The very definition of determination, Paul Yperman spent two years and 30,000 LEGO blocks to make a Star Wars: Episode I Trade Federation Droid Control Ship

It started when he found a Star Wars cross-section book with a picture of the ship and felt a deep and compelling urge to create it in Lego blocks. This happens to me all the time by the way. The ship is so complex that he had to use custom software to design the donuthole in the center. He gives a shout-out to Thomas Benedikt as inspirational for this creation. He posted his pics and details on his LEGO brick creation, called a "MOC", and the rest is history.

It would be perfect if only he'd made a little animated Anikin Skywalker that yells "Yippee!" as it crashes into the docking station.
Do you feel this was time well spent?


ComicBookListings said...

Yes, as matter of fact. I think it was time very well spent. Check out this reconstruction of Action Comics #1 in Lego Blocks. http://bit.ly/cBlkfp

mauricem said...

That Lego Action Comics #1 is impressive yes. I wonder how long it took him to make it?

ComicBookListings said...

I'm not sure how long it took. But I will tell you one thing. That one post has received more hits than than you can shake a Lego at. ...Legos, who knew?

monkeymigraine said...

Impressive, but not time well spent. It's a monument to a terrible movie. Should've done the Millenium Falcon.

ComicBookListings said...

I really didn't want to say anything, monkeymigraine. But, the Millennium Falcon is only 5000 pieces, compared to the 30,000 pieces use to complete the Droid Ship. Not really much to brag about there. However, the Driod Ship, would most definitely be enough to give you, a migraine!

mauricem said...

I don't think he was talking about the actual Lego Star Wars model, but its a good point. LOL That model was much more detailed.

ComicBookListings said...

Oh, Man! I hope he wasn't offended by my comment. It was only meant as a counter to his "not time well spent" comment. Not for the purpose of starting an argument, but just trying to keep the conversation going. Nevertheless, I apologize as it was a bit insensitive.

Sorry monkeymigraine. The next time I start a comment with "I really didn't want to say anything", I'll know not to say it.

And i apologize to you too, mauricem. As bringing any kind of strife to your blog, is absolutely the last thing I wanted to do. sorry.

mauricem said...

I don't think he was offended and I didn't see it as strife. We encourage people to agree or disagree with us and people often do disagree. ;) I was just stepping in to clarify. Feel free to say anything you want Man. For those who haven't seen it: http://gizmodo.com/5165255/the-building-of-the-lego-millennium-falcon-the-definitive-movie

monkeymigraine said...

I should clarify...not offended. And my comment wasn't a reflection on the actual work, which was clearly monumental, but on the final result. I hate "Phantom Menace" with a passion (except for Darth Maul and the Podrace), and making a model of the Federation ship seems a little misguided. For example, what if he had made a Lego model of the moment when Jar Jar Binks stepped in feces? It could contain millions of pieces, constructed with the aid of a Cray supercomputer, and built over the course of ten years, but it's still a pretty lame thing to memorialize. But I do respect the effort involved.

Sci-Fi Gene said...

Equally fair to say that the reason Phantom Menace was disappointing was not the quality of the spaceship designs - many (including this one) were pretty cool in a pulpy sci-fi book cover sort of way. May have had more to do with lame scripting that missed the fun & melodrama of the originals, as well as moments like the one in your comment. I'm all for memorializing the epic battle scenes and blocking out that character who shares his initials with the director of Star Trek.

Stephen Sherman said...


That's one impressive MOC.

I have a new LEGO® community site:

and would be delighted to have you join. Other members would be interested in your comments and views.



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