A few months back, I stumbled across this quote by American computer programmer, Ellen Ullman: “We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.” AdvertisementsRead more "On Top of Ruins"
All original Classic Space sets came with little buggies to help the minifigs explore their surroundings. They were the simplest designs and made up of a handful of pieces, between eight (for the Galaxy Explorer – set 497) and thirteen (for the Alpha-1 Rocket Base – set 483)!Read more "Exploring in Style"
In addition to Planetary Outpost’s building, this proposed set also offers vehicles to venture beyond the base’s confines, and excavation areas. This is where mysterious crystals lie, ready to be extracted and analysed by your intrepid crew. I knew I wanted a reason for the crew to step out of the airlock. I also knew […]Read more "Safer Excavation Areas"
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of both the minifigure, and the LEGO classic space theme, so it’s only fitting that the full crew of Planetary Outpost (all 15 of them, if you were to make all five configurations), decided to dress up for the occasion. Such an occasion also necessitated yours truly – and AI5ORTS […]Read more "Happy 2018"
Very shortly after I submitted Planetary Outpost, LEGO posted a series of informative videos about how to design and promote your project. Something Mark Stafford said kept niggling at me because I know he was right, and deep down, I’m a bit of a perfectionist: “If you know this model is unstable, that will have […]Read more "Mark Stafford’s Haunting Advice"
Creating a fully enclosed LEGO building is one thing. Making sure giant human hands can still get inside and interact with the crew and play features is another. Making this work for Planetary Outpost was the result of a lot of trial and error and compromise, but I think the final output works well and […]Read more "All Access"
Building a structure out of LEGO can be quite straightforward: stack up bricks on top of each other, and before you know it, you’ve got a building of some sort. But look at any design in real life and you’ll notice that they’re actually much more complex than they seem: stuff sticks out of various […]Read more "Detailing, Erling, and Greebling"