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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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Feel Nostalgic With the New Hello Kitty-Themed Tamagotchi

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Back in November 1996, Bandai released the cult favorite Tamagotchi, a tiny virtual pet that users could feed, play with, give medicine to, and more. The name itself is actually a combination of two Japanese words, tamago and tomodachi, meaning egg and friend—and it was the toy's egg shape that was key to its distinct design. They could fit in pockets, on keychains, and inside the backpacks of any kid who wanted a distraction during the school day.

According to NME, more than 82 million of these egg-shaped digital pets have been sold since their initial release in the ‘90s, with 10 million of those coming within the first year alone. Now, the handheld pets are back again in the form of a collaboration with another famous Japanese creation, Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty first took over hearts starting in 1974 when a Japanese company called Sanrio put the design on a vinyl coin purse. More than 45 years later, Hello Kitty (her real name is actually Kitty White) has been developed into video games, cafes, hospitals, wine, and more. This new Tamagotchi is the perfect mixture of two of Japan’s most famous brands, both of which have reached a global audience.

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In these new editions, Hello Kitty will help you raise your Tamagotchi. You’ll be able to feed them Hello Kitty’s favorite foods, like apple pie or milk, and play a balloon game and piano game. Based on how well you raise your Tamagotchi from an egg to an adult will determine which of the seven surprise characters you receive.

These new Tamagotchis will be released on December 1, 2020, and are available to pre-order in red and white on Amazon for $20.

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