LEGO® Star Wars™ Days at Legoland Malaysia!

Monday, 18 May 2015

The husband is a huge Star Wars fan. If it was up to him, we would be walking down the aisle to The Imperial March, and he'll be dressed as Darth Vader instead of worrying about changing to a dinner suit from his day suit which he wore at church. While I loved the idea of Stormtrooper escorts, I didn't really want to look sad and morose to get into Padmé Amidala's character on my wedding day. In any case, I got married to a man who can recite lines to any Star Wars' movie dialogue, and can rattle off lesser known details like how Yoda is the only main character to die of natural causes, and that his first name is Minch.

So when I received an exciting invite to experience 'Star Wars Days' at Legoland Malaysia, he didn't need to be asked twice.

"It's on a Monday, though." I said.

"Of course it is." he said.
"Monday, the 4th of May is Star Wars Day. 'May the Fourth' (be with you)?" (I swear I detected a slight hint of exasperated sarcasm there)

Yeah. I should've gotten that figured out.

We met with The Blogfather and his family at the gates, and these were my most favourite shots of the day!

Seriously - check Xander's jump shots out. The force is strong with that one.

When we entered, it was evident that we were in the company of Star Wars fans from all over the world, and I never really realised how 'big' Star Wars is until that day. It prompted me to remark to the husband that SW almost has a 'cult following', if it was not for the fact that its' fan base, while highly dedicated and passionate - is huge.

One of the highlights of Legoland has always been its Miniland display, and in Legoland Malaysia, a total of 17 landmarks of Asian cities are built entirely from Lego bricks. These displays are fully animated, and visitors can control these structures at the touch of a button. Opened on 15 September 2012, the Miniland has shown some signs of wear and tear, which I'm quick to overlook, because it must be extremely challenging to maintain these structures at pristine conditions given the unpredictable elements of a tropical country.

But we were there to celebrate the force, so the husband hurried me along before I could get any more distracted than I already had been.

The LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland display at Legoland Malaysia was opened to the public on 6 September 2014. It details six scenes from the six Star Wars films, and one scene from The Clone Wars animates series.

It's basically the history of Star Wars, housed in an (almost) nondescript building.

I had no expectations whatsoever when I entered the cool interior of the Star Wars Miniland. Here's a brief respite from the scorching sun outside. I was just going to go in, take some pics, and accompany the excited husband like a good wife should.

I'll try to be interested, and note down some points so that I wouldn't appear too ignorant while I write this post, I thought.

Yes. That's the original plan. A plan which was completely defenestrated, along with the state of not understanding what the hoo-ha about Star Wars is all about. 

Let me take you on a quick journey through the Star Wars Miniland at Legoland Malaysia.


Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The epic Battle of Naboo pits Gungan forces against the Trade Federation's battle droids for control of the planet and its capital city, Theed. The Royal Palace, home to Queen Amidala, is constructed of 15,000 LEGO® bricks.

In the Theed hangar bay, young Anakin Skywalker saves the day by flying his Naboo Starfighter to victory while Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn battle the Sith apprentice, Darth Maul.*

Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of The Clones

In the Geonosis execution arena, Padmé AmidalaObi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Slywalker battle three ferocious creatures, the massive Reek, the terrifying Acklay, and the ravenous Nexu. The Geonosis arena is built to 1:180 scale - if it was built to a 1:20 scale like all the other models in Miniland, it would be more than 29 feet high!

Also depicted is the Battle of Geonosis, where the seperatist Droid Army clashes with the Grand Army of the Republic in the first conflict of the Clone Wars.*

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith
Kashyyyk & Mustafar

Two planets are shown here: The Battle of Kashyyyk depicts the Droid's Army's amphibious assault on the home planet of Chewbacca and the Wookiees,

The scene features two AT-APs (All Terrain Attack Pods) plus the massive Clone Turbo Tank, which is constructed from 10,180 Lego pieces and took 168 hours to build.

On the opposite side is the volcanic planet of Mustafar, where the fateful duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker takes place.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

This desert planet is the childhood home of Luke Skywalker. In the spaceport city of Mos Eisley, you will find the Cantina where Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet up with Han Solo, captain of the Millenium Falcon, and his co-pilot Chewbacca.

As the band plays on, Greedo coners Han Solo just before the group narrowly escapes the planet with C-3PO and R2-D2.

It took Legoland Model Builders 143 hours to design and build the Millenium Falcon, using 19,200 pieces of Lego bricks.*

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Rebels establish a secret base on this frozen planet which is home to wampas and tauntauns, but the Empire's probe droids discover their loaction and send their massive At-Ats (All-Terrain Armoured Transport) and nimble AT-STs (All-Terrain Scout Transport) to attack Echo Base.

Inside the base, Rebel snowspeeders and Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter can be seen. Outside, Luke's Snowspeeder has crashed, but the young Jedi uses his lightsaber to single handedly bring down the giant AT-AT.*

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of The Jedi

The forest moon of Endor is hoe to the Ewoks. These small but resourceful creatures join forces with the Rebel Alliance to destroy the shield generator and prevent the completion of the second Death Star.

The Imperial Shuttle can be seen on the landing platform, where Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, has just arrived. Next to the landing platform is the massive shield generator which stands 8 feet tall.*

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars - takes place chronogically between Episodes II and III and follows the adventures of Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. This scene represents Christophsis, a crystalline planet where the Republic clone troopers battle the Separatist Army.

Anakin single handedly attacks an Octuptarra droid, while Obi-Wan prepares to repel the advancing Droid army. The Crystal City building is the largest Star Wars Miniland Lego model, and is made of more than 70,000 pieces.*

I was surprised, flabbergasted even - at the attention to detail given to every Star Wars scene depicted. Housed in separate rooms with its sound effects from the corresponding movie, I was almost in a trance-like state as I weaved in and out of the scenes. I was truly awed beyond words.


I was also privileged to be given the opportunity to be a part of the winners' announcement and prize presentation ceremony of the LEGO My Own Creation competition. Lego enthusiasts from Malaysia and Singapore are challenged to come up with their own original Lego structures, which is true to Lego's mission of encouraging creativity through designing and building one's own creations.

The top three winners of the different categories will have their Lego creations displayed at Legoland till the end of July.

I really admire the patience and dedication put in by the builders. The passion for Lego shines forth, and these pieces just proves that there is no limit to where the imagination can take you. It's no wonder that Lego's motto is 'det bedste er ikke for godt', or roughly translated - means: 'The best is never too good'.

May the force be with you.


Spot the Mooboy!!
I had the privilege to visit Legoland with The Blogfather, and because both our families got to see the whole thing on 4th May, we decided to do a joint giveaway, for 2 sets of annual passes to LEGOLAND Malaysia!

We're picking 2 winners for this giveaway, and the lucky families will each be getting 2 Adult and 1 Child Annual Passes worth a total of RM807! 

This allows them unlimited visits to the pass for a full 12 months (the annual pass will be issued once we have your details), discounted entry to the LEGOLAND Water Park for RM58 (normal price is RM122 for Adults and RM101 for children), LEGOLAND Hotel discounts, seasonal retail and F&B discounts, a LEGOLAND E-newsletter, free parking at the LEGOLAND Car Park, and even early access to the park at 9:30am! Full terms and conditions can be found here.

To join in the fun, simply accomplish the tasks set out in the Rafflecopter box below. Because this is a join giveaway, your entries will be reflected on BOTH The Blogfather and MummyMoo blogs, so you only need to do this once! We'll be closing the giveaway on Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 2359hrs, and we'll announce the winner we've picked on our individual blogs, so make sure you check in with both of us then!

This giveaway is open only to those residing in Singapore.

Good luck!

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
Contest ends on Wednesday, 27th of May at 2359hrs. Winners will be selected via Rafflecopter, and notified via email. They have 48 hours to respond to the notification email. Should there be no response, the winning entry will be rendered null and void, and another winner will be chosen.

*Source: LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland on-site information.

More information on Legoland Malaysia's Star Wars Days here
Ticketing details here.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Legoland Malaysia and its media partners for making this experience possible, and for helping me make sense of something which was truly alien to me. I've never been a Star Wars fan, but because of the entire Miniland experience, I think I'm beginning to understand the fans' obsession with it!

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