LOGAN — Logan jeweler S.E. Needhams recently created a solid gold Han Solo Lego piece and an entertaining YouTube video — backstory and stop-motion included — to go along with it.
In the charming video, Lego Han and Darth Vader meet at Needhams to discuss a marriage proposal to Princess Leia, Solo’s love and Vader’s daughter. The setup was a trap, however, and Han finds himself encased in a foreign substance, this time in 14K gold instead of carbonite.
Watching the video, made by JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is actually really satisfying. You get to see plaster poured over the Lego into a cylinder and the mold baked in a 2,000-degree Fahrenheit burnout furnace, which the video voiceover said “radiated more heat than both suns on Tatoine.” That amount of heat vaporized the plastic and 14K gold heated to 1,900 degrees was then poured in to fill the Han Solo-shaped cavity.
After cooling, the mold was broken, the plaster removed with a small drill and the golden figure tumbled until shiny. After a little polishing, buffing and a dip in a very Star Wars galaxy-like ultrasonic cleaning bath, Han emerges looking more droid than smuggler.
This video hits a few notes: Star Wars, behind-the-scenes of jewelry making and stop-action goodness. The fact that it was filmed in Utah is just icing on the quirky video cake.
Last night at Comic-Con’s preview night, The latest LEGO CUUSOO set Back to the Future went on sale. Along with it came the official announcement posted on the CUUSOO site. If that’s not enough information for you. The brothers over at The Brother’s Brick got a preview copy to review. which is informative, and provides some otherwise unpublished published pictures.
I could take some time and type a whole raft of comments and notes about what I can see in the set, but instead I think I’d be better off limiting it to what I see as the major points and then letting you look through the pictures, and watch the Video for yourself.
Custom printed tiles for license plates and interior
It’s a Delorean
On sale now at Comic-Con, then world wide on August 1st
Will available from LEGO Stores, LEGO.com, and select retailers
All credit goes to "Sven" on moc-pages.com for the design. I reversed engineered it from a few pictures he posted. His model is quite faithful to trucks used by UPS that were made by International Harvester Company. I made a few minor changes. I had to make one eventually since I drive a brown truck for a living. Needs mirrors, is missing a few brown headlight bricks, and I have a plan to limit the "stamp" effect. Stickers are wrong scale, but oh well. I’m not sure if those brown tubes I used on the back are real Lego, just found them in a parts bin. …
Hey! I bought this on impulse a couple of weeks ago but I’m now trying to sell it because I need the money. Is there anyone interested in buying it. It’s brand new and unopened. I was going to sell it on Ebay but I just want to check here first to see if anyone is interested. It’s sold out in the stores at the moment, so this could be a great opportunity if you’re trying to buy one. I paid around $860 for it, with tax included, so I’m not willing to sell it for less than that. I will simply sell it to whomever is willing to pay the most.
As I am sure many of us have Lego ornaments on Christmas trees this time of year, please share a pic of one of your favorites that you have hanging this year – any design, MOC, designed by Lego, Chris McVeigh, etc. I’d love to see what people have. …