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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Looking ahead to the Star Wars Lego sets

CNET takes a look at some of the highlights that you can expect to see when the new Star Wars Lego series arrives later this year.

Lego went all out with a new Jabba's Palace playset. It even includes a mysterious B'omarr Monk!
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The next generation of Star Wars Lego hardware includes two sweet throwback scenes that will tempt any fan of the sci-fi series, as well as a cluster of exotic early-trilogy ships, according to images and information garnered from past toy fairs and a recent update on Lego's official site.

Jabba's Palace, pictured above, appears to be the easy winner in the summer 2012 collection with an all-star cast of nine characters, including Leia as Boushh, the bounty hunter and a captured Chewbacca. While the US$119 price-tag (Australian pricing TBA) might turn off some buyers, the charm factor appears high. We love Jabba's ridiculous form factor, his hyena-like minion Salacious Crumb and the foreboding Han, frozen in Carbonite. While the play area appears limited, other views indicate that the 717-piece set offers far more detail than what first meets the eye.

Lando Calrissian (as Tamtel Skreej) watches as Luke juggles a hectic situation.
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Who could forget the chaotic scene at the Sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi? The must-have Lego version (US$24.99) features a skiff, Sarlacc and a nice pack of characters. Now, you can save Boba Fett from falling into the mouthy tentacles of a creature that takes a thousand years to digest its victims.

Grievous' Capital ship comes with six mini figures: Padme Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, a multi-sabered General Grievous, Count Dooku and a few Battle Droids.
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Meet the other mega item — Malevolence, General Grieveous' heavy cruiser flagship from The Clone Wars. The US$119.99 behemoth 1092-piece double-hander actually offers a detailed interior (via removable open panels) in the rear, with a cargo bay. The overall aesthetics look sharp, especially up front. Just don't drop it.

A keen assortment of four other Lego Star Wars vehicles debuting with the summer collection consists of Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Fighter (US$39.99), Jedi Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter (US$29.99), a Republic Striker (US$44.99) and a Fury Class Interceptor (US$89.99). Each of these fliers (and swimmer) fire missiles and come with a small handful of Clone Wars-era characters.

Now your kid (or inner kid) can play with a Gungan sub, also known as a "Tribubble bongo".
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Despite everyone wanting to rewrite it, The Phantom Menace inspired this memorable Lego creation — a US$69.99 470-piece Gungan sub. Undoubtedly, this one offers a lot of replay value, with rotating fins, missiles and harpoon. The sub includes Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the forgettable Jar Jar Binks.

The Lego designers definitely set their blasters to stunning, this time around. Which Star Wars set would you buy?


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