Continuing with the coverage of the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary celebration, we now take a look at some of the ads and product shots that LEGO has published for sets that have been released in the past. You’ll notice that they are much more simplier than the ones we see today but it’s still cool to see.
LEGO has announced the next LEGO House exclusive set this morning with the Dinosaurs (40366). Many of you guys guessed correctly yesterday and it will be available on April 17 only at the LEGO Store at the LEGO House. Check out the press release below.
Three giant LEGO® dinosaurs greet visitors when they climb the stairs to the Experience Zones of the LEGO House. Available from April 17th as a retail set.
Positioned in The Masterpiece Gallery the three iconic dinosaurs are the stunning centrepieces of the room. Each model has a metal skeleton inside to support the LEGO bricks, the height of each models is 2,92 m (without podium) and the total piece count of the three models is more than 600.000 LEGO bricks. Now LEGO House has taken on the challenge to convert the three giant dinosaurs into a retail product.
The retail product, LEGO® House dinosaurs, will be launched at the LEGO Store in LEGO House this summer. And if everything goes as planned the first boxes will already be for sale from 17th April.
The LEGO model is a great reproduction of the giant dinosaurs capturing all the most iconic features in a rescaled version.
Designer Nina Koopman says: ”One of the biggest challenges with the new model has been to capture all the details from the big models. Especially since the models in Masterpiece Gallery were all built of the three different building systems LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Technic and LEGO System. You see it especially with the yellow dino where we eg. have used gear wheels, and ventilator elements to get the “Technic feel” into the product.”
The three dinosaurs have been on their way for roughly a year and is the third exclusive product that LEGO House launches. The others being Tree of Creativity (4000026) and the LEGO House Architecture set (21037).
In the new product it has been important to underline that it is both a toy for playing and a display model. Nina Koopman explains: “The aim was to make a stunning product and at the same time, we have worked with integrating moveable parts in the heads, arms and legs to enhance the play experience. Also the construction of the three models has deliberately been made different from each other in order to create three different building experiences, and you can remove the dinos from their podium.”
Each of the three models within the new product has a podium that resembles the real podium in Masterpiece Gallery. This pays reference to the fact that Masterpiece Gallery in itself is a giant LEGO brick – just 862 times an ordinary LEGO 2×4 brick – and the three podiums are the tubes of that LEGO brick.
The model is exclusively available at LEGO House in Billund and the retail price is 599 DKK. (Maximum 3 boxes pr. person).
LEGO is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars theme and along with some of the assets that were sent to us, there are things that we normally wouldn’t publicly see. Here we get to see some of the prototypes that were used to create the molds for some of the heads and bodies for some of the creatures in the Star Wars Universe.
Today LEGO is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars theme. It started off in 1999 coinciding with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in theaters and it spawned one of the most popular LEGO themes in the company’s history. Check out the press release that LEGO sent over to commemorate the event along with some facts and trivia about the theme. Also, there are some behind the scenes things for LEGO Star Wars that we would like to showcase in the next few days so stay tuned for that as well.
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 geographiesto 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 merchandisehave 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,battledand shared their LEGO Star Warsadventures 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)
– Except for battle droids and stormtroopers, 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 droid sets 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 Power Walker AT-AT™ launch 2007. 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 with 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!
The SpaceX BFR / Starship & Super Heavy 1:110 Scale project by Albinolan is the latest one to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. The project has 2,020 pieces and is a collaborative project among many people who had submitted previous SpaceX projects on LEGO Ideas. This is a two-stage vehicle that comprises of the Starship and Super Heavy Rocket booster and is designed to be fully reusable.
The SpaceX BFR / Starship & Super Heavy 1:110 Scale now joins National Museum – Rio de Janeiro, Anatomini, The Office – NBC, The Pirate Bay, and Kakapo as the projects to reach the First 2019 Review Stage.