7161 Gungan Sub was one of the many LEGO Star Wars sets spawned in the theme’s debut year of 1999, to go along with the brand-new Episode I: The Phantom Menace. While this particular model has been recreated recently (2012), this set is significant in one important way. It was one of only two models released in the year to contain the minifigure of the character Jar-Jar Binks–a minifigure with the first ever molded head piece. Every character prior to Jar-Jar had the classic minifigure head; but this one led the way for dozens and dozens of more unique molded heads that came along in the following years, for themes such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and many more.
Did you know…?
Ever since the LEGO Star Wars series was spawned in 1999, the theme has 749 minifigures spread throughout 527 sets, 4 video games, and 10 books…all in only 17 years! It was the first licensed theme ever produced by The LEGO Group, and quickly became one of the most popular LEGO themes ever. And, it’s still going with the recent release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and LEGO sets already announced for the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! May the Fourth be with you!