I just had a nerdgasm in my kitchen, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m just sitting here drinking my tea and sacrificing a good half of my biscuits to my dumb corgis when I scrolled past this gorgeous Star Destroyer by one case. I wish I had video of my reaction, but it went sort of like this: Scroll scroll scroll, nothing nothing nothing, “hmm, how am I going to post if there’s nothing…” (sharp intake of breath). I stare a moment, “ is this real? Is this a render? (click for a closer look, click again for an even closer look). My eyebrows slowly raise as my mouth opens, I put down the biscuit I’m no longer eating. “Holy crap”. It’s kind of a scaled down reaction of 9 year old me at the movies, a sort of a tingly all over feeling of joy. It made my morning, hope it makes yours too.
I’ll set the scene for you: The wind is still howling, the worst of the storm as passed but it’s not quite over. The station is in ruins, all around you is destruction. Seven months of work, all gone. You and a handful of Alpha Centauri engineers are huddled in the “panic pod”, the E26 Crew Emergency Shelter. While there’s enough M5 ration packs to last a week, your future is uncertain, and this is on everyone’s mind as you all stoically look at each other. The lights flicker in the pod, and everyone instinctively looks at the fuel cell monitor, the LCD is cracked, but it still functions, it flashes a grim message…”Vapor barrier compromised, safety protocol initiated”. You all know what that means, less than 12 hours of heat and light, this pod just became a coffin. As you all wrap your head around this heartbreaking reality you hear a muffled, rhythmic pounding. As you cautiously peer out of the single view of the world around you, a small round window with scratched 4 inch sapphire glass, the sound becomes louder. In the distance, obscured by flying dust and debris, a shape emerges from the haze. A large, bipedal figure looms ominously, but instead of fear or dread, you can barely contain your joy. “It’s Lenny!” you exclaim as the other crew members shout out in excitement, you are saved.
If you don’t immediately recognize this car, or if you don’t know who Ken Block is, watch this! Lachlan cameron obviously does, recreating the 1400 brake horsepower, four wheel drive monster. The LEGO version is also radio controlled, complete with it’s own action video. The only thing missing is the smoking tires.
The wait for the third season of Stranger Things has been excruciating, but hopefully it’s because it’s ambitious and as well developed as the first two. Builder Norton74 is anxiously waiting too, and has opted to occupy himself with some Hawkins inspired builds. The latest is where Sheriff Hopper hid Eleven from the government, his old family cabin in the woods.
I love the Muppets, in fact, I was just thinking a few minutes ago about watching The Muppet Movie today. So imagine my surprise and delight when this awesome MOC by grubaluk appeared in my Flickr feed. Not only does it have two of my favorite Muppets, Beaker and Sweetums (no really, look out the window) it’s got some amazing character work and additional motorized features that I’m dying to see, but video features are not available on Flickr right now (grrr).
I always find it interesting when I learn of the genesis of a MOC. For instance this excellent creation by Miro78 started with the creation of Luxo, Pixar’s lamp mascot, and evolved from there. The Wall-E figures were already built, but are right at home in this. In fact, I would argue they were built just for it, Miro just didn’t know it at the time.