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LEGO Star Wars Episode One Collectable Mini-figure – Padme Naberrie

4. The Padme Naberrie ( Queen Amidala ) Mini-figure in Episode One.

Character – Padme Naberrie also known as Queen Amidala of Naboo and Senator Amidala of the Galactic Republic. Later in her life, Amidala became the secret wife of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo ( Princess Leia ), two of the most important figures in Galactic history.

In LEGO –  The origianl Padme Naberrie minifigure has yellow flesh, and slightly different printing on her torso she appears in Anakin’s podracer (7131) and Mos Espa Podrace (7171) dressed as one of her handmaidens to avoid detection. She was redesigned for (7961) Sith Infiltrator in 2011. She has never appeared as Queen Amidala wearing her royal robes, although we hope to see her in the later half of 2012.

Padme has two faces, one is smiling and the other has a look of concern.


What Amidala might look like in 2012


2011 variation of Padme Amidala



The redesigned variation of Padme can be seen with:

  • A short blaster to protect herself
  • Gray vest with Blue undershirt.
  • Red-jeweled Belt
  • Braided long hair at the top and flows down her back.

How to make a Boat in a Nutshell

How to make a Boat in a Nutshell

So here is a very simple yet fun activity to make little model boats out of Nutshells. I seen this great post on WikiHow and thought I’d share it with you! 


What you will need:

  • A walnut
  • A piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Stickers or markers for drawings
  • A cocktail stick or matchstick
  • A small piece of modelling clay, plasticine, poster tack or chewing gum
  • Paint, Colouring penils or Pens for Drawing

1. Crack the walnut as carefully as you can. Make sure that it is in two perfect halves. A hammer would be the best tool to use although you could try to use a knife. Take the nut out of the shell.

2. Cut a small shape out of the paper to create a sail. It can be a rectangle or a few triangles; get creative, although you might like to try different shapes to see which sail best.

3. Decorate the little paper sail in any way you like. You can put stickers on the sail or you can colour it with coloured pencils.

4. Thread the cocktail stick or matchstick through the top and bottom of the paper sail to form a mast.

5. Push a small lump of clay, plasticine, post tack or chewed gum into the middle of the walnut half. Push one end of the cocktail stick or matchstick into the modelling clay. Adjust to ensure that the sail sits straight and even.

The best part is these actually float so you can have fun with these with friends!

How to Make Crayon Art


Check out this tutorial, a fun activity to get involved with the kid’s with all those broken and unused crayons! You can do this on all different types of paper of different colours and sizes to brighten up any room.


Make your own Abstract Crayon art and frame it.

Or you can add in other elements such as your own paintwork  and illustrations like this wonderful example on sale at ETSY right now.


LEGO Star Wars Episode One Collectable Mini-figure – Jar Jar Binks

3. The Jar Jar Binks Mini-figure in Episode One


The CharacterHe was originally banished from his homeland on the planet Naboo for his cluminess, but the goofy Gungan later was the first Gungan to represent his people in the Galactic Senate, first serving as a Junior Representative along with Senator Padme Amidala, and then, after her death, serving as full Senator.


In LEGO –  Jar Jar Binks was the first LEGO Mini-figure ever to have a unique sculpted head. He appeared in five Episode One sets in 1999-2000 and came back in 2011 with a slightly different look, his head now has printing on it.


             The printed version:

  • The new Jar Jar Binks can be assembled in 3 pieces.                      
  • He has flat eyes, painted yellow with black pupils.
  • He has mottled skin good for camouflage.
  • There are only two variations of Jar Jar Binks so far.



LEGO Star Wars Episode One Collectable Mini-figure – Obi-Wan Kenobi

2. The Obi-Wan Kenobi Mini-figure in Episode One


The Character – As a youngling he was trained under Grand Master Yoda. He later became apprentice to Jedi Mater Qui-Gon Jinn. and mentor of Anakin and Luke Skywalker training both in the ways of the force. He became the first Jedi in approximately 1,000 years to defeat a Sith Lord in combat when he defeated Darth Maul.


In LEGO -The young version of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in four different LEGO Star Wars sets although each mini-figure has a slight variation. One of these earlier versions of young Obi-Wan Kenobi has a Jedi braid over his right shoulder in Jedi Defense set 7203. This variant is unique to that set and his torso pieces in this set are not used on any other minifigures.

One side of Obi-Wan’s head looks relaxed with a smile while the other side is more serious.


His most recent Episode One variation comes with:      

  • Brown Jedi Hood
  • Blue Lightsaber
  • Tan legs and torso with trusty utility belt.
  • Jedi cape.

LEGO Star Wars Episode One Collectable Mini-figure – Qui-Gon Jinn

1. The Qui-Gon Jinn LEGO Mini-figure in Episode One

The Character–  Qui-Gon Jinn was a widely respected Jedi Master. He was Padawan to Count Dooku, Master to Obi-Wan Kenobi and briefly Anakin Skywalker after discovering him. Jinn served the Galactic Republic for his entire life.

In LEGO – He was first introduced to LEGO Star Wars in 1999 and has made a total of 7 appearances in Star Wars sets. Four different variations have been created. He was finally redesigned for the 7961 Sith Infiltrator set in 2011 ( which also has Queen Amidala in disguise! )

It is expected that the Qui-Gon Jinn Mini-figure will make another slight change in the later half of 2012 adding a smile to his face 🙂

His most recent variation comes with:

  • Updated Jedi Tunic and utility belt.
  • Green Lightsaber blade with Silver hilt.
  • Jedi Cape.


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