No, I did not stay up until 1 minute past midnight to watch the premier of the latest Star Wars film on 17 December 2015. But, I did go first thing in the morning on the same day, fresh and early and savoured every moment, the whole big screen experience had to offer. Pre-booked my ticket and even chose a death center seat.
There is a lot to be said about the Star Wars series, some call it a legend, others a vision, or even a religion but for me, it is just down right great entertainment. If you were born in the 70s like me, you have probably watch reruns of the first three episode; IV, V and VI on TV in the 80s and 90s and box set re-releases in DVD and Blu-Ray
Then in 1999, we were treated to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and beyond that, Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and finally Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) which completed the entire back story or prequel to the original 3 shows.
Naturally, with the Internet and social media as well as and press coverage surrounding the latest Episode VII, the hype is strong in this one. New (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac) and old casts (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamil and almost everyone else from the original three episodes in the 70s and 80s) with new director, J.J. Abrams at the helm what is there not to like.
Top 5 Best Star Wars VII: The Force Awaken Lego Sets
For the hard core fans, and I do mean the big children, to make the whole experience last a little longer, here is what LEGO, the brick master has to offer.
- LEGO Buildable Figure Series – specifically characters from the latest show
- LEGO Star Wars 75105: Millennium Falcon
- LEGO Star Wars 75102: Poe’s X-Wing Fighter
- LEGO Star Wars 75104: Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle
- LEGO Star Wars 75101: First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
Other smaller sets:
LEGO Buildable Figure Series
While there are other figures based on earlier episodes mainly I, II and III with characters such as Luke Skywalker, Jango Fett, Clone Commander Cody, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and General Grievous; what interests us this time are characters from this new film.
Available now in major stores, the Buildable Figures series now include characters from Star Wars VII: The Force Awaken. New characters from the latest show with guarantee key roles in future episodes are now on sale. They include Rey, Poe Dameron in full Pilot Gear, Finn, Kylo Ren, First Order Stormtrooper and Captain Phasma in chrome finish and cape.
- LEGO Star Wars 75113: Rey
- LEGO Star Wars 75115: Poe Dameron
- LEGO Star Wars 75116: Finn
- LEGO Star Wars 75117: Kylo Ren
- LEGO Star Wars 75114: First Order Stormtrooper
- LEGO Star Wars 75118: Captain Phasma
There have been a few Millennium Falcons from LEGO in the past; 4504 and 7965 (from the Ultimate Collector Series). Fast forward to Episode 7: The Force Awakens, the iconic Millennium Falcon takes center stage once again with some familiar pilots and passengers, namely Han Solo and Chewbacca.
The Millennium Falcon, a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter appeared in many episodes prior to Episode VII. Now with some modifications, the star ship found its way back to Han Solo and Chewbacca in Episode VII.
The Falcon opens up to reveal the deck and inner. From the crew, there are also Rey, Finn, Tasu Leech (a Kanjiklub Gang) and the new BB-8 Astromech Droid each with their own weapon except for the Astromech.
The space ship features plenty of updates and details with detachable cockpit, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch, dual spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish, ramp and entrance hatch. Like the previous model below, the hull plates open up to access the interior with plenty of rooms to explore.
Remember Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Starship. Who could forget the famous scene where Luke piloted an X-wing into the Death Star and delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star.
The iconic star fighter had an update and this time, used to battle the forces of the First Order.
Lego features Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. this customised starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid.
There’s even a loader with weapon rack, extra missiles and ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. Poe’s X-Wing Fighter includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid.
Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle from LEGO is a highly detailed starship with loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable weapon racks.
Another feature that makes the Command Shuttle stands out is the extending wing that folds up to increase the wing span or height.
Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer.
First Order is a military junta formed from the remnants of the Galactic Empire led by organisation’s supreme leader, Snoke making its appearance in Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
The impressive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter bears the unmistakable shape of the iconic starfighter with 2 mini figure cockpit that opens from both the top and bottom.
Other features include 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating antenna for homing in of enemy starships. The First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter comes with 4 mini figures; 2 First Order TIE Fighter Pilots, First Order Officer and a First Order Crew.
The star ship was used by Finn and Poe to escape from the First Order’ Star Destroyer.
OTHER SMALLER SETS FROM EPISODE VII
- Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar
- Rotate the engine to open the storage hatch
- Grab the side-mounted accessories
- Unhitch the sled and get ready for an adrenaline-filled sandsurf
- Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer
- Features storage compartment, cockpit-mounted stud shooter, rapid-fire shooters and hidden wheels
- Weapons include 2 blasters and a modified blaster
- Man the stud shooter and get ready to fire
- Includes 7 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma
- Features dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted stud shooter, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for a minifigure, hold with space for 4 minifigures, big engines at the rear, removable top section, and hidden, transparent wheels for a ‘hovering’ look
- Weapons include 2 blasters, silver-look blaster, titanium-look blaster and 2 flame throwers
- Accessories include 6 helmets