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When did Lego Star Wars actually start?

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I know that the first Lego Star Wars sets were released in 1999 but when did Lego and Lucasfilm start discussions about licensed Lego sets and when was the deal finalized?

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1 minute ago, SpacePolice89 said:

I know that the first Lego Star Wars sets were released in 1999 but when did Lego and Lucasfilm start discussions about licensed Lego sets and when was the deal finalized?

Given that it takes LEGO around two years to design and produce a set, and the licensing negotiations would have taken a bit of time as well, I would put the start of the LEGO-Lucasfilm talks in the mid-1990's (~1995-1997). 
 

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14 minutes ago, Classic_Spaceman said:

Given that it takes LEGO around two years to design and produce a set, and the licensing negotiations would have taken a bit of time as well, I would put the start of the LEGO-Lucasfilm talks in the mid-1990's (~1995-1997). 
 

I found this Unitron video from Duckbricks where he discusses Lego Star Wars at 14:40 and he mentions 1994-1995. Mid 90s sounds very realistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZURQ_ikk-YU

14 minutes ago, Kdapt-Preacher said:

The lisencing deal was signed in 1998, according to the Brothers Brick: https://www.brothers-brick.com/2019/04/09/the-story-behind-the-1999-launch-of-lego-star-wars-feature/ That's a short turnaround time for sets by today's standards, but the models they were making then were far simpler.

Thank you for the information. Amazing that the discussions between Lego and Lucasfilm took place during six weeks in 1998 and then the first sets were released in 1999. That is very fast.

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23 hours ago, SpacePolice89 said:

Thank you for the information. Amazing that the discussions between Lego and Lucasfilm took place during six weeks in 1998 and then the first sets were released in 1999. That is very fast.

They probably were already designing models by then anyhow.

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2 hours ago, Time77 said:

They probably were already designing models by then anyhow.

LEGO wouldn't have gone into the negotiations if they didn't already have at least a vague idea of what the first round of sets would look like, but I think that only applies to the OT stuff. LEGO wouldn't have had any advance knowledge of Episode I before they started talking to LucasFilm, so all the work on the TPM sets has to have happened after that.

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That ISSD looks epic. That proto y-wing looks pretty good too. That 3rd scout trooper bike (the bottom one) looks really good for the time

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