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'Star Wars' exhibit now open at Legoland

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - Stormtroopers, X-wing fighter pilots, Jedi and bounty hunters descended on Legoland California Thursday for the opening of a new "Star Wars" exhibit in Miniland.

More than 1.5 million Lego bricks were used to build miniature versions of places in a galaxy far, far away, including six scenes from the "Star Wars" movies and one from the animated television program "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Visitors can take in a battle scene between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn on the planet Naboo, a showdown between budding Jedi and ferocious creatures in the Geonosis arena and an amassing of Wookiee troops on the planet Kashyyyk.

Re-creating the Wookiees was especially challenging, with one Wookiee model taking 30 minutes to an hour to build, said Ryan Ziegelbauer, a master model builder at Legoland California.

"There are a lot of pieces in there because Wookiees are very fury creatures," he said.

"Star Wars" purists can also relive scenes from the original movies released in the 1970s and '80s, including Luke Skywalker's childhood home on the planet Tatooine, a battle at the rebel base on the icy planet Hoth and the forest moon of Endor, where the Ewoks live.

Another scene shows the planet Christophsis from the cartoon "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Visitors can also pose with life-size models of Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

Assembling the exhibit's 2,000 models took 13 months of work, according to Legoland staff.

For those who can't make it to the park, a webcam is available on the park's Internet site.

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