LEGO STAR WARS         LEGO SUPER HEROES         LEGO NINJAGO         LEGO FRIENDS         LEGO DISNEY         LEGO ELVES         LEGO MINIFIGURES         LEGO GAMES         LEGO BOOKS

LEGO Star Trek Enterprise D-Bridge

by admin on January 10, 2014

in Featured Creations

(Written by Jonathan Markiewitz)

This is Jon Markiewitz, director and animator of Batman: Revenge (a.k.a. The Batman LEGO Film produced in 2003), along with other LEGO films that have been popular with LEGO fans. Today I would like to share with you a project I have been working on; the LEGO Enterprise-D Bridge model, right out of Star Trek! 🙂

LEGO Star Trek The Next Generation

Currently the LEGO Enterprise-D Bridge is a LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) model, but I also hope to be able to build it from real LEGO elements.

LEGO Star Trek Enterprise D-Bridge by Jon Markiewitz

Designing and constructing this digital LEGO model of the Enterprise-D Bridge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was a labor of love, and it demonstrates what’s possible using the LEGO Digital Designer program (you can download LDD free on LEGO’s website here).

LEGO Star Trek Enterprise D-Bridge by Jon Markiewitz Details

My inspiration for the development of the LEGO Enterprise-D Bridge came purely from being a Star Trek fan, and I was always admiring the design of the galaxy-class starship.

LEGO Star Trek Enterprise D-Bridge by Jon Markiewitz Full View

Due to the fact that I was developing a LEGO model based on the real movie-set, I looked at several reference photos and screenshots from episodes to ensure I got things as accurate as possible. Attention to detail in any LEGO model is an absolute must, and of course there will usually be some limitations anyway when using LEGO.

LEGO Star Trek D-Bridge Reference Picture

Because this is a digital LEGO model, you will notice a lack of computer-screens on the consoles. But I assured Michael Okuda (the graphic designer for Star Trek) that if it gets built I’ll give the bridge the “Okuda-touch”! 😀

LEGO Star Trek D-Bridge Reference Image

I hope you enjoyed this LEGO Star Trek model, and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback you are welcome to use the comment section below. Thanks for reading and checking out my model! 😉

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

BLProductions January 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

It looks good! Although I think the floor color scheme is a little off. I’m also using LDD to design possible sets for Lego.

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I agree with the floor color needed some possible change, but yeah, otherwise awesome model! 😀

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Okay, so I changed the reference pictures per Jon’s request. These show that his model’s color-sceme is in fact pretty close. 🙂

Reply

ninja of stealth January 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

okay, I know this is way off subject but I found this video on youtube and its about TLM summer sets characters and more! its called the LEGO summer 2014 set pictures a look into the essential guide book. I don’t know how to make a link to that so sorry. so if you’re interested then, yeah. uh… TADA! 🙄

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I’ve already seen all of those….
But, thanks!

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Yeah, we talked about those the other day. See here: http://thebrickblogger.com/2014/01/the-lego-movie-summer-sets/

Reply

ninja of stealth January 12, 2014 at 6:59 PM

yeah, but I just found more pictures and thought somebody might want to see it. (its the thought that counts.)

Reply

Jon Markiewitz January 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

BLProductions, with the previously posted reference pictures, I would completely agree. But the newly posted ones show the connection made between the striking red and blue coloring for which I was following. And thank you for the compliment. I appreciate it!

Reply

Steven January 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

It certainly looks like Lego has jumped out of the box and into the fire, about time. I’m not a big fan of so many theme sets that have been produced, but if they venture into other areas such as perhaps Star Trek and other military themes, that would certainly cut the revenue from Mega Blok since the Lego brand is far more superior.

Reply

Håkan January 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I don’t think this is an official product. To my knowledge, Kre-O owns the Star Trek license currently.

Reply

Håkan January 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

And don’t hold your breath for any military themes. If I remember correctly, the founder of the company has explicitly stated that he thought war wasn’t any playing matter.

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I don’t see how Star Trek is any more military than for example Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Both of them long-standing LEGO-licenses.

Reply

Steven January 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Exactly my point, you don’t have to explain the art of war so to speak, but if was out of the question what do we call Ninjago, samurai assassins, lol ? Just saying Lego tried to expand too fast too quickly. Slow it up between new ideas

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Ninjago would not be called war. It’s a sort of classic adventure story with ninja’s fighting the forces of evil. Not realistic modern combat.

Reply

Håkan January 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Brickset classify those themes as “Action/Adventure”.

Reply

legodude19 January 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Oh just fyi, Star Trek is much more focused on peace than war…

Sometimes to an almost naive extent. No toe stomping here. 🙂

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Nope. There won’t be LEGO war themes. Do you know that green bricks were added later than other colors so as to stop people from making LEGO tanks?

Oh and, nice MOC!!

Reply

Håkan January 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Not entirely sure that’s the only reason, since classic Lego bricks only had primary colors, white, black, red, blue, yellow. (They had other weird colors even earlier. Read the articles at the Lego Colors section.) The first non-primary color commonly available should have been gray in the space and castle lines, and I believe green appeared as a brick color long before orange, purple and pink.

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It was one of the reasons, though.

Reply

NinjagoNerd36 January 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I believe the main reason was because green bricks were more expensive to produce when LEGO started making sets. So it really didn’t have anything to do with stopping people from making tanks.

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I think that may be a myth. The standard LEGO green has been available since 1950. 😉

Reply

NinjagoNerd36 January 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

LEGO will not be making any MODERN war themes with actual guns and modern weaponry. Ninja do not use modern weaponry. I believe the only real war theme LEGO ever made was a Civil War theme a long time ago.

Reply

legodude19 January 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

The recent Indiana Jones theme drew heavily on modern warfare equipment. See the set that had the German truck with the treasure for instance.

Btw did you know that its kinda incorrect to refer to any German soldier from WWII as a Nazi? Technically they were members of the Wermacht and not neccesarily part of the Nazi party. Just thought that was interesting. 🙂

Reply

Håkan January 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I don’t know how many here who have seen the German “Das Boot” film or TV-series, but I remember there that only one of the submarine soldiers was an actual nazi, and he was often ridiculed by the rest of the staff.

Of course, the series was designed so the audience could symphatize with the characters, as well, so that aspect might have been toned down in the production.

Reply

legodude19 January 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Very interesting. I don’t know that that situation is entirely unrealistic, though criticism of the Nazi beliefs may be. I feel as if open criticism could have been more dangerous and unworthwhile than the average soldier would have wanted.

On the other hand though, I think the Kriegsmarine was less Nazi than other branches of the German military. Whether thats true or not I’m not sure… but I feel I’ve heard that before. lol

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Hakan, this is a project created by Jon in LDD. 😉

Reply

Studless January 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Kinda funny how many people think this is an official Lego product.

Mabye I should start a series where I explain how to use LDD and how to use different connections.

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

A post on LDD would be nice. I have been planning to write on myself but haven’t gotten around to it. I love the software and use it all the time. It is an excellent tool for LEGO fans.

Reply

Fikko3107 January 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Aagh, I wanted to write about that too…

But anyways, According to their official rules and such, they only abstain from Modern Warfare-That means anything from before WWI, including the American Civil War, is fair game. As you can see, with the Revolutionary Soldier from S10.

Reply

admin January 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Fikko, more than one article is perfectly fine on the subject. There are so many angles you can write! Good point about modern warfare being the only period off limits. I think the Sopwith Camel is the only set from that period, and it is a model, not a play-set.

Reply

Jon Markiewitz January 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Studless, I think that’s a great compliment that there are those who believe this was a design for an official LEGO® model. If they ever decided to do something like this, it would certainly be considered a UCS model with its piece-count of more than 2,200 bricks.

Reply

ninja of stealth January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

hey, that’s awesome! it seems ( in my opinion) to build a LEGO online then in real, I mean, sure, you have all the virtual pieces you want, but, does it seem the same as actually holding the LEGOs and your hands and “feeling the POWER” as I might say, so I think its better to stick to the real thing, (in my opinion) even though, you could get your ideas in faster by going on that website. hmm… 😕 does anyone else get what I’m taking about, or am I practically talking to myself?

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I think I know what you mean….

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

LDD is very useful for large projects because it helps you figure out exactly what you will need to build it with real LEGO. I generally combine LLD with real building. I start on a concept with real LEGO elements, then work out the details in LDD, then buy what I need and build the project. Otherwise you would either need an unlimited LEGO collection, or waste hundreds of dollars on parts you end up not using. So yeah, LDD is a great tool for MOC-ers, but I agree; working with real LEGO bricks is the real thing. However if you are on a budget LDD can be very helpful to minimize your expenses. 😉

Reply

7-ate-9 January 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM

This was created using LDD; evidently the only way to be able to build this in real life would be if you worked for LEGO!
http://brickfanatics.co.uk/13-foot-ldd-super-star-destroyer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+brickfanatics+%28Brick+Fanatics%29

Reply

admin January 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Yeah, I saw that! Massive! That model brings up some important points though. A lot of people have been wondering if it can actually hold its own weight. Structural integrity cannot be tested in LDD, but is crucial in large models.

Reply

Håkan January 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

There should exist mathematical formulas to calculate the probability, though…

Reply

Håkan January 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

And now I recall that life-size X-Wing ship constructed for an event.

Reply

Jon Markiewitz January 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

ninja of stealth, one thing to keep in mind about LDD is that it provides a great environment for those “visual learners” out there like myself who benefit from trial and error first before spending the amount of money needed to build a model such as this one. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize something first. With a design as complex as this one, to get things as accurate as possible I wanted to ensure I could design it first, and then progress to the building stage.

Reply

ninja of stealth January 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

yeah, that’s a good point. thanks for commenting back guys! 😉

Reply

BLProductions January 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Yeah I get what you mean, ninja of stealth. It’s easier and more fun to do it with real bricks. But if you don’t have the parts, LDD is easier.

Also, thanks admin for changing the reference pics! 🙂

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

You are welcome! 😉

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hows pieces are there in this model? Are you planning to build the entire ship?

Also, I’ve get three hundred posts on my forum (http://starbricks.createaforum.com/) in seven days! Woot!
Admin, how can I add an avatar to my comments (like the one you have)?

Reply

LK901 January 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Sorry, I’ve found out how to change my avatar..

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Cool! If you have any further questions about it just let me know, but it is really easy to set it up. 🙂

Reply

Picard is awesome April 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

No offense, but that is dumb.

Reply

Jon Markiewitz January 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

LK901, there are currently over 2,200 bricks composing this design. As for building more locations, if I did, I would start with the adjacent rooms connecting to the main bridge such as the ready room and observation lounge. The nice thing is that with already having the doors build into the bridge model, it would be a matter of modular connection.

Reply

Sam Wolfe January 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Admin…
Sorry if this is off topic, but have you seen the Simpsons house? Dispite the fact that i hate the show, i love the house! What do you think?

Reply

admin January 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Yeah, wrote about it the other day, and I have a second post with the press-release scheduled for tomorrow. 😉

Reply

Strider January 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

You directed and animated the Lego Batman movie! I’m automatically a huge fan of you! I make stopmotion brickfilms and I always dreamed of making a full length movie if I ever got the right materials. (I’ve seen some of the movie and it was really good.) Nice MOC too :).

Reply

Jon Markiewitz January 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Strider, thanks for the kind words!

Reply

Picard is awesome April 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Make sure you add Data,Picard,Riker,Troi,and Worf! I am hoping for this!

Reply

charlie eggs December 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

is there a download? because i’d really like to see this in my LDD

Reply

admin December 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Charlie, not that I know of, but you can always contact the creator. 😉

Reply

Leave a Comment

Subscribe to Comments Feed

Previous post:

Next post: