LEGOs are more than just a toy for young children— it's an emerging art form combining photography, stop-motion (i.e., brickfilms), and imitative models that portray today's pop culture as it is. It's something visual culture analysts are sure to be studying over the next decade, and Chris McVeigh, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is sure to be studied for his LEGO mastery.
He goes by the pseudonym of Powerpig and has been churning out LEGO builds and photography for some time now, favoring Star Wars models. These marvelous creations should inspire all of you Star Wars fans to dive into the spiderwebbed crevices of your attics and basements to wipe the dust off of your old LEGO collection.
Once you resurrect your childhood building blocks, you can jump right into LEGO construction, thanks to McVeigh's thoughtful instructions on his blog. My favorite of his LEGO creations—a Death Star Christmas tree ornament—is the perfect DIY tree garnish for the LEGO lover. The Death Star has been featured in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One, while the Death Star II appears in Return of the Jedi.
Most parts can be found in LEGO Stores, or via Lego's Pick a Brick service.
- Slave I Ornament Instructions (.pdf) — 59 pg.
- Instructions no longer available for the rocket-powered Santa sleigh, but there's a non-rocket-powered version here.