Designing LEGO Star Wars 75253 BOOST Droid Commander: the sketch models

LEGO Star Wars 75253 BOOST Droid Commander is coming this September, with the behind-the-scenes process revealed in these sketch model images

Today, the LEGO Group announced a new product that combines the BOOST coding system and Star Wars, 75253 BOOST Droid Commander. The set will allow fans to build programmable droid – R2-D2, Gonk droid and Mouse droid – when it launches on September 1.

Carl Merriam is the Senior Designer, Create and Connect and Steve Geist is Senior UX Designer, UX Competency Center. The pair collaborated on LEGO Star Wars 75253 BOOST Droid Commander, with complementary backgrounds in different areas.

To share an insight into how LEGO designers come up with a model, a selection of images have been shared of the sketch models that led to the finished designs. Sketch models are rough drafts of models, often using incorrect colours or temporary pieces. Some are built to get a sense of scale, some are built to figure out a function and some are built to decide the colour scheme.

R2-D2 sketch models

Mouse droid sketch models

Gonk droid sketch models

Carl was a LEGO fan who was hired as a designer,first working on LEGO Minecraft, before moving to LEGO BOOST. He is now working on Creator Expert, and fans may also know his LEGO Ideas model, 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

Steve has worked on a variety of creative endeavours, developing educational and entertaining experiences for children. He worked on NEXO KNIGHTS in 2016, before getting involved in the Creative Play Lab – where new concepts are developed, before moving to the UX Competency Center.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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