LEGO® Star Wars™ Days Brings Out Fans of All Ages to LEGOLAND® California Resort
June 16, 2013

New LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing starfighter is highlight of themed annual event

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 15, 2013) – Thousands of people dressed as their favorite Star Wars™ characters came to LEGOLAND® California Resort for the first day of LEGO® Star Wars™ Days. The opening of the annual two-day galactic event held June 15 and 16, attracted fans of all ages dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters. LEGOLAND California’s newest addition, the massive life-size LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing starfighter, was a huge hit with guests.

Weighing more than 45,000 pounds and created from five million LEGO bricks, the world’s largest LEGO model was revealed to Park guests for the first time on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The 1:1 replica X-wing model is 11 feet tall, stretches 43 feet long and has a wingspan of 44 feet.

Next to the X-wing hangar, guests spent time creatively building in a LEGO Star Wars Building Competition in Imagination Zone, testing their Star Wars knowledge with Jedi Trivia, participating in a Droid Hunt, LEGO Star Wars T-shirt Contest, Star Wars Costume Contest and interacting with members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion.

Fans were further immersed into the Star Wars experience as they walked through the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display which includes scenes from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ all replicated in 1:20 scale using more than 1.5 million LEGO® bricks. The LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery also added to the experience as guests encountered three-feet-tall LEGO minifigures of 12 famous Star Wars characters including Princess Leia, Wicket and Darth Maul.

In Miniland U.S.A., guests searched for Yoda to win prizes and enjoyed the LEGO Star Wars Fan Gallery on top of the Model Shop where local fans and LEGO Club members displayed some of their favorite LEGO Star Wars creations.

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel which opened on April 5, 2013. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima 4-D movie.  SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than 7 slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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