There’s no Replacing the Falcon…

UCS Eravana, by Forgotten Days, on Flickr

 

… but the Eravana is still a really nice ship in its own right. The design of the ship is not a bit about aesthetics and all about functionality. It’s just there to move cargo and doesn’t need fancy engines, decent protection or even a real cockpit. Just forget about magnetic shielding of the hangar bay, and don’t worry about covering up all of the pipes. All the Eravana needs is a lot of space and a rough frame to handle the wonderfully structured mess of cargo.

Forgotten Days‘ creation above captures the ship’s identity remarkably well. It definitely looks huge. The creation is already a SHIP to begin with, and the creator made sure to draw your eye to the cargo that comes in clear chunks and gives you something to compare the size of the ship to. If you’re paying close attention, the lovely tiny red ship about to make an unannounced visit to the vessel makes it look even bigger. There are big flat sections with way less detailing than others emphasizing that the size of that volume is the only thing that matters. Building something big and bulky is something most of us can if we can get our hands on enough bricks. What makes this creation unique though, is how it looks o so fragile at the same time. None of the greebles seem securely attached: they are only attached by one clip or so and almost seem as if they could float away at any moment. There are spindly pieces sticking out, waiting to break off. There are twisted tubes. There are gaps here and there and bricks that don’t sit entirely flat like the black grills on the side. Some corners are beautifully rounded, others might have had an accident. There are exposed studs everywhere. They seem to suggest there was something there that is long gone. Even the two big frames of cargo seem dislodged and don’t sit perfectly on top of eachother. Most of us can build something big and bulky, but Forgotten Days manages to let every piece say something about the identity of the ship so that we get to know and love it almost as much as the Falcon. I’ll leave you two on your own in the photostream

Rebels Review: The Wynkahthu Job

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What did you think of the Plot?
BEAVeR: Whenever there’s an episode featuring Hondo, I don’t expect it to be a super deep and compelling story. I do, however, expect it to be a fun ride full of unexpected twists. And I got an episode that was fun on only a handful of occasions, really quite predictable and did a sloppy attempt at telling us something about the characters. Continue reading

The Original 12

The Original 12 Figures, by Robianco, on Flickr

Many moons ago when I was just a youngster desperate to head off to the Imperial Academy, I had to make do with spending day after day playing with my Star Wars figures. And not a minute of that time do I consider wasted. For years I hounded my parents wherever we went to pick up Star Wars figures and help my complete my collection. I remember David Prowse visiting Lewis’s department store in Liverpool and the clamour for Vader figs to get them signed. I remember getting Boba Fett at TJ Hughes and I still recall very clearly finally finding Bespin Fatigues Luke Skywalker at a small store that sold occasional toys just up the road from there.

In the beginning of this figure fixation was the original 12. These probably came out a year or two before I started collecting them but they still hold so many fond memories of so much of my childhood. Since getting back into Lego, I’ve always wanted to complete the Kenner figure lineup with their Lego counterparts and with the new Death Star a new slot was filled, so I decided to start getting some group shots to show the comparisons and where better than this photo? The noticeable figure here is the Death Squad Commander which has been created from a mix of a couple of figures to give me something close to that original design.

With figures such as Ithorian Jedi we’re able to create characters such as Hammerhead (Momaw Nadon) as well as the protocol droid in the same set being a dead ringer for the Imperial Protocol Droid. Here’s hoping that in the next few years we’ll get to see things such as the Cloud Car Pilot or even, dare I say it a Blue Snaggletooth.

Death on two legs

AS-ST Version 2, by Anothergol, on Eurobricks

 

To each of us as Star Wars fans there will be vehicles that have some kind of a special meaning, something that makes it stand out from the myriad of other ships and vessels for a variety of reasons or maybe even just one. The AT-ST is one such vehicle for me. Memories of ‘chicken-walking’ my original Kenner AT-ST through the weeds and overgrown grass at my mum and dad’s garden when I was a kid still live long and happily in the memory.

Lego has helped me bring a lot of those Star Wars memories back, and the fantastic AT-ST MOC by Anothergol has captured that gangly vessel of destruction and Ewok-bait better than most. The shape of the AT-ST’s cabin has been the bane of many a MOCcer, as has the angles of the Snowspeeder’s wings, but this updated model does everything right. The angled side plates connect with the front area superbly well and the eye sockets and canopies are captured wonderfully. The side mounted canons and lasers are also well detailed and scaled.

The legs of the AT-ST are also something of a problem for Lego builders and the balance of rigidity and bulkiness is a difficult one to find. Anothergol has sacrificed articulation to achieve this but I for one will happily forego that motion for the delicacy of some of those joints and greebling especially around the ‘ankle’ area. The hydraulics and cooling at the rear of the head cabin are simple but effective and the top hatch area opts for accuracy rather than the inclusion of an opening roof hatch, which isn’t needed as the whole roof section is hinged.

To finish things off the MOC is presented in a Hoth vignette in the topic and the footstep detailing of the mischievous rebel trooper in the smooth snow is delicious.

This MOC makes we want to head to my parent’s house again and scout the boundaries of the garden in search of small bear like creatures to squash. Just a shame they’ve got false grass now.

You’ve got to hand it to him…

Galactic Master - PRESALE - Very Limited Edition, by Phoenix Custom Bricks, on Flickr

 

After watching The Force Awakens, and the stupid grin on my face eventually wearing off, and then watching it again several times more, I then started to look at the Lego sets in earnest. I wanted to see the film before committing to buying anything. I needed to like the characters before wanting to own them in two inch plastic form.

Thankfully I did… I cared about Rey and Finn. I even cared about Poe despite his freakish ability to destroy 10 TIE fighters and snipe several Stormies in less than 12 seconds of ridiculous piloting and marksmanship. Thankfully I was able to pick up each of these heroes, and villains, in the Winter and Summer waves of TFA sets.

One figure that remained absent however was that of our gnarled and world-weary Jedi-in-Chief Luke Skywalker… destined to evade us until the release of Episode 8 sets in a year’s time… until now.

Phoenix Customs has majored on the side of Super Hero custom figures and brought many excellent figures to the market but in the last six months or so they’ve also delivered two incredible Star Wars figures in the shape of Luke in Bespin Fatigues and Lando Calrissian in his Cloud City attire, both as limited edition figures. Now Phoenix are releasing this fantastic Sequel Trilogy edition figure of Luke complete with chromed hand.

The figure has custom dyed hairpiece in dark tan which differs from the grey piece of the same colour we’ve seen from the TFA game design. Luke’s robes are done simply but effectively with a nice mix of white and tan on the torso with dark tan legs complimenting the tan robe printing across the front.

Pre-sale of the figure has now passed but very limited numbers of the figure will be available from the Phoenix Customs website in the beginning of the new year.

Exuberant Exogorth

This IS NO CAVE!!!, by Outworlder, on Eurobricks

 

I hear a number of people have always been frightened by episode V’s space slug – or Exogorth, if your tongue is up for a challenge. I’ve actually always liked it, to the point where I feel sorry for it getting shot right in the intestines, having an interior infestation going on and living all alone on a small rock. There’s something so helpless about the obtuse hand puppet with its limited range of motion. It took Outworlder‘s stunning build above to make me realize there was something seriously wrong with me to feel like that. His rendition doesn’t look helpless or harmless, but more lively and threatening. I love how it looks so massive when it completely overshadows those rocks yet so dynamic, reaching for its prey with its mouth wide open, pushing the billions of muscle fibers in its body to the limit. This was cleverly achieved by showing more of the body than we’re used to and by making the motion very vertical. The mouth is wide open, clearly overstretching the jaw muscles, and the tongue sticks forward in the impatient expectation of delight. At the same time, the Exogorth stays close to the ground which highlights how it just comes out of the blue. It is the strange mix of sheer size, speed and a low profile that make this creation so unsettling, and it uses it to full extent. Outworlder captures the one moment in which the giant creature is truly alive. Without that life, this creation is still a marvelously shaped beauty with surprisingly smooth shapes and a superb head which looks at the same time fat and muscular, boasts a perfect row of teeth and has a throat you can get lost in just by looking a tad too long. But with it, this is a creation to remember, one that will feature both in your nightmares as in your dreams. There’s no escaping, so you might just as well check out the topic for more amazing shots.