Battle Figures Revealed

Yesterday was the last day of Star Wars Celebration and while the day went by without any new trailer, we did get some exciting news. Over the last few days, LEGO has been revealing their upcoming buildable “Battle Figures” one at a time via their Twitter account, and with yesterday’s reveal of the Jango Fett figure, we now have pictures of all of the initial wave of six figures. They all look impressive, most impressive. You can discuss them here. Thanks to Brickset for the still images of Cody and Jango.


UCS A-Wing

 UCS A-Wing, by Anio, on Eurobricks

 

Following on from the beautiful UCS C-3PO that I blogged about in early March, Anio has just shared his latest creation with us on Eurobricks, a UCS RZ-1 A-Wing Interceptor.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the most attractive of the Star Wars fighters, but it does have a certain functional and robust ‘quality’ to it; which are both useful in the midst of a battle!  Although it didn’t have a great deal of screen-time in the OT films, one of them played a pivotal role during Episode VI when it managed to cripple the Executor by crashing into its bridge.  Anio’s design is typically superb, and has received universally high praise from EB members.  The overall shape is just about perfect and it includes some great details; the cockpit and cannons are my favourites.  Head over to the Star Wars forum to see some other images of this excellent MOC.

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

It is Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration and with another day comes another trailer, this time for EA’s highly anticipated videogame “Star Wars Battlefront”. It boasts some pretty impressive graphics, although most of it is just cut scenes. The game will be released on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. That should hold people over until The Force Awakens hits theaters a month later. What’s even more exciting, however, is that a free DLC pack will be available to all owners of the game on December 8 that takes place between Episode VI and VII and depicts the Battle of Jakku (which, as was confirmed at yesterday’s panel, is the desert planet that we see in the trailers for The Force Awakens). It will explain how all those crashed X-Wings and Star Destroyers ended up on Jakku. And if you pre-order the game, you can even get it on December 1. As always, you can discuss it in our Star Wars discussion thread.

The Force Awakens Teaser #2

As you probably know, Star Wars Celebration started in Anaheim, California, today and will be going on for the next three days. If you can’t attend the convention, you can watch a live stream of the events at StarWars.com. There will be lots of reveals from new trailers to Lego buildable action figures, and the first (and arguably most exciting) news has just been revealed: The second teaser trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens! You can watch it below and discuss it in our forum here. I don’t think you will be disappointed, especially after seeing the last scene!

All’s well that begins well

William Shakespeare's The Phantom Of Menace, by Ian Doescher, on amazon.comWilliam Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh, by Ian Doescher, on amazon.com

 

Alas, I knew thee not, marvelous books! Until now! Ian Doescher finished his William Shakespeare’s Star Wars original trilogy more than half a year ago, but that doesn’t mean the party ends. Because over the course of the next half year, three more amazing Star Wars – Shakespeare mashups will appear on the shelves. In fact, the first book in the Prequel Trilogy, The Phantom of Menace is already available right now. The other two books, The Clone Army Attacketh and The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge are scheduled for release in July and September respectively. Reviews of the first book are already very positive, stating the whimsical combination of high-brow language, cultural references and everything that we love about Star Wars might even surpass the movies themselves. I can guarantee that these books are piece by piece very pleasant reads, but there’s more to them. They offer some unique insights on e.g. characters that didn’t get a lot of screentime in the movie, and the inclusion of more allegorical characters is food for thought as well. And even if you’re not into reading that much, you can always enjoy the beautiful and imaginative pictures. Still waiting to see them translated in bricks… Find out all about the books on amazon: something whimsical is coming!

“Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so Precise”

Stormtrooper (8 inch), by umamen, on Flickr

 

In our galaxy, stromtroopers aren’t always perceived as the most efficient soldiers, missing targets, banging their heads against doors… It would almost make you forget the Stormtroopers are the Empire’s finest and one of the most feared soldiers in that galaxy far far away. Umamen‘s stunning Stormtrooper reminds us why. His incredible figure doesn’t look like it’s going to miss its target: it demands respect. It does something remarkable: not just recreating an existing a character, but altering our perception of it. Umamen did it with spot-on shapes, dynamic posing, authentic detailing and more. It makes the model look a lot larger than it really is. I enjoy looking for all the degrees of freedom in motion, with the interestingly angled shoulders, a swinging waist and even the ankles that can rotate sideways. That abundant flexibility isn’t a unnecessary play feature, but it makes the subtle posing possible that gives this model its… presence. That and the unique and mind-blowing recreation of the iconic helmet. Discover how Umamen worked his LEGO magic in the Flickr album, and be sure to check out how Han looks in this splendid suit. And next time you see a stormtrooper… be a bit more careful. Because this single MOC shows you how they really are. Remarkable.

Stormtrooper (8 inch), by umamen, on Flickr