@Lego Celebrates 20 Years of Star Wars Construction Sets By Looking Back – Part 1
April 9, 2019

2019 marks 20 years (!) of LEGO Star Wars – the first ever LEGO licensed property way back in 1999, which was released the same year as The Phantom Menace, adding to the fervor and fandom.

All week long we will be looking back at some great Lego history, taking a look at the 2019 Celebration exclusive sets and more!


Here’s a fun timeline history of the marriage of Star Wars and Lego

These are the sets that were released the first year in 1999:

LEGO® Star Wars™ Construction Sets from 1999

  • 7130 Snowspeeder

  • 7131 Anakin’s Podracer

  • 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-wing

  • 7140 X-Wing Fighter

  • 7141 Naboo Fighter

  • 7128 Speeder Bikes

  • 7101 Lightsaber Duel

  • 7181 Ultimate Collector Series

  • 7191 X-Wing Fighter

How many of these original sets did you pick up back in 1999?

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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