What do fans do while they wait for new episodes of Galactica? They make their own BSG playsets out of Legos, of course! This morning I received an email from my friend Liz, who wanted to share the Lego Viper her ten-year old son had made. It was quite a complex undertaking for the little Viper-pilot to be, and as I sat back and stared at the Lego Viper that’s been sitting on my shelf since the start of the third season, I began to wonder: just how many Lego Vipers are out there?
Quite a few, from the looks of it. I did some hunting around and put together a gallery to share with my loyal and lovely Darth Mojo readers. Is there anything more fun to look at on a Friday?
This first model was built by Bram Lambrecht from Belgium (click to enlarge):
This Viper sports retractable landing gear and won first prize in a Lego design contest! What sort of guy takes the time to make one of these? Bram is currently at Berkeley working towards his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. Click here and check out his site, he’s got a plethora of cool Lego constructs, including a bitchin’ Star Wars AT-ST and a few of his own designs (check out the Q-35 Aerospace Jump-Jet). Maybe NASA should start looking at Lego.
Hot on this Viper’s tail is an exquisitely detailed original series Cylon Raider:
This was found in Lino M’s Flickr profile. Lino is a hobbyist, photographer, aviation buff, car fanatic and quite clearly has way too much time on his hands! When you click on the Raider you’ll see the insane amount of care and accuracy he’s put into this model. The canopy even comes off to reveal a detailed cockpit! Click here to see more of this Lego bad boy.
Brickshelf is perhaps the largest museum of Lego imagery on the web. Searching the site for “Galactica” returns all kinds of goodies that prove time with no girlfriend does not have to be spent downloading porn. Here are a few of the Galactica, original and new:
One of the most prolific Lego builders on Brickshelf goes by the name of “Legostein;” not only has this guy built miniature replicas of nearly every ship in the Battlestar universe, he includes visual, step by step instructions to help you make your own! Just take a look at some of his handiwork:
But the gold medal of Battlestar Brickshelf efinitely goes to one Mr. Captain-Nakota, who has recreated the entire Flight Deck of the Galactica, complete with Vipers MK II and VII, the flight crew and all our favorite characters! Take a look:
Now that is some serious dedication to your craft! The Viper that proudly sits on my shelf here at BSG VFX central was made by Mr. Nakota. Jealous? I’ll let you in on a little secret – he is known to occasionally put one up on eBay, so keep an eye out. To see his full gallery, CLICK HERE.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – what good is a post about Battlestar Galactica without Starbuck and Apollo? I couldn’t agree with you more:
A trip to Lego Fanspace proves that some folks care about more than hardware; on that site you’ll find Lego recreations of characters from Indiana Jones, the case of every Star Trek series, Doctor Who and oh so much more.
And last, but certainly not least, we have photos of the very latest Lego Viper to join the ranks of the Colonial Fleet:
I’m sure with a few months, ten-year old Addicus will be putting the finishing touches on his very own, full-scale Lego Centurion. It’s great to have such young fans of the show, but I wonder how mom deals with questions like, “what is Baltar doing with that invisible girl?”
Ok, warriors and warettes, have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here soon with some tasty treats to make Monday more bearable…
—– UPDATES —–
As more cool BSG Legos come my way, I’ll update this post and include them here… so check back every few centons!
Here’s a Lego Cylon Centurion, complete with moving eye! Click on the picture to be taken to Brickmodder, where you can see more images and a video of the LEDs in action.
Here’s another incredible old-school Cylon Raider, courtesy of Brickshelf artist Mark Kelso. The ship looks nearly identical to the original, and also features a detailed cockpit interior, complete with mini-Cylons. To see the images and more from Mark, CLICK HERE.