LEGO Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Miniland Model Display Opening at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
A few days ago, I was contacted by a team member from TUG Agency on behalf of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta for something new opening at that location. This weekend, March 21 and 22, the center is holding a grand opening of the new LEGO Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Miniland Model Display. There will be activities held there including Build Like a Jedi, a 501st Legion Meet & Greet, and a Large-scale LEGO Star Wars Group Build. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to skip the wait.
Star Wars Days 2015 took place at LEGOLAND California this past weekend and there were some new things at the park this year. One thing is the massive 500,000 LEGO brick Death Star model at the LEGO Star Wars Miniland area. To give you some perspective, it stands 13 feet high and 8 feet wide weighing more than 1,900 pounds. Words doesn’t really describe how big it actually is. You have to see it in person to get the full effect.
Below the Death Star are some vignettes from Star Wars Episodes IV and VI. Each scene have some action effects with them when you press the button underneath the scene plaque.
Next to the Death Star is another model which features a trench run with a couple of Y-Wings being chased by some TIE Advanced x1s.
Another thing to see at Star Wars Days is all the cool MOCs in the fan gallery area. Members of SandLUG, LUGOLA, and other local builders had many of their builds on display for the public to see.
Overall Star Wars Days 2015 at LEGOLAND California was another cool event that I was able to attend. Unfortunately I did was unable to stay as long as I wanted and missed photos of some of the MOCs. Be sure to click through the smaller images to see a larger version of it. Hopefully I can do it again when next year rolls around. Full disclosure, I was able to attend the event courtesy of a very good friend.
Update: Here’s a link to fellow SanDLUGer Miro’s Flickr album of some pictures that I may have missed.
We have some new LEGO Star Wars 2015 news/rumors for you guys today. Sir von Lego over on Eurobricks has in hand a German retailer catalog and there’s a new set that we haven’t mentioned before, a Sith Infiltrator (75096). This new version of the ship could be a store exclusive and that’s why it wasn’t mentioned before. It was also stated that the minifigures that will be included in the set are Darth Maul, Watto, Young Anakin, Astromech, and Qui-Gon Jinn. There’s been a couple version released already with the latest one being 7961 in 2011 but it seems that we’ll be getting another Sith Infiltrator this year.
Sir von LEGO has also given a more accurate detail of the characters for the LEGO Star Wars Constraction Ultrabuild sets coming later this year. These characters are Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, General Grievous, and a Stormtrooper. It was earlier mentioned that Jango Fett and Commander Cody would be two of the characters but it seems that that isn’t the case now.
Disney has announced that they have acquired LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales from The LEGO Group. As a result of this acquisition, they will be airing the show on Disney XD later this year. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales is an animated series that consists of five 22-minute episodes telling the storey of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace up to Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi from C-3PO and R2-D2’s perspectives.
What’s interesting about this something that was written in the press release. “C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” C-3PO wasn’t fully functional until Anakin activated him when he first met Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on Tatooine. C-3PO was also first introduced to R2-D2 so there wasn’t really any adventures to speak of before that unless the whole story is retconned. We’ll see what happens when the show airs on Disney XD later this year.
ENFIELD, Conn., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The LEGO Group, world renowned manufacturer of construction toys, today announced that Disney XD has acquired LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Disney XD is also currently home to the animated hit series Star Wars Rebels.
“Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie.”
As its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.
Information on airdates for each episode is not yet available. Additional LEGO Star Wars activities to get the family caught up will launch throughout the year.
Last week, we reported that exclusive minifigure in the the new LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded will be the White Boba Fett (Proto Fett). Amazon has updated their listing with preview shots of some the minifigures that will be included in the book. Like with the previous Character Encyclopedia, you’ll get lots of details of the minifigures as well as a data file of the set they first appear in. The book has been updated with every LEGO Star Wars minifigure up until this most recent wave of sets. The Updated and Expanded LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia will be available on April 28 but you can pre-order it now.
The last time that there was information about the LEGO Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens sets was last month when there were details of the set numbers and pricing in British Pounds. We also knew there was going to be an updated Millennium Falcon as well as a X-Wing. There is new information coming from BZPower, albeit a little late on my part, of the piece counts of the sets as well as US and Canadian dollar prices for each of these sets. I’m going to venture a guess and say the most expensive set will be the new Millennium Falcon. All the sets below will be available in September.
Lead Hero Craft
$19.99 USD / $24.99 CAD
$39.99 USD / $49.99 CAD
$69.99 USD / $89.99 CAD
$79.99 USD / $99.99 CAD
$89.99 USD / $109.99 CAD
Lead Villain Vehicle
$119.99 USD / $149.99 CAD
$149.99 USD / $179.99 CAD
StarWars.com has revealed the exclusive minifigure for the DK LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded which will be the White Boba Fett, aka Proto Fett. A white version of the bounty hunter was first released in 2010 but we will now get an updated version of him. The book will be available on April 28th just in time for May the 4th but you can pre-order the book on Amazon. The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia will include 72 more pages filled with facts and images of the minifigures that have been released since the first book. Thanks to Michael for the heads up.