Last Wednesday, in conjunction with its upcoming second anniversary, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort announced the opening of LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display at the resort. This is the first attraction of its kind in Asia and the latest LEGO model display to open at a LEGOLAND around the world.
The attraction features seven scenes from the six Star Wars films and The Clone Wars animated series in great detail. In total, the attraction features more than 2,000 LEGO models built to a 1:20 scale using 1.5 million LEGO bricks. The attraction officially opens its doors to the public yesterday on 6 September 2014.
I am lucky to get a preview of the Stars Wars Miniland before the opening. Although I am not a hardcore Star Wars fan, I grew up watching the film series and playing with both Star Wars and LEGO toys. They hold fond boyhood memories for me and I am enthralled by the launch.
“We are confident that guests to LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort will find their visit here more exciting than ever for the whole family. Being fully indoors and air-conditioned, families can easily spend more than an hour exploring this new model display alone in addition to the over 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions at the Resort,” said Mark Germyn, General Manager LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.
This newest display cost RM6 million in investment. The LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display is housed in an octagon building with a floor size of 900 square metre, divided into eight areas.
Six areas house one iconic scene each from the six Star Wars films, while the seventh area features a scene from the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The eighth area offers a dedicated retail section for LEGO Star Wars products. The merchandise includes hard-to-find LEGO building sets for sale such as the Death Star, R2-D2, Millennium Falcon, Super Star Destroyer, Ewok Village and much more. The shop will also have the full line of LEGO Star Wars play materials in addition to LEGO Star Wars keychains, magnets and a variety of caps and T-shirts.
The seven featured scenes depict planets such as Naboo, Geonosis, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Endor and Christophsis. Visitors can take a chronological walk through the Star Wars timeline to marvel at the models, including the 2.65m tall Crystal City, the largest of all the LEGO Star Wars models, and the iconic Millennium Falcon made up of 19,200 LEGO bricks – reaching 1.8m long and 1.3m wide. Meanwhile, interactive buttons will allow visitors to activate the animatronics within each scene.
Fans will also be able to commemorate their visit by taking photos with their favourite characters, built entirely of LEGO bricks. There will be 85cm tall models of Anakin Skywalker, Boba Fett, C-3PO, Commander Rex, Darth Maul, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Wicket the Ewok and Yoda, in addition to life-sized models of C-3PO, R2-D2 and a 2.7m tall Darth Vader wielding a lightsaber.
Fifty percent of the over 2,000 models at the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display were built in Malaysia and the rest were shipped from Germany and the Czech Republic. The Master Model Builders team took a total of approximately 8,000 man hours to complete the LEGO models. The installation process was supported by a team of technicians and landscapers who developed the special layout for optimum realism. For the finishing touch, authentic Star Wars sounds, animatronics and lighting effects were added to make the models even more lifelike.
Throughout the month of September, various LEGO Star Wars activities have been lined up to commemorate the anniversary celebrations, including a free entry promotion for children dressed up as their favourite Star Wars characters.
The promotion will be from 6 – 30 Sept 2014. Additionally, Annual Pass holders will enjoy preview periods from 1 – 5 Sept before the attraction opens to the public. All valid Annual Pass holders will be required to sign up online for the preview. There will also be special birthday fireworks on September 15 at the Resort starting at 8pm.
Star Wars fans, get your tickets to LEGOLAND Malaysia before the end of September to capitalise on the Star Wars related activities and promotions. For family crowd and other visitors, the Star Wars attraction will be a delightful addition to the existing stable of entertainment in LEGOLAND Malaysia. The resort consists of a theme park, a water park and a hotel. In Miniland alone, over 30 million LEGO bricks are used to recreate some of Asia’s most interesting landscapes, countries and landmarks. There are over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, with more than 15,000 LEGO models throughout the resort.