Lego Timelapse: Millennium Falcon

There is one thing I like to do to keep the kid inside me alive. Okay, well there’s probably more than one thing, but whatever! Yes, I still like to buy Lego sets every now and then. It’s fun to take a break from everything else and simply build something awesome.

Now that I’m older though, I have certain self-imposed rules I follow. I only buy the Technic sets because they are more intense, and I only get the Star Wars sets from the original trilogy. Yes, I have standards when it comes to building Legos…what a nerd right?

I’ve wanted this Millennium Falcon for a long time now. It reminds me of the giant toy my friend had when I was a kid. If you’re a guy you know it. The top came off, you could stand your men up inside. It was the bomb.

So when my wife asked what I wanted for a belated birthday gift, this was the answer. I started to build it on Monday night and then realized…this set is huge, with 1254 pieces…so why not timelapse it?

I took it apart, got everything ready and started shooting a frame every 10 seconds. It took three and a half hours to complete! Lyla helped a little bit and Eli was there to cheer us on a few times.

I hope you enjoy this. The music is from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Also see some stills below of the final product.

Here’s looking at you kid

Legos AT-AT Walker Star Wars

(for those with smaller resolutions, click on the image to see it without having to scroll)

I’ve always loved Legos, ever since I was a little kid. My brother and I have pictures of us every Christmas surrounded by new Lego sets, just anxious to build them and then tear them apart to make what we really wanted.

Because when you are younger and play with Legos, it’s all about your imagination. I wont even get into everything that we made as kids.

These days…as I approach 40…Legos are still fun, but I treat them differently. I buy the Technic sets, or the original Star Wars sets, and then put them on a shelf to admire. They are pretty much models to me now.

The set in the image above is of a AT-AT Walker from Return of the Jedi. The actual size of this thing is over 1.5 feet, which is massive. It took a couple of sittings over a weekend to finish. It’s huge. Lots of pieces. Awesome.

So why did I take a photoof it? Well, this photographer I know named Chris Nitz takes some sweet pictures of Legos. And then he came up with an awesome idea for Lego Wars (read about it here) and I just had to participate.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so it was a total experiment. I had an idea of wanting to shoot this big guy as he looked down on a little Lego man, but it didn’t work out. What I did do is place a blue light from a pen I had inside the head to give the eyes a blueish glow. Behind the model I put a simple flashlight to give some backlight and shadows. Shot the entire thing on the back patio. In post-processing I played with the Cyberpunk filter in Phototools to give it an overall blue tone.

A ton of fun to do and execute. I’m looking forward next time to doing something with actual Lego men…and with that I need to visit the Lego store in town to snatch up some of them.

Thanks a lot Chris for putting this together and can’t wait to see all the entries!

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.2, iso 100, 20 seconds)