International Star Wars Day (May the 4th) is right around the corner and fans all over the world are gearing up. Indeed, LEGO Australia celebrated in epic fashion with the building of the southern hemisphere’s largest LEGO Star Wars Death Star. LEGO master builder Chris Steininger invited thousands of kids to join him in the build and naturally, the turnout was huge and the results were spectacular. Man of Many sat down with him to hear what it’s like to have the best job in the world and build lego for a living.
It took over a mind-blowing 210,000 bricks to build the LEGO Star Wars Death Star. The replica of the world’s most epic interstellar weapon measured 7.2m in circumference and 2.4m in diameter, weighing a gargantuan 545kg. Many of the kids were dressed up like Star Wars characters and they gleefully posed before their gigantic LEGO creation. That was all accompanied by prizes, trivia, real life stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and the use of augmented reality technology to blow up the Death Star just like in A New Hope. Needless to say, we really, really wish we were about eight years old right now.
A New Hope turns 40 years old this year, making international Star Wars Day all the more special. It seems like only yesterday that the explosion of the real Death Star turned millions of moviegoers into rabid fans, and here we are 40 years later commemorating the event with the LEGO Star Wars Death Star recreation. How the time simply flies! For those who missed out on construction, you have until 5th May to head over to the Westfield Warringah to see the LEGO Star Wars Death Star in its massive glory. And May the 4th Be With You!!!