Raiders of the Lost Studs

Imperial Raider Class Corvette, by insideLego, on Eurobricks

We all love LEGO, right? Isn’t it weird then that ever more MOCs are trying to make us forget they’re made of bricks? Of course those creations are gorgeous and mind blowing and all, but after a while they make it look like it’s forbidden to show that your creation is actually made of bricks. Yet we all grew up loving those weird little blocks with cylinders on them, and I’m sure all of us have lost many hours drooling over LEGO sets that made no attempt at concealing their makeup. That’s why I’m sure insideLego‘s Imperial Raider Class Corvette will prompt a lot of further drooling. It is a love letter to LEGO, a creation that embraces the medium with all of its heart instead of fighting against it with all of its might. It has studs all around, lots of missiles (about which everyone says they hate them, but with which everyone still plays, and I’m no exception!) and just the right size for swooshing. The sand blue on the hull is at the same time a stylish throwback to the earlier TIE fighters and a great way to lay emphasis on the texture of the hull which is a crucial part of the identity of the source material. And to win you tough critics entirely over, there is great greebling all around the edge and some great shaping on the underside of the ship. All of this makes for a model that would fit perfectly next to LEGO’s most iconic sets: beautiful and intimidating, but at the same time begging to be played with, the dream of every grown up child. It’s something different than all of those terrific creation you wouldn’t dare to touch. But this one looks like unabashed fun. So where do I order one? Sadly, I think a closer look at insideLego’s topic is probably the closest I’ll get!

The Key to Building Microscale…

AT-DP, by Brick Boy, on MOCpages


… is to make strange connections. Not in the sense of clipping some pieces together in a rather innovative semi-illegal way. You can see Brick Boy’s AT-DP is gorgeous while using nothing but officially possible connections (read: that are possible in LDD). No, it’s more about looking at a TIE-advanced, and not being able to get the idea out of your head that those wings are just like minifig shields. It’s about looking at the legs of an AT-DP and seeing keys. Strange at first, but when connected to the right pieces, it gives you an incredibly smart, tiny and recognizable walker that stands out from the crowd of bigger brothers. And connected to the ideal pieces, you get something with detail and presence, some twenty parts you can’t stop looking at. That’s what you see in Brick Boy’s AT-DP. He picked some parts that have rather complex features about them that get lost in bigger creations, but give the essential detail in this context. Every feature of those bricks fits in place: the square protruding from the keys mimics the asymmetrical joint of the reference model, the slot in the domes only makes it more accurate, and the clip holding the screwdriver looks just like the hinge holding the cannon. You see that every single aspect of every single piece – special or ordinary – was strangely connected to recreate every feature a good model of the AT-DP should sport. Only those pieces could do the job, and Brick Boy found them: he found the key to building the perfect micro walker from Rebels. You see there’s a lot to say about a small creation, so better check out those details you never noticed on the pieces you use every day.

Banana? Meiloorun Fruit!

Minion Yoda, by car_mp, on Flickr


Minions! You either love or hate them, and although they’ve managed to show up more or less anywhere, I wager you hadn’t expected seeing them here. You have car_mp to thank. He has been turning all sorts of characters into LEGO minions over the last couple of months. Recently, he has been decorating our favorite characters with a single, googly eye and a cylindrical body. Sounds absurd, but the result is rather pleasant. In the picture above, we’re still seeing the spirit of Yoda, and not some grotesque piece of merchandise. For a minion, he still has that mysterious demeanor and sense of wisdom over him. Impossible? Well, it is a day of surprises! And if this wonderful piece hasn’t turned you to the yellow side, have a look at other creations forging Star Wars, Minions and superb small scale building into cute miracles you have to like, like the Minion in carbonite below. So check out car_mp’s photostream for more, or mourn over the fact Disney hasn’t acquired the rights over the Minions yet, ruling out possible guest appearances in future movies. Oh well…


Minion Yoda, by car_mp, on Flickr

The Old Ship’s New Clothes

Commander Sato's Flagship, by TheNerdyOne_, on Eurobricks


You might not be very familiar with the Pelta-class frigate. It has been around for a time though. It served in The Clone Wars, and we’ve seen glimpses of it in the trailer for the second season of Rebels. It looks as amazing as ever, complete with a new paint scheme. This prompted TheNerdyOne_ to show it some love. He’s one of the first to render this ship in our beloved bricks, and with quite some success. He captured the interesting shape carefully, keeping the sense of design history in it. I love how the perfectly shaped front section fits so nicely in the angled hull, with the flaps in the back making the flow of the ship complete: he perfectly accented the lines with ridges and colors. The ship isn’t overloaded with greebles, but the details that are there really stand out. That black block in the middle is just gorgeous, and you have to like the docking area. And the more subtle details like the shapes in the black areas, and the tiny turrets everywhere complete the model. The details being not to pronounced give the model a really clean and effective look, and shows the builder really understands the ship. Not bad for a ship without a lot of screen time. So get to know this beautiful ship better, complete with its new clothes and its hidden innards in the topic. Maybe it will make you consider what superfluous things not to recreate on your next creation…

Speeding through the Desert

Desert Speeder, by Vaionaut, on Imperium der Steine Desert Speeder, by markus1984, on Eurobricks


No, it’s not another rendition of Luke’s Landspeeder this time. In fact, the last couple of days multiple renditions of the Desert Speeder seen in the trailer for The Force Awakens have popped up. We can thank a small internal contest on German LEGO Star Wars forum Imperium der Steine for that. On a coming exhibition, they want to show a bunch of these nice speeders. So builders on the forum can submit their designs. The catch: it has to be buildable in 20 minutes.

Two of the best entries come from Vaionaut and blog regular markus1984. Vaionaut‘s version on the left captures the shape perfectly with a lot of intricate techniques. It looks very realistic as a play set. Markus1984‘s version on the right features some more details, like the incredible piping and other subtleties in the shape. Even before the movie has come out, it already looks like the definite version. So both creations have their individual strong points. If they could be combined, that would make for an awesome model… And guess what? After seeing each other’s entries, Markus1984 and Vaionaut contacted each other and built the model below. A rare piece of collaboration that combines a great shape with great details. The result is stunning. Vaionaut has provided instructions for his original speeder on Imperium der Steine. Markus1984 posted his original version here on Eurobricks. And the wonderful combination model can be found in his topic on Imperium der Steine. Go check them out, and let’s hope more of these wonderful collaborations will happen in the future!


Desert Speeder 2.0, by markus1984 and Vaionaut, on Imperium der Steine

Refined Imperial Technology

 AT-ST, by BEAVeR, on Eurobricks


Fellow Blogger and Star Wars Regulator, BEAVeR, has quickly developed a reputation for being an expert LDD builder, and he’s just posted some images of his latest project.  I’ve always had a quiet admiration for Imperial technology and, although the AT-ST won’t ever win any awards for beauty, it’s certainly an imposing piece of machinery.  One of the main attractions for me is that it’s a very efficient design, and BEAVeR has managed to replicate its angles and contours extremely well; the overall shape is just about perfect.  Although it makes a fleeting appearance in Episode V, it’s best known for its appearance in Episode VI during the battle of Endor where it’s used to battle the evil natives.  I’ll never understand how the ewoks managed to win, but it’s probably best if I just leave it at that!  Head over to the Star Wars forum and take a look at the look at the other images of this great MOC.

She’s making the jump to real life

Super Star Destroyer Executor, on Kickstarter


Remember the incredible 13 foot (4 meters) Super Star Destroyer MOC by Foxhound, from half a year ago? It was a huge masterpiece, with details unlike anything seen before. Unfortunately, it was only a digital model. Presently, Foxhound has decided to take it a step further: the Executor is making the jump to real life. Apart from all the structural challenges, it will be very hard to get all of the 90.000 bricks together. For this, the creator needs help. That’s why he started a Kickstarter campaign. If the project reaches 15.500 CAD by the fourth of October, this amazing model will become a reality and visits shows around America. Keep in mind that this will be more than a personal MOC, and rather a work of art. If you want to support this project, go to the Kickstarter page. Perks include beautiful posters and instructions for Brickdoctor’s Star Destroyer MOC (on scale to the Executor model). And if you want to have a closer look at the model, the Eurobricks topic is the place to be.

Capital ships in a new dimension

Mini Venator-Class Republic Cruiser, by Rancorbait, on FlickrMini


Flickr user Rancorbait is an all-round expert in building digital models. He has made mecha’s, Neo-classic space ships, an Orthanc, and lately, some Star Wars mini models. He made some interesting models of the capital ships of the Republic and Separatist fleet, like the Venator and Invisible Hand above. With a limited amount of pieces, connected using some clever techniques, he doesn’t only manage to capture the shape of the ships perfectly. He decorates the nice models with incredible details as well, creating elegant and interesting models. You can see the nicely crafted shapes in the nose of the Invisible Hand, and the fantastic details on the Venator. There are some more models showcased on his Flickr, but I sure hope there will be even more of these small models with big ambitions!

Great Microfighters

Custom Microfighters, by turbokiwi


Love’em or hate’em, but you can’t say those Microfighters aren’t cute. And with the first list of rumored 2015 sets, there could be more of those little builds. What would those look like? Turbokiwi shows us what he thinks with his tiny wonders. They certainly look like the next official ones, equipped with flick missiles and all. The variety in ships and building techniques is remarkable. It can’t have been easy to ‘microfighterfy’ all of those Star Wars ships, with only little room for complicated techniques. But turbokiwi succeeded beautifully nonetheless, and there is not a single one of his fighters I don’t like. My personal favorite has to be the Imperial shuttle below. What’s yours? Find out all about these mini miracles on turbokiwi’s Flickr.

Custom Microfighters, by turbokiwi

Ultimate UT-AT

UT-AT, by Mangetsu


The Unstable Terrain Artillery Transport is a more obscure vehicle in the Star Wars universe, appearing only on a few frames in Episode III.  But that doesn’t mean that ‘Mangetsu’ put less effort in making a fine model of it! He claims this is his first ever MOC, but that certainly doesn’t show through!  His LDD design recreates the rather complex angles beautifully.  In comparison to other renditions of this vehicle, his model also succeeds in keeping the sprawling studded surfaces interesting with clever details.  That really makes it a creation that is worth a closer look.  Well done, ‘Mangetsu’, and I think we’re all eager to see it built!