Today was the official first day that the life-sized X-wing Starfighter was revealed to the public in its new home at LEGOLAND California. I wasn’t able to attend the official ceremony ’cause stupid work got in the way but I was fortunate that forum member Mos Eisely was headed down there anyway. So I asked him to cover the even for me and here’s his report. There’s also a video followed by a copious amount of pictures of the model. It’s pretty impressive to say the least. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person this weekend.
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Here’s what the Star Wars Weekend volunteers will be receiving as part of their swag this weekend at LEGOLAND California. In addition to the exclusive Clone Lieutenant minifig revealed a few days ago, volunteers will also receive the above Yoda Chronicles-themed t-shirt to wear, sell, or wash their car with. We hope they’d wear them though.
Star Wars Weekend is happening at LEGOLAND California this weekend June 15-16, father’s day weekend.
You know that even in Times Square happening today, right now as I type this? The big reveal is a life-sized LEGO Star Wars X-wing model. Naturally, Gizmodo‘s got the scoop with the pic above. The below press release was also transmitted over the interwebs. We have a field reporter onsite who will be taking pictures and writing up his experience of the event which we will publish later today, so stay tuned.
If you want to check out a video of how the model went from concept to reality, Popular Science has that as well as a bunch more photos.
After the unveiling today, the model will find its way over to LEGOLAND California where it will be on permanent display. The arrival date for the X-wing will be June 13th, right in time for Star Wars Days happening on Father’s Day weekend June 15-16.
I should have communicated this earlier, but better late than never. Friday will be the last day we’re accepting registrations for volunteers for the Fan Gallery for Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California taking place on Father’s Day weekend June 15-16. You can still sign up to contribute MOCs for the group build or the individual gallery beyond Friday but our volunteer schedule is getting full and also I need to submit our order for the t-shirts.
I’ve cleared up some space in the schedule so there are a few additional slots available for the taking. Also, we had a requirement that you must work one shift per day to qualify for the incentives. I’ve amended the rules so that you have to work at least two shifts to qualify. Those shifts can either be on the same day, or spread out over both days. Hopefully that will help some of you out to get the incentives and still be able to volunteer.
And remember: as a volunteer, you’ll get a free shirt, two passes to LEGOLAND, and free admission for the day (as long as you enter the park by 8:30am), lunch, and host of other incentives, details of which will be revealed later once they have been confirmed.
Okay, so the dates have been announced a while ago, but I never got around to posting anything about it since we were busy planning for the event. We are now at a point where we are ready to make the announcement and provide details on the event. Even if you’ve subscribed to LUGOLA’s and/or SanDLUG’s mailing list, there’s new information below so keep reading.
The Opee Sea Killer isn’t the only thing that’s new at miniland at LEGOLAND California. And what’s with the name “Opee Sea Killer” anyway? Does it kill the Opee Sea? Or is it an Opee that happens to kill seas? That doesn’t make any sense. That would be like demolishing the house you live in while living in it.
ANYWAYS, like I was saying, the Opee Sea Killer isn’t the only new thing at Star Wars Miniland making it’s debut this weekend. There is also this absolutely gorgeous miniland-scale Sandcrawler designed and built by Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi. The model has over 15,000 elements and weighs over 50 lbs. Rob Hendrix of Lifelites lent his modding expertise to light it up. From Rob:
The Sandcrawler features a custom built lighting controller with 20 warm white colored LEDs, 1 multicolored flashing LED, and 2 Microchip controlled red flashing LEDs. The multicolored LED is in the cabin console and the red flashing LEDs are near the crane bay doors.
Unrelated to the lighting effects, I especially appreciate Erik Varzsegi’s craftsmanship on the back of the Sandcrawler. He takes “nice piece usage” to the next level
There are two more models debuting this weekend. The Ion cannon on the Hoth layout is all new, and “a towering Crystal City building in Christophsis.” There’s no picture of the tower, but the Ion cannon is below.
And lastly, I sent an email out to everyone who’s volunteered for the weekend. If you’re bringing a model in person and haven’t heard from me any details on how to set up, email me immediately and I’ll get back to you.
Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California is slated to be held from March 31 to April 1, 2012 to coincide with their relaunch of the newly expanded Star Wars Miniland. The weekend is fast approaching and FBTB will of course be involved in the fan display. Are you planning on attending? Do you want to display a MOC or volunteer to staff the fan gallery? Have you ever wondered what Don Solo looks like without his hat on? There are a variety of ways to be involved with perks to help incentivize you. Yes, incentivize is a word. I just made it up. Read on for more details. It’s a giant wall of text with lots of information, so please read carefully.
Volunteer Your Time
The Fan Gallery will need a few volunteers to help man the tables. Ideally, there will be three people per shift, a shift being a one hour time block with a minimum of two hours per volunteer. And as a volunteer, you will get free entry into the park. This perk does not extend to your brother/sister/cousin/wife/son/daughter/nephew/niece/friend or anyone else unless they too are volunteering their time. More details will be forthcoming. Space is extremely limited. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please use the contact us form with the day (Saturday March 31 or Sunday April 1), the time slots (beginning from 10am to 6pm) you would like to volunteer for, your name, and contact information. Space is extremely limited.
Bring A MOC
There are three ways to contribute a MOC.
Our current Podracing Challenge contest was designed with Star Wars Days in mind. If you are building or have completed building your podracer for our contest, we invite you to mail in your MOC to be put on display as part of the Episode I Movie Build (more info on that below). For all podracers mailed in, a jury panel consisting of myself, Don “Solo” Reitz, and Ryan “Chief” Wood will select the best podracer to win cash. That’s right, cash. How does $50 USD sound? If you win, you must have a Paypal account. Everyone who sends in their podracer will receive an FBTB T-shirt (while supplies last) included in the return package. If you’re interested in sending in your podracer, please use the contact us form to get in touch with me for additional details and requirements. Podracers can be mailed in, dropped off, or brought to the park for set up. Podracers must be received no later than March 24th.
Star Wars themed MOC –
We’re not all about podracers, you know. Do you have a Star Wars themed MOC you’d like to awe and inspire the hundreds of Star Wars fans viewing the Fan Gallery over the weekend? We would be more than happy to accommodate you. If you bring your MOC and require time for set up, please use our contact form to get in touch with us for more details. If you’d like to mail in your MOC, that’s okay too. Just use the contact us form for more information.
Episode I Movie Build –
This is where it gets interesting. In addition to the normal MOCery on display, we are coordinating with LUGOLA (LEGO Users Group of Los Angeles) and SANDLUG (San Diego LEGO Users Group) to put on a display showing The Phantom Menace movie from beginning to end in LEGO form. Obviously, we can’t do the movie scene for scene, so we’ve broken down the movie into a few key sequences and have asked LUG members to sign up for a scene to display. The scene list is not definitive and if a builder wants to build something that’s not on the list, it’s not only acceptable but encouraged. All forms of MOCs are acceptable: micro scale, dioramas, mosaics, etc. If you are interested in contributing to the Movie Build, please use the contact us form and let us know.
The Episode I Movie Build will have it’s own little contest. A member from the the Events staff will be picking his/her top three favorite MOCs from the Movie Build to receive a LEGOLAND gift card good for anywhere in the park. The gift card values are $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd. Unfortunately, podracers will not qualify (hence the reason FBTB will be awarding a cash prize instead).
The Dangling Carrot
LEGOLAND is working on securing incentives for those who volunteer their time and/or contribute a MOC for the fan gallery. Several incentives are being worked on and I can’t say what those incentives are at this time only because I have not received confirmation yet. I can say that a Star Wars Days t-shirt will be given to the volunteers who man the tables. This, the incentives, not the t-shirt, is something I’ve worked on with the Events Manager after last year’s Star Wars Days so as soon as I get more details, I will post the information.
Got questions? I suggest posting the question in the forum thread for all to read unless you’re one them shy types and would rather email us directly. That’s okay too.
Due to the very short time frame in planning for Star Wars Days, we will not be having Bothcon during that weekend. No decision about Bothcon 2012 has been made yet.
I’m probably forgetting things to mention cause it’s like super late and I’ve been writing for over an hour. Things will crystallize the closer we get to the big weekend so I’ll post again once I get more info or if I need to clarify things. It was a real treat meeting a lot of fans of the site last year. I hope that more of you can make it and that some of you will even contribute.
Legoland California Resort’s Star Wars Miniland opens tomorrow! FBTB will be there with the press to cover all the events of the day. However, if the article and photos later in the day can’t satisfy you, LLCR has set up a live webcam to broadcast right from Miniland! (If you’re having issues with the cam not loading on that page, try this direct link.)
Thanks to Collin and mrschief for the heads up!
Every year at Toy Fair, the attendees of the Collector Event each get a goodie bag filled with press releases, a retailer catalog, and, of course, the premium giveaway. For this year’s premium item, the focus is on the Star Wars Miniland area debuting at LEGOLAND CA next month on March 31st. You get this box: