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This is Samus Aran, a famous bounty hunter and the main protagonist of the Metroid game series. Made as a very belated b-day gift for a good friend. The model itself took me 3 hours, the render took another 3, and I am p sure all of Photoshop shenanigans took me 3 more, so it's 9 in total! Made with Lego Digital Designer. Rendered in POV-Ray. Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop.
So I'm a huge fan of Metroid, particularly the Metroid Prime trilogy. As such, and as a MOCist, I've been interested in building some cool MOCs from the Prime trilogy. Hopefully, I'll be able to make more Metroid creations in the future. But, for now, here's a triple header of sorts: Flaahgra, the fearsome boss of the Chozo Ruins, the Jelzap, a curious aquatic predator of Phendrana Drifts, and the legendary Samus Aran herself, in minifig form. Flaahgra Flickr "That which fouls the waters seeks the sun." "Morphology: Flaahgra This mutant plant is the source of toxic water in the Ruins. Flaahgra's growth cycle has been radically accelerated. As a result, it requires near-constant exposure to solar energy to remain active. This exposure has made Flaahgra's outer shell thick and durable. Concentrated weapon fire can daze it for short periods, but its lower root system is unprotected and vulnerable, however. Exploit this flaw when possible." "Chozo script translated. The cries of this dying land echo in our ears as we Chozo watch the Great Poison seep ever further into the living pulse of the planet. The dark energy sinks into the trees and waters, devouring all life. Peaceful beasts die by the thousands - some creatures survive, but their forms grow as twisted and evil as the force that fell from the sky. Many of these mutated monstrosities remain small enough to do little harm, but others grow enormous and threaten our very existence. One such beast defiles our sacred fountain, disgorging poison from its foul form, replacing pure, flowing water with cascades of creeping death." Reference image. Flaahgra is one of my favorite creatures from Metroid Prime, and one of the most creative video game bosses I've faced in general. As soon as I saw the Kaiju egg from Invasion from Below I knew I wanted to use it for the base of a Flaahgra MOC. So, here we are! As you can see in the reference image, Flaahgra is surrounded by a lake of toxic water, which I replicated with a bunch of olive cheese slopes. The Morph Ball tunnels which lead to Flaahgra's root system are also approximated by the spokes of that giant wheel. You can also see its tentacles protruding from the tunnels to guard it when active. (For best effect, listen to this while viewing Flaahgra.) Jelzap "Morphology: Jelzap Aquatic predator made of electrically bound skeletal halves. The Jelzap's brain is located in the upper half of its body, while the heart and digestive tract occupy the lower half. Linked only by electrical impulses, the two halves somehow function effectively enough to launch the Jelzap to the top of Tallon IV's aquatic food chain." Reference image. The region of Phendrana's Edge, with its pools of water at the bottoms of icy caves, was made all the more memorable for having fascinating wildlife like the distinctive Jelzap. Samus Aran "The Power Suit is an advanced Chozo exoskeleton modified for use by Samus Aran. Samus's Notes: The Power Suit provides life-support functions and is well shielded from attack. The modular nature of the Power Suit allows for the addition of weapons, Visors, and other gear as needed. The Power Suit's shielding loses energy with each hit; collect energy when possible to keep the shielding charged." In case you're wondering why Samus is lacking her iconic giant shoulders, that's because at the start of Metroid Prime Samus loses all of her equipment due to suit damage, and must reacquire it on the surface of Tallon IV. Thus, she begins with only the minimal Power Suit, which she has when facing off against Flaahgra (which can be seen in the Flickr gallery). She also has no minifig face currently because I lacked a suitable female head for her. Hopefully I can eventually get the proper piece. (In case Flaahgra's theme isn't your style, may I recommend Samus's theme?) Enjoy, folks! ~B~
| | | I knew right away when this contest was announced that I was going to build Samus. It was never in question for me. However, a few days in, I realized that her classic suit was out, because there was no way I could build it and keep the contest-required technic to system ratio intact, so I defaulted to her Phazon Suit from Metroid Prime (which I like better anyway). I took a few liberties with the colours here and there, but it was almost entirely due to parts constraints. I took a few design liberties as well, such as the bigger helmet, because I wanted to both convey emotion better, and also because I needed to get that visor shape correct, or at least close, and I mean, if we really want to believe there's a person in there, it needed to be bigger. Big shout out to Kakaru for being my muse whilst hanging out at my apartment and not helping me whatsoever but allowing me to focus.