It’s that time of year again! Ever since Disney brought Star Wars back, we’ve had Force Friday every year — actually more like a week, it’s when we see all the new Star Wars toys that are about to blast a Death Star ray at your wallet. As we well know, no one does this more effectively than Lego, and they’re in top form this year. Ahead of The Last Jedi, they’ve got seven new sets and four buildable characters, plus, you know, the biggest Lego set ever made. No big deal.
As usual, the new sets are giving us hints about what will happen in the movie, on top of giving us really sweet sets. Our favorite set has to be the buildable BB-8, which comes with his own display base. Otherwise, the sets go heavy on vehicles. There’s a Resistance Transport Pod, a First Order Heavy Scout Walker, Kylo Ren’s personal TIE Fighter, a Resistance Bomber, a Star Destroyer, and the AT-AT-like Heavy Assault Walker. New minifigs to look out for include Finn’s new engineer friend Rose (played by Kelly Marie Tran) and BB-9E, apparently an evil First Order version of BB-8. We can’t wait for his thumbs down scene.
The buildable characters include Rey, an Elite TIE Fighter pilot, an Elite Praetorian Guard (one of the protectors of the enigmatic Snoke), and good old Chewbacca. The figures are half sets and half action figures, all with movable limbs and weapons you can play around with.
But we’ve got to put all that aside, because Lego is also coming out with a once-in-a-decade kind of set this year. Back in 2007, they released a Millennium Falcon set that at the time was the largest and most expensive set ever. On October 1, Lego will set new records — with another Millennium Falcon set! The updated set has a stunning 7,541 pieces (look at the size of the box below!) and includes 10 minifigures. It seems like the team has tried to bridge both eras with this set — the minifigs include Han Solo, C-3P0, Leia, Chewbacca, BB-8, Old Han, Finn, Rey, and two porgs. They couldn’t bear to make a Millennium Falcon set without Han on board, and we respect it.
Needless to say, this thing is lavishly detailed inside and out. Hull panels can be taken off to view the inside, which includes details in the cockpit and the deck (there’s even a little Dejarik holochess game going on!). The loading dock ramp can be lowered, and the Millennium Falcon has its full complement of lasers and missiles. It’s beautiful, it’s expensive ($800!), and we don’t even want to guess how long it’s going to take to build!
While that crazy Millennium Falcon is coming October 1, we won’t have to wait quite as long for the other sets. They’ll all be available starting tomorrow (the official Force Friday), with prices ranging from $20 to $160.