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LEGO Announces 75244 Tantive IV

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is well underway and to celebrate LEGO have today announced 75244 Tantive IV.

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The Tantive IV has the honour of being the first ship ever seen on screen, appearing in the opening scene of A New Hope.

This LEGO recreation features 1768 pieces and 5 minifigures – Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO and a Rebel Fleet Trooper, plus an R2-D2.

The biggest point of contention for fans may be the branding behind this set. It’s not marked as UCS or MBS. It also lacks the 20th anniversary branding. It seems a little odd.

The set will officially be available May 3rd for $329.99.

Check out the full gallery and press release below.

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Press Release

75244 Tantive IV™
Ages 12+. 1768 pieces

US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €219.99 – DK 1799DKK – AUD $329.99
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Own an iconic Rebel blockade runner—Tantive IV!

Build, play and display a legendary Star Wars™ starship! This LEGO® Star Wars 75244 interpretation of Tantive IV, seen fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer in the opening moments of Star Wars: A New Hope, faithfully recreates all of the Rebel cruiser’s signature details, including an elongated hull, detachable escape pods, elevating gun turrets, cargo hold and 11 massive engines at the back. Remove the hull plating of this fantastic LEGO Star Wars vehicle to reveal a detailed 2-minifigure cockpit, conference area with table, weapon rack and a control console with 2 seats. The radar dish also doubles as a convenient carry handle, which makes it perfect for flying around the room. When the mission is over, this amazing kids’ buildable toy also makes a great centerpiece for any LEGO Star Wars collection. The set also includes 5 minifigures and an R2-D2 droid LEGO figure.

  • Includes 5 LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures: Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO and a Rebel Fleet Trooper, plus an R2-D2 droid LEGO figure.
  • Tantive IV LEGO® Star Wars™ construction toy features a radar that doubles as a carry handle, 2 detachable escape pods with space for a minifigure inside, opening cargo hold and removable cargo box, opening 2-minifigure cockpit, rotating and elevating stud-shooting turrets on top and 2 spring-loaded shooters underneath. The top hull detaches to reveal a detailed interior including a conference table, weapon rack and a control console with 2 seats for the minifigures.
  • Weapons include a blaster pistol and 3 blasters.
  • Also includes a pair of electrobinoculars.
  • Captain Antilles minifigure is an updated version from 2009, while Princess Leia’s skirt and Bail Organa are new for April 2019.
  • This highly detailed building toy construction set includes over 1,750 pieces.
  • Recreate amazing moments from the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope or play out your own exciting adventures!
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ starship measures over 5” (14cm) high, 24” (62cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide.

LEGO Star Wars Turns 20

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Today marks 20 years since the launch of LEGO’s first ever licensed theme – LEGO Star Wars.

To celebrate this milestone LEGO has released a series of 20th anniversary sets (which we’ve all already seen) and sent through a huge treasure trove of information.

If you want to check out the 20th anniversary sets and where to buy them I have covered that here. But now let’s get on with the nostalgia.

Historical Product Shots & Adverts

Minifigures Through The Years

Prototypes

Fun Facts

Press Release

The greatest battles built since 1999
– celebrating 20 years of LEGO® Star Wars™ fandom

The LEGO Group raises its lightsabers to toast the fans instrumental to the success of the
LEGO® Star Wars™ 20-year legacy and launches five new special edition sets to mark the anniversary.

Billund, April 9: Twenty years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the LEGO® Star Wars™ collaboration entered the lives of millions of children and fans around the world. Today, the LEGO Group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the much-loved range that continues to unite fans of all ages and has inspired some of the greatest battles ever built.

LEGO Star Wars was the LEGO Group’s first IP franchise and has since remained one of the most popular, allowing fans across generations and geographies to come together in fun and challenging building exercises. Around 700 different sets (including 1,000 LEGO Star Wars minifigures), five video games, several television and web series, and an abundance of other fun merchandise have been released since the initial launch.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Director of LEGO Star Wars, said: “LEGO play and Star Wars is a dream collaboration for us, and we feel privileged to have one of the strongest fan communities out there who continue to inspire and challenge us to push the boundaries. This 20-year milestone is really a dedication and testimony to our loyal fans who have built, reimagined, battled and shared their LEGO Star Wars adventures with us for two decades. Twenty years on, the Force is still with us and there’s still so much more to come.”

LEGO Star Wars was first introduced at the International Toy Fair in New York in February 1999 and has been captivating fans ever since. An impressive 13 sets were launched that year, as well as a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid developer kit. Over the years, many crowd pleasers have been released, including the first version of the Chewbacca™ minifigure. This was a triumph in itself because of its challenging design. The design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since.

Derek Stothard, Vice President of Licensing at Lucasfilm said: “Our collaboration with the LEGO Group remains a huge success because it allows people to explore the Star Wars galaxy in a very unique way. Whether you’re meticulously building the Millennium Falcon for a display shelf or reimagining the battles with LEGO Star Wars models, the LEGO Star Wars range allows us to engage with fans of all ages who find the Star Wars galaxy as special as we do.”

Marking the 20th anniversary, the LEGO Group just released five special sets featuring iconic ships and exclusive throwback minifigures in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history. The new sets – which debuted on April 1st – are a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last twenty years, along with a new subtheme: Action Battle. The LEGO System in Play means that Star Wars devotees can build and bring to life some of their most beloved themes and characters – from Wookiees to Ewoks, Princess Leia to Han Solo and more – for even more intergalactic adventures.

As for the scenes and characters that haven’t yet been sent into the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy, stay tuned!

Fun facts only the most hardcore LEGO® Star Wars™ fans know:

  • The 1999 Jar Jar Binks minifigure was the first ever to have a unique LEGO® head sculpt
  • Yoda, Boba Fett and Ewoks were some of the first minifigures to receive short legs (2002)
  • Did you know that except for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, clone troopers and battle droids, R2-D2 is the character that appears in most LEGO Star Wars sets
  • The Jedi Bob minifigure appears in just one LEGO® set, the 7163 Republic Gunship from 2002
  • The Darth Vader minifigure has changed many times over the years, but his helmet remained unchanged from 1999-2015
  • The 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon spent a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight
  • The cockpit windshield element in the 7191 X-Wing Fighter™ is based on a mould for a 4.5-volt battery box from a LEGO train set
  • The 24 minifigures and droids included in the 10188 set enable fans to re-enact almost every single scene taking place on the Death Star™
  • The Zam Wesell minifigure from 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit was one of the first minifigures to have double sided face decoration

LEGO® Star Wars™ 20 years of nostalgia in a wrap:

  • 1998: Licensing agreement with Lucasfilm is signed. This licensing agreement is the first of its kind for the LEGO Group
  • February 1999: The launch of LEGO® Star Wars™ is announced at the International Toy Fair in New York by the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm
  • 1999: The first new male hair piece in 20 years is designed for Qui-Gon Jinn
  • 1999: The first specially designed minifigure head is designed for Jar Jar Binks
  • 1999: 13 sets + a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid Developer Kit were launched
  • 2000: Two more advanced sets – #7181 and #7191 – launch the LEGO® Star Wars™ Ultimate Collectors Series
  • 2000: #7190 included the first version of a Chewbacca™ minifigure. It was a challenging design, until the design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since
  • 2001: #10018 Darth Maul launches as a set exclusively available on LEGO.com and in LEGO stores – at a whopping 43 centimetres tall!
  • 2002: Ewoks, young Boba Fett and Yoda, included in sets # 7139, 7153 and 7103, are some of the first LEGO minifigures to have short legs
  • 2002: Only 12 elements are required to build the 2002 TIE Fighter™, #3219. The set is among the early LEGO® Star Wars™ Mini Building Sets launched in the beginning of the new millennium
  • 2003: The introduction of more natural skin colours in all licensed products also reach the LEGO® Star Wars™ universe with #10123 Cloud City™ from 2003
  • 2007: #10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT™ launches. The model can move its head and walk – forward and backward
  • 2007: #10179 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches. The biggest LEGO® set … for a while
  • 2011: The UCS Super Star Destroyer 10221 is launched. With a length of 124cm it is the longest LEGO product ever made
  • 2013: The world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, is revealed in New York’s Times Square. The massive replica took 32 master builders, 5.3m LEGO bricks and over 17,000 hours to complete
  • 2014: The trend of constructing tiny, but ever iconic models, re-surfaces with the MICROFIGHTER series. Small enough to fit into a hand – big enough to carry a minifigure
  • 2015: The CCBS platform (Character and Creature Building System) with its large-scale buildable figures infiltrates the LEGO Star Wars portfolio from this year onwards
  • 2017: #75192 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches – 10 years after its impressive predecessor. It succeeds the previous model by 2344 elements, reaching a total of 7541 pieces
  • 2019: Five special 20th anniversary sets featuring iconic ships with exclusive throwback minifigures launch in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history – a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last 20 years
  • 2019: Star Wars Episode IX… stay tuned to see what this means for LEGO Star Wars!

Winter Village Fire Station And Cloud City Now Available For VIPs

It’s not often we get two VIP releases in the same day but here we are. Hopefully your bank accounts survive.

Here are the two releases…

10263 Winter Village Fire Station - $149.99

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75222 Betrayal At Cloud City – $499.99

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Do you plan to pick up either of these sets? You’ll need to be signed in to your VIP account to grab them.

Make A Star Wars Stop Motion Masterpiece With Dad This Weekend

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Are you a Sydney LEGO fan looking for a fun activity to do for Father’s Day this weekend?

LEGO are running a special stop motion studio experience at Comber Street Studios in Paddington.

The LEGO All-Stars Studio experience is an hour-long class where mini film-makers will get the chance to direct, shoot, edit and voice their very own iconic Star Wars film using LEGO Star Wars Minifigures, LEGO bricks and bespoke sets.

Families will have the chance to showcase their final creations in a premiere at the end of each session, and also take a copy home to share with friends and family.

Classes can be booked between 9-4pm for Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd of September. Register your family for free at legostarwars.eventbrite.com.au. Note: Tickets are currently showing as sold out but I have confirmed that more will be made available soon.

WHAT: LEGO All-Stars Studio
WHERE: Comber Street Studios, 5 Comber Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
WHEN: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018 – 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm (both days)
COST: Free!

You can check out the promo below for a taste of the sort of movie you can create.

Official Pictures of 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon

The Millennium Falcon that we all know and love has a new/old look in the Han Solo standalone film. It’s more colourful and has a much different front.

Overnight LEGO revealed official pictures of their take on the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. I must admit it looks pretty good.

Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Product Detail

There were five minifigures revealed although there may be more in the set. There is of course young Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, Qi’ra and a red droid that I don’t know the name of.

You can see the rest of the images in the gallery below. What do you think of this take on the Falcon? Will you be picking it up when it’s released in April?

LEGO Star Wars Make & Take At Myer

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Over the weekend Myer sent out an email for a LEGO Star Wars Make & Take event. It seems that there was a technical glitch and they are asking people to re-register for the event. If you didn’t get a chance to register earlier or did register and want to make sure you get a place you can do so via this link.

The event will take place on Saturday September 30th.

You will be able to build the LEGO Star Wars First Order Assault Walker and take it home for free.

Hurry these events always fill quickly.

Australian Price For 75144 Snowspeeder

LEGO press releases about new sets never contain the one bit of info we really need – how much it will cost us here in Australia.

Thankfully the product page for 75144 Snowspeeder is now live, and we know that the Australian RRP is $329.99.

75144 AU Price

You will be able to get this May 4th, or April 29th if you are a VIP.

Via https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Snowspeeder-75144

Thanks to Chris for letting me know the page was up

Rogue Friday Offer From LEGO Online

Last year Force Friday was a major event. There were midnight launches and a heap of excitement.

This year we have Rogue Friday, and things are a lot more subdued – including the Australian online LEGO store’s promotion.

You’ll get a free First Order Storm Trooper minifigure with all LEGO Star Wars Orders.

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That’s right – to celebrate the launch of the Rogue One product line LEGO are giving away a minifigure from a different film.

It’s also worth mentioning that while some regions are getting triple VIP points, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Australia.

If you are after the Rogue One sets I think 20% Off at Myer trumps a free minifigure.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Announced

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The Force Awakens is undoubtedly a massive hit and if the availability of some sets is an indication then The Force Awakens LEGO sets are also a hit. It doesn’t really come as a surprise then to learn that a new LEGO Star Wars game based on the new film will be coming out in June this year.

The LEGO Star Wars games are some of the most popular LEGO games produced and a new entry in the series is exciting for fans. The launch trailer gives plenty of hints that the game will feature the humour that has become a trademark of the game.

As well as retelling the story of the film the game will also include exclusive new story levels that takes place between Star WarsReturn of the Jedi and the new film. There is a great lineup of playable characters including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma.

The game will be released in Australian on June 29 2016 and will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, 3DS, PS4, Wii U, PS Vita and PC.

UPDATE: EB Games will be selling a Deluxe Edition of the game (for PS4 and Xbox One) that comes with an exclusive Finn minifigure. Both versions are available for pre-order now. Also at EB Games - all pre-order customers will receive a Star Destroyer polybag. [Thanks JigglePhysx for sharing that in the comments]

Check out the launch trailer and official press release below.

Review: 75099 Rey’s Speeder

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The new Star Wars Force Awakens LEGO sets are now available (although with all the coverage I’m going to assume you knew that). After braving the midnight Toys R Us crowds I am going to take a look at the cheapest of the new sets.

75099 Rey’s Speeder

RRP $39.99
193 Pieces ($0.20 per piece)
Available online and most retailers.

When I first saw a list of The Force Awakens set names I went back and watched the teaser trailers looking for hints as to what those sets may be. Sure we all know what an X-Wing looks like, but I’m more interested in new additions to th Star Wars universe. After re-watching those few seconds of Rey taking off into the desert on the back of her speeder the LEGO version jumped to the top of my wish list. It would fair to say I was hoping this set would be good when I grabbed it off the shelf at midnight.

The box is reasonably sized for the part count. The front of the box features a nice action scene of Rey taking off and leaving the unnamed thug behind. The rear is a little more interesting with a look at the included accessories and insets showing off the play features such as the stud shooters and the opening sides. The rear also includes an x-ray/schematic type drawing of the completed model.

Inside the box there are two numbered bags, an instruction booklet and small sticker sheet. As somebody that doesn’t apply the stickers to models, I would have liked if there were some more printed elements in the set.

Surprisingly bag one does not include the titular Rey, but rather the grey cloaked “Unkar’s Thug”.

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