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The best Lego Star Wars ships

The Star Wars movies and toys are undoubtedly some of the most iconic of all time. They have been adored by young and old alike ever since A New Hope was released back in 1977, with Disney having breathed new life into the franchise in recent years.

While the movies have evolved as time has gone on, one thing that has remained a constant are the fascinating and imaginatively designed ships and spacecrafts that feature throughout. The Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance might disagree on most things, but providing their pilots with some seriously cool ships is one thing they have in common!

The good news is that there is a large selection of ships to choose from to build and play within the Lego Star Wars range. While it’s fun to build any Lego set, it’s the playability of these ships that have made them such a popular series of toys.

Kids will love running around with their completed ships, making the noises of the engines and the blasters as they recreate a spectacular space battle in their bedrooms with their new favourite toy. They’ll get dropped and they’ll need rebuilding, but that’s all part of the fun!

We’ve taken a look at some of the best Lego Star Wars ships available in the UK, using our experience to help you to buy Toys Kids Love.

Resistance A-Wing Starfighter

Recommended age range: 7 years+
Pieces: 269

From The Rise of Skywalker movie released in 2019, this A-Wing Starfighter comes with two Minifigures; Lieutenant Connix and Snap Wexley, both of whom are equipped with blasters. The cockpit opens from the top and can seat one Minifigure to pilot the ship, and the retractable landing gear can be lowered or raised depending if it is landing or taking off. The best feature of this product, however, are the two integrated spring-loaded shooters which allows the ship to fire a plastic ‘laser beam’ a good distance with the simple press of a button – what fun!

Pros: Low price, easy build (approx 1-2 hours), spring-loaded shooters that fire plastic lasers.

Cons: Landing gear could be better.

Millennium Falcon

Recommended age range: 9 years+
Pieces: 1,351

The most famous of all of the Star Wars ships, the Millennium Falcon is an extremely well-designed set that really does the justice to ‘the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy’. All of the top of the model opens up to expose the detailed interior. Once inside, there are so many features that fans of the films will appreciate, such as the hidden compartment under the floor and the hologram chess table where C-3PO wisely advised R2-D2 to ‘let the Wookiee win!’

The cockpit opens up where your pilot of choice can be placed, and it also has a lowering ramp where your heroes can race onto to make their escape. It also features the spring-loaded shooters on either side of the ramp.

It comes with seven Minifigures including Finn, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, although because this is part of the Rise of Skywalker collection, it doesn’t include the Falcon’s previous captain, Han Solo.

Pros: Large scale model (44cm long x 32cm wide), excellent attention to detail, lots of Minifigures included.

Cons: Shame that you don’t get a Han Solo Minifigure, but the kids probably won’t mind!

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Sith TIE Fighter

Recommended age range: 9 years+
Pieces: 470

If you feel yourself being lured towards the dark side of the force, this TIE fighter is the perfect set. It comes with its own docking tower which is good for playing with but also to display when it’s not being used.

This is another model that includes an opening cockpit and two spring-loaded shooters. It comes with three Minifigures; a Knight of Ren, a First Order TIE pilot and Finn.

Pros: Sturdy display stand, includes hero and villain Minifigures that are fun to make fight each other.

Cons: You’ll need to find somewhere to display it to keep it in one piece.

Lego Star Wars Sith TIE Fighter

Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Starfighter

Recommended age range: 4 years+
Pieces: 132

One for the younger fan, this Lego Star Wars set recreates one of the most dramatic scenes from any of the movies. Towards the end of A New Hope, it is discovered that the seemingly indestructible Death Star has a weakness. Flying down a narrow trench and with Darth Vader in pursuit (dads, eh – what are they like?), Luke Skywalker fires two lasers which find their target and blows the place to kingdom come.

This small set features the ship itself, but also a turret from which a Stormtrooper can fire discs at the ships as it zooms past. As well as the Stormtrooper, the set includes Minifigures of Luke Skywalker (including his lightsaber) and everyone’s favourite droid, R2-D2.

Not only is this a great scene from the films, but this is a great intro-level set that younger children will enjoy putting together and playing with.

Pros: Great for younger kids, iconic scene and characters, wings fold in and out.

Cons: Older children will find this too easy to complete.

Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Starfighter

Podracer

Recommended age range: 7 years+
Pieces: 279

Does this count as a ship? Oh well, too late now, it’s made the list!

As a movie, it’s fair to say that The Phantom Menace isn’t quite thought of quite as fondly as the likes of The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. However, there are a couple of cool scenes that do hold up well; one being the fight scene between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, and the other being the podracing sequence.

This set features a convenient carry handle which makes it easy to hold in order to make it race. The engines can be opened and closed and it is supplied with a display stand to allow it to ‘hover’.

It comes with Minifigures of a young Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala – the future queen and Anakin’s significant other. Anakin’s goggled move down over his eyes when he’s ready to race, which is a nice touch.

This set also includes a bonus 20th anniversary Minifigure of Luke Skywalker on a special display stand. There are five of these to collect altogether which fit together, the others being Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Darth Vader and Han Solo.

Pros: Bonus collectible Minifigure included, easy to hold and play with or display.

Cons: Colours could be a little more in keeping with the movie.

Lego Star Wars Podracer

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We’ve listed out our favourites, but the range of Lego Star Wars sets is vast and there are of course many that we have not covered in this article.

Head on over to Amazon here to check out the full range.

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