26 06 2010

While I don’t think Picard is better than Kirk, I do much prefer Star Trek : The Next Generation to the original series.  As a sci-fi nerd and now a prop collector, I jumped at the chance to pick up one of the stranger Trek props to come onto the market.

By the third season of The Next Generation (TNG), old Captain Picard was getting a little frazzled, having zipped around the universe saving humanity time and again.  In the episode “Captain’s Holiday”, Commander Riker suggested Picard visit the resort planet called Risa.   Risa is basically a paradise world, full of sexy women and the perfect climate for some R&R.  Secretly poking a little fun at his Captain, Riker asked Picard to pick him up a souvenir while he was away.

Little did Picard know that the item Riker requested was a Risan fertility idol, known as a Horga’hn, displayed by people requesting jamaharon, a sexual act performed by the beautiful Risans.

Later, in the follow-up series Deep Space Nine, some of the members of that show also visit Risa and again the Horga’hn featured in the episode. It showed up in various other TNG episodes and also in the Enterprise series at the end of Star Trek’s run.

My Horga’hn arrived unpainted, made from resin and I spent quite a while preparing it and painting it up as best I could. As a finishing touch I added some gold around the top of the head as displayed on Picard’s version of the idol. In the pictures below it shows up a little more red than in person, and the details aren’t as strong.

Picard on Risa, with large Horga'hn

Picard's Horga'hn

Quark on Risa from DS9

Resin Cast

My Finished Horga'hn

Large Statue


LEGO™ Men!

15 05 2010

When I was a kid, I used to play with Lego all the time.  I would spread it out all over the floor and build a lot of the usual stuff, picking through the blocks, building and rebuilding loads of awesome things.  At one point, I was given an old wooden briefcase in which to keep the blocks, and it was great.  My parents hated it, of course.  They’d constantly be stepping on sharp bits or stepping over the sprawling castle I’d build right in front of the tv.  Best of all, the rattle of my sorting through the blocks looking for the right part would drive them nuts.

Well, I’m older now and haven’t played with Lego in years.  I still have the briefcase filled with the stuff in the bottom of my wardrobe, but it has sat there for a long time without being opened.

I do, however, play computer games and I am also a fan of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  You’d know this if you’ve read any of my previous posts.

Both of those titles have been represented in Lego before and I’ve played (and enjoyed) the computer games of both Indy and Star Wars.  You might think they’re for kids, and you’re probably right, but they’re still mad fun and I enjoyed every last minute.  They also got me thinking about Lego again, after all these years.

While poking around various shops, I was seeing boxes of Star Wars Lego and Indiana Jones sets, but they were all had pretty high prices and I didn’t take the bait.  I really only wanted to pick up a little figure or something to stick up on the top of the computer.  I wasn’t going to buy a $40 dollar set to get just the one item, so I let it lie for a while.

Then one day I discovered a website called Bricklink.  They’re an online community of Lego enthusiasts who also trade in single pieces.  I held off for a while, thinking it was pretty stupid and childish for me to go and buy some Lego at my age.  But screw it.  I broke.

I blame Stig.

If you don’t know, the Stig is the tame racing driver from tv’s Top Gear.  Clad in a white racing suit and white helmet, he test drives all the cars they review on the show.  He also never speaks.  Needless to say, he’s utterly cool and has a fan following all of his own.

Anyway, to me, putting Stig in Lego made obvious sense, and since I was going to plunge back into my childhood in a big way, I’d have to go overboard.

I also picked out the parts for the Indiana Jones figure I’d been playing with in the computer game, and added a familiar pair of TV characters.  Because I was going overboard, I also added the Ghost Busters and in my warped mind, making a badass war hero out of Lego was just hilarious, I also picked parts for Lego Rambo.

Using Brinklink to pick out the parts was a much bigger process than I had first anticipated.  Brinklink is made up of many, many stores all over the world, and none of them have every single part.  I spent hours browsing through plastic faces and body parts to find just the right ones for the characters I was making and laid each brick out in a spreadsheet.

Then I went through the stores and totaled up the stores with most parts, for least amount of purchases and price.  Even though it took a long time, it was fun to do.  In the end I think I got about 9 different packets through the post over a course of two weeks.  Some parts came from Hong Kong and some from France, the USA and the UK.  I later added a set of black flat plates I could stick to the top of my monitor as a stand.

Once the parts were here, and after many strange looks from my Postie, I put the characters together.  Stig is my favourite for sure, followed by Rambo.

Digging through the old suitcase full of Lego I also salvaged parts for Captain Kirk.  I prefer the new style flesh coloured faces rather than the old school yellow, but you take what you get.  There’s something to be said for old school. I made the uniform by printing it onto some mailing labels, carefully cutting it out and sticking it on.  If you look closely you can see it’s a sticker, but that’s how they did it in the old days.  Old School!

I’ve pretty much kicked the Lego habit now, and did what I set out to do. The old wooden box is back in the cupboard again where it will likely stay for another few decades.  Although… A Lego Jack Bauer might be on the cards.  Maybe.

LEGO™ Stig

LEGO™ Indiana Jones

LEGO™ Rambo

LEGO™ Captain Kirk

LEGO™ Mythbusters

LEGO™ Ghost Busters