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  1. "Chess Ko Sebulba." Anakin Skywalker, 32 BBY "Chess Ko Sebulba." Anakin Skywalker, 32 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr "Chess Ko Sebulba." Anakin Skywalker Mos Espa, 32 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr "Chess Ko Sebulba." Anakin Skywalker Mos Espa, 32 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr "Chess Ko Sebulba." Anakin Skywalker Mos Espa, 32 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  2. Hello there, I'm lucky enough to have a secondary flat at the seaside with a small stock of bricks. As I spent most of my summer holidays there this year, I used my time to build small MOCs, simple stuff, with no particular ambition. The exercice is often about how to use a particular part (NPU), how to make something with colors I use less, and still build mainly Star Wars creations with only what I have at hands (Creator, Friends, City bricks). Here are the various resulting MOCs: My Own Creations - Summer 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr I started with a small vignet, kind of a hangar where I used some clones from the 212th. 212th in action by Veynom, on Flickr If the base is 2-brick high, it is because the dark red ground part is mostly made from slopes (originally from a house roof). 212th in action by Veynom, on Flickr My daughter asked me then to build a kind of weapon shop for smugglers. I built this small bounty hunter outpost, ready to welcome scums and other vilains. I used almost all tan parts I had. Random outpost by Veynom, on Flickr Being close to the beach allowed me to make some cool pictures... Who just said "Tatooine"? Random outpost by Veynom, on Flickr Random outpost by Veynom, on Flickr Lack of tan parts forced me to be creative in many places. Random outpost by Veynom, on Flickr After the outpost, I built more speeders. Starting with this KH-26 Kaddyr, a kind of mini Opel Blitz, Star Wars way. KH-26 Kaddyr by Veynom, on Flickr It looks really rusty and cobbled together from whatever junk parts. Even its driver is a fishbag minifig. KH-26 Kaddyr by Veynom, on Flickr KH-26 Kaddyr by Veynom, on Flickr KH-26 Kaddyr by Veynom, on Flickr Then there was the KH-27 Pekz, to test color matching between lime and some custom clones purchased by my son. Lime does not work. KH-27 Pekz by Veynom, on Flickr But patrolling on the sea shore is a real pleasure. KH-27 Pekz by Veynom, on Flickr I must confess I would love driving a speeder on the sea side like that ... KH-27 Pekz by Veynom, on Flickr Free instructions for the Pekz are available on Rebrickable: Another speeder variant came next with the KH-28 Rhak-Skuri KH-28 Rhak-Skuri by Veynom, on Flickr I used blue and white for the colors and the engine exhaust is made from a Friend trophy cup! KH-28 Rhak-Skuri by Veynom, on Flickr KH-28 Rhak-Skuri by Veynom, on Flickr Then, with my son, we started a small contest. The goal was to create a small vignette to display his new custom clones. He started with this nice gate for a clone trooper from the 442nd Siege Battalion: Clone Wars - 442nd Siege Battalion by Veynom, on Flickr I really liked his gate. I retaliated with a stairs from Coruscant streets and Commander Fox: Clone Commander CC-1010 "Fox" by Veynom, on Flickr But finally I settled the score for all by merging both creations into a single one. His gate, my stairs. And the 442nd was back. Clone Wars - 442nd Siege Battalion by Veynom, on Flickr I found some discounted 501st battle packs. Figs are nice (ok compared to the custom ones, they are average) but the proposed canon is ... under average. I decided to use 2 of these sets to make 1 better canon. Mobile artillery platform by Veynom, on Flickr And more pictures at the sea side ... Mobile artillery platform by Veynom, on Flickr This is the new Atlantic Wall: Mobile artillery platform by Veynom, on Flickr Mobile artillery platform by Veynom, on Flickr Mobile artillery platform by Veynom, on Flickr I also made free instructions for that one on Rebrickable: Most of these MOCs are already back to the bulk but the purpose is to build, not to keep. And when I build, it means I'm feeling good so I can conclude holidays were nice. Hope you enjoyed these, feel free to mention your preferred creations in the comments.
  3. Old Ben Kenobi's Hut, Tatooine 0 BBY Speeder from Brickvault Old Ben Kenobi's Hut, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Old Ben Kenobi's Hut, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Old Ben Kenobi's Hut, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  4. Instead of just presenting the 2023 edition of Desert Wars, I prefer writing a kind of retrospective about a specific element of our layout: the cliff, located inside the Imperial outpost. For those who still want to see the full layout, the below video is available (10m long last month but we went up to 11.3m last weekend already). Desert Wars 2023 - April edition by Veynom, on Flickr So, let's start by the beginning: why a cliff? I had already been participating to multiple Lego exhibitions In Belgium since 2015 with Star Wars as theme. In 2017, I've had my first collaborative Star Wars layout using Tatooine as main theme. One detail that hit me back then was a characteristics shared by most of the Lego tables: they were quite "flat", sharing some similar heights, mainly driven by the displayed models and creations. Vehicles of the same scale are similar in heights, cities have 1 or 2 floors max (maybe 3 with modulars), and so on. Globally, these monotonous landscapes looked boring to me. (and this is only my personal opinion) Based on the above impressions, I wanted to provide a small cliff to the layout that would later become Desert Wars. Initially, I had a triple goal in mind when starting it. Providing some higher landscaping to please the visitors' eyes. Breaking the monotonous desert flat shape and omni-presence of tan as color. Supplying a background for pictures taken by visitors. (In fact, I still consider having a Lego background behind MOCs is probably better than the beer belly of their creators behind the table) As in 2018, I had considerably fewer bricks than today, I started the cliff by re-using parts of existing MOCs, like my old Scariff bunker attempt as seen below. A motorized radar (using a 12V motor) was quickly added on top of the cliff. The base idea was to re-use some metabricks. Today's, the radar still exist, with lights, and reaches 1m in height. Desert Wars 2018 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr In 2019, the main idea was to integrate the train deeper into the layout and to have it go through the cliff. A 32x32 tunnel section was added, the cloff was rotated by 90 degrees, and an Imperial hangar was built on the other side. A Batman projector that layed on my workbench was slapped onto the tunnel top and it stayed there for 3 years. Another improvement from 2019 was the upgrade to the standard MILS system. It clearly solidified our landscape (which is useful for assembling/disassembling/transport) while solving connectivity issues between participants. Desert Wars 2019 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr In 2020 and 2021, there was Covid. No Lego exhibition in sights but time for more MOCs. By the end of 2021, I had decided to include another of my old MOC into Desert Wars. This time, I wanted to include an Endor-like landing platform and connect it to the rest of the Imperial outpost and with the cliff. As the upgrade was a bit more sophisticated than usual, I made a very accurate and detail plan of what I had in mind. I'm sharing it below. . Desert Wars 2021 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr Construction could then start and ultimately, the bunker did not move. Desert Wars 2022 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr The first row of the cliff was also enlarged by reusing part of the FLAK section from the original cliff. Cliff module - section 1 by Veynom, on Flickr In the end, it was a good start... The cliff of Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr However, like righteously commented Xavier (Vice-champion LegoMaster S1 - France), the cliff really looked rachitic when seen from the side. He advised me to make it larger by 16 studs.. Believe me, when a a Legomaster friend suggest you something, you just shut it up, nods, and go back to your bricks. Desert Wars 2023 - Cliff Evolution by Veynom, on Flickr This 16-stud enlargement upgrade was also a good occasion to improve on some details that were a bit neglected and to reinforce the underlying structure which was very fragile at first. Now, it is respecting the "Duplo Inside" concept. Among the other improvements, I can list in no particular order: exhaust vents, various detectors of all kinds, antennas .... The alignment with the hangar corridor was adjusted, with a door opened on an inside battle. Light in the Dark by Veynom, on Flickr A small turbolaser turret was also added, on the hangar side. Turbolaser Turret by Veynom, on Flickr The Batman projector was upgraded (and permanent light added). Light projector roof area by Veynom, on Flickr The front of the cliff was also modified to include a small MOC built by my son. I made it fit under one of the landing platform supporting pillars. It helps to modify the global shape of the background while offering more details to the eye. Bunker entrance by Veynom, on Flickr And so here is the current situation ... until the next upgrade. The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr The cliff of Desert Wars 2023 by Veynom, on Flickr So what about these future upgrades? At the moment, lights are being added. The radar was the first one. The tunnel has just been completed for ComicCon Brussels. More ideas about the evolution of the platform and the last row with the train are also in the pipe. Ideas are not limited. Bricks can be sourced but transport is becoming an issue ... I need a bigger car (or a truck ;) ) This is it for today. I hope you enjoyed this type of post. It covers 5 years of evolution of a MOC, which is itself just a small part of our Desert Wars collaborative layout. For the record, our layout is blessed by the Force. Last year, Paul Blake (Greedo) visited us at Ch'tar Wars in France. Last week-end, we were lucky to be visited by Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) and Tait Fletcher (Paz Visla). Luckily, we had minifigs of each of them on our layout... Can't wait for the next ones.... Comments welcome! Thanks for reading!
  5. Finally, our 2022 exhibition tour is over for Desert Wars and I can finally take the time to share a few videos and pictures.. Small reminder about Desert Wars. It is a collaborative and evolving Star Wars layout using desert landscapes. You can find various creations from various desert planets from SW. Based on the exhibitions we participate to, the number of members contributing to the layout may change. Creations can come, go, or evolve between editions. And we have a Star Wars themed train that drive around and across the layout. During the second half of 2022, Desert Wars was visible at: Francorchamps (BE) on October 29 & 30 with 9 participants, for a total of 13m long and over 16m² of surface Ch'tar Wars 3 at Boulogne-sur-Mer (FR) on November 11, 12, & 13, with 10 participants, for over de 16m long (more than 20m²) Antwerp (BE) on September 19 & 20 with only 2 participants but still for 6m long (surface of 10m²). (We had to improvise due to the table configuration) Before going through some photo's, let's start with the videos: Here in Francorchamps: Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Or here in Antwerp together with Xavier (Xavier is one of the vice-champions of Legomaster season 1 in France) And a few pictures: First, one of our major MOC, the huge and heavy (80kg) Jabba's Palace from Xavier. It has a very detailed interior with many rooms, corridors, all full of lights Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr We havez also a Mandalorian outpost: Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr A large city with a spaceport: Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Here, you can see half of the city, with the palace in the background. This is quite long... Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr And finally, a junkyard at the city's exit, before going into the desert: Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr The desert can be dangerous place as one can meet Krayt dragons, Tusken raiders, and other unfriendly surprises. Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Tusken Raiders on the road by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial Patrol by Veynom, on Flickr Then one will be happy to find back the security and order of a disciplined Imperial garrison: Imperial Outpost Entrance by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial Outpost by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr And protected by the garrison, there is a secret Imperial hangar where many different TIE prototypes are being developed and tested. Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr And there is even a small communication tower which can rotates and propose lights. Even E.T. could not dream of better. Desert Wars 2022 by Veynom, on Flickr There you go. It is nearly impossible to share all details but considering the public warm reactions, I believe we are on a good track to a great result. Let's see what 2023 will provide. More links: Our Facebook page: Desert Wars (Thank you to like or follow us) My Flickr album with all pictures and video since the 2018 edition:
  6. Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY Shoutout to Brick.Sheepa (Instagram) for the amazing Eopie Design Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Through the Streets of Mos Eisley, Tatooine 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  7. kr1minal

    [MOC] Kenoby's fury

    This is my very first MOC\Diorama Star Wars themed. I've made this as entry for a contest (Lego First Order channel on YT). I hope you like it, feel free to leave a comment. Many thanks for your attention.
  8. Simons Brick World

    [MOC] Episode 1 diorama model

    Hello there, some time ago I started to build a Star Wars diorama. It is the first diorama of this series, because I want to build all episodes. In this model are two main scenes of the first episode. On one side you see young Anakin screwing his Pod Racer on Tatooine. On the other side, you can see the battle on Naboo between Qui-Gon-Jinn and Darth Maul: If you are interested in the model, you can check it out on rebrickable at the following link: There I have posted the model with instructions.
  9. BarfolomewMog

    (MOC) Boba Fett Battle Mech

    Hi This MOC is the first in a series, the idea of which was spawned by the release of set 75167 - Bounty Hunter Speeder-Bike Battle Pack. I never had a clear idea of the scale I was building in, and only a basic idea of what he would look like, so he evolved over time. As he got bigger he needed constant redesigning to prevent him collapsing under his own weight. It's been nearly 5 years in the making, with a lot of learning along the way. I hope you like it! Boba Fett Achilles Class Battle Mech by Greg Dalink, on Flickr Boba Fett Achilles Class Battle Mech by Greg Dalink, on Flickr Boba Fett Achilles Class Battle Mech by Greg Dalink, on Flickr
  10. An Imperial detachment searches the streets of Mos Eisley, looking for a pair of hard to find Droids. Sandtroopers Deploy to Mos Eisley, 0BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr SandTroopers Deploy to Mos Eisley, 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr SandTroopers Deploy to Mos Eisley, 0 BBY by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  11. Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. - Obi Wan Kenobi. So what is so wretched about this place anyway? Let's find out in my 33rd RA review, 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina. Overview Name: 75290 - Mos Eisley Cantina Theme: Star Wars / Master Builder Series Year: 2020 (2H) Pieces: 3187 Minifigures: 21 Price: USD 349.99 / EUR 349.99 / GBP 319.99 Introduction Cantina in Spanish literally means canteen but in modern days it is widely referring to a type of bar with wine, alcohol and appetisers which makes sense because etymologically, it is derived from the same Italian word for cellar. If you have been following Star Wars, you are probably familiar that there are similar bar scenes in other Star Wars trilogy that tried to recapture the same magic from this scene. But why is the original so special? Undoubtedly, it is the equivalent of a wild west bar or fantasy tavern, but instead of cowboys or elves, there are aliens. The array of aliens alone is the first exposure of the audience in the Star Wars universe, and personally, that is the reason why I think people love the scene so much. There are also many accounts that this scene was penned in the original script and is one of the few scenes in the initial plans that stayed in the final script. To alot of people, the funky music in the cantina stays in their head. One's inability to dislodge this tune is also a wonder of its own, and if you’re one of them, perhaps you are already humming the music in your head. To avid Star Wars fans, the inspiration for the backstory of these patrons are limitless. You might have also heard that in Star Wars, every minor character has a backstory, and this adds to the appeal of the cantina with over 60 characters within the vicinity. So with that primer, let us dive deep in the Star Wars Master Builder Series - Mos Eisley Cantina. Once again, big thanks to TLG and the awesome staff of Eurobricks in making this review possible. All opinion about this set is my own. Front Box Panel First of all, the right corner really looks like that. It is not black -- it has the binary sunset golden hour background on that right corner only. At 3187 pieces, this is the largest version of Cantina that got released. The first one is a measly 171 parts back in 2004. Back Box Panel The back shows the typical scenario you would like to set up, but feel free to make your imagination run wild. The side of the box showcases the 21 minifigures that you are getting from this set. What’s inside the box? Right out of the box, we have numbered plastic bags 10 to 18... so how about the bags labelled 1 to 9? Answer: it is in another smaller white box inside the main box. After dumping all the contents inside the white box, here's what it looks like: There are also loose items such as the unbuilt Dewback without its jaw, plastic without number, as well as the instruction book with sticker sheet inside. Instruction Booklet Yes, there is a small sticker sheet in this set. Since I have seen the trailer for this set, I already expected there are stickers for the speeders. However, looking at the sticker sheet, the only graphics that I wish the designers insisted to be printed on LEGO element is the droid detector. The aurebesh script reads "Cantina" if it wasn't that obvious. The rest of the graphics are not necessary to complete the set. At least, that is how I treat most of these stickers, so I am not going to apply them in my build. The instruction booklet is a brick and a tile tall only. I wish to use the digital instruction similar to what I have done with big sets that I have build recently. However, as the instructions or PDF is not available at the time of this review, I had no choice but to use the book. Now, let's fast forward to the minifigures. Minifigures Let’s start first with the minifigures because I know a lot of the people are excited about the new aliens introduced in this set. I will summarise my thoughts about the minifigure line up after I ramble about each one of them. So for now, just follow along In my list below I will include the name of the minifigure followed by the race in parenthesis, e.g. Chewbacca (Wookie). Ponda Baba (Aqualish) is a thug who smuggles spice for Jabba the Hutt alongside his partner in crime, Dr. Evazan. The minifigure sports a new head mould, which many minifigure customisers had dreamt of in years. It is a face only a mother could love -- but look how awesome it is in minifigure form! The designers seriously had balls to put the pinkish bulbous fangs more prominently than it should be. I don’t think they don’t mind if it becomes the butt of all jokes. As you can see from the picture above, the aqualish jaw or the "balls" are too big to even allow movement of the minifigure head. The orange jacket looks nice, with front and back printing. Sadly, no side printing or leg print. "Negola dewaghi wool dugger?" - Ponda Baba "He doesn't like you." - Dr. Evazan Dr. Cornelius Evazan (Human) from plant Alsakan famously boasted about having death sentences in 12 systems while picking a fight with Luke and we know it didn't go well after that. This talented cosmetic surgeon got his mind corrupted and went cuckoo to perform “creative surgery” leaving his patients disfigured. Needless to say, his hideous crimes had put bounty on his head. His uneasy partnership with Ponda Baba started after the aqualish thug saved him from a bounty hunter encounter which left his face scarred. Since minifigures generally don’t have noses, this criminal doctor doesn’t look as ugly as he should be. I guess it is fine. The new slightly tattered clothes printing gives him that ragged wanderer vibe. No side or leg printing. If you recall in Rogue One history lesson, Jyn and Cassian bumped into criminal duo Ponda Baba and Dr. Cornelius Evazan, too. During this time, the duo has already adopted the alias Roofoo and Sawkee respectively. Kardue'sai'Malloc (Devaronian) was a cruel army captain from Devaron who fled to Tatooine and hid under the alias Labria. Devaronians skin colour could be brown, purple, red or anything in between. Being red with pointed horns and awkward grin on his face, he could possibly be the devil himself. Just look. The minifigure looks “cute” but it can get creepier the more you look at it. If you don't like the grin, thankfully there is a second face print that looks disappointed. The headgear with horns and ears is new. The torso print is also new. Too bad there is no leg print (this is going to be common remark in other minifigures, so get ready...) Hrchek Kal Fas (Saurin) hailed from planet Durkteel. They look a lot like Trandoshians (remember Bossk?) because they share the same ancestors. Notable difference is that Saurin has a different skin colour and they have 5 fingers instead of 3. Obviously, that won’t matter in minifigure form but at least Hrchek colour is dark tan instead of sand green. I always welcome diversity, so this is awesome. In the film, this reptilian droid trader followed C-3PO and R2-D2 outside the cantina, likely thinking how to profit on them, but immediately lost track of the droids in the streets of Mos Eisley. In Star Wars legends, he was also accompanied by another Saurin named Sai'torr Kal Fas who was reported to be his female cousin and bodyguard, too. Sadly, she did not join Hrcheck in this set. The head sculpt is the same as Bossk. I like the olive green arms on tan torso part. Although not accurate to the forest green colour, this is better than getting a regular green or dark green, in my humble opinion. Again, no leg printing. Hrcheck would have benefited from dual moulding because he wears a boot... Unfortunately, we don't get dual moulded legs either. Unlike most patrons in the cantina, Momaw Nadon (Ithorian) is not a criminal or a person of interest. Nicknamed “Hammerhead” in classic Kenner action figures, he was only exiled to Tatooine for revealing the agricultural secrets of his homeworld Itor to the Galactic Empire. He is likely chilling out in the cantina after a day’s work on his secret garden in the southern mountains of Mos Eisley spaceport. This isn’t the first time Star Wars released an Ithorian minifigure. The first was the Ithorian Jedi Master in set 75051 back in 2014. Oh boy, that was 6 years ago! Hard to believe this is only the second time we are getting another Ithorian minifigure. It is an interesting alien race because they love peace and philosophy, so I reckon we should have more of these in Star Wars. This minifigure is one of the few ones that has legs printing. The torso print, front and back, looks appropriate for a farmer alien. Don’t be fooled by this cutesy appearance. Kabe (Chadra-Fan) rhymes with babe, and yes she’s a girl and not a chad, even if Chadra-Fan’s homeworld is called Chad. In the film, she annoys the bartender into giving her blue milk using her high pitch squeak. While not begging for milk, she scams and pickpockets alongside her buddy Muftak (Talz) which is regrettably not included in this set. If you want to get her a buddy, your only hope is getting the Talz minifigure in set 8085 which was released over 10 years ago. Indeed, she’s a girl in a cantina. So what is a girl doing in a cantina filled with filthy hoodlums? Based on the canon story "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper" in the book From a Certain Point of View, she was entangled in a mess that led her life at risk, involving all the aliens in the same cantina booth seen here. Eventually, Han ended the kerfuffle by killing Greedo, which then freed her and Muftak from the messy situation. For the minifigure itself, the head is using bat ears, which makes sense because the Chadra-Fan species are rodent-like creatures with bat faces. She has short legs, but I think they should have given her with a clothe skirt to complete the look. No one is going to figure out she's a girl unless they've already dug the deep rabbit hole, which is reading about every cantina patron's backstory. Garindan (Kubaz) is not a patron of Chalmun’s Cantina but he roamed around the streets of Mos Eisley as a spy. Considered to be the greatest and greediest imperial informant in Mos Eisley, he located the missing droids that the empire is looking for, and passed information to the Sandtroopers which enabled them to catch up with the protagonists before they could even board the Millennium Falcon. This minifigure torso looks familiar because it looks like an imperial officer uniform, even if it's not. More importantly, many people got interested in this minifigure because of the long snoot nose that is protruding on its head. As seen in the picture, this is achieved by attaching a neck accessory instead of a completely new head mould. I think TLG should make more aliens with this approach. So, those are 7 new named Star Wars minifigures in the set. That is equivalent to 5 new alien species, too. At this point, I feel like we could have gotten more than 5 new alien species, but more on that later. Below are the minifigures that we are more familiar of.. Sandtrooper Squad Leader The orange pauldron reveals the rank of this Sandtrooper as Squad Leader. Look beneath the headgear and you'll see a non-Angry Clone Trooper face! This is good progress. Sandtrooper The only difference between this and the squad leader is the pauldron. This one got black. It also has a different face print than the squad leader. TLG, you're spoiling us here! In all seriousness, sincere thanks on behalf of all AFOLs who are sick and tired of the Angry Clone Trooper heads. Wuher (Human) You got to have the bartender if you're running a bar. This is the same one from year 2018. Jawa Adding Jawa in this set makes sense. But then, why make it generic? This could have been one of the named Jawa patron inside the cantina... but it's probably too much to ask for a unique torso print. It does not help that many people probably got several (probably even dozen) Jawas from Tatooine Battle Pack back in 2018 that this could have been easily replaced by a different named character or totally new alien species. Bith Musician (x3) Now, the Bith Musicians. Perhaps a little disappointing that none of them ever got named, but I get it. None of them got official names in the previous sets either, so why change now? In Star Wars canon, there are 8 known band members. Namely: "Fiery" Figrin D'an (front man) - Kloo Horn Doikk Na'ts - Dorenian Beshniquel (Fizzz) Tedn Dahai - fanfar Tech Mo'r - Ommni box Ickabel G'ont - Double Jocimer Nalan Cheel - bandfill Sun'il Ei'de - drums Lirin Car'n - backup Kloo Horn I'd wager that the Bith Musicians included here are the first 3 in that list because Figrin has a silver Kloo Horn, Tedn has gold fanfar and Doikk has black Fizzz. The LEGO instruction manual recognises all the band members officially but as they all look alike, it makes sense that they are all simply called Bith musicians. Fun fact: Do you know what the music genre Figrin D'an and the Model Nodes perform? It’s called Jizz. Yup, not jazz. It’s called jizz. It is the same genre Max Rebo band plays in the prequels. Greedo (Rodian) Hello Greedo. I don't understand why you don't get side printing when it has been done before in a much cheaper set. Is it because Han shot first? This variant also came in set 75205 back in 2018.. Leg printing is good, but I kinda prefer the leg printing from set 75052 (2014) because it also got printing on hips. Maybe next time, we won't get any leg printing if TLG follows this trend. Hopefully not, please! Han Solo (Human) Solo, because he isn't many, quite literally, as the origin story implied from that self titled movie that is now canon. This is the exact same minifigure that appeared in 2 other sets, 75159 and 75205. Chewbacca (Wookie) This minifigure is very common now, I can't believe this appeared in 12 other sets. This marks Mos Eisley Cantina as this variant 's 13th appearance. It's great that we get leg printing here, but as common as this minifigure is, it is already expected. Obi Wan Kenobi / Uncle Ben (Human) The minifigure is exactly the same as the one found in set 75246 (2019). Luke (Human) This variant is considered common too because it appeared in more than 5 sets, including the Star Wars Advent Calendar 2020, set # 75279. C-3PO My copy of C-3PO has a little defect on head printing. If you look at it, C-3PO seems to be looking on his left (your right). It looks funny but I don't know how often this kind of printing error occurs. As for the minifigure itself, it is very common too, appearing in 10 sets since first appearance in 2016. R2-D2 This variant of R2-D2 appears to be the latest version with "large receptors" (those blue rectangles in front of the dome). However, the amount of R2-D2 appearances is staggering. Even if this minifigure is relatively new, it is already appearing in 3 other sets, besides this Mos Eisley Cantina set. So that is all about the minifigures included in the set. It is really great that we have 7 new named characters. That is groundbreaking alone. I can't remember this ever happened in any Star Wars set before. With all the minifigures all done, we can proceed on the build details. Build The moment of truth... we're back on paper again. Bag 1 out of 18 These parts are meant for the V-35 Landspeeder. We also get a teal brick separator. In this bag, the minifigure included is Luke. Bag #1 progress - some kind of speeder or something I can't remember the last Luke's Landspeeder that I built because I skipped all the recent ones. Bag 2 out of 18 Continuing the build for the V-35 Landspeeder, we get all the parts to finish this vehicle. Hrcheck is included in this bag. Bag #2 Progress - Finally, a different landspeeder ! In between building steps, I took a picture of the reverse stud technique as seen at the tailend of the landspeeder. Simple and clever way to attach the while windshield part that serves as the support for the 3 thrust turbines. Quick Comparison: old Luke's Landspeeder vs new V-35 Landspeeder NOTE: Luke's Landspeeder is not included in set 75290. It is just added here for comparison I am very relieved that we are not getting yet another Luke's Landspeeder because this V-35 Landspeeder looks awesome. We LEGO Star Wars fans often complain about the umpteenth version of Luke's Landspeeder. Now that we finally got a new vehicle, this is a big win for the fans as there are less things to complain and bicker about. Bag 3 out of 18 Now, here comes the start of the actual Cantina build. The minifigure included in this bag is Wuher, the Cantina bartender who disdains droids. Bag #3 Progress - here goes the watering hole Basically, bag #3 is the centre counter and beverage dispenser. We are on the right track. Bag 4 out of 18 We now see more tan and dark tan as we prepare the parts for the booths. Obi Wan Kenobi is included in this bag. Bag #4 Progress - Booths This looks plain right now but it has to be the most refined booth lounge design TLG has designed so far. Bag 5 out of 18 Step by step, we build up the walls of the cantina. In this bag, Kabe is included. Bag #5 Progress - still working on booths Even at the early build progress, it is already looking posh. Bag 6 out of 18 More wall needed for the part. R2-D2 is here. Bag #6 Progress - booths... booths... As the wall gets taller, it reminds me how much improvement the Cantina got after several iterations. Bag 7 out of 18 More wall needed for the part. C-3PO is here. Bag #7 Progress - booths... booths... booths. With 2 arches almost done, and 3 booths almost complete, we are switching shortly to the lobby after this. Bag 8 out of 18 Here goes the lobby parts, and one of the Sandtroopers is included here. Progress This is not the best angle of the lobby. The angle of the entrance door as well as the construction of the swipe up door is oddly satisfying. Bag 9 out of 18 - Roofs Parts included here are meant for the dome as well as the arch of the lobby. Nothing ground-breaking there. What's groundbreaking is the inclusion of 2 minifigures here - Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan. Another new addition in this cantina design are the roofs. With the roofs on, there are less light entering the booths. When I did my MOC for Chalmun's Cantina many years ago, I remember adding spaces for the walls and tables for LED lights because the original set is very dark that it begs to be lit. Obviously, this set does not come with any LED lights, but one way or another, people will find ways to light this scene up. I am already thinking about it as I review this set right now. Bag 10 out of 18 What is Cantina without the music. In this bag, we have parts for the other side of the room, including the bandstand where Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes perform. Most appropriately, the Bith musicians are included in this bag. Bag #10 Progress - another booth, and stage This is the other side of the cantina, detached from the rest of the building. When attached, this is how it looks so far without the walls on the other side. I am taking a moment to highlight the play feature here that ejects the sitting patron on chair. This is obviously meant for Han Solo and Greedo -- but it is located at the wrong side of the cantina. The concept is not new as similar play feature had been added in set 75205. What's new in this version is that you just need to tap the technic part 6536 to decide who goes down in the laser gun shooting. Before I proceed, understand that there are so many layout that exists in the internet that depicts which booth Han and Greedo met for the last time -- it's always been the side nearer to the Dewback. Even with the earliest cantina set, this has always been the case. However, for this set, the booth where you can recreate the Han vs. Greedo scene is on the other side. One could argue it is totally inaccurate -- but I get it, ok? The play feature is added there because the Dewback pen already occupied the space needed for the eject mechanism on the original spot. I guess this is better than nothing. It does not take away the play feature and only the most critical Star Wars fan will nitpick about this detail anyway. Bag 11 out of 18 Bag 11 includes more parts for the far side of the cantina. Momaw is included in this bag. Bag #11 Progress - Stage You have to wonder why the bandstand has to look this way. The designers had to take liberty on their design here because it appears more interesting that it should, compared to the film set. Bag 12 out of 18 More arches on the way, and Han appears in this bag randomly.(Not so random if you buy the idea that the ejector seats awhile ago could be located anywhere in the cantina) Bag #12 Progress - walls and arches The far side of the cantina appears more complete, but we are 4 bags away from completion, so stay with me. Bag 13 out of 18 This bag includes parts for the angled corner of the cantina as well the parts for the other speeder parked outside, the 9000 Z001 landspeeder. In the early blueprints, it is labelled as Ubrickian Landspeeder 9000 Z001, an obvious reference to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then, there's Greedo. It is suggested in this set that Greedo drives the speeder, but I cannot find references that confirms or denies this. No one really knows who owns this speeder in the movie. Quick comparison: Old versus New The one on the left is the old model with transparent dishes and grey part 99206. The internals are pretty much the same to the new one except some colour swaps. I prefer the new one because the clear dishes don't work with me. All you can see is the dark bluish grey bar 1L with tow ball behind them. At least the black dish creates an illusion that those are darkly tinted windows. Bag #13 Progress - More arches Now that the other side of the cantina is fully built, we can connect them together. Bag 14 out of 18 I need to get this out of my chest before I proceed.... I think 2 plastic bags with the same number is fine. But then 3 plastic bags? What is going on here? It does not help that the biggest plastic bag has 2 small plastic bags inside, so there are 4 or 5 plastic bags just for bag(s) # 14. For the actual contents, these are the parts for more roofs, and storage room at the back. Bag #14 Progress - more roofs and storage room As mentioned in the instruction manual, the back of the cantina is never seen in any of the films, concept art, animated series or even graphic novel. Therefore, the addition of the storage room at the back is based on creative liberties given to the LEGO designers. Bag 15 out of 18 Inside are parts needed for the moisture vaporator. Chewbacca minifigure is also included in this bag, because... why not? Bag #15 Progress - complex machinery and odd shapes As far I know, this is the most detailed attempt to create the GX-8 water vaporator. All other previous designs pale in comparison. The roof that "covers" the rest of the cantina looks odd but I think the gaps are really intentional to allow some light. Frankly, if the designers decided to cover the cantina completely, I won't mind as long as the exterior look presentable. The moisture vaporator connects to the main building with clips. Notice the grey crate box here with the empire symbol on it. There are 3 of these parts included in the set and they are scattered throughout the build. The aurebesh script reads as "cargo". Bag 16 out of 18 Bag #16 includes the part for the Dewback's pen as well as parts to complete the Dewback too (it's jaw and backside) Bag #16 Progress - Do the dew ... back Here, we get another moisture vaporator but not as big as the previous one. The pen connects at the side of the cantina also where the Dewback can enjoy it's meal for the day, before hauling cargo and moving Sandtroopers from point A to point B again. Bag 17 out of 18 This is the penultimate bag which includes parts for 1 of the 2 extra buildings modelled after the typical style of Tatooine buildings. Random Jawa included. There must be at least a few scrappers in the landscape of Tatooine so why not Jawa, right? Personally, not a big deal with me-- However, what episode VII taught me is that everyone could be a scrapper. Having this Jawa in the set is just convenient. This one-room abode could fit any alien you wish to shelter. The roofs can be easily detached too for easier access to the interior. And just like anything in this set, it could be attached to the main building as shown in the picture above. The main building alone is already 52 cm wide and 58 cm deep when opened wide in "L-shape" configuration. Adding the auxiliary building on the either side extends the structure with additional 24 studs or 19.2 cm length. Bags 18 out of 18 Finally, the last bag! Here is the final building which attaches to the other smaller building. Bags #18 Progress - Junk shop This is supposed to be a junk shop, but you could imagine it could be any shop for sundries, merchandise or whatnot. When you open the junk shop, it is 24 studs long, but once you connect it to the other building it offset by 1 stud, so it is effectively 23-stud long only.once connected. In total, when you open up this small buildings, and attach them to one another, the total length adds up to 47 studs or 37.6 cm. Add that to the length of the main building (in "L:-shape" config) and you're looking at a potential 89.6 cm or 95.6 cm length display model. Mind you, we are not even counting the 2 vehicles! If you want to stretch it out further, you can fully expand the cantina so that all the booths line up together on one side, with the centre beverage dispenser sticking out in the middle, then attach the 2 other small buildings fully expanded, too -- and you get yourself an oddly long cantina display that is over 1 metre. This set is deceptively long, and unlike other sets that are showing building facets only with shallow doll house structure and open backs, 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina gives us a full building with an option to be displayed and played with wide open, with extra side builds that you can orient whichever way you like. I am still figuring out how I can fit the entire set wide open on my table top photography mini studio. For now, the only way I can take picture of the entire set is to put it all together as compact as possible. Here is how it look like without the minifigures. And here is how it looks like with minifigures. I had to take this out of my living room so that I can finally get a great top view of the whole MBS. if you can't see the measurement, the total length is about 43.5 inches or 110 cm Here is another angle: Now let's step back a little bit and recap what we have built. We do get the main building with a lobby, 5 booths, 1 bandstand, central beverage dispenser/counter and 1 storage room. We also get 6 covers for the booths and bandstand. Then there's also the open roof contraption in the middle that merely serves as the finishing touch. Outside, we do get a Dewback pen, 2 moisture vaporators and a staging area for cargo. There are a lot of things going on here, and yet it looks quite organised. Add the minifigures and there countless things you can stage in this build. The most obvious scene to stage immediately and recreate is that fight scene that left Ponda Baba missing an arm. You wish you didn't do that How about the scene outside when Garindan sneakily followed the most wanted droids? Kids can make their own scenarios with their playmates (or parents). It will be countless hours of fun re-imagining the Star Wars story, and creating new ones, too. Parts Now lets dial back a little and focus on the individual parts for the moment. The biggest piece in this set is none other than the Dewback itself. The print is slightly different. The spots are more widespread on the legs and backside of the new Dewback. The eyes colour are prominently more orange than before, and the nostrils of the new Dewback looks different. Old (left) vs New (right) If you look at this angle, the new Dewback appears to be less gentle and has an annoyed look. The old one looks more "relaxed" and less likely to cause trouble. Turn the Dewback upside down and you'll notice that a hole appeared... on its belly. No, I don't believe it is a belly button, but the older mould does not have this hole. Other than this tiny difference, they are practically the same mould. One peculiarity is the removal of the teeth print on the upper jaw of the new Dewback. In order to show this, I have to position the Dewbacks upside-down too. No one could really notice this difference unless you look at the Dewbacks in this awkward position, so it is a wise decision to remove this print for cost-saving measure, when no-one could really see them anyway. As for the bridle, we don't get the reddish brown one from the old Dewback. Instead, we get this new medium nougat flexible 22L with 2 connector ends. It is not far from the realm of possibilities, that the only reason why we get this weird colour as a Dewback bridle, is that this exact piece is used in another set 31109 Pirate Ship. While there are a handful of exclusive minifigures in this set, the amount of new parts and recolour is severely lacking. It is not a big deal because I don't see people buying this set and using it as parts donor. It only means that there are less exciting elements in this set for parts collectors. Perhaps the budget for new moulds were mostly allocated to the minifigures so new parts recolour is very minimal in this set. There are parts that are not new but could be considered uncommon such as the following: 27965: Zipline, 22L with 2 Connectors - Flexible - Medium Dark Flesh -- only appeared in set 31109 this year, as mentioned above 34816: Brick Special 1 x 2 with Vertical Closed Handle on Edge - Dark Tan -- fairly uncommon as it just appeared once in another Star Wars set. 6314982 looks exactly like the previous element 6289818 but it is a different element number. Not sure what has changed Other than the new moulds from minifigure parts, the following are new parts/element that I have identified: 37352: Brick Curved 1 x 2 x 1 No Studs - Reddish Brown (used as booth chair back rests) 6314440 - Hose, Rigid 3mm D. 43L?/ 34.5cm? -- really no clue if this is new but if my measurement is correct, this hose size is different from what is out there currently (used as railing for the centre counter) 6314069: Cloth, tattered with holes (small building shade) Let me know if I have missed any. I will be happy to update this list. Hello Greedo Conclusion If I would let my personal bias get the best of me, I would rate this set perfect, simply because I really have fond memories about this particular scene in the very first Star Wars movie. But of course, I am better than that, so objectively let's see the positive and negative critiques and weigh in the verdict. Pros A playset that is screaming out loud "play me! play me!", even if the suggested age is 18+ Equally good as display A full structure that has respectable depth and breadth, not a skinny "open dollhouse" facade Extra Tatooine buildings add extra flavour on story crafting. Detailed interior and exterior Comes with 2 vehicles Could be displayed fully wide open, reaching over 1 metre in length Cons Could have had taller side buildings, as not all structures in Mos Eisley is that short. At this price range, the minifigures could have benefited from extra side printing and dual moulding. Missing female patrons, save one rat-bat girl called Kabe I am ignoring the conscious decision made by the designers to add the seat ejector play feature on the wrong booth. It is good that it is there only because kids could play them if they wanted to. As adults, there is no harm if located anywhere. You can totally ignore this if it bothers you. Seriously, there are more pressing matters than accurate re-creation of the Han and Greedo scene. Take the last negative critique for instance. Some people will find the lack of other female patrons in this LEGO set disturbing as Kabe is the only rose among the thorns. Venerable jury, I present you the interview posted in, in which the selection of minifigures to be included was deemed difficult. The article mentioned that the committee based the selection on how important they are to the story, which ones are most iconic, and which one would work best as LEGO minifigures. They also did research on which ones were highest on the LEGO Star Wars fans’ wish list. Armed with this information, it makes me wonder -- Is Labria really that high in the wishlist? Come on LEGO. No Snaggletooth, for real? Also, even if the Tonika sister's appearance is minor, the twin sisters were present in the background during the conversation of Han, Chewie, Obi-Wan and Luke. Aren’t they relatively easy to make as minifigures? Wuher even tried to hit on one of the sisters at the beginning of the Cantina scene. Isn’t that more important to the story than just the split second appearance of a Jawa? No? On the flipside, here is the juicy part. The problem why we are not getting any Tonika sisters minifigure is probably the same reason why Hasbro has not done anything about these 2 female patrons. One of the actresses who portrayed them did not sign (or was not able to sign) a contract about their likeness or any sort of royalty for Star Wars merchandise such as toys. Another story is that during production of Star Wars, the nicknames given to the sisters were allegedly “Star ******” (sounds very close to “wars”) and legend has it that GL (and by extension, Disney) allegedly did not want anything to do with them because of that. You can read more about this decade old discussion on the internet, so move along, move along. I know, it is such a bummer whatever the reason is. There are over 60 aliens and humans present in this quintessential cantina scene; this set does not even cover half of the patrons and by-standers. While the existence of this set gives the spotlight on more prominent side characters, it also means that more alien species and minor Star Wars characters are yet to be released in the future. We are just scratching the surface, and hopefully it continues in the right direction. Finally, who is this set for? Without hesitation - I really think this set is meant for all Star Wars fans and not just grown-ups. The 18+ age recommendation is not a strict guideline. I like to think that the age recommendation is there to testify the new commitment of TLG for adult fans, and not to create barriers of entry. MBS is shaping up to be the exact opposite of UCS, One is focused on display set, whereas the other is focused on playsets that one should be playing instead of keeping MISB. Between these two, I am really leaning towards MBS because it is such a fun series to have. I even promised my kids that after I finish this review, we will play this set immediately. I really look forward to playing this set with them soon. Buzzling Cantina Review summary Design / Building Experience: 9/10 - Building a compound filled with diverse aliens in the Star Wars universe is pure bliss. Really wish there is at least 1 taller building as a side build. Playability: 10/10 - MBS, might as well stand for mind-blowing s** ...set. Playset. Then again this is rated 18+ so whether parents will buy this expensive toy for minors, is purely out of their discretion. Minifigures: 9/10 - I really wanted to score this higher because in terms of story and screen time, all the minifigures included in this set makes sense. However, at this price point, fans will always desire to get a better value. There are still many unrepresented aliens in the Star Wars universe. Until then, making custom minifigure for other cantina patrons would be necessary to fill this gap. Price / Value for money: 8/10 - At 11c per piece, this is very acceptable - this is better than 75222 and 75098. However, outside Star Wars, similar sets with the same parts count or price tag tends to have better pricing. Overall: 9/10 - Whether one loathes the badge “Master Builder Series” (MBS) or not, one can’t deny that the force is strong with this one as this playset appeals to a wide array of audience despite the set having the 18+ age suggestion.. 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  12. Here is the 2021 update of our Star Wars collaborative layout titled "Desert Wars". It was displayed during the Walug exhibition that took place on the racing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium during the weekend of October 23/24. This year, it reach the impressive length of 10 meters, which, so far, it is our longest layout, better than the 8.50m version presented in Antwerp in 2019. A smaller version of over 6m will be displayed in Antwerp on November 20 and 21. To fully capture the size and organisation of the layout, I suggest you start watching the video. Because taking good pictures of a 10m-long layout is quite complicated and frustrating. Desert Wars 2021 - Full video by Veynom, on Flickr If you say "collaborative" then you must think "team" therefore I will start by presenting the team members before detailing the layout sub-sections. Desert Wars 2021 - The Team by Veynom, on Flickr Xavier, one of the Belgian finalist of the French LegoMaster edition (S1). He was already participating to the Desert Wars 2019 layout. Julian, A young 17-old Belgian mocer who participated to a few Desert Wars edition already. A French team from the Star Wars Côte d'Opale organisation coming from the Northern part of France Gwen, Mathieu and their kids Julien et David Gregory and his son, Corentin Ulrich Hugo (see his Flickr gallery) and myself (far right on the picture), coordinator of the Desert Wars layout since they exist Let's start with a few global views: 10 meters of layout by Veynom, on Flickr The train layout under construction, with the train being ready to run. It took us 6h to assemble all MILS baseplates to ensure a smooth run of the train The train in action by Veynom, on Flickr 10 meters of layout by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Jabba's Palace Masterpiece build by Xavier (and still not totally completed, like there is no roof YET), this is a huge, heavy, ultra-detailed MOC. It is packed with details, hidden rooms, motorised features (opening door, moving barge, moving Rancor, moving traps...), and mny, many lights. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr Shot of the inside, still under construction. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr You can figure out how large this is when you know the set. Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr Huge, this is. And yes, size matters! Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr There is a forge in the basement (next to the droid torture room). Jabba's Palace by Veynom, on Flickr The City - Mos Opal It measures almost 2 meters, with literally hundreds of details. Built by Xavier, Julian, Gwen, Mathieu, Greg and Corentin. It starts next to the palace's cliff with a commercial districs, followed by a slave market, then a large junkyard. A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr A city on Tatooine by Veynom, on Flickr The Desert Participants: Julien, Seb, David, Ulrich, Hugo and I. We start with the Krayt Dragon made by Julien and Seb. It is under attack by quite a few Tusken. Tusken Raiders by Veynom, on Flickr Tusken Raiders by Veynom, on Flickr Then we have Obi-Wan's hut (from Ulrich) and more desert. The Krayt and the desert by Veynom, on Flickr Obi-Wan's hutt by Veynom, on Flickr The mounted dinosaur (from Hugo), newest equipment of the Empire. Imperial cavalry by Veynom, on Flickr And a bit more desert landscaping. The skeleton tunnel is also from Hugo, while the half hidden skeleton is from me. Obi's hut and the desert by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial Outpost And this is the 2021 edition of my Imperial outpost. Some of you may recognize some of my older MOC being included in it. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Miradors, AT-AT (the one from Raskelnikov), Missile-launcher tank, FLAK tank, troop transport, walkers, you get a bit of everything. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr For now, the Empire is still taking prisoners but there is a good probability that it will not last. After all, a good rebel is a dead rebel. Or dying at the very least. Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr Imperial base by Veynom, on Flickr And a small hangar bay with various TIE prototypes to end the layout. Imperial hangar by Veynom, on Flickr After 6 months of online collaboration, 6 hours of assembling, and 2 days of intense satisfaction, we are really happy with the result. We already aim for longer, deeper, higher, nice (heavier) for 2022. Comments welcome!
  13. George Lucas founded Lucasfirms in 1971 and it had created one of the most beloved franchise in the history of entertainment and toys. Fast-forward, and it is the year 2021 -- the year Lucasfilms celebrates its 50th anniversary. So naturally, there has to be a 50th anniversary Star Wars products. This is a nice little gift that would come along with it... Thanks for TLG and Jim to making this review possible. Now let's jump into my 34th RA review, 40451 Tatooine Homestead. Overview Name: 40451 - Tatooine Homestead Theme: Star Wars / Promotional Year: 2021 (1H) Pieces: 234 pieces Minifigures: 0 Price: FREE Gift with Purchase (GWP) -- Qualifying purchase: $85 / €85 / £85 threshold for all Star Wars purchases The promotion would run from 1st May to 5th May 2021. Do check with your local shops for details. Introduction So right off the bat, this is not a set for sale. It is a gift with purchase which you can get from qualifying amount of Star Wars sets purchase as written in the overview section above. Its packaging looks about the same as the other vignette promotional sets released so far. Let's check the details. Front view Front side of the box pretty much over everything it has to show, including the sand of Tatooine, which is coarse and rough, and irritating ...and we all know how the line goes on as Anakin complains. This is the first time that we actually see Luke's childhood home in microscale. If you revisit what was released back in 1999, most of the Tatooine references are just vehicles. There's Landspeeder, Podracers, Desert Skiff, Droid Escape Pod, Watto's Junkyard and so on. There is nothing about Owen and Beru until the Sandcrawler came out in 2014 (actually 2005 as pointed in later in the comments) -- but only with special appearance of Owen Lars trading with the Jawas. Unfortunately, aunt Beru is still missing in action. Back view At the back of the box, we can see how the memorable scene is depicted as it is in the set, with stills from the movie as reference. Those round studs are representing the characters present in that scene. Let's see if you can figure out who is who later Side view Pretty standard side view with that single piece for 1:1 ratio picture. Perhaps that done is chosen to remind us that it represent the actual homestead in Tatooine. Now let's slowly see what's inside. I really like the way this opens like IDEAS set even if it is only a promotional set. Don't you wish all sets open this way? What's inside the box? We get 4 clear plastics bags without any number and an instruction booklet. Build I enjoyed arranging the parts this way... simply because I have nothing else better to do. Right? Right. Just want to appreciate the tan colour this way... there are really great parts included here. Slopes, slopes.... SLOPES! Putting them together.. So, when you build this set, it appears that you are building it sideways. Then, as I complete sections of the build, indeed, I am building sideways. You can see how the SNOT techniques are used to squeeze the centre piece in between the left and right side of the vignette. And as you put the sub-assemblies together, they fit nicely together. And so, it looks like this at the end -- So from this view, let me try discerning who is who. From left to right. The single piece brown studs are obviously the Jawas, so... white stud on top and dark tan bottom - Luke. two-layer gold studs - C-3PO (obviously) silver stud - R2-D2 tan top and dark brown bottom - Lars Then, at the centre of the build you'll see a medium azure stud on top of a dark orange stud. Guess who is it... That is aunt Beru! Aunt Beru appeared in this microbuild set... but only as 2 studs.... Next to them is the cute build of Sandcrawler which is very "playable" on its own because it sports 4 black roller skates as continuous track wheels. Apart from the skates, one of the notable part usage in this microscale is the use of white lipstick as one of the towering moisture vapourators. Also, not forgetting that this set includes a 2x4 black tile with "Star Wars 2021" printed on it. This side is the not so camera-friendly side of the build. Here is another angle to appreciate the smoothness of this build. Now for the extra pieces, this is what you are left with after completing the entire build... and it's pretty generous for the amount of small pieces here. Conclusion Pros: Very iconic scene preserved in a vignette display set. Tan parts! Printed 2x4 tile "Star Wars 2021" Cons: Generally not for sale, unless you get this "ala carte" somewhere else. Aunt Beru only appeared as 2 studs! So as I ponder on who this set is for, it is hard not to think who this set is NOT for. You see, this is the first scene where Luke, C-3PO and R2-D2 actually bumped into each other, and they stuck to each other for a really long time. Not only it is an iconic scene, it is also very nostalgic. So, for what it is -- every Star Wars fan should be able to appreciate this in one way or another. I can't think of anything negative for this set except the silly reasons I have written as "cons". But then again, we do not have Aunt Beru minifigure yet, so we may have to wait for quite sometime before we finally get a system scale Lars homestead with those "missing minifigures". For now, enjoy this microbuild. Review summary Playability: 5/10 - This little vignette isn't meant to be played but the Sandcrawler is so cute to play with! Design / Building Experience: 7/10 - Very satisfactory build for what it is supposed to be. Slopes are everywhere and it's tan so it's insta-like for me. Price / Value for money: 10/10 - If you get this as a gift with purchase, this is naturally a perfect 10. Overall: 7/10 - It is a cute small vignette that all Star Wars fans should be able to appreciate.
  14. Liwnik

    Project Tatooine

    A piece of Mos Eisley, the desert and Obi-Wan's house. The first buildings were created as part of the LUGPOL collab Project Tatooine. After it was finished I added more buildings, desert and Obi-Wan's house. Gallery:
  15. JackJonespaw

    [REVIEW] 75299 Trouble on Tatooine

    Yeehaw, folks. We’re out here in the desert. It’s hot, and it’s sandy. You could probably guess those two, but did you know I’m also dehydrated? I’m running out of time here, but I decided to use these last minutes to type up this review. Don’t say I never do anything for you. I put LEGO before my own life. So the Mandalorian! I’ll be honest, my memory of the show’s a bit fuzzy, like most memories out in this desert heat. Even so, it’s not like I could pay $9.99 / month to Disney Plus, the exclusive home for your favorite movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Start streaming today at Help: Trouble on Tatooine I’m: 75299 Stuck: 276 pieces In: $29.99 | 29.99€ The: 3, The Mandalorian, The Child, and The Tusken Raider Desert: Star Wars This box stars my friends: Mr. Mandalorian, Mr. Child, and Mr. Raider. Mr. Raider also has his little hut, and what I thought was a desert dragonfly before seeing that it’s actually a ballista. Huh, who knew? Probably could’ve used one of those for Anakin 30 or so years earlier. Mr. Mandalorian has managed to sit Mr. Raider down, and is now about to execute him in front of a child. How cute, I love Star Wars! Here’s what’s inside. I was really hoping for water. These plastic bags could hold water, perhaps, but there’s not much I can do with that information other than type it out. Here he is, the guy. Mr. Dark Brown and Silver. He’s got enough printing to put a Kinkos out of business. He also has two guns, one for shooting, and the other one probably just to look cool with. Again, I do not remember what happens in the show. I don’t even remember the name of the desert I’m trapped in. “Awwwww!” Everyone said, until they learned his name was Gorgu. Then they all said “ehhhhhhhhh!” Still, he’s a cutie, but man, he is small. Like, I’m afraid my dog might eat him. That’s not a joke; that’s a serious concern. I don’t have a dog, though. And here’s the Raider. I really do not like these molded heads. I know this might be beating a dead horse (it probably died of dehydration, too), but I miss the old printed heads. These new ones are too...action figure-y. So, build completed, and tongue drier than the wine my wife made me drink on Thanksgiving, we have a speeder. It’s a pretty nice speeder, and definitely something I wish I had right now in the desert. The colors are not great, though. Like, not only is it not accurate to the speeder in the show, it just looks ugly. Occasionally Star Wars’ beaten-up, ugly ship aesthetic just doesn’t translate into LEGO well. But you can put Gorgu in the speeder, which is pretty cute. He fits really snugly, and can be a complete pain to get out. My strategy is kinda flicking the bottom of his legs out of the satchel, because pulling from the arms will do absolutely nothing. Does this count as a play feature? The speeder also fits the two guns of the Mandalorian. Sure, I guess that’s as good a place as any to put them. Usually your legs would go right in front of the barrel, which is maybe not the safest position for a gun, but minifigs don’t have to worry about that problem. See? He can comfortably sit without worrying about shooting his calf. Must be nice. Although if you flip it the other way, it’s pointing at a baby. So, kinda lose-lose for us folks with legs. Now this? This I’m jealous. I’ve not seen so much as a dent in a hill for me to shade. Well that’s not strictly true - I saw one, dived down in it to get out of this hot sun, and you know what happened? A rattlesnake was in there. So if I go into the shadows, I’ll get poisoned. Although, that might be better dehydration... Anyway, this little hut has all the fixings a Tusken Raider could need. A fire, a pot with one (1) bone, and some shaded seats. It’s not fancy, but out here in the desert, I’m realizing it doesn’t have to be. It can also do this if you’ve got company over. Set up a project screen where the campfire is, and you can watch some of the great Disney Plus films! It also folds up for...easy storage? I have no clue what or why this is. If anything, it just puts the the fire closer to flammable objects. I’m no firefighter (a firefighter wouldn’t get stuck out in a desert), but that seems like a bad move. To reiterate: I am very jealous. The dragonfly gun, however, isn’t all that bad. It’s a weird looking thing, but hey, who am I to judge? Maybe I look worse, no one really knows, thanks to the anonymity of the Internet and the sun scarring on my face. I guess it kinda looks like a big, buggy crossbow from this angle. I can definitely see how people could say it’s a ballista, and also how I could say it’s a dragonfly. And that’s it. A set like this, unlike a lot of these Star Wars ships, is very much a case of “you see what you get”. A hut, a speeder, and a ballista. Nothing here is mind-blowing, nor do I think it’s a particularly good build to be shown off. The best fate I can see for this set, for a lot of children, is being disassembled into their larger collection, while saving the minifigs. Generally I like to categorize LEGO Star Wars sets into one of two categories: either a vehicle or a playset. And while Trouble on Tatooine undoubtedly falls into that latter category, calling it a playset is like calling a great spotted kiwi a bird. It is that thing, but it falls quite short. This set has one play feature - a dart on top of the ballista, and three completely separate builds. I’m having trouble seeing the appeal of the set itself. Of course, we all know the real pull here are the minifigs. A $30 set with a really nice, new Mandalorian fig and Baby Grogu? It’s a pretty good deal. It’s one of those sets that fits the obligation of a $30 price tag while having to throw an appropriate amount of pieces in there to make it different from a battle pack. And the Tusken Raider, strange as it might seem, has an important purpose. If there were a more exclusive figure, or more prominent villain from the series, I doubt the price tag would have stayed at $30. Unless it was another generic figure. You could probably switch out the Tatooine aesthetic with some other random planet with a random enemy. An Oba Diah set with a Pyke, a Srilurr set with a Weequay, an Alzoc III set with a Talz - take your pick. Maybe Tatooine was chosen because of recognizability? Who can say. All in all, it’s a set that’s exactly what you’d expect. A simple build with the minifigs being the main draw. Pretty much the only reason for a $30 set to exist. So I’ll give this set a score of 3/5. Let me know what you think! Is this set more than the minifigs it includes? Why would you pick up this set? Do you think the ballista looks more like a dragonfly? Let me know below, and make sure you vote on the poll! Thanks to LEGO for giving me the set for review, and thanks to Eurobricks for being the fine community that it is. And thank you to this desert for killing me slowly and with a great deal of heat. I hate you.
  16. Bricks Planet

    75290 Mos Eisley Cantina [video]

    Stop Motion Review of 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina Year: 2020 Pieces: 3187 Minifigs: 21 Brickset : Bricklink:
  17. Hello everybody, I am new here and would like to present you my first Star Wars mini diorama. It's a diorama that can represent pretty much every desert planet in the Star Wars universe, from Jakku or Jedha to good old Tatooine. It certainly didn't use the most sophisticated construction techniques, which is because I was looking for a simple appearance. In the beginning, it should only serve as a presentation surface for two of my LEGO Star Wars models, and not distract the eye too much from them. The size was chosen so that it would easily fit on an IKEA Billy shelf. For this it was necessary to cut approx. ½ nubs away from the left base plate (32x32 nubs). In total there are 3 base plates with 32x32 studs each. In the middle there is a quite large but flat sand dune, as you can easily see. Originally this dune was planned to present the LEGO Razor Crest. But after some extensions with additional details in the background I have discarded this idea so that finally the Imperial Assault Hovertank (75152) found its place there. On the right side you can see Kuiils' hut, which is actually just a mirror-inverted version of Obi-Wans' hut (75270) - a spontaneous idea I had while building it. The hut is completed by an additional roof element so that it can be completely closed from above. That I integrated existing LEGO Star Wars sets you will notice elsewhere. Next you will see a small outpost of the Mandalorians behind the central dune. Part of it is the command post of the Mandalorian Battle Pack (75267). I designed the adjacent "building" myself. The same applies to the rocky outcrop with the maintenance platform on the left side of the diorama. It is the part that - in my opinion - has the most details of the whole diorama. Kuiils' hut. Inside, the brown box now contains numerous tools and serves as a workbench where Kuill does his many technical jobs, such as repairing IG-11. In front of the hut, you can see Kuill (a customized Ugnaught made of original LEGO parts) standing at the entrance of the hut. Next to him you can see Cara Dune (from set 75254), the child and the Mandalorian Din Djarin (the latter two are LEGO-compatible custom figures). Of course IG-11, who is doing his work in front of the hut, is also present. Finally, there is a radio mast incl. generator and a well for drinking water. Mandalorian outpost. The outpost consists of a command post on the left side and a two-story building on which a laser cannon is mounted for defense. On the first floor you can see individual weapons (a thermal detonator and a weapon box in which 2 blaster are hidden) and a control panel, while the first floor serves as a weapon control for the laser. Outside, we have a small courtyard with a power generator for the laser, a box with coaxium and a melting furnace for the processing of Beskar, to mention only a few essential elements. There is of course more standing around, but this is more to simulate a full yard. The yard is overgrown with a desert palm that could be used as a camouflage from the air. Also a tentacle of a Sarlacc was integrated into the yard. The outpost is occupied by three Mandalorians from the Mandalorian Battle Pack (75267) and the blacksmith from the series "The Mandalorian" (also a compatible custom figure). The rocky ridge. The first thing you might notice is the small cave under the top of the ledge, where a somewhat shady figure is sitting in front of a campfire. Above the cave, you can see power units of several LEGO Star Wars models (X-Wing (75218), Y-Wing (75249), and Swoop Bike (75215)) lying around on the platform. At the rear end of the platform there are three boxes of coaxium and a power nozzle under a small pavilion. Between the pavilion and the boulder you can see an old, broken Assassin Droid, the front rudders of a Swoop Bike, a proton torpedo and the KX9 laser cannon of a T65B X-Wing. Some may also recognize the laser emitter of a quad laser (as used in the current model of the Millenium Falcon (75257)), a hyperdrive unit and many other parts standing around. Under the floor grid in the middle of the platform there is a maintenance hole, with various installations. The platform is manned by a Mandalorian ground technician and is guarded by a Mandalorian Commando (all figures made from original LEGO parts). Further details. Among the - not yet named - details, the most important are probably Chirrut Imwe and Baza Malbus, which are located below Kuiil's hut in the area of the dark brown rock, as well as a Probot Droid, which hovers near the hovertank, and a Sand Trooper flanking it. Finally, olive-colored grasses and bushes give the whole thing the look and feel of a desert and complete the small diorama. In the meantime I found a nice MOC of the Z-74 Speeder Bike, which I have rebuilt, equipped with a Scout Trooper and the bag with The Kid (instructions for the bike can be found at and a white water vaporizer near Kuiil's hut. Copied from the LEGO Sandspeeder and found to be good, especially regarding the size and proportions of my MOC. I hope you like it!? Please let me know your opinion!It certainly didn't turn out to be a masterpiece right away ;-). PS: Besides the Razor Crest and the Assault Hovertank there is also room for an X-Wing (75218, 75102 or similar) on the central dune. So I can decide at will which model I want to present. Without the drive units, the Jakku Quadjumper (75178) fits comfortably on top of the ledge as well. How does it go on? I will rebuild the Mandalorian outpost. In the future it will be based on the outbuilding of the new LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina to better stand out next to Kuiil's hut. In addition the laser cannon with tower will fit perfectly on the flat roof and at the same time receive a new design and construction technique. Instead of an inner courtyard, the MOC of the Mandalorian Outpost will have second outbuilding – which has been reduced to a ruin – and serve as a gun emplacement. Instead of a sniper rifle, an E-Web Blaster will be used to protect the outputs even better. The smithy will move inside the building in this context as well.
  18. Hi all - I’d like to present to you my second interpretation of a Tatooine themed MOC building. It is the first of several planned builds I have for this 'theme'. I plan to label these as TATxx where xx increases with each build. It is based on background buildings seen in Episodes I and IV, whilst also drawing on the buildings in the SW BF2 game with my own spin/interpretation of it – i.e. what I think looks aesthetically pleasing and fits into the Tatooine 'world'. It could also easily feature in a Mandalorian background scene set on Tatooine. It contains two detachable roofs which allow for the empty interior to be filled as desired. The interior of both buildings are empty - mainly left up to your own interpretation, but I’ve previously created a Cantina bar which pops inside the second building and I've created this room as a Twi'lek "dance club" which might have pleased Jabba... The left room is a bounty hunter's hideout with a Boba presenting his prized catch to the other hunters. An additional suggestion is in the unused top area of the second building. Another of my builds (Jawa Junk Shop) is designed to fit into this area nicely, adding a shop to the area. The building really 'comes alive' when figures and details outside give it a richer experience. All posters/custom arm & minifig prints are from FireStar Toys. The Bantha is designed and by @BaronSat and the other vehicles are official Lego models. Any comments are welcome and please leave a message/query if you spot an error within the instructions. I shall try my best to quickly correct it. The instructions and other details are available here: More photos are available here: To anyone who missed the post on TAT01, it is located here: TAT01 and TAT02 together Thanks for looking :)
  19. Hey LEGO Star Wars Fans, in addition to this year's May the 4th GWP from LEGO (Death Star II Battle), which lines up with last year's GWPs (Battle of Hoth & Battle of Endor), I built a small scene with the same dimensions for Tatooine: (Unforunately I don't own any of the 20 years anniversary tiles from last year, so it had to stay black) I built a digital model afterwards, too and you can find the instructions here: I know I'm one day too late, but May the 4th be with you, always ;) Cheers, Aldar Beedo
  20. These aren’t the droids your looking for by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Mos Eisley Teaser 2 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr A New Hope Moc More photos to come
  21. Hi all, please find enjoy my latest creation below. This is my interpretation of a Jawa 'Junk Shop' using pieces only available within set 75020 (Jabba's Sail Barge). This design is part of my Tatooine themed building series (labelled TATxx, where the xx increases with each build). This specific build is intended for any Tatooine themed layout, but is built with TAT02 in mind [not available at the time of publishing, but the WIP can be seen in photo below with the steps and figures]. This is one of two planned side builds towards TAT02, the other is a modified cantina bar seen in the same photo. This design is minfigure scale (to a Jawa) and is a random assortment of 'junk' and other bits - from food (infamous blue milk icecream?!), pots and pans and vehicle parts. You will probably find a Sandcrawler nearby delivering new items. As this uses parts only available from 75020, I've included a few 'spare parts' in the parts list (in reddish brown, replacing the six DBG equivalent pieces) for a more aesthetically pleasing model. Note that the photos and rendered photograph do use these spare parts in place of the DGB in the parts list. Note: The sail isn't modelled in the instructions or 3D Studio model so is not included in the photos, but is in the parts list. Please refer to the actual photos for the installation Studio believes there is a collision - in reality the pieces press against one another, but does not cause any physical issues (that I know of), other than part 90258 can detach from the base easily - which may be linked, (or I suspect it is the weight of the sail construction). Printed pieces seen in the TAT02 preview are Firestar Toys custom prints Instructions and Studio files are available here for anyone interested As a side note, this is my first time using Studio and I found it much easier than LDraw, so I plan to revamp my TAT01 file in the next few weeks. Enjoy and feedback/comments welcome!
  22. *Your entry has earned 20 XP* Some crazy old wizard in the sand
  23. Hi all - I’d like to present to you my interpretation of a Tatooine themed MOC building. It is the first of several planned builds I have for this 'theme'. I plan to label these as TATxx where xx increases with each build. It is based on background buildings seen in Episodes I and IV, whilst also drawing on the buildings in the SW BF2 game with my own spin/interpretation of it – i.e. what I think looks aesthetically pleasing and fits into the Tatooine 'world'. It contains a detachable roof which can be customised. For example, the dome piece (and mounting point) can be removed to create a flatter, large vent system instead. There is also a functioning door with two possible colours advised – one in DBG like those in Lego's own Mos Eisley sets, and a more movie accurate dark orange colour for extra customisation. This opening door function is neatly hidden away at the side of the building. The interior is mostly empty - mainly left up to your own interpretation, but I’ve included suggestions for light, gun and binoculars within the instructions. The removable roof allows easy access to provide extra scope and playability. One example that I like to think this is, is a home for a Mos Eisley Cantina patron with 'homemade aerials' trying to capture the local broadcasts or streaming the pod racing. The building really 'comes alive' when figures and details outside give it a richer experience. Any comments are welcome and please leave a message/query if you spot an error within the instructions. I shall try my best to quickly correct it. The instructions are available here: Original post hidden in the spoiler.
  24. The meeting in Mos Taike had been seemed that the Socorro Trade Guild may have some need for Oteefo's Engineering skills... But now there was the task of rounding up the crew, Z-5 and Frax were waiting at one of the many dilapidated harvestors scattered throughout the desert, this one had been claimed and repaired by K'vos when he arrived on Tatooine. Traveling in the cities with his droids could be problematic... Frax had done most of the repair work on the harvestors....he was a real wiz with machinery. Z-5 was a bit of a mystery, a garbage heap on Geonosis. He was clearly quite an advanced prototype's unclear why his like never saw production. After emptying the harvestor's hopper, the three settled in for the long ride back to the compound, they would surely not be there by night fall.... Bonus Images: