Star Trek Beyond was one of the biggest films of the year for me. It had a great story, great SFX and great action – I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it. Anyway, around the time it came out, I went through a retro Space Lego® phase and had just bought Benny’s Spaceship (70816). So, when it came time to pull it apart and make an alternate build… well, you’ve seen the post title. Here is my take on Benny’s Enterprise.
One of the great challenges of this build was how to render the Enterprise without it feeling too blocky, how to stylize the ship in a way that actually works with the original ship’s theme, and thus it’s Lego® elements. The answer was, surprisingly, embrace the bulk!
The ship features a single-seat bridge for Benny, with opening enclosure and the control systems up front.
The exterior feature design elements based on the ‘JJ-prise’, such as the banner-style impulse engines on the reverse of the saucer and the line of the neck extending backwards along the length of the lower dorsal section. I also added a crystal to the deflector dish, making the ship feel scaled-down to a single occupant, but also like a full-size Enterprise at the same time.
You can also see the nacelles above have antenna, similar to the nose of a fighter jet. This again plays with the scale and to me, makes the design feel more distinctive.
Of course, one of the cool things about Benny’s original spaceship was the reactor core, so I managed to streamline it and add in an opening engineering section to the main body.
As a bonus, in Star Trek Beyond (SPOILERS!!!) the Enterprise gets slowly, and gut-wrenchingly torn apart (it’s hard to make you feel sympathy for a spaceship, but this film does it magnificently) and the crew find an old derelict starship, the Franklin to escape with. This inspired me to make a Franklin for Benny too, but with a twist!
Recognise the saucer section? I made the Enterprise’s saucer section detachable so ‘the Franklin’ is an insert that locks into the back, giving Benny a cool new ship!
I made the nacelles look smaller, slimmer and more exposed, giving a feel of a more dated technology compared to the Enterprise. I purposefully kept the antenna on the nacelles though, so that the two ships really theme together nicely.
What would you put in your Lego® Enterprise? Let me know in the comments below!