Are you familiar with the Lowell Sphere? Even if you haven’t heard the term, it’s very likely that you have seen the technique used somewhere. It is a Lego sphere design created by Lego artist Bruce Lowell that has been used in many creations since he came up with it in 2002, even in Legoland parks and The Lego Movie!
Since the cockpit of a TIE Fighter is basically just a sphere, it only seems natural to use this building technique to recreate the Empire’s most common starfighter. After perfecting the design for the past three years, that is exactly what Bruce has done. He recently shared pictures of his renditions of the TIE Fighter and TIE Interceptor. At this scale, this is probably as close to the shape of these vessels as you can get. You can see more views here and here, and on his website.
I’m a huge fan on trans, and Monsterbrick has built a heavily modified UCS R2-D2. So much so, I’m calling this one an original. Here’s also a quick look at his MOC with the lights on per se.
Member Brickmamba found this picture of the upcoming UCS Sandcrawler which seems to be taken from the new Visual Dictionary. It includes Uncle Owen and three Jawas.
There is also a new-looking Millenium Falcon that has been spotted in a trailer for the upcoming episodes of the Yoda Chronicles: Quest for the Holocrons. Could it be another upcoming UCS set? Discuss it all in our Rumors thread!
Eurobricks member Anio has built up a reputation from his ability to create excellent renditions of famous Star Wars vehicles in a UCS style, and carries on in his latest MOC of an AAT. This build is able to bring out some of the craft’s unusual angles in the front without compromising its full interior and seating for a few battle droids. I like the choice of the staggered plates to bring out the subtle curves in the front, and the part usages like the barrels as torpedo launchers towards the bottom. With the inclusion of the display card, I can see this build being an actual lego product. You can check it out or join in the conversation over on the Eurobricks forum. You can also check out all of Anio’s creations on his brickshelf or Flickr!
New EB member, HandofBobb, has just posted an in-depth review of (75040) General Grievous’ Wheel Bike, which is one of the new 2014 sets. It’s a considerable improvement on the previous version (7255), which was released back in 2005, although it’s a shame that it doesn’t include a Boga. The Wheel Bike is well designed and very detailed, and the set seems to be a good way of obtaining the much coveted General Grievous minifigure at a reasonable price! Head over to the Star Wars forum and take a look at this nice little set.
Omar and Kamitera have built all of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back, in large bust form. The parts usage is great. My personal favorite is Bossk, he looks a bit cute.