LEGO artist Thomas Benedikt plowed hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, and a shit-tacular amount of LEGO bricks (45,000+) into his mission that began with “building all the ships in the Trade Federation fleet” and then expanded to constructing other capital ships from the Star Wars prequels.
So far, he’s built six massive, ridiculously-detailed models, including a Venator-Class Star Destroyer (pictured above), General Grievous’s Invisible Hand, a Banking Clan Frigate, a Commerce Guild Destroyer, the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship, and a Trade Federation Cruiser.
Here, Thomas discusses the elements of his Trade Federation Droid Control Ship from Episode I:
It contains about 13,200 pieces and weigh’s approximately 30 pounds. It is 112 cm long from front to back and 102 cm wide from side to side.
It took about 100 hours to design and 3 month’s to construct (about 250 hours of contruction time). I used a detailed picture of the ship from the Episode I Incredible Cross-Sections book
to help design it. Around the inner and outer walls of the ship are over 1000 yellow transparent lights which light up once a light source is placed inside.
Finally, if your wondering, the total cost of the ship is about $1750 US.
Well done, Thomas. You’ll please excuse me, though, if I don’t enthusiastically offer my awe and adulation. After all, the trilogy of films that so enlivened your creative spirit was the same one that ground my spirit into a muddy paste that reeked of spoiled childhood memories and of the plastic of Kenner action figures.