Thursday, December 22, 2011

Countdown to Geekmas Day 16: EPIC Lego Death Stars (yup, 2 Death Stars!)

Close your eyes for a second. Wait. That won't work. Let's try again. Imagine if you will a Lego Star Wars superfan. A super mega Lego-loving, Star Wars-watching, cosplay-wearing superfan. Did you just look over at one of your loved ones? Then there's really only one gift that will do for them this Xmas.

The Lego Death Star.

Now as much as I know about Lego, here's something I didn't know: there are TWO Lego Death Star sets. TWO! I KNOW! And they are equally insane.

Take Lego Death Star 1 (Lego ID 10188): A diorama containing a combination of rooms from Death Stars 1 and 2, including the trash compactor, hanger bay, tractor beam generation room etc etc etc. This monster contains more than 3800 pieces including 25 minifigs and retails for... about $400. When fully built, it measures 41 x 42 cm.

But what if you prefer Death Star II from Return of the Jedi? Well there's one of those too (Lego ID 10143). This one features over 3400 pieces and measures a whopping 50 x 65 cm when fully constructed. (See the pic below for a view of Sheldon building it on The Big Bang Theory.) It's discontinued so it will run you up to $1300 depending where you find it online.

Lego Death Star Diorama

Now considering that Lego sets generally get built all of once, then the pieces get appropriated into other creations, either of these sets is quite the commitment. Either your house will suddenly get a huge infusion of spare Lego pieces, or you will suddenly be home to a ginormous Lego-rific Star Wars table centrepiece.

If you're just not up to that level of commitment (either due to your patience or your budget), then consider this: @ActionFigured posted instructions to make a Lego Death Star tree ornament. So you can spend time to show your Lego maniac your love by building them something for their tree. (And don't worry if you don't have all the right pieces. Lego is all about hacking, as I taught the Dude this weekend. We replaced all the L-shaped pieces with 2x2s and our Death Star came out ok, don't you think?)

Our Death Star Ornament
If you do own or plan to buy one of these, I think you're nuts and I wanna come over for a playdate. Leave a comment! (and a pic)

Sheldon's Death Star:
Sheldon constructing Lego Death Star


Rob said...

Two things.


Ahem. Also, isn't it now legal to get those expensive kits 3D-printed for private use? (Even if LEGO can't do anything commerically, I'm pretty sure Lucasfilm would have a bone to pick) So really, it's your duty in life to find a nice LEGO/SW nerd who's willing to dismantle his death star, 3D-scan it, and upload the results as a CAD file to RapidShare or Megaupload.

True story.

spydergrrl said...

Rob, I'm pretty sure they called it the Death Star in the movies ;)

And wouldn't 3-D printing these a) take forever and b) cost as much if not more?

It *would* be so awesome though, wouldn't it?

Rob said...

But several Death Stars, such as you have here, would be a Death Constellation, would it not? :P

I'm not sure that it would, really. I haven't looked into it too much, but I'd imaging that printing relatively simple geometric shapes would be fairly cheap. LEGO have a vast markup on their products, which made my childhood super depressing when I couldn't afford all the cool Technics stuff (the REAL Technics, where you could use your imagination, not that modern pre-moulded stuff). Not sure... Maybe a community of LEGO printers and builders needs to arise. :D

Kenneth RJ Mellon said...

Well, here are some links for you ;-)

Star Wars lego is great. It really is...