The Millennium Falcon’s dog fight through the bowels of a wrecked Star Destroyer is one of the more memorable action scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Korean builder Taekyu Lee wanted to capture the scene in LEGO but didn’t know where to start – until he saw a small interpretation of the scene built by Simon Pickard for Blocks magazine. That was all the inspiration he needed to construct this mammoth version:
It’s hard to believe how quickly Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken the world by storm and become ingrained in the public consciousness. Popsicle speeders, orange and black X-Wings, that one desert beast-thing… All of these new (yet old-looking) vehicles are now instantly recognizable and excitement-inducing. Relatively new to the online LEGO community, builder Robert Lundmark has already made his mark with recreations of classic Star Wars ships — but he has now dived into the new series with multiple Force Awakens builds: Rey’s speeder, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, and Teedo’s Luggabeast.
Now that the buzz from The Force Awakens has assuaged, and the hype for Rogue One hasn’t yet reached a fever pitch, the LEGO Star Wars line can turn its Goliath head toward older or smaller pieces of the franchise. Thus it is that this summer’s Star Wars wave contains elements from myriad sources, including the original trilogy, the prequels, Rebels, the Freemaker Adventures and, yes, even a little of The Force Awakens has snuck in. We’ll be looking at a few of these sets here on The Brothers Brick, starting today with 75150 Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter. This set is from the Star Wars Rebels line, and retails for $89.99 USD and contains 702 pieces.
While many hardcore builders like me cringe when we have to wade through atrociously cute photos of stormtroopers in unlikely situations while trying to get our LEGO fix on Flickr, there are photographers who take what is essentially LEGO product photography — just minifigs or out-of-the-box sets — to a whole new level. Vesa Lehtimäki has been posting stunning photos of LEGO Star Wars figs and sets for a few years, and has even released a book, LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy published by DK.
One of my favorite scenes from the book features an off-screen moment in which Boba Fett delivers a carbonite-encased Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. With just a few minifigs and stellar lighting, Vesa brings the scene to life.
French builder Eric Druon‘s nostalgia for old toys has been featured here before, with his LEGO versions of such classics as GI Joe and Adventure 2000. This time though he’s really cranked things up a notch with this huge Star Wars themed LEGO play set inspired by the Kenner series of Death Star toys released back in 1982.
In many ways I think this makes for a better play set than LEGO’s official Death Star set, with it’s labyrinthine arrangement of platforms and corridors, and perfect reinterpretation of the Death Star’s interior design. Many memorable scenes from the original Star Wars movie are in there, plus a few easter eggs too. See if you can spot them all!
Like the original system, Eric’s version is comprised of three separate components that can be pushed together to form one giant play space: Battle Station Escape, Battle Station Compactor and Battle Station Throne Room. He’s even provided downloadable instructions on his website, for anyone that wants to recreate all this with their own bricks. You’ll also find lots more closeup photos of the play sets over there too. And for context, here is one of the original toys that Eric was inspired by:
The Incinerator14 revives Star Wars Battlefront nostalgia with his minifigure scale TX-130T Fighter Tank in Imperial colors. As the TX-130T was perhaps my most used vehicle in the game, Lucas’s model was instantly recognizable. With a great choice of slopes on the skis and body and a good amount of detailing without appearing cluttered, I can’t imagine an uncommon choice of Star Wars vehicle done better with LEGO bricks.
See more views of his TX-130T on MOCpages.
Even with Star Wars Day behind us, we’re still coming across many great Star Wars themed creations, and it looks like we might have a bedroom craze among AFOLs! We recently featured an X-wing themed bedroom but WingYew steps up the game and comes up with a two floor dream bedroom for the geekiest of us!
Droid lamps, Snowspeeder curtains, AT-AT chair, X-Wing desk, Vulture Droid dressers, Millenium Falcon bed, and a Podracer workout bench are among the many details I could find at a glance. Even if you toss out all the Star Wars stuff, there are still many great touches. The window downstairs is simply amazing and take a look at the fluorescent ladder! I guess I will have to keep coming back and checking the closeup photos to find more amusing details in this build. The bedroom looks equally fantastic in day time too…
Taking the old notion of Star Wars themed bed sheets up a notch, tanKM has used LEGO to imagine every young boy’s dream – a completely Star Wars themed bedroom complete with X-Wing loft bed, X-Wing cockpit computer area, and a plethora of Star Wars toys and dress-up items. Check out the full album for a closer look.
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.
Stop-motion animators BrotherhoodWorkshop have spent the last several weeks since the reveal of the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer painstakingly recreating it scene-for-scene with LEGO, and the result is impressive. The quality of the effects and animation they achieved in just a few short weeks is stunning, and the trailer in brick form makes me just as excited for Rogue One as the official trailer. I can’t wait to see the first Death Star’s construction on screen (and presumably a Star Wars movie where the Death Star doesn’t blow up!).
Doesn’t this fantastic scene by Chris Maddison instantly make you hear the melancholy french horn solo from Binary Sunset (aka: The Force Theme by John Williams) in your head? With very few pieces and a limited color palette, Chris has perfectly captured the emotion of this iconic scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. I love the clean lines of the sand dunes and two-toned sky. And of course, the double suns of Tatooine and the tiny Luke Skywalker are perfect.
Kosmas Santosa continues the Star Wars day celebration with Darth Vader’s lightsaber hilt constructed from LEGO. This replica looks about as screen accurate as one can get with bricks and is presented with an elegant custom stand and title card. I particularly like the use of silver barbell weights and a white rubber band piece for some of the details.