Dec 13, 2008

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Metroid Lego Roundup!

Metroid Lego Roundup!

Who doesn’t like Legos? I personally love it. Piecing stuff together is always entertaining, and creating toys on your own is always exiting and is sure to bring to life the small kid hidden inside every one of us (that is, unless you’re still a small kid). And since this is a Metroid blog, it’s logical for a Lego article to pop up eventually. Well, here it is.

Metroid Quasi-Stop Motion by Bitflick


We couldn’t have a Lego post without including this amazing stop motion created way back in 2006. The guys at Bitflick created this video depicting scenes from the original Metroid. They posted the following explanation for the video.

What you can see is a very basic quasi-stop motion animation. Quasi because there was actually only one LEGO block involved, which was photographed in multiple positions and then composited in a photo editing program as a multi-layer image. Producing the animation was then a simple matter of masking the LEGO blocks and then hiding or displaying certain layers. The end result was a simple stop motion animation that didn’t suffer from the usual random variations in lighting and position.

Lego Metroid by Richard Leyva


With video media, we find in YouTube a great deal of stop-motion clips. But as we all know, as quantity increases, quality is most likely to decrease. And certainly, stop-motion Metroid Lego videos are abundant, but not many hold the true quality of hard work. Luckily for us, there is one outstanding series of videos that will probably overshadow a few others: “Lego Metroid” (Yes, that’s the name. Unexpected, huh?)

We’ve contacted their creator and this is what he had to say:

My name is Richard Leyva. For a year and a half, I’ve written a 10 chapter long story pertaining to a series called, “Lego Metroid”. Using Legos to express my story through stop-motion animation, the series became a hit for Metroid fans. Everyday apart from school, for restless hours, I film with the motivation from my fans. The story is currently being filmed and should be finished by early ’09.

You can see his videos in his YouTube channel (001rich100). He is currenlty in Episode 5 of his series, and as he himself stated, he’s working hard to make more episodes. The main plot it set after Metroid Fusion, so it stretches the Metroid storyline further. But since we won’t spoil you the video contents, you will have to watch them yourselves to know what is this all about.

Metroid Prime 3 Ships by Paul Hanger


Ok, now for a different kind of media: Models. Just as the Metroid Lego videos, there are dozens of models representing Metroid-related stuff. But once more, several artists outstand from the rest. For instance, we’ve got Paul Hanger. He decided to go deep and do the ships in the Metroid series, focusing in those from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. This is all his doing and imagination put into practice. Following ahead are the various ships he has made:

A Space Pirate ATC from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

A Space Pirate ATC from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

A Galactic Federation Stiletto Class starfighter

A Galactic Federation Stiletto Class starfighter

The Griffin Class Assault Frigate Thesius

The Griffin Class Assault Frigate Thesius

Samus Aran's Gunship in landing mode

Samus Aran's Gunship in landing mode

The cockpit of Samus Aran's Gunship

The cockpit of Samus Aran's Gunship

Samus Models by Matt De Lanoy


Amazing, eh? But we’re not done yet. Following up, we’ve got Matt’s (Pepa Quin’s) Lego art. He made small models of Varia Suit Samus and of Zero Suit Samus, and what’s more, he made them with articulations so that they could actually change position. In addition, he made an awesome scene with Samus fighting some Phazon Metroids. Look closely and you can see Phazon details all over the place; quite a work of art.

Varia Suit Samus and Zero Suit Samus

Varia Suit Samus and Zero Suit Samus

Samus vs. Metroids

Samus vs. Metroids

Metroid Sprites Mosaics by Lwelyk


Lwelyk has made several videogame-related mosaics of the games’ sprites. This includes, of course, Metroid sprites. This is what he told us about his work:

I started making lego mosaics of video game sprites as something to do with my hands when watching TV. It kind of snowballed and now I have 199 done. I unfortunately didn’t notice the nice number there before I started typing this up, otherwise I would have made something big, but oh well. It’s not all that hard to do overall, it takes time, and as long as you know how to support the structure, not too much effort. It’s a fun thing to do and for some reason people seem to like it.

Samus (Metroid 1 - NES)

Samus

Samus Again

Samus Again

Mother Brain

Mother Brain

Metroid

Metroid

Pretty nice. You should check out lwelyk legos for more videogame sprites as well.

  1. Hello, I was one of the early members of this site and still talk to a few of the members. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LEGOS. I love all the different things I can make out of them and the time and effort that can go into building upon concepts in your mind in physical form. These I must say are exceedingly well crafted (for the most part) with my favorites being probably the Samus in her suit next to the Samus out of her suit, the Metroid ones, the griffin ship, and Samus’s gunship.

  2. i wuv wego

  3. i tottaly wish i could buy one of those stiletto fighters,but of course theres only one.