I am a LEGO nerd. I have loved them since I was a child, and that love hasn't left. In fact, it's only gotten worse, now that I have the disposable income to buy those huge sets, and a husband who is an enabler.
Like pretty much everyone, I'm a Star Wars fan too, and plan on celebrating Force Friday tonight. But I don't care about action figures or board games. I care about the LEGOs! So let's take a closer look at the new sets announced today.
First Order Star Destroyer
Open this bad boy up to reveal an entire playset, complete with working elevator and detailed bridge. You get five minifigs and two droids. 1,416 pieces, $159.99
First Order Heavy Assault Walker
The updated version of the AT-AT, this figure features spring-loaded shooters, posable legs and head, and a storage compartment for your ammo. Includes five minifigs. 1,376 pieces, $149.99
This is an outright weapon. Includes a bomb release function, spring-loaded shooters, a half-dozen other weapons, and five minifigs. 780 pieces, $109.99
Everyone's favorite new droid returns in LEGO form. Movable wheels open the access hatch and move the head. There is a (non-functioning) welding torch/thumbs up, but it does not roll. It does come with a display stand, though. 1,106 pieces, $99.99
Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter
A large wingspan, trigger-activated spring shooters, and an opening cockpit for your minifigs, this modest model also includes three minifigs plus a BB-9E droid figure. 630 pieces, $79.99
First Order Heavy Scout Walker
In addition to spring-loaded shooters and ammo clips, hidden wheels can be turned to make the legs "crawl." Includes four minifigs. 554 pieces, $49.99
Resistance Transport Pod
This little set includes a cockpit and storage area, plus several shooters, naturally. Includes two minifigs and a BB-8 figure. 294 pieces, $29.99
Buildable Action Figures
I've never been a fan of these -- they seem weirdly-shaped, and I like my LEGOs to be playsets. But they are releasing four new buildable figures, each standing 9" high (except Chewy; he's 11"). The buildable figures include
- Chewbacca (179 pieces, $34.99)
- Rey (85 pieces, $24.99)
- Elite TIE Fighter Pilot (94 pieces, $19.99)
- Elite Praetorian Guard (92 pieces, $24.99)
All of these pieces will be available on Force Friday (Sept. 1).
Also, be sure to check out Lego's massive Millennium Falcon set. The biggest set ever produced by Lego with almost 8,000 pieces (and an $800 price tag!), this is not considered a Force Friday set, as pre-orders don't even begin until Oct. 1.