When the Blocks team first saw the new LEGO Star Wars BB-8 set, only one person sprang to mind to build it – Matt Denton, fellow AFOL and part of the behind the scenes team that brings the lovable droid to life. In this exclusive feature, his ‘real life’ BB-8 meets the LEGO version, as he talks about working on this already iconic character and checks out just how accurate the blocky BB unit is.
In the spirit of Star Wars, that is just the first interview a trilogy this month – Blocks also speaks to top LEGO designers Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Jakob Liesenfeld, who explain the process of creating those delightful LEGO Star Wars advent calendars that fans enjoy throughout December. Supporting artist Tyrone Love rounds out the three interviews, sharing stories from his work on Star Wars sound stages portraying Stormtroopers and Resistance troopers, as well as his hobby collecting LEGO sets.
As well as looking at the current crop of Star Wars films, Blocks looks back to where it all started. A group of builders from around the world have come together to tell the story of A New Hope – or just Star Wars, for the purists – in 40 scenes to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the original film. It is inspirational to see how these iconic movie moments have been recreated by talented AFOLs.
Beyond reviewing the latest LEGO Star Wars sets, the Blocks team also check out The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game and run down the most appealing LEGO sets this Christmas shopping season. In Technique, there is a demonstration of how an easily overlooked wall recess can pack extra detail into a build.
As if that was not enough, LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen sits down for an exclusive Q&A, discussing the incredible growth of the company and the continued family ownership – no LEGO fan should miss hearing from the guy in charge.
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This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 23rd of November, 2017.
Fervent documentarian, effusive AFOL and founding partner, Jeremy manages the daily news content and set reviews.
Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.