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Posted on Monday 3 March 2008 at 3:14 pm

My Weekend Adventure with an 8-Foot Lego Artoo

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Saturday afternoon, I found out that Lego Brick Masters were at a mall up close to DC building an 8-foot tall R2-D2. I was rather upset that I didn't know about this event sooner and couldn't stand the thought of missing out on seeing millions of Lego bricks made into the coolest droid of all time. So I called a friend of mine (Julia a.k.a. littlepixiechic, my roommate from my first year at William and Mary) who lives kind of in the greater DC/Baltimore metro area. She agreed to put me up (put up with me?) for the weekend. After briefly considering making the trip on my motorcycle (I decided I needed more time to plan back roads and rest stops and warmer weather might be preferable) and getting all my gadgets and gizmos together (GPS so I could find where I was going, handheld computer for music on the drive, and camera for photos), I was on the road a little before 5:00 at at her apartment by around 8:00.

Julia and I had a nice evening chatting over dinner (and completely ignoring her poor boyfriend) and chatting away most of the night. Sunday, we had a leisurely breakfast, went to Tysons Corner Center in McLean, VA to see my R2, went back to her apartment to play some Harry Potter board games, and then I was on the road back to my little corner of Southern Virginia. It was a very nice weekend and I really should do stuff like that (meaning any of: little mini-trips, hanging with Julia, Star Wars fun, and Lego fun) much more often. As much fun as it was just to chill with Julia, the highlight of the weekend was of course the Lego Artoo.

When Julia and I got there, we came in on the second story of the mall and had a nice over-head view of R2. The Brick Masters had already been at work on the large model for two-and-a-half days, so it was nearing completion.

We went downstairs and I strolled around taking photos of the big and little R2s from most every angle:

Close up


and Back

I was rather impressed with the system they had for building the large R2. Obviously these guys have been doing this kind of thing for a long time and it was cool to watch them in action. What at first might appear to be general chaos was rather organized

First, they had tables where kids could follow directions to essentially turn regular 2 x 8 Lego bricks into gigantic Lego bricks that I think were about 8 x 16 x 3.

The kids would then drop off their bricks and get a coupon to take to the store for a certificate showing they'd helped in building Artoo.

The Brick Masters then used the kids' "bricks" to build the giant R2-D2.

They frequently referred back to the small model Artoo and appeared to be essentially using one giant kid-built "brick" in place of one regular brick on the small model in order to scale it up.

We were at the mall for maybe an hour or so. I'm really not sure. We shopped at the temporary Lego store set up to accompany the event (I got a brick separator and a small bucket of random red and black pieces in hopes of getting all the lost pieces from my Lego train. I think I have five of the six missing pieces so I got close), went to the book store, and a few other little things. We went back by Artoo from the floor above on our way out. They'd made quite a bit of progress in the time we were there.

All-in-all, it was one of the most fun weekends I've had in quite some time!


Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 8:33 pm on 03 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I should totally head over to Tyson's Corner while I'm here this weekend - that looks pimp. Thanks for posting about it!
bratty_jedi at 8:40 pm on 03 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It was very cool! The building of it was this weekend and I've no idea how long it will be left up.
duncatra at 10:30 pm on 03 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Do you mind if I nab a photo (not hotlinking) and post a link to this over at Club Jade later tonight?
bratty_jedi at 11:07 pm on 03 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
That's fine. Thanks for asking first.
duncatra at 8:47 am on 04 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Cool; Thanks. Entry will be up in the morning. :)
A. Askew
anivad at 2:58 am on 04 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
This is awesome.
bratty_jedi at 3:03 am on 04 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It was VERY cool!
littlepixiechic at 4:51 pm on 08 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so bad at commenting on time! It's been a crazy crazy week!

The Lego R2-D2 was pretty awesome, I must say, even if the little gremlins surrounding it were less than awesome. You're totally welcome to crash at my place anytime and thank you for the gift card to Barnes & Noble! It was great to see you, hang out, and make Ron listen to us discussing the WM history department:) I will have to plan a trip down to Williamsburg when you have time to hang out.
bratty_jedi at 9:50 pm on 08 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I could have certainly used fewer gremlins but I guess that is a necessary evil when dealing with something like Legos.

I loved hanging out with you! We should totally do it more often.

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