MaximillianRebo

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    [MOC] Kenner Mini-rigs -- NEW: Security Scout & Sand Skimmer

    I recently added to my collection of Kenner Mini-rigs with two Body-rig MOCS. The body-rigs were a sub-line of the mini-rig collection; smaller vehicles with space for a pilot and not much else. As with the mini-rigs they are all non-canon, although several have appeared in Star Wars EU media. Security Scout A one person vehicle with tan and green camouflage, the Security Scout was designed to soar above the forests of Endor as a companion vehicle to the Forest Ranger mini-rig. Sand Skimmer Another small one person hovercraft, similar in design to the Desert Sail Skiff mini-rig, presumably used by Jabba's minions to travel the sands of Tatooine and elsewhere. Here's a photo with the Imperial Sniper from a while back, rounding out the range of body rigs. Instructions: https://rebrickable.com/users/MaximillianBricks/mocs/?tag=46593
  2. Inspired by other builders on Eurobricks, I've created my own set of Kenner Mini-rigs. These were non-canon toys from the 1980s that were designed to fit into the Star Wars universe but never appeared on screen (although a few have made their way into various media since then). INT-4 Interceptor A figure can fit inside through a hatch in the roof and the wings do fold out. The INT-4 was a repulsorlift scouting vehcile used by the Empire. The short range flyer is operated by a single pilot and can be carried inside the body of an AT-AT. CAP-2 Captivator This was my first attempt at 'upside down' building. Bossk (or any other fig) can fit fully inside the cockpit, I just have it open to avoid reflections in the photo. The CAP-2 is a model of walker used by the Empire and bounty hunters. Two mechanical arms extend from the front of the vehicle with a blaster cannon mounted between them and a large mechanism on the back hold prisoners for transport. MLC-3 Mobile Laser Cannon I managed to fit wheels underneath the build to allow for easy movement and the cannons have a limited range of motion. The MLC-3 light thank is a type of self-propelled artillery mounted on a motorized, tracked chassis, used by the Rebels on Hoth. Desert Sail Skiff A small, open-air, repulsorlift utility vehicle. The sail skiffs are smaller in size than the regular skiffs seen in ROTJ and were designed to be used as one-man personal fliers. Endor Forest Ranger This build is based on a design by @jamie75, I made a recolour of his cockpit design and changed the wing design. The wings are capable of rotating through a full 360 degrees and the landing gear folds up. Unfortunately I don't have an Endor trooper to use to show scale, so here's Jedi Luke. This is a repulsorlift vehicle used by the Rebels on Endor. With its unique gravity-controlled cockpit capable of supporting a single pilot, the vehicle was designed for manoeuvring through the forests of Endor. The vehicle had two gyroscopic wings and a large blaster cannon on each side MTV-7 Mobile Terrain Vehicle This model is largely a rebuild of an existing MOC by @jere7my with minor adjustments. I really like how he used the technic rubber axle connectors to allow for the wheels to pivot from the body. The MTV-7 is a single tracked, double wheeled ground car used by the Empire to scout planetary terrain, in particular on Hoth. Family photo And finally a bonus round... Imperial Sniper This wasn't produced as part of the Mini-Rig line, but rather from Kenner's line of Body-rigs - similar non-canon toys on a built on a smaller scale to the mini-rigs. The Imperial Sniper is a repulsorlift craft piloted by one person. It features a large open seat, two blaster cannons, and a grappling claw.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Ah, fair enough. As he falls into the category of 'named character that's never been in a set before' I figured he was going to be an extra anniversary figure.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    A potential Nien Nunb would be great, and putting him in the rumoured X-Wing/TIE crossover set would be the most logical choice, but so far we've got Malak with R2, Saw in a TPM set and Fives in the Tantive, so...
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    Updating Your Minifigs

    I'd seen this piece recommended for Mara's torso; I just got one and along with plain black legs it works perfectly. I want to try Han's carbonite torso for Kyle. It's not exact but is the closest I can see for the loose white shirt appearance he has in Dark Forces 2 cutscenes.
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    Updating Your Minifigs

    These look great. I'm working on a version of this trio myself and having trouble finding the right head for Kyle Katarn; I don't have a Qui-Gon and other options are Captain America and Aragorn which are both $$$. Luke's torso works very well for Jan, don't know how you got the goggles to stay on her hair piece though!
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Huh, never thought of it that way. When building I figured it was one of those cases of using one more of a piece that was already included in the same bag rather than including a completely different (albeit standard) brick instead. Flipping the price point, and piece count, of the Marauder and Justifier would have been an excellent move; a beefier Marauder to properly fit the whole crew and a downsized Justifier would have been more palatable to people mostly interested in the figs from that set. Ambush on Ferrix was a victim of terrible price setting, with a price way too high for 'volume of stuff' provided. It'd be disappointing if this was interpreted back at Lego HQ as Andor sets not selling well.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Just built the Tantive hallway set. No surprises that it looks great; Dark Trooper hallway walked so this set could run. Some excellent building techniques in the set, in particular the sideways builds for the curved doorways, and also the way the wall details are created. I know it's popular to get two sets and combine them, but I didn't realise that Lego themselves suggest this in the final pages of the instructions, although not mirrored as is commonly seen. One small (small) gripe is the lack of a clip to attach/hide Vader's lightsaber somewhere on the back of the build so he's not holding it in the scene, but this is easily fixed with spare parts.
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    Ideas for a New LEGO website

    Anything related to photo or other media hosting is going to run up storage space very quickly (which is why EuroBricks requires people to link photos from external sites), or if you are relying on external links of official photos that requires all sorts of permissions as stated already. The main thing people are asking for is better search functions but I feel if that was achievable to people capable of creating such algorithms would not be cheap. It's a bit like Lego Youtubers; the market is already saturated so the challenge is finding a niche that hasn't been explored yet, or doing the same as everybody else, but somehow (hopefully) better.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Watched Jangs reviews of the midi scale ships; originally I was planning on just getting the Tantive but after seeing the Falcon from various angles it's really grabbed me. It looks great with excellent detailing and greebling, especially at that scale. The Tantive is fine and I don't mind the front cone size - seeing the midi build next to the UCS style one from several years ago makes the cones on the larger ship look enormous - but the Falcon is on another level and I'll probably end up getting that set instead of the Tantive.
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Got the Tantive hallway minus the Fives fig for almost 50% off the retail price from Marketplace. Not chasing this fig so I'm very happy with that discount.
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    Bricklink Studio version

    I've done it. I can't remember the actual link but there are sites that host older versions of the install files. If you can remember what your previous stable version was, search for that, uninstall the current version and reinstall the old version.
  13. It depends a little also on how you plan to build your mocs. Do you want to build freestyle with your own ideas using whatever pieces you have to hand, or design a moc bases on existing ideas that require specific pieces which you may or may not already own? For me it's the second option and I do everything in Studio before creating a BrickLink wishlist and buying the pieces necessary. So in that situation sets stay as sets (even though I have no intention of selling later) and mocs are built from their own predetermined inventory lists.
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    What's your recent LEGO Star Wars Purchase?

    Gonna post this here rather than bumping the 2023 thread: Bought the E-Wing/Shin Hati fighter set end of last year and finally built it recently. Both are great builds; the technic frame to get the angle on the E-Wing wings is surprisingly detailed. Yes the astromech sits too high in it's position but that's easy to remedy by removing the jumper plates (same as with the 2021 X-Wing). Shin's fighter is also very nice if a bit oversized so I used Ron McPhatty's instructions to modify to a smaller build and man the fighter is now just perfect. The proportions are great, even with the 'engine' nose build remaining the same size, and most importantly Shin sits upright in the cockpit (I even put her a plate higher than in the mod and she doesn't lean back). I'm glad I built the official version first as it made it much easier to compare with the mod instructions and see what would change (several studs shorter and narrower). Nothing against the official build though as I can see why Lego made it the way they did - to add the storage compartment in the middle of the ship. Longer fuselage necessitates wider wings to scale better so that's why we ended up with the model that released. The same design choice was made with Mando's N1 which was similarly oversized. Anyway I'm very happy with the Ron's mod especially for a situation that is display rather than play - although swooshability is still just as good, maybe even better.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    New sets are on the Australian Lego site and ... it's weird. The Tantive midi is actually cheaper than it's US equivalent. The boarding set is in the ballpark of a typical conversion plus a bit extra. The kicker though is R2... $200 aud compared to $100 usd. I was hoping $160 which I think is what BD-1 went for, say $170 on the new price schedule, but two hundred ... credits are not doing fine.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Mara Jade (now that's a name I've not heard in a long time) was also in the Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith video game, although being in the DLC of a non-canon game when there hasn't even been sets or figs from the base game (Kyle Katarn anniversary fig anyone?) is probably stretching things a little bit.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Discussing newly leaked set photos in a forum designed for the discussion of said new sets? How quaint. For my two cents, I like the Falcon and Tantive and will probably get the Tantive, if only because it's the sort of ship that doesn't get done very often at any scale. Agree that the Invisible Hand looks tiny, although I think that's the only lifestyle with a human for scale, perhaps the other two will look similar when more photos become available. I know I'm in the minority on this, but I don't think sets like these need minifigs; I'd say the same for all non system-scale sets. Sure I wouldn't knock them back if they were included - I would have loved a Boushh fig with the helmet but I was happy to buy the helmet sans fig - but I think the sets stand on their own two studs without needing figs to sweeten the deal. As @BacktoBricks mentioned: "Lego as a building product not a minifigure market". I get that a driving factor especially in licensed sets is collecting the characters from those franchises but for me it's the build experience first and foremost and a minifig in a set that it has no way of interacting with is a bonus, not a must.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I get the complaint about putting anniversary figs in sets that they have no correlation with (just as was done with the 20th anniversary sets). It's pure economics, trying to capture more than one segment of the market - in this case OT and CW fans. I mean yes they could make an 'Attack on Kamino' set and include Fives as an anniversary fig but then people would just say 'but that's just a regular fig in the set'. Or include him with the 501st battlepack and listen to all the 'no named characters in battlepacks' complaints. I'm not sure what the ideal situation is - how to make the anniversary figure 'special' - either they go in a matching set and blend in, or in a completely unrelated set and look out of place. Probably the only answer is 'polybag' but apart from the Obi-Wan anniversary fig and some May 4th promos a long time ago, that seems to be a grey area that TLG is touching at the moment, for reasons known only to them.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Wouldn't surprise me if the turbo tank scene shown at the beginning of the trailer is just part of a random mission that opens episode 1 of the season, kind of like how the beach crabs from the season trailer were prominent but ultimately part of a throwaway mission to open season 2. Not that that would stop Lego from making a tank, if anything it might even make it more likely as a potential TBB set as Lego seems to like (or are given permission) to do fairly unspoilery early in the season sets as tie-ins.
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    What's your best find/deal ever?

    Got the Solo TIE Fighter on eBay for about $40 usd second hand with all figures - including the Mimban Trooper. I checked all the fig parts multiple times to see that the Lego logo was in all the right places
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Some numbers to consider: the UCS Death Star was 4016 pieces for a full sphere and Betrayal At Cloud City was 2812 pieces for a hemisphere build. Obviously we aren't getting a full sphere with 1500 something pieces for the new Death Star set, or a hemisphere at the size of Cloud City, but a scaled down hemisphere should be possible at that piece count, depending on what else is included.
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    Wishlist: Future Star Wars Sets and Minifigures

    The rumoured Death Star set, along with the quirkiness of the summer wave, makes me want a Death Star set in the style of the old Kenner cardboard set. Of course it won't happen because a) we already have a fully spherical Death Star so who would want a hemispherical set, and b) apparently one of the reasons the Cloud City set wasn't a big hit was because it's hemispherical layout made display difficult. Anyway, it would be a fun nostalgia throwback. I missed the Rogue One wave so would love a new U Wing. A Hammerhead Corvette would be excellent; if not as a playscale set, it could be a great addition to the growing midi scale lineup.
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    LEGO Star Wars 2024 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Honestly I'm not surprised the Sail Barge details sound the way they do. Disappointed yes, but not surprised. If Lego goes the large UCS route, which the rumoured price point seems to suggest, the interior is probably mostly a technic frame to support the angles of the hull, especially if it's a large sized model. And then the figs seem to be following the UCS playbook too. Like just about everybody, I'd love the MBS treatment, but if this isn't the case it makes it an easier pass. I'll still probably get the Skiff though.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    This is a bit hypocritical as a big chunk of my modern collection is IP based sets, but I always find the most interesting Ideas sets are the original designs, and the ones based on films/shows/artists are more a popularity contest for the show/artist than displaying a level of interest in the set itself. Also I wonder if there should be some sort of preference shown towards submissions of actual builds, rather than Studio renders, as anyone can throw together a multi-thousand piece virtual set but an actual build shows more commitment to the process and acts as a proof of concept that the design can be physically built. I know this puts a financial barrier on many submissions as Bricklink/PAB costs add up very quickly, but it might also encourage more interesting smaller builds - or maybe people just like big creations and vote accordingly...
  25. As others have said, you're both building MOCs based on an existing and well known model, so it's to be expected that some design choices and part usage can be arrived at independently and yet be almost identical because you're both trying to recreate the same design. A murky area with Rebrickable and other MOC sites - or at least something where people tend to look the other way - is that you're both charging for instructions for an IP that I doubt has given any sort of permission for the use of their property. I know this practice is rife amongst MOC sites (and Etsy, and pretty much the whole internet) and you've said you don't mind about the other builder selling instructions but you're both (potentially) benefitting from someone else's work, somewhere along the line.