Super Star Destroyer Construction Journal Entry 4: Funding / 75,000-piece "LEGO man" . Six-foot-tall "LEGO man" . As some of you may remember, I've been attempting to crowdfund the materials for my 71,000-piece Executor for the past few years. A ship whose price tag grows steadily each year with increasing Bricklink prices, now close to US $60,000. I currently have only $15,000 invested in parts.
Kelso recommended Kickstarter, which generated a lot of early hits / funding, prompting me to spend $1,000 on pre-ordering prints for the rewards. Unfortunately, it didn't end as well. As it stands, I now hold the record for the the most money lost for an unfunded Kickstarter campaign. Gee... THANKS KELSO.
Exhausted of all legitimate funding options, I was left with only one choice: shameless gimmickry or better known as... madness. I purchased 100,000 MEGA's for literally $0 (LEGO would cost $20,000 and defeat the purpose) and built a full-scale, six-foot-tall LEGO man to near flawless proportions. The plan: take him on tour to conventions (that let me) or a travelling circus freak show (these pay well).
Right now he's a standing thematic premise for the film Blade Runner: is it really the parts (machine or organic) which make us human? Or is it how they're arranged; their FUNCTION? If you believe in the film, than this Franken-Fig is indeed a true LEGO man (without the quotes).
If you find this perversion hard to look at, just remember: I spent six grueling months on it, so give me a bloody break.
My parents basement was the ideal location for this project.
Trunk stretch-corde hold up the two seven-pound fore-arms + hands. No glue was used ANYWHERE.
Since I could place the arms in any position, I chose to align the shoulders with the back. This way I had one less dimension of "blocky-ness."
I blended in the more faded white pieces into the back.
To scale with my mom. I obviously have no friends.
The little guy that inspired it all.
So here's our "LEGO man" all smiles. Perhaps a bit too happy. As if he's hiding a dark secret. Maybe he's not a LEGO man at all. Maybe he's a...
Lightsaber: Hasbro Force Awakens Vader model.
Of course, he could also be a...
Lightsaber: Hasbro Force Awakens Luke model.
Then again, he could also be a...
Sith who just killed a Jedi.
Yes folks, those are a pair of authentic, full-scale 10,000-piece Jedi (left) and Sith (right) lightsaber hilts -- eleven pounds each.
With light tubes (GIANT 3L BARS).
Rigging. Each hilt requires approx. 200 pounds of force to remain upright.
And lastly, maybe he's just a plain old...
LEGO man holding two lightsabers.
In conclusion: if all else fails, I'll ship him to my buddy in San Diego and he and his army buddies'll take him down to the range... and shoot him to pieces with AR-15's. Then I'll post the clip on YouTube and make some advertising revenue. All I need is 6,000,000 unique views!
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Piece count: 77,000
weight: 110 pounds (260 pounds with hilts/hat/rigging)
Approx. scale: 43.5:1
Material Cost: US $950 (lightsabers/supports/concrete/tubes/cloaks)