The competition ran in parallel with LEGO Ideas’ Xmas-themed Star Wars contest, with basically the same premise: build something holiday-themed in a galaxy far, far away. But where the Ideas platform specifically asked for festive revamps of official sets, the other contest’s brief was more open-ended – build absolutely anything, as long as it’s Star Wars-related and carries a holiday theme.
In the end, the grand prize winner and all four runners-up mostly ran with the Ideas suggestion anyway, whether in lathering snow over 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer or dressing 75255 Yoda up like a shopping centre Santa Claus.
Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran, LEGO Star Wars design director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and FIRST LEGO League alumni Sanjay and Arvind Seshan were on judging duties, with some very cool prizes on offer for the victors.
Engineering teacher Steve Leuer takes home the grand prize of 75192 Millennium Falcon – plus a FIRST LEGO League team or classroom registration – for this sprawling assembly of holiday-themed Star Wars builds, which he built with his son Jack over the course of two weeks. The initial plan involved 75255 Yoda, 75187 BB-8 and a Christmas tree, but soon evolved into something much more.
“Our brains just started running wild with other ideas and pieces we could add,” Leuer told StarWars.com. “Jack would spend any extra time between his distance learning classes to come up with ideas, find pieces, and work on parts of our scene.”
The four runners-up included Lindsay Virgilio and her family’s festive makeover of 10236 Ewok Village; Erik, Annabelle and Eleanor Etz’s Tatooine winter wonderland; Brian Steinberg’s Sandcrawler sleigh and AT-AT reindeer; and Dylan Drew’s snow-covered Star Destroyer. They’ll all receive a bundle of Star Wars sets that includes the much-sought-after (and often sold out) 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport.
Head to StarWars.com to hear from all the winners.