Star Wars Day has sure been celebrated in a lot of ways, by a lot of different people. At LEGOLAND Resort in Malaysia, in-house Master Builders, Dan and Chris Steininger surely want to celebrate it as ‘big’ as they can. Together with the help of resort visitors, the father and son duo came up with the ambitious project of putting together the largest brick-built Star Wars Millennium Falcon using LEGO. The building process took approximately 30 working hours across a span of three days, not including the actual man hours exerted by the theme park’s visitors. According to Chris Steininger, “If you include all the man hours that the kids are putting in… there’s probably hundreds of hours going into this model.” Watch this behind-the-scene video interview if the Steiningers.
This massive LEGO Millennium Falcon model was built using “four-times building bricks,” LEGO blocks that are four times the size of regular bricks and that have been assembled by visitors using regular blocks. Imagine scaling up a typical 2×4 brick 4 times its normal size. As a result, more than 200,000 bricks were used to build this one-of-a-kind model that measure 16 feet long and weighs at 500 kg. Impressive as it may look, this LEGO Millennium Falcon must grow larger if it wants to take the title of the largest Star Wars starship ever made using LEGO from its full-scale, 5.3 million pieces, X-Wing counterpart back in 2013.
According to Dan Steininger, a lot of iconic starships and vehicles (such as the TIE Fighter and the Death Star) were considered for this project, but none of them truly resonated with the older and younger generation of Star Wars fans the way the Millennium Falcon does. He explains, “Everybody likes the Millennium Falcon,” he explains. “I think the Millennium Falcon is iconic, not just for old people like me who saw the first movie when it came out, but now, in the latest movie, the Millennium Falcon plays a pretty pivotal role and so young kids will be able to connect to the Millennium Falcon as old kids like me can.”
In addition to viewing Dan and Chris’ LEGO Millennium Falcon, visitors of LEGOLAND Malaysia can also take part in building two equally large TIE Fighters made similarly from LEGO bricks, together with the resort’s LEGO Model Builders.
Source: Inside the Magic