Talk about Nintendo and dinosaurs and there is only one thing that will immediately pop in every one’s mind – Yoshi! I have to admit, this may be a long overdue project but thankfully, Tyler also shares our same love with the most faved Nintendo dinosaur of all time. Coming in at 247 pieces, Tyler’s next wish set MOC features a fun version of Yoshi complete with an extendable tongue and the iconic green spotted egg. Watch this.
Tyler’s version of Yoshi is really spot-on. Though Tyler would personally prefer a somewhat brighter green color scheme for Yoshi, his use of nice, lime green pieces certainly makes up for that. These lime green pieces are also readily available which means we have a better chance of building one of our own LEGO Yoshi without searching for the necessary pieces far and wide.
As you can see from the video, there is a lot of articulation that goes on with our LEGO Yoshi MOC. His arms have a certain degree of mobility, while his legs, which are mounted on ball joints, are very much posable as well. It’s kind of fun to have Yoshi posed on different angles, whether standing up or sitting down.
LEGO Yoshi’s head is also movable thanks to Tyler’s use of a sturdy Technic ball joint. The mouth may also be opened or closed which, together with Yoshi’s articulated head (or neck, depending on how you look at it) allows a wide range of poses and a certain natural look typical of Yoshi’s character.
Tyler also managed to cleverly recreate Yoshi’s trademark turtle shell at the back of this build by using SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques. This is one of the reasons we are so impressed with Tyler’s brick-building skills considering how he comes up with solutions or alternatives for relatively hard-to-find LEGO pieces. He originally thought of using a red-colored, half-dome piece which is quite difficult to find since they only come in certain Atlantis sets. So to make up for this rare piece, Tyler managed to recreate Yoshi’s red turtle shell by substituting certain red colored cheese slopes.
Of course, one of the other things that goes well with Tyler’s Yoshi MOC is the iconic green-spotted egg and his extendable, chameleon like tongue. The egg itself is brick-built, with the same green accents that we see from the video games. An extendable tongue piece may be mounted inside Yoshi’s mouth by removing the red, circular plate which was originally placed inside. The tongue itself may also be moved up and down, striking fear into the heart of any Goomba.
This is one build that will definitely be added to our LEGO Nintendo wish list. Thankfully, for all Nintendo and LEGO fans out there, you may be pleased to know that Tyler has a lot of Nintendo themed builds on the works so be sure to stay tuned in our YouTube channel and here in our blogsite. In the meantime, if you wish to build your very own LEGO Yoshi, just head over to BuildBetterBricks.com and download the instructions. For a small fee (which covers not just the site’s maintenance, but also Tyler’s seemingly endless supply of LEGO bricks), what you’ll receive is a digital pdf copy of how to build Yoshi, a parts list, and a Stud.io file that lets you seamlessly export its parts list to Bricklink. As a final note, if you’re like us who would like to see a possible mash-up between Nintendo and LEGO, then you may want to head over to LEGO Ideas and check out our proposed Ideas set – the LEGO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian with Link minifigure, courtesy of Tyler of course. I’ll talk more about this outstanding Zelda MOC later on so just stay tuned.