Star Wars is an epic saga—one that is about to grow in scope with the upcoming new trilogy and standalone films—and this massive Lego construction only drives that point home. You really can use Legos to build absolutely anything you put your mind to.
Located in a Manchester UK shopping mall called the Trafford Centre, and part of the already extant Legoland Discovery Centre, this square, sharp-cornered diorama was built using more than 250,000 individual blocks. There are also more than 2,000 little Lego men wandering around the grounds.
This model is definitely skewed towards the Episode I: The Phantom Menace portion of the Star Wars universe. You have the lush green hills and waterfalls of Naboo, as well as the sun-bleached desert wastes of Tatooine. There are multiple views of the pod race, and crowds of Gungans in formation, lining up to do battle with legions of imperial droids. Isn’t this exactly the sort of scenario you would have set up as a kid if you had an unlimited supply of Legos? After all that work, this would likely have been wrecked by kicking a soccer ball through the center, or stomping around like Godzilla, but that’s beside the point.
Part of a hands-on Star Wars exhibit, this piece of sci-fi worship will be open to the public through June 1, 2013.
What does it feel like to tear something like this down? Is it just a horrible bummer to undo the coolest thing you’ve ever been a part of? They must do it in sections, but does someone take this home? Are there garages dotting the landscape where displays like this have been preserved? Or are they simply gone, disassembled, the pieces now part of other sprawling Lego projects?