Get ready — Lego started releasing their Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens sets as part of Disney’s Force Friday event last week, and you’d better believe there’s more where that came from. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves — there’s a lot already here to get through, so let’s start getting to know our new heroes (and villains) in brick form.
Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and his X-Wing were the first out of the gate, and for good reason — this is the set that also comes with a BB-8 minifigure. Aside from our new favorite droid and Dameron, there’s also an extra pilot and a ground crew to help take care of the X-Wing, which is equipped with landing gear, spring-loaded shooters, and, like any good X-Wing Lego set, wings that can open and close.
Next we have three sets that showcase the Sith contingent of the new trilogy — the First Order. The First Order Snowspeeder is a smaller set with a hovercraft manned by, appropriately, Snowtroopers. The new management team of the dark side of the Force rolls up in Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and the First Order Transporter. Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle has more of that spring-loaded shooter action, along with storage bays and front doors you can open. This is where you’ll get your Kylo Ren and General Hux minifigures, along with a few other ground-level scrubs who hopefully won’t get Force choked in the new movie. The First Order Transporter is a larger transport shuttle that comes with two Flametroopers, two First Order Stormtroopers, and the chromed-out Captain Phasma. You also get two Resistance soldiers as Chrometrooper fodder.
We also get a look at one of the leads of the new movie in Rey’s Speeder, a small scouting hovercraft with a few cool miniatures like a blaster, a buzzsaw, and electrobinoculars. There’s also a crowbar, but that belongs to the minifigure of some thug under the employ of who I’m assuming is a disagreeable fellow by the name of Unkar.
And, finally, we have the classics — the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter. The Millennium Falcon has rotating laser turrets, a cockpit that seats two, and topside plates that open up to show off loads of details inside the ship. It’s also got a wealth of minifigs, including new leads Rey and Finn, plus Chewbacca and a delightfully gray Han Solo. Oh, and a BB-8 is thrown in, just for good measure, along with a couple of other characters we’ll look forward to meeting in December. The TIE Fighter has a rotating antenna, more spring-loaded shooters, and a few more blue-collar guys from the First Order.
You can find all seven sets online now. In theory, you can find them in toy stores, too, but best of luck with that. As expected, Star Wars merch is flying off shelves at incredible rates, so you might have to bide your time. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time until the movie hits theaters in December right in the middle of the holiday season, which I’m sure is just a coincidence.