Classic Cantina Photography
The release of the new Mos Eisley Cantina set (75052) has created an up-surge in the number of Tatooine-related images on flickr recently, and this by j5k is one of the very best that I’ve seen. I’ve long been a fan of j5k’s work, which covers a wide spectrum of Star Wars material, and they never disappoint. It’s been difficult to select just one image to blog, but the clever lighting and subtle atmospheric haze of this photo are both superb, and help to re-create the Cantina perfectly, although I’m not too sure about the scary Biths! Head over to flickr and take a look at this, and the other beautiful images in j5k’s photostream.
Round one of FBTB’s MOC Madness is continuing strong where builders are re-imagining Star Wars vehicles with a steampunk twist. In this submission, Flickr user Jack McKeen has built his steampunk version of Darth Vader’s TIE Interceptor with all sorts of steam-powered additions. I love his version of sword wielding “Baron Von Vader,” and the use of sails as wings. You can go to the photostream to see all the pulleys and turbines that make this fly, and it’s not to late to join in the MOC Madness if you haven’t already!
One of the main attractions of LEGO for me is the amazing range of elements that are now available, especially compared to when I was a lot younger, and this means that you’re only limited by your imagination. A lot of talented builders have taken advantage of this, and I think it’s fair to say that ‘M<0><0<DSWIM’ has been one of the most imaginative. In the last couple of years he’s created some memorable designs, both in style and content, and his latest doesn’t disappoint! To be honest, I didn’t ever expect to see Boba Fett playing a guitar, especially using Han Solo encased in Carbonite as an amplifier, but that just proves how wrong you can be! Head over to Eurobricks and take a look, I’m sure it will make you smile.
Six years ago, our fellow Lego Star Wars blog FBTB had a contest revolving around steampunk versions of Star Wars vehicles called Steam Wars. It was very well received and spawned some truly great MOCs. Now they have brought back the theme as one of their MOC Madness marathon contests. The first round is about building starfighters, and talented builder Adam Dodge is the first to enter with his steampunk version of the ARC-170 Starfighter. It does a nice job of applying the steampunk color scheme and technology to a familiar Star Wars vessel. You can go to his photostream to see more pictures or visit the contest page to enter the contest yourself.
Apart from Eurobricks, there exist other Lego Star Wars forums (!), like the German Imperium der Steine (‘Empire of the Bricks’). A lot of nice Star Wars ‘Eigenbauten’ (MOCs) are being built there, and they even have their own Lego Star Wars RPG! One of the most impressive MOCs I’ve come across on that site, is this Death Star Section made by ‘Großadmiral Thrawn’. With 300.000 bricks and 660 minifigures, it makes the UCS Imperial Shuttle look rather tiny. But there’s more to this MOC than its size. It’s incredibly detailed as well. The inside of the hangar, the smaller TIE and repair hangars, even the exterior of the creation… everything shows the immense amount of work and talent that went into creating this beautiful behemoth. The MOC is too good to do it justice here, so have a look for yourself on the Imperium der Steine topic, and discover all the details and easter eggs. And even if you don’t speak German, we all understand the language of the Brick!
There have been several rumours of an official UCS Slave 1 in the last year and, although they’re unsubstantiated, I’m desperately hoping they’re true. It’s one of the few truly iconic OT ships that haven’t received the UCS treatment, and it seems inevitable that it will happen at some point. Whilst we wait, several fans have attempted to fill the void by creating their own versions of it, both at UCS and system scale, and this design by Peter is amongst the best. It appears to be a similar size to 8097, and shares a similar colour palette, but it’s packed with clever details. The design of the cockpit and underside are both particularly impressive, and raise it well above the standard of the official model. Head over to flickr and take a look.