…but we all know Dave won’t stop. RichardBoard conquered us with just a single picture of his recent build recreating the scene of probably the most tense confrontation between a human and artificial intelligence, from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Although this vignette is much smaller than the original spaceship from the movie, Richard did an amazing job lighting it, making all the small transparent plates look awesome. HAL 9000’s red eye being blurred in the background gives the whole shot a truly cinematic look. But Dave’s spacesuit is the only thing that looks a little bit odd; that’s due to a tiny Classic Space logo on his forearm, which, in fact, is an amazing way of combining too universes — LEGO and Stanley Kubrick’s — in one picture.
Rarely do we see new mechs and drones in the style of the Ma.K universe. This genre is quite specific and demands some extraordinary thinking and use of common pieces for impressive greebling. Marco Marozzi continues to amaze us with his alien-looking droids, and the way he treats the most useless parts leaves me speechless.
The structure of the drone is not overcomplicated, still there are so many parts that catch your eye. The secret of the Marco’s creations lies in his ability to combine pieces whose shapes complement one another best. For instance, in this drone he uses a bunch of round bricks of various sizes and colors. They all go pretty neatly together with a couple of sharp lines and corners, not to mention a dazzling choice of stickers.
And now Pigs in Space starring the ever handsome Link Hogwash, the illustrious first mate Miss Piggy, and scientist Dr Jullius Strangepork. Our story begins when German builder Andreas Weissenburg follows up his LEGO versions of muppets The Electric Mayhem, Waldorf and Statler, and the Swedish Chef with this fully built-out set of the USS Swinetrek and its incompetent crew. Andreas has even recreated the cheap viewscreen ‘effect’ featuring the mysterious space villain Dearth Nadir.
Fans of LEGO Classic Space (a term that refers to Space set that were released before 1987) will love this collection of space vehicles by billyburg. The Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost set includes a larger Galaxy Patroller space ship, a six-wheeled Lunar Utility Vehicle, a Lunar Surface Skimmer for mapping the lunar surface and those all important utility bots for making sandwiches and beeping adorably.
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This alien spaceship by A Plastic Infinity reminds me of a scarab for some reason, but no matter what the builder intended it to be, one part I’m sure of: it’s pretty cool. Too often alien spacecraft look a bit too human-designed, and it’s always refreshing to see a ship that’s a bit more other-worldly.
Shannon Sproule brings us a cute little space rover concept. As usual, the presentation is top-notch, with Shannon’s trademark 50s retro sci-fi style in full effect — lovely curves and color choices giving an “astronaut chic” feel. The use of the “tooth plate” on the cab flanks, along with leaving a bunch of hollow studs visible, builds an impressive sense of texture. Lastly, the addition of two white rubber bands across the cab windows splits up the expanse of black with the sort of thin detailing which is so hard to do on a model this scale. I want to drive one of these beauties all the way across Mars.
We were so proud to show off our building skills in April. Of course, Djordje has to go and one-up us all. This slightly creepy, bushy-eyebrow’d fellow looks like he belongs in the world of what Galidor should have been.
In all seriousness, this guy has character. He looks like he’s plotting someone’s terrible demise with those old dinosaur-head-eyes. I’m not quite sure if he belongs squarely with other aliens or if he’d be more at home in The Labyrinth. I’ll leave that decision to you.
LEGO builder Doomhandle wasn’t satisfied with LEGO’s official versions of the Imperial Star Destroyer — they just didn’t have enough detail, inside or out. Taking a cue from the official sets, though, he’s created a stellar model of the Imperial Star Destroyer Tyrant with a minifig-scale interior full of various scenes aboard a ship of the Imperial fleet.
Doomhandle tells us he spent over a year constructing it, and the final model is nearly 5 feet in length. It is significantly more accurate and detailed than LEGO’s official Ultimate Collector’s Series model, and it features a full hangar deck complete with TIE Interceptors, a Sentinel Class Imperial Shuttle, and a captured A-Wing. It also has a command deck, conference room, barracks, detention center, supply rooms, canteen, and more.
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Marco Marozzi has always been a really creative builder, with very original shapes and great part usage in mind. So when I saw that he was participating in a build challenge that I have been promoting, the Mecha Racing League, I was more than excited. But his particular build — a take on a pit droid — just made my jaw drop.
The build has amazing greebling and great orange plating that really stands out and draws in your eye, as well as cool additional details like the diagnostic tablet. I also like that the mech rolls on small spheres, which is an amazing concept for great mobility. I mean, I can really picture a bunch of these guys ready to repair any racing mechas on a pit stop.
British builder Jeremy Williams is well-known for his Neo-Classic space LEGO creations. This spaceship interior has some ingenious parts use, enhanced by very skilled lighting and photography. The build was created for a ‘parts challenge’ over on parts-obsessed blog New Elementary. The door utilises a new Nexo Knights part, the 2×3 pentagonal tile, aka the shield tile. The railing at the top is also worth a closer look to see clever use of the Dementor stand (found exclusively in Harry Potter sets) as the vertical portion of the railing.
This is not a door to be squeezed through at the last minute, there could be a guillotine effect!
We like a good starfighter, and here’s an absolute belter of a model from [email protected]. The brutal and unusual shaping catches the eye, but look closely and you’ll also see some great details — a sweet double cockpit, functional-looking greebling and textures, and restrained-yet-effective use of color.
The “hero shot” with the planet backdrop is smart, but check out the rear view for close-up action on all those lovely engine details…
Aaron Dayman and Pascal have collaborated on this brilliant little asymmetrical space fighter:
The model is Aaron’s and shows a great approach to variable geometry. The off-centred cockpit and unbalanced wing design are excellent touches amidst the usual conventions and colors of Classic Space building. And Pascal’s trademark photo-editing skills are put to effective use with the background and engine flares. A brilliant little model, presented with style — exactly what we like to see around here.