Master Your Force this May with The LEGO® Group and LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort Print

Come and celebrate with the world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falconbeing built by the galaxy’s only father-son LEGO Master Builder team - Daniel Steininger and Christopher Steininger

[Iskandar Puteri, April 8, 2016] The month of May would be the perfect time for adult fans to share their Star Wars love with their children, with a unique LEGO® twist! LEGO Star Wars Days is set to be bigger than ever this year – in fact, it will be the largest LEGOStar Wars event in the region thanks to a collaboration between The LEGO® Group and LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort with plenty of great family bonding activities over not just one day, but a whole month. This year will feature activities for everyone – from building iconic LEGO Star Wars spaceships like the Millennium Falcon to reminiscing about scenes from all six episodes of the franchise and The Clone Wars, in the fully air-conditioned LEGO Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND. To make it even more fun, children dressed up in a Star Wars outfit will get free entry.

What more could a fan want than to participate in building the biggest Millennium Falcon made from LEGO bricks? From 30 April to 2 May, LEGOLAND has the honour of playing host to Asia’s only Master Builder event with the world’s only father-son LEGO Master Builder team – Daniel Steininger and Christopher Steininger. They’ll be at LEGOLAND to build the iconic spaceship using more than 200,000 bricks to put together. Throughout the three day period, fans can get the chance to meet the most senior Master Builder in the world, and be part of building this amazing creation – the parent child duo will be stationed in the LEGOLAND Theme Park, welcoming guests to place a brick on the massive creation.

This all comes to a grand finish on 3 May when the last brick will be placed to complete theMillennium Falcon during a media session together with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort’s guests-of-honour. Guests at LEGOLAND will also get to bring home a piece of the action by building their own mini limited edition Millennium Falcon as a take-home reminder of the day's amazing Star Wars memories! The big spaceship will be on display at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort till end of May – but that’s not all, as there will also be two TIE Fighters being built on 7 – 8 May, which guest can also help to build.

Throughout the weekend of 7 – 8 May, LEGOLAND will have a flurry of activities to celebrate all things Star Wars. Fans can witness a real-life Imperial March led by an army of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader alongside a variety of characters from the franchise, with more than 90 Star Wars costumers from the 501st Legion taking part.

Another way that fans can be a part of the LEGO Star Wars fever is through the “Build Your Own Dream LEGO Star Wars Starship” social media competition! From April 21 – May 8, parents will have a great opportunity to partner their child in the building of a LEGOStar Wars starship of their dreams. To enter, participants need to upload a photograph of their completed LEGO Star Wars starship on LEGOLAND Malaysia Resorts’ Facebook page with the hashtags “#MasterYourForce” and“#LEGOStarWarsDays”. After a week of judging by the LEGO Master Builders, ten winners will be picked and special prizes will be awarded on May 14.

For fans who love to create their own Star Wars scenes with LEGO, the My Own Creation (MOC) competition is something they would not want to miss. Over at LEGOLAND, they would able to view the final 99 models chosen from countries in the region including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. This year, the competition has been segmented into three categories 7-15 years old, above 15 years old and finally the new category – parent and child. The winners of the respective categories will be awarded on May 8, with the winning MOCs on display in the Park till 31 May 2016.

“Celebrating LEGO Star Wars Days with guests has always been a huge priority for us here at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and this year we decided to go all out with The LEGO Group to bring many great activities for Star Wars fans. It's also our honour to host Daniel and Christopher here to build the largest LEGO Millennium Falcon, alongside two TIE Fighters and having our friends from the 501st Legion to participate in the Imperial March over the weekend”, shares Mark Germyn, General Manager of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

“This is the grandest full-fledged partnership that The LEGO Group is doing with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, and the synergy is absolutely wonderful – we know that Star Wars fans love the sets that we have, and this is a chance for parents to show their children what they’ve loved since they themselves were kids. The LEGO Star WarsMiniland is the perfect place for them to show exactly what LEGO Star Wars can be like in creating the world of the beloved franchise. We’re very excited and we can’t wait for everyone to experience all this!” said Dick Yoong, Country Manager, LEGO Malaysia.

Every weekend over the month of May, Park guests will be able to bring home a piece of the action with a mini LEGO Millennium Falcon. Families will also be able to participate in the LEGO Star Wars Activity Trail – a treasure-hunt, by participating in all LEGO Star Wars related activities in the park & be rewarded with a special gift.

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About LEGO®

The LEGO® Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932. It is the LEGO philosophy that ‘good quality play’ enriches a child’s life – and lays the foundation for later adult life. We believe that play is a key element in children’s growth and development and stimulates the imagination and the emergence of ideas and creative expression. All LEGO products are based on this underlying philosophy of learning and development through play.

About LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

The LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort brings together a LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions and designed for families with children aged 2-12. It’s the first of its kind in Asia and offers adventure, education and fun for action-packed day trips or short break destination.

About Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season).Merlin currently has thirteen attractions in Asia including Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Wuhan, China; the fantastic LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort with its theme park, hotel and water park; world leading aquaria in Busan, Bangkok and Shanghai, - underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator; LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; with one more to open in 2015 in Istanbul. New LEGOLAND Parks will also open in Dubai in 2016 and Japan and South Korea in 2017. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.

Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd., (formerly known as Cameron Highlands Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations in Malaysia. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry by bringing premier world-class hotels, resorts, golf courses and attractions to the region. Its current key investment portfolio comprises of Desaru Coast - Malaysia’s first integrated luxury destination, LEGOLAND® Malaysia - the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur & KidZania Singapore - an indoor family education and entertainment centre, Puteri Harbour South – a quay side lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, Little Big Club – a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, along with the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – The Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi. The Els Club Malaysia will add two more championship golf courses to its stable with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast and The Els Club Desaru Valley, both located in Desaru Coast. Working with renowned global and local partners and brands, TAR&H aims to be the leading Leisure & Tourism Group bringing world-class destinations to South East Asia, creating over 1,500 jobs.