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LEGOLAND California snaps the last few pieces of its new Star Wars Miniland into place

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This is a very interesting time to be a Star Wars fan. What with Darth Vader and the 501st Legion making an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment revealed that the complete saga will be available on Blu-ray starting in September.


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Not to mention what's been going on at Cartoon Network these past few Fridays.  As "Star Wars: The Clones Wars" - in a thrilling three parter - introduced Count Dooku's monstrous new apprentice, Savage Opress. (FYI: The final installment of this story arc - "Witches of the Mist" - airs this Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT).


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And let's not overlook yesterday's big news. Which was that the Disney's Hollywood Studios version of "Star Tours" - with its brand-new 3D ride film - will be opening on May 20, 2011.


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And speaking of 3D ... Let's not forget that Lucasfilm Ltd. is - even as we speak -- converting the entire live-action Star Wars Saga into 3D. Which is we should look for a newly dimensionally version of the first film in this series -- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace - to be released theatrically in 2012.

But if you can't just wait for those 3D versions of "Star Tours" & "Phantom Menace," may I suggest that you plan on making a trip to Carlsbad, CA in March. Which is when LEGOLAND California will be opening its brand-new Stars Wars Miniland.


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For the past 13 months, eight model designers & two animation electricians in LEGOLAND Deutschland have been assembling the roughly 2,000 LEGO Star Wars models that will be been in this all-new part of the park ...


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... which will be made up of seven 1:20 scale recreations of famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars films as well as a scene from the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series.

Over 1.5 million LEGO bricks were used to build all of the characters, vehicles and settings that will be on display on this Star Wars Miniland. With LEGOLAND's Master Model Builders doing everything to create authentic-looking recreations of those Scout Walkers that attacked the Ewoks on Endor in "Return of the Jedi" ...


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... not to mention the Imperial AT-ATs who marched towards the rebel base on the icy planet of Hoth in  "The Empire Strikes Back."


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Mind you, the highlight of LEGOLAND California's "A New Hope" display will be a recreation of the spaceport at Mos Eisley on Tatooine. Which will feature an impressive model of the Millennium Falcon.

Speaking of which, the crew in Carlsbad recently took delivery of the Falcon. And if you thought that Han Solo did some impressive maneuvering as he flew his spacecraft through that asteroid field in "Empire" ... Well, wait 'til you see what the Master Model Builders at LEGOLAND California had to do in order to get this model version of the Millennium Falcon into place ...


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... carefully threading a forklift through that theme park's narrow walkways ...


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... doing everything they could do to avoid having the Falcon smash into some of LEGOLAND California's other elaborate displays.


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I'm pleased to report that - though this trip was NOT made at light speed -- the model version of the Falcon did survive its harrowing journey. Which initially started in Günzburg, Germany  at LEGOLAND Deutschland and will end NOT " ... a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." But - rather - in March of this year. When LEGOLAND California finally opens its new Star Wars Miniland.


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