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[MOC] Prowl Xenomorph

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Been wanting to finish this WIP of a xenomorph alien I had laying around since the beginning of summer; the Space Jam Contest over on Flickr finally gave me the incentive to do so. :classic:

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Prowl; a xenomorph inspired by the 'Alien' anthology & 'John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads'.

Build started out with those 'shooters' for legs as they have a 'xeno' look to them and that plate with a handle as I saw a 'jawline' in it. The head uses a couple of black 'ingots', technic plates with the toothed/round ends, rounded plate with 2 open studs and a link tread attachment to give it some more texture. The jaw is also attached by a droid arm, to give some more shape to its neck, although you can't really see it that well in the pic's. The body came together as I was bulking it up with various organic shaped pieces; from a technic ball socket connector for the upper torso, technic clip connector for the pipes on the back, that strange technic knob wheel gear as part of the hips, minifig arms, jackhammer, handlebars, bar with plate as part of the fingers, wrenches, to minifig scarfs. The arms & legs where simple 'bar with clip' to barholders connections + round plates with hole (3L bar hidden in the legs for stability), but convey the 'boney' feeling' just right. To connect the body en arms together there's a pneumatic T-piece inserted into the mainhole of the ball socket conector capped off using round plates with holes on the ends which keep the T-piece in place and serve as an attachment point. The 'hidden' T-piece also serves as the neck and articulation point for the head. The legs are connected to a minfig weapon blaster which also serves as the connection point to the hips as well as the tail. Inturn the hips are connected to the body at the back using another T-piece. The feet were a crime though; had some brick built ones at first, but seemed too simple/average, 'till I spotted those train pantograph shoes which in combo with droid arms & barholders with handle gave the right stance; a 'high heel' look. While making this build, I rewatched all the movies several times, you might recognise some elements similar to the movies in it. It also has multipable 'glow in the dark' pieces making it more interesting/eerie/spooky to look at when displayed at low-light conditions. :laugh:

Gotta say it was a challenging build to make, something totally different than I would normally build. Coming up with solutions for some minor stuff  I ran into, this being mostly the torso/body work; as I first used a minfig neck bracket with attachement points for the pipes at the back. To attach it to the ballsocket piece didn't work, 'cause it kept popping 'outwards' when using it with a balljoint and made it sit at an awkward high angle which didn't look right. And a different hip configuration which made it look too short. Also photographing black is hell, even ordered myself some new light bulbs to make it easier. But not really satisfied how the head turned out in the pic's, could also be the angle in which it is photographed though. Same goes for the lower part of the legs (shins) as well, they could've been 2 plates elongated in retrospect/hindsight. But nevertheless I'm pleased with the end result. :classic:

Owyeah before I forget; TLG please provide us builders with some black long cattle horns in the future, it would be much appreciated. :blush:

More angles/pic's can be found on my Flickr.

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@PaddyBricksplitter Thanks, I really had to bulk up that torso; as it was much 'thinner' in the beginning. There are some weird connections going on; round plate with hole + round tile with bar holder for example.
The lower jaw is this new handlebar piece. *I edited in some more parts links to the original post for those who might be interested. :wink:

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38 minutes ago, -zenn said:

@PaddyBricksplitter Thanks, I really had to bulk up that torso; as it was much 'thinner' in the beginning. There are some weird connections going on; round plate with hole + round tile with bar holder for example.
The lower jaw is this new handlebar piece. *I edited in some more parts links to the original post for those who might be interested. :wink:

Ah, I really want to get some of those new pieces thanks :thumbup:

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@LEGO Train 12 Volts Thanks, had one of those small spikes on the end of its tail at first. Didn't made much sense in comparison 'cause he has a big head, big hands & big feet, so opted for a larger one instead. :blush:

@BaneShake Thank you, can't wait for Ridley to continue his saga and see more of the magnificent 'Star Beast'! :laugh:

@PaddyBricksplitter Yeah, they're awesome. Been keeping my eye out for some other ones as well; pneumatic piece, studded blaster, neck armor and truncated cone. But they weren't available yet. :sadnew:

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That is really great! :thumbup:

The shape, the pose and the detailed background, it is perfect. :wub:

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@sander1992 Thanks man, glad to see you like it! I noticed in the movies; the creature always got his hands out, almost as if it wants to grab you + it's fairly stable in this pose. :purrr:

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