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Witness the birth of a Lego Millennium Falcon

Watch this realistic animation of more than 5,000 Lego bricks put together to create one of the most iconic "Star Wars" spaceships.

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid."

Released over the last decade, the Lego Star Wars ultimate collector series contains many elaborate sets, including "the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." This "hunk of junk," officially known as set #10179, sold for $500 when it launched in 2007.

Over the course of three years, Francisco Prieto created a 3D stop-motion video of the Lego-ized Falcon being born.

Prieto tediously created frame-by-frame sequences of the actual assembly using 3DS Max and V-Ray software. We must commend this level of dedication, as the results are a visual feast for a Lego lover's eyes.

So what's next for the graphics guru? Well, Prieto claims in a Vimeo comment that the Lego Death Star is next, but amusingly suggests such a feat could take seven years.

(Via Reddit)