Star Wars: The Last Jedi has barely been in cinemas for two days, but already the adorable, diminutive Porgs have captured the hearts and imaginations of fans worldwide. Small, covered in orange fluff, and staring at you with big, round, puppy-dog eyes, it’s hard not to fall in love with the Porgs after seeing trailers and merchandise alone. Just days ago, #TakeYourPorgToWorkDay was trending, and many high street giants are predicting Porgs to be top of this year’s Christmas lists.
It should come as no surprise, then, that several of our builders found themselves constructing 60cm replicas of these cuddly critters. Ten of them. If ever we were to risk a cuteness overload, this would be the time.
In the Star Wars universe, Porgs are small birds from the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi himself, has resided in a self-imposed exile. According to the film’s director, Rian Johnson, they are inspired by the puffins that dominate Skellig Michael, which served as the location for Ahch-To during filming. Our Porgs are larger-than-“life”, each one reaching 60cm tall. Though not truly accurate, we think this gives them a certain charm, lending more emotion to those big, inquisitive eyes (although when surrounded by seven Porgs, as our Multi-Media Coordinator was, they can be quite intimidating).
The upscaling of the Porgs also allowed our builders to include a greater level of detail. Though the design for our Porgs is entirely brick – none of the usual plate-heavy or SNOT (studs-not-on-top) techniques for the faces – they are still very expressive. A one-stud-thick 3 o’clock pattern of white bricks in each eye simulates reflected lighy, as if something behind those eyes is registering what they see, with the intensity of a living creature. The Porgs’ hides are predominantly dark tan, but speckled with dark grey to present a more natural, multi-layered, furred appearance. The face is similarly textured, a mask of dark orange around its features, dotted with a lighter shade of orange for texture, and a few patches of brown leaving subtle shadows beneath their eyes.
“It’s hard to not fall in love with the Porgs.”
They may not be the largest, most impressive, most detailed models we have produced, but the Porgs have certainly left an impression on us here at Bright Bricks, with their penguin-like, sotcky, cutesy charms. We’re looking forward to seeing them pop up in The Last Jedi, and are glad to have indulged in the wave of Porg-mania that’s sweeping the globe.
Words and photos by Bright Bricks.