In the first part of this article we looked at a Moments in Space entry of an impressive, small, yet minifig sized rocket. Next on the list is another classic staple of science-fiction.
Captain Mutant’s Favourite LEGO Moments in Space Designs – Part 2
Robots – The Galactic Duo by Ragaru
Surprisingly, there weren’t that many robotic entries in this competition. It’s hard to browse through over 1,000 submissions, but I could only locate a handful, like this one, or that one, or even that one.
But for me, the one that epitomised the genre was undoubtedly The Galactic Duo by Ragaru. I can’t understand how it only received 81 votes as that creation just screams style and panache. Again, just like my previous favourite, there’s a definite 1950s style coming from that entry, but much more than that, that robot just exudes personality.
Although the robot’s companion is a minifig, it’s pretty obvious it stands head and shoulders above its little friend. That’s hardly surprising. Having worked on a minifig-scaled robot for my own LEGO Ideas project, I can testify to the difficulty of creating such a machine at minifig size. It’s much harder than it looks. Articulation pieces just aren’t available to make a small, posable robot, unless you’re looking to create a very chunky machine. Increase the scale however, and those restrictions evaporate. This is clearly what Ragaru did to highly enjoyable results.
The photos speak for themselves: that robot can be displayed in any position you’d care to imagine, making it hard not to fall in love with that creation. There’s a definite feel of inspiration from robots of the golden age of sci-fi, like Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still (the 1950s original, not the Keanu Reeves remake), and Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet.
Just like Dalmaster, Ragaru remained mostly in the virtual environment for the creation process, because, as he said to me “Sadly I only managed to build the robot character, partially that is, as I didn’t have both types of the bar pieces used for the elbow and knee joints, so had to find substitutes in order to test how it would feel as a figure.”
The rest of his design, including the display base grew from there in the virtual environment. I definitely feel this entry deserved a wider audience than it got, and it might have a chance now, since Ragaru was happy to share his design with Ninja Brick, so others can explore how the robot was created on their own computer, and the more adventurous among you can try and build it with actual LEGO pieces.
You can download the Cosmic Slingshot Rocket here (designed by Dalmaster)
And the Galactic Duo here (designed by Ragaru)
Those are Lego Digital Designer files, which can be accessed thanks to a free app for your Mac or PC created by the LEGO Group, and which you can download here.
You can use that program not only to explore those creations virtually, zooming in and out of it, navigating around the designs and even take them apart, but that program can also create a file of all the parts you need to build it in the real world, so you can go and hunt for the pieces in your collection or order any ones you haven’t got. If that wasn’t enough, LDD also has a Building Guide Mode, which gives you a step by step plan similar to the instructions in all LEGO sets (but not always as intuitive – it is a computer simulation after all).
I hope you’ll enjoy exploring these designs as much as I did, and do let us know in the comments your thoughts on them. And if any of you decide to create them for real, please send us your photos and we’ll share them on this site.
Until the next time,