Cecilie Fritzvold has built a fabulous little version of Sebulba’s podracer. The shrunken chibi styling manages to perfectly capture the look and feel of this classic vehicle — you can almost hear the distinctive roar of the engines as this passes by. The whole model is elevated by the classy presentation — it’s amazing what a simple bit of tan landscaping can do.
Don’t miss the close-up details available in these zoomed-in shots. There’s some nice brickwork on display, although I’m not convinced some of the connections in here are particularly robust! The purple energy binder connection between the two engines looks about as reliable as the “real” energy binders proved during the Boonta Eve Classic.
Amazon Prime Day is one of Amazon’s big annual sales, and this year it includes a number of fantastic deals on LEGO. The deals expire once a certain number of people have claimed them, but they’re still active currently. The sales are open only to Amazon Prime members, but don’t forget that you can get a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial.
First up is the Star Wars 75095 UCS Tie Fighter, for $125.99, or nearly $75 off retail. This is an amazing deal for a Star Wars UCS set. At publishing, this deal is 55% claimed, so don’t hold off.
LEGO Architecture 21026 Venice is available for $21.95, or 27% off retail.
Also available is 60067 Helicopter Pursuit, which is 30% off at $27.99.
You can browse all of the Amazon Prime Day LEGO deals here, but most of the rest are LEGO gear. Don’t forget that Amazon also has some stellar deals on sale that aren’t part of the Prime Day sales, such as Legends of Chima Razcal’s Glider (70000) for 61% off, bringing it down to $4.68, and LEGO Dimensions Back to the Future Doc Brown Fun Pack for 67% off, bringing it to $4.98.
Following on from the introduction of the Build Your Own Adventure books last year, August 2016 sees the launch of two new titles in the series: Build Your Own City Adventure, and Build Your Own Star Wars Adventure.
The Build Your Own Adventure series is different from most other LEGO books in that it comes with an exclusive LEGO set. The book features set instructions followed by a story illustrated with models created by builders from the LEGO fan community. The Brothers Brick’s very own Rod Gillies worked on the Star Wars book and we pestered him into giving us a sneak peek before the book is officially released.
The model in the set is very cool — a microscale Y-Wing fighter, built in a “chibi” style similar to the Microfighter range of collectable sets. The spaceship is piloted by Zin, a Rebel pilot and the hero of the book’s story. The tale sees Zin traverse the galaxy on a secret mission, visiting famous Star Wars planets and locations.
After taking a flick through the pages, we arranged to ask Rod a few questions about the book, the building process, and getting to work with the LEGO Star Wars designers…
Click through to read the interview and see more images from the book
This custom Imperial Scout Trooper from Omar Ovalle just oozes the laid back cool of a Californian motorcycle cop. The speeder bike itself is nice, and I like the base and suggestion of vegetation, but it’s all about the trooper’s attitude — shades in place, and that relaxed stance, leaning back on his ride like he’s daring you to break the speed limit.
Robert Lundmark has been building absolutely beautiful ships and creatures from Star Wars. We recently covered his rendition on the Luggabeast, Rey’s Speeder, and Poe’s X-Wing. We were so dazzled by the builds from The Force Awakens we completely missed his absolutely beautiful specification sheets.
Each one features a detailed model, with the vehicle’s unique information. The AT-ST stands the tallest at 65cm tall. Robert has posted four different vehicles for us to oogle over; I can only hope there will be more!
Robert’s Incom T-65 X-wing starfighter includes an R2 unit with a clear dome.
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The venerable Y-Wing was a mainstay of the Rebellion, but TBB alum Tromas has decided to give it an upgrade. The new YT-T3 is a sturdier craft with slick plating and a side-mounted R2 unit, and a rear-facing cockpit for a gunner. I also love how Tromas has tweaked the engines, giving them more cowling and some cool fins in the rear. Here’s hoping Episode VII will contain an awesome ship like this!
As part of the summer wave of LEGO Star Wars sets, LEGO released 75149 Resistance X-wing Fighter from The Force Awakens. The set includes three minifigs (plus BB-8) and 740 pieces.
At first glance, this new X-wing looks a lot like 75102 Poe’s X-wing Fighter released last year, and your first glance would not be wrong.
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LEGO builder takamichi irie has designed these awesome life-sized props of Poe Dameron’s flight gear from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A hollow, wearable helmet is a tricky shape to create from LEGO, but takamichi makes it look easy. These will go great with the life-sized LEGO lightsabers and Rebel blasters others builders have made. Now all we need is a life-sized LEGO X-Wing—oh wait, that exists!
Plus, takamichi’s even built an adorable little not-quite-life-sized BB-8 to go along with them.
TBB’s own Simon Liu has been busy at Brickworld and these micro AT-STs were a small part of a larger Star Wars: Battlefront display. The AT-STs are delicately balanced and ingeniously built at such a small scale. The background is a microscale version of Alex Doede’s bunker.
Simon says that these are in the tiniest form he can do, but I reckon there are some nano AT-STs out there waiting to be built.
Alec Doede shows his skills with constructing screen-accurate Star Wars builds again with this Walker Assault scene on planet Sullust inspired by EA Dice’s Star Wars Battlefront. The highlight and most prominent feature of the LEGO diorama is of course the AT-AT, with incredible detail in the legs and armor plating positioned at just the right angles. However, the realistically damaged TIE Fighter wing and the bunker to set the scene shouldn’t go overlooked.
Kevin Ryhal is doing extremely important work: seeing what famous characters and vehicles would look like as Mobile Suits from Gundam. We’ve already seen an X-wing get the treatment, but now it’s time for the Jawa Sandcrawler to be mechified*.
*Mechified is a word I just invented which now exists.
In what might be one of the more interesting (and perfectly executed, and beautifully presented) mashups that I’ve seen in a while, David Lee, inspired by the excellent design of Herbert Lee’s Stormtrooper puppet, has reimagined Captain Phasma and a First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as chibi samurai. They’re so adorable, and stabby!