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'That's No Moon. That's a Space Station... Made Out of Legos'

March 4, 2015, 10:43 PM · Legoland California this morning unveiled its newest addition to the park — the Death Star, which joins several other iconic settings and scenes in the Star Wars section of the park's Miniland.

Legoland Death Star
Photos and video courtesy Legoland California

Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers were on hand for the unveiling this morning.

In addition to the Death Star model, which is surrounded by Lego models of TIE fighters and X-Wings in battle, the adjacent display includes several scenes from Star Wars that were set on the Death Star, recreated in Legos, including the trench run attack.

In the Death Star trenches

Visitors can try building some of their favorite Star Wars spaceships with available Lego bricks, too. At 13 feet tall and eight feet wide, and made of more than half a million bricks, the Death Star is the largest addition to the park's Star Wars Miniland.

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March 4, 2015 at 11:02 PM · I wonder how long Legoland has the rights to use Star Wars in their theme parks. I can't imagine Disney will renew the deal.
March 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM · If only a Disney theme park could get a Star Wars themed area opened so quickly!

Mr. Niles, any guesses if Legoland will continue to have Star Wars events and attractions into the future, now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and the Star Wars IP? Doesn't having Star Wars at Legoland decrease revenue from potential events or future Star Wars-themed areas at Disney parks?

March 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM · Madame Taussards in London is also about to get a Star Wars exhibition. It's weird Disney is willing to work so close with the Merlin group...
March 5, 2015 at 8:03 AM · Disney seems to have a great working relationship with Lego, the toy company, and with all the Star Wars sets (and other Disney & Marvel sets), it seems they will continue to work with Legoland parks to sell toys and promote the upcoming films.

All that said, the Star Wars and Lego-loving part of me is thrilled by this. The giant Death Star is great on its own, but those little vignettes and the life-size Lego R2 are amazing.

March 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM · Lego has the most amazing collection of IP, thanks to its toy licenses. Before the Wizarding World opened at Universal Orlando, Legoland California for a time had its Hideaways play area themed to "Lego Harry Potter," with Potter character Lego models displayed throughout the attraction. From what I understand (and Insiders, please correct me!), is that Universal's contract with Warner Bros. and JKR allowed them to preclude Legoland from continuing the feature the Potter characters in that way, but that Lego's contract with Lucasfilm allows Merlin to continue using the Star Wars IP in the parks.

I'd be interested to see if Lego Batman ends up in the parks in any major way once that movie debuts. That's another Warner property, but Warner's contract with Six Flags for the DC characters isn't nearly as lucrative as Warner's contract with Universal for Potter. I would love, love, love to see Miniland Gotham City.

March 9, 2015 at 7:13 PM · Disney (or Marvel, for that matter) didn't get where they are today by restricting the number of licences they issue. As long as there's no real clash and the money keeps rolling in, I expect Star Wars will stay in Legolands (and Madame Tussauds) with no issues.

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