15 Best Lego Star Wars Sets For Kids in 2017

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One of the longest-running film franchises is Star Wars. Most of us were still kids (or perhaps not even been born yet) when the first installment of the saga was shown in 1977. And with Episode VIII already expected to be unveiled to the world on the franchise’s 40th anniversary in 2017, it goes without saying that the best gift you can ever give to your kids, or even to someone who is a Star Wars fanatic, is a Lego Star Wars play set. We know. Aren’t we too old to play these things? Well, if we have to believe experts, play is an important part of our lives, whether we are still kids or are already grownups. So get a hold of our top 15 Lego Star Wars play sets and relive the glory days of Luke, Princess Leia, and Han or rewrite the destiny of Rey, Finn, and the rest of the Resistance. May the force be with us!

15 Best Lego Star Wars Sets

Imperial Troop Transport (Our Favourite)

Imperial troop transporter

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

When the fight between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire broke out in 1977’s Episode IV, this iconic transporter has come to epitomize the dark side. Lego’s Imperial Troop Transport allows kids of all ages to relive the glory days of the Empire all the way to its transformation as the new menacing First Order. This 141-piece play set includes 4 villainous yet lovable Stormtroopers with their laser blasters that shoot brick studs. The transporter also features a fully functional dual-flick missile system atop the transporter.

What We Like about It – It is a very accurate representation of the troop transporter that is loved by kids on the animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels. This should help expand kids’ imagination and roleplaying abilities. 

Millennium Falcon

Millennium falcon toy

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Age Range: 9 to 14 years old

Who can ever forget the signature transporter of Han Solo and Chewbacca and also served as the temporary space vehicle of choice of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3PO, and now helmed by Rey? The Millennium Falcon is a heavily modified light freighter of the YT-1300 class and has been a mainstay in almost every other major episode of the sci-fi flick. This building play set is composed of 1,329 pieces and includes the following mini figures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, Finn, Tasu Leech, and a member of the Kanjiklub Gang. The top dome of the Falcon can fold open to reveal a secret storage compartment, perfect for hiding the different resources of the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance.

What We Like about It – Everyone loves the Millennium Falcon. It has become synonymous with Star Wars that we really can’t believe the franchise to last for long without this space freighter doing its iconic hyperdrive. Now, imagine kids at the helm of this spacecraft and their cognitive abilities might as well be cruising in the stars.

Darth Vader

Darth vader lego figure

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Age Range: 9 to 4 years old

Nothing epitomizes the Dark Force and the Empire better than Darth Vader. We all know the signature baritone voice provided by James Earl Jones but perhaps what really attracts us most to the Vader character is his unique helmet and mask. This is the face of darkness. The Darth Vader toy from Lego features 160 pieces of bricks to recreate his famous red light saber, black full armor body suit, and realistically posable limbs. And oh, only the black cape is fabric. Everything else carries the signature brick from the famous toymaker.

What We Like about It – This is one great display piece for any home. Standing at nearly a foot tall, it can stand right beside your girl’s Barbies or your boy’s Kens and other similar action figures. Kids can play pretend, harnessing the power of the Dark Force.

Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

A modified version of the classic Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter and purposely designed and built for the Resistance’s top ace space fighter pilot, Poe Dameron, the signature orange on black design of Poe’s X-Wing will surely bring out the ace in any kid. This 717-piece set comes complete with a mini figure of Poe Dameron, his loyal droid BB-8, another X-Wing fighter pilot on standby, and a ground crew of the Resistance. Make no mistake, this space fighter can shoot down any TIE Fighter in the sky. Not even the famed TIE Advanced Prototype is no match to the Poe-helmed X-Wing.

What We Like about It – The wings that really fold and the missiles on its wingtips can help stimulate children’s imagination as they try to role play the exploits of Poe as they fight their way through the blockade of the First Order. This should be helpful in the enhancement of their cognitive abilities.

Rey’s Speeder

Rey s Speeder

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Age Range: 7 to 12 years old

Relive the scavenging adventures of Rey in the deserts of Jakku. Help her find precious metals with which to trade in her very own Speeder. Lego’s building block replica of Rey’s Speeder is beautifully engineered to be like the real thing. It has 193 pieces and already includes the lovable Rey mini figure complete with her staff and iconic desert mask and goggles. The play set also comes with one of Unkar’s thugs. The speeder’s engine can be rotated to reveal the storage compartment. It features a sled that can also be unhitched from the speeder itself.

What We Like about It – It’s a great addition to any Star Wars collection from the famed toymaker. It’s also ideal for helping kids enhance their dexterity as well as cognitive abilities.

TIE Advanced Prototype

TIE advanced prototype

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

It’s every Empire fanatic’s dream fighter. The TIE Advanced Prototype is lightyears ahead of the conventional TIE fighter. It comes with more geometrically sound design and styling for superb maneuverability. This 355-set also includes The Inquisitor with his blazing double-bladed light saber, an Imperial officer, and a loyal TIE fighter pilot. The folding wings allow the prototype fighter to land with much ease. It’s got 2 laser shooters for added firepower. This should be enough to challenge Poe Dameron’s X-Wing for intergalactic supremacy.

What We Like about It – It is faithful to the Star Wars: Rebels TV animated series where kids first got a glimpse of the space superiority of the TIE Advanced Prototype. However, we do believe, Poe’s X-Wing is better. Or is it because of Poe?

Imperial Shuttle Tydirium

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Age Range: 9 to 14 years old

One of the most iconic space shuttle crafts in the Star Wars universe is the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium. Its unique space engineering is truly marvelous especially if you consider that the wings can really fold upwards to allow for effortless landings. Lego’s 937-piece Tydirium includes Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and 2 rebel troopers of Endor as well as Chewie’s crossbow, a couple of blasters and blaster pistols. In its flight mode, the Tydirium stands a mighty 16 inches while on its landing mode, it’s still a respectable 11 inches high.

What We Like about It – This is an excellent addition to a kid’s Star Wars collection especially if he or she wants to relive Han Solo’s adventures in Endor as they attempt to knock out the Empire’s shield generator so Death Star II will finally be blown to bits. Great for kids’ playing the role of the renegade Alliance snatching one of the Empire’s most prized shuttles.

First Order Snowspeeder

First order snowspeeder

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

They may have changed their name but the First Order is merely the Empire in disguise. Or is it the other way around? No matter, kids will love the First Order Snowspeeder with its gattling gun-like stud shooters that fire rapidly. The 444-piece set already includes 2 First Order Stormtroopers and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer.

What We Like about It – This is great especially if you already have the X-Wing for a more fancy dogfight over snow. It helps encourage imagination among kids while at the same time fostering their manual dexterity.

Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

Kylo Ren s command shuttle

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Age Range: 9 to 14 years old

We can only speculate what turned Han Solo and Princess Leia’s to become a disciple of the Dark Side. Or is it because he is the grandson of the great Darth Vader? Some kind of a genetic thing? Regardless, for Kylo Ren followers out there, getting his Command Shuttle will make truly make your day. This 1,0005-piece set is more like a heavily-modified version of the Tydirium complete with foldable wings that stands as high as 15 inches. The playset includes Kylo Ren, General Hux, a First Order officer, a First Order Stormtrooper officer, and 2 crews. Weapon racks are fully detachable and the shooters are spring-loaded for realistic action.

What We Like about It – Kylo Ren will be one of the characters that we need to watch out for. Having his Command Shuttle now will surely be valuable when he comes full circle. The set should be great for stimulating your kid’s imagination about the endless possibilities of Ren’s exploits.

Snowspeeder

Snowspeeder

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

To complement your kid’s Star Wars collection, you have to give him or her the Snowspeeder. This building set features 97 pieces complete with a Resistance snowspeeder pilot and 2 flick missiles.

What We Like about It – It’s a very accurate replica of the one we’ve seen in Episode V. It’s rather small at only 2x3x3 inches but it should make for a very interesting addiction to the galactic collection of any kid.

First Order Transporter

First order transporter

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Age Range: 9 to 14 years old

When the Stormtroopers of the First Order landed on Jakku together with Kylo Ren, they used their very own FO Transporter. Now, your child can relive the opening scenes of The Force Awakens with this First Order Transporter. Made of 792 pieces, the playset comes with a mini doll figure of Captain Phasma, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers, and 2 Resistance fighters. The deck can be flipped open to put everyone inside.

What We Like about It – It’s a must-have to any Star Wars collection. Helps kids expand their imagination especially when playing the First Order-Resistance fight sequences.

Naboo Starfighter

Naboo starfighter

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

The Naboo Starfighter is one very sleek and agile fighter. Looking at it, we can’t help but compare it to the P-51 Mustang. The same is true with Lego’s Naboo Starfighter. With its 442 bricks forming the iconic gold and chrome fighter-patrol craft, you kids will surely love building their own plane. It comes with an Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker mini dolls, 3 Battle Droids, R2D2, and a Naboo fighter pilot.

What We Like about It – It’s the very first fighter to ever resist subjugation by the Dark Side-affiliated Trade Federation. Great for stimulating imaginative and fantasy play especially among kids who have seen Episode I.

Imperial Assault Carrier 

Imperial assault carrier

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Age Range: 9 to 14 years old

The granddaddy of the First Order Transporter, the Imperial Assault Carrier is one mean-looking machine. Lego’s Gozanti-class Imperial Assault Carrier is a wonderful replica of the iconic heavily armored cruiser of the Empire. Complete with 4 TIE fighters and 2 pilots, an Imperial Astromech droid, Agent Hallus, Sabine Wren, and an Imperial Officer. When completed, the Gozanti-class assault carrier stretches 18 inches long, spreads about 8 inches wide, and stands 5 inches high.

What We Like about It – We’ve always wanted to own a piece of Imperial battle class cruisers. The Imperial Assault Carrier helps us realize this dream. We’re sure every Star Wars fan will do, too. Talk about stimulating kids’ imagination.

Resistance Troop Transporter

Resistance troop transporter

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

The first time we saw this was when it landed on Takodana carrying Princess Leia, C3PO and the rest of the Resistance fighters. If the First Order has its own troop carrier, the Resistance must have theirs, too. It may not be as mean-looking as the FO Transporter but it does get the job done. The 646-brick set includes mini dolls Princess Leia and adminral Ackbar as well as 2 Resistance troopers.

What We Like about It – This should be bought together with the Millennium Falcon as it would really be interesting to create a story line that revolves around Han Solo and Princess Leia. Of course, it’s up to your kid’s imagination how he or she wants it to progress.

Death Star Final Duel 

Death star final duel

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

When Darth Vader sacrificed himself to save Luke from the Emperor’s Force lightning, we knew that the most hated villain of all is still a father to his son. No Dark Force can ever replace that. Children can now relive that historic moment when Luke confronts his father, Darth Vader, and the evil scheming Emperor. The Death Star Final Duel is a representation of the final battle scenes in Episode VI complete with a reactor shaft. The 724-piece set already comes with Luke, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and 2 Royal Guards.

What We Like about It – It’s great for encouraging your kid to rewrite the story the way he or she see fits. It’s also great for enhancing manual dexterity.

How We Chose the Top Lego Star Wars Play Sets in Our List

Coming up with the top Lego Star Wars play sets is never easy and we are pretty sure you know why. As such, we had to look for other ways to determine the best. Unfortunately, if it’s from Lego there’s no question about the quality as well as the developmental appropriateness of the building and construction sets. There is also no question about the safety of the products. What we are left with is the feedback and reviews from parents and other customers who have already bought the product. We had to carefully look at what others are saying and whether they would recommend such model to a friend. Choosing was never easy but we did it anyway.

Building Toys and Your Child’s Development

One of the most developmentally-beneficial playthings kids can ever have are building and construction toys. And when it comes to such toys, Lego is always on people’s minds. Although it is not the only toy manufacturer that provides such types of game materials, it is nonetheless become the benchmark for all other companies that design and manufacture such toys.

But just how valuable are these playthings anyway?

For starters, building and construction playsets are important in the development of children’s physical skills particularly their fine motor skills, visual motor coordination, and balance. They are able to exercise the fine muscles of their hands and fingers which can lay the foundation for the development and mastery of their handwriting, drawing, and painting skills as well as other activities that are dependent on manual dexterity.

Construction playsets are also important in the development of children’s cognitive abilities. Given a variety of shapes and colors, young children are able to discern and gain mastery of these different attributes of building bricks and blocks. The textured nature of the bricks can also provide additional sensory information for the brain to process. For example, a 1×4 brick will feel a bit more different from a 4×8 block simply because of the greater number of protrusions or block heads. When touched by children, they feel the difference and this helps them develop their discerning abilities.

Moreover, playing with building sets can also help children develop and harness their problem solving skills primarily their divergent thinking. When given several blocks, they use a lot of their cognitive processes to determine what other models can be built. Some may refer to this as the child’s creativity and imagination but it’s all about problem-solving. It’s all about finding out how to piece the different blocks in different configurations to create something new. They try to find out which building block or brick will best fit into a particular arrangement to get the desired outcome.

For child developmental psychologists, this shows the child’s ability to perform trial and error problem solving. It shows that the child already has a grasp or understanding of how cause and effect relationships work. He or she can then make accurate predictions of what will happen if he or she uses a particular block and not another. They can then start thinking on the what-if principle which lays the foundation for both divergent thinking and counterfactual reasoning, both very important elements to critical thinking. We are not saying that your kid will be a genius if he or she plays with these kinds of play things. Of course, that will still depend on how well we are able to nurture the gifts and talents of our kids.

Another aspect of your child’s cognitive development that will benefit immensely from Lego toys is his or her language development. Just imagine a child adding light saber, Jedi, knights, empire, dark, good, evil, and first order in his or her vocabulary. With a widened vocabulary, children can better communicate what they have in mind. They can converse well even with adults. And this can help boost their self-confidence and, consequently, their self-esteem. This helps build their social skills even more. So, these toys actually help develop kids’ emotional and social competence.

And speaking of self-esteem, the ability to complete a Lego Star Wars project without any aid from Mom or Dad can really boost the child’s confidence. It gives children a sense of accomplishment. They know that even though they are still kids, they now have the ability to create and build something just using their hands and their imagination. Now how you would feel if you were this kid? Wouldn’t you feel proud and great of yourself as well?

Get Your Lego Star Wars Set Now

It is without a doubt that construction and building sets for kids are important in their growth and development. Add the prestige of owning a piece of Star Wars history, and your kid will be enjoying it for the rest of his or her life. So, start choosing from our top 15 sets from Lego’s Star Wars series. We know you love all of them.

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Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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