Welcome to the gen-1 family! This was the first round of robot characters that I built after Fusion. The concept of these was to make roughly humanoid series with some poseability, similar in size to Lego® mini-figures. You can see the gen-1 set, complete with display stand below.
Huey, Dewey, Louie & Tim
These guys follow Fusion’s design. Huey, Dewey and Louie are named after the three robots from Silent Running and come in black, blue and red respectively. Their design differs slightly from Fusion’s in that they have no chest plate, giving the colours the appearance of a jacket. In my original Lego® collection, these robots were the original three of this design.
Tim came along to specifically match the colour scheme of my custom Exploriens base. The idea of these robots was that they could be customised to each theme, but maintain a common design. The Lego® Exploriens series was predominantly white on black with neon yellow highlights, (as used with the series’ mini-figures) so this was the scheme chosen for Tim.
Theses robots each feature a turning head and waist, as well as shoulders with two degrees of freedom each. That means that their expression often has to come situationally through pose, rather than from the face as you would find with mini-figures.
28 follows a more articulated design than the above robots. She is also the first gender-specific model of robot, owing to her body-shape being quite feminine. 28’s more intricate design also allows for up / down articulation of her head making communication with other robots a little more direct.
28’s building instructions are available to buy as a digital download from the official 28 Bricks Later Shop on Etsy for just £3.50!** The instructions can be viewed on any PDF-enabled mobile device, or can be printed in A4 and A5. All parts are easy to source from other Lego® sets or are available on Lego’s® online Pick A Brick*.
Tank is the largest of the gen-1 set. He has articulated head, shoulders, elbows and hips giving him a great range of poseability. He can also pick up other Lego® elements. You can see him in the group shot holding his sonic screwdriver.
My favourite detail about Tank is the power core in his chest. The colour scheme can be very easily altered, almost like mood-lighting him. For a large and clunky design, it also gives him a more exposed, warm demeanour that feels friendlier somehow.
Tank’s building instructions are available to buy as a digital download from the official 28 Bricks Later Shop on Etsy for just £3.50!** The instructions can be viewed on any PDF-enabled mobile device, or can be printed in A4 and A5. All parts are easy to source from other Lego® sets or are available on Lego’s® online Pick A Brick*.
At the front of the group shot you probably noticed three very similar robots. These are a set of two parents and a child. They were my experiment of ‘how simple a robot could I make that still looked like a robot figure?’ My intention was also to push away from the very humanoid concepts of the series so far. These guys were the result.
Each of the robots has a single green eye and matching shoulders / arms. I wanted to give the impression that the robots (child and parents) could be at different stages of their life cycles; the child metamorphosing into the adult form at a certain age.
The adults in particular also would make great guardsman in a narrow Lego® set as they only take up just over a single stud’s space.
Yep, GLADOS from the Portal game series. This is my GLADOS special edition of the Fusion-series robots, made to commemorate the launch of the Lego® Dimensions Portal Pack. Body-wise, she has a reversed colour scheme to Tim, to better match the colouring of the game’s GLADOS.
P.S. She is glad you are here to test. Cake sold separately!
Exo is the final instalment on the gen-1 journey. Designed to be a defense-ready field scout, Exo features a stun blaster, shield and communications backpack with antenna. Exo also has a cat-ears style sensory array on his head.
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