Speeding its way to the next LEGO Ideas Review Board comes Aaron Fiskum’s rendition of the famous Star Wars hovercraft used by Luke Skywalker, the LEGO Ideas UCS X34 Landspeeder as seen in Episode IV: A New Hope. Just a few moments ago, the speedy land vehicle has achieved the needed 10k thumbs up from the LEGO Ideas community making it the 9th entry to be included in the roster of potential LEGO sets that qualifies for the Second 2016 Review Stage next month.
It was quite a long journey for this LEGO Ideas Project since its inception last January of 2015. However, it gradually took off as fans took notice of Fiskum’s impressive build which previously earned him the title of Best Land Vehicle in Brickworld 2015. It didn’t take long until Beyond The Brick also took notice, and eventually featured Fiskum’s creation during Brickworld Chicago 2016.
Here are Aaron Fiskum’s thoughts on his LEGO Ideas Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder.
I’ve always wanted a hovercraft or floating/flying car, who wouldn’t? Since we’ve seen numerous flying crafts in the Star Wars UCS line and a minimal showing of land vehicles, I’ve often thought about what Luke Skywalker’s X34 Landspeeder might look like if it were brand new off the assembly line from the Sorosuub Corporation (via Lego) in UCS scale. This is my “Idea” for a UCS x34 Landspeeder at 2798 pieces including the stand. It measures 22.5 inches in length, 15.5 inches wide and 14.5 inches high with the stand.
I reviewed pictures of Landspeeder toys, images on the web, watched snippets of “A New Hope”, and read over schematics on Star Wars wikis for vehicle statistics. In collaboration from those sources, what you see here is the final build. I went through 6 different revisions in LDD looking for something acceptable and fairly accurate in proportion. The stand is modeled after a combination of the Lego UCS 10175 and 10134 stands. Although different from the orange and brown of the original craft, I decided that Lego Dark Red and Brick Yellow/Tan would be best based on piece availability in specific colors.
This project has been a lot of fun to create and I was completely engrossed in it. I welcome any comments or critiques (don’t be shy) as everyone has a different take in design and how things should look. If you like this “Idea”, I encourage you to support this project and follow my updates to it as time goes on.
Our warmest congratulations to Aaron in getting all the needed 10k votes, and the success of his UCS X34 Landspeeder. We hope to see his LEGO Ideas project get a LEGO official set number as hit store shelves in the not-so-distant future. Joining the Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder for the second wave of LEGO Ideas Review are the Women of NASA, Voltron – Defender of the Universe, Spaceballs – Eagle 5, The Addams Family Mansion, the Merchant’s House, the Large Hadron Collider, LEGO Observatory – Mountain View, and Modular Construction Site.