Welcome to another Blog Post here on Minifigures.com! Today, with the recent hype around Star Wars and all the fantastic May the 4th sales, deals and exclusives we saw from LEGO, I wanted to break down my Top 5 LEGO Star Wars Minifigures. It is important to prelude this, I feel, by acknowledging that I am not as big a fan of LEGO Star Wars as other members of this website – so my opinions may be wildly different. That, however, is because of the nature of my relationship with LEGO Star Wars.
I grew up with the fantastic Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so many of the sets I wanted and the figures I idolised as a child were themed around this show and the sets which were released from it. That said, I have dabbled back in and out here and there – owning many of the Rogue One sets amongst others, so without any further ado – let’s jump in and break down my favourite LEGO Star Wars Minifigures.
5 – Death Troopers
To start off with, we have the LEGO Death Troopers, which were released in two core sets – 75166 Imperial Trooper Battle Pack, and 75156 Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle. I was lucky enough to own both sets – and a large amount of the attraction for me, personally, was the lure that the Death Troopers had. I loved how, in Rogue One, these soldiers were categorised as the best of the best. They rocked gear and equipment which seemed far more advanced than the standard Stormtroopers – carrying grenades, side-arms and all kinds of tactical equipment which made them feel unique compared to their counterparts. I can particularly remember being both entranced and terrified by the way these troopers communicated on screen – with their encrypted vocals feeling ever so slightly intimidating and horror-esque.
The LEGO version itself really captures the appearance of these characters – with various levels of intricate printing and detailing really communicating the sleek, stealthy design of the characters in the film. The first thing to note here is the beautiful helmet which the Death Trooper comes with. I adore the various layers of grey printed detail here, and I also love the green highlights on the end of the helmet – capturing the appearance of the trooper perfectly compared to its on-screen counterpart. The amount of detail which has also been poured into the torso creates a fantastic-looking piece which captures the tactical rigs that the troopers wear in-game. I also love how LEGO even went as far as printing the hip piece here – adding additional subtle detailing which really compliments the overall appearance of the character.
4 – 212th Airborne Trooper
At my fourth spot, we have the 212th Attack Battalion Airborne Trooper who came in 75036 Utapau Troopers. Growing up, I had ALL the Hasbro figures from the Clone Wars and some of the main film characters – and I always loved when Hasbro released an assortment of different troopers in all kinds of equipment. This is something which I never expected LEGO to do – so imagine my surprise when we got the perfect pack representing the 212th Attack Battalion – including a brand-new mould for the Airborne Trooper we see in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The real star of the show here is the gorgeous new helmet we got here – which feels sharp, crisp and really communicates the overall character and its appearance well. I also adore how LEGO used the cloth skirt piece here to reflect the cloth elements of the characters on screen appearance. This is a figure which won’t appeal to everyone – but as someone who adored army-building clone troopers as a kid, this set really hit the nostalgia buttons for me in all the right ways.
3 – Savage Opress
At my third spot is a character who is arguably also one of the most interesting plot points in the whole of The Clone Wars television series – Savage Opress. Savage Opress is essentially coined as a replacement for Darth Maul within the series – created on Dathomir by the Nightsisters to serve sinister purposes for Palpatine and the rest of the rising Empire. Savage’s minifigure is quite a simple one – but for me, I felt that it did something revolutionary in the form of its printed torso armour. This was something which I hadn’t seen before this point – and I really appreciated how it made the figure feel a lot more rugged and bulky whilst still adding great levels of detail to the character.
I also think the face print here was fantastic – with the red eyes being incredibly prominent here. The other fantastic element here was the horn piece – which was also used for Darth Maul. I really appreciated this as it went a step further to make the characters feel similar – capturing perfectly the idea that they are in fact the same species.
2 – Han Solo (Endor Outfit)
This is probably a weird one for my second place minifigure – but for me, Han Solo in his Endor Outfit from 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium has always been an incredibly memorable minifigure for me. I imagine that part of the attraction to this minifigure is the fact that this costume is incredibly unique for Han. Whilst we see him use an assortment of different jackets throughout the series, this camouflaged long coat is one of the most unique outfits that the character had in the film.
I really like the level of detail on this character – especially when it comes to the torso. Here, we can see the long coat but we can also see Han’s black jacket underneath – adding an extra level of detail which wasn’t necessary, but which looks great. I also love how the print carries down into the legs in an incredibly flush manner – highlighting the coat as over Han’s signature gun belt. Overall, the camouflage details and the attention to detail on this figure always made it my favourite from the Original Trilogy. My Han Solo is displayed with a BrickArms DL-44 – and he still has pride of place in my collection to this day.
1 – Captain Rex (Phase I)
The number one spot of my top 5 LEGO Star Wars minifigures is occupied by the original version of Captain Rex, which released around 2008 alongside the initial wave of sets for The Clone Wars television series. I got my figure in the ToysRUs exclusive set (when the store was sadly still open) 7869 Battle for Geonosis – and I can remember being incredibly excited to finally have my favourite character from the show as a LEGO minifigure. Whilst this version of Rex is not as detailed as his later Phase II version, it was still an incredibly special minifigure for me.
The only unique element of this minifigure was his face print – which was somewhat different, but not massively compared to the standard Clone Trooper print, and his helmet. The helmet has an absolute tone of printed detail – including yellow highlights and the extra details unique to Rex’s character. I also loved the addition of the range finder which could elevate up and down – something which was a unique feature across the Clone Wars Clone Trooper figures, and it has not been done since.
Overall, this minifigure will always have a special spot in my heart because it is based on a time in my life when I really engaged with Star Wars and discovered a deep love for The Clone Wars.
LEGO Star Wars is one of the most wholly encompassing LEGO themes – and is one of LEGO’s evergreen franchises which has been running for years at this point. Across the different films, television shows and additional licenses, we have seen tons of different unique characters – and I am sure we will see even more in the future. Who knows – maybe in the future I will reinvest in Star Wars and discover new minifigures I love, but for now, these minifigures and the memories I have with them hold a special place in my heart.
As a side note, Firestar Toys have some great custom LEGO Star Wars minifigures – so check them out here.