(Star Wars is a trademark of Lucas Arts)
By Kevin R Burns
The Lego Starwars themed sets are amazingly popular Worldwide. But, they're also rather unusual. Why's that?... Well, it's because they have a military tone.
Did you ever wonder why, with so many different Lego sets on the market, you'll find it exceedingly hard to discover any directly military-related themes? The reason for this is that the Group's Danish founder - Ole Kirk Christiansen - preferred it that way. He was very much opposed to the idea of war being introduced into kiddies' games, and disapproved of it being considered child's play. Consequently, you'll discover that the majority of themes which Lego licenses from cartoon and film franchises - for example, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, Toy Story, Batman, Spiderman etc - tend not to be military related.
The Company also now states that, in spite of the superbly successful sales achieved with its themed sets, it would prefer to return to its own characters and themes, and rely more on these in the future. So, if you're a Star Wars fanatic, now might be an excellent time to consider purchasing and collecting this popular Lego theme - before they're all discontinued, hard-to-get, and expensive!
After identifying that there would be a high market demand, the Lego Group designed and developed sets for each of the Star Wars films - from The Phantom Menace through to The Clone Wars -, sets which represented scenes, items, and characters from the actual films. Vehicles and weapons would be constructed out of the famous interlocking plastic bricks, plus other parts. And, mini-figures would be included to represent the well-known characters, such as Jango Fett.
As with anything that comes from the Lego Group, you can rest assured that your children will not only be playing with safe, durable toys. They'll also be developing important creative skills through hours of enjoyable play, building the likes of Starfighters complete with ejection seats, Superweapons, bomb droppers, attack cruisers, pirate tanks, and shuttles... to name but a few fascinating objects!
What's more, kiddies can play with them alone or along with friends... as long as Mom and Dad haven't pinched the sets first to amuse themselves with!
As well as being thoroughly tested for safety and good play value, you'll also find that most ranges are compatible with each other. What's more, being made out of strong, resilient plastic means they're extremely easy-to-clean, and will last for ages. You'll even be able to pass them on to the next generation.
As with numerous of their other themes, the Star Was Lego sets became so popular that the Company branched out and introduced related videogames as well. You can even download wallpaper and screensavers for your computer.
So, start searching local shops, the Internet, or eBay, and enjoy some serious family fun with Lego Starwars!
Kevin Burns is creator of Burns-Brick-Country.com, where you can read about and share your stories of the famous Lego Starwars theme sets.
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