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Lego reveals 32 new 'Star Wars' sets

New Lego sets feature characters and vehicles -- including a giant TIE fighter and Slave I -- from the "Star Wars" movies, games and TV shows. Plus a fun poster celebrates "Star Wars" Lego.

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This impressive TIE fighter is one of the many new "Star Wars" sets from Lego. Lego

Get ready for an invasion of "Star Wars" sets from Lego. The brickmaker's new "Star Wars" collection is "one of the largest and most diverse since its launch in 1999," the company says.

Lego unveiled 32 new sets of "Star Wars" vehicles and characters at New York City's Toy Fair, based on the original "Star Wars" movies and various animated TV shows and video games. The company has yet to reveal any sets from the upcoming film " Star Wars: The Force Awakens," though it says those are on the way.

Lego is also releasing the Ultimate Collector Series TIE fighter in May. Pictured above, the large-scale Lego rendition of the Imperial starfighter has an opening top hatch as well as an exclusive TIE fighter pilot minifigure equipped with a blaster pistol. It comes with a display stand and an informative plaque too.

Once you put together all 1,685 pieces, the impressive vessel measures 18.5 inches by 12 inches by 12.2 inches (47 centimeters by 30.6 centimeters by 31 centimeters). The TIE fighter retails for $200 in the US. (UK and Australian prices weren't available for any of the following sets at time of publication, so we've converted them for you. In this case, $200 is about £170 or AU$260, but expect final prices to differ.)

There's also a highly detailed Lego Slave I ship. The set numbers 1,996 pieces and includes the minifigs of Boba Fett, a Bespin guard, a Stormtrooper and Han Solo. The set retails for $200 (again, about £170 or AU$260).

Fans of the "Star Wars" original trilogy will appreciate the $25 (£16 or AU$32) T-16 Skyhopper from "A New Hope." "The Empire Strikes Back" fans get a $10 (£6.50 or AU$13) Snowspeeder Microfighter and an AT-AT Microfighter for the same price. Two "Return of the Jedi" sets will be available later in the year.

"Star Wars" Prequels fans are treated to various sets, including an AAT vehicle ($25, which is £16 or AU$32) from "The Phantom Menace," which includes Jar Jar Binks, Battle Droid and Pilot Battle Droid minifigures. Another set comes out later in the year.

From "Attack of the Clones," fans can build the Republic Gunship Microfighter ($10, which is £6.50 or AU$13) and the Homing Spider Droid Microfighter (also $10). There's also a set of the Hailfire Droid ($20, which is £13 or AU$26) and the Battle Droid Troop Carrier ($40, which is around £25 or AU$50), which comes with a Gungan warrior minifig, two pilot battle droids and 12 battle droids.

There are new Lego sets coming for "Revenge of the Sith" fans too, including an ARC-170 Starfighter Microfighter and a Vulture Droid Microfighter (both $10).

The Disney XD animated TV series "Star Wars Rebels" has six sets (five available now and one launching in June), which include an Imperial Troop Transport ($13, which is around £8.50 or AU$17) and features four of the troopers in minifigure form plus an armored transport pod. Also coming out are Ezra's Speeder Bike ($20, which is £13 or AU$26) and the experimental TIE Advanced Prototype ($40, roughly £25 or AU$50).

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Check out this "Star Wars" poster of fun facts to celebrate Lego's launch of the new sets. (Click to enlarge.) Lego

There's a twin-legged AT-DP ($50, around £35 or AU$65) that comes with Agent Kallus, a Stormtrooper and two AT-DP pilots. A Wookiee Gunship ($70, which is £45 or AU$90) includes a movable front and top cannons, as well as folding wings and two Wookiee minifigs.

Fans of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series will be excited to find out about the elite Senate Commando Troopers set ($13, about £8.50 or AU$17), featuring a "never-before-seen buildable rapid shooter, plus Senate Commando Captain minifigure and three Senate Commandos," according to Lego. The Geonosis Troopers set (also $13) features a walker, two Geonosis Clone Troopers and two Geonosis Airborne Clone Troopers.

Re-enact the epic lightsaber battle between Asajj Ventress and Anakin with Anakin's Custom Jedi Starfighter ($40, roughly £25 or AU$50), which features a detachable escape pod, droid eject function, retractable front landing gear, lightsaber storage, four spring-loaded shooters and an astromech droid.

Lastly, fans of the video game "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" can pick up the Shadow Guards ($13, or roughly £8.50 or AU$17) .