Lego Star Wars

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SubthemesThe Old Republic
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars
Revenge of the Sith
The Force Unleashed
Rebels
The Force Awakens
Battlefront
Rogue One
The Last Jedi
Solo
Resistance
Subject Star Wars
Licensed from Lucasfilm
Availability1999–present
Total sets700+
Official website

Lego Star Wars is a Lego theme that incorporates the Star Wars saga. Originally it was only licensed from 19992008, but the Lego Group extended the license with Lucasfilm Ltd. multiple times: first until 2011, then until 2016, then again until 2022.

Lego Construction toy

Lego is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways to construct objects, including vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can be taken apart again, and the pieces reused to make new things.

<i>Star Wars</i> Epic science fantasy space opera franchise

Star Wars is an American epic space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.

Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC is an American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is best known for creating and producing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as its leadership in developing special effects, sound and computer animation for film. Lucasfilm was founded by filmmaker George Lucas in 1971 in San Rafael, California; most of the company's operations were moved to San Francisco in 2005. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012 for $2.2 billion in cash and $1.855 billion in stock.

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The brand has spawned six video game releases, developed by Traveller's Tales Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005), Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006), Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011) Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020). Many short films and miniseries have also been produced.

Video game electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.

Traveller's Tales is a British video game developer and a subsidiary of TT Games. Traveller's Tales was founded in 1989 by Jon Burton and Andy Ingram. Initially a small company focused on its own content, it grew in profile through developing games with larger companies such as Sega and Disney Interactive Studios. In 2004, development on Lego Star Wars: The Video Game started with Giant Interactive Entertainment, the exclusive rights holder to Lego video games. Traveller's Tales bought the company in 2005, and the two merged to create TT Games, with Traveller's Tales becoming the new company's development arm.

<i>Lego Star Wars: The Video Game</i> 2005 video game

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is a Lego-themed, action-adventure video game based on the Lego Star Wars line of toys, and the first installment in the Lego video game franchise developed by Traveller's Tales, which would develop all future Lego titles from that point on. It was first released on 29 March 2005, and is a video game adaptation of the Star Wars prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), with a bonus segment from A New Hope (1977).

LEGO Sets

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The package for Darth Vader's TIE fighter.

The first Lego Star Wars, released in 1999, included model 7140, the first Lego X-wing. Star Wars was the first intellectual property to be licensed in Lego Group history. [1] The first few sets based on the original trilogy were released in 1999, coinciding with the release of The Phantom Menace . Sets based on the prequel trilogy (Episodes 1 to 3) of Star Wars would follow, starting with Episode I . As each new film in the prequel trilogy neared its release date, Lego issued new models of ships and scenes in those films, as well as additional sets from the original trilogy. Lego also produced models based on The Clone Wars , which was released early in 2008. [2] Sets based on Star Wars Rebels , The Force Awakens , Battlefront , Rogue One , Solo , The Last Jedi , and Star Wars Resistance have also been produced.

X-wing fighter

The X-wing starfighter is a fictional spacecraft from the original and sequel Star Wars trilogies and the Star Wars expanded universe. Designed and manufactured by the Incom Corporation, they are depicted as the primary space superiority interceptor, close air support and dogfighter of the Rebel Alliance, the New Republic and the Resistance. They are armed with four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, which allowed for extended multi-role missions that required versatile balance of speed with firepower. The craft has been merchandised as a variety of toys, models licensed for use in games, novels and comics.

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<i>Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace</i> 1999 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space-opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, and Frank Oz. The film is set 32 years before the original film, and follows Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.

Ultimate Collector Series (UCS)

In addition to the regular minifigure-scale sets, Lego has released several sets (approximately 26) for the Ultimate Collector Series. These models are often considerably larger, more detailed, and meant more for display purposes than other sets. They often cost more than regular Lego sets as well. Many of them include an information plaque and often a display stand. The largest of these is 75192, the 2017 UCS version of the Millennium Falcon , complete with ten minifigures. At 7541 pieces, it is the largest Star Wars Lego set ever released; and the largest set of any collection ever commercially released. The newest Ultimate Collector Series set is the 75181 Y-wing Starfighter , released in 2018. [3] On June 5, 2015 an unopened box of the older 2007 Millennium Falcon Lego set was auctioned at online auction house Catawiki for 5,000 euros (5556.5 USD at the time) making it the most expensive LEGO set ever.

<i>Millennium Falcon</i> spacecraft in the fictional Star Wars universe

The Millennium Falcon is a fictional starship in the Star Wars franchise. The modified YT-1300 Corellian light freighter is primarily commanded by Corellian smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca. Designed by the Corellian Engineering Corporation (CEC), the highly modified YT-1300 is durable and modular, and is stated as being the second-fastest vessel in the Star Wars canon.

The Y-wing assault starfighter/light bomber is a fictional starfighter in the Star Wars franchise. They are depicted as the primary fighter-bombers of the Galactic Republic, Rebel Alliance and New Republic; being ideally suited for ground attack missions and close air support. They appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Rogue One, Clone Wars TV series, Star Wars Rebels TV series and the Star Wars expanded universe's books, comics, and games.

Minifigures

Most characters from the Star Wars universe have materialized in Lego minifigure form by now. The minifigure with the first code, i.e. sw0001, is a tan battle droid that appeared in The Phantom Menace . [4] Some minifigures repeatedly appear across multiple Lego sets, while others can be very rare, vastly increasing their resale value. In 2019, the number of Lego Star Wars minifigures has surpassed 1000, with the Battlefront II protagonist Iden Versio bearing code sw1000. [5]

<i>Star Wars Battlefront II</i> (2017 video game) 2017 video game

Star Wars Battlefront II is an action shooter video game based on the Star Wars film franchise. It is the fourth major installment of the Star Wars: Battlefront series and seventh overall, and a sequel to the 2015 reboot of the series. It was developed by EA DICE, in collaboration with Criterion Games and Motive Studios, and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released worldwide on November 17, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

Iden Versio

Iden Versio is a player character appearing in the 2017 video game Star Wars Battlefront II, an action shooter developed by EA DICE, in collaboration with Criterion Games and Motive Studios. Versio serves as the protagonist of Battlefront II and is voiced and portrayed via motion capture by Janina Gavankar.

Video games

There have been five Lego Star Wars video games:

<i>Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy</i> 2006 video game

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts and TT Games Publishing. It was released on 11 September 2006. Part of the Lego Star Wars series, it is based on the Star Wars science fiction media franchise and Lego Group's Star Wars-themed toy line. It follows the events of the Star Wars films Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The game allows players to assume the roles of over 50 Lego versions of characters from the film series; customized characters can also be created. Camera movement was improved from its predecessor—Lego Star Wars: The Video Game; and the concept of "vehicle levels" was explored more thoroughly. The game was revealed at American International Toy Fair 2006. Promotions for the game were set up at chain stores across the United States.

<i>Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga</i> 2007 video game

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game based on the Lego Star Wars line of toys. It is a combination of the game Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and its sequel Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which spans the first six episodes of the Star Wars saga. The game was announced by LucasArts on 25 May 2007 at Celebration IV and was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS on 6 November 2007 in North America. The compilation title was released for the PC on 13 October 2009 in the US. Its sequel, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, was released in March 2011. The Mac OS X version of the game was released on 12 November 2010 by Feral Interactive. A version of the game for iOS was released on 12 December 2013, and for Android on 1 January 2015.

Xbox is a video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft. It represents a series of video game consoles developed by Microsoft, with three consoles released in the sixth, seventh, and eighth generations, respectively. The brand also represents applications (games), streaming services, an online service by the name of Xbox Live, and the development arm by the name of Xbox Game Studios. The brand was first introduced in the United States in November 2001, with the launch of the original Xbox console.

Traveller's Tales president Jon Burton stated in a July 2008 interview with Variety that the series had collectively sold 15 million copies. [6] As of February 13, 2009, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game has sold over 6.8 million copies worldwide, Lego Star Wars II has sold over 8.3 million, The Complete Saga has sold over 4.1 million, and the three combined have sold over 21 million. [7] In May 2009, Wired reported combined sales of 20 million. [8]

Films and videos

Lego Star Wars characters cameo in The Lego Movie (2014), additionally several films and videos based on Lego Star Wars have been produced.

Short films

Television specials

Television series

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Qui-Gon Jinn character in Star Wars

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Yoda character in Star Wars

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Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated television micro-series set in the Star Wars universe and developed and drawn by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced and released between the films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, it is amongst the first of many works to explore the conflict known as the Clone Wars, and directly leads to the events of Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, notably Jedi and clone troopers, in their war against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith. The series is notable for introducing Revenge of the Sith villain General Grievous.

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Lego Star Wars is a Lego theme based around models of vehicles and sets from the Star Wars franchise.

Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick is a brickfilm loosely based on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Revenge of the Brick premiered on the Cartoon Network on May 8, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. EST. The movie can now be seen in QuickTime format on the Lego website or directly downloaded. It was also released with the Clone Wars Volume Two DVD as one of its special features.

<i>The Story of Star Wars</i> album

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<i>Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga</i> A 2020 action adventure video game based on the Star Wars films

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an upcoming Lego-themed action-adventure video game. It is the sixth entry in TT Games' Lego Star Wars series. The game is planned to have a fully voiced cast, however, there may be an option to disable dialogue in the game.

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