LEGO have announced three new dioramas depicting key scenes from the Star Wars Original Trilogy! The LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trash Compactor, the LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trench Run Diorama, and the LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama are available for pre-order now and arrive April 26.
Check the images out and the release from Starwars.com below!
Over the years, the LEGO Group has released hundreds of LEGO Star Wars sets. But there was always one that the toy maker couldn’t quite crack.
“For years we’ve been scratching our heads about how to capture the Death Star trash compactor, an extremely iconic scene, in LEGO bricks,” Michael Lee Stockwell, LEGO Star Wars design manager, tells StarWars.com. “But what good is a trash compactor that doesn’t ‘compact’? We needed the function!”
Well, Stockwell’s trash compactor dreams have finally come true. He and the LEGO Star Wars team finally figured out how to bring the memorable sequence to brick form, turning toward an unexpected source for a creative spark.
“Replicating a static mess is one thing, but building a function that works repeatedly without jamming, required coming up with a solution that would somehow control the mess. Inspiration for the final solution was taken from live theater — imagine recreating the movement of ocean waves with the use of stage props.”
“It’s such a different experience from building minifig scale play models,” adds Jame Wheeler, LEGO Star Wars designer. “I enjoy being able to look at the element library in a completely different way. Hopefully fans will enjoy the greebling, and maybe even get inspired for some of their own builds.”
The LEGO Star Wars Diorama series is just the latest in a growing range of creative releases for adults. And it sounds like there’ll be more on the way.
“As these models are intended for adults, we can use relatively complicated building techniques, and by that take the detail level a bit higher than on our regular play-theme models,” says Frederiksen, who has worked on LEGO Star Wars since the very first sets in 1999. “These are our first dioramas, and we have already created a lot of prototypes for more potential dioramas to come in the future.”
The LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trash Compactor, the LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trench Run Diorama, and the LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama are available for pre-order now and arrive April 26. Note: The LEGO Star Wars Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama building set will be exclusively sold at Walmart stores, in addition to LEGO.com and LEGO stores.