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The Millennium Falcon lands in Legoland

The olde bucket of bolts. (Photo: Peter Yeo)
The olde bucket of bolts. (Photo: Peter Yeo)

If you haven’t already visited the Star Wars miniland at Legoland Malaysia, here’s a big reason to get to it this weekend: The theme park unveiled its 4.8m x 3.6m behemoth of a Millennium Falcon on May 3 to celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4).

Lego Master Builders Dan and Chris Steininger. (Photo: Peter Yeo)
Lego Master Builders Dan and Chris Steininger. (Photo: Peter Yeo)

Designed and pieced together by the only father-son Lego Master Builder combo, Dan and Chris Steininger, the enhanced Corellian YT-300 took nearly three days and 250,000 bricks to complete. But the duo had help. Over the May Day long weekend, more than 5,000 children had visited the theme park to help put together the iconic starcraft.

According to the Full Scale Falcon Project, a fan-based initiative started in 2007 to build a life-sized Millennium Falcon, the actual ship would have been 34m in length. This puts the Lego Millennium Falcon at roughly 1:6 scale. Aside from the life-sized Lego Millennium Falcon unveiled in New York, the Millennium Falcon is the largest Star Wars Lego model to be built.

A placard. (Photo: Peter Yeo)
A placard. (Photo: Peter Yeo)

That’s not all: The Star Wars miniland had also been given makeover. Besides a fresh coat of paint (and remodeling), the far, far away-universe includes new placards with information on the dioramas.

Visitors to the theme park this weekend will witness an Imperial March by a 90-strong legion from the 501st, a costume-play outfit renowned for their charitable spirit. Two massive TIE Fighters from The Force Awakens will be completed this weekend too.

Come to see the big Falcon, bring home the tiny one. (Photo: Peter Yeo)
Come to see the big Falcon, bring home the tiny one. (Photo: Peter Yeo)

Early birds to the park on weekends throughout May will get to bring home a mini Millennium Falcon, which will be given away in limited quantities. Children in Star Wars gear will have their entry waived and families that complete the Activity Trail get to bring home an exclusive commemorative Lego Duplo brick for Lego Star Wars Day.

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So whether you’re celebrating Star Wars Day or Revenge of the 5th (some say Revenge of the Sixth), fans of the Lucas-fuelled universe will find any excuse to visit Legoland this May.

Peter Yeo is a die hard fan of Star Wars and when he's not posting about his life on a universe far far away on everydayforce.com, he will play with his Lego and cats. *waives fingers* you will follow him on Instagram.

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