The relationship between LEGO and Star Wars goes back many years, but it isn’t quite as old as Lucasfilm itself. The production company behind Star Wars turns the big five-oh this year, and to mark the occasion, LEGO is releasing a brand-new and highly intricate R2-D2 construction set.
The LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 construction set consists of 2,314 pieces and is rated for ages 18 and up, suggesting that this is far more in the realm of a serious collectible than a child’s plaything. The build features a number of movie-specific details, including a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening (and extendable) front hatches, an adjustable periscope, and (coolest of all) Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hidden in a compartment in the head, as seen in Return of the Jedi. Once fully constructed, the LEGO droid measures 12.5” tall x 7.5” wide x 6” deep, easily making it substantial enough for display on its buildable stand that features an information plaque, Artoo minifig, and special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick. The LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 will go on sale May 1 for a price of $200.