Building this iPhone dock was a real treat. 'A labour of love', to coin a phrase.
I have a long standing nostalgic passion for Space Lego from the 1970's and early 1980's. There were a few epic Christmas gifts back then made for some of my favourite memories from childhood. As an adult, 2001: A Space Odyssey is among my favourite movies. The rest is all 'chocolate, meet peanut butter' as they say.
See the full album here - http://imgur.com/gallery/izHZv
We came into about 50lbs of Lego from a relative, and I pulled a few pieces from that hoard, but I also had to order several of the pieces custom, from the amazing retail experience at Lego's Pick A Brick. Sadly, the shipment was lost en route, and I had to wait a few extra weeks for the remaining parts. A few Ebay auctions later, and I had my 5 red vintage Space Lego guys. (They *had* to be red.)
|Original inspiration from Wired.com - The primate scene on Earth.|
Of course, the film itself provides the inspiration for the setting. Here's the original scene from the film. I've chosen to capture the moment the monolith starts to resonate for my dock.
I suppose the original, way back inspiration was a short internet video from the early 2000's (even late 90's?) I've just looked up again and embedded here.
I thought it was damn clever for the time, and ended up using a minifig Dave Bowman in the monolith as my Gmail/chat avatar. I guess you could say I have a long relationship with Space Lego and 2001. This makes me a huge geek I suppose. So be it. Let the geek flag fly!