Brickworld Chicago 2014 – Star Wars MOCs

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Brickworld Chicago 2014 in Schaumberg, Illinois. There was a lot of new MOCs to be seen, as well as specialty shops to visit. I went in not expecting too much to be different from previous years, but to my surprise, there was quite a bit that was new to me. There were plenty of new sci-fi, city/town, medieval and film-based creations to be seen. In terms of Star Wars, there wasn’t a lot that was new, and unfortunately there were no previews of upcoming sets present at the show. I did, however, capture some pictures of Star Wars MOCs and dioramas that I thought to be notable, so here they are (click on the images to load a larger version):

White Republic Cruiser

This Republic cruiser, built in primarily white, stood out to me.  It reminds me of the T-6 Jedi Shuttle’s color scheme, which I quite liked.

Clone Wars Battlefield - Large (1) cClone Wars Battlefield - Large (2)

These two images are of the same diorama – a large-scale battle between Republic and Separatist forces. I really liked the attention to detail here, like the explosive rounds hitting the clones and the battle between Anakin and Dooku, with the former leaping from his Jedi starfighter into battle. On the other side, more clones! Looks like the Republic has outflanked the Separatists. I like the inclusion of the 2014 Episode III clone troopers in their phase II armor. Did I mention that the 2nd airborne clone paratroopers are one of my favorite clone variants? And they’re here!

Clone Wars Battlefield

This battlefield is a bit more clustered than the last, but still fun to look at. We’ve got clones gliding across the waters in swamp speeders, Republic walkers making their way into battle by land, droids by ship (though it is perhaps a bit silly), and destroyed mobile units on both sides.

LEGO Star Wars Party

This setup was probably my favorite – and the funniest. It’s like something straight out of a LEGO video game.  You’ve got a lot going on here. There’s the Village People, in LEGO form and donned in stormtrooper gear, giving a performance; Darth Vader and Princess Leia are breaking down on the dance floor; Zerg from Toy Story makes an appearance as the bartender and some Star Trek Enterprise crew members crash the party; all the while, Han and Chewie and a royal guard and stormtrooper are enjoying their drinks off to the side.


Brickworld Chicago 2014

This weekend marks the beginning of Brickworld Chicago 2014′s public exposition. Today, Saturday, June 14th, the expo is open from 10am to 4pm CST. Tomorrow, June 15th, it is open from 10am to 3pm CST. It will be taking place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (1551 North Thoreau Drive, 60173).

Admission for everyone above the age of 3 is $11 at the door. If you received a Brickworld magnet last year, it will be $1 off of public admission (though they will take the magnet – so if you would like to keep it, don’t use it). If you are a military member or first responder, it is $8 at the door.

Don’t miss out on the expo, especially if you haven’t been to one before. There are many beautiful, creative, clever, and straight-up funny creations featured there built by LEGO fans both young and old. There are also fun events for the kids as well as specialty shops selling anything from LED lights, stickers, and custom-molded accessories for your LEGO creations. From time to time, brand-new sets that have not yet been released are also featured there, especially Star Wars, so if you want to catch a sneak peek and you live around the area, why not stop by?

For additional information and directions to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, visit the site.


May the Fourth Be With You – Exclusive Offers

May the Fourth Be With You – an annual celebration that many Star Wars fans partake in – will be upon us soon. As they have in the past, LEGO has exclusive offers lined up for the occasion. As a LEGO VIP member, I received a newsletter telling me of these upcoming offers. Check out the image below for the details (click for full view):

May the 4th Be With You - Exclusive Offers

For those of you who don’t know, Darth Revan is a character from the Expanded Universe. He was the main protagonist of BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game, a very popular game entry among fans. He was further popularized by novels and comics and also makes an appearance in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

These offers will be valid from May 3rd through May 5th (11:59pm PST).


Double VIP Points

This is no April Fools joke – LEGO is offering double VIP points on every purchase/order from April 1st to April 15th. According to this page, during the period, you will also get $5 credit for every $50 you spend. I believe this stacks with points you have saved up on your VIP card already. Let’s say you have 125 points saved up on your card. Since every 100 points saved is $5 credit, and you make a $50 purchase that day, you’ll get $10 off that purchase (the 49 points added from $50 purchase does not bring the total to 200, so from VIP points alone you’re still only getting $5 off). It works whether you’re buying from a LEGO Store or from Shop at Home.

Since the first of LEGO Star Wars 2014 wave was released just last month, now would be a great time to pick some sets up if you haven’t already. Happy shopping!


Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Season 6

More than a year after the Clone Wars series officially stopped airing on television, we have the first trailer for the final season of the series. There have been some teasers and episode clips in the past (which you can see at the end of this post), but this trailer gives us significantly more insight into the season. Note that this will not air on Cartoon Network, but exclusively on Netflix beginning next Friday, March 7th. See the trailer below:

I do believe that past Clone Wars episodes are airing on Disney XD, but these last 13 episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” will be exclusive to Netflix subscribers. Netflix offers a free, one month trial, so if you’ve not used that yet, that is an alternative for paying for the service. It is not clear whether they will release episodes on Netflix on a weekly basis (i.e. every Friday as CN did), or if all 13 will be released next Friday. To get the most out of the free trial, I would advise waiting and finding out how the episodes will be released – and if it is the former (weekly episodes), I would wait until they are all released in order to see every one within the trial period. I will update this post if I’m able to find out more. All past Clone Wars seasons will also be made available, so you can re-watch some of your favorite episodes or catch up with the series – even more reason to take advantage of the free Netflix trial.

In any event, it looks like the Clone Wars’ sixth and final season will revolve around several interesting story arcs. They will explore Order 66 and the fate of the clones, Yoda and his journey to Dagobah, and political conspiracies taking place in the Republic. It’s looking to be another exciting season. For additional details, check out StarWars.com’s post from earlier this month.

Episode Clips:

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