The Last Jedi. That will be the title to the Star Wars saga’s eighth episode. The hype for Rogue One was just starting to die down and I could finally roam the internet freely without the fear for spoilers when this news hit us unexpectedly. The title hasn’t grown on me yet, “TLJ” doesn’t have a nice ring to it and I find it a bit overly dramatic, but I do like the contrast it provides with the hopeful “The Force Awakens”. The alleged darker tone of this episode is already shining through in its title, so we’re sure to be in for a heavy ride! The movie will be directed by Rian Johnson, known for 2012’s Looper. Now the rumor shuttle has departed, we have to wait until December 15th of this year to find out which ones were true. Hop aboard in the Star Wars movie discussion topic!
What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: Now that the excitement over Rogue One has started to die down, Star Wars Rebels returns from the winter break and it is bringing along one of the characters from the “Star Wars Story”. Not only that, but we are treated to one of the rare two-parters. However, was that enough to make for a great return? Continue reading
The gorgeous shots in Rogue One would convince you it’s impossible to improve on the design of the Star Destroyer. And you’d be almost right. It’s nearly impossible. That’s why it took two years to finalize the design of the Harrower-class Dreadnought from The Old Republic and why it took some more months for Swan Dutchman to build the LEGO version of it to make it absolutely beautiful. He made the Star Destroyer look just right, more massive than ever. He also made sure the saying that a man starts to look like his spaceship after a while is clearer than ever with the sith species face shape of the ship giving it a serene but dead and unstoppable look.
The only problem with the Dreadnought is that its shape is more difficult to recreate than that of his good old younger brother. That didn’t seem to be a problem for Swan Dutchman though: everything comes beautifully together. And if there were any gaps, the builder even used them to his advantage and used them as a place to accommodate details. Just look at the clever antenna down the nose (a term you can take quite literally with such a design!) or the little spikes in the center of the “crown”. All of the complex arrangements of pieces to achieve all of the angles give rise to intriguing patterns on the hull, emphasized by the color variation in the grays. Notches of wedge plates visible at the back don’t look like accidents. When brought together with side views of grill tiles in the same model, they suddenly become windows. You don’t see that kind of clever tricks in the original! They take an already stunning creation with beautiful forms, intricate details and a crisp look to the next level. A level on which it rivals the original Star Destroyer in magnificence. Go right here to have a face-to-face meeting with this excellent ship and read all about how you begin to plan such a marvel with some insightful WIP comments.
What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: When there’s something strange in the Nightsisters lair, who you gonna call? Ezra Bridger! This show certainly knows how to grab your attention right from the start. The opening scene with Ezra being haunted by visions of Maul during a briefing was genuinely creepy and chilling, and so was the following scene where Ezra is nearly tricked into killing a rebel trooper because of those visions. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode wasn’t able to keep up this level of horror despite featuring ghost witches. Continue reading
Finally over the initial excitement of seeing Rogue One? Excellent, then the excitement can start all over again because the mid-season trailer for the third season of Rebels has just been released on the internet. The excitement is about seemingly getting more background information about the aforementioned movie, about seeing nice locations and vehicles, about seeing stories continued we’ve all been waiting to see evolve, about seeing thrilling action and about encountering some more familiar characters. We’ll be getting a lot of awesome action, so let’s hope the character development is of an equally high quality and we’re in for an awesome ride. You still have to contain that excitement for two more days, since the new episodes will start airing on January 7th. In the meantime you can wait for our review of the mid season finale and discuss what you saw in the trailer in the Rebels discussion topic.
What a hype these days! Finally being able to judge the Rogue One sets at face value, rumors of UCS sets roaming around, all kinds of sets becoming available… And then there are things nobody even saw coming. The polybag 30611 came out of the dark blue. Its contents are something quite new: a brick built character. The detail on the underside is pretty sweet, it’s great that the head can be rotated and the fact you can take of the middle leg easily is quite ingenius. Still, I’m not really sold on this particular design, probably because the legs are a bit disproportionate. It’s definitely interesting that polybags now can be about more than spaceships and bare minifigs though. And that printed dome piece opens up a new world for large scale replica’s of X-wings or Jedi starfighters, so I’m excited! No word yet on the official availability of this polybag, but you can go ahead and discover and discuss it in the Pictures and Rumors topic.
Rogue One is out to make everybody excited for new ships like the U-wing. My heart lies a bit later in the alphabet though. Because it wasn’t the U-wing that I built over and over again in my childhood, into the lovely craft itself, into lightsabers, into battering rams and even into demonstrations of four-bar mechanisms. It was the Y-wing that came packaged with the TIE Advanced. There’s no ship that fills me with fonder memories than that greebly tuning fork. Now more so than ever, because dmaclego‘s beautiful model is one I’ll think of in years from now, and a smile will appear on my face.
That’s because it’s just like the Y-wing I had in my hands so often. It wasn’t built with a “look at all of the creative greebles I can come up with!” mentality. It was built as a love letter to the original. My old Y-wing did that by keeping it simple, dmaclego’s Y-wing does it by not leaving a single thing out and not adding a single detail to the original in a most creative but humble manner. It shows the Y-wing as it truly is, and not how most would imagine it to be. This creation doesn’t have too much detail like many others do, but uses a variety of interesting but especially low profile parts like stretcher wheels or skids to keep if from looking like a mess. Parts were snugly embedded into the body and the engines so they become functionally inseperable from the ship, instead of something that was quickly added later just to look good. dmaclego did astonishing things to make sure everything look like a solid assembly. He has cut flex tubing to exactly the right length and even at an angle to make them fit perfectly flush with other parts so they merge into one. He devised groundbreaking techniques to make the round engines smooth and at exactly the right diameter to allow the nozzles to be recessed a bit and to fit seamlessly with the dome and the exotic but appropriate Ninjago spinner base. He has done the impossible by making the white columns look like they form one part with the engines. And then there is his wonderful attention to detail and his commitment to depict any one of them. He noticed how the astromech peaks out a bit and spared no expense in recreating the taper and the ever so slight inclination of the cockpit. dmaclego’s Y-wing shows that you need three ingredients to create something that even outshines childhood memories: dedication, resourcefulness and a keen eye. An eye to see what others don’t, and not to see what others think they see. Luckily for us, a regular eye will do just fine to admire this wonderful creation in the topic.