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Archive for June, 2011

Ace Kim | June 11th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

M-wing Kits, Parts List and Instructions

M-wing Kits for Bothcon

I finished assembling the M-king kits for the goody bag. I also uploaded the parts list and instructions for Jon Palmer’s M-wing Starfighter to the site. There are also instructions and a parts list for the Version 2.0 upgrade if you’re interested. Bothcon attendees take note: no instructions will be provided in the goody bag, you’ll have to get the instructions here.

Ace Kim | June 5th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

M-wings From The Community

Jon Palmer introduced the M-wing to the community back in 2003 and since then it’s been reimagined by a few members of the AFOL community. And rather than throw a lot of text at you, I’ll just shut up and put up some linked pictures. Enjoy!

Don Solo’s Custom M-wing

custom M-Wing

Ryan Wood’s Agents M-wing

Agents M-Wing: side

Repoort’s Neo Classic Space M-wing

NCS M-wing

Fazoom’s PCS M-wing

pcsm1

Malravion’s Custom M-wing

M-wing

Ace Kim | June 3rd, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight, News

The MXL

m-wing

Sometime after Jon Palmer unleashed his M-wing onto the world, he upgraded his original and called it the MXL, pictured above. My jaw dropped when I first saw it. It’s still impressive by today’s standards. No instructions were ever made and unlike some of his other alphabet fighter projects, this was never offered for sale. Fast forward to the beginning of May and I took it upon myself to try reverse engineer the beast.

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Ace Kim | June 3rd, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Jon Palmer’s M-wing Starfighter Version 2.0

M-wing V2 - 1

I am obsessed with the M-wing. When I bought my first kit from Jon Palmer way back when, I had no idea what I was in store for. I became absolutely consumed with making more and more and eventually assembling a fleet of 20 ships. 15 of those ships will soon be in the hands of Bothcon attendees. The originals were made back in 2003 using old grays, so I wanted to see if and how it can be updated using bluish grays. Don had already done something similar with his version that he made a few years ago. So I admittedly took a lot of design cues from him to come up with Version 2.0.

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Ace Kim | June 2nd, 2011 | LEGO Toy Story, MOC Spotlight

RC RC

Remote Controlled Toy Story RC

Curtydc modified one of these and added parts from one of these to make it go vroom vroom.

Don "Solo" Reitz | June 2nd, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: Jon Palmer’s M-wing Starfighter

front 3/4

This is a little out of the ordinary as far as reviews go, and I guess the same could be said for the ship itself… What we have here is a slice of AFOL history that we’ve brought back into the spotlight. I was still in a grey-age when this first appeared so I’m quite happy to finally get my own copy in the original burnt orange color scheme.

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Nick Martin | June 1st, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, News, Reviews

Review: 4192 Fountain of Youth

Full Set, in all it's somewhat tiny glory

It’s strange how a LEGO set can give away the entire purpose of a movie before you’ve seen it. Apparently, they’re all looking for the Fountain of youth. Of course, if you’ve seen the movie, you know it looks absolutely nothing like what you see in the set. The question is, is what you get worth $20?

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Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 1st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

7879 Hoth Echo Base

7879 Boxed

7879 Echo Base

Eurobricks member Supersonic discovered a new set on the German LEGO Star Wars site. That’s right. We’re getting an Echo Base set… again!

Here’s a translation courtesy of Babel Fish:

Ready the attack! The Imperial troops discovered and prepare to attack the secret Rebel base on the ice planet Hoth. Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia are ready to defend the base, while Luke Skywalker is treated in the Bacta tank by the medical droid 2-1B. Also includes R-3PO and two Snowtrooper minifigures, base with Tauntaun stable and Tauntaun, functioning crane, two radar dishes, case of ice ice trap (thanks Oky Wan Kenobi) and Speeder Bike.

The box says limited edition, so it’ll probably be an exclusive. It’s a step above anything we’ve gotten before, but I still wish it had an Ion Cannon. I mean, COME ON!

Ace Kim | June 1st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Marshal Banana’s Incredible UCS Sandcrawler

lights, main ramp

Featuring lights, motors, and over 10,000 LEGO elements, Marshal Banana shows off the fruits of his 9 months worth of labor. Just incredible. And massive. It completely dwarfs LEGO’s modular buildings. More pictures and info in his photoset.

overview b-side lights back interior cockpit door droids and storage diorama size

Thanks to TooMuchDew for the heads up.

Ace Kim | June 1st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Summer Star Wars Sets Available, Sort Of

The summer Star Wars assortment is now available for purchase through Shop@Home IF you live in Belgium, Denmark, and a few other select European nations. Not sure why all of Europe isn’t included yet, but it may just be a bit of a programming delay. Hopefully the US won’t be far behind.

Thanks to Peter for the news.