It was all the way back in 1999 that we were first introduced to the theme of LEGO Star Wars. And in the 25 years since, the collaboration between The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm has remained an staple of the set catalog. To kick off the celebration of the last quarter-century, we were introduced to five anniversary sets today at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. This quintet includes the new 75379 R2-D2 and a series called the Starship Collection composed of 75375 Millennium Falcon, 75376 Tantive IV, and 75377 Invisible Hand. These starships are each in a midi-scale, and include a base with a nameplate and 25th Anniversary brick. Buildable R2-D2 and the new 75387 Boarding the Tantive IV each feature a special minifigure of significance in the theme’s past 25 years. From TLG’s announcement, it sounds like there’s much more on the way this year to celebrate this momentous Star Wars milestone. But for now, these five sets are currently available for pre-order on the LEGO website (US | CAN | UK), with availability on March 1st. Read on for pictures and individual set pricing.
Thomas Jenkins is the latest in a long line of LEGO builders trying their hand at one of -if not THE– most famous ships of all time. While others go for shocking size with accurate interiors, others like Thomas have opted to go pint-sized and adorable.
We’ve seen Han Solo’s pride and joy in this scale before in 2009’s 7778 Midi-scale Millenium Falcon. But in the 11 years since that release building techniques in the world of LEGO aficionados have evolved.
The way Thomas built the forward mandibles, for example, is a departure from every official rendition of the Falcon we’ve seen to date, and in fact many fan creations. The closest I can recall is Gol’s sleek version from late last year which also used slopes to achieve the acute angles. He’s also smartly used a smaller version of the wedge plate flap techniques of it’s larger siblings, and I also genuinely appreciate the effective choice to simply alternate between two different molds of the jumper plates to achieve The Force Awakens-era rectenna.
This isn’t even the first Falcon we’ve featured in a month or even in a week, but you can trust that as long as savvy builders keep coming up with fun and interesting ways to reinterpret the YT-1300 Light Freighter, we’ll share it with you.