The Phantom Menace pod race scene remains one of the best visual scenes in all the Star Wars movies. It produced some excellent toys too, but nothing that comes close to Alexis Dos Santos’ Lego Mindstorms-powered tabletop pod racing game.
Using a functional Lego joystick, players steer Anakin’s podracer across the sands of Tatooine, dodging obstacles like broken pieces of spaceships that litter the planet. To make the game even more challenging, it uses a series of Lego conveyor belts that each move at different speeds so some obstacles come at you faster than others. It also helps give the game some randomness, constantly changing what direction you can steer to avoid a crash.