Scavenging at the Speed of Sound

Rey riding her speeder on Jakku, by SPARKART!, on Flickr

 

Some things get stuck in your head so quickly, you never get to consider the alternatives. When one person breaks free and shows the world a better alternative, you get that magical moment of surprise, disbelief and admiration. That’s what happened to me when I laid first laid eyes on SPARKART!‘s rendition of Rey’s speeder. The official LEGO set lacked the rounded features of the original model, but it was a decent set, and a model that stuck with people. Many creations kept things rather flat, but kept looking good as well. Not this model: it’s all about the roundness again, and works so well, you can’t belief how you didn’t miss that in previous creations. The roundness makes the model look so much more real and tangible, and recreates that pleasant nostalgic association with Luke’s landspeeder that got flipped to its side in a traffic accident. The realism of this MOC doesn’t just come from the curves on the nose of the speeder. It’s the consistency of them popping up all around the model, to convince you the rounded nose wasn’t just a brilliant accident. You can see them towards the back as well, and more subtly in the side intakes for that wonderfully finished look. SPARKART! did an incredible job breaking with the image of an angled speeder, and seems to rediscover the use of bows all over again. And what’s more, that isn’t the only silently limiting convention he breaks. To return to the official set, the speeder was quite a bit too big compared to the minifigure. Just a constraint of the LEGO system we have to live with, right? Wrong. The creator demonstrates that just because we have minifigures, we don’t have to limit ourselves to using only them. And we don’t have to separate minifigs from brick built figures either. His figure is perfect for this scale, a great combination of the right proportions and plenty of details. It’s the final revolutionizing touch that makes this creation complete and prompts this weird reaction when you first see the picture. Because why would a picture that clearly comes right out of the movie include a support to the model? Then it’s time to reassure yourself these are bricks all right, and what better way to do that than to take a closer look?

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