Friday, January 7, 2011
LEGO Hero Factory MOC: "The Drone" from Rise of the Rookies
I finally saw the Hero Factory Rise of the Rookies "movie" (4-part TV miniseries rolled up into a DVD). In it are flashback sequences featuring a rookie Preston Stormer being betrayed by fellow rookie Von Ness (later to become Von Nebula). In this historical mission, led by Thresher, a giant maniacal robot is terrorizing New Stellac City. As soon as I saw that character, I recognized most of the major parts, and knew I had to have it.
I did not know at the time that character was based on a MOC that won a BZPower contest; I only just learned that while doing research to complete this post! It took many hours of tiresome eye straining at frozen frames of the movie to complete this creation. The movie character has many differences from the original MOC, and I based my version entirely upon that movie version, building it up part by part based on very little footage featuring some very obscure angles that presented more than a handful of very tough building challenges.
As it turns out, the movie Drone is not a very structurally stable character at all, once you build the "real" thing. As a result, I had to add a couple customizations to help it stand up. The heels are new and provide essential support, holding much of the weight of the MOC. Also added in are the secondary joints added horizontally behind the hips. I did my best to keep these deviations as discrete as possible. Check out the unveiling video:
Video: Lego Hero Factory MOC: The Drone
Quite a fun build and looks great on display!