It’s far too early in the morning and I haven’t had nearly enough tea to have my mind so completely blown by a MOC. I knew what this scene by builder Grantmasters was the moment I saw the thumbnail, but just look at the scale of it! I mean Jabba’s throne room in surprising detail in a package about 10 x 14. I also love that the genesis of this creation was the fact that the hat was reminiscent of Jabba, brilliant.
Spoiler alert, the Empire has built a second Death Star. And what do you do when the Empire builds a large doomsday machine? You blow it up. This excellent MOC by builder did b depicts the epic battle at the climax of ROTJ, where three simultaneous conflicts happen, Luke fights Darth Vader, the rebel fleet takes on the Imperial fleet, and a bunch of teddy bears kick some stormtrooper butt. And of course Lando and Wedge fly right into the Death Star, and cause just a little havoc.
Ah Ewoks, those cuddly little teddy bears that overthrew an empire (or at least helped). Love them or hate them, you have to admit they're better than gungans. Builder LEGO 7 likes them, and I don't mind them, and I really don't mind this pretty spiffy little MOC featuring them. And before you start complaining that they're just cute little fuzzy critters, I'll remind you they fully intended to EAT Han and Luke, think about that.
I remember the moment a saw the AT-AT walking in the forest of Endor when I saw Return of the Jedi the first time. It was a bit jarring at first, since it's only use we had ever seen was on Hoth, but then it occurred to me that the first "AT" stands for "all terrain", which put me strangely in awe. The endless possibilities of where these had been used that we had never and would never see in the Star Wars universe seemed so expansive. Speaking of awe, look at this absolutely stunning landing platform from builder dmaclego. You can practically hear the soundtrack and smell the damp forest air.
Like the rest of the world, I was shocked and saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher, but seeing all the outpouring of love in the form of MOCs has made it easier. She was my first movie star crush when I was 9, but my 15 year old brain nearly short circuited when Jedi came out and she showed up in this little number. Builder and international sock model Iain Heath has crafted a fitting tribute to everyone's favorite kickass princess, and least favorite slug crimelord.
Jabba really doesn't like being threatened or told what to do. We saw what happened to Luke, and he was being pretty nice about it, even offered a gift (well, not really, it was all a trick). And rancors are always hungry, if not a little misunderstood, so Luke had his hands full after getting dropped. All this action is laid out in this excellent two story MOC of Jabba's palace by builder Martin Harris, where every scene can be recreated (and pretty much has in his photostream, check it out). Now I wanna watch Jedi...mmmm, slave Leia....