“They fly now? They fly now!” That was a memorable quote from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It references the ability of the 125-Z Treadspeeder Bike to sort of springboard First Order Jet Troopers into the air. The concept was fine enough but in comparison to say the Millennium Falcon or the Slave I, The 125-Z, in my opinion anyway, may be one of the more mediocre offerings in terms of Star Wars vehicles. However, in the very capable hands of Mirko Soppelsa, I may have to reconsider that assessment. At nearly 6000 LEGO pieces, this intricate model is truly a sight to behold.The minifigs that accompany the base clues us in on how absolutely massive this model really is.
Watching Star Wars it seems impossible not to sympathize with all the dummy droids. One of the reasons is their straightforwardness; they always speak what they process. Speaking about the Imperial K2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of my favorite moments was his genuine question regarding a blaster in Jyn’s hand. Mirko Soppelsa builds a fantastic statuette, but still gives the droid no weapons.
Unlike many other similar works, Mirko’s droid features a very detailed area behind its head. Black, gray, and gold pieces go very well with each other. I totally believe there is the droid’s unique character hiding somewhere behind all those tubes and wires.
One of the best things about highlighting the best fan-built LEGO creations is the numerous occasions to watch and re-watch the most spectacular movie scenes. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi treated us to a whole bunch of fascinating battle scenes and visual effects, but I’ve totally forgotten how good the opening scene is. A great thank you to Mirko Soppelsa for giving us an unscheduled reason to enjoy the heroic deeds of Poe and Rose with this jaw-dropping model of an MG-100 StarFortress bomber. The build counts almost 5200 LEGO pieces and stands over 25 in/64 cm high. What a monster!