Young “Star Wars” fans can relive, or even change, Anakin Skywalker’s encounter with vicious Tusken Raiders through the 90-piece LEGO set Tusken Raider Encounter 7113.
The set includes a one-seater swoop bike for the Jedi that later becomes the evil Darth Vader, a Tatooine moisture collector tower the Raiders are trying to protect, an Anakin figure and two Tusken Raiders, all three complete with weapons. The moisture tower has a section that can be opened by the pull of a lever to reveal a computer panel. The speeder bike has a dark red color.
Anakin is dressed all in black, including cloak, with a light blue lightsaber, while the Tusken Raiders are in their traditional beige clothes and carry two large laser rifles. The faces of the Raiders, also known as Sand People, contain great detail. The Tusken Raiders themselves are extremely rare in a “Star Wars” LEGO set, appearing only in this one, and make a good edition to any collection.
The set roughly depicts the scene from “Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones,” in which young Jedi Anakin Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine looking for his mother, Shmi. Anakin has been having troubling dreams of his mother in danger, and when he arrives in Tatooine he is told she has been abducted by a band of nomadic Tusken Raiders. Angry, Anakin takes off on a swoop bike to find his mother. When he locates Schmi at a Sand People camp, he is too late and she dies in his arms. In a fit of rage, Anakin slaughters the entire camp, even the children. The scene shows Anakin’s first real foray into the Dark Side of the Force, beginning his path to becoming Darth Vader.
While the Tusken Raider LEGO set contains great detail in its 90 pieces, it does not include a figure of Shmi Skywalker. This does not detract from the set, however, nor from the fun that will be had with it. The Tusken Raider LEGO set can be used on its own, or combined with other LEGO sets from the “Star Wars” universe to replicate scenes from the movies or create new ones. Perhaps an imaginative mind could even change the fate of the universe.
The Tusken Raider LEGO set, which was released in 2002, is recommended for ages 7-12 and is sold for around $65.