LEGO Star Wars minifigure prototypes

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Many interesting heads, hair pieces and helmets have been created for the LEGO Star Wars theme since 1999. LEGO has kindly provided a selection of images which demonstrate how these pieces are developed for minifigures, in celebration of the theme's twentieth anniversary.

You can view these images after the break...

Jar-Jar Binks (1999 and 2011):

Sebulba (1999 and 2011):

Rebel Pilot (1999):

Chewbacca (2000):

Stormtrooper (2001):

Shaak Ti (2011):


Which minifigure element designed specifically for the LEGO Star Wars range is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

23 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wow! A lot of these things actually look like several-centuries-old Egyptian clay models that are in museums! Pretty cool! I bet things like these are REALLY valuable if one ever finds them!
And my favorite mold is probably the tall, hairy chewbacca. He looks REALLY creepy!
Totally lego as we know it!
Not everything Is on here though, I really like the old Darth Vader helmet. that's Really Lego!

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By in Netherlands,

My personal favourite would still be LEGO’s original Darth Vader helmet piece (also own one in red) because it’s an icon! And although the new 2-piece mold looks more ‘Star Wars-like’ the inititial Vader helmet ‘breathes’ more ‘LEGO’ to me ;-)

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By in United States,

Love the Clone trooper helmets! Any phase and any color, but especially the 501st trooper helmets! Those are the best . clone troopers ever!!!

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By in United States,

I absolutely hate the new Stormtrooper helmet mould, especially seeing it next to the previous one that had been around for years. Someone in another thread made the point that this new stormtrooper helmet looks more like the Stormtroopers that appear in Family Guy than it does the ones from the O.T. Lego really tried to fix something that wasn't broken in this case.

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By in United Kingdom,

Chewie had furry legs! And toes! Nice.

Imagine him with long (Woody) legs...

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By in United States,

ah, that beautiful wooden, hairy monster... ...giving me nightmares

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By in United States,

what?! is it actually made like that?? Because when I looked it up, the parts list says it's just a normal lightsaber hilt...

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By in United States,

OMG, is that a chimpanzee having a stroke! They definitely should've gone with the one on the left for Chewbacca :) It would have a brought a smile, and snicker, to millions of fans around the world!

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By in United States,

I really wish LEGO would still make tall legs, so many figs would benefit from them.

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By in France,

There are pictures and comments, articles about these in an edition of the LSW visual dictionary I think. I really like to discover what's behind the scenes...

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By in United Kingdom,

The prototypes look like clay artifacts from a Museum or an antiques store, its nice to see how some lego elements are made,
The most interesting pieces being sebulba and the storm trooper helmets.

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By in Poland,

I still think Chewbaca could be made way better. I never liked molded heads -bodies because they cant rotate heads.

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By in Puerto Rico,

These look awesome, as a Mechanical Engineer student these are greatness in person. I love the 501st helmet, old Darth Vader helmet and from these the Stormtrooper helmets (old ones also, new one is trying to grow on me).
Edit: Sebulba and Shaak Too plus the Rebel scum helmet and Jar Jar look cool, but then there is the loveable fuzzball Chewbacca.

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By in United States,

My favorite is the Storm Trooper helmet. Lego Minifigures are squat, characatures of people, it's amazing how Lego has made these stout figures evoke the characters from the films, books and video games through the design of helmets, hair pieces and graphic design.

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By in United Kingdom,

The left hand Chewbacca has a whiff of the Star Wars Holiday Special about it. It be the work of the devil and I be afeared of it!

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By in Canada,

That first Chewie face... yikes!

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By in United States,

The design for Chewbacca that they used for all those years will always be the definitive Chewbacca to me. Even more so in Old Brown. Nothing else is Chewbacca if it's not the 2000 design in Old Brown. I'm disappointed they "updated" the design and printing. The same goes for Vader and the Stormtrooper helmets. The designs were not perfectly accurate, but the simpler printing on all the older figures and the stylized sculpts to make them proportional to a minifigure is what gives them their charm in my opinion.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Death Star Trooper Helmet, closely followed by the Imperial Gunner Helmet are real favourites of mine, probably because the source material for both are such striking designs.

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By in United States,

I find the hate for the new Stormtrooper helmets strange, especially since there were several on screen discrepancies between helmets in the films themselves. It almost feels accurate in Lego to have several helmet varieties to try and capture some of the on screen looks: https://adwegner.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/3.png?w=863

Its especially obvious in stills of onscreen groups of several Stormtroopers. The small mouthed helmets almost look like the original Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets, while the longer mouthed ones look like the newest mold! http://66.media.tumblr.com/28dc98128efdb61b3075a7ab5802074e/tumblr_nqbpooY4FT1sqf5tdo2_1280.jpg

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By in United States,

lol at the first Chewbacca

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By in United States,

That first Chewbacca mold is frightening! At least if Lego ever does a Planet of the Apes theme, they'll have a mold ready.

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By in United States,

That original Chewbacca is terrifying!

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