In addition to our normal duties at Skyscanner, we’ll have the occasional team night out, company parties, and even a day when we get out of the office to go hiking. When Mark Logan, our COO, brought up the idea of building a LEGO Death Star to help us remind ourselves not to do massive projects ‘all in one go’, it got us thinking. “Let’s build a LEGO Death Star”. Many people were interested, but in the end, five people from Skyscanner were chosen to complete the Death Star – which now sits in the company canteen.
The build took around 32 hours to complete, which ‘sounds about right’ to Maxx Kroes, who runs a LEGO building site called The Brick Blogger. Hugh Beauchamp, Mike Moran, Matt Smith, Scott Anderson, and Andrew Phillips all took shots at building the Death Star brick by brick.
While the guys love collaborating at work, it seems building LEGO structures together became a little cramped as the structure increased in size. With all five construction workers in action it reduces the building area, but sometimes having multiple people around are ‘necessary, and just more pleasant’, according to Warren Elsmore, a local Edinburgh resident and large-scale lego builder. Thankfully, Skyscanner’s LEGO builders play well together and it didn’t result in any tantrums or arguments that lead to lunchtime food fights.
“Good work”, said Huw Millington, of Brickset. But he brought us back down to earth when he followed up with: “You could have done it faster”. Gutted. Well Huw, maybe you could come up and demonstrate your amazing quick building skills?
How did we do? Any suggestions for the next build? Tell us below and we’ll make sure to pass it along to Hugh, Mike, Andrew, Matt and Scott!
A special thanks to Huw Millington, Max Kroes, and Warren Elsmore for contributing to the article.