The formal element to the shindig was short, with a brief introduction from local LEGO and Disney staff and a recap presentation of the last 20 years, before Jan Neergaard Olesen, LEGO Star Wars Senior Designer, stepped forward and introduced himself.
After a brief explanation of his nearly-20 year career with LEGO, Jan directed the attention of the attending audience to the mock-up of a LEGO Star Wars designers office space where the full range of 20th Anniversary Edition sets was on display with their predecessors.
The rest of the floor space of the venue, where it wasn’t taken up by those lucky enough to attend, was given over to display cases, interactive features and enough hors d’oeuvres to satiate a Wookiee.
Typically for LEGO there was a special build event attached to the occasion, and attendees were given the chance to construct a one-off Millennium Falcon, designed by LEGO Certified Professional Rene Hoffmeister (design-in-stein.de).
All but one of the parts – the base with the 20th anniversary logo specially printed by steindrucker.com – are standard and can be assembled using the instructions created (with permission) by stonewars.de.
Click on the image above to download a step-buy-step PDF and be sure to visit the previous link for tips on parts, and you can download an inventory list care of Rebelscum.
And if all of that wasn’t special enough, LEGO provided all their guests with a goodie bag to take home with them!
* steine is German for stones – aka bricks!
This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 31st of May, 2019.
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.