Yoda Guy goes to Town at STEAM
James Sutton is well known to many people in the LEGO fan community, but probably better known as 'the Yoda guy', based on his most famous recreation of Steve Gerling's Jedi Master from Star Wars Celebration II. Over the past few years, James has excelled at building replicas of some amazing models built by LEGO Master Builders – he's tackled C-3PO, R2-D2 and Jango Fett all built by Erik Varszegi to name but a few.
This year, for the Great Western LEGO Show, James is tackling something a bit different - and with a twist. You may have seen Jamie Berard's incredible Town Hall, originally built for the 1000steine event in Germany in 2007. Jamie's a designer at the LEGO Company and creator of the 'Cafe Corner' series of modular buildings, of which there are now five. Jamie created the Town Hall specifically for the 1000steine show in 2007 with no intention of it ever being available as a set. Our James isn't going to bring an exact replica of the Town Hall to the Great Western LEGO Show, he's going to build one at the Great Western LEGO Show! James reckons he'll complete the build in a day, with help from his glamorous assistant and long term LEGO buddy, Tim Fegan. If they do finish it on Day 1 of the show, they get to rip it apart overnight and build it again on Day 2, so there will always be some building activity underway.
And also, as a stunning gift to the LEGO community, James is going to publish complete building instructions for the Town Hall after the event. I've seen James' instructions of other models and they are of astounding quality, so this is something we're really looking forward to.
We know that people building at the show is always a hit with visitors, so when you come along, make sure you stop by and have a chat with James and Tim. Apparently, they can build and talk at the same time...I certainly know they can talk! The chances are, they'll be sitting next to Yoda.