These are some videos that I took at LEGOLAND California during Star Wars Days held from March 31 – April 1. It is to mark the new expansion of the Star Wars Miniland. I’ve also provided what the plaques say for each model build.
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace – Naboo
The epic Battle of Naboo pits Gungan forces against the Trade Federation’s battle droids for control of the planet and its capital city, Theed, The Royal Palace, home to Queen Amidala, is constructed of more than 15,000 LEGO bricks. In the Theed hanger bay, young Anakin Skywalker saves the day by flying his Naboo starfighter to victory while Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn battle the Sith apprentice, Darth Maul.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones – Geonosis
In the Geonosis execution arena, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker battle three ferocious creatures: the massive reek, the terrifying acklay, and the ravenous nexu. The Geonosis arena itself is built to 1:180 scale; If the LEGOLAND Model Builders had built it to a scale of 1:20 like the other Miniland models, it would be more than 29 feet high! Also depicted is the Battle of Geonosis, where the Separatist Droid Army clashes with the Grand Army of the Republic in the first conflict of the Clone Wars.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Kashyyyk & Mustafar
Two planets are shown here: The Battle of Kashyyyk depicts the Droid Army’s amphibious assault on the home planet of Chewbacca and the Wookiees. The scene features two AT-APs (All Terrain Attack Pods) plus the massive Clone Turbo Tank, which is constructed from 10,180 LEGO pieces and took 168 hours to build. On the opposite side is the volcanic planet of Mustafar, where the fateful duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker takes place.
Star Wars: IV A New Hope – Tatooine
The desert planet is the childhood home of Luke Skywalker. In the spaceport city of Mos Eisley, you will find the Cantina where Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet up with Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, and his copilot Chewbacca. As the band plays on, Greedo corners Han Solo just before the group narrowly escapes the planet with C-3P0 and R2-D2. It took LEGOLAND Model Builders 142 hours to design and build the Millennium Falcon, using 19,200 pieces.
Star Wars: V The Empire Strikes Back – Hoth
The Rebels establish a secret base on this frozen planet, which is home to wampas and tauntauns. But the Empire’s probe droids discover their location, and send massive AT-ATs (All Terrain Armored Transport) and nimble AT-STs (All Terrain Scout Transport) to attack Echo Base. Inside the base, Rebel snowspeeders and Luke Skywalker’s X-wing fighter can be seen. Outside, Luke’s snowspeeder has crashed, but the young Jedi uses his lightsaber to single-handedly bring down the giant AT-AT.
Star Wars: VI Return of the Jedi – Endor
The forest moon of Endor is home to the Ewoks. These small but resourceful creatures join forces with the Rebel Alliance to destroy the shield generator and prevent completion of the second Death Star. the Imperial shuttle can be seen on the landing platform, where Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, has arrived. Next to the landing platform is the massive shield generator, which stands 8 feet tall.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Christophsis
The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes place chronologically between Episode II and III and follow the adventures of Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The scene represents Christophsis, a crystalline planet, where Republic clone troopers battle the Separatist army. Anakin single-handedly attacks an Octuptarra droid while Obi-Wan prepares to repel the advancing droid army. The Crystal City building is the largest Star Wars Miniland LEGO model and is made of more than 20,000 pieces.
LEGOLAND California Model Shop
This is where LEGOLAND Master Model Builders prepare and create models for the park. You can see many different models they’ve created throughout the days.
LEGOLAND California Block of Fame
This is a walkway that displays LEGO busts of historical figures as well as other famous people. Depictions of the busts include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, Ludwig Van Beethoven, William Shakespeare, Luciano Pavarotti, Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley.
LEGOLAND California Star Wars Fan Gallery
On top of the Model Shop is an area for the Fan Gallery setup by FBTB. Here you can see MOCs created by many talented people and various LUGs. There is also an amazing Star Wars mosaic created by Ace Kim and FBTB. In the back, there are minifigure portraits from Gareth Payne and Mike Stimpson as well as a massive Endor MOC by Mark Borlase aka Brickplumber.