There’s nothing quite like the convergence of Star Wars and LEGOS to trigger goofy smiles on geeks everywhere. Well you may have felt a new disturbance in the force as LEGOLAND California announced a new Star Wars-themed exhibit will open at their Carlsbad, CA park on March 31st, 2011.
LEGOLAND workers in Carlsbad are furiously assembling huge models and scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies as well as one from the animated flick The Clone Wars. Over 1.5 million LEGO bricks are coming together to form over 2,000 complete models as well as interactive exhibits including the moisture farm on Tatooine where Luke Skywalker grew up, scenes from Endor and even ones from the frozen planet of Hoth.
Guests of the Southern California amusement park will be further immersed into the Star Wars experience by posing with life-size LEGO models of Chewbacca, R2D2 and Darth Vader. Following a chronological path through the saga’s timeline, LEGOLAND visitors can retrace the major events of the beloved films. Some of the models will be more than 6-feet-tall and interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout many of the scenes.
The models for the new Star Wars exhibit are being developed and built by eight model designers and two animation electricians at Carlsbad’s sister park, LEGOLAND Deutschland. Master Model Builders plan to bring the scenes to life with the help of animation electricians, technicians and landscapers all working to ensure the brick-based models appear as realistic as possible with special effects and landscaping.
Sounds pretty awesome to me. Who’s up for a trip down to San Diego this spring?
For more information and all of the details be sure to hit the official LEGOLAND California website.