The team behind the incredibly successful Mobile Frame Zero is at it again, this time bringing microscale battles into the void of space.
The original game spawned an entire subcommunity around the competing factions of mecha and has brought a number of new builders into the AFOL community through the fusion of Lego, wargaming, and the timeless appeal of giant robots smashing into each other.
Check out the kickstarter here!
Tim Johnson over at the wonderful blog New Elementary has just published an interesting inside look at the development process of Peter Reid’s Classic Space Exo Suit Cuusoo set. Although the actual design of the suit has yet to be revealed, the logo for the new set has been announced. Reading Tim’s write-up of the extent to which fans have been involved in the development of this particular set has given me great hope that the outcome will live up to the fan community’s very high expectations. The fan involvement for this set reminds me a good deal of my time helping design the original Minecraft set, and it’s heartening to see another Cuusoo project take this route, instead of taking the project to Billund and developing it solely with official product designers, as has been the case with all of the other Cuusoo projects.
Combine the Exo Suit with the forthcoming Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP set from the LEGO Movie, and it’s looking to be a very good year for Classic Space aficionados.
Read the original post on New Elementary in its entirety here.
The microGARC trend continues to race along at breakneck speed, distinguished by detailed stickering which makes the ships look much larger than they really are.
The Banana Split by Lego Junkie looks more like a heavy-duty construction unit rather than a racer. The repetition of the lines of the intakes in the stripes up top is particularly nice.
This Elysium shuttle by Jacob Unterreiner (4estFeller) isn’t strictly a GARC racer, but the intentionally chaotic stickering and minute detailing make it fit in right alongside its flashier cousins.
Sometimes simple is better. This microscale model of Mass Effect’s SR-2 Normandy spaceship by Sydag doesn’t use many parts, but it captures the source brilliantly and is instantly recognizable.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights! Tonight we’re off to the races with the Mico Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit (GARC). Let’s go to the tale of the tape.
In the orange corner sporting #3 we have speed racer Halfbeak with:
In the red corner, the Micro GARC that started it all Jacob Unterreiner’s (4estFeller) #7 speeder:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Blue Mixles Match, It was another 8-8 tie! Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered how you would go about building colossal sci-fi mega cities, or mega worlds like Coruscant or Trantor ? According to Tim Goddard(Rogue Bantha) to build a Mega City, you need his Red Titan:
I’m not sure exactly how the magnets are used for construction, or if that’s a wreaking ball attachment, but if they can build such a stylish SHIP like that, they can build my city any day.
Ok Tim, where do I sign up?
Adam Dodge traverses the intersection of awesome LEGO model and useful real-world object with this pair of Doctor Who-inspired bookends. I suspect many a Whovian will be drooling over Adam’s excellent creation.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights! We’ve been seeing larger and larger ships these days, so tonight we are going to have a lightweight starfighter fight with two heavyweight builders. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.
In the red corner we have vince_toulouse and his DarkPlane:
In the blue corner we have Mark Stafford (lego_nabii) and his Neophyter:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, the Tiny Turbos, František won 5-1 with his lovely take on the American caddy. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
This subtly menacing starfighter by Shamisenfred conveys a chitinous armored look all the more impressive for its still uncommon olive green livery. The sticker work is phenomenal as well, but the curved cockpit has to be my favorite detail.
Sometimes people (myself included) forget that there is no air in space… so why is it spaceships always have to be so streamlined and sleek? So it’s refreshing to see Nick Trotta’s (tardisblue) latest wonder of a star fighter. It’s big, it’s beefy, and frankly it’s #awesome with a capital #.
The details are just jam packed. The techniques are phenomenal. There are things done on this fighter I have no clue how he did it… and I’m not the only one that is stumped with his build. Which is why Nick takes the unfathomably amazing step to teach us exactly how it’s done by posting a build video: