In the Expanded Universe of LEGO Star Wars forums, the German Imperium der Steine is as notable as the Thrawn Trilogy is in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Now, both get combined. A month ago we mentioned the start of the MOC Olympics on the forum, in which players compete in several categories to become the ultimate Star Wars MOCcer. At the time, Disco86 and markus1984 fought in different categories. But now they’re pitted against each other in the category ‘Expanded Universe’. It will be hard to decide who’ll win, but right now it’s the best thing that ever happened.
Both builders recreated a scene from the Thrawn Trilogy, set five years after episode VI. Markus1984 depicted a battle set in Hyllyard City on the planet of Myrkr. You don’t have to know the story to appreciate this first class creation. It’s impossible to do this creation justice in just a few words. Because everything from the meticulously built pavement to the pagoda with the nice columns and incredible shapes, the subtle vertical lines in the buildings, the angled walls, the superb weathering of them, the roof… all the way to the original and superbly executed craft, is breath taking, even without considering the size of it all. There’s not an element that can’t be appreciated, and there are a lot of clever techniques. So it’s not just a creation that’s amazing due to its size: whether you look at it from up close or from far far away, it is incredible. All the more if you consider the tight time frame, and the fact that there is an absolute minimum of source material. Everything had to be designed and built, and it turned not only to be an awesome build, but a unique Star Wars location as well. Markus1984 really expanded our universe with something marvelous. Marvel more in the Eurobricks topic, wondering if there will ever be a MOC equal to this.
But that’s before you’ve seen Disco86‘s answer. His entry isn’t as massive, but that’s very relative. He depicted the cloning facility in Mount Tantiss from the same trilogy. The rockwork is brilliant, especially with the smoothed sections that set the artificial elements apart. The shiny black floor is the perfect answer to this chaotic wall, as are the white surfaces. And then there’s the door and that service crane, with the nicely exposed details of the bubbles. And that beautiful lighting immediately transports you into the scene. The build is a perfect harmony of artificial and natural elements, with a haunting beauty and yet a very efficient and utilitarian look. You can almost see how it was built in secret and yet kept clean enough for the important cloning process. And the cocoons, almost coolly pulsating, give you the feeling of something organic yet menacing going on. This is probably the most cinematic MOC ever made not based on a movie. The design just breathes Empire and cries cloning, and makes both work together. It’s like the most beautiful of concept art, and I can only wish this would be the base for a scene in a movie. Unbelievable work! Get sucked into it even more in the topic. And no matter who wins the round, no one will loose, because these aren’t entries for a contest: these are pieces of art.