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A new Lego Star Wars Podracing set lands in May

We return to Anakin Skywalker’s epic podrace from the Phantom Menace, only this time it's an $80 Lego Star Wars Podracing diorama set.

Lego Star Wars podracing diorama

A new Lego Star Wars Podracing diorama will release on May 1 to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary. ‘Mos Espa Podrace Diorama’ is a 718-piece set that depicts one of our favorite prequel features – Podracing. This particular slice of Tatooine history will set you back $79.99 (£69.99).

The Star Wars Lego set is 4.5 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 5.5 inches deep. According to the official Lego Store, the set is recommended for builders aged 18 and over. Perhaps this is because it’s for display rather than play, or maybe it’ll turn out to be a particularly hard Lego set to build.

Lego Star Wars podracing diorama

In case you haven’t watched The Phantom Menace in a while, Mos Espa is the Tatooine settlement where Anakin lived as a slave before becoming a Jedi. Qui-Gon Jinn helps earn the nine-year-old Anakin’s freedom by betting the boy can win a Podrace against the pilot Sebulba.

It’s this scene we see rebuilt, brick by brick, in the new diorama. Anakin’s vibrant orange Podracer is seen in the rear, speeding after Sebulba as he crosses under Arch Canyon. A plaque on the front quotes Anakin’s mentor: “Remember. Concentrate on the moment. Feel. Don’t think. Trust your instincts”.

Lego Star Wars podracing diorama

There have been a handful of Podracer sets in Lego Star Wars history, but it’s been a few years since we’ve seen one. The last was the 2011 set, ‘Anakin’s Podracer’. This was released to coincide with Lego Star Wars’ 20th anniversary – we’re seeing a trend here.

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