Outside Dexter’s Diner: The Video Game Minikits

When the first LEGO Star Wars video game was released in 2005, one of the game’s most popular play features was the opportunity to assemble a collection of specially crafted mini-scale spaceships, podracers and speeders, which LEGO never released and Tt Games decided against sharing their recipe to build these.

After months of painstaking research and trial-and-error, the original minikits from LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game can now be built in the real world! But first, a history lesson…

In 2002 the first LEGO Star Wars polybag set – 3219 TIE Fighter – was released through a variety of means and quickly saturated the market. Not long after its introduction came the new Mini-Scale subtheme, a range of small-scale, pocket-money sets that became a huge hit due to their low price point and easy displayability.

The sets were easy to assemble using primarily common parts, but a surprisingly large number of special printed elements were created to capture the proper look. Both Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy ships got the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” treatment throughout the next few years.

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Picking up on the popularity of the Mini-Scale subtheme, Tt Games incorporated three types of in-game achievements: red power bricks, True Jedi, and the minikit into LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. The game’s rewards system – especially the minikit – proved to be highly popular and players quickly began to use the minikit milestone as a way to measure their prowess and progress towards the vaunted True Jedi status.

By collecting ten white canisters made from 13 common elements scattered around each level, the player was provided with the virtual pieces to build a Mini-Scale model – dubbed a minikit – of a vehicle that appeared within the level. After finishing the section, all the pieces would be assembled to construct the vehicle, and once it was completed the player was rewarded with a bonus golden brick.

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While some of these speeders and spaceships were rehashes (with minor differences) of ones released in the first two Mini-scale subtheme series, most were (and still are) unique to LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game.

Although sixteen years have passed since the first game was launched, many of the mini-models have still not been released as retail sets and so through this series, we will review each one and provide build notes, an inventory and instructions so that you can rebuild the memories along with us!

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