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A LEGO Version Of Star Wars Episode I: Racer

If nobody is going to muster the will/cash for a new video game version of Star Wars’ pod-racing, then we’re going to have to settle for this movable, interactive LEGO take on it instead.

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Alexis Dos Santos built this using MINDSTORMS, LEGO’s robotics tech. The surface of the race scrolls past the user on a conveyer belt, while you’re able to move your podracer left to right to try and avoid the scenery.

There’s even sound effects, and a little screen at the base giving countdowns and readouts.

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The setup uses three separate motors, and took over 6000 pieces to build. And it’s professional as hell. I know many grown adults who would feel very little shame spending hundreds of dollars on this if it were an actual LEGO product.

Related: after calling it simply “Podracer” or “Podracing” for over 15 years, I was a little shocked to Google it for this headline and find the video game’s name was actually Star Wars Episode I: Racer, something I have never or will ever call it in my life.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Related: after calling it simply “Podracer” or “Podracing” for over 15 years, I was a little shocked to Google it for this headline and find the video game’s name was actually Star Wars Episode I: Racer, something I have never or will ever call it in my life.

I actually came here to comment on exactly this. I have no idea why it’s a Thing that people seem to never refer to this game by its actual name and it was a genuine (and pleasant!) surprise to see it in the title of this post. It’s never been an issue for me and my late-90s elementary school friends, though; it was always “Episode One Racer” to us, because we were extremely cool, and correct