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#1 CopMike

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:53 PM

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Here´s the first in a series of short reviews from the scenes at the Star Wars Miniland in Legoland Billund. The setup is supposed to be the same in all Legland´s around the world, so for more background information read this post and this post!

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SW EPI The Phantom Menace – Naboo

Naboo is one of the most geographically varied planets in the Star Wars galaxy. These scenes depict the Battle of Naboo and the capital Threed – both the Royal Palace and the hangar. Part of the scene also shows the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and the Sith apprentice Darth Maul.

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The Royal Palace:
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The hangar:
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and a video of the hangar action :laugh::
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to be continued below .........

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:30 PM

The Gungans stormes down the hill to repel the attack by the droid army:
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R2-D2 and C-3PO watches from the Palace wall:
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The droid army is on the move:
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and a video of the unloading of battle droids:


Hope you enjoyed it. I´ll save my feedback on the SW Miniland until my last review, so stay tuned!

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:37 PM

Thanks for this, Cop Mike! The setup does look a lot like the pics we've seen from LLC, but it's always nice to see more pics, and this is the first time I've seen the MTT and N1 in action. I think the ground battle setup might be a little different from LLC's.

On another note, R2's head looks monstrously ugly in the N1 socket.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:51 PM

View PostBrickdoctor, on 22 April 2011 - 09:37 PM, said:


On another note, R2's head looks monstrously ugly in the N1 socket.

That's my thought exactly. I'm not that impressed with the N-1 anyway, It doesn't translate well in this blocky scale. It's too big and Blocky.

That MTT is gorgeous though.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:22 PM

View Postsimonjedi, on 22 April 2011 - 09:51 PM, said:

That's my thought exactly. I'm not that impressed with the N-1 anyway, It doesn't translate well in this blocky scale. It's too big and Blocky.

Yes, as I said in the other thread.

View Postsimonjedi, on 22 April 2011 - 09:51 PM, said:

That MTT is gorgeous though.

Indeed.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:10 AM

A few models were a bit too blocky, but besides that most were AWESOME! Especially the unloading of the droids. :classic:
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:13 AM

Now this I like!  I really like the Gungan warriors and the palace.  Nice work Lego. :thumbup:
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:29 AM

The Theed Royal Palace is definitely the highlight for me on this Naboo set-up. It's just a shame there's the ginormous N-1 on the hangar (it should be smaller right?). The various Miniland built elements of the Battle of Naboo are well done - from the Gungans, B1s, to the MTTs, AATs, creatures. I just wish they were posed a little bit better rather than having a close stand-off.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 03:51 AM

View PostKielDaMan, on 23 April 2011 - 01:29 AM, said:

It's just a shame there's the ginormous N-1 on the hangar (it should be smaller right?).
It's looks a little oversized, but that might just be an undersizing of the hangar. In any case, there's so much wrong with the N1 that the right scale wouldn't really help it that much.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:48 AM

View PostKielDaMan, on 23 April 2011 - 01:29 AM, said:

The Theed Royal Palace is definitely the highlight for me on this Naboo set-up. It's just a shame there's the ginormous N-1 on the hangar (it should be smaller right?).

I think the palace is built to minifigure scale or something. There was a picture of a different LEGOland exhibit in the other thread where they had a 7141 in there, and the scale looked much better.

On the other hand, just look at that MTT... the construction is amazing. It's a shame LEGO doesn't try and market these display pieces...

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:29 AM

*huh* this is quite good.



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No its incredible, though the astromec in the N-1 looks stupid, and C3PO shouldn't have the gold plating on yet.
I also agree those MTT's are amazing. TLG should collect together all the builds like this and sell them online to AFOL's, like super UCS sets.
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:14 PM

Thanks 'Copmike' for this images, man....that's a cool display and the Seperatist forces look totally AWESOME ! :grin:
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:06 PM

View PostBrickdoctor, on 22 April 2011 - 09:37 PM, said:


On another note, R2's head looks monstrously ugly in the N1 socket.

Yea it really does.

Personally I would love if the palace was to miniland scale.
The MTT and ATT are also pretty awesome! :tongue:

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 05:30 PM

View PostMr Man, on 23 April 2011 - 10:29 AM, said:

...TLG should collect together all the builds like this and sell them online to AFOL's, like super UCS sets.

I can't believe I'm saying this but the idea of a 'super' UCS set just scares the bejeezus outta me! I need room in the house to sleep after all...

Thanks CopMike, these images are great!

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 05:48 PM

View PostMr Man, on 23 April 2011 - 10:29 AM, said:

C3PO shouldn't have the gold plating on yet.
Well actually he shouldn't be there at all. He's still stuck on Tatooine.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:05 AM

Thanks for the pictures Copmike.
Take a look at the roofs of the palace:

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Usually when you build this kind of model, you render the model on a computer and then let the computer tell you where to put the bricks. It seems like they have used very few polygons when building the roofs of the palace. You can clearly see large flat areas (polygons), while the "real" palace has nicely rounded roofs.

Compare it to this building:
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Here you can see a nicely rounded small roof, while the larger roof only has very small polygons, which you can barely see.

Has LEGOLAND been slacking off with the SW display? The interior of the MF cockpit isn't built and there are some large cracks where some building are put together.  :hmpf_bad:

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:26 AM

View PostLasse D, on 26 April 2011 - 11:05 AM, said:

Has LEGOLAND been slacking off with the SW display? The interior of the MF cockpit isn't built and there are some large cracks where some building are put together.  :hmpf_bad:

Remembering what marshal_banana said about the sparseness of the Echo Base display as well as quality of the miniland builds compared to the 4-foot LEGO canoe, I'm tempted to think so. :sceptic: But whatever - let's all remember that The Clone Wars is what it's been all about lately and at least look forward to that scene...

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:54 PM

View PostLasse D, on 26 April 2011 - 11:05 AM, said:

Usually when you build this kind of model, you render the model on a computer and then let the computer tell you where to put the bricks. It seems like they have used very few polygons when building the roofs of the palace. You can clearly see large flat areas (polygons), while the "real" palace has nicely rounded roofs.

Compare it to this building:
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Here you can see a nicely rounded small roof, while the larger roof only has very small polygons, which you can barely see.

Has LEGOLAND been slacking off with the SW display? The interior of the MF cockpit isn't built and there are some large cracks where some building are put together.  :hmpf_bad:
You're right. I wonder if they got off to a late start and had to hurry in time for the opening or something.



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