Building official LEGO sets is definitely fun, and also a great way to learn interesting building techniques. If you would like to branch out to building your own LEGO models, one of the easiest ways to start is to simply modify official LEGO sets. This can include adding additional details and accessories, or if you want to get more adventurous, you can recolor the models. Recoloring can be used for structures (we have discussed recoloring the LEGO Modular Buildings – see link at the end of this post), and it works particularly well for vehicles. LEGO City cars, race cars, spaceships, and other vehicles can all get a fresh new look by just changing the color-scheme. And you can also expand your collection of a particular vehicle you really like. 🙂
Today I would like to introduce you to a LEGO fan who specializes in recolororing official LEGO Star Wars sets and other LEGO Space sets. He goes by the name Rebel Builder, with a YouTube channel of the same name. Rebel Builder sometimes reviews official LEGO sets, but his main focus is on customizing them. For example he rebuilt the LEGO Star Wars Jedi Interceptor in seven different colors, including orange, black, dark-blue, various shades of green, and even purple.
Videos of the recolored vehicles are excellent quality, and Rebel Builder also discusses the challenges of picking alternate colors and finding the necessary pieces (not all LEGO elements come in all colors). If you ever wonder what a particular vehicle would look like in another color-scheme that you might want to build, watching these videos gives you a good idea. Below is a play-list of some of the alternate builds.
Another way you can play with colors is to first build the original vehicle in LEGO Digital Designer, and then start changing the colors to see what would look best. This way you don’t have to buy a bunch of pieces before committing to a particular color-scheme. I’m currently doing this with the #7593 LEGO Toy Story Buzz’s Star Command Spaceship. It is actually a really nice little spaceship with opening cockpit and a cargo-bay at the back, but the colors are kind of wacky. I have changed the colors to make it more respectable looking for my astronauts, and I’m just now getting the parts to actually build it.
Other vehicles that look excellent with alternate colors are LEGO race cars. For example if you really like one of the LEGO Speed Champions vehicles, and would like to build more of them to create a collection, you can simply change some or all of its colors. Even something simple as Emmet’s compact little vehicle can be recreated in other colors, as we have seen The LEGO Movie – they look fun all lined up.
So, if you would like to create alternate versions of LEGO Star Wars or other LEGO Space sets, I would recommend you check out Rebel Builder’s YouTube channel for inspiration and ideas. And if you would like to work on other vehicles in LEGO Digital Designer, you can find PDF files of a very large number of official LEGO sets at this forum at EuroBricks.com. This way you don’t have to rebuild the sets in LDD before you start recoloring them. Once you are happy with your design, you can get a shopping-list of your recolored model, and hit BrickLink.com, or the official LEGO Pick-A-Brick store or LEGO Bricks & Pieces store.
So what do you think? Have you ever rebuilt any official LEGO vehicles in other colors? Which ones? Or have you considered it? Which LEGO Star Wars recolors we featured here do you like the most? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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