We've seen some amazing "Star Wars"-related Lego work created by passionate fans with a talent for manipulating little plastic bricks. There was a pitch-perfect re-creation of the . We ogled a 6-foot-long. There's also something to be said for going straight to the Lego source and seeing what the experts at Legoland California have in store for us.
Legoland has unveiled a sneak peek at the newest model joining its popular "Star Wars" Miniland display. Professional Lego builders have embraced the dark side with a honking huge 1,900-pound (862-kilogram) Death Star model fashioned from over half a million bricks. The Death Star is 13 feet (3.9 meters) high and 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide. It's the largest model in the themed Miniland exhibit.
It took a forklift and a crew of helmeted workers (not Stormtroopers) to get Darth Vader's home in space into position. This Death Star is based on the one seen in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter is included in the display as a tribute to the famous trench run scene.
The Death Star gets an official unveiling on March 5 as a kickoff to Legoland California's Star Wars Days event, taking place on March 7 and 8. The event includes a costume contest, Jedi trivia and Lego building challenges.
The Lego Death Star is in good company, as it joins Lego models of a Jawa sandcrawler, the Battle of Naboo, Uncle Owen's Moisture Farm on Tatooine and a life-size Darth Maul.