In March, California’s LEGOland resort unveiled the latest addition to its Star Wars Miniland; a 1900lb model of the Death Star that is made from over 500,000 LEGO bricks! The replica weaponry, which measures 13 feet high and eight feet wide, hovers above visitors to the exhibition and is equipped with its own [LEGO] planet-destroying super laser.
The Death Star model, which is based on the rendition seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is surrounded by X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Y-Wings—all crafted from LEGOs—fighting it out overhead to recreate a dramatic scene from the 1977 epic. Fans of Star Wars-related LEGO creations may be grateful, or gravely disappointed to learn that the actual climax of this scene—in which Luke Skywalker destroys the Death Star—has not been recreated for the exhibit.
The extraordinarily detailed model Death Star, which also features six animated Turbo Laser Turrets, was maneuvered into place by a team of builders, who according to a press release from Legoland “worked under the watchful eye of R2-D2.” The Death Star was celebrated on launch day as part of the kick-off for the LEGO Star Wars Days event, and visitors will be able to craft their very own LEGO starships under the mighty presence of the (LEGO) Death Star.
Images via Legoland.