It’s very rare to come across a LEGO photo that makes me stop and ask aloud “what the hell is that?” At first I thought it was a dildo or perhaps a flexible flashlight, or even some sort or sentient rolled up umbrella. Never did it occur to me that I might be looking at a spaceship, but according to builder Cath_Bailey , that is precisely what “Interloper” is. The builder has a pretty valid point that most starships today are well-built but often uninteresting because of excessive use of boilerplate. Take the current fad of Homeworld inspired designs that are frequently stunning but have also homogenized the state of the art into one big lozenge-shaped ship with fat stripes and bold colors. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the esthetic and the game and I don’t pin this on new builders either. It was just as bad in my early days and the boilerplate was just as entrenched. When I came into the hobby everything was a Lego theme build like M-Tron, Blacktron and Classic Space, none of which did a thing for me because I lacked the key ingredient of nostalgia to really embrace the trend. So I appreciate Cath_Bailey when he or she writes :
When looking at other ships, I’ve been hard pressed to find any that are unconventional. Hopefully this changes. When I think of space, I think of otherworldly things, not traditional, man-made structures.”
I dare say the builder accomplished the mission of creating something non-traditional, this doesn’t look like any starship I’ve ever seen. There is a video of the model, but unfortunately the builder elects not to show the viewer the back side. Having access to the entire ship might have changed my opinion of the design or at least increase my ability to identify it’s purpose. We get a glimpse of the back, as the disembodied hand turns the light switch on and off, but the rest shall remain a mystery. The video also shows a modest base and stand for the Interloper, but it isn’t noteworthy because it doesn’t add anything to the model itself. For those of you who are new to the hobby or don’t recognize the parts involved, the segmented body of the ship is made up of large inside-out tires. I remember first noticing the technique back in 2008 with Jordan Schwartz’s The Wretched Egg: different tire, same technique.
Just like Interloper, Jordan Jordan also went for something unconventional and succeeded with a monster instead of a space ship. Alien ship…Lovecraftian monster…I’m not sure there is much difference when the goal is to break the boilerplate and create something that you hope has never been seen before. What I find interesting is that I don’t love either model, but I blogged them because I was drawn to both by inherent strangeness of the images. If you can’t look away, that counts for something.
While we’re killing things with fire, let’s make sure we hose down this model with the flame-thrower. The builder is the always entertaining Djordje and the horrid creature is called an Abyssal Crayworm. NPU (Nice Part Usage) doesn’t even begin to cover it here, this is a stunning model that will likely hit every blog worth it’s salt. Djordje calls this scuttling atrocity an “unassuming ocean floor scavenger“, but I think it’s quite assuming.
Remember, constant reader, when in doubt, kill it with fire!