If you’ve been paying attention to what’s marketable in pulp culture these days, the video game Destiny has pretty popular. It has also become a pretty common excuse: “Sorry, can’t build, playing Destiny”. Jake (Jayfourke) has solved this problem by building Destiny with this fantastic ship:
Even if it wasn’t from a game, the ship design is gorgeous. I love the simple colour stripes, and really great angles that Jake was able to recreate. Though my favorite part, and what impressed me most was those iconic triangular intakes:
This thing looks like it was built for swooshing.
Vince Toulouse has a keen eye for style with spacecraft, and one of his common hallmarks is a stylistic nod to art-deco and the extravagant elegance of the forward-thinking 1920s and ’30s. His latest clean mean machine is this fantastic white and gold ship, which looks ready to pull up to the curb and have a dapper gentleman invite you to a night of refined space-partying and literary discussions. (Or maybe I’m just thinking of Midnight in Paris.)
Nick Della Mora (Darth Nick) has been pointing his shrink ray at various classic Space sets, such as 6871 Star Patrol from 1984 or this year’s 21109 Exo Suit. Nick’s chibi-izing of the sets is infinitely cute, leaving them with full minifigs in terrifically recognizable little vehicles.
We’ve seen some pretty crazy Galaxy Explorers over the years, including Jumbo flashlight sized and Neo Classic style. But I think this one turns my world upside down – literally. Dave Lartigue (daveexmachina) has built the entire Galaxy Explorer inverted:
Yes! Studs DOWN!
Here’s how it would look if we were to orient it the ‘right’ way:
Is this a new building fad? I certainly hope so.
Probably the biggest hurdle when it comes to creating Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K) inspired builds with LEGO is the loss of the fine details. The amount of realism that real Ma.K modellers put in to their creations are second to none. But LEGO is a bit trickier medium to achieve gritty realism in. However, Andy Baumgart (D-Town Cracka) proves once again that going to a larger scale makes that much easier to achieve it.
Not only is this build incredibly detailed, the presentation and inclusion of the little girls just screams Ma.K. Much of the vibe of Maschinen Krieger dioramas is the juxtaposition of mechanical death machines and innocence.
Spanning two decades and achieving worldwide popularity, the Stargate franchise gave Star Trek a pretty good run for its money – and is now even up for a movie reboot. The final spin-off, named Stargate Universe, tried to lure fans by adopting the grittier realism of shows like Battlestar Galactica. Unfortunately that shift didn’t gel with audiences, and the show was cancelled after just 2 seasons.
I’m a huge SG-U fan and was sad to see it go. So when German builder nameless_member produced this beautiful model of the star ship Destiny, it was nice to be reminded I wasn’t the only one…
I really love the compactness of this build – it’s probably the smallest scale that you could build Destiny at and still do it justice. It has just the right level of greebling, and the ship’s distinctive curvature is perfectly captured, as you can see from this rear angle. Even the shuttle craft have been included!
This rover by the ever-popular Pete Reid is chock full of some nice, subtle detail. Often Neo-Classic Space creations are overloaded with those lovely details known as “greebles”. This beauty has them (between the wheels of the wagon, for example) but by keeping them to a minimum, it doesn’t look too busy and has a nice, clean feel to it. Lastly, you have to love the presentation! That slice of lunar landscape is the icing on the cake!
Even though the Micro-GARCs had it’s last race of the season it’s still great to see builders continuing and building minifigure sized Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit racers! Thomas W. (Sylon-tw) keeps up the fun by building this wonderful Octan sponsored racer:
I really like how Thomas completes the build with this really interesting garage-hangar. I’m fascinated by the really neat techniques on the hangar doors and other wall elements. But let’s not forget the main attraction, the racer itself:
He gets bonus points from me for lovely curve integration and silky smooth bottom (gotta be aerodynamic in space, right?)
In a dusty future where spacecraft have bubble canopies, Rod Gillies’ (2 much caffeine) spacemen look rather cheery with their small outpost. Note the detail of the way the structures are placed on pylons above the sand.
David Hensel (Legonardo Davidy) is one of the best LEGO builders in the community at present, and his wide diversity of building themes is one of the proofs. Traditionally a castle guy, David can crank out some mean spacecraft when he wants to, such as this lovely chunk of starfighter.