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LOGAN — Logan jeweler S.E. Needhams recently created a solid gold Han Solo Lego piece and an entertaining YouTube video — backstory and stop-motion included — to go along with it.

In the charming video, Lego Han and Darth Vader meet at Needhams to discuss a marriage proposal to Princess Leia, Solo’s love and Vader’s daughter. The setup was a trap, however, and Han finds himself encased in a foreign substance, this time in 14K gold instead of carbonite.

Watching the video, made by JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is actually really satisfying. You get to see plaster poured over the Lego into a cylinder and the mold baked in a 2,000-degree Fahrenheit burnout furnace, which the video voiceover said “radiated more heat than both suns on Tatoine.” That amount of heat vaporized the plastic and 14K gold heated to 1,900 degrees was then poured in to fill the Han Solo-shaped cavity.

After cooling, the mold was broken, the plaster removed with a small drill and the golden figure tumbled until shiny. After a little polishing, buffing and a dip in a very Star Wars galaxy-like ultrasonic cleaning bath, Han emerges looking more droid than smuggler.

This video hits a few notes: Star Wars, behind-the-scenes of jewelry making and stop-action goodness. The fact that it was filmed in Utah is just icing on the quirky video cake.

The music for the video was provided by PlayerPiano and the effects done by Ideas for Hollywood.

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Last night at Comic-Con’s preview night, The latest LEGO CUUSOO set Back to the Future went on sale. Along with it came the official announcement posted on the CUUSOO site. If that’s not enough information for you. The brothers over at The Brother’s Brick got a preview copy to review. which is informative, and provides some otherwise unpublished published pictures.

I could take some time and type a whole raft of comments and notes about what I can see in the set, but instead I think I’d be better off limiting it to what I see as the major points and then letting you look through the pictures, and watch the Video for yourself.

Major Points

  • New Minifigures
  • Custom printed tiles for license plates and interior
  • It’s a Delorean
  • On sale now at Comic-Con, then world wide on August 1st
  • Will available from LEGO Stores, LEGO.com, and select retailers
  • Costs $US 34.99

The Pictures

The Design Video