One of my soft spots within the official Lego® universe is the classic space collection. I love the astronauts, those old space ship designs where bulkheads and being sealed in clearly wasn’t an issue and all those really cool space bases. So, when I found some of the Lego® Ideas Exo Suit (21109) kits for sale, I jumped on them (not literally). Naturally I kept one – this model is epic, then I used the others for greebling. Seriously, these kits are the best Lego® have ever produced for just buying greebling.
Anyway, From these kits came three of my own creations, which I’m excited to show you below.
Pete’s Hover Bike
My first creation was Pete’s hover bike, which kind of morphed out of a globule of greebling that I just kept working and re-working until I found a rough shape I wanted to keep.
The style that came out feels really intricate and very hard to tell how it all goes together at first glance. The shape keeps the classic chopper design, with the nose extending down off the upper front. Pete has a dashboard and two moveable hadle bars to drive with.
The bike moves by two thrusters at the back (in yellow) and hovers with the levitation generator under the middle of the ventral section (in blue). You can see a few more views below.
The bike itself is very easy to get in and out of, yet holds the drive snug. Pete is held in the way he would be if standing, so he is actually attached under his feet. To get out, the back support can be lowered, which for me, also looks really cool and futuristic.
After dismatling the first Exo-suit, I really wanted to see if I could make a more compact, more utilitarian unit (rather than the large, aggressive feel of the official model). This is my more compact design, inspired heavily by the mini mech-suits from Red Faction: Guerilla.
Unfortunately the legs don’t move in this design, however the arms have a suprising level of articulation. The canopy bars (kinda like shoulder bars on a rollercoaster) also articulate to let the occupant out.
The body of the unit is barely larger than a mini-figure, wrapping neatley around to give the feel of being encolsed, whilst still in something small.
As with the bike, the small areas of translucent yellow tucked in amongst the mechanical-looking parts really make the models come to life. In this model in particular, I made most of the translucency face inwards towards Yves, giving the impression she’s surrounded by lots of control and power systems in her cockpit.
For my drone I wanted to build something tha looked almost too intricate to feel like it’s really lego. No illegal build manouvres here, but I think I managed odd and intricate well, in a model about the length of a mini-figure’s height.
The Exo-Suit kit comes with a great little dog-like robot which I think is just a superb addition to the set. So the robot inspired me to see what robots I could make out of all these cool parts, fitting with the aesthetics and theme of the official robot. I call them Titan (left) and Astros (right), with original, official robot in the centre.