LEGO at Cultura
20/03/2011 - 14:00 MOCs
droid carrier mocLEGO has already tried to reproduce a Battle Droid Carrier or rather a Platoon Attack Craft (PAC), with the set 7126: Battle Droid Carrier released in 2001 and more recently with the set 7929: The Battle of Naboo.

In either case, you can't really say that LEGO has outdone itself.

These two sets are more of a pretext for getting half a dozen battle droids than for the realism and functionality of the transport vehicle itself.

A MOCeur ventured to build a more elaborate and above all articulated model using Technic parts of this vehicle.
The result is much closer to the vehicle seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace or in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, then in the animated series Clone Wars.
This Battle Droid Carrier can carry 32 battle droids which can be deployed thanks to a clever system that I let you discover below or on the flickr gallery of this MOCeur.

droid carrier moc2

20/03/2011 - 10:37 Lego news
66378A Eurobricks forumer found a new 3in1 Superpack consisting of three sets that don't necessarily match: 8085: Freeco Speeder, 7913: Clone Trooper Battle Pack, 7914: Mandalorian Battle Pack.

I do not really understand this mix of these three sets, including one released in 2010 and two new in 2011.

It looks more like a commercial operation allowing to liquidate a not very emblematic set by accompanying it with two interesting battle packs.

In total we get 10 minifigs, enough to have fun without investing too much money, or starting a collection cheaply.

19/03/2011 - 20:17 MOCs
movie trenchOne of the mythical scenes of the Star Wars saga remains undoubtedly the chase in the spans of the Death Star (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope).
Many MOCeurs have dared to reproduce this scene and that gives us some good surprises.
I have listed three of the most interesting achievements on this subject below.

First of all, here is this MOC by thewamphyri in micro format, on a 32x32 base plate and composed of nearly 1500 parts. 4 ships from sets 4484 and 3219 have been integrated into the scene. You can see more on the flickr gallery ou Brickshelf space by thewamphyri.

thewamphyri trench run
HGDebris also offers its version of this scene, in micro format this time. You can see more on his Brickshelf gallery.

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A large format version was presented during Star Wars Celebration V in August 2010 in Orlando (USA). More pictures in this flickr gallery.

celebV run trench coat

19/03/2011 - 19:22 MOCs
hoth brick movieYou have all probably seen what is now commonly called a "Brickfilm", that is to say a video made in stop-motion animation (frame by frame) and populated with minifigs and other LEGO vehicles.

But in this area, we find a bit of everything and especially anything. So when we get our hands on a video brilliantly produced by a French AFOL, it's worth talking about.

This video or this "Brickfilm" is exceptional in every way: Its director "musclemusemuseum" has reconstituted almost shot by shot the cinematographic version of the battle of Hoth. 800 hours of work were necessary from the purchase of the sets to the final result.

The footage was shot using a Canon FS100 camcorder, and post-production was done with Adobe After Effects CS5, Particle Illusion 3, Magix Video Deluxe 16 and Terragen software.

For the record, the snow was reproduced using icing sugar and the exteriors are made with images retrieved from Google and processed with After Effects by the director.

18/03/2011 - 20:14 Lego news
72779Publisher Fantasia Verlag is launching pre-orders on the LEGO Collector 2. Edition guide, scheduled to be available by April 29, 2011. (Date postponed to June 30, 2011 by the publisher)
Note that this edition will finally be delivered with an "exclusive" keyring adorned with the Space Classic logo. We will not dwell on this uninteresting "gift" ....
In short, for 27.95 € (plus 7 € shipping costs for France), we will have a 900 page guide in A5 format bringing together all the LEGO sets released, i.e. nearly 9000 references.
To pre-order this guide now is on the publisher's website directly or you will have to wait for one of the French resellers to offer it in their catalog.
If you want my opinion, don't delay too much, or you will risk paying for this catalog and its "exclusive gift" double its price on Bricklink or eBay after its availability followed by its out of stock .......
For information, the pre-order is going very well, I was able to pay online via Paypal and I received my order confirmation.