Friday, November 25, 2016

#99 Lego set 75099 Rey's Speeder

The build went pretty quickly. The set is only 193 pieces though a lot of them seem like they could be useful for MOC builds. The overall construction is pretty solid except the lower engine has a little more flex than I'd like especially since it's a major part of the gimmick of the set, the opening side doors.

The minifigs are good. The printed details look pretty accurate and Rey has two faces, one stern and one smiling. Unkar's thug looks pretty thug-like and has crowbar. The set also has ten stickers that add details to a few areas. I don't like putting stickers on my sets though do those will hangout with the instruction book for the rest of time.

Build time: 25 minutes +/-
Design: 4/5
Difficulty: 1/5

Cons: the opposite side of the speeder has no detail to speak of, somewhat understandable since I don't remember seeing it in the film. It might seem minor though I see it as a lost opportunity to make the kit just a little better.

Friday, May 13, 2016

#98 The Kraken rises!

Ok, this one was a real monster of a project. The kraken itself was 14 pieces: 4  for the body and 10 tentacles. The ship base I'm not sure of, there might be 3-4 pieces. I only had to attach the tentacles after painting the body. It is not attached to the ship yet since it would be even more of a hassle to move or store.
The painting prices was simple just time consuming. The main colors are turquoise and black. The fleshy areas around the break I thought should stand out a bit so I painted those areas with a muscle tone. The turquoise was three stages: a base coat, a couple washes and some highlights. So far so good. The shell areas were painted black highlighted grey then washed black.