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Local teen builds LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon in 20 hours

The force is with one Idaho Falls teen who is celebrating Thursday’s release of the new Star Wars movie. Tanner Pincock built the LEGO version of the Millennium Falcon in honor of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The LEGO Star Wars design team said spending 15 hours on the company’s biggest set would be a quick build — Pincock said he finished his in 20 hours.

“I bought it on my own. It took me, I think 2 years to save up the money for it. It cost $800, it’s 7,541 pieces, and it took me 20 hours to build,” said Tanner Pincock, a junior from Compass Academy.

This collector’s Millennium Falcon is the largest and most expensive set LEGO has ever sold. At 33 inches long, 22 inches wide and 8 inches tall, Pincock placed every single piece with admiration and care by himself.

“When I was five or six, we watched all the Star Wars movies and I just loved them and they were so much to me. So, I got into them and since then I’ve just always had a love towards them,” said Pincock.

Even with the instructions, this professional set challenged him with precision.

“The toughest part was probably the cockpit because it was such a delicate form and such a different angle. It was just a hard thing to build because you have to put every single piece in and the angle has to be just right for it. So, it’s pretty complicated,” said Pincock.

Needless to say, Pincock is very proud of his impressive masterpiece.

“I’ve always had a love for LEGOs and this is the king of LEGO sets, so I had to get it. To have a set this professional and this amazing, it was just such a sense of amazement. Just how incredible it was to build it,” said Pincock.

For Christmas, he asked for a collector’s display to house his Millennium Falcon.
The first showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at Edwards Theater in Idaho Falls is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Pincock said he’s been holding onto to his tickets for over a month and is excited the time has finally come to see it with his friends.

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