Deconstructing Lego is a blog that analyzes Lego sets under a variety of lenses, sometimes comparing similar sets from different years or creating a story based around a set or analyzing the implicit message that a set creates.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

8277-1: Giant Model Set

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
A robot sent from the future to enslave earth.  This giant beast can also transform into both a helicopter and a cat thing.


Its red eyes glare at you, inspiring fear in your very bones.  The long, jagged arms reach out to grab you, squeezing you with two giant pincers.  The claw slowly opens up, and then snaps shut around you via the power of rubber bands.  It then tosses you away to your death.

A very interesting set for a number of reasons.  Each of the three models has the same 'core' which means that when you want to build a new model you don't really have to take it all the way apart.  This is a nice time saver, but also very odd as I've never experienced another set that does this.  Additionally, aside from the helicopter, the constructions are very abstract.  Why does the robot have ears?  What exactly is that cat thing?  I believe the cat thing may move a bit, but it's hard to tell from the cover art.  It certainly has wheels, which is also an interesting choice.

There appears to be a chair in the head of the robot, so I would imagine it could be controlled by a technic-scale figure.  I can't see any chairs in the cat thing though, but obviously the helicopter has two.

Regardless, it's a really nice introductory Technic set, with lots of gears and SNOT techniques.

3 comments:

  1. Looks childishly awesome. I'm nostalging right now.

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  2. This was my first Technic set. I bought it because it looked way past cool and had a purple brick, the first time I'd ever seen that color in LEGO.

    There still aren't enough Purple LEGOs.

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