Lego Inside Tour – Day Two building event

The Inside Tour building challenge took place on the evening of Wednesday 6th of May (and into the following night for some of us). We were presented with a page-long description of the task at hand and had to finish by 8.30 the next morning. There were certain criteria to fill, but I won't reveal those and give future tour participants too much of an advantage. But yes, you are allowed to build models from Star Wars, Super Heroes, TMNT or any other universe. And I suppose you have to stay away from Technic machine guns and the like. If you didn't have a clue about what to build, there was a magic hat from which a picture could be drawn. There were lots of elements to choose from, although not the full range. There were large drawers organized by type, shape and color and we could pick whatever we wanted as long as we didn't impede other builders. In addidtion, there were extra bins with Technic and Bionicle elememnts on a table next to the drawers. We could even find some minifigs. Lots of different themes and ideas crystallized during the next few hours. Some people helped each other, some people talked and some people just built. At times, especially during the first couple of hours, the drawers were packed with people. I'd recommend not sitting too far away from them, I kept running back and forth and forgot what I was going for a few times. Some people left early and others kept going into the night. Myself and Pete finished around 3 AM, but there were still people working on their creations. I believe Peter M. went on until 4.15 AM and was relieved by Tracy who then started building and just finished her crystal healing clinic in time. I built a Star Wars starship, the medical frigate from Empire Strikes Back (Nebulon-B class frigate), in midi scale. There have been a few LEGO Star Wars sets in midi scale earlier, like the 7778 Millennium Falcon and the 8099 Star Destroyer. They offer both playability and a certain amount of display value. I added some flick missiles to the bottom of the ship, a mini Millennium Falcon that can dock underneath when the stand is removed, carrying handle for maximum swooshability and a display stand on which the ship can rotate. Not too happy about the stand itself, it just became a big black blob of Technic bricks, but creativity was fading at close to three o'clock in the morning. There is a picture of the model in the gallery below. More photos in the upcoming day three post, related to the Inside Tour Award Show. Verdict:  for me, this was one of the tour highlights. Once you get into "the building flow zone", the hours fly by like there's no tomorrow. To have a large assortment of bricks and elements, all sorted and accessible, is a real treat. I loved to see the other participants use their creativity and produce a bunch of cool models. Some of the desingers wandered around and provided tips for us along the way. I got some great advice from Lee Magpili (Mindstorms EV3), Olav Krøigaard (UCS sets 75059 Sandcrawler and 75095 TIE Fighter) and Sr. Design Manager Andy Woodman. I love building both sets and MOCs, so for me this was a dream come true. Thanks both to LEGO / the LIT team and to fellow participants for a magical night! 🙂 Disclaimer: the images in the gallery below are courtesy of fellow participant Sebastien Doneux. Thanks a bunch for providing them!

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