If you liked Tyler’s LEGO Yoshi MOC, then probably you’ll be interested to find out that this is not the first time that our resident Master Builder dived into creating a Nintendo-themed set. Last month, we were fortunate enough to have our very first LEGO Ideas submission approved for posting by the LEGO Ideas Team. If you’ve been following my posts regarding several LEGO Ideas projects, you probably know already that LEGO Ideas has revised their fan submission guidelines which state that projects based on currently active licenses and restricted IPs will no longer be accepted. As stringent as the rules may be, it did not deter our Brick Show team to still give it a shot knowing how much we love to see a LEGO and Nintendo collaboration later on in the future.
So to start our LEGO Ideas adventure, Tyler sets off to recreate one of the most recent Nintendo hits released for the Switch – The LEGO Ideas Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian with Link Minifigure!
Here’s a brief description about this project, and Tyler’s take on this excellent MOC.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian and Link Minifigure
About This Project:
Now you can battle against ancient mechanical robots in LEGO form. Guardians roam the peaks and valleys of Hyrule, and it’s your job to destroy them! Using Link’s bow and arrow, take them down in this epic, original creation by Tyler Clites.
This project comes from a passion for Nintendo consisting of a lifetime worth of gaming memories, and a deep understanding that we need to make Nintendo LEGO sets happen. Seeing The Legend of Zelda come to brick form is something I’ve wanted since I was a child, and hopefully this is one step closer to that dream.
By far, Tyler’s version of this ancient mechanical robot is the closest representation of the Guardian in its LEGO brick form. I like how Tyler was able to capture those organic shapes, and other minute details of the Guardian. One example is his use of new, gold tentacle pieces which first appeared in several LEGO Elves sets. He also included several circular 1×1 plates with holes, and chain pieces to add a more golden accent into this build.
Though there are quite limited play features on this LEGO Ideas set, Tyler was able to work around this limitation by adding several flexible legs (all six of them), a head that spins around, and a spring loaded shooter. The legs are articulated using a lot of click joints, which allows this brick-built Guardian to be posed in many ways.
One fun feature that Tyler added to this LEGO Ideas Guardian is that the articulated legs can be removed from the main body, similar to how you systematically defeat these six-legged machineries in the video game. These legs can be ‘broken off’, and when the Guardian is eventually defeated, you can dismantle the entire robotic combatant and leave a rubble of ancient screws, springs, and cogs.
As a bonus, Tyler managed to come up with a customized digital version of Link to go along with the Guardian. The Link minifigure comes in his trademark blue garb, and choice of weapons. It also features a unique hairpiece, nicely detailed body straps on the torso, and double molded legs.
Again, if you wish to see this become an official LEGO Legend of Zelda set, remember to support this project over at LEGO Ideas. You can join us in this journey by voting for this project and helping us reach that much desired 10K landmark. Just click on the support button and hopefully, will be one step closer in having an actual LEGO Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian.
So what do you think brick fans? Do you have other LOZ BOTW characters that you wish Tyler to build? Let us know in the comments below, or head over to our official social media channels (by clicking on the icons below) and share us your thoughts.