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  1. (image courtesy of quartertothree.com) In the Star Wars mythos, the Slave I was a heavily modified prototype Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft (originally put to work to service the Republic Correctional Authority) repurposed by bounty hunters Jango Fett, and, more famously, his son, Boba Fett, to serve as the main craft for all their bounty hunting needs. In the real world, the legend goes this ship was modeled after a lamp post outside of the Industrial Light and Magic building, the folks responsible for the special effects in Star Wars. While that legend may not be entirely true (some claim the design was inspired by a radar dish), the odd and iconic shape has made the Slave I a popular ship to reproduce in LEGO. Since acquiring the license for Star Wars, LEGO had produced four minifigure scale Slave I versions (one for Jango Fett in 2002 and three for Boba Fett in 2000, 2006 and 2010) prior to the release of the UCS model in 2015. While the UCS version should be the obvious pinnacle of the Slave I mountain, I must admit the most recent version, set number 8097 released in 2010, was a great model and when the first images of the UCS ship began to pop-up I was disappointed in my own mind that the UCS version did not blow 8097 out of the water. At least part of my hesitation was due to the fact that the UCS version appeared to be designed to hold a minifigure, though I realize this is not the first time a UCS model has been minifigure scale. The UCS model should be much larger than the previous minifigure versions weighing in with a piece count that is over three times greater than the set released in 2010, set number 8097, but still my feeling of disappointment lingered. This feeling was a great surprise to me because I am a UCS fighter fan, having picked up all the previous UCS fighter sized ships (save for the Naboo Star Fighter), and a self-proclaimed Boba Fett and Slave I nut, picking up all the minifigure scale Slave I versions released by LEGO to date. As both a celebration of the release of the UCS Slave I and to review the evolution of the model through the LEGO timeline, I bring to you a comparison of the entire minifigure scale Slave I versions including the new UCS starship. One thing you're not going to find here is an in-depth review of the new UCS set, 75060. If you want a break down of the box design, instructions, parts selection, build process and set rating you won't find that here and you should really check-out Masked Builders excellent official EB review here! The Set-up I had both the 2006 and 2010 versions of the Slave I, set numbers 6209 and 8097, assembled and on display on my shelf at home. It is relatively rare for me to keep an ordinary (non-UCS or non-modular) model together as I am a MOCer by nature and usually buy sets primarily for their parts and minifigures. I had purchased the other two Slave I models, 7144 and 7153, when they were released, but I had disassembled them for MOCing purposes ages ago. Because I wanted to compare all the minifigure versions of the Slave I, I used Bricklink to print a list of all the parts required to build the models and then dug up all the pieces and reassembled 7144 and 7153 in their original color schemes. I was surprised by the rarity of some of the pieces (the brown slopes on 7144 for example were far less common than I would have imaged) but I managed to be missing only a few minor pieces on Jango’s ship (printed tiles and one trans-neon orange boat stud), but both models are otherwise complete. After assembling 7144 and 7153, I knew one tricky aspect of comparing these models would be that their odd shape would make them difficult to hold and position for photographing. While I had 6209 and 8097 on “display” at home, they really were just sitting in the “landed” position on my shelf… gathering dust. I decided the best route would be to build display stands to hold them upright. After thinking about a “cradle” display stand idea, I decided the most practical and best solution for photographing the models would be to build a stand that would simply attach to the model’s base on the back/engine side. I knew there would be some challenges with this plan because attaching the stand on the bottom would mean the moment of inertia of the models would be well over the front of the display stand if the model was set to be perfectly perpendicular to the photography surface. I wanted to ensure they could be held perpendicular for comparison type shots so I would need to make the stands long in the front to prevent the models from flipping over. I also wanted the stand to be able to tip the models back slightly in “flight pose” as that makes for better photographs (and just looks “cooler”), shifting the moment of inertia backwards slightly. The stands came out pretty well with just a little tinkering. Attaching to the under/engine side did mean I would have to remove a piece or two from the backs of 7153 and 6209 to attach the stands, but I do not think anything crucial was lost in the process. In order to see the evolution and features, I planned to photograph each model separately and in concert with the previous version(s) for comparison. To keep a consistent focus, after a brief introduction on each model, I decided to structure the review to always look at the same aspects of each model for comparison and discussion. Those aspects were the Fett minifigure, the shape and construction of the Slave I model, the coloration of the model and any play or special additional features. ================================================================= 7144 (image courtesy of Bricklink.com) Year Released: 2000 Piece Count: 165 Price: $19.99 USD Overview Beginning with the first Slave I, 7144, the very first thing to note is the low piece count and price. Weighing at a meager 165 pieces and sporting a low retail price of $20 USD, the first version of the Slave I was a disappointment on nearly every level when it was released. Some may believe this statement is revisionist history given the improvement of the Slave I over the years, to that I counter with a belief that nostalgia is getting the better of you. While the Slave I may have been novel at the time, the very first image left me very unsatisfied. While 2000 was only the second year for Star Wars models, we had already received a snowspeeder, AAT, Naboo Star Fighter, A-Wing, X-Wing, Y-Wing, and Vader's TIE Fighter with a far better sense of scale and level of detail than 7144. Smaller sets often defy the standard price to parts ratio greatly being on either side of the $.10 and this set was a bit on the high side with a price to parts ratio of $.1211. The Fett Minigure Its one redeeming grace was it was the first set to contain the famous bounty hunter himself. An immediate disappointment to me was how "blocky" the helmet piece looks. It is also disappointing that Boba's Mandalorian armored helmet and rocket backpack were one piece. It looks like Boba is a bit hobbled with a crack in his right leg (left side from behind). I did not bother to highlight Boba's weapon as LEGO was not producing "realistic" space age or modern weapons at the time. Boba carried a "loudhailer / SW Blaster" which definitely looked more like the "loudhailer" than Star Wars blaster. In order to reproduce the iconic “T-shaped” visor of the Mandalorian helmet, LEGO cut a slit in Boba’s helmet and then left his underlying head black to create the final look. The black minifigure head was common place with other Star Wars sets of the era where the face was inconsequential. Storm troopers, for instance, also sported a black, blank minifigure head. This set was also released before Attack of the Clones, so it would also be accurate to say LEGO would not have known what Boba (or a storm trooper if you believe they are all clones- and please, let’s not discuss that here) even looked like under their helmets anyway. Slave I Design The shape of the model was, in a word, uninspired. The base was too steep and not nearly rounded enough and the cockpit, its windscreen and fuselage (this is what I will call the portion of the ship elevated above the base) were all too angular. The windscreen was a disappointing length and shape, though it may have been the best option available at the time LEGO designed the ship. The whole model was completely undersized. I am sure this was largely due to the price point this set occupied. The model would have benefited greatly with another 40 or so pieces to really enhance the base and fuselage of the ship. If I were the designer, I would likely have enlarged the windscreen an additional extension piece and then resized the whole model to fit in line with the new windscreen. I was especially disappointed in the 2 x 4 dark gray (Blay did not yet exist!) plates on the front/top of the fuselage. I felt the design would have benefited greatly with tiles on this section to make it look a little less blocky and smooth. Another disappointment was the underside of the base where the engines are located. Five trans-neon orange radar dishes are the only detailing for the engines. The ramp to the cargo hold also extends beyond the 1 x 3 inverted slopes that connect the base and fuselage. An additional 1 x 3 slope on each side here really could have filled in this gap, though it may have made the cargo hatch too difficult to access. The rotating wing sections also completely lacked any detailing, save for three brown 1 x 2 grill plates per wing, though like the other Slave I versions, gravity rotated the wings when the ship took flight. The wing cowlings however are completely lacking in any design. The cockpit was built to allow Boba to sit at the helm, but it only looked "right" when the ship was in flight mode. When in landed mode, Boba was sitting parallel instead of perpendicular to the ground. I guess it is good Boba is wearing a jet pack when he tries to exit the ship. Coloration The coloration was also disappointing. While sand green was also introduced as a production color in 2000, dark green and dark red (Bricklink colors) were likely all off the table when 7144 was made making an accurate color scheme nearly impossible. A few other color choices, such as the black 6 x 6 plate with corner cut out up top and the white Technic bricks popping out the bottom are just silly and could have been avoided with a little more thought. I realize LEGO likes to use more colors to make the instructions easier to read and to add more variety to the collection of a set, but the appearance of these choices is jarring and makes the model look like a jumbled mess in some places. Those of the old school who rally against the new LEGO color scheme will appreciate the classic colors of brown, light gray and dark gray instead of the newer reddish brown and bluish tinted grays. Another color choice I found bizarre was the blue clips holding the front blasters in place. Gray or dark gray would have been much better and were readily available at the time. Additional Features In terms of play features, this set really had none save for an opening windscreen rotating wings and blasters. To be fair, play features were not as big a focus for LEGO in 2000. Spring loaded canons and flick and tension firing weapons had not yet become all the rage. Due to the very basic design of this ship, it was very stable and easy to pick-up and "swoosh". Later Slave I’s would ditch the opening windscreen which is actually a far more accurate representation of the ship. An additional play feature is the inclusion of Han in carbonite. The frozen Han was represented by a printed 1 x 2 x 5 black brick with silver Solo in the classic carbonite pose. It is, of course, a bit of a poor representation in terms of color and size. A minifigure is a bit wider than two studs, so unless carbonite also compresses a persons body, the slab is too narrow to be "realistic". Carbonite is also more of a silvery color and not black, but for a first attempt, it was passable. Han could be loaded into the cargo area for transport to Tatooine. The shot below shows how undersized this ship really was. The door Boba is loading Han into is supposed to be the main entrance for the ship and it is not even wide enough for a minifigure to slip by. ================================================================= 7153 (image courtesy of Bricklink.com) Year Released: 2002 Piece Count: 358 Price: $49.99 USD Overview 2002, alongside the release of Episode II: Attack of the Clones, brought Jango Fett’s version of the Slave I, set number 7153. Episode II was not a particularly good movie save for three things, Yoda’s lightsaber duel, Natalie Portman’s white outfit and the Slave I space battle. This larger version of the Slave I, weighing in at 358 parts, doubling the parts count from 7144, was a much better representation of the shape and look of the iconic ship. While some may argue the price was a little high ($.1396 per piece, a fair margin above the golden price to parts ratio of $.10), the new version corrected most of the shape issues plaguing 7144 and I was more than happy to plunk down my pennies to have the new, enhanced version. It also sported more play features and detailing and while it was still too small for “true” minifigure scale, it was certainly more in line with other LEGO “minifigure illusion” scale models, and certainly closer to scale than 7144. The Fett Minifigure Much like Boba in 7144, Jango Fett sported a one piece helmet and backpack combination, albeit in a different color. While this meant a black head like the figure in 7144 was still required, unlike that version of Boba, Jango, did have a yellow face printed on one side of his black minifigure head, so you could rotate his head and add hair when his helmet-backpack combo was removed to show his face. The purple color on the arms and torso seemed like pretty decent choices to me, though I have seen Jango represented with a lighter blue color as well. The main issue with either color choice is that Jango was largely covered in silver armor meaning a more muted or silvery color may have been a better choice, even if the true color of his undershirt was dark purple. With the exception of the color, helmet printing and a minor print change on the chest plate, the two Fetts are identical. You'll see my figure is also sporting a print alignment issue on the helmet where the double lines should meet. The next Slave I minifigure I received also had a print defect in the helmet. I guess I was on a Fett hot streak! Slave I Design While Jango was mostly just a recoloring of Boba from 7144, the real draw of this set was the much enhanced shape of the Slave I. Now featuring smoother curves and enough pieces to make the set feel substantial, the new ship was a must have when it was released. The new shape was a great improvement around the base, but the ship still felt too wide for its length. The profile shot of the ship, however, is quite attractive and really captures the feel of the Slave I. This ship was also the first to make me notice the gap in the base behind the wings. It is indeed movie accurate to have a space there, but it felt a little large compared to how I envisioned the ship. One area that did not improve much over 7144 was the rear of the ship. The engines are represented quite pathetically by trans-neon orange 2 x 2 rounded bottom “boat studs”. As noted above, one of the studs is trans-orange instead of trans-neon orange. Compared to 7144, 7153 was wider and longer, had a more curved base and a more rounded cockpit windscreen and fuselage. The shot below best demonstrates the extreme change in size between the two models. Other than the leap from 8097 to 75060 discussed further below, the evolution between 7144 and 7153 was the largest change in Slave I design. The windscreen and the curved base were in fact such great improvements that LEGO would continue to use a very similar base and windscreen for the next two minifigure versions of the Slave I. The base was a little too wide on the top of the ship compared to photos of the Slave I, but such an improvement over 7144 that it was hard to complain. While the shape of the fuselage was still a bit too angular for my tastes, the 2 x 4 plates ruining the fuselage of 7144 were partially replaced with tiling. The front blasters also received an upgrade moving from the tiny blasters and bars in 7144 to full sized cannons ready to shoot down the Slave I’s prey in 7153. Aside from looking far more intimidating, the new blasters were also attached with a ratcheting connection to make the guns "click" when rotated and stay in position once moved. I really liked the "click" turntable but as you'll discover below, but the part did not survive past this version of the Slave I. Despite the improvement over 7144, the blasters may actually be a bit too garish compared to the movie stills of the Slave I. The wings and their associated cowling and connectors also received a giant step up in detail with some nice greebles compared to the weak showing of 7144. The wing cowlings were still too angular as compared to the domed appearance on most pictures of the Slave I, but a good rounded part of the right size was not available. The cowlings are only attached with a single bracket on either side so they do tend to pop off the ship without much effort. There are a few other design quirks to mention. There is an odd gap between the cockpit and the windscreen. It was noticeable during construction, but it is not distracting while on display. There is also a large open space in the area between the base and fuselage where 7144 contained a ramp to hold in Han. Notice that the "doorway" however would not be large enough to a minifigure to conceivably pass through to enter the ship. While it was largely an ignored area of the ship, unlike 7144 the cockpit was designed to rotate with the wings. It was large enough to house both Jango and Boba, but it was not overly detailed. Note the lack of any gap between the sides of the ship and the cockpit platform. Though it was not a problem in my model, I could see the lack of a gap either scraping the bricks as the rubbed together or causing just enough of a snag for the wings and cockpit to get stuck and not rotate as the ship was transformed from landed to flight mode. Coloration The coloration of Jango’s Slave I, however, seemed a little haphazard to me. While I thought the dark blue in the base was a good choice and the black color on the cowlings to be decent enough, I found the mix of the rest of the colors displeasing. I thought the white color was overpowering and more gray shades mixed in would have been a welcome change. I also found the yellow accents to be distracting, and I didn’t love the sand green shade mixed with the dark blue. I also question the tan wing color. I thought gray or white may have fit the build better and may have helped reduce the cluttered feeling. This may mostly be an issue of personal taste and perhaps the ultimate issue is simply that I find the color scheme of Boba’s ship to be so much more appealing that Jango’s scheme felt mottled and disappointing. Additional Features One area that 7153 really shined, however, was the additional play features. Thanks to Episode II’s Slave I space battle scene, we finally got to see some of the tricks the Slave I had up its sleeve. I always envisioned the Slave I as looking like a fairly docile ship, luring in unsuspecting predators before popping the hatches and unleashing all the toys the bounty hunters were hiding. This version of the Slave I added the play features to show exactly what I had been imagining. Popping the hatches in the fuselage and base to unleashes space mines, rockets (and a hyper drive?) and giant laser cannons. Compared to 7144, the ship also added a feature to rotate the pilot (along with the wings) so Jango and Boba always appeared to be sitting upright whether the ship was landed or in flight mode. The package is rounded out with the addition of a little cargo box held in with a magnet. Upon reflection, this was almost a needed feature to compensate for the Han in carbonite play feature used in all the versions of Boba's Slave Is. Later models would use this same "wasted space" area of the ship to implement shooting play features. This set also had a young Boba Fett (not pictured since I was missing his exact head) included to ride in the cockpit with his father. This version of the Slave I was the last released before the fleshy licensed revolution of 2005 so Boba’s skin was classic yellow in color. He was the only figure released in a Slave I set to have the classic yellow head and hands. ================================================================= 6209 (image courtesy of Bricklink.com) Year Released: 2006 Piece Count: 537 Price: $49.99 USD Overview 2006 brought a new version of Boba’s Slave I, 6209, adding even more parts and details upgrading 7153. Tipping the scales at 537 parts, the price to parts ratio even dipped below the magical $.10 price to parts ratio at $.0931 and the shape and coloration were great improvements over Boba’s first version, 7144. Despite the improvements, much of the design was eerily similar to Jango’s version, 7153. The Fett Minifigure While this version of Boba is different than 7144 in that he is converted over from old gray to the new light bluish gray (dubbed “blay” or “bley” by LEGO enthusiasts) and the old brown to reddish brown(and in the print defect on the helmet on my particular figure) it was disappointing that Boba did not receive a face lift with a more accurately shaped helmet or a new torso print in the 6 years since his release. The "new" Boba is on the left while the old gray Boba is on the right. Slave I Design As unfortunate as the lack of a "real" new Boba was, Boba's Slave I received a massive upgrade over 7144 and while it is not immediately apparent, a significant upgrade in the ship over 7153 as well. The overall shape of the ship very much evokes the Slave I from the movie, though it may still be too wide for its length. The profile shot of the ship is very attractive though the cowlings are still too angular. You'll also notice there continues to be a gap where the body meets the windscreen, but the gap was not extreme and was even less noticeable on display. The rear of the ship received a major overhaul adding some detailing around the engines. A note about this design decision- the Slave I’s engines should actually be recessed into the base of the ship and not protruding as it does here. This would have been difficult to reproduce given the depth of the base, so the protruding shape, even if not accurate, was a nice improvement. The eagle-eyed among you may notice a discrepancy in the macaroni curves on the rear. It turns out a few were lost in transport and the replacements were a newer style... that story to be continued later... Adding 200+ pieces to 7153 allowed the designers to make massive strides in several areas that might not seem apparent when looking at the box art, but become more obvious when 7153 and 6209 are compared in person. First off the base is one or two studs longer and the fuselage is five studs longer. While five studs may seem insignificant, at this scale, it does give a much longer look to 7153. I edited the stands out of the picture below so the relative size difference could be viewed when the ships are placed back to back. The width of the ships remained the same making 7153 look a bit "chubby" as compared to 6209. The below shot also shows how this version fixes some of the "wing gap" issues I noticed on 7153, with this one feeling much more enclosed. The additional wingstrut also adds some nice detail and really makes the wings appear far less flimsy. The cockpit windscreen remained exactly the same. The fuselage also received more tiling and looked more rounded than 7153. I think this is mostly an optical illusion due to the increased length of 6209 in that exact area. LEGO also completely dropped the old “finger” style hinges present in 7153 and moved to the click hinges seen today. This did require some redesign of areas between the two ships including the top of the wing cowlings and the hatches hiding the Slave Is weapons. As mentioned above one major area of improvement was the engine section. As compared to 7153, the improvement was significant, even if not entirely movie accurate. I think the solid radar dish of 6209 is far more accurate, but overall, there is only so much that can be done with a base that is largely large solid plates. The wing cowlings also received a more secure connection using two brackets per cowling section to secure them. As mentioned above, the struts and connection points that connect the wings to the fuselage also received and upgrade in look. Though not functional, the second strut added a sturdier look and some additional greebling to the wings and connection point made the wings feel less like an afterthought. Despite the general improvements, there were some design quirks, such as the cargo door extending past the inverted slopes connecting the base to the fuselage, and a technic brick with pinning showing on the body of the ship on either side. The click hinges which open to expose some hidden weapons attach to the top of the fuselage which also detracts from the overall shape of the ship. In part due to the click hinges and in part due to some 45 degree slopes, this area of the ship also continued to look too angular for my tastes. The cockpit of 6209 remained fairly sparse though Boba did have a pilot's chair to rest his weary Mandalorian legs. I think the control panel here is really a pretty ugly choice. Perhaps it is the most accurate to the movie, I don't know, but it looks silly to me. Unlike 7153, this cockpit did not press directly against the sides of the ship alleviating any fears of wear or snaggery that may have existed. Coloration The coloration of the ship also took a great step forward from 7144. Besides the conversion to blay and reddish brown mentioned above, this ship also receives a nice dose of sand green. Some images of the Slave I would have me believe the green on the ship is actually much darker, but I personally like the sand green color and unlike the color mash-up on 7153, I did not mind its appearance as mixed with the blays and reddish brown. Speaking of the reddish brown, I did not find the color of the base to be distracting, though I always believed the color was closer to a deep red. The reddish accent added to the brown color since 7144 really was a nice enhancement and I thought it balanced well with the sand green even if it was not completely accurate. Even with the improvements, I would still classify this version of the Slave I as haphazardly colored, but I understand it helps convey a sense that it has been battle damaged, modified and cobble together over time giving the ship a rugged look. Additional Features 6209 also continued the play features of 7153 with compartments with hidden weapons (though the missiles hidden inside were not pointed towards their likely targets) and adding two levers, one to open and close the main cargo compartment door under the fuselage and another to fire a spring-loaded cannon housed in the fuselage just under the cockpit windscreen. The new Slave I may also have taken slight step back in an area besides the cockpit- the front blasters. While they are largely just a color change from 7153, they also ditched the "click" or ratcheting connection that I loved in 7153 and went with a smooth rotating blaster option. This did cause the blaster to flop up and down while I was positioning the ship for photography several times, and even cause me to have to retake a few shots here and there. LEGO also finally upped the minifigure assortment adding a Bespin Guard, IG-88, and Dengar. For those who are not in the know- LEGO was sued and had to battle over selling what were classified as "Star Wars figures" packs. Another company owns the rights to Star Wars figures and so LEGO was forced to step selling what essentially amounted to packs of a few named characters and instead began including more figures in their models. The Dengar figure was a little sad with the old ninja cowl covering his face (though you’d have to order the USC Super Star Destroyer or pay $20+ on Bricklink to get a better version), and IG-88, despite a general lack of detail, was a fun addition. The Bespin guard was also the only LEGO minifigure to ever feature the classic smiley in reddish brown- though if you examine my photo closely, you may notice mine has a bit more of a scowl than a smile- I could not find the right head anywhere so my guard is featuring a different face. This version of the Slave I also contained the same Han in Carbonite that 7144 had sported. Unlike 7144, however, you can see that Boba would be able to enter the Slave I through the 4 stud wide door under the ship. The door is, of course, set-up to hold Hand in place while the ship is being moved around. ================================================================= 8097 (image courtesy of Bricklink.com) Year Released: 2010 Piece Count: 593 Price: $79.99 USD Overview The next version of the Slave contained a minor jump in parts from 537 to 593, but a major step up in price from $49.99 to a wallet zapping $79.99. Clocking in with a price to parts ratio of $.1349, the value proposition offered by 6209 had been reversed. For such a large hop in price, I would have expected a great leap forward in design, but alas the changes were more cosmetic than structural. The Fett Minifigure What we lacked in major design improvements on the Slave I was more than made up for with a giant leap forward in one major area, the Boba Fett minifigure. Finally gone is the blocky, one-piece helmet backpack combo and in comes three new pieces to really jump up Boba’s look. A separate sand green rocket backpack, a new tatter cape/paldron in reddish brown and a fantastic new battle damaged, slit-less helmet with an enhanced shape and spots to add antenna accessories really took Boba up to a new level. Some may perceive the new rocket pack as a negative in that the missile on the back is way too short and the overall shape of the pack is inaccurate. I can get behind that. The rocket back portion of the old figure was actually far more accurate in share and missile size. Perhaps this is a final bastion of the Fett figure that can be conquered in the future. Boba also sported a new torso print adding (or at least enhancing) the Mandalorian Crest on his chest plate and adding a braid of Wookie hair, a trophy from a successful hunt. LEGO also changed the coloration slightly shifting from light blay legs and arms and reddish brown hips to sand blue legs and arms with dark red hips. To call the new Boba an improvement would be a giant understatement. Despite the great new features, I am not sure I am sold on the sand blue legs and arms. In some photos Boba's arms do appear to be a slightly different shade than the gray on his chest plate, but the difference is so nominal, I am not sure a color change was warranted. The dark red hips are also a bit bizzare. It seems to me dark green would have been more appropriate. I should also mention between 2010 and 2014 LEGO finally began producing more realistic looking Star Wars blasters. While I did not photograph the weapons (especially with how dull all the former versions were) it was the first time Boba seemed to be sporting a blaster pistol and not a megaphone. Lastly, with the slit in the prior version of the helmet gone, Boba also finally received a proper face under his helmet. I like the scared and battered face with some nice stubble to show how rough a bounty hunter's life could be. Slave I Design While Boba was the highlight of the package (the helmet and its tattered and battle damaged printing alone would almost be worth the price of admission) luckily for us, LEGO included a Slave I ship to boot. This version of the Slave I continued the evolution, if only incrementally. Perhaps following the theory of "it it ain't broke, why fix it", the this version of the Slave I kept many of the design elements of 6902. The rear of the ship remains well detailed and you can see here the engine "button" that is also used to fire the flickfire missiles mention in the additional features section below. The base of 8097 is nearly identical in shape to 6209. The cockpit windscreen, length of the fuselage, and wing shape also remained largely the same as the prior version. Not surprisingly, the 3/4 profile view of the ship is eerily similar to 6209, though a nice area of improvement over 6209 is the use of rounded slopes to finally make the extended portion of the fuselage more rounded in appearance. Overall the design in many places, including the rear engine section was not significantly different than 6209. The eagle-eyed may again notice a change to the macaroni curves in 6209. This time dug up the "right" macaroni curves to "correct" the look. 8097 did improve upon 6209 on the wing cowlings which ditched the angular style of the previous version over to a more rounded look thanks to a new element released by LEGO. An odd design quirk on the cowling, a small gap appears between the larger rounded pieces and the smaller dark green bit below. The quirk is not a major flaw but it is noticeable. Another design choice that I found questionable was the lack of a main cargo door leaving an open gap between the base and fuselage. The reason for the quirk will be identified in the play features outlined below and ultimately the trade off is probably worth it. The ship, however, did receive some strong details in this version including the first of the Slave I's to include stickers. Though I know many hate stickers, I actually don't mind them. I like that they are option so MOCers like myself can elect to use the part as a more generic item or place the sticker on a new part to create something totally new. I also imagine it helps control the price of LEGO models. I like this version of the Slave I so much that applied the stickers when I first built the model in 2010. I am all for them as they add some nice detail to a few areas of the ship as shown below. Not every change from 6209 was positive, however, as the cockpit actually took a step back in design and detail. Coloration While the design and shape improvements were more incremental, the ship did take a nice turn for the better in color. The base shifted from reddish brown over to the much more accurate dark red. The sand green color was also reduced and dark green entered the ship on the wing cowlings and parts of the fuselage. The windscreen also shifted in color from trans-black to trans-clear. Overall, the coloration looked a lot less haphazard and more movie-accurate. While I question what the true color of the wings are of Slave I, I actually prefer the ones on 8097 with far less tan and more light bluish gray. Additional Features Some new play features were implemented on 8097. The pop-out weapons were easier to point towards their targets and some kid somewhere must have lost an eye as the spring loaded cannon in 6209 because it vanished and was replaced in nearly the same location by a flickfire launcher activated by pressing a button/engine on the back of the ship. 8097 also addressed the bland, over-sized front blasters of the previous two versions with a smaller, more detailed set, though I do not believe they are any more, and may in someways be less, movie accurate than the prior two versions. This set of blasters also completely ditched the turntable connection electing to go with a technic pin/axel through a technic brick instead. The results is good enough, but I still miss the ratcheting turntables employed by 7153. The minifigure line-up also shifted giving us yet another bounty hunter this time, Bossk. The Bossk figure is a nice representation of the bounty hunter with a nice molded and printed head in sand green. Bossk wasn’t the only minifigure line-up shift as Han Solo also made his first minifigure appearance in a Slave I set. Han’s inclusion also heralded the other largest improvement over 6209 next to Boba himself, a new Han in carbonite piece which allowed the Han minifigure to be clipped into the casing. Compared to the old Han in carbonite, the new one was amazing. The new piece was too large to be stowed in the cargo bay as previous Han in carbonites had been, and thus it was stowed in the base of the Slave I instead. The hatch to cover Han did lead to an odd design quirk mentioned above where unlike previous versions of Boba’s Slave I, there was no cargo hatch concealing the underbelly of the ship, similar to the design of 7153. ================================================================= 75060 (image courtesy of Bricklink.com) Year Released: 2015 Piece Count: 1,996 Price: $199.99 USD Overview And so we have reached the top of the mountain. The UCS goliath Slave I. Coming in at 1,996 pieces and priced at $199.99 USD, the UCS versions clocks in with a price to piece ratio of .1002, about as close to the golden .10 mark as one can get! At times, UCS sets can really bend the price to parts ratio in either direction, so I am glad to see this set hits the mark almost perfectly. While it is, to some degree, no longer comparing apples to apples, the USC set is still minifigure scale, so let’s see how the USC monster compares to its predecessors, especially 8097, the best mini-figure illusion Slave I to date. The Fett Figure We’ll start where we should start, with the man himself, the newest version of Boba. While this version may seem similar in many ways to 8097, it is actually different in most areas. The arms, torso, legs, hips and face are all different than the prior version. The biggest and most immediate difference between this Boba and the previous versions is the arm printing. One of the awesome Boba Fett trademarks is the orange patch present on his left arm with the Mandalorian Mythosaur skull logo. This version of Boba also sports leg printing that was also present on the Desert Skift version of Boba, but not in the Slave I variants. Boba also has a new face, this time, clean shaven. The torso may look similar, but it is actually a new print with a more pronounced Wookie braid Boba and larger armor plates and belt. Another new addition is the printing present on the tattered pauldron around Boba’s neck, a big improvement over the reddish brown pauldron in 8097. While the improvements to the arm printing are nice, and this really is the ultimate Boba, it isn't as big a leap forward as was moving from 6209 to 8097 since the helmet and rocket pack remain the same. Now that we have reached the pinnacle of the Boba Fett tree, let's take a look from the top and compare 75060 with the whole line of Fett figures from past lines. While it is obvious Boba grew leeps and bounds from 6209 to 8097, 75060's version may, to some, be a bit cluttered. While I can appreciate the torso and arm printing, I may be inclined to agree that the leg printing does make the overall look a bit busy. To be fair, Boba's costume in Star Wars is indeed a bit busy, so perhaps that is less of a criticism than an observation. Slave I Design As expected, the UCS Slave I improves on some of the areas I've criticized on past models. First off the base of the ship is longer and doesn't feel as if it is too wide for the rest of the ship anymore. I am not the biggest fan of the way the base slopes look. It is a little broken-up and the overlaps here and there displease me a bit, and moving from the textured slopes to the gloss pieces does cause some glare from my studio lights, but achieving a round or domed shape in LEGO is one of the hardest looks to do properly so I will just have to live with this solution, even if it isn't perfect. I like the SNOT technique used at the lowest layer to get the overall shape as ovular as possible. By using plates in SNOT position attached to a technic frame, The UCS version also features a more tapered shape on the fuselage and unlike prior versions of the Slave I, the fuselage is even angled up slightly, a more realistic stance for the ship. It is a subtle improvement in the overall look, but represents the great attention to detail the UCS ship has. Because of this design decision, there are some quirks with the fit of the SNOT "skin" to the frame however. As you can see below, there are some gaps here and there when the ship is complete, though perhaps I missed a technical hole and with some work I could get the skin to be a little more taught. The new ship also features a bottom/rear section that is finally thick enough to recess the engines into the ship's base. I have seen various depictions of the rear of the Slave I and they all seem a little different, so while I am not sure how accurate it is, it does look interesting, and that is likely what really matters when the front of the ship is the star. While I like the greebling and design of the rear overall, it does look a little messy, I especially wish the tan had been removed in favor of shades of gray. LEGO also changed the engine "glow" from orange over to a blue. I am not sure whether orange or blue engine glow is more accurate, I've seen it depicted both ways, but I like the blue just fine. Compared to 8097, the UCS ship, 75060, is massive, but I can't help but look at 8097 and appreciate how it really just looks like a perfectly scaled down version of the UCS build from this angle. The colors and shape when viewed from a distance look to be very similar. The rears of the ship, however, show a different story. While I still appreciate the shape, the detail of 75060 really outshines 8097. Query how often you'll be viewing the rear of the ship, when it is on display, but overall I appreciate the work. For a little bit of humor, and too see how far the Slave I design has come, here is a comparison shot of 75060 with 7144. You've come a long way baby! And now the family photos. I edited the photos to realign the height of the Slaves, but they none were resized. This really is a great look at how the Slave 1 has evolved over the years! Are your eagle eyes peeled again for a change to one of the Slave's from before? A kudos (claimed by TWP) to whoever spots the difference first. And from the front. And the rear. Eagle eyes peeled again? Another kudos (claimed by Tereglith) for the first to notice the change from one of the prior Slave photos here as well! 75060 also stepped up the details in some other areas, a few which were never fully addressed by previous models. First the underside of the fuselage and cargo door have more detail than ever, finally no longer appearing to be an afterthought. Second, the wing cowlings are more detailed and rounded than before. The struts are bigger than all previous version, and unlike 8097, these wing struts connect to the ship for a more realistic look. Following in 8097's footsteps, 75060 continued to abandon the tan color on the wings, this time completely forgoing them in favor of light bluish gray and a splash of yellow. The yellow is a bit bright for my tastes, but I don't think it damages the overall feel of the model. Also following in 8097s footsteps, 75060 enhanced the ships rugged look by adding stickers to finish off the look. Again, while some rally against stickers, I do not mind them. I usually only apply them to models I intend to keep together and I like the option to leave them off. I also like the new front blaster. Not only do they up the detail on the blaster themselves, they also add a tubing detail that is pretty cool. I also like that the new blasters are held in place with some internal gearing. The gearing makes them less prone to flop up and down when the model is being moved, something I complained about on 6809 and 8907. The ship also features a new cockpit windscreen piece which is much smoother than that used in 6809 and 8907 and finally a new cockpit that finally adds some level of detail that was completely missing in all the prior models, and especially weak in 7144 and 8097. While I chalk this up largely to the space constraints of the prior versions, it is nice to see Boba is no longer piloting the ship using a single control panel by his feet. The cockpit on the new version, however, does not rotate via gravity like the prior three versions. It can be moved when the windscreen is taken off, but I think I would have preferred a solution that rotated as the model did. Coloration 75060's extra size and SNOT skin means it has the best canvas to color the Slave I appropriately. Sand green is the biggest add from 8097 mixing more sand green into the fuselage. For the first time I didn't feel the overall coloration could be described as "haphazard". Whole I like the coloration overall, as I mentioned previously the random tan bits on the underside are a bit puzzling to me. Additional Features Like prior versions of the Slave I, 75060 also has hatches that pop open to reveal a secret cache of weapons. Unlike some of the prior versions though, these weapons are amied more appropriately towards their targets instead of out to space. I am especially found of the rocket design on this version. The hatches do not pop up as smoothly as I would like, but it works well enough. The additional minifigure lineup, however, is weak. Included with 75060 is a Bespin guard, similar in many respects to 6809, but this time with fairer skin and a new hat, and a storm trooper. The storm trooper is baffling to me. I did not inspect the storm trooper closely enough to know how much different, if any, this stormie is than some of the prior stormie versions- Bricklink says this version has only appeared in one other set- and maybe the argument for including him is that it better recreates the Bespin scene than some random bounty hunter would- but this is UCS man! Give me a "cooler" bonus figure! How cool would a new IG-88 (that finally ditches the "regular" droid body) have been? Much like 8097, this version also contains Han who again can be placed in Carbonite. Han has two faces this time, and due to the duel face feature, a little bit of face can be seen underneath his hair on the back of the head. The two expressions seem to vary between concerned and frozen. While this Han is different from the one in the previous Slave I, it is pretty similar to the version appearing in the most recent version of Jabba's Palace, but the face print is slightly different. Concerned is a more realistic improvement over the cocky Han from 8097, but other than the face printing, the two Hans are identical. Speaking of identical, which carbonite packaging is from 75060 and which is from 8097? Don't answer that question because in the words of Admiral Akbar, "It's a trap!" The one of the right is actually from the most recent version of Jaba's palace, though both the ones you see below are identical to the one found in 8097. In keeping with tradition, we'll wrap 75060 with a shot of Boba loading Han into the cargo hold. Because of the wider ship base, the newer carbonite piece can now be loaded into the cargo bay of the ship. The piece clips into the door so as to not get lost. Final Thoughts The best version of Boba comes from 75060, the best overall shape of the ship comes from 75060, the closest color comes from 75060, it is indeed the ultimate Slave I. Yet through this process I found myself really appreciating 8097. I recall when 8097 was first announced, I thought the price was crazy and the design update of ship too low from 6209 to warrant attention. This retrospective, however, has convinced me otherwise. While I can endorse 75060 as a great pick-up, I feel sad for those who may have missed 8097. More than most minifigure illusion scale ships, 8097 really does just feel like a tiny version of UCS set! While I like the enhancements to Boba in 75060, the really truly iconic piece is the helmet which has remained the same since 8097. I really like that the 8097 helmet heralded a new Mandalorian LEGO era with some decent variation of Mandalorian colors and armors (you can check-out my custom Mandalorian squad here). I also think the work done on 8097 and now 75060 is so well executed, I doubt we'll see another official Slave I model for a while unless we get a remake of Jango's version with a better shape and colors... hint, hint LEGO! or a new piece is released that can finally achieve a more domed shaped for the base of the ship. If you're a Boba Fett or Star Wars fighter fan, get your grubby mitts on 75060, and if you can find the parts to build or re-build 8097, I'd put that set back together to go on display with your UCS Slave I. And again, don't forget to check out the Reviewers' Academy official review here! Lastly, I want to thank Masked Builder for allowing me to encroach on his review and Bonaparte for getting us the sets and green lighting the double feature!
  2. All in the Reflexes

    [MOC] [LDD] UCS INCOM T-70 X-Wing Fighter

    After building my minifig scale T-70 i got the urge to go bigger and start an UCS version. So here she is besides her little sister, hope you enjoy the pics and build. Also a big shout out to usfighting and his amazing T-65 he made here... http://www.eurobrick...howtopic=104810, amazing model and big inspiration in making mine.
  3. Hello! Several months ago we were able to get to know the new First Order machine "Gorilla Walker". When I saw the version released by Lego 75189, at first I thought it was necessary to build it in version "plussize" :) The design requires a lot of parts so I do it in LDD, after designing, I will order the appropriate parts. Current work lasts about 1.5 months, maybe I'll finish it by the end of the year :) How do you like it? All suggestions and comments are welcome :) More photos on flickr https://flic.kr/s/aHsm97P5CD
  4. Hello everyone! After receiving so many enquiries seeking instructions for my Zeta-class cargo shuttle, I am pleased to announce the release of a professional 768 page instruction manual for purchase. The final piece count is 4418, just surpassing 75159 Death Star. The completed model measures 70 x 56 x 38cm (wings upright). I have put together a package that includes the 768 page pdf instruction manual, parts list and LDD file. All of it is available for 25 British pounds (£25). If you would like to purchase the plans, please either PM me or contact me at renegadelight@googlemail.com. I will have a public parts list uploaded to rebrickable very soon (for simplicity, red coloured pieces can be anything you like, they are not visible from the exterior). I’m sure everyone appreciates the long hours that went into designing both the physical model and step-by-step build. I had a lot of fun putting this one together and hope others will too! The Rebrickable parts list is now live here. Here is the original thread from February 2017 and the Flickr album. I have revised the attachment between the wings and main body, but not been brave enough to motorise it - I'll leave that to someone else to try! Below are a few excerpts from the manual: Please feel free to use this thread to discuss anything about the model design, building steps, part substitutions, etc.
  5. Finally, an official addition to your Rebel Fleet is here! After over a year of tweaks and specifics, mortesv's CR-90 Corvette is officially ready to be released to the public! The MOC itself contains 2,808 parts, and its manual is 133 pages long. The MOC is built to the same scale as the Nebulon-B, making a perfect addition to a rebel fleet. Lots of interest has been generated for this MOC, and mortesv and I are really glad to make its release to the community! Looking forward to seeing all of the improved fleets as well as those that will begin with this ship. If you would like to build this MOC, we are happy to share it with you in exchange for $30. Included is the pdf instruction manual, an xml part list, LDD files, and any help you need throughout the process of making the MOC. For more information please PM me or contact me at chrdvorak@hotmail.com A rebrickable page will be available soon, but for now the xml part list will be included Here are some pictures of the MOC and of the pdf manual: https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/139982-moc-ucs-cr-90-corellian-corvette-–-blockade-runner-tantive-iv/
  6. Hey Eurobricks I wanna share with you my new project - a First Order Resurgent-class Star Destroyer in UCS-scale. To avoid another long time MOC in WIP Nirvana I started this time with little help from LDD. Dimensions, main frame, angles... took me about a year to set these parts. Because of the LDD file I generated instructions and and part lists for me. On the picture you can see an early version of the ship and one of the latest with much more details. For the moment only one digital render of the ship. There will be some adjustments/tweaks in the "real" version but most of it works fine for me. I already finished the main frame with the instructions... and its good! More pictures will be on flickr Greetings Kommander
  7. After many months of hard work here finally my last MOC has finished. MOC name: TS-PROJECT - SB00201 TIE-Silencer - Personal ship of Kylo Ren - Number of pieces: 3176 - Minifigures: 2 - Length: 74 cm - Width: 35 cm - Height: 17 cm Main features: - solid and separable structure for transport - hatch opening (90 °) - fully accessible cockpit with 90 ° screen opening - side panels that can be opened with access to the engines - preparation for lighting system (engines and interior) I attach a flickr link because I can not upload photos here... and I do not know why! :-(
  8. legocharles

    Bricklinking Cavegod's UCS AT-AT

    Hi. I thought I would share my experince with the bricklinking and building of one of the most wonderful MOCs I have seen in my life: The 6100+ pieces UCS AT-AT designed by Cavegod. I have already bricklinked the UCS 10179 Millennium Falcon and had lots of fun doing it. Some threads already discuss in lenght the process of doing so. Since there seems to be no thread from other members discussing in details this adventure (please point me to one if it already exists), the following posts will describe, step by step, my own experience. Comments are gladly welcome! Here's a picture that shows in a great way the sheer size of that thing...(with Cavegod, its creator):
  9. Captain America

    Post your general LEGO Star Wars questions here

    Hello everyone, I apologise if this is the wrong thread to post here, if so I oblige its removal. I am considering buying someone who is special to me, sealed versions of LEGO 10019 Rebel Blockade Runner and LEGO 10221 Super Star Destroyer. The prices for these sets sealed are very high; AU $2,763 for 10019 and $1,300 for 10221. I was wondering if it is worth it to buy them now? I am afraid LEGO may release a very improved version of the Rebel Blockade Runner, but would the original still hold up? Would the Super Star Destroyer be remade anytime soon? I also researched that the Rebel Blockade Runner is apparently modeled after a CR70 Corvette, whereas the Tantive IV is a CR90 Corvette; hence the slight difference in proportion of the cockpit, body length and engines... is this true? The stickers also seem like a worry to apply, but the model still looks nice without them. And I noticed on Bricklink the photos of the box show it in black and white, but there are images of the box in colour on Google. Does anyone know what that means? Thank you for any help.
  10. Hi! Here is my rendition of the Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper MkII. The model is 55cm long, made of 2696 parts. The canopy can be sled open, and the landing gears are retractable, just like the real one! :) There is also a display stand: You can see high res pictures here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1djZ7U I propose the building instructions for 10EUR (268pages pdf files, including the ready-to-print sticker sheet, part list and detailed step-by-step building process). Drop me an email to get all the details! So Say We All! David
  11. Hello every one. if you were waiting for a long time to have some Nebulon Frigs, the last days and months served you ! Few day ago mortesv presented you his (beautiful) new version of the Redemption and last january I presented you mine (http://www.eurobrick...ac#entry2443496). But during this time I continued working on it with a double objective : - having a better bearing - having a better respect of the general proportions BUT I didn't want any compromises with the stability, modularity and resilience of the MOC, and I wanted to keep the size of it. I wanted a Lego accessible to everyone, and that could be exposed with no fear of destruction : you can move it easily and hustle it without major destruction. So I worked hard, and braved the wrath of my wife to obtain a new version. I entirely recreate the frame and I worked for a very well balanced frame and tough model The old one was a 3662 pieces / 75 cm long. The new one is around 4200 pieces / 85 cm long and... just better. I also worked to obtain a usable LDD instruction. I create a homemade pdf instructions too. So the wanted list + LDD + homemade pdf instructions are available for who want them (10 €). Because everyone will want compare with last beautiful version of mortesv, I only have to remember you that you won't compare the same conception of MOC : one is over 5000 pieces and the other is 20% less pieces. One is around 120cm and the other is 85 cm. It is obvious that the bigger one will be more detailed. Other point to remember : one is 100 % focused towards respect of proportions and details. The other is focused towards a compromise of details and strenght. Enjoy :) The concept of this MOC is to combine detail and not to big realisation. I tried to fine the best compromise between realistic frame with 2 small + discreet bearings and no extra supports (front and / or middle), and respect of original movie ship. The 2 mounts give a very stable MOC, which can be moved with no problems. The major problem with the conception of a such Lego is not to obtain a very detailed MOC, but find a feasible strong frame wich give a Lego able to sustain itself. I think that the picture give a good idea of what this moc is able to. No need to retouch the photo : no support and strong frame :p The Front : More details of the front. The LDD instruction I give are not made with sand green but tan colors because sand green is more expansive. But the tan can be replaced by this so beautiful green... The Back : The other back side. I tried to maximize the details degree. I used trans blue pieces for windows to help the comprehension of the size and give some life to the MOC. The center arch and Falcon : The center tube is cylindrical. The modularity : The moc is 100 % modular. You can disassemble it easily to show it in any convention ! ;) The instructions : The LDD instructions are usable. My homemade instructions will help you if you have doubt with LDD files. Please free to comment ! :)
  12. Finally, an official addition to your Collection is here! After years of requests and tweaks to the model, Cavegod's Sandcrawler is officially ready to be released to the public! The MOC itself contains 12,110 parts, and its manual is 645 pages long. The MOC is built to minifigure scale, and does a job in capturing the sheer size of the vehicle in a way that no Lego set ever has (Or likely will) ever done. Lots of interest has been generated for this MOC, and Cavegod and I are really glad to make its release to the community! Looking forward to seeing all of the improved collections and Tatooine MOCs. If you would like to build this MOC, we are happy to share it with you in exchange for $60. Included is the pdf instruction manual, an xml part list, LDD files, and any help you need throughout the process of making the MOC. For more information please PM me or contact me at chrdvorak@hotmail.com A rebrickable page with a parts list is available here: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-13289/cjd_223/cavegod-ucs-sandcrawler Here are some pictures of the MOC and of the pdf manual:
  13. ClassicLook

    [MOD] 7181 UCS TIE Interceptor

    Hi everyone, I'm a big fan of the SW UCS theme, especially of the TIE Fighters. My first UCS set was the 2000 TIE Interceptor. I was very proud to have it. However, as I get the Vader's TIE and the new TIE Fighter, the TIE Interceptor didn't match to them at all with its blue and dark gray colours... I decided to replace all blue, dark and light gray parts to light and dark bluish gray. I haven't found a modification like this on this forum, so I'd like to share with you what I came up with. My purpose was to create a nice display modell, which fits to my taste and is faithful to the original set as well. On the other hand, I wanted to customize it to be more appropriate to the film version. I used the elements of the Vader's TIE to build the cockpit (octagonal pieces and the hatch). In addition, I carried out some minor changes on the wings as well (1x8 dark bluish gray plate on the sides, replacement of the hinge bricks to plates, light bluish gray "stripes" on the inner sides). The interior got also an unique colour. It can't be perfectly appropriate to the film version, mostly because of the the inadequate angles of the wings, but I'm satisfied with the final result. Hope, you like it. Thanks for stopped by!
  14. Hi, I present you my new creation. Last weekend, I was looking on the internet for the "XL" size of the tri-fighter droid (the version of Lego is certainly good, but the scale is for minifig, and also too round, while the real is supposed to be more flattened ). So I decided to create mine. 20180908_131536 More picture on my album Flickr : My Flickr
  15. After some tweaks and revisions to the model, Cavegod's First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter is ready to be released to the public! The MOC itself contains 1,691 parts, and its manual is 91 pages long. The MOC is built to match the scale of the UCS Tie Fighter released by The Lego Group in 2015. One of the big changes is that the wing color has been switched from white to Light Bluish Gray to better represent the true color of the wings. In some of the photos attached to this post you will see white wings, those photos are from the original model. It should be noted that this MOC can easily be converted into a standard First Order Tie Fighter by switching the red pieces to black. Lots of interest has been generated for this MOC, and Cavegod and I are really glad to make its release to the community! If you would like to build this MOC, we are happy to share it with you in exchange for $20. Included is the pdf instruction manual, an xml part list, LDD files, and any help you need throughout the process of making the MOC. For more information please PM me or contact me at chrdvorak@hotmail.com A rebrickable page with a parts list will be live soon, and will be posted here: {filler} Here are some pictures of the MOC and of the pdf manual:
  16. Psyence

    [MOC] - UCS X34 Landspeeder

    Here is project I've been toying with since November - UCS X34 Landspeeder MOC. There has been a lack of land vehicles in the UCS line-up. I built with LDD initially and after six versions I ended my journey with this - although updates are already brewing. It measures 22.5 inches in length, 15.5 inches in width and 14.5 inches in height with the stand at 2798 pieces. Would love to hear any comments or critiquing on this. I am by no means an experienced MOC builder as this is only my second MOC - the first being a UCS Tie Fighter. I had the best time doing this and I'm looking forward to my next build. Let me know what you think...https://www.flickr.c...57649885427838/If you like this MOC, feel free to "Support" it:https://ideas.lego.c.../91535/comments Lego Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder by aaron.fiskum, on Flickr
  17. Kevii23

    The Hulkbuster UCS MOD Topic

    This topic is made for everybody who wants to modify their UCS Hulkbuster Ultron Edition (setnumber 76105). I will update the OP when new mods are posted in the topic. There are a few points people would like to see modded, which are (credit to @Scarilian): Here are a few mods I've spotted recently: MOD by NYESSbOss on Reddit MOD by CX52J on Reddit Potential moving leg solution MOD by @Leewan MOD by Chezzymann on Reddit Mod by @Warbinator Mod by @chubbybots2 If you have a modification you want to share, post it here so everyone can enjoy it.
  18. Hello, all! After a year and many months with lots of hard work, the instructions to construct my UCS Venator-Class Star Destroyer are now complete thanks to Thire5! I would like to give massive thanks to Thire5 for designing the instructions, but also to KrisandKris12 and Anio for helping me construct a more accurate and awesome looking Venator. Check their work out they have all constructed some fantastic Venators too! -Model is composed of 2849 pieces. -80cm long (100 Studs) -41cm wide (51 Studs) -23cm high (30 Studs) -The price of the instruction is: 17.50 GBP/20 EUR/25 DOLLARS. -Included with your purchase is a HD PDF file with 298 Pages and the parts list for Bricklink. -Please email me: brickforcetoys@gmail.com to purchase! Kind regards, Ellis.
  19. I came out of my decades-long Dark Age in 2009 and missed out on all the big LEGO UCS TIE fighters. So, I am really looking forward to the new UCS TIE (75095) designed by Olav Krøigaard. I'm impressed by the size of it, the engineering and ingenuity it takes to build larger structures in LEGO, and it looks nice overall. It's got an accurate shape, proportions, and details that captures the classic TIE fighter design. I've been collecting, building, painting, destroying, and playing with TIE fighter toys and models since I was a kid back in the 70s, so to me, the TIE fighter looks a certain way - a combination of a round ball and straight edge angular pylons connected to big solar panels. I think Jerac nailed it in LEGO. Ever since I saw Jerac's TIE, I've wanted to build a LEGO TIE fighter like it, but just never got around to it. The new UCS TIE (75095) got me motivated to plan a build inspired by Jerac's and Olav's work. I wanted to replicate the differing shape of roundness versus angular edges on the TIE: WIP LEGO 75095 UCS TIE cockpit modification by SPARKART!, on Flickr. After a bit, I got bored with just a seat in the cockpit, so I put a minifig in. That didn't look quite right to me, so I made a brick-built pilot: WIP LEGO 75095 UCS TIE modification by SPARKART!, on Flickr. The brick-built pilot is "permanently" placed, not designed to be removed. I lined the inside with white LEGO to bounce around what little light can get into the cockpit. When I build this for real, I hope the pilot can be seen. WIP LEGO 75095 UCS TIE modification cutaway by SPARKART!, on Flickr . The pilot in the cockpit is about 1/20th to 1/24th scale, based on the assumption that the standard LEGO minifig is about 1/48th scale. WIP LEGO 75095 UCS TIE modifcation sizing by SPARKART!, on Flickr. What scale are LEGO minifig helmets? by SPARKART!, on Flickr.
  20. Praetorian_Guard

    What I expect 75222 to be

    I think that the rumors saying 75222 will be a UCS CC are true. So I´ve made a list of what I think the set could contain. Minifigures: Lando (updated version from 10123) with medium sized black blaster Luke (updated version from 10123) with blue lightsaber Han (version from 75192) with small black blaster Han (in Carbonite) Leia (updated version from 10123) Chewbacca (new head-piece with studs on back for carrying C-3PO) with stud-shooter-crossbow C-3PO (version from 75192 with printed arms and side-printed legs) Lobot (new "hair-piece" with bald head and AJ^6 cyborg construct) Bespin Guard (2x (different faces) ) with small silver blaster Cloud Car Pilot (2x (different faces; new hat piece like this one but more flat and with intigrated "glasses") ) with small black blaster Ugnaughts (2x (different head-piece-printings) ) Darth Vader (version from 75159) with red lightsaber Boba Fett (version from 75060) with black blaster (like the version from 75060) Stormtrooper (2x) with medium sized black blaster Builds: Display Modell of the Cloud City (about 200€ of the Set-Price) Twin Pod Cloud Car (in minifig-size, with two cockpits and small storage room for blasters) (about 40€ of the Set-Price) Main Build with the following rooms (about 260€ of the Set-Price) : Rooms: Corridors (about 4x) (for connecting rooms) (designed all like this but all four a bit varying too) Carbon-Freezing Chamber (like 75137 but with complete "platform", crane-arm and also as a complete room with pipes and cables) bridge and rooms where Luke and Vader are fighting (can be conected with Carbon-Freezing Chamber) (action-features: destroying window, throwing things, cutting pillar) Torture Chamber (small room with torture machine) Dining Room (with a table and about 6 seats) Living Room (with sculpture in the middle and a couple of seats and small tables and ornamented wall) "Trash-Destruction-Room" (I mean the room where Chewbacca finds C-3PO) (big mess ) (with conveyor belt) Entrance Hall (designed like Corridors) with this blue thing Platform 327 (small part of the platform with bridge connected with Entrance Hall (like they did in 10123) )
  21. The work building a Rebel Fleet continues! The latest addition the Rebel Fleet is the CR-90 Corellian Corvette, better know as a Blockade Runner. The CR-90 was built by the Corellian Engineering Corporation for the Empire, but many of them were stolen by the Rebels. Over time they became a mainstay in the Rebel fleets. This specific rendition is of course Leia’s counselor ship: the Tantive IV. The model is built using the same 2-meter/stud scale as the rest of my Rebel ships and fighters. Thus the 150-meter ship becomes a 75-stud model. My goal was, as always, to capture every little detail of the studio model. However, this time there was also the challenge to improve the two official renditions of the ship. Comparing the TLG versions with the studio model, it became clear that getting the proportions right seems to be difficult - since both version are pretty far off. As always the design process began in LDD but ended in bricks – some things are simply more easily designed in real life :) When I was done the model consisted of just over 2800 bricks distributed across 250 brick types. The Tantive IV. Chased Through Space. This angle shows off the command section - which was one of the last parts I built. I knew all the proportions of the section; it was just a question of how I could represent them best while retaining crucial detail. It was tempting just to use large cone bricks. But I did not want to compromise any detail. I ended up using a lot of different slope -and wedge bricks and plates, combined with hinges and tiles. Dark red round 4 x 4 plates in combination with 3 x 3 discs was the solution for the red markings on the sides of the command structure. However, this also meant I had to make room for technic axles inside the cockpit – alongside hinges, the spine of the ship, and other stuff. Suffice to say, it is a very cramped bridge :) Model Side View. As mentioned above, getting the proportions to fit with the studio model was a priority when designing the ship. Using pictures and diagrams of the studio model, I have gotten with within a pretty tiny margin. Model Top View. Another challenge was to replicate the smooth transition from the body to the engines section. To achieve that I used corner slopes. Comparison pictures of the studio model can be found here: http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=57848 The Main Dish. The mold for the main dish is the same as the one used on the two TLG versions of the ship. The way it is mounted is inspired by the movie version - using droid arms to get the proper detail. Just below the dish, the studio model has two angled door-like vents on either side of the base. I have recreated this detail using hinges and grilles. On the same base, facing the engines, are also four small, horizontal cylinders – these are visible in the picture below. The area around the antenna sports an almost fin-like structure. The purpose of this structure is to stabilize the otherwise very slender body of the ship – considering the combined torque provided by the 11 Girodyne Ter58 Ion Turbine Engines. I tried to convey this thin structure in a multitude of ways. The cleanest solution I found was using flags. Flags are quite thin and can be placed at the desired angle with no fuss. Using several flags in a row I could slightly adjust the angle from flag to flag to approximate the desired lines. Docking Rings. Beneath the antenna we have the symmetrical docking area. Here we find the docking rings where the CR-90 can dock with other ships. An interesting side note: since the early concepts and prototype models of the Blockade Runner was referred to as the “smugglers ship” aka the Millennium Falcon, the round housings around the docking rings were originally supposed to represent a one floor walkway. The equivalent on the final Falcon is the side docking rings – in the Smuggler Ship’s original form these we 1:1 with the ones on the Falcon. In the final version of the Blockade Runner, the docking tubes are representing several floors of walkways. In this picture it is also apparent that the ship if made up of a number of slightly different sized cylinders. To get these shapes I once again turned to the curved slopes I used in the GR-75. It turned that I could render most of the core body of the ship using these bricks – all I had to do was to create a long square 4x4 center with studs on all sides running through the entire body :) The Main Turrets. As with the docking rings the main turrets were originally equivalent of the turrets seen on the Falcon. Since the ship changed purpose and scale substantially during production of “The Star Wars”, the turrets grew from anti-fighter duty, to heavy turrets effective against large ships – although still immensely underpowered against the shielding of an Imperial Star Destroyer :) Main Hull. The main hull of the ship houses the living quarters. We also find a number of smaller anti-fighter turrets. Oddly these turrets are only found on the dorsal part of the ship, rendering it vulnerable to fighter attacks from the ventral angle. This part also sport a bit of discrete piping. On the spine of the main hull is more detailing and I have displaced some of the slopes one plate to give the side of the spine some texture. Escape pods. But who cares about fighter attacks or encroaching Star Destroyers, when you can jettison yourself to the desolate safety of Tatooine’s sand dunes? As you can see, several of the escape pods have already taken off – perhaps one of them were carrying a couple of oddball droids? The escape pods are made up of a 2x2 cone brick with a 1x1 round tile on top. Jettisoned escape pods are represented by a 2x2 round dbg tile with a hole in the middle, to convey the scorching from the explosion that shot the unlocked escape pod into space. Side Detail. On the sides of the main hull there is a narrow band of greebling on the studio model. The band wraps around the entire section and, like with the section itself, I used hinge bricks to capture the different angles. Main Turrets Bottom View. In this close-up we see more of the detailing of the main turrets. This area also hides the ship’s front landing legs – where the transparent stand is. However the ship is in flight right now so the legs have been retracted :) Engines! Now to the best part of any ship :) The official UCS version (10019) of the Tantive IV was one of my favorite ships for a long time. But when seeing the movies, it is clear that the Lego version has some issues regarding proportions. It is very bulky and square looking and does not properly convey the slender nature of the ship. This is especially true for the engine section, which is a large square block with oversized engines placed directly next to each other. In this regard the later 10198 is much more accurate. I my version the engines have the correct diameter and length in relation to the ship’s overall proportions. The horizontal spacing between the engines are ½ engine diameter. The vertical spacing between the three rows of engines are around half a stud. Each engine sports brick built panel with detailing – no stickers :). I used a bracket brick to have the panel run down the sides of the cylinder. Engines Top View. The 11 Girodyne Ter58 Ion Turbine Engines in all their glory! Here you can see all the details and cables on the engines. I considered using rigid cables, but I had to heat them up to get the proper shape. The cables were also too thick. However, I found that by placing a 1x2 bracket in the side panels I could place levers on top of them. The levers convey thin cables running from the sides of the engine to its core. Engines Close-up. The engine housings were also detailed looking at the studio model and as you can see not two engines are the same. It is worth noticing the angles of the engine housings. I have tried to get as close to the studio model as possible, while also taking into account that the side-most engines have a steeper angle. The middle (seen from the side) engine housings also have their own specific angle. These features were completely ignored on the official TLG models and contributed to the 10019’s blocky appearance. Engines Bottom Rear View. As mentioned above, each engine is different. This is not only in terms of detailing, but also how they are attached to the ship. Top, middle and bottom engines are attached differently. Top engines are placed on the top of a plate, middle ones at the end of technic bricks, and bottom ones are attached to the bottom of plates. Since the engines are mirrored left/right not two engines are the exact same. The detailing of the nozzle of the engines is made using a sailing ship rudder and a lot of 1x1plates with side clips and 1x1 tiles. And yes, the exhaust should have been yellow, but there are no trans-yellow 3x3 dishes :) Scale Comparison. As always, I have a scale model with my MOCs. This time the model is my 7½-week-old son. He is a huge Lego Star Wars fan :) The Tantive IV Flying Away. Enjoy, and please comment!
  22. Latest up in the fourteen-year cycle of remakes of the original Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series is the BTL A4 Y-Wing Starfighter. I reviewed the 2004 original back in 2010; it suffered for being over-long but scored praise for the use of gruelling on the ship's exposed innards. We’ll see here if the new offering has addressed the issues of the earlier version and how it compares to the movie original. Review: 75181 UCS Y-Wing Starfighter Name: Y-Wing Starfighter Number: 75181 Pieces: 1967 Figures: 2 Year: 2018 Price: GBP £169.99 | USD $199.99 | EUR 199.99 | DKK 1799.99 The Box A dramatic view of the Y-Wing in the obligatory Death Star Trench setting makes for a bold and attractive front. The box has the same frontal dimensions as that of the set’s predecessor 10134 - shown behind - but somewhat surprisingly it is deeper that the earlier version. The ‘ULTIMATE COLLECTOR SERIES’ designation has returned to prominence; it disappeared from the boxes quite early in the series’s run, around 2002 if I remember. Normally Star Wars sets share a box logo with all contemporary merchandise, LEGO or otherwise; this set’s logo is currently shared only by the new UCS Millennium Falcon, possibly indicating that it is expected to have a longer run than the regular sets. We shall see if this trend continues, and if subsequent UCS sets use the same livery. For a square-on frontal image click here. The ship is shown from a similar angle on the back, though the angle is reversed: There is less drama here. The ship sits on its stand in what appears to be a hanger, though the ground looks suspiciously like floorboards; I’m surprised that more wasn’t made of the Y-Wing’s return to prominence in Rogue One. A few features are demonstrated in insets. It’s a smart-looking box, and understated, with minimal clutter; on the top is a line-drawing of the ship with dimensions and a photograph of the figures, but there’s little on the sides worthy of comment. Contents I was surprised to find a smaller box inside the outer carton, and very pleased to find this delightful line-drawing of the set gracing the front and extending to the bottom and sides. There is a further outline sketch on the bottom, this time showcasing the ship's underside: Whilst it is not unheard-of for larger sets to contain inner boxes, I've never seen one with decoration before - a nice touch, though I suspect fans would rather pay a little less for a plain box, or at least one that doesn't require destruction with thumb-tabs. Accompanying the inner box inside the outer are eight polybags - numbered 2 to 6, 8, 12 and 13; insider the inner are a further seven (1, 7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11 - 9 and 10 are duplicated) and the large black tile for the stand. There doesn't seem to be much logic to the packaging, and you need to open the inner box to start building. Instructions Also in the outer box can be found the single instruction manual wrapped in plastic with the sticker sheet: The front view is a cut-down version of the box front, though they have managed to avoid cutting off parts of the ship. There's no cardboard backing, which seems no longer to be a thing, but the Perfect-bound manual has remained reassuringly crumple-free without it. Inside are some four double-pages of information not unlike the manual that comes with Architecture or Ideas sets. It opens with a foreword from the head of the Star Wars design team, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who I believe designed the earlier 2004 version. There follows a double-page spread of trivia about the Y-Wing itself: I'm not sure of the value of list of fictional statistics, but the schematics and cutaways, and Ralph McQuarrie concept art on the facing page are nice. The model shown bottom left in the picture shares several features with this LEGO version and I'm sure was used as a reference. Next follows an interview with set designer Jordan David Scott in which he is asked the question, 'How accurate is the LEGO Y-wing, compared to the real in-universe vehicle?' I will not spoil his answer, but will attempt to answer it myself during the review. There is also an interview with graphic designer Madison O'Neill, part of which is reprinted below: Mostly I showed this page for the further reference models; I will make reference to the top right picture later. The studio models (bottom right) appear to be in the process of being painted; they are largely coated in (presumably) a primer which looks to be a lovely sand blue colour: sand blue features quite prominently in this and the current System versions. The set construction is modular with two or three polybags per module, counting the engines separately, and a single bag for the stand; there are two pages demonstrating the modules so you can plan your build accordingly. The instructions are clear with call-outs and sub-builds (example), and I encountered no colour-differentiation issues. I felt it important to show that real starfighters wear pink, or at least contain pink as filler. I like the plain grey background, with white for the module header, blue for part call-outs and tan for sub-builds: smart and clear. The obligatory decal sheet isn't too terrifying this time, and unlike 10134 there isn't a large and fiddly cockpit canopy sticker - the sand-blue decals go on the cockpit sides, but the top and front are printed. The console is unfortunately stickered too (12 and 13). The information sticker contains similar information to 10134's, though rearranged somewhat, and it's a little less fussy. Parts The spread of parts is shown below in thumbnail form; you can click each for a close-up. They are divided according to module, which corresponds to polybags 1, 2, and 3; 4, 5, and 6; 7 and 8 respectively: I haven't found any parts which look new or especially rare; there are however a larger number of sand blue plates in 1x3 and 1x4 which I am pleased to see. There is a useful quantity of jumper plates, and some 80 1x1 round plates in flat silver, along with 22 grille tiles in the same colour. I like flat silver - it is an inexpensive way to make something look metallic when bluish grey won't cut it. There are also 26 light bley ingots, used to good effect here and useful for paving. Disappointingly, there are fewer pieces of flex-tubing than I would like (or expected, after the multitude of copper and long dark bley tubes of 10134); here there are only 6 in reddish brown, and most of the pipe-work is achieved with 3, 4, or 6L bars. Bags 9 and 10 are duplicated; one of each is shown here, along with bag 12: bag 11 is the same as 12 minus the figures. I wonder why they did that. The 6x6 round brick is new in light bluish grey and sand blue; it is previously available only in 2015's 60080 Spaceport. The corresponding 6x6 round plate is common but this is its first appearance in yellow. The large Viking Wagon Wheel is new in light bluish grey. The right-hand picture features bag 13 which builds the stand; of note here is only the four black 1x2 - 1x2 SNOT brackets; only two are necessary so you can easily pilfer two if you need to. Figs Two unique figures are included: a flat silver and dark bluish grey Astromech droid, and Gold Leader. The droid is unnamed in the manual, but the box top reveals him to be R2-BHD ('Tooby'), and who featured in and was created for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. His body is, I believe, the same as that of the droid R3-S1 who features in the latest System 75172 Y-Wing Starfighter, but the head is unique. Gold Leader, aka Dutch Vander, has a beautifully detailed torso with leg printing to match - vastly superior to the previous generic Rebel pilot torso, and the helmet is a thing of beauty with olive green printing on the top, crest, and even sides. No wonder he's grinning! He also has a scared face on the rear; his head also sports a detailed visor and microphone. The torso rear-printing is also an improvement over the older design, with a more detailed tabard and a buckle. He comes with a small blaster, not shown here. Here is Dutch (centre) next to his earlier incarnation from 9495 (left) and Jek Porkins from 9493 X-Wing fighter: I'm sure you will agree the new design is much more detailed and a great improvement over the older torso; whether it will remain unique and exclusive to this set remains to be seen. I'm still unsure whether I like minifigures in UCS sets, but they make nice extra collectors items, and in the case of this set you can actually seat the figure in the cockpit. Whether you should remains unanswered. Build Rather than an exhasutive trawl through the build process, I have selected a few pictures to demonstrate important features of the construction or interesting techniques; for a more complete set of pictures, see my flickr album. Like her older sister 10134, we start by building the main body of the ship. Here, midway through module 1, the large Technic block is lined with cross-axle bricks (green), and flanked with further Technic bricks; this will form the main receptacle for the wing pylons: Some greebling and an axle connector is left dangling at the front. Already some detail is added to the underside; the square hole will of course receive the stand, and some flat silver Technic connectors at the rear look like they should have some function, but they don't. Maybe they are bomb doors (it's a bomber, after all). See their construction here. It is not until module 2 that we start to add the serious greebling to the top of the body. The reddish-brown whip piece will fold forward and clip into two of the grey clippy tiles to make an interesting feature. Note the Ingots of Bley which are used instead of 1x2 tiles to add texture, and to good effect. Also note the 4x2 bley SNOT area at the side towards the front ... ... this is built on sideways to add bulk, with some nice usage of various SNOT parts: It is nothing ground-breaking, but adds interest to the build, and reflects the build-process in general which is never dull. You can also see here where the whip got clipped. Next we see how the wing pylons are attached: slotting into the Technic bricks on long axles and secured with pins: To see inside the pylon, click here. Much like 10134, the pylons are a sandwich of bricks inside plates, but the attachment with Technic axles is much more secure in this version. They are stop-end axles, so they will stay in position if you want to dismantle the set. Removing the pylons from the body will however not be easy, because the join gets built on. Under the dark tan jumper plates and dark red grille tiles at the rear are several long 1-wide plates placed over the join: The jumper plates are used to good effect to add features to the top. The 1x3 double-inverted slope in the inset will be attached upside down into the centre jumper plate, using a 1x2 round tile with bar and pin holder as a stud reverser. Just in front of the centre jumper plate is a shield under an inverted 2x2 round tile with hole, attached via a clip in a technique similar to the headlights of the CREATOR Mini and VW Beetle. Every so often you have to flip the body to add details to the underside, and this is done gradually so that you're building on a flat, stable surface ... ... at least until you add the two 1x4 arches via SNOT bricks to make yet another interesting feature. This is not done until the end of module 2 - and it's a good thing, as this little add-on is somewhat fragile. Module 3 builds the cockpit section. The angled sides of the head are attached via hinge-plates at the rear, and skeleton arms at the front, to make a reasonably secure connection. The sudden appearance of some minor Technic here surprised me; the axle at the rear will insert into the dangling connector we met at the beginning. Note the brown and yellow double-headlight brick constructions, which produce some downwards-facing studs ... ... allowing the whole underside to attach, studs-down. This leaves only a few available connections on the top surface; the 2x3 white slope attached to only one stud on its base, but it will be secured with a tile on top. The engines are formed from a central stack of SNOT bricks and green cross-axle bricks, to which will be attached some side panels; note the use of headlight bricks to reinforce the connection on the sides with the green bricks. The clever part is that the engine needs to be rotated through forty-five degrees relative to the pylon attachment for the long axles to sit correctly, and this is achieved using a large 4x4 turntable at each end - a wonderfully simple solution; see here for more detail. At the end of the long engines, the Viking Wagon Wheels are attached using pneumatic T-pieces pushed into the little holes in the front, and marrying up to Technic crankshaft parts which allows a half-stud offset. The remaining point of the T-piece is used to attach a curved slope to neaten the join, though it remains rather flimsy. Note the flag pieces, which form the 'thrust vectrals': the instructions are very specific about placing the pole half-way into the upper clip (inset) - the free end of the pole needs to be long enough to insert into the centre holes of the wagon wheel. The construction of these thirst victuals seems rather inelegant, but we'll see how well it works later. Finally, some panels will add detail and texture to the sides of the engines. Panels 2 and 4 in the picture below sit higher on four 1x8 plates; these connect to the headlight bricks on the green cross-axle brick faces of the engine centre: the sides that will connect to the wing pylons. Panel 4 has a hole ready for the attachment; panel 3 has the landing gear. There now just remains the stand, and we're done. I thoroughly enjoyed this build; little details and surprises abound, and keep it interesting at every stage. Even the repetition of the engines isn't particularly tedious. On a personal note, I found the construction of the side panels of the engines and the SNOT underside of the cockpit reminded me greatly of building the Bullfrog all those years ago. The Complete Set First impressions: the set looks smart, which is no mean feat for a ship with all her innards on display. The colour scheme works well; the flashes of white, yellow and sand blue stand out against the grey, with pipework nicely picked out in brown. The shape is good, and looks about right, but we'll compare in more detail later. Incidentally, the stand can be attached in-line (as here) or transversely, and has two positions: upright - as here, although it doesn't lock in this position - and tilted to about 20 degrees. From the front, and slightly above - the ship almost disappears when viewed directly from the front - we can admire the shapely head, although I am not sure the shape is quite right, and should perhaps be two studs wider - compare to the reference picture I pointed out in the manual earlier. I'm also conscious that the wing pylons are a little fatter than they ought to be, though that may have been a compromise necessary for strength; I do like the use of 1x4 groove bricks to make a stripe at the front of the pylons. Perhaps my favourite angle is what I might call 'Darth Vader's view': Like the 2012 X-Wing, the ship's exhaust is (correctly) pinky-red. Here we get our first look at the thirsk victories on the rear of the engines, which seem to have come out quite well, but we'll look more closely later. I was looking forward to see if this set had addressed perhaps the biggest issue of her predecessor: the length of the engines. I am pleased to find that it has: they look about the right length. The smartness of the colour scheme again stands out in this view; note the sand blue stripe along the side of the cockpit. From the top, the relative proportions of body, pylons, and engine look pretty good: Compared to the schematics, the proportions seem about right, though the head still looks too small. The front of the engines should perhaps be more conical (I think they are parabolic in cross-section) rather than flattened hemispheres as the are here, but that's a minor point. I don't think I've ever seen so much detail on the underside of a set before: Hats off to the designer for going the extra mile here, and acknowledging that it's nice to have something that looks good even on the top shelf! You can also see that the landing gear sits unobtrusively when folded. Take a moment also to appreciate the smooth SNOT of the cockpit underside, seen more closely here. Here is the 'real thing' for comparison: Picture from starwars.wikia.com You can see here that the overall shape is good. The engines in LEGO's version should perhaps be a little fatter, but the length is about right; as you can see the wing pylons should be thinner and mounted towards the top of the engines rather than on their midline. Features Let's now take a closer look, starting with the head. No LEGO UCS ship would be complete without cockpit detail, though not much is possible at this scale; there are stickered panels, a seat back cleverly made from a flag piece, targeting computer, and I love the bucket handle control stick: And it will seat the figure! It shouldn't, of course; the scale is all wrong. The cockpit should also open sideways rather than backwards; no official LEGO Y-Wing has tried to correct this. There should ideally be more of a curve to the cockpit canopy, but this would be difficult to render with existing pieces. As it is, the cockpit comes out a little boxy - but the sand blue colour works well. There's a little surprise in the turret, which is otherwise similar to the System version. Remember the surprising Technic in the head section? It connects to the turret: Turning the turret moves the little 8-tooth gear in the neck; or, you can move the gear with your finger and the turret turns. It's not much, but I appreciate the little extra. The silver droid gets a little lost in amongst all the grey; and like all UCS ship droids he's still too small. However, let's not focus on him; as we move back, the greebling detail becomes quite impressive. The pipework steals the show here, but there are some small features at the side of the neck, and even the rear of the head section gets some greebling via a hinge brick sandwiched between two white flags. The flags don't quite line up with the slopes, but I can forgive this. Note the droid body forming some extra detail at the back of the neck. Now we come the really good bit. The use of various parts to form arcane equipment on the body of the ship is superb. I've taken guesses as to what it might do. Moving backwards from Tooby, there's a couple of bley ingots (battery?). Behind this, a couple of wheels on a Technic pin sit within some tan wall elements (starter motor), all a few layers deeper in the model. Behind this are two dark tan bucket handles sitting in corner wall elements, which look like switches or circuits and between them bley binoculars on a round tile with stud (distributor cap - you can see where I'm going with this). Over all of this runs the brown whip piece (HT cable); this passes rearward past a hinged grille tile (carburettor) and between an inverted ice skate (oil filler cap) and what looks like a cylinder head from a two-stroke engine to the shield-disc (air filter). I'll dispense with the lame analogy now. Moving ever-rearwards, you can admire the inverted double-slope, in front of a wheel hub and two binocular pieces sandwiched in. Either side of the flywheel are two mechanical claw parts best seen in the picture above, and another shield-disc behind. There is an incredible amount of detail covering every part of the body with barely a stud left exposed, and what is more, the height/depth of the features varies considerably: it is not simply a plate with lots of small parts stuck on. Round the back are two frames constructed from handlebars and fire hose nozzles, resembling rear-end bull bars; I hadn't noticed them on the real ship, but they are supposed to be there. Notice the vertical brown 4L pole on the right - there is space for one on the other side, but the instructions don't have you place one there. This is an opportunity to compare again to the 'real' ship, this time in the form of the Bandai 1/72 model: Looking towards the rear of this model, you can hopefully recognise several of the features I have pointed out on this LEGO version: the shield-disc, binoculars, flywheel, inverted double-slope, cylinder head, oil filler, carburettor etc. are all there in as much detail you could render in LEGO pieces. A splendid effort. I bet the Bandai model doesn't have landing gear. LEGO's does! It looks totally flimsy, but it is really quite sturdy, and does the job well. I don't recall any other UCS set having retractable landing gear; I'm sure I will be corrected if I'm wrong. The ski parts work well ... ... and the gear sits at a slant which looks better than the vertical stanchions you tend to see on System sets. As I have already shown, they fold quite neatly and are unobtrusive when folded; click here for a further picture. Now let's look again at the thrush vegetables, er, thrust vectrals: Despite the rather Heath Robinson construction, I think they work quite well. The curved slopes at the edge of the wheel are a little flimsy and easily knocked out of alignment, but the flag pieces are reasonably sturdy. I believe those parts are like rudders and should tilt around 'y' and 'z' axes rather than rotating around the long axis of the ship, but I can live with that - certainly a better solution than any other LEGO Y-Wing set. Comparison to 10134 I dug around in some boxes and rescued 10134 from retirement especially for this moment. The senior UCS Y-Wing was notable at the time for the extensive use of greebling, but when I reviewed her before I worried that the proportions were out. Principally, 10134's engines are far too long; 75181 gets it right here: I was surprised to the new set had used grey rather than white for the long engine struts, but I think this gives a smarter finish; they are attached more neatly to the nacelles too. The engine greebling on 75181 better resembles the original ... ... as does that of the body, and by a country mile: 10134's detailing is very much parts-stuck-on-a-plate, and there is minimal attention to accuracy; 75181 is the winner hands down ... ... as she is again on the underside: 75181's belly is remarkably detailed, almost pretty. Little effort was made on 10134 where plain plate undersides are all that is to be seen. Note also the colour schemes; again 75181's smart livery is a vast improvement over 10134's blocky, almost random colours. If there is one way in which 10134 edges it slightly over her younger sibling, it is the shape of the engine cones - closer to the real thing, though still not perfect. There isn't so much difference in the cockpit design, compared here without stickers. I prefer the tapered outline of the newer set, and the sand blue canopy, but if anything the scale is worse, going from a three stud to a two stud wide seat. Compare to this movie still (featured in the manual of the set): I think the System version is a better representative of the ship's size relative to a minifigure, and I would rather have had a wider cockpit on this UCS set and forego the figure altogether. Conclusion I confess I didn't have particularly high expectations for this set, mainly because the Y-Wing itself isn't the most interesting ship, but what 75181 lacks in functionality it certainly makes up in style and detail. The designer has gone to extraordinary lengths to recreate every mysterious lump or bump on the surface of the original in as much painstaking detail as possible with LEGO bricks, and for the most part has done a fantastic job. The colour scheme is smart, and attractive, and going by the various models around is close to the original; the scale of the LEGO version is much closer to the real ship than the older set, and it's a thousand times better overall. There remain some issues: some fixable, some less so; it may be difficult to render the thrust vectrals better, and the nacelle cones aren't perfect but probably optimal with the parts available; however, I would have traded in the new figure for a new side-opening cockpit mould, and I think the head shape could be better. Design & Accuracy 8 A great-looking set that is for the most part a faithful rendition of the original, with some wonderful detail. I remain uncomfortable with the scale, and I think the cockpit needs to be bigger; the shape of the entire head section isn't quite right. Build 9 An entertaining build process with minimal repetition and no frustration and several interesting techniques; it is well-structured allowing for you to pick up and leave off with ease. Parts & Figures 7 I don't think there are any new parts in this set, but there are older parts in new colours. The selection is all generically useful without being exciting. Some may be excited by the unique figures; they look great, but that's not why I buy UCS sets. Display & Function 8 The ship looks great on the shelf; it's one of those set that is a little tricky to tell from a distance that it is LEGO. There are a number of display options, with two stand orientations and two configurations; thanks to the landing gear, you can dispense with the stand altogether. The ship is well-balanced, sturdy, and reasonably swooshable; of course, there's also the turret function! Value 9 The older set 10134 cost £109 in 2004; that equates to about £165 now - for some 500 fewer pieces than 75181. £170 for 2000 pieces in a licensed set seems like good value; throw in a smart and informative manual and the price starts to look very good. Overall 41/50 (82%) This is an excellent rendition of the Y-Wing, good value, and a great addition to the collection. I wouldn't say it's a must-have, though sadly that's the problem with the Y-Wing herself - not perhaps the most sought-after of Star Wars ships. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the review. Comments welcome! Rufus With thanks to the LEGO Group for the review set. My flickr
  23. TheGeneralMoe

    MOC: UCS Imperial Star Destroyer

    It has arrived: My UCS Moc of the Devastator. This is my largest and most accurate model to date, started off as a rebuild of my older model which was disproportional and poorly built in some places. The Model confines al the main features including a battery of 8 turbo lasers, 2 hangers with docking arms, underside tractor beam and swappable tractor beam targeting arrays that can change the ship between a Imperial I class destroyer to a Imperial II class destroyer. The model comes on a removable start and has no interior features, apart from storage for extra parts such as plugs to fill in the stand gaps in the hanger and the secondary Tractor beam array. The bridge and superstructure come in 2 removable parts to ease the weight of his heavy model. The two destroyer variants: Glory to the Empire! This is the topic for the build process, to see how it was done: Full album with additional photos here:
  24. I present to you the backbone of the Rebel Alliance – the GR-75 Rebel Transport: After having tweaked and tweaked my last MOC (Medical Frigate) and built a fleet of fighters and smaller ships for it, I wanted to build something bigger - but in the same scale. I chose the beautiful, organic looking 90-meters long, Rebel Transport. The Medical Frigate can be seen here: http://www.eurobrick...pic=129607&st=0 http://www.eurobrick...howtopic=131170 The Transport is the workhorse of the Rebel alliance, transporting equipment from base to base. The ship can house dozens of odd sized containers kept in place by strong magnetic locks. The Transport, like so many other Rebel ships, have a very organic and beat up look – getting this look right was the biggest challenge when designing the moc. The scale of the model is 1: 250 meaning it is built at 2 meters per stud. Thus the Transport is 45 studs long. Building the most detailed 45 stud version of the ship was my main goal. Based on pictures of the movie model I calculated the width and curvature of the ship – I fired up LDD and began building. What I ended up with was an 850+ brick model made up of 150+ brick types: The Transport takes flight! Front view. In this picture the curvature of the ship is very pronounced. To my luck the range of curved bricks fit perfectly with curvature of the ship. When placed along a central spine they further underline the lines the Transport has across the hull. Don’t mind the small hole in the front – one of the hinges is slightly too bent. Top view. I have mostly used white 1 x 4 curved slopes to get the proper shape. However, to get the dirty, rugged look of the ship, I have mixed in a number of different colors and other curved slopes. The Cargo. The GR-75 can carry a LOT of containers. Creating this part of the ship was kind of a chore but also very fun. At this scale I had just enough resolution to attempt recreating every single cargo container and detail from the studio model. I found a picture of the model showing the bottom up and began mapping every container pipe and greeble I could. I recreated it all with bricks of matching colors, pipes, taps and odd shaped pieces. The end result matches the haphazard stacking of the studio model – I’m glad I put the magnetic locks in place… :) Containers from the back. As with the Medical Frigate, one of the challenges was creating a sturdy non-interfering stand. With this ship one of the stands is placed in the middle of the containers. However I did not want to sacrifice even a single compartment so I found a workaround using transparent wall pieces. The slim piece is fitted snugly in between a number of containers and is just connected via two studs – but it seems to hold :) Container close up. They are all there :) Starboard profile view. This angle reveals the slight sloping of the hull towards the rear end of the ship. The curving effect was achieved by a number of plate hinges and four sections with slightly different angles. Port profile view. The profile views show the gap between the top and bottom hull plates. This gap has a jagged effect on the studio model – conveyed here by 1 x 1 and 1 x 2 plates. Side detail. Yes, there is actually detailing in the narrow gap between the hull plates. Again, the greebling is based on looking at the studio model – and on what was possible in such a small area :) Engine view. As always, one of my favorite parts of a ship. Getting all the engines to fit in there was a bit of a challenge. Rear view. As the Transport flies out of focus the uneven surface is again evident. The Transport has a very small command/deflector module - the little thing on top of the spine. To be in scale this module should actually be about half a stud smaller – even smaller than a B-wing cockpit section. However, the 2,5 stud test I did, did not look very good :) Lastly a scale comparison with the Medical Frigate – and the rest of the rebel fleet :) Thanks to all the supporters of the Medical Frigate project, you have helped make this model possible! Everyone can get the LDD for the Rebel Transport here: https://www.dropbox..../GR-75.lxf?dl=0 Enjoy and please comment!
  25. Well, i was proud of it at the time, but i feel now that my ISD isn't sufficient enough. Numerous add ons and additions have made the model a bit unstable and the inaccuracies need to be addressed. The main issue however is the disproportional build! The bridge is too large and wide compared to the rest of the body, and it lacks the correct amount of hangers and indents in the panels. This is all a result of me following along the structure of set 6211, which focused on an interior, messing up the proportions. I talk about it in the original post: Now however i start from scratch, and you guys get to follow on and give out suggestions! It starts now with the gathering of extra parts and deconstructing the original destroyer. The plan is to make it bigger, more sturdy and more accurate. Got to gather up all available reference material for this beast... Last photo of it intact. Major sections now removed. I plan to keep the bridge the same, perhaps with some slight corrections. However the rest needs to be broken up and sorted... Now people can see the frame of the build, and the messy interior...