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LEGO Star Wars dioramas reveal and interview

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Three upcoming releases for adult fans celebrate some of the saga’s most memorable sequences.

Over the years, The LEGO Group has released hundreds of Lego star wars sets. But there was always one that the toymaker couldn’t quite decipher.

“For years we’ve wondered how to capture the Death Star Trash Compactor, a hugely iconic scene, in LEGO bricks,” Michael Lee Stockwell, LEGO star wars responsible for the design, tells StarWars.com. “But what good is a trash compactor that doesn’t ‘compact’? We needed the feature!

Well, Stockwell’s trash compactor dreams have finally come true. Him and the LEGO star wars The team finally figured out how to turn the memorable sequence into a brick, turning to an unexpected source of creative spark.

“Reproducing a static mess is one thing, but creating a function that works repeatedly without crashing required finding a solution that would somehow control the mess. The inspiration for the final solution was taken from live theater – imagine recreating the movement of ocean waves with the use of stage props.

Fans will soon be able to try it out themselves (and make their minifigs “much slimmer”, as Han Solo put it). StarWars.com is pleased to unveil the new LEGO star wars Diorama series, with a first wave of releases including, finally, a fully operational trash compactoras well as ensembles celebrating the death star trench race and Luke’s Jedi Training with Yoda on Dagobah. Available for pre-order today and arriving April 26, the sets were designed to star wars fans, recreating specific moments and intended for display.

LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Diorama LEGO Star Wars Trench Run Diorama under construction

“The Diorama series is really something special, and something we’re very excited about,” says Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, LEGO star wars Design Director. “The models are built on a frame. On the frame there is a small plaque printed with a famous phrase from that particular movie scene. The frame is still the same depth – 20 LEGO modules, which is a perfect size, as it fits on a regular shelf. So they are perfect for display.

LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Diorama Close Up

As a new LEGO star wars series, Diorama sets offer fans and builders working behind the bricks a chance to experiment, increasing certain details while reducing them at the same time. The Death Star trench fighters are adorably simplified, while the trench itself does a brilliant job of replicating the kit look of the original Industrial Light & Magic models. And the Dagobah set brings together Luke’s various training exercises, a sunken X-wing and Yoda’s hut in one compact design.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to fit a lot of detail into a build in this form of presentation,” says Jason Zapantis, LEGO star wars designate. “It’s fun to present a highly detailed scene similar to an iconic snapshot from the film with more intricate construction techniques.”

LEGO Star Wars Trash Compactor Diorama Fence LEGO Star Wars Trash Compactor Diorama R2-D2 and C-3PO

“It’s such a different experience than building minifig scale play models,” adds Jme Wheeler, LEGO star wars designate. “I love being able to look at the item library in a completely different way. Hopefully fans will appreciate the greebling and maybe even be inspired for some of their own builds.

The LEGO star wars The Diorama series is just the latest in a growing line of creative adult releases. And it looks like there will be more along the way.

“Because these models are for adults, we can use relatively complicated building techniques, and thus increase the level of detail a little higher than on our usual game-themed models,” says Frederiksen, who worked on LEGO star wars since the very first sets in 1999. “These are our first dioramas, and we have already created many prototypes for other potential dioramas to come.”

the Lego star wars Death Star Trash Compactorthe Lego star wars Death Star Trench Race Dioramaand the Lego star wars Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama are available for pre-order now and will arrive on April 26. Note: The LEGO star wars The Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama building set will be sold exclusively at Walmart stores, in addition to LEGO.com and LEGO stores.

Dan Brooks is a writer and editor at StarWars.com. He likes star wars, ELO and the New York Rangers, Jets, Yankees and Knicks. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks.

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