You know that one guy in the upper right corner on all of the latest Star Wars sets? It turns out he’s the villain in the Force Awakens, and is quite good at being it. He’s an interesting character, has awesome abilities and looks iconic already with his bad ass helmet and monk-like robes. Builder M<O><O>DSWIM captured all of those items with his terrific build. The unique and intricate shape of the helmet is impossibly captured with the simplest of pieces. He also succeeded in putting motion in smooth, flat surfaces like the flowing robes, again connected with fairly simple pieces that add detail at the same time. Yes, the tension between the moving and the static is what sets this creation apart. You have the legs in the middle of their motion, with the robes lagging a bit behind. But on the other hand they are firmly on the ground, and the powerful fists clenched, the head slightly tilted and the arms charging up. There’s such a great sense of tension and anticipation in this build, Kylo Ren seems to be taking a final deep breath before leaping into a furious combat. One final breath, gathering all of his anger and force, focus. It’s a tension and contrast that perfectly matches the character. Remarkable given that this creation was put together prior to the movie’s release. It makes the creation even more jaw dropping, so definitely check out M<O><O>DSWIM’s Flickr!
Kylo Ren also has this unique lightsaber that makes him unforgettable. I was concerned first, but the design has grown on me. So perfect timing by Nick Brick to build us this wonderful rendition. The hilt is remarkably round with a sweet tapered end, and has the required steps in for detail. I love the exposed sub-surface detailing near the top. What really shines though, is the beam itself (well, duh, it’s light after all…). The brilliant idea originally came from Cole Edmonson, who realized how it really looks with the white core and a splash of color beyond, and integrated it all in a swooshable, duelable blade. Nick Brick expanded on it, making the colored layer a bit thicker, but especially excelled in using transparent pieces to have a smoother crossover. The grill tiles are just perfect for the sparking and bolting effect that’s so characteristic for this particular lightsaber. I absolutely love it when one builder inspires another, and in this case I have no doubt this will be the standard from now on, especially with such great creations showcasing the technique. So start your research and inspect the pictures more closely. And be sure to watch that video, because who hasn’t dreamed of violently locking his own LEGO blade with that of his foe in a snowy forest!