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After images were posted and taken down last week on their South Korean website, the 3187 piece LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Master Builder Series (#75290) gets the red carpet treatment at StarWars.com and LEGO Star Wars design director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen talks with the official site about this long-awaited set.

StarWars.com: I think I speak for all LEGO Star Wars fans when I say, Finally! Tell us about why this was the right time for a big, accurate Mos Eisley Cantina set.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen: The Mos Eisley cantina scene is something special to most Star Wars fans but also for us at the LEGO Group. That’s why we have made it into LEGO sets several times; however, these sets have all been smaller models. The idea of creating a big, super-detailed version has been a dream for many years! We knew that a set like this would require a lot of minifigures — several of them with new molded heads. This time around we had the opportunity to make these, and then create the best set we could imagine, with most of the cool iconic aliens included as LEGO minifigures.

StarWars.com: The expansiveness of the set is incredible, from Han and Greedo and their booth, to the Dewback pen outside. What was the research and design process like?

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen: We have, of course, watched the movie sequence of the cantina over and over again. We have also collected all the photographic reference we could, from Lucasfilm Licensing, books, and more.

We decided from the beginning that we wanted to create a model with a super-detailed interior. It should be possible to recreate all the scenes from the movie with it! That wasn’t enough, though. We wanted the model to look accurate and very detailed on the outside, also. We believe we succeeded there by adding the Dewback, the Jawa junk shop, and all the other smaller details. All this was included to give the LEGO model the very special atmosphere in and around the Mos Eisley cantina as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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