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Gabe has completed the new Lego Millennium Falcon. It is awesome and so is he.

January 2, 2016

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It took days, but fewer than you might suppose.  And it is awesome.  Gabe took on several bagfuls of bricks a day and worked painstakingly through an instruction manual of well over a hundred pages.

Ooooh, oooh, oooh!  And this is what it looks like when you open up the cleverly floral roof sections and see inside….

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It comes with a variety of figurines – including of course (I say ‘of course’) Rey – who has been unfairly under-represented in the figurine distribution.

Oddly enough, the Lego Millennium Falcon ends up looking considerably more impressive than the actual Millennium Falcon in the movies – which is always depicted as being dusty and beaten up and a bit rubbish looking.  (Although not least of the reasons why The Force Awakens is light years better than the prequels is that it restored the junky, messy, industrial look of A New Hope.)

The Lego Falcon is a thing of beauty.   And as our nine year old assembled it, its construction became a process of beauty two.  Here is the Falcon nearing completion…

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Of course, with any model making, perhaps the most beautiful moment is about two thirds of the way in when you achieve enough (both at the level of structure and detail) to be able to extrapolate the remainder.

As he told us of its construction, Gabe explained that it felt like a very different exercise to quantifiably comparable projects such as the Lego Battle of Helm’s Deep – completed last year.  When building that fortress it had been (he said) more of a matter of building a section, moving it to one side, building another section and then clicking it onto the first.  The Falcon on the other hand represented the slow realisation of a single coherent form.  Certain sections only just clicked together.  Certain mistake involved exposing systemic weaknesses.  Mistakes were made.  Steps had to be retraced.

Gabe’s triumph was therefore a triumph of temperament apart from anything else.  I prefer Gabe’s Millennium Falcon to Rudyard Kipling’s “If” – but the message is the same.  If you can realise that you’ve made a horrible mistake and calmly and patiently retrace your steps then you’ve achieved a measure of adulthood.

(Someone like Margaret Thatcher could not, incidentally, do this – making her to some extent a moral and intellectual coward.)

The sad thing now is that he can’t play with this thing of beauty without risking its destruction.  Lego is an ephemeral medium.  It is intended as an ephemeral medium.  Shortly after the Falcon’s completion we sat and watched the wonderful Lego Movie and Gabe confided that he had at various points empathised with the desire to crazy-glue his construction into decisive finality.

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The film, however, was very clear in its message that this would be a bad thing.  One day, the Lego Millennium Falcon will be no more.  I just hope that he’s mature enough to handle this bereavement.  I also sort of hope it doesn’t happen before he’s thirty.

 

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