LEGO builders love building LEGO X-wings, and the light-up LEGO X-wing we featured earlier this summer by Maciej Szymański may be the best. No less build-worthy are the plethora of other starfighters in the Star Wars universe, including the venerable workhorse of the Rebellion, the BTL Y-wing strike fighter. Maciej’s hyper-accurate Y-wing is built from 1,900 LEGO pieces, resulting in incredibly detailed sections of exposed machinery.
The X-Wing has been the subject of several great LEGO builds and official sets over the years. Add to the line-up this minifigure-scaled version built by Inthert, which is not just highly detailed on the exterior paneling. Hiding underneath this paneling are various wires, hoses, and other detail bits throughout the fuselage, cockpit, and one engine and laser in a sectioned view.
It’s tough to build a good-looking ship using only one color. It’s tougher still to build one that stands up against the original source material. Swan Dutchman‘s Harrower-class Dreadnought from the Star Wars universe does both. At nearly two and a half feet long, this LEGO battleship took over 5700 bricks and 5 months to build. It’s got the perfect amount of greebly-goodness, tons of miniature firepower, and a sleek style worthy of the Old Republic Empire.
In The Force Awakens, a massive ship suddenly looms over the Millennium Falcon as Rey pilots the venerable freighter away from Jakku. The enormous ship swallows the Falcon whole. It’s not until a few moments later that we realize just who was piloting the Baleen-class heavy freighter dubbed Erevana. I’ve wanted to see a LEGO Erevana ever since I saw The Force Awakens, and nearly a year later Forgotten Days has granted my wish. This LEGO Erevana is massive enough to swallow a LEGO Millennium Falcon — though a microscale one to be sure. The non-repetitive cargo containers behind the main hangar bay section add nice blocks of color and texture to an otherwise “boring” cargo freighter.
You can see a full time-lapse of the build in this video:
LEGO builder Andrew JN, whose excellent death of Obi-Wan Kenobi we featured a year ago, brings us this great rendition of one of the most tense scenes in all of Star Wars: the chilling first meeting of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Andrew says he worked hard to balance the lighting, so that the model captures the dark, foreboding aura of the scene, while still highlighting his fantastic work with the bricks. The great design of the carbon-freezing chamber is worth noting, built with unevenly stacked plates to form a semicircle.
The new LEGO Star Wars sets from Rogue One are now available on the LEGO Shop online, along with the new Death Star and other October releases. And as an extra bonus, LEGO VIP program members earn double points right now.
I’m in the middle of building 75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter at BrickCon, and enjoying the fun minifigs and cool play features — we’ll have a full review soon.
75154 TIE Striker includes 543 pieces and 4 minifigs for $70.
75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank includes the mysterious Chirrut Îmwe, and is quite an excellent deal at 385 pieces for $30.
Archimedes Chen built some fun LEGO takes on C-3PO, BB-8, R2-D2, and Stormtroopers, as they appear in The Force Awakens. Though my favorites here are the First Order Stormtroopers with clever parts usage on each helmet’s face mask, all six are packed with just the right amount of recognizable details without looking busy.
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.
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.
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.
The attention to detail on the wall shaping is great, as is the work around the airlock door.
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…
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.
Taking a little inspiration from the design of the 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter set, Rebel Builder gives us a nice LEGO rendition of a Mining Guild TIE fighter, as seen in the latest season of Star Wars Rebels. Definitely looks like a stylish ride for the more fashion conscious bad guy. Which is just as well since as baddies go, “Mining Guild” sounds about as menacing as “Trade Federation”!
Designing a starfighter is fairly easy. Designing an outstanding starfighter is, well… a bit harder. Finally we may have a universal recipe for that, courtesy of Cole Blaq. Take out your notepads and write down the ingredients:
– One half of a B-Wing base (choose a firm one, not wilted)
– Two X-wing engine modules (not too big)
– One slung-under TIE fighter cockpit (the juicier the better)
– If desired, one small Star Destroyer laser battery
– A pinch of creativity
Combine well, and freeze on Hoth for 60 minutes. Then serve cold. Sprinkle servings with a pinch of astro-droids.