chibi: [chee-bee] adj – a certain style of drawing characters in a cute and deformed way with big heads and small bodies.

There’s a bunch of definitions for chibi, but that was the closest definition I could find for the theme of the contest. And the theme is this: build the smallest possible Star Wars vehicle that can still seat a standard minifig. The idea is to go for a super-deformed look of a ship or vehicle that’s still functional.

Need help figuring out this style? Take a look at Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced that came with 10188:

Chibi Fighter Contest

It’s quite detailed for its size and can still seat the Dark Lord himself, it’s just smaller.

Can you do it?

Here are the rules:

  • Build a Star Wars-themed sea, land, air, or space vehicle as small as possible that can still seat a standard minifig.
  • Your vehicle must be canon, i.e. appearing in any of the 6 films. Vehicles from The Clone Wars cartoon are also acceptable. You may also build a vehicle from EU that has already been produced by LEGO.
  • Your vehicle must include and seat at least 1 Pilot/Driver. If the vehicle requires an astromech droid, such as an X-wing or Y-wing, your chibi fighter must also be able to include a standard R2 droid minifig as well as the pilot/driver.
  • New models only. No recycling past projects.
  • Real life models using official LEGO elements only, no renderings or clone brands allowed.
  • Submit up to two photos as a reply to this thread for your contest entry. You may provide a link to a flickr gallery or your photostream for more pictures. One photo must show the vehicle with the pilot/driver seated (and astromech if necessary) at the controls.
  • You must also submit at least one picture to the FBTB:flickr Outpost pool and tag it with “Chibi Fighter”.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59 PST January 31, 2011. Voting will commence on February 1 for a period of one week. Top 5 most popular submissions go through to final round of voting to last three days.
  • Grand Prize: You know you wouldn’t spend good money on it, but if you could get it for free would you turn it down? That’s how I feel about the UCS Jedi Starfighter. So that’s the prize, 1 copy of 10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter.
  • Contest is open to everyone.
  • One entry per person.

Good luck!