Got your head in the clouds

Kenner's Twin Pod Cloud Car, by Kasía S, on Flickr

I know I’ve mentioned this before but my love of Star Wars Lego comes directly from the nostalgia I feel for my Kenner Star Wars figures (Palitoy here in the UK at first), so I’m a sucker for anything related to that. Especially if it’s a good MOC, and I’ve found one that’s really caught my eye. Kasía over on Flickr has created this fantastic build of the Twin Pod Cloud Car.

The shape of this build is fantastic and the orange really pops. They’ve taken advantage of the wider range of Lego curved moulds and colours and brought something that really looks like it could have come from our favourite Danish toy company themselves.

Kenner's Twin Pod Cloud Car, by Kasía S, on Flickr

The shape of the Twin Pod Cloud Car isn’t an easy thing to replicate, but Kasía has done really well to achieve the shaping of the pods. The central propulsion unit between the pods also has some simple but really nice detailing and the use of stickers here really works well as simple weathering.

With the rumours of an imminent Cloud City Bespin release, fuelled partly by the Lego Designer Video, excitement has been building for a much neglected part of arguably the best installment of the Star Wars franchise. What better way to get us all further in the mood than feasting our eyes on this little beauty? Now if only Lego could help us out by giving us some Cloud Car Pilots…

The Original 12

The Original 12 Figures, by Robianco, on Flickr

Many moons ago when I was just a youngster desperate to head off to the Imperial Academy, I had to make do with spending day after day playing with my Star Wars figures. And not a minute of that time do I consider wasted. For years I hounded my parents wherever we went to pick up Star Wars figures and help my complete my collection. I remember David Prowse visiting Lewis’s department store in Liverpool and the clamour for Vader figs to get them signed. I remember getting Boba Fett at TJ Hughes and I still recall very clearly finally finding Bespin Fatigues Luke Skywalker at a small store that sold occasional toys just up the road from there.

In the beginning of this figure fixation was the original 12. These probably came out a year or two before I started collecting them but they still hold so many fond memories of so much of my childhood. Since getting back into Lego, I’ve always wanted to complete the Kenner figure lineup with their Lego counterparts and with the new Death Star a new slot was filled, so I decided to start getting some group shots to show the comparisons and where better than this photo? The noticeable figure here is the Death Squad Commander which has been created from a mix of a couple of figures to give me something close to that original design.

With figures such as Ithorian Jedi we’re able to create characters such as Hammerhead (Momaw Nadon) as well as the protocol droid in the same set being a dead ringer for the Imperial Protocol Droid. Here’s hoping that in the next few years we’ll get to see things such as the Cloud Car Pilot or even, dare I say it a Blue Snaggletooth.

Death on two legs

AS-ST Version 2, by Anothergol, on Eurobricks

 

To each of us as Star Wars fans there will be vehicles that have some kind of a special meaning, something that makes it stand out from the myriad of other ships and vessels for a variety of reasons or maybe even just one. The AT-ST is one such vehicle for me. Memories of ‘chicken-walking’ my original Kenner AT-ST through the weeds and overgrown grass at my mum and dad’s garden when I was a kid still live long and happily in the memory.

Lego has helped me bring a lot of those Star Wars memories back, and the fantastic AT-ST MOC by Anothergol has captured that gangly vessel of destruction and Ewok-bait better than most. The shape of the AT-ST’s cabin has been the bane of many a MOCcer, as has the angles of the Snowspeeder’s wings, but this updated model does everything right. The angled side plates connect with the front area superbly well and the eye sockets and canopies are captured wonderfully. The side mounted canons and lasers are also well detailed and scaled.

The legs of the AT-ST are also something of a problem for Lego builders and the balance of rigidity and bulkiness is a difficult one to find. Anothergol has sacrificed articulation to achieve this but I for one will happily forego that motion for the delicacy of some of those joints and greebling especially around the ‘ankle’ area. The hydraulics and cooling at the rear of the head cabin are simple but effective and the top hatch area opts for accuracy rather than the inclusion of an opening roof hatch, which isn’t needed as the whole roof section is hinged.

To finish things off the MOC is presented in a Hoth vignette in the topic and the footstep detailing of the mischievous rebel trooper in the smooth snow is delicious.

This MOC makes we want to head to my parent’s house again and scout the boundaries of the garden in search of small bear like creatures to squash. Just a shame they’ve got false grass now.

You’ve got to hand it to him…

Galactic Master - PRESALE - Very Limited Edition, by Phoenix Custom Bricks, on Flickr

 

After watching The Force Awakens, and the stupid grin on my face eventually wearing off, and then watching it again several times more, I then started to look at the Lego sets in earnest. I wanted to see the film before committing to buying anything. I needed to like the characters before wanting to own them in two inch plastic form.

Thankfully I did… I cared about Rey and Finn. I even cared about Poe despite his freakish ability to destroy 10 TIE fighters and snipe several Stormies in less than 12 seconds of ridiculous piloting and marksmanship. Thankfully I was able to pick up each of these heroes, and villains, in the Winter and Summer waves of TFA sets.

One figure that remained absent however was that of our gnarled and world-weary Jedi-in-Chief Luke Skywalker… destined to evade us until the release of Episode 8 sets in a year’s time… until now.

Phoenix Customs has majored on the side of Super Hero custom figures and brought many excellent figures to the market but in the last six months or so they’ve also delivered two incredible Star Wars figures in the shape of Luke in Bespin Fatigues and Lando Calrissian in his Cloud City attire, both as limited edition figures. Now Phoenix are releasing this fantastic Sequel Trilogy edition figure of Luke complete with chromed hand.

The figure has custom dyed hairpiece in dark tan which differs from the grey piece of the same colour we’ve seen from the TFA game design. Luke’s robes are done simply but effectively with a nice mix of white and tan on the torso with dark tan legs complimenting the tan robe printing across the front.

Pre-sale of the figure has now passed but very limited numbers of the figure will be available from the Phoenix Customs website in the beginning of the new year.