I built another poracer. Podracers are beginning to become my Starfighter or worse, my Domo. At least these are more consistently different in their builds, it's not like a swapping out of colors on the same build. So like my last MOC, this was built back in May, and only now am I getting around to doing stuff with it. However, I could not come up with a name. My other podracers have been driven by either my Sig Fig or Santa so they were just their podracers. This is just a random guy and an original podracer, it is not intended to be one from The Phantom Menace or any part of the Expanded Universe. So I asked for names for the Pilot or the Podracer, and after receiving a nice little list, we have Wulf'tar Pak and the Black Mamba. Thanks to Jeremy Green and Werewolff for their name suggestions.
Overall, this is probably the best Podracer I have made in this scale (I have more coming in a smaller scale) and it greatly surpasses my Sig Fig's. The big difference is that it has color blocking, it's not just random pieces of the two main colors slapped on there.
The Black Mamba also takes a good portion of inspiration from Aldar Beedo's Podracer. Originally, I thought that the engines actually had a bit of a bevel to them, and the set version that came with Watto's Junkyard didn't do that, so I went for that bevel, and then it turns out, that Aldar Beedo's pods actually didn't do that, but it was a nice challenge.
The Black Mamba, like my Sig Fig's, also takes after the style originally made back in 1999 for the sets. Tan frame, the cables attaching the way they do, and then also in pieces. With the exception of a few, most of the pieces used are meant to make it look as if it could race side-by-side with the pods from Mos Espa Podrace without making anything look outdated due to the pieces being used.
So now let's take a closer look at the details.
Here is the front of the cockpit. The wings have trans-neon orange pieces in there so when the light hits it just right, there is an orange tint, suggesting the there's a lot of engine action going on. You know this guy is serious when even the cockpit comes with some engines as well.
Here is the side. I'm not entirely sure what the engine stuff in the back is supposed to be for, but I thought it looked cool. I had to use my favorite piece as much as I could in this MOC, and don't fret, it will appear again.
This Pod, unlike the sets actually comes with a control panel than just the handles, if they even come with those. And yes, that is all attached legally, I would have it no other way. I will not reveal the secret as it is probably pretty simple, and I have an even bigger secret to reveal later.
And now we get to one of the highlights of the MOC in my opinion. That beautiful, blue, leather seat. Some may think it will clash because it's the only thing of that color on the MOC, but i say it just gives it some more style. And like before, I'll keep how I built that a secret, but it is all legally attached.
And now for what makes a Podracer a Podracer; the Pods!
Here is the side. Would you guys believe me if I told you that those little T-joints came in old gray? Well they do. I never knew that but they had actually been around for a very long time before the evil switch to Bluish Grays and Reddish Browns back in 2004. That little flag piece is supposed to be a flap to help maneuver this behemoth of a machine. It has a wolf emblem on it, and I thought it was appropriate because the Wulf'tar Pak actually used a Chima Fox head, so both are in that wild dog family. (It is also what inspired Jeremy in his name suggestion.) I felt like it was the his symbol like many other drivers have on their pods. Also, that grate on the side is like the ones on the wings of the cockpit; having a trans-neon orange piece behind to make it look like the engines are just roaring.
There is also another flap; a much bigger one to help maneuver this beast. Once again, my favorite piece makes an appearance. This would also act as a play feature if this were a set because it would be a section for the pit droid to work on the pod.
So here's an underside shot just to give you one big hint at what we are about to get into if you haven't already noticed it before.
Here, you can see there are wheels and gears. I tried to cover them up as best as I could, so that beveling idea actually worked in favor of that as well.
Here is the some exposed section of the gears that just cannot be covered up legally. So you have probably guessed it by now, and if you haven't, fine I'll tell you...
...the engines spin. It's really cool to see everyone starting up their engines and you see a bunch of stuff start spinning, but then in the sets, well, they don't do that because most of the ones made don't do that, but also, that would be a lot of work. Here is the exposed interior of the pod. It took a long time, but eventually, with some newer parts mixed with older ones, I figured out how to get the rotations of the wheels to transfer into the rotation of the engines and still keep that bevel. And to prove to you guys that it works, here's a video:
And now we move on to the pit station and the minifigures.
So there isn't really much to say. It looks just like the other two in Mos Espa Podrace, nothing too fancy.
Wulf'tar Pak is fairly simple, it was mainly an excuse to use those Chima minifig pieces. Actually, when the goggles are down on the helmet, they match up with the eyes pretty well unlike the beady little ones regular minifigs have, so that is a bonus. The downside though is that all the Chima heads are double-sided, so he can't always wear his cap, but that's why his pit droid wears it.
And speaking of the pit droid, how cute is he? I'm surprised that in 2012, when the rehashes of Anakin and Sebulba's pods came out that they never reintroduced the pit droids. I say that this is the best design, regardless of the scale. It has a lot of personality unlike other droids built with very specific parts. I wanted to give him a bit of a style as well so the "paint design" is a big diagonal of Black, Brown, and Black.
It's time to start the race.
Aldar Beedo doesn't stand a chance.
"Beedo can eat my dust!"
If you are interested, this also has a review on YouTube. It shows a bit more where pictures don't exactly do justice:
Thanks for checking out the MOC you guys, I hope you liked it. Don't forget to rate and comment.
Hello there! This is Argo of the Lego Star Wars Moccers, requesting that you come by and check on us, as we are thriving to be a more active group. Even though school starts soon, we hope to be active on weekends and maybe have some contests! Hope to see you there!
PS: This is a really awesome pod racer you have here, nice job!
Thanks for the great comments guys. I don't know how long I will keep the name entries open for, but over on Flickr, we may have found a pilot's name. There have also been some great names for the Pod here and on Flickr. So I should try to keep my options limited, but the entries are still going on.