Most of us will never be able to forgive Fox for canceling Firefly in its prime back in 2002, and even the subsequent movie and comic books couldn’t keep us satiated for long. Thankfully, fans of the show have kept the magic going for years with creative endeavors like this: an utterly incredible model of Serenity made entirely of LEGO bricks.
LEGO artist Chris Doyle created this masterpiece more than six years ago, working for months to get the design just right.
For those who haven’t seen the series, this model clearly illustrates how the Firefly class of spacecraft got its name. The model features twenty lights in several areas of the ship: the bridge, the dining/common area, the ring of lights just in front of the drive, and the Firefly drive itself. The interior lights are run on a separate battery from the lights in the ring and the drive, allowing the exterior lights to either stay on or blink at intervals.
Included with the ship is a tiny model of one of the shuttles, possibly the one where Inara, the ship’s licensed Companion, makes her home on Serenity.
The model’s nacelles can turn a full 360°, just like the film’s version of the ship. This provides propulsion in several directions, allowing for forward and reverse motion as well as takeoff and landing.
The covers over the Firefly drive are also movable, allowing you to expose the whole drive in all its brightly-lit glory:
There’s an insane amount of detail in the model, from the lighting choices to the engine design and the little tubes and cords placed along the exterior of the ship. Doyle has done a remarkable job recreating everyone’s favorite Browncoat conveyance, and even though it’s an older creation, I have yet to see anyone top it since its completion in 2005.
Bonus feature! Prior to creating the ship, Doyle created minis of the entire Serenity crew.
The artist had originally planned to do the model of the ship to scale for the minis, meaning it would have been more than six feet in length. Now THAT is a project!
Source: Reasonably Clever