For my latest Lego Transformer, I decided to do something in yellow. I’d made a Bumblebee a few months back, but I haven’t shared it yet, because frankly, I don’t think it came out very good. It’s awfully hard to fashion a VW bug out of Lego bricks.
So back to yellow. I’ve been making too many Autobot cars, so I wanted to do something different – which is when I had the idea to create Grapple. There’s a certain serendipity in crafting a mechanoid who’s an architect – and who considers himself to be something of an artist – out of construction toys that, I argue, is also a form of sculpture.
As you will see, I more or less mimicked/homaged the original G1 toy, and, unbeknownst to me, ended up taking a couple of design cues from the recent Generations version of the character, which I didn’t yet own when I started work on him. But thanks to a hook-up from my buddy Tony, I actually acquired it after I’d more or less completed this guy.
Grapple is one of the biggest Lego Transformers I’ve made to date, and I think he came out great. If this is the first one you’ve seen, be sure to check out some of my past works: Shockwave, Flashback (original character), Wheeljack, Prowl, Huffer, Cosmos, Amethyst (original character), Arcee, and Beachcomber.
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