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LEGO E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial diorama

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was an immediate blockbuster when it was first released in 1982, and is still considered one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film captured the hearts and imagination of the generation growing up in the 1980s. Interestingly, even though E.T. includes everything from a spaceship to aliens to kid-friendly adventures, it is rare to see a LEGO creation based on the film. LEGO themselves only released one small set; the #71258 LEGO Dimensions E.T. Fun Pack, with E.T. and the iconic red telephone. 🙂

While LEGO never gave us a proper set related to the film, at least we got an E.T. minifigure in the LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack, which inspired LEGO fans Jon and Catherine Stead to pay proper respect to the iconic movie. The two of them built the final scene from the film, where Elliott – watched by his older brother Michael, younger sister Gertie, and family dog Harley – bid farewell to E.T. at the doors of the spaceship. E.T. leaves Elliott after pointing to his heart and saying “I’ll be right there…” – which, of course, made everyone in theatre tear up.

According to Jon and Catherine, this LEGO creation was built on a 68×68 stud base. The spaceship itself weights about 1.45kg, and stands 45cm high with a diameter of 30cm. They share that the landing feet were a big challenge to build because of the large mass of the spaceship. The trees stand about 38 cm tall. While E.T. himself is from the above-mentioned LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack, the rest of the minifigures were custom built from various LEGO minifig parts by Catherine.

Above are a few additional angles of the whole diorama. Notice that the spaceship uses both old light-gray and new light-gray LEGO elements, which is a combination normally seen in LEGO castle creations. The subtle variation in color gives the spaceship a worn look. And below is a picture of the whole gang; E.T., Elliott, Michael, Gertie, and Harvey. You can find additional images in Jon and Catherine’s flickr gallery.

I was really happy to see this LEGO creation, as E.T. is rare to see in LEGO. I highly recommend checking out the close-up pictures because there are so many wonderful little details to discover. And if you would like to get the #71258 LEGO Dimensions E.T. Fun Pack, check on Amazon, as it is already sold out directly from LEGO. Here is the link: LEGO DIMENSIONS E.T. ON AMAZON

What do you think? How do you like this LEGO E.T. diorama? Did you ever built anything related to the movie? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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  • jabber-baby-wocky June 21, 2017, 11:59 AM

    This is amazing! Beautiful spaceship! And wonderful scene! I wonder if the spaceship has an interior.

    • PrashBricks June 21, 2017, 12:42 PM

      Yeah, I was wondering that too…

    • admin June 21, 2017, 4:40 PM

      I don’t think so, otherwise I’m sure they would have been posted.

  • DavidH June 21, 2017, 12:46 PM

    This brings back so many memories watching the film the first time. Wonderfully done. As far as the interior question, I don’t recall ever seeing an interior scene from the movie.

  • hushpuppy June 21, 2017, 1:28 PM

    This is amazing! Would love to build it myself! That round shape for the spaceship must be pretty tough to recreate though.

    • admin June 21, 2017, 4:41 PM

      It’s actually not that hard. It’s a standard sphere build from plates around bricks with studs on the sides. I haven’t built one this big, but build a number of smaller ones.

      • Håkan June 21, 2017, 4:50 PM

        I figured you should be able to construct spherical hulls through pairs of wedge plates, connected through hinge plates. Sort of like building an igloo.

        I haven’t really tried it out in practice, though. Perhaps the connections would be too fragile.

  • Tito June 21, 2017, 1:54 PM

    I really like the spaceship. Great way to utilize the basic studs out sphere building technique. Off topic, but have you guys seen the ninjago city set? Lego posted it on their facebook page.

    • Håkan June 21, 2017, 2:16 PM

      Pretty impressive. It’s gotten some criticism for being as incoherent and jumbled as the Hong Kong malls it’s been based on, however…

      • admin June 21, 2017, 4:42 PM

        Well, that’s what it suppose to be; an incoherent and jumbled mix of shops. 😀

    • admin June 21, 2017, 4:42 PM

      Yeah, I’m just writing about the Ninjago City set. Hold your thoughts until tomorrow! 😀

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  • Håkan June 21, 2017, 2:17 PM

    I think I saw this posted at Brothers Brick, earlier… Pretty sweet…

  • Legostuff71 June 21, 2017, 5:04 PM

    Very cool! It reminds me when I first saw the movie . I was in Austria and saw it dubbed in German. I remember I collected a bunch of E.T. figures ( I guess that’s where my collecting addiction started .) sadly , I lost a lot of my collection over time. When I got back to the U.S . I saw it in English ( American born . My DAd had job in Austria for four years). I moved to New York( what a culture shock). Anyway, E. T. has always been my favorite movie and can still get teary eyed when E. T. leaves. ( sniff, sniff).

    • admin June 21, 2017, 6:20 PM

      Sounds like some really sweet memories. It must have been a real culture shock moving from Australia to New York! I have only been to New York a couple of times and it was a culture shock for me too, and I lived in Chicago at that time! What I remember most from the movie from the first time I watched it is the bike chase. That’s when I really got into biking. 😀

      • Håkan June 21, 2017, 7:56 PM

        Austria! Not Australia! (Austria is the country of the East, while Australia is the country of the South.)

        Biking is nice, I bike around a lot myself, since it’s probably the cheapest way to get around in a city. (I’m relatively slow, though…)


        I saw that the bike scene has been referenced in the Stranger Things TV series, as well. It looks rather interesting, although I seldom feel I have the time to follow TV series anymore…

        • admin June 21, 2017, 8:01 PM

          Oh, LOL! I missed that. I totally mentally put Legostuff71 into the Australian wilderness surrounded by Kangaroos and Drop Bears! 😀

          • Håkan June 22, 2017, 6:00 AM

            You must have missed that comment about the film being “dubbed in German” in haste, or missed to make the connection…

            • admin June 22, 2017, 10:04 AM

              I did read that, but I thought, oh, okay, it was just an unusual version. After all, everything in Australia is upside down! 🙄

              • Håkan June 22, 2017, 3:23 PM

                Upside down, that would be uewje9 …

                • Håkan June 22, 2017, 3:24 PM

                  Sorry, uewja9, I spelled it wrong…

  • Legostuff71 June 21, 2017, 10:37 PM

    I lived in a little town outside Salzberg , not in a little village with crocodile Dundee. Ga day mate LOL! I tried biking , I almost got hit twice . Mental note , I can walk so , why bike.

    • Håkan June 22, 2017, 5:59 AM

      Well, biking is faster. 😉

  • Håkan June 22, 2017, 4:14 PM

    iλqeq ´umopap!sdn s,fI

    In Austria, they speak German, in Australia , they speak uewja9 !

    • admin June 22, 2017, 4:15 PM

      You are giving me a headache! 😀

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