A Roll Down Memory Lane

Droideka, by ToaLeewan, on Flickr

When you look back at the earliest of LEGO Star Wars sets, it’s hard not to marvel at how sets have improved over the years. Just compare this year’s AT-ST to the one from 2001. But then again, there’s the example of the Droideka… Of course there’s no besting the amazingly intricate Technic set from 2000, but you’d think that a small Droideka sold in 2013 would put the 2002 version to shame, but that didn’t quite happen despite the superior selection of parts nowadays. Luckily, we have ToaLeewan to show us how awesome a Droideka creation can look today. ToaLeewan used all of the parts that allow articulation this to his advantage because it represents the joints of the original very well and because it allows for a convincing posing. With its arched back and slight lean this droid looks like it’s getting ready to deal with some serious recoil instead of offering you a drink. The newfangled shells do a great job of really sticking to the model to give it a solid feel, and the piece used for the claws is simply the best possible piece that could have been used here. This creation does a great job showcasing why we need all of these new pieces. But what I like most of all in this creation, is that it also shows what we can still use the old parts for in this landscape of specialized and detailed pieces. They’re not meant to be kept hidden in the background, quietly connecting everything, letting all details to the new parts in town. In this creation, there’s not a single part that’s just there to connect stuff, not the liftarms on the arms, certainly not those old black pieces used as radiators and not even the black peg at the blasters. They’re no glamorous eyecatchers, but they’re the everyday details that can bring a creation to life, giving some familiarity to even something as strange as a woodlouse robot. Nothing is hidden in this perfect mix of old and new parts which makes it so fateful to the original. So lower your deflector shields, head over to Flickr, and discover all of those parts you have had lying around for ages and the ones you haven’t even heard about, and imagine how they could come together in something as awesome as this creation.

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