If you ve got the time, lack of willpower when it comes to buying shiny things, space to house a giant plastic sphere, and the money, you actually might want to build it anyway.
So when the company recently retired its old Death Star collector s set a set popular enough to have been continuously sold since 2008 to make way for shiny new version that was basically the same, with a few upgrades and new minifigures, I saw it as an opportunity to stretch my usual Lego habits: get a set I d long been wanting to own, and build something considerably larger than any other Lego set I d built before.
When Lego released all of its new Star Wars products at the end of September to mark Rogue One s Force Friday, I threw down a considerable chunk of money—$500, to be precise, making this both one of the biggest and most expensive Lego sets available—and eagerly awaited its arrival.
The thing is, you don t really think about the fact that four thousand pieces of Lego—4,016, to be precise—is a humongous amount of Legos until you see them splayed out on your kitchen table in an endless sea of studded bricks, threatening to consume everything in sight.
By the end of that first weekend, I mostly felt like I hated myself for buying the Death Star , Lego for making it , and the Empire itself for designing everything in the exact two same shades of grey .
The process of building a modern Lego set, unlike the sets of your childhood where you spent just as much time rooting around the box for the one piece you needed, is highly regimented—section by section, it s divided and split into sets of bags, easily numbered so you know which exact amounts you need to build each specific piece.