Monday, 22 February 2016

LEGOLAND Windsor Death Star Will be Completed on Schedule

In the video game LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the Emperor has trouble with his construction workers spinning on their chairs and generally not getting on with the job in hand. In the memorable scene it parodies, Darth Vader visited to motivate the troops. Thankfully, no Dark Lord of the Sith has had to head to LEGOLAND Windsor, as the new addition to Star Wars Miniland is put in place...

LEGO fans seem to love both the UCS Death Star II (10143) and recently retired play set Death Star (10188), based on their aftermarket prices. They are both big, impressive models with hefty piece counts. 3,500ish pieces sounds a lot, and feels a lot when putting them together. But they are dwarfed by the Death Star that the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort have just added to Star Wars Miniland.

Here is the press release from LEGOLAND: 

One of the most impressive and biggest LEGO® Star Wars™ models ever created - a 500,000 brick LEGO® Star Wars™ recreation of The Empire’s ultimate super weapon, The Death Star – has been installed at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. The operation took three days as the massive new 2.4 metre wide, 3 metre high creation was carefully hoisted into position and the final bricks and scenes were put in place. The hefty 860kg perfectly spherical model took 15 Model Makers three months to build and will be the centrepiece of an epic new finale at the LEGO®Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display when the Resort opens on 11 March.
The dramatic scene, which depicts the Rebel Alliance attack on the moon sized space station in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, also features 16 Alliance ships swooping in to destroy it and a series of animated scenes from the movie, including the famous trash compactor scene and Obi Wan Kenobi’s Lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. Guests will be able to trigger special effects and bring the scene to life with sound and light effects.  
The new area comprises 651,086 individual bricks in total and will be a thrilling finale to the 1.5 million brick LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display which brings to life iconic Star Wars™ scenes from the Millennium Falcon rising over the desert planet Tatooine (with the Cantina band playing), to Imperial AT-ATs on the icy planet Hoth and Ewoks in their forest home of Endor.
With the success of The Force Awakens fans are is sure to be excited to hear that new scenes are being added to Star Wars Miniland. Until the Death Star is revealed when the park re-opens, it's worth checking out the first in a new series of LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises shorts, "Poe to the Rescue", written by LEGO Star Wars comedy genius Michael Price and featuring the voice talents of Anthony Daniels and Michael Kane.

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