On April 1, I went back to LEGOLAND California for the first time in about seven years or so. Why did I decide to go? Because of Star Wars Days! This year, Star Wars Days happened on March 31 – April 1, a little earlier than before. Usually the event happens later on the in year. I was excited to go because I’ve never been to Star Wars Days and I wanted to experience it first-hand.
Once you walk in you’ll see a big Star Wars Days banner and right under it, there’s life-size Darth Maul in which you can take a picture with. To the immediate left, you will find an area to help LEGOLAND’s Master Builder Gary McIntire build a figure of Yoda.
There was a lot to see at LEGOLAND itself but I was most interested in the Star Wars Miniland. One of the neatest parts of the miniland was the LEGO Star Wars Gallery. There are 12 models of the minifigures, each standing 3 feet tall. The 12 figures include Darth Maul, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Wicket, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Captain Rex, and Anakin Skywalker. Each look exactly like their smaller counterparts.
In the main area of the Star Wars Miniland, scenes from all six episodes were all displayed. Throughout the trail are people who are dressed up as many different Star Wars characters for visitors to have their pictures taken with.
In Episode I, The Battle of Naboo was the scene of choice. Here the Gungans battle the Droid Army to keep their land safe. The scene also shows Anakin’s starfighter as well as the fight between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. On the side, there is an Opee Sea Killer grabbing on to the Naboo submersible.
For Episode II, we get to see the Battle of Geonosis where the Grand Army of the Republic battle the Droid Army. The set also shows Anakin, Padme, and Obi-Wan confront the beasts that were set loose on them.
The scene displayed for Episode III is the Battle of Kashyyyk. This is where the Wookiees are preparing to fight the Separatist army with the help of the Clone army but was turned on due to the execution of Order 66. On the other side of the set is the Mustafar scene where Anakin duels Obi-Wan Kenobi.
For Episode IV, we have Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine. Here we see the Mos Eisley spaceport with the Millennium Falcon around back. You can also see the Cantins where Luke and Obi-Wan meet Han Solo and Chewbacca for the first time. Further back, you can see Luke’s Landspeeper as well as some Banthas and Tusken Raiders. On the opposite side, we see a huge Sandcrawler with Jawas selling droids.
In Episode V, we arrive at the icy planet of Hoth where the Rebel forces are defending themselves from the Empire. Here we see a couple of AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s converging on the Echo Base. If you look closely, you can see Luke hanging from the belly of an AT-AT.
For our final Episode, we can see Darth Vader land at the Forest Moon of Endor. Nearby is the shield generator in which the Rebel forces have to destroy.
There’s also a scene from The Clone Wars: Christophsis. This is the largest of all the models with the buildings of the Crystal City standing approximately 8 feet tall. This scene shows the battle between the Republic Clone Troopers and the Droid army.
Throughout the park, you can find life-size models of Star Wars characters as well including C-3P0, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader.
Above The Model Shop, our friends at FBTB have a booth set up with tables displaying many various MOC’s. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ace “Onion” Kim, Don “Solo” Reitz, and the rest of the volunteers who’ve all work hard to help make Star Wars Days a success. To the area in the back is a awesomely huge Endor MOC by Mark Borlase (Brickplumber). On each side of the Endor MOC are some neat photographs by Mike Stimpson as well at Gareth Payne. To the right side of the booths, is a wonderful Star Wars mosaic by Ace and FBTB.
As we come to the end of my adventure at LEGOLAND California, I can say I had a great time. There was so much to see and lots more to write about but this post is just about my time at Star Wars Days. Feel free to take a look at my other pictures that I took while I was at LEGOLAND. I’m looking forward to going to next year’s event.
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