Discovery of the Terracotta Warriors

by admin on December 21, 2010

in My Own Creations

One of the most amazing discoveries of recent times is the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin. The emperor ordered the creation of a whole underworld kingdom for himself with armies and servants for the afterlife. An ambitious project for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

There are an estimated 8,000 life-size statues, dating back to 210 BC. Originally the warriors were fully painted and fully armed, and each had individually carved unique facial features, hair styles and clothing, to make them as diverse and life-like as possible.

Unfortunately after being unearthed the original paint rapidly pealed off from most of the warriors due to being exposed to air, although fragments of the original brilliant colors are still visible on some of them. The warriors’ weapons have been stolen through history.

The Terracotta Army were discovered in 1974 by local farmers, and then archeologists took over the excavation. The main mausoleum of the emperor and many of the terracotta warriors themselves have not yet been unearthed due to fear of not being able to preserve them properly.

Hopefully scientists and archeologists will come up with better preserving technologies in my lifetime so I have a chance to see whatโ€™s in the tomb! According to ancient writings it is full of mysteries! You can read more about the Terracotta Army on Wikipedia here: About the Terracotta Army

Here is a picture of how the warriors were made:

If you have a chance to see them in person by all means do so! They are an awesome sight! I had the fortune of seeing a few of them in Europe back in the โ€˜80s.


When BrickTW, the Taiwan based designer of custom accessories for LEGO minifigures released their line of products for 2010, I just had to use them to build my own version of the Terracotta Army!

As you can see, BrickTWโ€™s armor and headgear are very high quality and beautiful in style. They match LEGOโ€™s colors perfectly and fit LEGO minifigs like a charm. (You can read my full review on BrickTW’s products here.)

To extend the size of my Terracotta Army, I used a background picture. The interesting thing is that this picture is not of the original Terracotta Army, but that of a replica from the Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas! (Near Houston) Yep! You read that right! There is a Terracotta Army in Texas! ๐Ÿ˜›

I really would like to have added printed heads to my Terracotta Warriors to highlight the uniqueness of their faces, but unfortunately I could not find printed LEGO minifig heads in the right color. But I think they still look nice. I hope they will guard me in the afterlife! ๐Ÿ˜‰

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Henry March 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hi, came across your site which I find very informative. I’m quite keen on building my own terracotta army after seeing your post. May I ask where you bought the tan monochrome minifigures? I can only find the minifig accessories from BrickTW.

admin March 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Henry, yes the accessories are from BrickTW. I put the figs themselves together from various Bricklink vendors.
Here is the printless head:
I’m using these torsos:
Hands are here:
And legs are here:
Hope this helps! Anything else just let me know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

admin April 5, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Henry (reader commenting above) from Singapore, got inspired to build his own terracotta army and sent in these pictures. I love the setup with the small terracotta statues! ๐Ÿ˜€

LEGO Terracotta Army by Henry

LEGO Terracotta Army 2 by Henry

Hayato April 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Really inspiring! Henry’s version is also great! Now I’m considering building an army too! My boys would love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

MorningCoffee May 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Well done! Great use of the image to expand the MOC! Those BrickTW pieces are way awesome!

BigShawn June 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

These are SO COOL! I wish I would have Bricktw stuff! They look awesome!!!

admin June 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Thanks, Shawn! You can order BrickTW accessories through their website and also through their BrickLink store. ๐Ÿ˜‰

admin December 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM

UPDATE: Forbidden Gardens in Katy Texas are now closed. Read the befittingly mysterious details of this unique attraction here:

Dave e April 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Who here likes BRICKARMS !!!! Got new MAAW Link to the pic ture below Hope u enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Dave e April 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

How do you put a picture

admin April 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Dave, if you would like to talk about BrickArms I would suggest you head over to the BrickArms section. ๐Ÿ˜‰

admin April 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Dave, I’m not sure what you mean. ๐Ÿ˜•

Legoman640 January 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Mr. Ira Poon disappeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :Shock:

Angus August 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Love it!!!!!!

dovakeen June 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM


admin June 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Not sure who you are asking…

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