Posts Tagged ‘Steampunk’

More LEGO Steam Wars

Pete Vilmur | January 25, 2008

shuttle continues their coverage of the LEGO steampunk Star Wars contest, recently updating with several new entries, including “Steam Speeder”, Pod Racer, “Imperial London Shuttle”, and TIE Fighter. Click on over to check them out!

LEGO Steampunk Naboo Starfighter Team | January 23, 2008

If you frequent our blog, you’re probably aware that we’re big fans of steampunk, especially when it’s got a Star Wars twist. As reported here a couple weeks ago, there’s a LEGO Star Wars steampunk contest afoot, and just posted a heads-up on one of the cooler entries – the “Royal Naboo Airforce One”, or R.N.A.F.1, created by Mark Stafford. We think it’s rather, well, fetching, actually.

Check boingboing’s original post here, or follow this link to see more angles of this cool entry.

Star Wars LEGO Contest Picks Up Steam

Pete Vilmur | January 8, 2008

Star Wars steampunk aficionados, crack out those old LEGO sets with helicopter propellers, domed canopies, harpoons, gears and other Victorian accoutrements – the From Bricks to Bothans Forums has announced a “Steam-Wars Contest” and is giving away some great LEGO Star Wars sets for prizes.

To get an idea of what Star Wars steampunk might look like, check out some of the photos posted at the WIRED Blog Network.

Better hurry – contest ends January 31st!

Thanks to for the heads up!

Jedi Jardin and Steambots Team | January 7, 2008

BoingBoing TV vlogger/journalist Xeni Jardin continues her lightsaber training while visiting LA Jedi Bootcamp, and droid maker I-Wei shows off his latest steampunk robots!

VIDEO: BBtv: Jedi Xeni/Steam-Powered Robots

And don’t miss our exclusive interview with I-Wei about his steam-powered R2-D2 here:
Creating R2-S2 (Steampunk R2-D2)

Baroque Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | December 6, 2007

Sweden-based artist Mattias Adolfsson creates Baroque-style portraits (think wigs and Steampunk gears with a cartoony twist) of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Sylkwalker, C-3PO and R2-D2, a stormtrooper, and even the Death Star and the AT-AT!

See all of Adolfsson’s art here:
Star Wars, the Baroque Version:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Scrap Metal Yoda

Bonnie Burton | September 6, 2007

Bangkok artist Yumi Modal and her family create some amazing pieces of art from metal parts and scraps. Above is Yumi Modal’s tribute to Jedi Master Yoda.

Check out more of Yumi Modal’s art here.

Steampunk Stormtroopers in Dubai

Bonnie Burton | September 4, 2007

Check out these amazing giant Imperial stormtroopers (and Aliens) in the Steampunk style, in a shopping mall art gallery in Dubai.

Click to see more images here.


DIY Steampunk Lightsaber

Bonnie Burton | August 23, 2007

You can’t make a steampunk R2-D2 unit and not try your hand at constructing a steampunk lightsaber! Fan and artist Jon C. Acosta shows you how he made his in step by step photos.

How to Make a Steampunk Lightsaber

For more interesting steampunk craft ideas, check out the blog:
Brass Goggles

SOURCES: Wired, StarDestroyer.Net BBS

Creating R2-S2 (Steampunk R2-D2)

Bonnie Burton | July 5, 2007

When artist and animator I-Wei Huang builds robots he likes to mix his curiosity for electronics with his appreciation for the burgeoning genre of Steampunk. So when he recently unveiled his Steampunk R2-D2 known as R2-S2 (R2 Steam Too), fans and droid builders wanted to know more.’s own Bonnie Burton tracked him down and picked his brain on how to turn everyone’s favorite astromech into a Victorian-inspired machine.

How do your skills as an animator help when you make these cool creations?

Being an animator, you tend to see things in a different way, and can’t help but notice subtle details of how things move and work, especially in motion of humans and animals. To be an animator these days, you sort of have to have a balance between being artsy-fartsy and techy-geeky. I like seeing mechanical things work, because it’s visual. You can watch and study the transfer of power, and figure out how one thing drives another. When it comes to non-visual things, like electronics, I have a hard time grasping concepts of how everything work together.

Being an artist also makes you want to do something different and unusual. I just enjoy coming up with silly ideas that no one is dumb enough to try. I try to make steam contraptions that perform well mechanically, but are also aesthetic pleasing to the eye. Part of the draw of the Victorian steam technology for me is the attention given to making machines beautiful. Just because it has to serve a function, doesn’t mean that it has to be ugly. I also gravitate towards making steam machines that resemble things in nature, in particular arthropods, or things with carapaces, shells or armor.