If there is such a thing as a Golden Age of Saturday morning Disney cartoons, then I will bet my LEGO bricks in that period between the late 80s until the 90s. Growing up in this period of classic cartoons is like falling in love with Disney TV shows for the very first time. One particular show in mind that wooed me in anticipation every week (other than the globe-trottin’ and treasure-seeking adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his posse of feathered-friends in DuckTales), is the high-flying vigilante missions of Darkwing Duck. The fun and fast-paced tone of the show defined an era of Disney morning cartoons that became largely a part of my childhood. If you were not around yet during the heyday of these shows, then I suggest you check out the video below.
Now that Disney XD is off to launch a reboot of DuckTales which will air on August 12, feelings of nostalgia have swept the hearts of most fans of the show. We may no longer be that same wide-eyed kid that sat in front of the TV screen amazed by the adventures of Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack, but our love for the show is still definitely there. Perhaps this is what master builder Okay Yaramanoglu has in mind in creating these LEGO BrickHeadz versions of the show’s characters. Rendered using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), these versions of Darkwing, Launchpad, Scrooge McDuck and Gizmoduck are all ready to get dangerous.
I like the way Scrooge’s spectacles were conveyed using a pair of clear studs, while Launchpad signature lock of orange feathers was cleverly represented by a minifigure headpiece. Most of Yaramanoglu’s BrickHeadz MOCs follows a 90s cartoon theme, including other Disney TV franchises such as Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin. He even created BrickHeadz versions of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles straight from the 80s. These LEGO BrickHeadz MOCs from Yaramanoglu are also his entries for Brickset’s 2017 BrickHeadz Competition. If you’re a fan of this chibi builds, and you wish to submit an entry before the contest’s deadline on August 31, then visiting the contest’s Flickr site may help you draw some inspiration.
Happy building everyone!