Mos Eisley Silver Mine

 Mos Eisley, by BJM, on Eurobricks

When I finally had the chance to build the new Mos Eisley Cantina set (75052) earlier this year, I was very impressed by it.  In fact, I’m happy to accept that it’s in a totally different league to the original version which dates back to 2004.  However, my only real criticism is that it’s a touch on the compact size and I’m not alone in this view.  There’s been several recent MOCs that have addressed this issue, and this one by BJM is very well executed. Predominantly comprising the parts from three standard sets and the Lone Ranger ‘Silver Mine Shootout’ it demonstrates how impressive the official set could have been if it was given the full ‘UCS playset’ treatment by TLG!  It’s packed with great little touches and an extensive array of minifigures.  However, if I’m being picky I’m not sure why Chief Tarfful is lurking behind the bar, but perhaps he appears in one of the future special editions of Episode IV; you’ll have to watch this space!  In the meantime, head over to the Star Wars forum and take a look.

The Ghost Menace

The GHOST from Star Wars: Rebels, by DarthTwoShedsJackson, on Eurobricks

 

It’s almost Halloween, so now is the time to make bad jokes about the Ghost, as in the flagship from Star Wars: Rebels. We haven’t seen a lot of Rebels MOCs yet, but fortunately DarthTwoShedsJackson has made a wonderful version of that spooky ship. And a beauty it is! The official set wasn’t bad, but this MOC blows it out of the water. The shape of the ship with all of its angles is captured perfectly, to make it look sturdy and beautiful. And while there aren’t any intricate greebles on the ship, it is deliciously complicated, sporting plenty of beautiful details. The bulky landing gear and the impressive engines are some of those elements to drool upon. Visually, this MOC absolutely beats the set. And what about play features? DarthTwoShedsJackson included a ton of them! There are opening hatches and cockpits, play areas… and that Phantom you see in the back actually detaches. This is the UCS Rebels set that probably will never be released. Congratulate the MOCcer with his amazing work in the Eurobricks topic – if you dare!

Rebels Review: Droids in Distress

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BEAVeR: I thought this episode, just like the previous one, lacked direction. There is a lot going on, with the mission, the Empire, the droids, Ezra’s Force capabilities… I like when a show has a lot of content, but then it has to be aligned to make for one big and deep story. That was not the case here: Continue reading

The Thrawn Duology

In the Expanded Universe of LEGO Star Wars forums, the German Imperium der Steine is as notable as the Thrawn Trilogy is in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Now, both get combined. A month ago we mentioned the start of the MOC Olympics on the forum, in which players compete in several categories to become the ultimate Star Wars MOCcer. At the time, Disco86 and markus1984 fought in different categories. But now they’re pitted against each other in the category ‘Expanded Universe’. It will be hard to decide who’ll win, but right now it’s the best thing that ever happened.

 

Myrkr - Hyllyard City, by markus1984, on Eurobricks

 

Both builders recreated a scene from the Thrawn Trilogy, set five years after episode VI. Markus1984 depicted a battle set in Hyllyard City on the planet of Myrkr. You don’t have to know the story to appreciate this first class creation. It’s impossible to do this creation justice in just a few words. Because everything from the meticulously built pavement to the pagoda with the nice columns and incredible shapes, the subtle vertical lines in the buildings, the angled walls, the superb weathering of them, the roof… all the way to the original and superbly executed craft, is breath taking, even without considering the size of it all. There’s not an element that can’t be appreciated, and there are a lot of clever techniques. So it’s not just a creation that’s amazing due to its size: whether you look at it from up close or from far far away, it is incredible. All the more if you consider the tight time frame, and the fact that there is an absolute minimum of source material. Everything had to be designed and built, and it turned not only to be an awesome build, but a unique Star Wars location as well. Markus1984 really expanded our universe with something marvelous. Marvel more in the Eurobricks topic, wondering if there will ever be a MOC equal to this.

 

Mount Tantiss - Cloning Chamber, by Disco86, on Eurobricks

 

But that’s before you’ve seen Disco86‘s answer. His entry isn’t as massive, but that’s very relative. He depicted the cloning facility in Mount Tantiss from the same trilogy. The rockwork is brilliant, especially with the smoothed sections that set the artificial elements apart. The shiny black floor is the perfect answer to this chaotic wall, as are the white surfaces. And then there’s the door and that service crane, with the nicely exposed details of the bubbles. And that beautiful lighting immediately transports you into the scene. The build is a perfect harmony of artificial and natural elements, with a haunting beauty and yet a very efficient and utilitarian look. You can almost see how it was built in secret and yet kept clean enough for the important cloning process. And the cocoons, almost coolly pulsating, give you the feeling of something organic yet menacing going on. This is probably the most cinematic MOC ever made not based on a movie. The design just breathes Empire and cries cloning, and makes both work together. It’s like the most beautiful of concept art, and I can only wish this would be the base for a scene in a movie. Unbelievable work! Get sucked into it even more in the topic. And no matter who wins the round, no one will loose, because these aren’t entries for a contest: these are pieces of art.

The blaster that shot first

LEGO Han Solo pistol, by Bruce Lowell, on Flickr

 

I’m not a big fan of weapons, honestly. But some of the weapons in Star Wars exceed being a killer-tool and are just beautiful. Bruce Lowell has succeeded in delivering that authentic feel of a beautiful prop rather than that of “a clumsy and random blaster”. Yes, his rendition of Han Solo’s DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol is quite a sight to behold. The accurate details are very nice, with those knobs, that piece at the back and the sausage-rich trigger. It are the not so obvious and functional, but aesthetic details that make this model so authentic though. I just can’t get enough of those ridges at the front or that angled handle. Whether you’re a weapon’s freak or a pacifist, you can only marvel at this little but refined build. Discover it in more detail on Flickr.

To conclude this article, here’s a rather cute and novel rendition of a weapon from a more civilized age by ‘Obedient Machine’ as a delicious dessert.

Luke Skywalker's mini ROTJ lightsaber, by Obedient Machine, on Flickr

Rebels Review: Spark of Rebellion

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It is a time of unrest in the galaxy. The Clone Wars is over (at least as a TV show) and the Star Wars franchise is under new management. A new age has begun and the future of Star Wars is uncertain. With Episode VII and a slew of other movies on the horizon, the Walt Disney Company is producing a new show to get the kiddies excited about what’s to come. Could this be a new hope for the franchise or will it cause a rebellion among Star Wars fans? Being the Rebel Bloggers, we took it upon ourselves to review this new show titled Star Wars Rebels. Read on to find out what we thought about the double-length pilot episode, Spark of Rebellion.
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