There are a slew of incredible LEGO Star Wars sets out there, but for some reason The Empire Strikes Back hasn’t really properly been given its due diligence in building brick form. Specifically, with the exception of a Snowspeeder and AT-AT, the playsets recreating scenes from the opening battle on Hoth have been lackluster at best. But that changes this spring with a new Echo Base LEGO set that is nearly everything you ever wanted from a LEGO Hoth playset. See more photos below.
Lehtimäki began arranging his son’s toys in mini-dioramas in June of 2009. The first objects in front of his DSLR? The actual Millennium Falcon, X-Wing and Y-Wing Fighters toys. His concentration on Lego came later and Lego On Hoth later still.
The most popular Lego On Hoth photo is (third image), but Lehtimäki — possibly because of his self-described obsession with the Y-Wing Fighter — was not entirely pleased with how it turned out. The appearance of drifting snow in the image is actually floating particulates — it was shot underwater. However, Lehtimäki abandoned the technique shortly after making the image because of optic distortions through the camera casing, which also created difficulties focusing.
The fact he “sucks” at digital printing was not enough to discourage Lehtimäki from finding a simple home-brew solution for making a book of Lego On Hoth. Wanting to have and hold his Lego photography on printed paper, Lehtimäki maquetted the layout and had only three copies printed through Blurb. He has no intention of publishing it.