While I’m not much of a prequel fan I can say this, if you can get through all the silliness of Phantom Menace and get to the end, you’re gonna see a great lightsaber fight. This was the first time the fans saw some serious Jedi-in-their-prime and total-kick-ass-Sith crossing sabers, and it was pretty bad ass. In fact I’m guessing from the title of this post you’ve had John Williams’ score in your head and you’ve been hearing the humming of lightsabers while you’ve been enjoying this MOC by LEGO 7, amiright?
While I'm no fan of the prequels, I will say that the podrace in The Phantom Menace was a stand out scene. And I still own Podracing for Nintendo 64, so it can't be all bad. What's not bad at all is this colossal diorama depicting the scene. Builder thire5 built this back in 2016, it took a year and over 100k bricks! Admit it, you heard John Williams faintly in your head when you saw these pics.
Inthert is possibly my favorite Star Wars vehicle builder out there. He truly takes the time and looks at all possible LEGO elements to make something as accurate as LEGO allows. This new version of the common Naboo fighter seen in the Phantom Menace is excellently crafted, every curve and detail (such as the front cannons). The astromech droid head is incorporated nicely, as is those much needed extra details in the cockpit area. Even the bottom, where details are usually lacking, looks good on its own, which is no easy task! I'm sure most builders are afraid to show the underside of their starfighters, but not here.
While I'm no fan of the prequels, that doesn't diminish my appreciation for this MOC by The Steads. Besides, I love a good micro build, especially a Star Wars micro build. And seeing this many N-1 Starfighters in one scene is pretty stunning. Now if we can just keep that little brat from stealing one...
It's become somewhat cool to dis the Star Wars prequels, but I was doing it before it was cool. While The Phantom Menace is arguably the worst of the three, it does have a few redeeming qualities, and these little dudes are one of them. Pit Droids, like this one from nobu_tary, were maintenance robots in the pit areas of pod racers. But they're skills just may have extended past that, because that scene was one of the other redeeming qualities of the film...coincidence?