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    77904 Nebulon B Frigate

    In the initial hour after the LEGO Shop sellout, I was able to place an order using the mobile site and PayPal, even when the set was still showing as out of stock on the desktop website. I subsequently got an email notifying me that the item I'd ordered was out of stock, and I wouldn't be charged until it came back in. I took no assurance from this, and managed to snag a copy when it became available on Amazon. The set from Amazon arrived within two days (they used their own shipping service), after which point I called LEGO and cancelled my original order. Now I'm thinking that the first order would have been cancelled by LEGO anyway ... so I guess I got lucky! But I wonder how many other people placed their orders using the mobile site after it had already sold out on the desktop site.
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    [MOC] John Williams - Composer Minifig

    Made a more permanent display stand with a recent acquisition...
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    [MOC] John Williams - Composer Minifig

    Hmmm, Thomas Newman... For the head, I'd suggest maybe the head of the 2014 Nova Corps Officer (the side without the chinstrap, obviously). I'd take the hair from the CMF Series 12 Lifeguard. For the body, any dark contemporary suit and tie would do ... or, if you want the studio-casual look, you could go with a plain black torso and jeans (preferably, printed jeans like those from the CMF Series 8 DJ or 2014 Superboy). A quick Photoshop mock-up: Ideally, the part would go in the other direction, but his hair tends to flop around and I've seen photos where it's tousled the other way. (The LEGO hair looks almost black in the above mock-up, but in reality it would be dark brown.)
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    [MOC] John Williams - Composer Minifig

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Modal, have at it -- would love to see what adventures the mini-maestro gets up to! :D And if anyone cooks up a recognizable Jerry Goldsmith fig to go with Johnny, I'd love to see it. :) I've been hoping for Kanan's ponytail in white for a long time...
  5. Just something fun I whipped up today. I'd had the notion for a while, I was just waiting for the right head to come along. Thank you HP CMF Series 2 Dumbledore! :) The maestro... And posing with some of his most famous musical inspirations... One could perhaps wish for a better black tuxedo jacket with black bow tie. (If I weren't hoping to keep it "purist," Citizen Brick makes a decent one.) But this fits the bill!
  6. Got mine from Target. Free shipping to my home, and the Redcard discount wiped out the sales tax. Haven't looked forward to a set this much in a while! I usually modify my sets for display rather than play, but this one looks ready for the shelf just as designed!
  7. So here's a MOD for 75200 Ahch-To Island Training (and I'm sure I'm not the first person to do it). A cool detail in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that the door to Luke Skywalker's hut is made from a chunk of S-foil from his X-Wing. You can see the faded red stripes if you look closely. I like 75200, and didn't want to redesign the whole hut, so I decided to make a few customizations that include a new door. It's not totally screen-accurate, but my goal was just to give a closer approximation. Because the new door clips to the existing bar, no other modifications to that part of the set are required, and it's a simple matter to swap out the provided cloth, depending on your mood. Having the door swing up is a bit of creative license, but the interior of the hut is so detail-packed that having it swing inward didn't really work. While I was at it, I also made a few further revisions for display purposes. The base is expanded to give more room for Rey and Luke to stand side-by-side. "Play" features I won't personally use, i.e. the "exploding" wall and spinning platform, have been removed with a few stability enhancements. I added a window to the area above Luke's bed, and some clips to the ceiling to hold a fish, knife, spear tip and a pair of macrobinoculars. The "shelf" in the roof now has a few jars. Rey carries a satchel, as she did at the end of The Force Awakens, Luke's walking stick is a bit more proportionate, and the concealed area under the table now houses a few non-fruit items. Perhaps too much detail in the end, but it was fun. :) And just for reference, this was my first pass at the MOD, which I originally posted here earlier today:
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    75204 Sandspeeder REVIEW

    This isn't the first time a sandspeeder has been designed: A closer look: I don't know to what degree (if any) the toy prototype inspired this model. Might be a fun mod, however!
  9. Nothing too ambitious here, but I wanted Beetlejuice to be able to ride his sandworm from the new Dimensions pack, so I whipped up a few mods. Essentially, I added a connection point for a figure, extended the sandworm body so that the figure could be positioned at a good angle, added a fin to the body, and placed it all atop a sturdy base. Oh, and I gave Beetlejuice his cowboy hat to brandish -- because he's all about the showmanship!
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    [MOC] The X-Files Vignette - Mulder & Scully at Area 51

    Thanks, but the flashlights have been done before! I borrowed the idea from WetWired's fantastic custom-printed figures, as seen in this thread:
  11. Here's a little vignette inspired by THE X-FILES (not based on any particular episode or movie) with agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully encountering a little gray alien at Area 51. I utilized no custom parts or printing. Mulder uses Agent Coulson's torso from 76077 as a base, while Scully uses Lois Lane's torso from 76046. The alien torso and head are taken from the CMF line, with the legs and hands swapped out for a more traditional look. Both figs have badges, cellphones, guns and flashlights. I also tried out some alternate hairpieces. Which do you prefer? Scully's is from the recent CMF veterinarian. One could wish for this part in more of an orange-red color, but of course Scully's shade has varied over the years. The shape here fits the character very well, I think. To finish things up, a shot of the base and an alternate angle on the completed model:
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    Updating Your Minifigs

    Here's my own Thrawn/Sushi Chef update, with custom Pellaeon:
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    [MOC] Grand Admiral Thrawn & Captain Pellaeon

    Main post updated with official Thrawn minifigure plus black boots:
  14. I picked up the polybag "30279 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle" at Target the other day, and couldn't resist making a few mods! My goal was to create movable wings that looked good in both upright and angled positions without substantially adding bulk to the model. The end result is highly swooshable. In addition to the redesigned body, I swapped out the light bley parts and whipped up a little stand. (The "ramp" was an OK play feature, but I've dispensed with it here.) Note that only two of the four 1x2 hinge plates actually connect to the body; the other two are just there for shaping and stability, with 1x1 round tiles between the fingers.
  15. I was curious to know what the old LEGO Architecture Big Ben set (21013) would look like with the new roman numeral clock faces introduced in Disney Castle (71040), so I placed a Bricklink order. For the curious, here is the result: One could certainly wish for a more appropriate base color than reddish brown, but on the whole I think it's an improvement!