Lego crowns UK's Ultimate Lego Star Wars fan

Katie Roberts

By Katie Roberts

March 19th 2012 at 11:40AM
Lego crowns UK's Ultimate Lego Star Wars fan

12 year-old wins nationwide competition in Star Wars: The Clone Wars magazine.

Brighton-based Phoenix Rist-Woolven was one of over 150 entries and fought off the competition with his  collection of Lego models and wowed staff with his allegiance to the brand.

"This was the first competition I’ve ever entered," said Rist-Woolven. "I feel so lucky to have been picked and was completely speechless when Lego contacted me."

Justin Clasby, brand manager, Lego Star Wars UK, commented: "We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries we received for this competition and some of the entrants' collections and creations were just phenomenal.

"It was extremely difficult to select a winner but Phoenix clearly stood out as someone who lived and breathed the Lego Star Wars universe."

Now of ‘semi-professional’ Lego building status, Rist-Woolven made model magic when he was rewarded with a once in a lifetime Star Wars prize on Saturday. As the worthy winner he got the opportunity to lay the last Lego brick at the new Star Wars Miniland Experience and meet the model makers behind the build.

Built from over 1.5 million Lego bricks, the new Star Wars Miniland Experience at Legoland Windsor officially opened its doors at the weekend.

The dedicated indoor fansite is modelled on seven of the most famous scenes from the iconic Star Wars movies in which the star of the day, Phoenix, was responsible for placing the final brick on the Millennium Falcon.

Rist-Woolven started collecting the iconic film memorabilia aged five when he was first given a Lego Star Wars Cloud Car for Christmas and from then on his passion grew.

The winner's collection now fills his entire bedroom, the main feature being his specially dedicated Lego Star Wars bookcase, in which he displays some of his larger Lego Star Wars models and Minifigures. His collection includes more than 114 sets.