For May the Fourth the folks at Wired decided to recreate one of the final scenes in Return of the Jedi where Vader’s Super Star Destroyer crashes head first into the Death Star and explodes. Except that instead of using a CG simulation, or even a movie-caliber model, they simply dropped the hard-to-find $800 Lego Super Star Destroyer that’s built from over 3,00o pieces. If you have a weak stomach, you’ll want to look away.

It took the Wired team about 16 hours to build the model, and just seconds to drop it. But if there’s a silver lining to this dark cloud, it’s that they also decided to film the ship’s destruction at 1,000 frames per second, resulting in some spectacular high-speed footage as it explodes into hundreds of chunks of Lego. [YouTube via The Awesomer]

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