Note: This article was first published on 11th December 2015 and it's republished today because it's Star Wars Day!
Why stop at assembling official Star Wars LEGO sets? With the high quality pieces produced by the Danish toymaker, many artists and enthusiasts have taken the construction into their own hands. We’ve found various interpretations of Star Wars in LEGO – ranging from scenes redone to model constructions made to scale – and we’ve found a few truly impressive ones.
The 10,000-piece Millennium Falcon was built from scratch without manuals or instructions, and it took two months to plan and construct, with its completion around May 2015. It was put together by Titans Creations – a Singaporean LEGO MOC’cer group who would do MOCs (My Own Creation) using existing LEGO materials to create original works that isn’t provided for in LEGO manuals or building instructions. The masterpiece sits at 144 x 144cm in length and width – 40 percent larger than the US$5,999 (~S$8,420), 5,195-piece LEGO’s Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon set.
The 10,000-piece model is built to minifig scale – meaning that the freighter will appear life-sized to LEGO’s people-figurines. If you swing by its Flickr album, you can observe its cross-section in greater detail, such as the maker’s very own addition of 24 LED lights for more realistic-looking corridors, rear thrusters and hyperdrive, and how the Han Solo and Chewbecca figurines are not sitting in their respective pilot seats (apparently, it’s a trap laid down for ardent SW fans to spot).
If pictures alone aren’t enough, you’ll be pleased to know that the 10,000-piece Millennium Falcon is actually on display for a limited time – at VivoCity from 1 to 20 Dec ember 2015 – as part of the promotional campaign for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. As an added bonus, you can find a LEGO wall mural that measures 6.2 x 2.4m on-site, depicting the movie’s promotional art. According to LEGO Singapore on their Facebook page, the mural is made from 200,000 LEGO studs (the one-unit piece, and not the four to eight-unit LEGO brick).
As a photographer, shooting was second nature to Vesa Lehtimäki, but there was newfound passion when he started using his son’s favorite toys – the Star Wars LEGO sets – as subjects. Out of all the toys he has covered thus far, the Star Wars LEGO pieces appealed to him the most. It led to years of experimentation, producing various self-created Star Wars stills styled like movie scenes. His material is based off canon, but Vesa added a dramatic flair to his work – just like his Tauntaun shot above. You can view many of them on his Flickr or Instagram page, and let yourself decide on the ones that truly capture the Star Wars atmosphere best.
His works caught the attention of Star Wars themselves, and it also led him to meet the production team of The Lego Movie (2014). Vesa eventually got around to compiling his works in 176-page photo book, titled Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy – which you can order on Amazon here.
If you thought that the X-wing starfighter at Changi Airport was impressive, you would be floored by the LEGO X-wing done by the toy brick company back in 2013. The life-sized X-wing was made for promoting Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. It was on display in Times Square, New York, for the public to gawk at.
So how "life-sized" is it? According to LEGO’s Facebook page, the X-wing used a whopping 5,335,200 LEGO bricks, and it took 32 designers and 17,000 hours to build. It weighs approximately 23 tonnes (23,000kg), and it was first assembled at a LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, before having the completed build shipped to New York.
Fortunately for us, LEGO kept most of the pictures on their Facebook page, so we still have a chance to see the construct. You could also watch the video above, which illustrates the challenge and difficulty of making the combat craft.
LEGO enthusiast blog Brothers Brick mainly focuses on LEGO, yet we found not one, but two gems within the Star Wars Universe. The blog owner(s) were recently inspired by the latest first-person-shooter video game, Star Wars Battlefront (2015), and decided to make a life-sized version of the Imperial Stormtroopers’ E-11 blaster rifle.
It is scaled to the dimension of a Sterling SMG – the real-life British weapon which the blaster props from the Star Wars film were also modeled from. Brothers Bricks’ E-11 blaster features a working moving trigger, and a folding stock. Adding to that is its life-sized dimensions that make the LEGO prop look absolutely cool when posing with one.
The second 1:1 LEGO blaster we found was none other than Han Solo’s DL-44 heavy blaster pistol. The pistol was a contributed piece by another group called Cult Bricks (with their Flickr page here). The maker chose a different-colored grip and tip from the canon source, but that is to help users visualize the DL-44 blaster pistol better (and we believe that because it’s so much easier to get it completed in its original, single hue). It features a flared scope, and the ability to cock the LEGO prop gun. Coupled with its size, we’d say that it’s also a job well done, too.
There are countless more Star Wars displays or props, be it LEGO or otherwise. If you have a different opinion on what is truly the best Star Wars replica (LEGO or not), let us know in the comments below.