A Florida teacher and self proclaimed LEGO geek has created a Star Wars master-piece using 30,000 LEGO pieces.
LEGO artist Jay Hoff recreated the arrival of the emperor scene from Star Wars for Science Discovery Day at Berkeley Preparatory School Tampa, and says he worked for six months creatingthe 6-foot-by-6-foot replica of a scene from “Return of the Jedi,” where the Emperor lands on the uncompleted Death Star to inspect Darth Vader’s progress.
Hoff spent six months piecing it together from around 30,000 pieces and populating it with 388 miniature LEGO figurines. Everything he used, apart from the starfield background which is a hand painted posterboard is made from LEGO and you can imagine the kids’ reaction when their teacher unveiled his creation. It depicts a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, specifically when the Emperor arrives to inspect the new Death Star. Unfortunately, he had to use Clone Troopers instead of Storm Troopers because apparently they are a lot cheaper. All in all, Jay Hoff spent around $2,300 on his amazing LEGO model, which is apparently the largest Star Wars scene ever created with the popular plastic bricks.
Hoff says he’s been a LEGO geek since 1973, when he built a biplane out of a set that came with a Burger King kids’ meal.
“I’ve been crazy about LEGO ever since and began collecting it again in the early 90′s, especially when the Star Wars kits started coming out,” said Hoff.