Luke’s Legion of Landspeeders

X-34 Landspeeder, by _Tiler, on Flickr

 

Just a few days ago, the micro model behind the door of the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar was Luke’s landspeeder. Not a bad model, but completely overshadowed by _Tiler’s marvelous rendition. To be fair, it’s in a completely different category, but boy is that model gorgeous. The shape is exactly what it should be, not an easy feat with that curved nose and sides. What’s even better, those markings are incredible. Instead of going with stickers, the builder found the perfect brick layout to convey the patterns, with so much more nuance and authenticity. And the more I look at it, the more details I see, all true to the original model. Apart from making a beautiful model, _Tiler has succeeded in bringing authenticity and texture together, with just the right amount of each. All we can do is marvel at this detailed model, right here.

Micro Landspeeder, by 6kyubi6, on Eurobricks

 

6kyubi6 couldn’t resist adding some more fun to our speeder spectacle. He brings a completely different model with his microfighter-style landspeeder (indeed, for that same contest we talked about earlier). And boy is it amazing. There are some stickers, but that doesn’t mean 6kyubi6 took the easy route. He came up with a different solution to the striping enigma, taking the opportunity to add some more surface texture to the model: the perfect solution at this scale. The engines have just the right proportions to make it chiby and to give us enough detail, and that windscreen was just made for this mini model. What’s most incredible to me though, is the insertion of the little minifig antenna in the front hood. It shows that one part really can make a difference, even if it is not the focus of the model. It makes it clear that even small models take big thoughts. So it deserves great praise, right here.

Incredible spacechibs

Little One, by Grantmasters, on Flickr Nebulon chi-B frigate, by Bob De Quatre, on Eurobricks

 

The Microfighters might have made into most houses by now. They also make for a popular MOCcing theme. Quality blog The Brothers Brick decided to push it all a bit further, and has launched the Chibi Micro contest. The object: to turn any popular culture vehicle into a Microfighter style adorable creation! Although the contest lasts until the 4th of January, loads of entries have been posted, covering Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, the A-team, even Lord of the Rings, and – what interests us most – Star Wars. We’ve already had quite a lot of Star Wars Microfighter MOCs, but these two bring yet something new to our universe.

In the green corner, Grantmasters presents us with a stunning chibi Endor speeder bike. It’s adorable, minimalist and without any doubt recognizable, somehow (in fact with some incredible building techniques) combining the sleek and agile design with the chubby chibi aesthetic. Go applaud the magician who pulled this out of his brick bin on his Flickr! Or turn to the red corner, where Bob De Quatre fights for the Alliance with his Nebulon (chi-)B frigate. It sports some more parts, giving us some strangely cute and greebly details. Again, this model does the impossible of marrying the extremely fragile and complex look of the ship with the adorable simplicity of the chib. Be sure to give this wizard a thunderous applause as well, right here on Eurobricks. And let’s hope for many, many incredible spacechibs to come. I want all of them in my Christmas tree right now!

The Brickfilms Awaken

Ever since the Episode VII teaser trailer was released, brickfilmers all over the world have tried their hand at recreating it in LEGO. There are some impressive recreations out there, but one of the best and most accurate would have to be the one created by FinalFeature. It features some very good visual effects on top of the animation and matches the framing and colors from the original trailer very closely. He claims to have made it in 22 hours of non-stop work, which makes it even more impressive. You can discuss the video here and see more pictures of his MOC of the speeder from the trailer here.

The Force Awakens Teaser

As was to be expected, the teaser trailer made it onto the internets earlier today, making it needless to go to one of the few movie theaters that are playing it this weekend. So, if you haven’t seen it already or just want to see it again, you can watch it below, but be warned that it is fairly short and doesn’t really tell you much about the movie, which is just fine for a teaser in this humble blogger’s opinion. In fact, I think it looks pretty awesome. What is your opinion? Share it in the Star Wars discussion thread.

Rebels Review: Empire Day

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: I have argued in the past that some of the Rebels episodes should take their time with telling a story by splitting it into two or more parts and it seems my prayers have been heard. In this episode, we got our first “to be continued”. So how does the first part in this story arc fare? Continue reading

The Hype Awakens

It’s time to get hyped, because according to the StarWars.com website, the first teaser trailer for Episode VII will be shown before each film at nine select Regal theaters this Thanksgiving weekend between Nov. 28 and Nov. 30! These are the locations that will be showing it:

  • Irvine, CA – Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
  • San Diego, CA – Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Atlanta, GA – Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Chicago, IL – Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
  • New York, NY – Regal Union Square Stadium 14
  • Warrington, PA – Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
  • Knoxville, TN – Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Houston, TX – Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
  • Seattle, WA – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

Are you excited? Will you go to the theater to see it? Discuss it in the Star Wars thread in our Multimedia forum!