“Where am I!? How did I get here!? Why is everyone so filthy rich!?” First off, if you're asking yourself these questions, DON'T PANIC! Secondly, if you are asking yourself these questions and you find yourself at a mega-luxurious restaurant, congratulations! You have arrived at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, a fantastically improbable (thus, an infinitely probable!) restaurant where you can watch all of creation explode around you as you eat a glorious meal, all the while chatting with some of the most exotic creatures in history! Welcome to... Milliways!
About this creation
A statue of the famed inter-planetary explorer Dr. Liverston, who devoted his entire life's work to figuring out why anyone would want to pay $20 dollars for a flattened piece of dough with sauce and cheese on it. His ground-breaking work in this field has assured him a statue in the prestigious Milliways establishment (it has also guaranteed him a permanent home in an insane asylum).
Created by an unknown artist, critics have constantly fought about the meaning of this sculpture; some claim it represents the progression of society, while the more widely accepted theory is that the sculpture is a symbol of pop-corn kernels struggling against the tyranny of yellow pot lids.
An ex-promoter for the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. His job was to sell robots on the robot-hating planet Gweegly. This would have been bad enough by itself, but it was even worse for the promoter, as he was incredibly snobby, and if there's one thing the inhabitants of Gweegly hate more than robots, it is snobby lifeforms. So, they carried him off, had him encased in liquid nitrogen, and then sold to the Milliways restaurant for a ridiculously large sum of money. Ironically, and perhaps fittingly, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."
The sword of the mighty warrior Hlung the Awesome, who managed to slaughter a thousand zombie mushrooms while refilling his starship on the planet Fungiiy.
A decorative fountain and pool, which guests throw money into for no discernible reason. After all, they're watching the End of the Universe; what are they going to wish for? Luck for the future?
The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything painted in all its numerical glory on a wall, in dedication to the (rather muddled) quest for ultimate knowledge.
Milliways caters to a variety of exotic lifeforms, exemplified by this party of creatures from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away...
A Mr. Stephen Speilberg, who arrived at Milliways a few hours ago by way of a trans-dimensional E.T. Starliner. He claims to be a multi-billion dollar film producer, but no one has heard of him.
From left to right, the four main protagonists of the Hitchhiker's series waiting for their long overdue dinner: a confused Arthur Dent, a cheerful Ford Prefect, an indifferent Trillian, and a slightly drunk Zaphod Beeblebrox.
The band plays on, even as all of creation collapses above their heads.
Ahh, it appears the show is about to start!
The sign all lit up; it can either strobe or stay lit, depending on which way the connector piece is turned. I used my precious 1980s Space battery/light brick for the effect.
The restaurant under construction.
This restaurant is from “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”, the second book in the amazing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by the late-Douglas Adams. For me, Milliways was a no-brainer to make, as I loved the book and it provided me with a rare opportunity to make a fun, unique, and challenging build. I used only the book for reference, and I watched a little bit of the old BBC television series for some inspiration. I took a bit of an artistic license with the statues and artwork, as they are never expressly described in the book. I'm rather pleased with how the whole structure came out; I only wish I had more decorative pieces to work with and more exotic minifigures to make the creation look more 'Spacey'. But besides that, I'm very happy with it!
Love it! My only question is: Where's Hot Black?
A comatose fig in a wheelchair would have fit nicely.
I love the histories of all the objects (particularly the sculpture) very Adams-esk.
As soon as I can destruct enough of my current creations I'm going to make Woko-The-Sane's house.
Well gotta go. Time for a perfectly ordinary sandwich.
Quoting Vlad van Hoek
Haha wonderful creation! I like your Zaphod; using that piece gives the perfect distance between the two heads! He is missing an arm though...
How right you are! I couldn't devise a satisfactory way to give him an extra arm, and since it's described in the book as being "just for show", I didn't include one. Btw, I'm a massive fan of your work, especially your B-Ark! Thanks for the comment!