After feeling disappointed at my own ability to build a good looking mech for a LEGO Rebrick contest, I set out to examine 72004: Tech Wizard Showdown in search of ways in which I could improve my design. Along the way we discover the mech suit in a mech suit: Mech-ception!
In the closing hours of the LEGO Rebrick NEXO Knights Mech Building Challenge, I thought I would give it a go. After all, how hard could it be? I’d recently returned from Japan BrickFest, where I had the chance to study Mechs and Giant Robots aplenty. I’d even attended a mech building workshop where some key concepts were presented and discussed. It seemed that everyone could do it. In retrospect, this was an over simplification of the facts on my part.
I built a mech as a MOC. The final result was a bit meh. The Black and green colour scheme seems to work, BUT, I can identify a number of faults: the legs are disproportionately long, and it is quite wobbly; the shoulders look a bit weird. The feet look like they belong belong on an AT-AT, there are way too many studs on display. It looks like something thrown together by someone short of parts, trying to get a mech built in six hours. Which coincidently it was. However, it got me thinking about what would help to make it look like a reasonable Mech Model.
So I thought I would have a look at the final Mech in the NEXO Knights line: 72004 Tech Wizard Showdown. I wish I had looked at it a few weeks ago. As I built it, I learned a few important lessons in mech construction. Continue reading