Skellig Michael Lego set released as new Star Wars film gets ready to launch

Ancient beehive to feature in set which will be released for Christmas market


Skellig Michael is to feature in a new Lego set brought out in advance of the latest Star Wars film.

The new set contains a miniature beehive and one of the porgs, mysterious creatures which will feature in the forthcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi due to be released on December 15th.

The porgs are reported to be based on the puffins which live on Skellig Michael, a set of islands off the coast of Co Kerry which are a UNESCO heritage site.

The set, known as 75200 Ahch-To Island Training, will be released by Lego in conjunction with the film. Ahch-To is a watery planet which features in the film franchise.

This play set includes a mock up of a lightsaber strike against a rock wall which features in the trailer to the new film.

The two figurines in the set are Old Man Luke and Rey.

Worldwide recognition of Skellig Michael, a monastic site streteching back almost 1,400 years, came when it was included in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It took over $2 billion on its way to becoming the third highest grossing film of all time. The next episode will be expected to come close to that mighty total.

The film brought a surge of visitors to Skellig Michael which is only open during the summer months.