This delightful build imagines how Benny might wind down after a day whizzing around the galaxy, having some fun with the lovable spaceman
There’s nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub after a long day of exploring the universe or building spaceships, spaceships, SPACESHIPS! Wearing a spacesuit 90% of the time isn’t always comfortable, especially in environments where the gravity is a lot stronger than floating in deep space.
Many people don’t realise that underneath his signature blue helmet Benny is sporting a very impressive, slicked-back quiff. Additionally, many people don’t realise that underneath his spacesuit Benny also has an equally impressive six-pack.
Benny is clearly so occupied with his drink and the appearance of a fish in his hot tub that he hasn’t noticed that he’s sprung an unwelcome leak. Looks like it’s time for some overdue maintenance, maintenance, MAINTENANCE!
I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for a while so it was nice to have some time to commit this to bricks. No particularly complex build techniques in this MOC, but an opportunity to use some parts I’d been looking forward to building with after sourcing them – the sand green telescopes and the grey microfigures used to build the decorative wall behind Benny’s hot tub.
I’ve seen a number of builds on Flickr where the build bleeds into the base beneath it so I decided to use this technique for the water leak by simply using transparent plates and a cheese slope. The finishes are a sprinkling of 1×1 transparent blue round plates for the water effect and a fish which has been gently placed into the hot tub rather than being part of the fixed build.
The final touch, a considered choice of hairpiece and torso for Benny – eagle-eyed builders and minifigure collectors will spot the hair from the Mechanic (Series 6) and the torso of the Lifeguard (Series 12).
Check out more of Justin’s work on Flickr, where his handle is justin_m_winn.