Czech teenager builds second-largest ever Millennium Falcon LEGO model
Seventy thousand: that’s the number of LEGO bricks used by a Czech teenager to build the second-largest ever LEGO model of the Millennium Falcon, the famous star-ship from the Star Wars series. On Tuesday, his creation was officially listed in the Czech Book of Records.
It took Radek Popík, a sixteen-year-old schoolboy from the Moravian town of Bruntál, nearly a year to build the super-detailed version of Han Solo’s famous ship out of LEGO bricks.
When he put the last of the 70,000 LEGO pieces in place, Richard applied to take part in the international LEGO exhibition, organised by the Danish company. To his surprise, he was one of the 20-something people selected to showcase their creations at the prestigious LEGO WORLD event in Copenhagen in February this year:
Radek based his design of the star-ship on LEGO’s Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon, but significantly enlarged its scale. While the off-shelf LEGO series is only around 80 centimetres long, Radek’s version has over 160 centimetres in length.
It also features an elaborate interior with all sorts of details from the Star Wars movies, including the iconic holochess game board.
“My design of the Millennium Falcon is based on the Star Wars series. I just found some pictures of the interior and exterior of the ship on the internet and then I built it. It took me about eight months.”
Radek says he first got the idea to build the LEGO model of Han Solo's famous ship back in 2007, but he had to wait another ten years to make his dream come true:
“When I was four years old, I saw a picture of a LEGO Millennium Falcon on the internet. I asked my mom to buy it for me, but she told me it was too expensive. So ten years later, I decided to build one on my own, and it is even bigger.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, the Pelhřimov-based Good Day Agency officially listed Radek’s Millennium Falcon in the Czech Book of Records. Meanwhile, he already has his eyes set on a new record.
He wants to build an even larger LEGO version of the famous star ship to outmatch the present record-holder from Australia.