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Insanity! Dude Uses 45,000 LEGOs to Recreate All the Capital Ships from the Star Wars Prequels

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.

LEGO Venator Star Destroyer

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.

LEGO Banking Clan Frigate

LEGO Trade Federation Droid Control Ship

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.

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6 comments… add one
  • nickolai January 19, 2009, 9:53 am

    Pretty freakin sweet!

    But are all six ships built in the same scale?

  • Great White Snark January 22, 2009, 3:41 am

    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: You have scale issues.

  • nickolai January 23, 2009, 11:00 am

    Scale matters, GWS.

    Especially if you’re going to pose up some Lego space battles like Thomas is: do you think the Trade Federation should have a 1 foot-to-1 inch scale advantage over the Republic? That would suck.

  • Cyclonus February 20, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Man they look sweet. Next you should do a Johnny Five from short circuit.

  • wyatt January 30, 2010, 9:58 pm

    can these sets fit minifigs in them?

  • Camille July 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    The only Republic ship that you need are Acclamators. If I’m correct that ship was also present in the battle. The mayor part of the fleet was Venator cruiser.

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