A new, extended trailer for Star Wars Rebels was released on Saturday. The series will air in October on Disney XD. I’m not sure if it’s because of the original content or not, but the character designs this time around (for most of the main cast) seem very… soft. Much of the main cast in the Clone Wars series had that sharp, angular look to them. Not a bad thing, but I do wonder if it could also be because of Disney.
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):
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 – 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):
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).
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!