The new UCS X-Wing Starfighter Lego Star Wars set is sure to be a hot talking point this weekend, on display at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and with two Return of the Jedi dioramas to boot, the Original Trilogy brick builders will foam at the mouth like a wampa with a tauntaun pestle.
2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, so it’s no surprise that Lego has opted to release a trio of 18+ sets that will appeal to its more mature, OG-loving fan base. And while every brick building fanatic yearns for one of Billund’s biggest and best Lego sets (opens in a new tab) – like the recently released Rivendell (10316) (opens in a new tab) – we’ve seen an increase in small 18+ sets in recent years, and Star Wars dioramas have proven particularly popular.
If you’re looking to add to your best Lego Star Wars sets (opens in a new tab) collection, the Endor Speeder Chase diorama and Emperor’s Throne Room diorama start at around $80 / £70, while the large UCS X-Wing Starfighter will set you back $239.99 (opens in a new tab) / €209.99 (opens in a new tab) . Each set will be available on May 1, but the UCS X-Wing will only be available to Lego VIP members through the official Lego website and Lego stores, until general release on May 4.
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|Price||$239.99 / £209.99|
It’s been a decade since Lego last released a UCS X-Wing and if you missed the Red Five X-Wing Starfighter (10240) in 2013 then maybe you’ll cross the Death Star Trench to get your hands on it. on the latter offer. The X-Wing is arguably the most iconic Star Wars starship next to the Millenium Falcon, so if you have any interest in Star Wars and are looking for a grown-up set to display, this could be it.
And while at just 2,000 pieces it pales in comparison to the mouth-watering 7,541-piece UCS incarnation of the Falcon, it’s still a serious bit of kit. In fact, it’s Lego’s largest X-Wing to date, measuring over half a meter in length. Two minifigures are what we expect from a UCS set at this price and you won’t be at all surprised that Luke and R2-D2 made the cut, with the former getting a new print on the arms and legs.
Check out the full list here at Lego (opens in a new tab)while the hyperdrive kicks off for its general launch on May 4.
Emperor’s Throne Room Diorama
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|Price||$99.99 / £89.99|
The larger and more expensive of the two dioramas celebrating the Return of the Jedi The 40th anniversary is the rather attractive emperor’s throne room diorama. It depicts the climax of the original trilogy as Vader delivers Luke to the Emperor and they face off on the second Death Star.
Behind Palpatine’s throne is the iconic window, with a new room designed specifically for the set. Accompanied by a small 40th anniversary plaque, the diorama features a quote from the film: “I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” You get three minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, who also comes with a pair of lightning bolts.
If you’re at all tempted by the dark side, you can check out the full list here (opens in a new tab) at Lego, ahead of the set’s May 1 launch.
Endor Speeder Chase Diorama
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|Price||$79.99 / £69.99|
The announced final set is a snapshot of the iconic speed bike chase through the forests of Endor. This rather dynamic set includes a pair of brick-built redwoods, new molded fern elements, two speedy motorbikes and three minifigures: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and a scout trooper.
The speeder bikes are held together using transparent parts and can be posed in a variety of dynamic angles, which should add to the display factor. As with the Emperor’s Throne Room diorama, the set includes a 40th anniversary plaque and a scene-specific quote from Luke: “Quick! Block their comlinks. Central switch!”
Hop on your speeder bike and explore the full list (opens in a new tab) via the Lego website ahead of the May 1 launch.
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