After a batch of new LEGO sets launched as part of the summer lineup at the start of the month, we’ve been reviewing all of the new Star Wars sets throughout August. Now that the dust has settled on the collection, we’re looking at seven of the builds to see which stand above the others. Below are some comparisons of the LEGO Star Wars summer 2021 kits and which one is the best.
Hands-on with the best of LEGO’s summer 2021 lineup
The LEGO Star Wars summer 2021 sets was the second LEGO Star Wars collection. This set included eight unique LEGO Star Wars designs. While we’re still waiting to deliver a hands-on look at the UCS Republic Gunship, our list of the best sets from the wave will exclusive the kit for the time being.
Packed with plenty of all-new minifigures and marking some of the very first times we’ve seen several of the vehicles in brick-built form, you can get all of the details on the creations down below.
1. Bad Batch Shuttle
The Bad Batch Shuttle is the LEGO Star Wars summer collection’s best set. Delivering on unique theming and an even more eye-catching build, it’s the best creation from the lineup and more than justifies its$99.99Price point
There aren’t too many areas that the set cut corners, and backs its 969 pieces with five exclusive minifigures. If that weren’t already enough (it very well will be for many builders) the set delivers one of the most eye-catching vehicles from a galaxy far, far away thanks to its light blue color scheme. You won’t find a build that stands out quite as much from other sets in such a pleasant way than the Bad Batch Shuttle, which makes it entirely deserving of being the best of the LEGO summer 2021 lineup.
You can get a closer look at why this build has secured the best of the wave in our full hands-on review, or just go lock-in your order on the build yourself.
2. Darth Vader Meditation Room
The Darth Vader Meditation Chamber, second to our first-place winner, is also not far behind. The set, which is second-most adult-oriented and recreates an iconic moment in The Empire Strikes Back’s opening scene, arrives as the most impressive from the summer 2021 LEGO Star Wars collection.
Though it’s not just the design that makes this build worthy of such praise, as the subject matter is definitely yet another highlight. The scene with Darth Vader in his chambers is one of the more iconic moments in the film, and it’s great to finally it assembled in LEGO form. This set is suitable to older builders.$69.99Set is our top choice, and our hands-on evaluation tells the exact same story.
The Imperial Armored Marauder, who landed in the top three, deserves its place in the LEGO Star Wars summer lineup. Even if the vehicle hasn’t enjoyed that much screen time in the live action canon, it’s a staple for many older fans who may have grown up with Kenner toy versions.
This build lives up its nostalgic image. Minifigures can be used to build an army, or expand your Stormtrooper fleet. The Artillery trooper is a particular favorite.
All of these factors make the Armored Marauder my favorite collection, as it delivers in every aspect. $39.99Price point. You can get a closer look at the overall experience right here, but then it’s time for the next set in the lineup.
4. Imperial Light Cruiser
The Imperial Light Cruiser is the fourth-best LEGO Star Wars summer 2021 sets. There’s plenty to write home about the set, especially considering its size, though the final build just doesn’t live up to its larger proportions. LEGO didn’t deliver the most exciting build from the exterior in some areas, and the lackluster interior doesn’t make for much of a better case.
Though the stellar selection of minifigures certainly helps, as you’re looking at the most diverse and overall largest selection of characters from the whole collection. This makes the Imperial Light Cruiser an appealing choice. The ship’s size is also a selling point. The $159.99Price point. Our hands-on review gives you a better look at all the details.
5. Mandalorian starfighter
Into the lower side of the list, the Mandalorian Starfighter enters as a notable build that lacks the same popularity you’d find in other sets in the LEGO Star Wars summer 2021 lineup. It is striking in design and has unique play features.
This set is essential for Mandalorians and Clone Wars fans. It’s just not going to have the same notoriety as the other builds. The $59.99The price may be too high for the product’s theming. But, our hands-on experience will tell you all.
6. Duel on Mandalore
The LEGO Star Wars Duel Set ranks at the bottom of this list. It’s voted the best summer 2021 set by the kits that are more prominent. That being said, there’s still plenty of value to be had from the Duel on Mandalore kit, especially considering its $19.99Price tag
As the most affordable set, it just doesn’t have the display-worthy focus or attention to detail found throughout the rest of the collection. Although the minifgures are very attractive, this seems to be the standard for Star Wars. Well, accept our last place contender. You can make your decision by reading our in-depth analysis.
7. Slave 1
The Slave 1 is the last LEGO Star Wars set on our list. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s still a solid set in its own record and does a great job assembling the iconic vehicle at the most affordable price point in years. But compared to the rest of the lineup, it’s the least well-rounded of the new kits.
One, the minifigures included are a little lacking in quality. The implementation of Boba Fett in his more recent form misses the mark, and the inclusion of Beskar Mando isn’t all too enticing considering the figure has been in several sets so far this year. There’s something to be said for being able board the iconic ship at.$49.99 The set is reasonably priced, but there are too many other options. You can find all details in our hands-on coverage.
Delivering one of the most notable lineups in recent memory from the LEGO Star Wars lineup, there’s so much to write home about on the summer 2021 lineup. It offers some of the most comprehensive coverage of faraway galaxies, including everything from The Clone Wars to Original Trilogy to The Mandalorian. So suffice to say, there’s plenty to like about the collection.
All that’s to say, this is one of the best LEGO Star Wars collections we’ve had years. There are so many great kits, and even the ones lower down on this list are very appealing. Which set do you prefer from the new wave? Leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite set from this new wave.
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