How can LEGO create Lord of the Rings?
Chapter 1: Creator Buildings in modular-style
Chapter 2: Creator Creatures for huge armies
Chapter 3: Customizer, your hour has come!
Chapter 4: Clever Connecting
Chapter 5: Let it shine
Chapter 6: Dynamic Bricking, hidden Easter eggs
Chapter 7: Global Bricking, connecting skills
-Impossible thinks will be possible
We know people they want it big and we know people they want it small. And LEGO want no risk.
Is it possible that all to connect?
-“Clever Connecting” and “Dynamic Bricking” has shared us that skill. That skill based of CREATOR. And CREATOR is the key to create a Middle-earth for all people. Someone to want the complete location and others want only the main-buildings. The “Black Gate” and the “Shire” were two examples.
Our journey goes now to big complex-systems like “Isengard
”.Here we will find a fascinating battle. The “ents” attacks Isengard. In LEGO-style for the most people too huge and too expensive. What we have in that case to do? Than we know: Some guys want it big! Some guys like locations in huge UCS-styles. –Let’s give these that option. Let’s to begin to give these abstract area a LEGO-style.
Global Bricking, be creatively and keep parts small:
1)At first we have to analyse that location.
We get “Orthanc” -the black tower, a wall-ring, some gates, excavations with construction equipment, a dam break, water, a lot of ents and orcs.
Witch skills we have now in that case to use?
2)We have to think about “Clever Connecting” (chapter 4)
What have to be the “main-set”: –The “Orthanc-tower” That is a wonderful place for our main-characters. Good day Saruman.
The wall and the gates gets the same size and will be transformed into 1x “3 in 1 CREATOR set”. –the modular gates and the walls shape the wall-ring. The wall-ring is variable. In that case it is your own choose which diameter it has. Also it is your choose how many gates Isengard need. For a complete closed wall-ring, we to need minimal 8x creative wall-ring parts.
3)Now we to use “Dynamic Bricking” (chapter 6)
Let’s to design a creator “excavations with construction equipment” set. ->We get 3x different variations.
Attention: 2x creator “excavations”-sets plus 1x creator “wall ring” set give us the right elements for the dam. ->We create with these sets the “breaking dam”. (The “breaking dam” is our hidden Easter egg).
Also is the dam modular and can with the wall be connected.
We need 1x creator brickbuilt ent set (chapter 2). ->now we get 3x different ents. (The bodys are the same, but the marks are different; long nose, different large hands, … what you want).
We have created 2x different creator building sets. In these sets we put 3x flexible orcs (chapter 3). How many variations we will have?
3(different helmets) x 3(different heads) x 3(different torsos) x 2(different faces pro head) = 56 variations
If you want a complete Isengard-building that you to get “creator” sets in total:
7(creator wall-ring parts) + 3(breaking dam parts) + 3(excavation-parts) = 13x creator sets
13(creator sets) x 3(orcs) = 39 flexible orcs ->Nice army!
56 variations > 39 flexible orcs ->suits!
So, what offers that result? What options we have?
LEGO has for Isengard developed 3x building sets (1x “main-set”(Orthanc-tower) and 2x different creator sets). That collection will be add with 1x brickbuilt creator creature (ents) set. For LEGO no high risk because:
You have now more options to choose:
If you want it small and only the Orthanc-tower –than take only the Orthanc-tower.
->developed 3x creator sets- shells 0x creator sets ->for LEGO bad business
If you want to add Isengard with some creator sets for a nice battle –than take some creator sets extra (for example 2x ent-variations, 2x wall-ring parts and 2x excavation parts).
->developed 3x creator sets -sells 6x creator sets ->for LEGO good business
If you have any money and you love Lord of the Rings –than you have with these 3x developed sets the option to create your own complete UCS Isengard. (3x ent-variations, 7x wall-ring parts, 3x excavation parts and 3x dam parts)
->developed 3x creator sets –sells 16x creator sets ->for LEGO perfect business
I hope my English is good enough and you can to understand my text. Yoda would say: much to learn do you have! Ok, but I believe my messages have you arrived.
With many examples from different locations I’d described possibilities based of the CREATOR-series. And I really believe Middle-earth is, thanks CREATOR, a modern turbo money-machine!
Forecast last chapter: Effective designing for Middle-earth
Edited by Elander, 07 September 2011 - 07:10 PM.