This year's employee Christmas gift revealed

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Since 2008 LEGO employees have received an awesome gift at Christmas in the form of an exclusive set, often tied in with a significant anniversary in the company's history.

Matthew Ashton, VP of Design, tweeted a picture of this year's set yesterday but as a courtesy to employees who are yet to receive it I won't post a photo above the fold of this article to avoid spoiling the surprise.

So, continue reading if you wish to see it.


Being Star Wars there will be considerable demand outside the company for it so expect to have to pay £300/$300+ on the secondary market to get hold of one.

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74 comments on this article

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By in Denmark,

So cool. Wish I worked at LEGO. I have to own this

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By in United Kingdom,

Yuletide Squadron Pilot!! look's good!!

but the zoom in is AWESOME!!!!

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By in Australia,

Seriously, is that Santa in an X-wing?

Wow, this year, the naughty kids are *screwed*.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zordboy ah yes you better be nice or else......

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By in United Kingdom,

Is that a stand for the xwing on the grotto-thing in the background??

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By in Poland,

This is quite ridiculous. Christmas in the world of Starwars... it's almost as strange as this episode of Flintsones where they have Christmas even though they are prehistoric. Apart from this cultural mindbender it's a sweet Lego set though.

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By in Czech Republic,

Cool!

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By in Australia,

Star Wars holiday special: LEGO edition

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By in United States,

:-o

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw what defines a ‘LEGO employee’? Those who work in customer care, online ordering, warehouse staff, admin staff? Are LEGO Store staff included/excluded. I’ve always thought of the LEGO Stores being run like a franchise?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ All of the above. The UK stores are not franchises, but the certified stores in eastern Europe and elsewhere are.

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By in United Kingdom,

Shouldn’t Santa have a red helmet?

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By in Sweden,

That certainly put a smile on my face :) This is a truly fun set. There are previous employee gifts that I would want more (I'm not into Lego Star Wars), but it's certainly a fun idea and a great gift

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By in Finland,

This is so good and that really upsets me

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Huw

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By in Germany,

Candy cane laser cannons, brilliant!

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By in Portugal,

A lovely set, absolutely love the retro Star Wars logo. Such a good idea to display my 7140-1, not with the snow environment of course, but still, very nice mix, Star Wars X-wing with Christmas "camouflage", what were the odds???

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By in Norway,

I find it funny that so many AFOLs complain each year when Lego releases another x-wing on the market no matter what movie version it is, then an x-wing they can't easily get comes out and everyone wants one.

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By in Austria,

Yeah yeah ok, and now please reveal the 2020 Modular Building.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Magpie9 I’d have thought that this would probably shelf warm if released generally - it’s scarcity makes it desirable to completists- there’s nothing worse than a hole in a collection!

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By in Germany,

So, is this a christ-wing? And isn't the cross rather an easter symbol?

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By in United Kingdom,

Insane but brilliant, I want one, I don't need one, its madness. I just smiled.... for about 2 minutes...... Its on my Never will own list, along with most things Comic Con as the rarity / cost is prohibitive but maybe.... come on lucky numbers :-) In light of TLGs recent we wont make regional sets I wonder if they should look at a re-release of these sets 1-2 years later so the Employees do get something exclusive.... but we could get hold of one later... then at least TLG gets the money not someone on Ebay.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Ugly. IMHO

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By in United States,

This is definitely a holiday bonus for Lego staff. Either enjoy the set, or sell it on eBay and enjoy your cash bonus instead. Merry Christmas everyone!

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By in United States,

That's hilarious. And it looks like you could build your own based off the sequel trilogy x wings. It looks pretty similar.

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By in United States,

This is fresh, as a SW never I have been so much jealous for an employee gift.
Edit: at least there is BrickLink for others to buy and oh wait, Lego now owns that market.

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By in Netherlands,

This looks amazing and I Wish Lego would release it.

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By in United States,

I wonder when it will show up on Bricklink?

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By in Netherlands,

Lego X-mas-wing :-)

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By in Hungary,

Are there North pole sign posts at the end of wings?

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By in United States,

insanely cool! will the instructions & parts list end up here on brickset?

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By in United Kingdom,

I still don't like Lego's X-Wing design but this is a cool set. The candy canes are my favourite touch. And the hut is cool too.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just noticed the little sleigh is actually a rebel transport speeder thing from in the Yavin base

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By in United States,

I really want a full modern x-wing collection but this one is so expensive.

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By in United Kingdom,

Grrrrrrrrr.... you empty your wallet on VIP weekend and BFCM.... and this comes along.. can't resist this and just ordered one from bricklink. This set is just nuts... so nuts i'm amazed Disney signed off on it but it's a must have to complete the X-wing line up

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By in Canada,

Can we get a moment of silence for my Wallet, as I browse E-Bay and Bricklink in search of this?

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By in United States,

Well, I didn't buy the new Millennium Falcon, and I'm not buying the new Star Destroyer (I have the old magnet one), therefore I can justify me paying $300 for this.

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By in United States,

The Star Wars Holiday Special! Happy Life Day!

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By in United Kingdom,

If you love this set and buy it from the secondary market then brilliant, I genuinely hope you enjoy building and playing with this quirky, fun set.

However, if you’re buying at these prices to satisfy the need to “complete” a particular collection then I think you need to check your head.

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By in United States,

I couldn't care less about this. Rather, I agree with Spike730: show us the 2020 Modular Building.

And I also agree with thor96 about how ridiculous it is to have Christmas-themed Star Wars sets. A Life Day set? Maybe. But a holiday in a galaxy far, far away celebrating the birth of a Terran religious figure? That makes no sense whatsoever. I have the same problem with the Star Wars Advent Calendars.

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By in Denmark,

What !!! Another X-wing. Enuff already!! Ok I want one.. ;-)

@Huw : Any idea if the minfigs are special to this set. I see a Yoda, a pilot and a droid.

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By in Qatar,

Definitely the best star wars 20th anniversary set!

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By in United States,

Super excited to get mine when our store gets them in. Every one of the sets I've gotten since working there are super cool!

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By in United States,

That's actually really cool except for again the hole where the lever goes. I like the color scheme though.

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By in United States,

Looks interesting. I saw it last week somewhere online. I don’t need it, so I won’t look at the prices. Sounds like any discounts and free Christmas set may be the best reasons to work at a Lego store.

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By in United States,

I'm guessing you have to be a full-time employee at corporate, not just a part-time store clerk?

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By in United States,

If this was available for retail purchase, I would definitely be buying it!

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By in United Kingdom,

"It doesn't have to make sense; it's entertainment." - Pearl, Steven Universe

I think I love this set for the fact that it's blatantly unashamed to be a ridiculous concept. Add to that, the colour scheme is fantastic, and the use of candy cane designs for the laser cannons is a really neat touch.

Another one to add to my 'admire from afar' list! xD

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By in United States,

@GeneralKenobi Any official LEGO employee gets it. From retail to corporate and doesn't matter if you part/full-time.

I already guessed this year's gift theme easily, but sort of wished it was like a midi-scale ISD or such, but a Christmas X-Wing is still cool! Looks like some people here take holiday-themed sets a bit too seriously. Like chill out its a toy and toys don't have to be logically made, just made to be fun!

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By in Germany,

Wow, Lego really treats his fans huh?
No Santa fig anymore for the calendar, but for the employees.
I guess I stop buys Lego Star Wars.
Makes me just sad.

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By in United States,

That is awesome. I am jealous

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By in United States,

Wow, fun! Not a fan of exclusives, but when it comes to employee gifts, I love that they do a special thing just for them. Sure can't comprehend the kind of people who'd sell them, though, even for $300. This would be a keeper!

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By in United States,

THAT is why I am going to apply in a few years.

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By in Japan,

So is the Christmas Special canon again?

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By in United States,

My wallet aches for you guys.

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By in United States,

I find it funny how people are getting hung up on the Christmas In Star Wars concept; especially since we have had Christmas Advent Calendars for Star Wars for years at this point.

Yes from an in universe standard, there is no Christmas in the Star Wars Galaxy with Life Day replacing the concept instead. But, Star Wars is a fictional world made by Humans of the Planet Earth and some of us definitely do celebrate Christmas. Seeing how many kids find Star Wars toys under the Christmas tree its almost a natural extension.

A few noticeable Star Wars Christmas items; Lucasflim's 40 years of custom Holiday Cards for their employees:

https://www.starwars.com/news/from-mcquarrie-to-chiang-highlights-from-40-years-of-lucasfilm-star-wars-holiday-cards

The short lived "Christmas overlay" at the original Star Tours ride in Disneyland in the 1990's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkX2BVjpKo

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By in Germany,

I like it.

I find it especially funny as it reminds me of that scene near the beginning of "The Santa Claus(e)", where Tim Allen sarcastically remarks that kids will love it when Santa arrives in his tank for the season. If he came with that X-Wing the kids could literally "have a blast" ;-P

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By in Hungary,

That's definetaly the true Red Five.

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By in United States,

I'm super excited about this- it's my first year working at the LEGO Store and so my first holiday gift. As for anyone selling their gift- being caught doing that would make it so you can't do it again. Not worth the risk IMHO- and besides, I want to keep mine!!

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By in Canada,

I wonder how quickly I can get a job with Lego...

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By in Poland,

I guess this Santa gives naughty kids ionic torpedos in the face instead of coal...

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By in United States,

This is so f*****g cool!

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By in United States,

I love it!
I wonder how many exclusive parts/prints there are for it. Might be possible to part it out and make your own like that Comic Con Star Wars set from a few years back.

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By in Finland,

@TomKazutara said:
"Wow, Lego really treats his fans huh?
No Santa fig anymore for the calendar, but for the employees.
I guess I stop buys Lego Star Wars.
Makes me just sad.
"

So you're gonna stop buying them just because the lego group gives its employees christmas gifts?

Also neither of the figures are exclusive

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By in Ireland,

@thor96 said:
"This is quite ridiculous. Christmas in the world of Starwars... it's almost as strange as this episode of Flintsones where they have Christmas even though they are prehistoric. Apart from this cultural mindbender it's a sweet Lego set though. "

Bit of frivolous fun eh? It's a toy. Not a statement

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By in United States,

@thatStructVector

Do you have to have been working there a full year, or could I just get a job and get myself one of these? ;)

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By in United States,

NVM, You have to be full-time, and short of me jumping to retail manager, I don't see that happening. It's a beautiful set, though, and I'm happy for those who receive it.

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By in United States,

At least the existence of the bag/sack in green means that it might appear in other sets in green.

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By in Australia,

Incredible. The Force is strong with this one.

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By in Germany,

@The_Toniboeh said:
" @TomKazutara said:
"Wow, Lego really treats his fans huh?
No Santa fig anymore for the calendar, but for the employees.
I guess I stop buys Lego Star Wars.
Makes me just sad.
"

So you're gonna stop buying them just because the lego group gives its employees christmas gifts?

Also neither of the figures are exclusive"

I don't care about the employees, I am a Lego consumer and I would like to buy this set, but Lego on the other hand make this stupid decision of making so much exclusive that other Lego consumer can't buy.
It has nothing to do that Lego employees get a gift.
It is the nonsense exclusive factor!

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By in United States,

That’s Santa piloting the X-Wing, isn’t it? So cool!

If I were a collector of LEGO Star Wars, I’d have to have this.

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By in United States,

@rustenrat:
I've seen someone comment that the pilot _may_ be new, but based on how it was stated it shouldn't feature anything unique and Christmas-themed (in other words, it may just be the first roll-out of a new X-Wing pilot torso...though I didn't see any mention of the head or helmet). I have no idea about the droid. Yoda absolutely is unique to this set...but may use stock parts. They did a Santa Yoda for the first SWAC, but he had sand-green head and hands, red pants, and a candy cane tucked in his belt. This clearly has white hands, an olive-green head, black pants, and no candy cane. Best guess is they used the Santa torso that appears in the 2017 and 2019 City Advent Calendars, which has white fur trim at the waist and collar, but not connecting the two, and which has red belt loops. So, totally unique minifig, but easy to fake with stock parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

@jkb said:
"So, is this a christ-wing? And isn't the cross rather an easter symbol?"

In red it would be a St Patrick's cross wing!

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