling how most of these belongs to a single company (Disney), and how Lego uses desirable minifigs to sell mediocre models (I think Marvel is the worst offender here). Right now Lego is riding high on the "designer toys" craze, when that fad passes they'll probably lose many of the fanboy customers.

I think kids nowadays are WAY too exposed to commercial pressure - when you look through their toys at least half of them are ads for something else. Also it's sad to see beloved stuff from my childhood getting commercialized to death - kids doesn't read the original Winnie the Pooh books, they're watching Disney(R) Winnie the Pooh(tm) cartoons. Same with Thomas the Tank Engine - this was such a great show in the 80s when they used physical models, now it's all CGI and the merch is EVERYWHERE, sitting right next to Cars, Minions, Garfield and Smurfs on the "big business" scale.

That being said, not all licenses are bad, they helped Lego getting through a difficult period and it seems like they really needs them to push them out of their comfort zone (think of things like Indiana Jones nazis and the delightfully morbid Harry Potter cemetery). Without licenses I'd worry Lego would have gotten into a downward spiral of ever more police and fire stations until they became irrelevant. I'd just wish they'd try to look more into semi-obscure but quality stuff rather than just the latest Disney blockbuster and crap like Angry Birds (seriously I feel the latter really cheapens the brand, I hope Lego got paid to produce it rather than the other way around).

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By in United States,

^Very well said!

@Brickchap and whoever else is involved in that argument: Are licensed themes overdone? Yes, without a doubt. Should they go away completely? No. Star Wars helped keep LEGO as a whole alive, so even if you don't like it you should have some respect for it as without it there would be pretty much zero chance of you getting "classic" themes again, or any theme at all.

As for "accountants had taken over Lego and people only care about making money instead of bringing joy and creativity to children", any company nowadays is about money. Like it or not that's the world we live in. LEGO can't make sets if they don't bring in the money to do so. Star Wars brings in the money, and quite a lot of it.

When you read AFOL sites like Brickset you'll hear everyone screaming for classic Castle, Space, etc. and you'll probably be scratching your head as to why LEGO doesn't make them if everyone seems to want it. The fact of the matter is is that these people are a very small fraction of LEGO's fanbase. The majority are kids who are engrossed in the SW franchise and want SW sets. Hence LEGO has to cater to it's target market and what will bring in the income.

I'm a SW collector, would I mind if the amount of SW sets was reduced a little to allow some room for other original themes? No, I probably wouldn't, I've been wanting a good ship based Pirates theme for a while now.

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By in Australia,

I really like 75201 ! It brings a smile to my face every time I see it, as it was just a lovely moment in the movie. The only negative for me is the price, which is too high.

The fact it is 'unfinished' (matter of perspective) I think is awesome, and would be weird if it were complete, given the scene it is depicting.

However, I had a look at it on the Lego site and read some of the reviews and the 14-18's seem to like it (and with huge down votes on kids reviews of a kids toy - found that rather astonishing - who would down vote a kid when you can simply submit you own review? Very distasteful) and people in an older age bracket giving it very bad reviews. Given my delight at this scene, I think I err on the side of the kids on this one.

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By in Australia,

@axeleng

I am not a troll, although I agree with you in everything else you said. Licenses like Indiana Jones and Harry Potter were good as they included the fans of those communities without 'drowning out' the true Lego themes. Indiana Jones was a great theme, if only there had been a Spitfire in one of the movies, like the BF 109 (Fighter Plane Attack).

Thomas the Tank Engine would be a great choice for a system licensed theme. (the old tv show). Theres roughly 70 years of fans and the lego train fans would go crazy. (this is if there were parts included to remove the engine's faces).

@coson

The reason there is a large market of child star wars fans is because there parents are either SW fans themselves, or watched the movies as a child.

There are studies proving that a parent is much more likely to buy something if they can relate to it. While children may be the target audience, Lego is really selling sets to adults. So when Star Wars is chosen over say, Castle, its because of the parents, not the children.

If Lego had made licensed themes pre-Star Wars era, then there probably would have been hundreds of Flintstones, Thunderbirds and Lost in Space sets, from the parents childhood.

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By in United States,

The first AT-ST set is uglier than sin, it looks more like a Moai statue than an AT-ST.

Also the Geonosian Fighter, looks like a symmetrical brown hunk of sh-t.

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By in Guernsey,

I shall defend the new MTT as it is a very compact set despite being rather expensive it is good I shall also defend the assault on hoth endlessly as its good!

Both shall be defended by me until I no longer stalk the earth

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By in Norway,

Brickchap: Sorry, I really didn't intend to imply you were a troll but rather the opposite, that I thought Monkyby's postings were far more rude than yours.

System-scale Thomas trains certainly has a potential, but personally I think Lego should stay far away from both Thomas, Cars and the other licenses listed as they all have a stigma of excessive merchandising.

The "selling to parents" point definitely is important, but another reason people don't buy Castle and Space is because Lego doesn't sell them as they would "conflict" with licenses like SW, Harry Potter and LOTR. I'd love to see a well-built semi-realistic space theme (inspired by the type of illustrations you'd see in popular science mags) with sets based on locations in the solar system like the Moon, Mars, Venus, Titan and Europa. It would also be nice with a castle theme with a little more focus on "civilian" structures similar to Medieval Market and Mill Village Raid, too bad Lego has such a rigid attitude to religious buildings as a church really is the centerpiece of any medieval village.

Oh, and another gripe I have with licenses is that they seem to generally drive up lego prices outside the US. Right now I feel Lego sells their sets at cost in the US just to have a foot in the market and get access to the lucrative Hollywood licenses, while they expects Europe and the rest of the world to provide their actual profits. If 'muricans can't be bothered to pay their fair share of the costs then sod'em and sod their crummy licenses too.

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By in Hungary,

My opinion that Slave 1 and Sith Infiltrator is definitely one of the worst Star Wars set. Of course this one opinion from thousand others.

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By in United States,

@AcademyofDrX you are so right about Assault on Hoth.
people judge it WAY to harshly.

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By in United States,

ucs hoth was pretty bad, as are the two new at-st's, but i dont own any of those. of all the star wars sets i own (136 according to brickset) my least favorite is the original AT-TE 4482. it's almost impossible to move it without one of the legs falling off or crushing the sides. i can't fault the original sets for colors or design choices because i feel like half of the pieces that are used by lego nowadays were originally created so that the star wars sets could look better.

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By in United States,

I wasn’t being rude, I was just pointing out the ridiculously ignorant posts people were making. Sorry I hurt your feelings.

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By in Japan,

I voted for the FO At-St. The others on the list of choices don't strike me personally as all that awful. Though I do not approve of the Assault on Hoth set I also recognize if I were a kid again I would love it.

The sets from early in the franchise also should not have been included. A lot of pieces we enjoy today seem to be the result of LEGO trying to make their Star Wars line better looking. So actually we should be grateful to those early designs for contributing to improvement overall.

And it is that factor that really makes the FO AT-ST stand out as so bad. Given the evolution of the line from the early days, who in their right mind would think it OK to release that set today?

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By in United Kingdom,

I voted for the First Order AT-ST set as well. I was thrilled when I heard they were doing a set to recreate a key scene in the Last Jedi but as soon as I saw pictures and the price I was put off. Apart from Rose I can use the Rogue One AT-ST to do the scene myself at no cost - just pop Finn's head onto the First Order officer mini fig which was free in my son's magazine.

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By in United States,

75098 Attack on Hoth gets my vote, it baffles me to the core some of the decisions made in this set, what a disjointed mess. A complete cash grab.

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By in Germany,

I personally think you can't take the first SW-sets from '99 or 2000 into such a poll. Back then, the designers used parts that already existed and tried to create a most accurate depiction of a model in a film with them. Modern sets consist of a lot of parts which were newly created especially for this one model.
Of course this makes them look better, more sleek, rounded, less blocky. But isn't this the original heart and soul of LEGO - the "blockyness"?

Oh, and btw, my vote goes to the new "AT-ST"-thing. I mean, come on. This does not look the least like an AT-ST! Just like rubbish thrown together and overpriced.

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