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The Best Star Wars Lego Sets in 2023

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If you've shopped for a Star Wars LEGO set, you probably know there's no shortage of options available. You can find hundreds of LEGO builds inspired by George Lucas's creation. The sets span the Skywalker saga and beyond, so it's hard to know which ones are worth picking up.

Many of them are also expensive. On top of the conventional cost that LEGO would typically charge, there is the so-called "Disney tax," courtesy of Disney's licensing agreement. A LEGO shopping spree can easily run you in the hundreds of dollars, if you're not careful.

We're here to help you out. Here are the 10 best LEGO Star Wars sets that you can buy in 2022. And because we don't know what your budget is—what's considered expensive for one person might be reasonable for another—we've ordered this list by price, from least to most expensive, so you can determine that yourself.

Take a look at our guide to the best Star Wars gifts and more Lego gift ideas for more options..

TL;DR: The Best Star Wars LEGO Sets

10. Brickheadz: The Mandalorian and the Child

LEGO BrickHeadz The Mandalorian and The ChildLEGO BrickHeadz The Mandalorian and The Child

The least expensive set on this list is a pair of adorable Brickheadz models depicting the Mandalorian and Grogu. They would make excellent display pieces on an office desk or bedroom shelf.

9. Hoth AT-ST

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This AT-ST uses LEGO Technic rods to stand upright, and is both well-proportioned and well-balanced. The body chassis rotates for poseability, and the set also comes with a mini Imperial Probe Droid, like the one that surveilled Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.

8. Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter

LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing FighterLEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter

In my opinion, the best LEGO X-Wing ever made is probably Poe Dameron's X-Wing Fighter (Set #75273), but it is "retired" and only available on Amazon for a marked-up price. So, you might prefer Luke's iconic X-Wing, which has adjustable wings, classic minifigures (Luke, Leia, and General Dodonna), and a much better price point.

7. Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama

LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Jedi Training DioramaLEGO Star Wars Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama

LEGO sells a number of these Star Wars dioramas, depicting classic scenes from the movies. Of all of them (including the trench run and trash compactor), this one stands out for its variety of earth colors and its ability to show instead of tell. We only see a fraction of the X-Wing flap, but we can imagine all of it, submerged beneath the thick swamp.

Check out our list of the best LEGO sets for adults for more options like this.

6. The Razor Crest

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Razor CrestLEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Razor Crest

The Mandalorian is the rare Star Wars project enjoyed by three generations of Star Wars fans. And the LEGO Razor Crest, based off of the show's signature ship, has a crowd-pleasing design—compact and detail-rich, with a storage compartment in its bottom for the carbonite-frozen prisoners. There's no creature comforts, but that makes sense for someone as regimented and Spartan as Mando.

5. AT-TE Walker

LEGO Star Wars AT-TE WalkerLEGO Star Wars AT-TE Walker

The new AT-TE Walker (from Revenge of the Sith) looks exactly like what it is: a heavy artillery unit with a massive cannon. The model has room to seat seven Clone Troopers as they take on the Separatist droid army. Its sturdy, bottom-heavy design makes it excellent for play or display.

4. Millennium Falcon

LEGO Star Wars Millennium FalconLEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Don't get us wrong. If you're a die-hard Star Wars fans with $800 to spare, then the massive 7541-piece Collector's Edition Millennium Falcon (Set #7541) is the one for you. But for the average person, the 1353-piece Falcon is more than wonderful, and it contains most of the bigger version's detail on a smaller scale. You still get a gun turret, a dejarik table, and a trap door, and you'll still have some money to buy a second set..

3. R2-D2

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I previewed and photographed the LEGO R2-D2 set. It was one of the most challenging build experiences I've had since I started this hobby. The end result, however, is worth the effort. Just keep track of the front and the back of the model, and you'll be fine. R2-D2 has a retractable third leg, a fully rotatable helmet, and a flexible structure that allows it to jiggle back and forth, Kenny Baker-style..

2. Mos Eisley Cantina

LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley CantinaLEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina

A "wretched hive of scum and villainy" indeed. This recreation of an iconic movie scene—a testament to the power of practical special effects, costuming, and makeup—is wonderful and comes up a whopping 21 mini-figures, including three members of the Cantina band, Greedo, Ponda Baba, the iconic bar patrons, and a massive Dewback that's hunting for two droids.

1. AT-AT Walker

LEGO Star Wars AT-AT WalkerLEGOLEGO Star Wars AT-AT Walker This big Star Wars LEGO set for adults features a first-ever LEGO Star Wars UCS buildable model of an AT-AT walker & Star Wars LEGO figures.$849.95

And lastly, here's the best of the prohibitively expensive sets: a massive, 2 foot tall LEGO AT-AT Walker. Open the main compartment, and there's room for 40 minifigures—a platoon big enough to take down the Rebel base. There's even a cockpit and gun turret in the head. The entire model is articulable, but the LEGO AT-AT is definitely an adult build for posing rather than play. It is extremely imposing in person, sure to dominate any dwelling space it occupies.

Why Star Wars and LEGO is a Perfect Fit

Lots of times, when LEGO creates a set, it is an uncanny approximation of something real. The artistry is in making these bricks, rods, pins, and gears fit together and do something that perhaps, they weren't originally meant to do. But when it comes to Star Wars LEGO sets—especially the more massive ones—the vehicles and droids look unusually "native"—as if LEGO itself was conceived with Star Wars in mind. It's why the 4784-piece Imperial Star Destroyer looks more like a genuine Star Destroyer rather than a "LEGO" Star Destroyer.

This is part auspiciousness; the Star Wars universe is very angular, with clean lines that lend themselves to the LEGO aesthetic, And this also part effort; the designers put an outsized amount of time into "greebling"— the attention to micro surface detail that makes a monochromatic surface look layered, technically functional and interesting.

LEGO Star Wars sets, in other words, are in a class of their own.

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