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Thus far there have been 7 movies released based on the Star Wars storyline. LucasFilms has done a tremendous job marketing these films and creating products based on these movies. One of the more popular products for the Star Wars movies is LEGO sets. The LEGO Group signed on with LucasFilms in 1999 to recreate scenes from each movie and the response from fans has proven to be very positive.
The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, many years after the original movies were released. The LEGO Group has released quite a few sets based on this movie which include the Mos Espa Podrace, the now famous scene from the Phantom Menace. The Mos Espa Podrace includes quite a few Star Wars LEGO mini figures which is even more reason why this LEGO set is prized by collectors.
Episode II is the 2ND movie released for the prequel series. The LEGO sets based on Attack of the Clones include the ever hard to find Jango Fett’s Slave I LEGO Set. This LEGO Set includes two of the more rare LEGO mini figures in Jango Fett and child Boba Fett.
The third movie released for the prequel trilogy is the Revenge of the Sith. This film was released in 2005 and is the final movie in this series. The Clone Turbo Tank 7261 is one of the sets released for this system and is a definite must have for Star Wars LEGO collectors. It includes the Mace Windu LEGO mini figure and several other minifigs as well. The Clone Turbo Tank is a great representation of the actual tank from the movie itself.
A New Hope is actually the first film released by LucasFilms in it’s now legendary Star Wars series. Now called Episode IV, a New Hope was released in 1977. More than twenty years later, LucasFilms and the LEGO Group teamed up to recreate the Star Wars series in LEGO sets. These LEGO systems are now the LEGO Group’s best selling building block toys.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was the second film released for the Star Wars series of films. The Episode V LEGO Sets include the original of the Slave I star ships, 7144 and 6209. The 6209 version of the two is the best as it is a much larger sized build and much more true the films version of the star ship.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is the final film released of the original series. This film was originally released in 1983. The LEGO sets included in Episode VI include some of the Star Wars LEGO Sets most prized systems including the Jabba the Hut series of sets. The Death Star LEGO Set is a great example of a well thought out, well crafted LEGO System.
The newest film released thus far for the Star Wars series is the Clone Wars. Released in 2008, this film is based in a very popular animated series. The LEGO Group certainly outdid themselves with the LEGO sets based on this film. They are very true to the movie as are the Star Wars LEGO Mini figures that are included. These minifigs have a very distinct animated look about them and have proven to be very popular among Star Wars LEGO Collectors.