Imperial Dancetroopers take pointe

Sometimes all a Stormtrooper wants to do is to dance! Laurene Johnsone brings us a little-seen side of the life on an Imperial soldier — the ballet classes.

Storm Trooper Dance of the Little Swan's

I like the four clone troopers practising their pointe, but all eyes in the studio are surely on the central pair practising their Swan Lake. This is wonderfully daft — I love it.

Storm Trooper Dance Studio

Sleek space carrier is ready for battle

Apparently this is SweStar‘s first attempt at a SHIP (a LEGO spaceship exceeding 100 studs in length). It’s a hell of a debut — nice shaping, sharp color blocking, and some smart greebly details. I particularly like the color choices for the striping — the muted sand blue and sand green make for an interesting change from the brighter stripes which seem to have become the staple design choice on brick-built capital ships.

ENIGMA

The bridge towards the rear looks fantastic with that raked section beneath, and whilst it’s not bristling with weaponry, the guns it does display look pretty hefty. The trapezoidal cross-section somehow makes the whole thing look both sleek and mean. Check out this view of the bow…

ENIGMA 2

Firefly – the defense choice of the next generation

Horcik Designs looks set to be the premier air defense contractor of the 21st century. The Firefly is their latest UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) and it’s available for purchase now from all good arms dealers.

Firefly UCAV gunship

I love this model’s chunky near-future realism. The white color scheme lends it a certain “astronaut chic” and the restrained use of custom stickers adds nice touches of detail. The rotor assemblies and control surfaces are spot-on, and those guns — brilliant. The builder has also provided a multi-angle composite shot which reveals more of the detail, but also shows a rather haphazard approach to maintenance. Hammers? I doubt that’ll make it into the Firefly’s sales brochure.

Firefly UCAV gunship

Imperial boarders attack the Tantive IV

CozzD has built the iconic corridor sequence from the opening of Star Wars: A New Hope. Whilst LEGO Star Wars creations often feature the exterior of the iconic spaceships, it makes a pleasant change to see other scenes depicted in the brick. The corridor of the Tantive IV blockade runner is captured perfectly, as is the sense of rising tension as the rebels prepare to repel Imperial boarders.

Tantive IV Lego - Ready for Action

The attention to detail on the wall shaping is great, as is the work around the airlock door.

Tantive IV Lego - Expecting Visitors

To cap it all, CozzD has gone to town with some special effects for the boarding sequence. Check out the Stormtroopers bursting through the door…

Tantive IV - Stormtroopers Attack!

Flee this encounter? Yes please

Karf Oolhu proves once again he’s the master of combining random parts to create models that manage to be somehow both funny and sinister. This peculiar skeletal figure lurches from the darkness, tentacles and wings poking out of its robe, an obsidian dagger strapped at its waist. Karf says we need to submit to it. Personally I’m going to run away instead.

Submit to Him!

I have you now!

The Brothers Brick have covered Star Wars builds of all shapes and sizes, but rarely one that would fit in the palm of your hand. This microscale LEGO trench scene from Star Wars: A New Hope by Grantmasters is simultaneously adorable and clever, especially the 6-brick X-wing fighter featuring a unicorn horn. The force is definitely strong with this one!

For more microscale recreations of scenes from classic Sci-Fi movies and TV shows, be sure to check out the Mi-Fi group on Flickr.

Mechanical automaton is ready to roll

Vince Toulouse brings us this excellent automaton — ready to roll out on its single wheel and come to the rescue of any malfunctioning contraption.

The Mechanic

The retro-futurism of the design here is just awesome — slick and smooth, yet unmistakably “old-timey” in its sci-fi. The color scheme is spot-on and the greebles strike that balance of believability and character essential in good steam- or dieselpunk building. The red-tinted goggles are a masterstroke, lending a wonderful dash of personality. Lastly, this is one of those models which looks as good from the rear as it does from the front. Great stuff.

The Mechanic

LEGO Disney 71040 Cinderella Castle [Review]

As something of a Disney geek, I was delighted to get the opportunity to review the new LEGO Disney Cinderella Castle set. However, I have to admit I was somewhat taken aback when the box arrived and I began to realise what an undertaking the build process was going to be…

71040 The Disney Castle

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Red and black is the new black

Marco De Bon says this latest LEGO creation was inspired by the videogame series Super Robot Wars. Regardless of where the inspiration arose I hope there’s more of this sort of thing to come. The robot’s color scheme is bold — red, black, yellow, and gold, and that splash of blue at the hips. It shouldn’t work, it should be too much, yet it leaps off the screen at you.

Lego Rhadamantis 02

Beyond the stark color choices, there’s great brickwork here in the armor and the robot’s “face”, and the big drill manages to be both intimidating and funny at the same time. But the best detail of all? Those exposed pistons at the heels. Brilliant.

Sci-fi dino racing should totally be a thing

LEGO Friends don’t just hang out at the cupcake store, they also race sci-fi motorcycles — or at least they do in the future (past?) imagined by gray mini.

sci-fi motorcycle

The bike itself is cool, but it’s the overall race scene which sets my heart pumping. I dread to think what happens if the other racers overtake you. I think your bike (and you) might get all chewed up in the carnage.

sci-fi motorcycle

A house for Mickey and Minnie-figs

David FNJ has built a lovely little vignette for Mickey and Minnie featuring a building which wouldn’t look out of place down on Main Street USA. The touches of pearl gold detailing and the blue and white bunting add a festive feel, and that “hidden Mickey” made with the black boat studs is a nice touch. Mickey and Minnie look like they’ve secured themselves a great spot for watching the parade…

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Vignette

Micro LEGO National Park: Meridian Hill, Washington DC

National parks come in all shapes and sizes, though I don’t think extra tiny is on the list! jsnyder002 has given us this beautiful micro rendition of Meridian Hill National Park, located in Washington, DC. The real park certainly sits on the smaller side of things, and was formerly a garden for a a mansion.

The micro LEGO version features beautiful waterfalls and glorious arches, and is quite an accurate rendition of the real thing.

It’s a fitting tribute for the National Park centennial this year!