15 Amazing LEGO Star Wars Sets You Can Buy Right Now

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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. The company is also offering several new sets based on the November launch of the Disney + television series The Mandalorian and the December theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 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

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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 or Amazon for $120.

2. Death Star Escape Set

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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

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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 $25.

4. BB-8 Set

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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 $72 or from the LEGO Shop for $100.

5. Ultimate Millennium Falcon Set

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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

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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 $63.

7. First Order Star Destroyer Set

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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 $168 or on the LEGO Shop for $160.

8. Ewok Village Set

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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 $384.

9. Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter Set

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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

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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 and Amazon for $26.

11. Death Star Set

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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.

12. Yoda

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The saga's wisest old Jedi gets the deluxe treatment in this 1771-piece set that stands an impressive 16 inches tall when assembled. Articulated toes, fingers, and eyes lets him keep tabs on anyone in the room. He also comes with his own minifigure.

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

13. Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter

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Take to the deep reaches of space with this 578-piece Y-Wing based on a sequence in The Rise of Skywalker. Fully assembled, it allows Poe Dameron to terrorize a Snowtrooper with ejectable bombs. A total of five minifigures are included.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop or on Amazon for $56.

14. AT-ST Raider

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The first set based on the Disney + series The Mandalorian has arrived. Poseable legs and a moveable turret allow the infamous bounty hunter to target his enemies. The 540-piece set comes with the Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and two Klatoonian Raiders.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop or on Amazon for $40.

15. Kylo Ren's Shuttle

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The villain of the Star Wars sequel trilogy rides into the sunset in style with this shuttle that can transport him to the scene of any climactic showdown. The 1005-piece set includes Kylo, General Pryde, a Sith Trooper, a First Order Stormtrooper, and two Knights of Ren.

Buy it from the LEGO Shop or on Amazon for $130.

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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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These Blue Light Glasses Can Help Protect Your Eyes From Your Phone and Computer Screens

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You’ve probably read all about the correlation between insomnia and the digital blue light emitted from phones, computer screens, and televisions. And while it's a good idea to limit your exposure to blue light at night, you'll also want to limit it as much as possible all day long. For that, you can pick up a pair of blue light glasses, like the kind put out by Swanwick.

What is blue light?

For those who aren’t familiar, blue light is exactly what it sounds like. It's the blue section of the visible light spectrum, between 380 nm and 500 nm. During the day, exposure to natural blue light is a good thing; it helps tell your brain that it’s time to be awake, thus boosting attention, reaction times, and mood. However, exposure to blue light at night has been shown by numerous studies to suppress the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that signals to your brain that it is time to power down for the night, according to the Harvard Health Publishing blog.

This can throw off your circadian rhythm, which is the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, and can lead to occasional and sometimes chronic insomnia. But even outside of nighttime hours, there's evidence that excessive blue light exposure, especially from screens, could potentially be harmful to the eyes and speed up age-related macular degeneration.

Needless to say, humans are exposed to more blue light than ever before. According to one recent poll, the average American spends 42 percent of their waking hours looking at a screen. That works out to roughly six hours and 43 minutes looking at phones, tablets, laptops, and television every single day. And 79 percent of respondents said their screentime had increased over the last five years.

How blue light glasses work

Unfortunately, making significant cuts to screentime is probably not an option for most people, but blue light glasses can help block the light from your eyes. Day Swannies, by Swanwick, are specifically designed to be worn any time you are using devices with screens during daylight hours. Because we all need some blue light to help regulate our sleep-wake cycle, Day Swannies do not block out all blue light. Instead, they only block 42-80 percent of blue light between 400-450 nm, and 22-42 percent of blue light between 450-500 nm.

Day Swannies currently come in eight different models with different size and color options, so you are guaranteed to find a pair that suits your personal style. These include models designed specifically for kids, for reading, and for prescriptions. Regardless of the model, all Day Swannies have CR-39 lenses, which means they are made from a prescription-grade material that allows for maximum optical clarity. And all styles block 100 percent of UV light. You can get more details here.

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