Thursday, January 13, 2011

Star Wars Miniland Coming to LEGOLAND California

Name of Model: STAR WARS Miniland Opening
Created by LEGOLAND California Master Builders
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The real news is in the headline. A variety of scenes, characters, and vehicles from the Star Wars universe will soon be coming to a special new space in Miniland at LEGOLAND California. Although we've seen LEGO release official sculptures, minifig-scale sets, microscale accessories and even "midi scale" ships, this is the first time they've officially done anything in miniland scale (keen observers can probably tell you about the "unofficial" use of Star Wars characters in the park so far - LEGOLAND Master Builders have a surprising sense of humor when it comes to including fictional characters in real cities in a surreal manner). The new area is scheduled to open March 31st, 2011. Since this has been covered in many places already, we're going to go into round-up mode:
Official announcement
Press Release (includes a few photos)
FBTB coverage (FBTB is a LEGO Star Wars fansite that was given a press pass to an announcement event. They have photos of that event and some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos)
LA Times article (they mention that several scenes will be animated, although the official press release only cited the Cantina band as animated)
Modelbuildingsecrets's Weblog post (blurb at the end explains that this idea was toyed with back when Mariann Asanuma still worked at the Model Shop - but that they haven't allowed cities outside of America in LEGOLAND California's miniland until now)

In related news, the LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2011 event has been scheduled and will be on June 18-19.

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