The most recent of these was the Lego Wall-E, from the Disney/Pixar movie of the same name... but it comes from a somewhat special source...
Created by Angus MacLane, an animator and director at Pixar Animation Studios, and selected by LEGO Ideas members, the development of this model began alongside the making of the lovable animated character for the classic Pixar feature film. It has taken almost a decade to perfect the Lego version, which incorporates many authentic Wall-E characteristics...According to the instruction book that comes along with the set, this model started life in the very early stages of movie development and as the design of Wall-E changed during the movie, so did MacLane's Lego model.
And of course, what better accompaniment to building Wall-E than watching Wall-E... twice in fact, first the movie, then the audio commentary, so at the end it was a little over three hours from beginning to end.
It wasn't a hugely complicated build, the most interesting parts are probably in the wheels, arms and head... and I do completely understand why people have complained about the neck joint, it's very, very, very loose... but Lego builder extraordinare Chris McVeigh has already come up with a fix.
I don't really have a problem with the joint... at least not enough to get the additional pieces to fix it.
So I had to spend the first part separating the pieces out by colour, and in the case of the light grey pieces, pulling out the big pieces... and then we were off to the races...
And the front of the model has all the required details... the Wall-E label, the solar power indicator, the little red light... and those big tank-like all terrain treads.
I did enjoy the wheel builds though... and they actually roll, which is fantastic.
But what would Wall-E be without his little cockroach friend. Okay, it's not exactly the most complex piece of construction, but it gets the general idea across in a very minimal way.
The eye pieces are actually slightly surprising... I didn't necessarily realise that's what they were until fairly far along the process, but I have to say the way the eyes themselves are done is gorgeous.
Plus the nice little detail of the black cable that attaches from the eye rig to the "brain stem" at the back of the head.
The only thing missing from the the arms though is the black and white diagonal striping that should be on the outside edge... okay, the grey and yellow colouring kind of does the same thing. The way the bottom finger is held in place is also slightly problematic... in fact it's held in place with the robot hand/wrench that's popped up a few times before.
He's really lovely once he's all put together... and he's now taken pride of place in the light box on my bedside table, and looks pretty damn good.