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LEGO has been one of the top STEM toys for decades. Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises in history. So it makes sense that they’d come together to make LEGO Star Wars sets that are arguably one of the most enjoyable ways a child can learn science and engineering concepts and, of course, have fun.
Our overall best pick for LEGO Star Wars sets is the Boost Droid Commander Set. With this kit, children can build three different robots from the Star Wars universe, then learn to code them with the accompanying app.
- Our Top Picks for Best LEGO Star Wars Sets
- Best Overall – LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander Set
- Best for Extreme Fans – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon
- Best Budget Option – LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter
- Best for Collectors – LEGO Star Wars First Order Transporter
- Best for Fans of the TV Show – LEGO Star Wars Captain Rex’s at-TE
- Best for Droid Fans – LEGO Star Wars BB-8 Building Kit
- Best for Fans of the Dark Side – LEGO Star Wars Death Star Space Station Building Kit
- What to Consider When Buying a LEGO Star Wars Set
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Top Picks for Best LEGO Star Wars Sets
The LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander Set is our top overall pick for how it seamlessly incorporates coding into children’s normal LEGO builds. The set comes with three droids from the Star Wars universe: R2-D2, Gonk Droid, and Mouse Droid.
R2-D2 comes equipped with all the sounds children love and can complete dozens of missions from decoding messages to controlling a virtual X-wing in the accompanying app. The Gonk Droid comes with attachable weapons and tools, including a hacksaw and a projectile shooter. The Mouse Droid can carry small items, also has a laser shooter, and even has a secret hacksaw your child will delight in deploying.
Using the free LEGO Boost app, kids have a detailed, interactive guide for building the robots. With almost 2000 pieces in the set, the builds are involved enough to keep children engaged without being too difficult. It’s recommended for kids eight years old and up.
Once the robots are assembled, kids use the app to learn to code them. Using drag-and-drop coding, they can program the robots to shoot targets, dodge barriers, and use their attachable tools and weapons. With more than 40 missions, this set will keep youngsters entertained while they learn.
Get this set for a fun way to introduce your child to coding. They can apply the concepts they learn here to other coding-related toys, or even to online courses in the future.
The LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon kit is perfect for kids who are obsessed with the films. With more than 1,300 pieces, it will take youngsters awhile to assemble, and in doing so, they’ll build critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This iconic ship comes with a detachable cockpit, a comprehensive interior, and rotating top and bottom laser turrets. It also comes with seven figurines, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the BB-8 droid, which will surely delight young fans.
Proponents of previous versions of LEGO Millennium Falcon kits will be thrilled with the enhancements to this one. The interior is highly detailed, including secret compartments and a replica of the holo chess board from the films. The top panels open in an attractive star-type pattern to reveal the inner workings.
Best of all, you can add science and math into the conversation as your kid plays and use this kit to talk to your child about parsecs, space travel, and other astronomical topics.
The LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter may be one of the smaller, simpler builds on this list, but don’t be fooled. This affordable set is an excellent starting point for younger engineers. With just 87 pieces, it’s a quick build, so children as young as six can start learning about how to put sections together.
Your youngest will love zooming around the house, “flying” with their x-wing fighter. The x-wings are a very popular vehicle in the Star Wars universe, and this one comes with a First Order Snowspeeder minifigure for added play. This is a budget-friendly way to add to your kid’s LEGO collection.
Once your child has assembled their x-wing, you can start a conversation with them about the science behind flight as they dash around with their new toy. Talk about propulsion systems and how they get rockets into space. If you need a refresher, NASA has you covered.
Snag a LEGO Star Wars First Order Transporter before they’re gone! This set is becoming rare and is perfect for a child who can’t get enough LEGO Star Wars kits.
With about 800 parts, it’s a moderately difficult build, and the end result is a transporter that can fit four minifigures. Your child will enjoy zooming the troopers into battle and using the functioning gear to lower the ramp. The kit includes multiple spring-loaded shooters, a big engine, hidden transparent wheels (so it looks like it hovers – a cool effect!), and seven minifigures with assorted weaponry.
Your child will have hours of fun recreating battle scenes from The Force Awakens. With green plastic “lasers” to shoot from the transporter and also from the minifigures, this kit encourages imagination and play.
The movies get a lot of attention, but fans of the TV show will love LEGO Star Wars Captain Rex’s at-TE (all-terrain tactical enforcer). This quirky little kit is for ages nine and up and comes with almost 1,000 parts plus five minifigures.
Your child will have a blast assembling this unique kit. Once it’s put together, they can play with the cranes, ladders, opening rear door, a top-mounted gun with spring-loaded shooter, and armor panels. If your little one looks up to this TV clone trooper, this is the set for them.
Amazon reviews do caution that there are enough small parts that it’s not super suitable for young children. However, all those parts mean it’s quite fun to play with, as there’s a lot of movement, extension, and customizability.
Fans of the Star Wars saga — and especially of the droids — will love the LEGO Star Wars VIII BB-8 Building Kit. It measures over nine inches tall when assembled and comes with a nifty stand, making it a great display piece when your child isn’t playing with it.
Your youngster can turn BB-8’s head with a small knob on the side, and there’s an access hatch that opens to extend a (non-functional) welding torch. Amazon reviews say it takes children anywhere from just a few hours to more than 10 to assemble, depending on age and skill level, so your little one has the potential to be entertained for awhile.
It’s important to note that this BB-8 does not roll like its robotic, electronic counterparts. However, it is a cute way to get children building and playing with LEGOs. Plus, BB-8’s unique sphere shape presents a more interesting build challenge than a lot of other, more straightforward LEGO sets. So if you’ve got a highly skilled LEGO wizard, this could be a good choice.
The Death Star is possibly one of the most iconic ships in the entire Star Wars universe. The LEGO Star Wars Death Star Space Station Building Kit brings this recognizable sphere to life in your child’s hands.
With more than 4,000 pieces, this kit isn’t the best for younger children. In fact, LEGO recommends it for ages 14 and up. Your child will love recreating classic scenes from Episodes IV and VI, including Han, Chewie, Luke, and Leia getting trapped in the trash compactor and Luke’s showdown with Emperor Palpatine in his Imperial throne room.
The kit comes with more than 24 minifigures, including the most famous heroes and villains, as well as general Stormtroopers, droids, gunners, and guards. It even comes with Darth Vader’s advanced TIE fighter with space for Vader inside.
Once assembled, the Death Star measures over 16 inches high, making it an ideal environment for playing out your child’s favorite Star Wars scenes. Additionally, because the Death Star is another sphere (similar to the BB-8 build above), it’s a greater building challenge than other standard ships.
This kit’s extensive movie replica scenes and the myriad of minifigures (including various versions of Han and Luke in disguise, and Luke’s final battle outfit) make it a cherished, valuable addition to any LEGO Star Wars collection.
What to Consider When Buying a LEGO Star Wars Set
Your Child’s Age
A lot of LEGO Star Wars sets are meant for kids no younger than six years old, and some of the more complicated ones stop at 12 at the youngest. When choosing a set for your little one, make sure it’s age-appropriate. Of course, you know your child best, so if they’re a professional LEGO assembler, you have a little more flexibility. Just make sure to watch as they assemble so pieces don’t find their way under couches or into mouths.
Some LEGO sets can run into a pretty high price range. Do some research to ensure you’re getting the best price available for the right set. LEGO also offers a free VIP loyalty program that earns you points for your purchases. Regardless of your budget, you should be able to find a set or two that will fit. You can also encourage your child, depending on their age, to do chores or other tasks to save up for a portion of the more expensive kits.
Your Child’s Specific Interest
This one may go without saying, but make sure your LEGO purchase is in line with your child’s interests. If they love the TV show but aren’t super invested in the movies, buying them the Millennium Falcon set is maybe not the best idea. They probably talk a lot about their favorite characters, scenes, and moments from the Star Wars universe, so take notes and buy accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is LEGO Star Wars?
LEGO Star Wars are sets and kits of LEGOs using characters, scenes, vehicles, and more from the Star Wars universe. LEGO paired up with Star Wars in the late 1990s to create sets based on the original films. Since then, they’ve expanded to approximately 700 different sets. These kits are cherished by fans as everything from toys to collectors’ items.
Are LEGO Star Wars sets considered STEM toys?
I’d probably consider LEGO Star Wars as a more educational toy rather than a STEM toy. The act of building sets has some engineering concepts like spatial awareness, problem-solving, and technical skills. You can also use the kits as a conversation starter for some science concepts. However, there’s very little to no math or technology involved. The exception to this is our best overall choice, the Droid Commander Set because that adds coding to the mix.
Where can I find LEGO Star Wars sets?
The LEGO website is, of course, the first place to look. Amazon also has a large inventory of LEGO Star Wars sets. If you prefer to shop in-person, stores like Target and Walmart tend to carry them as well. I’d recommend checking the LEGO website first, to get the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), and then compare that to prices elsewhere. If you need budget-friendly options, you can try local garage sales or discount stores; just keep in mind if it’s a used kit, pieces may be missing.
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