11 Amazing LEGO Star Wars Sets You Can Buy Right Now

Bethany Clarke, Getty Images
Bethany Clarke, Getty Images

In the late 1990s, LEGO made a decision that would change the fortunes of the company. After years of resisting the idea of producing LEGO merchandise based on licensed characters, LEGO agreed to its first-ever licensing deal, partnering with Lucasfilm in 1998 to issue Star Wars sets. The response was so enthusiastic that LEGO soon sought out arrangements with Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter, and other properties, too. Sales skyrocketed, and LEGO reestablished itself as a cultural phenomenon.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of those first sets released in 1999, LEGO is re-issuing a number of its classic Star Wars creations from that era. Each of these anniversary sets come wrapped in retro packaging and include a replica of one of the original Star Wars minifigures that debuted at the turn of the millennium.

The commemorative sets join a vast library of collectible Star Wars-themed releases from the past two decades, many of which have only increased in value over the years since they were first released. Here’s a sampling of the best LEGO Star Wars sets you can buy right now to satisfy your itch for a trip to a galaxy far, far away.

1. Slave I 20th Anniversary Edition Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' set of the 'Slave I' ship is pictured
LEGO

In 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, merciless bounty hunter Boba Fett scans the vast reaches of space for Han Solo in his now-iconic ship, the Slave I. This 1007-piece LEGO set includes Fett and his prize—Solo frozen in carbonite. It also comes with a copy of the original Princess Leia minifigure first released in 2000.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop for $120.

2. Death Star Escape Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Death Star Escape set is pictured
LEGO

Stalk the corridors of the Death Star in this 329-piece playset that features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and a Stormtrooper. Two sections allow for a nimble escape, with Luke using a grappling hook (included) to swing to safety.

Buy it on Amazon for $25 or from the LEGO Shop for $30.

3. Darth Vader Transformation Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Darth Vader Transformation set is pictured
Amazon

Perform some LEGO slight-of-hand with this playset that allows you to transform a lava-scarred Anakin Skywalker into his final form: the villainous Darth Vader. A table flips to perform the reveal, while a slide lowers to encapsulate his hideous visage in a helmet. The 282-piece set comes with minifigures of Anakin, Vader, and two medical droids.

Buy it on Amazon for $15 or from the LEGO Shop for $25.

4. BB-8 Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' BB-8 set is pictured
Amazon

The breakout star of 2015’s The Force Awakens gets his LEGO due in this 1106-piece set. The LEGO BB-8 doesn’t roll, but his head swivels and he stands an imposing 9 inches tall.

Buy it on Amazon for $79 or from the LEGO Shop for $100.

5. Ultimate Millennium Falcon Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Ultimate Millennium Falcon set is pictured
Amazon

The fastest ship in the galaxy might just be LEGO’s Star Wars masterpiece. A number of Falcon sets have been released over the years, with some commanding premium prices on auction sites. This recent release consists of 7541 pieces, seven minifigures, and a detailed interior layout.

Buy it on the LEGO Shop or on Amazon for $800.

6. Imperial TIE Fighter Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Imperial TIE Fighter set is pictured
Amazon

Use Rebel scum as target practice with this detailed, 519-piece rendition of the Imperial pilot’s favorite weapon of destruction. A young Han Solo is among the stowaways.

Buy it on Amazon for $50 or from the LEGO Shop for $70.

7. First Order Star Destroyer Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' First Order Star Destroyer set is pictured
Amazon

Pursue dissidents in this massive 1416-piece set that features a control room, elevator, and a carrying handle. Supreme Leader Snoke and four other minifigures are included.

Buy it on Amazon for $157 or on the LEGO Shop for $160.

8. Ewok Village Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Ewok Village set is pictured
Amazon

Recreate the "Yub Nub" celebration with this highly detailed, nearly 200-piece set that offers everything you love about the Ewoks. Their treetop hideaway features secret hideouts, traps, and catapults. You also get 17 minifigures, including Ewoks Wicket, Teebo, Chief Chirpa, and Logray. LEGO lists this product as retired, but it's still available on Amazon—for a steep price.

Buy it on Amazon for $405 or at one of the retailers below:

9. Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Poe Dameron X-Wing Fighter set is pictured
Amazon

In the The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, rogue pilot Poe Dameron handles his X-Wing like a classic car weaving in and out of traffic. The 717-piece LEGO version has four spring-loaded shooters, wings that open, and a cockpit for the minifigure Poe (also included).

Buy it on Amazon for $105.

10. Snowspeeder 20th Anniversary Edition Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Snowspeeder set is pictured
LEGO

The Snowspeeder, Luke’s transportation of choice on Hoth, is the inspiration for another one of LEGO’s big anniversary releases. Spring-loaded shooters allow you to blast Empire goons while a harpoon lets you envelop the clumsy appendages of the AT-ATs. The shuttle is made up of 309 pieces and comes with a collectible Lando Calrissian minifigure from 2003 on a display stand.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop for $40.

11. Death Star Set

A LEGO 'Star Wars' Death Star set is pictured
Amazon

The planet-destroying weapon comes to life in this massive 16-inch-by-16-inch playset made up of over 4000 pieces. Several rooms—including cribs for Vader, the Emperor, and a detention block—allow you to recreate scenes from the classic trilogy. There’s even a trash compactor in the event you want to treat Luke and his friends to a smashing good time.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop or on Amazon for $500.

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11 Patriotic Products to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Amazon
Amazon

Whether you’ll be lounging by the beach or grilling in your backyard this Independence Day, don’t forget to show off your all-American spirit with a little swag. Here are 11 products to help you celebrate Fourth of July—all of which would pair nicely with your collection of presidential bobbleheads.

1. Declaration Of Independence Signatures Mug; $15

Mug decorated with the signatures from the Declaration of Independence.
CafePress, Amazon

The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are on display on this ceramic coffee mug. Studying the signatures each morning might inspire you to perfect your own John Hancock.

Find it: Amazon

2. Stars And Stripes Cufflinks; $55

Cufflinks with images of stars and stripes on them

Cufflinks Inc., Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with a splash of American pride. One half of this cufflinks set is striped red and white and the other is blue and spangled with stars. Together they make a patriotic accent piece.

Find it: Nordstrom

3. Fireworks Light Show Projector; $41

Portable fireworks light projector.
Uncle Milton, Amazon

If you want a low-hazard Fourth of July that still delivers thrills, consider getting a light show projector. When it’s pointed at a wall, the device displays vibrant fireworks animations accompanied by realistic sound effects. And it works indoors, so you can count on your Independence Day party ending with a light show no matter the weather forecast. (There's also a Disney version available for just $20.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Inflatable Cooler; $14

Inflatable American flag cooler filled with ice and drinks.
Fun Express, Amazon

When preparing for a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July, don’t bother breaking out your tiny roll-away cooler. This 54-by-28-inch inflatable trough holds enough bottles and cans to keep your party going well past sunset. Once the cooler has been drained and deflated, it folds neatly for easy storage.

Find it: Amazon

5. American Trivia Cards; $15

Even players who paid attention in American history class might find this game challenging. Each box comes with 150 cards of United States trivia. Some questions—like what was the first state to grant women the right to vote—highlight important moments in our nation’s history. Others—like how many columns the Lincoln Memorial features—are a little more random.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. U.S. Navy Blanket; $200

The U.S. military has been going to Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for its blankets for over 100 years. This one is crafted from 100 percent wool and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design is inspired by the blankets supplied on Navy ships—and if it’s tough enough for the Navy, you can bet it will withstand a Fourth of July picnic. We like the gray version, but it comes in several different styles and colors.

Find it: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

7. American Flag Cornhole; $90

Two American flag cornhole boards with bean bags.
GoSports, Amazon

Baseball faces some stiff competition from cornhole for the title of No. 1 American pastime. This lawn set includes four blue bean bags, four red bean bags, and two boards decorated to resemble the American flag.

Find it: Amazon

8. U.S. Map Cutting Board; $20

Wooden cutting board in the shape of the U.S. map.
Totally Bamboo, Amazon

This 100 percent bamboo board eschews the traditional rectangle shape in favor of the outline of the American mainland. You can either keep it in the kitchen and use it as a cutting board or bring it out to the party as a serving platter for fruits, cheeses, and other hors d'oeuvres.

Find it: Amazon

9. Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler; $15

Six piles of loose-leaf tea.
Solstice Tea Traders, Amazon

A sip of one of the teas in this sampler will put you in touch with your inner revolutionary. Each of the six loose-leaf varieties—bohea black tea, oolong, congou black tea, souchong, singlo, and hyson—was among those tossed over the sides of British ships during the Boston Party. Whether you drink the tea or chuck it into the nearest harbor is up to you. (If you're looking for something to put on display, UncommonGoods also sells a slightly pricier, more elegant option with five teas.)

Find it: Amazon

10. State Map Prints; $27 and Up

A poster featuring a colorful map of Wisconsin
Bri Buckley, Society6

These unique prints by Bri Buckley highlight the beauty of each U.S. state in vibrant color. Each state map is available in both a modern and a vintage style, and like most Society6 art, the design is also available on tapestries, shirts, pillows, tote bags, and more.

Find it: Society6

11. Bald Eagle Pool Float; $15

A man and a woman ride a bald eagle pool float
Swimline, Amazon

Cool down the patriotic way this Fourth of July. This massive 8-foot-by-6-foot bald eagle pool float can fit up to two people comfortably, and will look great floating around your pool during your backyard barbecue.

Find it: Amazon

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated for 2019.

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Turn Your Phone Into an Instant Camera With KODAK's New Handheld Printer

KODAK
KODAK

Instant cameras are all the rage, but when you're already carrying a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of your smartphone, the idea of carrying around an extra gadget might seem like more work than it's worth. You don't have to choose between the convenience of your phone's camera and the fun of having a tangible memento. KODAK's new SMILE digital printer combines all the fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo.

Blue, green, black, red, and white KODAK SMILE printers printing photos
The KODAK SMILE line of instant digital printers
KODAK

The handheld Bluetooth printer—which is roughly the same size as KODAK's SMILE instant digital camera—lets you edit photos on your phone, then print your image instantly on 2-inch-by-3-inch sticker paper. Using the KODAK SMILE app, you can add Instagram-esque filters; rotate images and change contrast, brightness, and other characteristics; and add stickers, text, doodles, and borders.

Most uniquely, you can add augmented reality elements to your photos, so that when you (or someone else with the KODAK SMILE app) point the app at the physical print, the image is replaced by a short video clip. The effect is something like the moving photographs in Harry Potter—you can surprise your friends by asking them to view a photo through the app's AR function, then watch their delight as the still image begins to move.

The KODAK SMILE app
KODAK

KODAK sent Mental Floss both the SMILE instant camera and the SMILE printer to test, and while there's a lot of fun in snapping photos on an instant camera and accepting whatever weird flaws that photo might have (though you can do some light editing on the SMILE camera before printing), in our opinion, the breadth of image-editing features and convenience of being able to print photos you've already taken on your smartphone makes the digital printer the better option if you're trying to choose between the two.

This is especially true if you're going on vacation or trying to capture a night out on camera; it's just easier to whip out your phone rather than break out another camera, and it's easier to edit photos on your phone than to manipulate photos on the SMILE instant camera's small screen.

Blue, black, green, white, and red KODAK SMILE instant-print cameras
The KODAK SMILE line of instant-print digital cameras
KODAK

The SMILE printer is available on Amazon and Walmart for $100 and comes in five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. The SMILE instant-print digital camera is also $100 on Amazon and Walmart and is available in the same colors.

While the camera and the printer both come with a starter pack of sticker-backed ZINK photo paper, you can get 50 refill sheets for $24 when you run out.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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