SHIPtemper is by far my favourite month of the LEGO building calendar — we get to see inside the imaginations of the most talented builders and see what they envision for the future of humanity. This year, when friends Sean Mayo and Tyler Clites got together, not only did they create two of the most beautiful SHIPs to enter cyberspace this year, they also filmed a time-lapse of their build so we can see into their process.
Sean’s Kel Corona is a deep space scanning station that’s 110 studs long. Creating curves in LEGO is always a challenge, but the payoff is spectacular — the lines, the colours and the small touches all contribute to make this SHIP spectacular.
Meanwhile, Tyler’s Bishop is seen here on its voyage to the Yens galaxy. The color choices are brilliant, the dark blue and vibrant LEGO yellow contrasting against the grey. The angled protruding air intakes on the side are sublime and I am loving the use of the new squared macaroni pieces as the company logo.
Though lacking almost completely in both defense and weaponry, Sean’s Kel Corona is the definition of a support SHIP — able to precisely track distant vessels, locate a mass variety of materials and pulses, and amplify ally shields. Also, if things start to turn to custard, the command module can break off and safely jettison the crew. As if that all wasn’t cool enough, the inner halo is actually lined with LEDs and really lights up light blue!
Tyler’s Bishop is a medical cruiser. The color choices are brilliant, with dark blue and vibrant LEGO yellow contrasting against the grey. The angled, protruding air intakes on the side are sublime. And I’m loving the use of the new squared macaroni pieces as the company logo.
Be sure to check out the awesome time-lapse below to watch the two LEGO master builders in action.