Rebels Review: Hera’s Heroes


What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: This was a very personal episode as it mostly revolved around Hera trying to retrieve a family heirloom that belonged to her late mother. That meant that the stakes weren’t as high as in other episodes, but the plot was also not as predictable thanks to the involvement of Grand Admiral Thrawn who always seemed to be one step ahead. Continue reading

Mad Malgus: Fury Class

Sith Fury Class Interceptor, by markus1984, on Eurobricks


I’m sure 2012 is a year a lot of LEGO Star Wars fans remember fondly. It was the year of the very useful Endor battlepack, the excellent TIE fighter that set a new standard, Jabba’s long awaited palace and gems like the UCS R2-D2. It was a strong year, but if you ask me, the most awesome set of them all didn’t appear in the list above. It was the Sith Fury-class Interceptor. It had the details, it had the play features, it had the design. It looks tiny and clumsy now though. We have markus1984 to thank for that.

We’re used to seeing MOCs here that resemble their source material like two grains of sand. I’m not overly familiar with the source material of this one, but a quick image search shows me this one is quite a different grain of sand. The front is bulkier, the cockpit looks bigger, the details are less greebly. Does that make this a bad MOC? On the contrary! I think I prefer this ship to the original. With its bulky nature the ship sets itself apart from the slew of TIE like ships. The heavy front makes it look like it packs some serious punch, storming into battle with stretched arms and clenched fists. The cockpit doesn’t look like it’s hiding away but looks more like the beating hart of the ship, the core from which everything else follows. From the core everything grows until it becomes larger than life. The almost disproportionate front tells you what the priorities of this ship are: coming in with high speed and brute force. I can really feel the fury in this one. markus1984 succeeded wonderfully in detaching himself from what sometimes feels like the tyranny of the details. Not every detail was meticulously copied. But the details don’t make the ship. Some subtleties do, like the extra thin edge of the wings or the extra prongs in the front, and indeed they are present here. markus1984 worked with the elements that matter and put his own spin on things: it’s creativity in reproduction. So is it accurate? Not really. Does it look awesome? Absolutely! Go check out the topic, that already made this year one to remember for me.

Rebels Review: The Antilles Extraction


What did you think of the Plot?

BEAVeR: For a show called Rebels, we haven’t seen a hole lot about the growth of the Rebellion in the past couple of episodes, with most of them laying the focus on Ezra. Not that I’m complaining, because I found quite a few of the previous “formation of the Rebellion” quite mediocre. There were some exceptions though, like Stealth Strike, that managed to tell an exciting and powerful story without the need to call in the big guns like ancient Force beings or even lightsabers. The Antilles Extraction is right in the same league. Continue reading

The One with the Hole in it

Teemto Pagalies' Podracer, by cecilie, on Eurobricks


Some people watch movies with a bucket of popcorn at their side. When I was small, I watched Star Wars with a bucket of bricks at my side. All of the reference material I had apart from some small pictures my father printed for me were the movies themselves. That made watching the movies the best time to get building. Another reason was that some scenes made me so excited that I couldn’t wait to represent them with bricks (who am I kidding, talking in the past tense!). One of those scenes was the podrace, with its many strange creatures, high tension and of course delicious outlandish podracers. No wonder cecilie‘s rendition of “the one with the hole in it” makes me so excited. Not only because of those memories, but also from the execution. Those curved shapes of the engines are exceptionally well managed. It’s ingenious how the two-wide segments are wider at the extremities. It makes the construction easier but it also ensures there’s a really smooth and curved edge which prevents the engines from seeming only minutes away of coming apart. Making sure there are patterns like coloring or fine lines perpendicular to the engines helps to keep it together even more, and transform the axial lines into something that suggests speed. The engines look tough with all of those masterfully brick built lines of the perfect thickness. And if you thought the shape of the engines was tricky, have a look at the pod. That one has and a curve and pointy edges and a hole in the middle (apparently because that’s a stabilizer). cecilie manages it all and ended up accentuating the rough surface to prove that podracing isn’t something for kids but something for hard boiled drunken Veknoids. She also proves building a decent podracer isn’t something for kids, but something for fiercly fighting MOC Olympics finalists who can turn blocks into curves and connection points into gorgeous details. But don’t let that stop you from checking out the topic with your bucket of bricks at your side to cope with the excitement!

Rebels Review: The Holocrons of Fate


What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: Now this is more like it! This episode was a lot closer to what I wanted to see in the season opener as we finally get some answers. Right from the start the topic of the Sith holocron is brought up, and Ezra rightfully suggests to use it to find a way to destroy the Sith (which is the whole reason why they went to retrieve it in the first place), but Kanan also makes a good point saying that it almost destroyed him. With this brief conversation they address the cliffhanger from the Season Two Finale and quickly establish the conflict for the episode. Continue reading

It’s too Tiny to be a Space Station

Death Star II midi-scale, by JINWONPARK, on Rebrickable


If I say “Star Wars”, what’s the first image that pops up in your head? Do you see Darth Vader, X-wings, a binary sunset or Willrow Hood? It’s safe to say that many people will see the Death Star. The iconic design is just so essential to Star Wars, appearing in some way or another in more than half of the movies, and in stores as clocks and even as ice cube trays for just 12.99$. Everywhere you look there are versions galore, except when you look at MOCs. The reasons for that lack of Death Star exterior MOCs seem obvious: to make it look properly intimidating you need a whole lot of parts, with LEGO’s smallest brick-built rendition already clocking in at about 3500 pieces. And the spherical shape terrifies MOCcers just as much as the battle station did the Rebels. But then there’s JINWONPARK‘s midi-scale Death Star II that does away with those two reasons. It only needs about 750 pieces and about the size of a melon to look just as intimidating as the real deal. The harsh, ominous lighting factor into this, but the tiny details have a big part to play as well. Their size accounts only for a part of the effect. Did you notice how similar all of the details are? The builder used a limited amount of pieces, which creates a cluttered but homogeneous look. Just like in the big version, the homogeneity of the details make you realize you’re not even seeing the details yet, but merely the rough outline of the supports etc. Combine this with a nearly perfectly executed sphere with details sprinkled throughout and a clean inclusion of the concave dish, and you have a killer creation that should belong on very LEGO Star Wars enthusiast’s desk. Not just to look at, but also to learn from. Luckily free instructions to JINWONPARK’s incredible creation are available over on Rebrickable!

Rebels Review: Steps Into Shadow


What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: While there was not much of a time gap between the first and the second season of Rebels, this season picks up 6 months after the events of the Season Two finale, which is about the same amount of time that has passed in real life. Our heroes are more grown up, Hondo is in this episode, and Admiral Thrawn is reintroduced into canon. What could go wrong? Well, after a fairly entertaining prison break with some nice humor as well as tragedy, this episode started to fall apart for me. Continue reading