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Building LEGO robots – my own creations

by admin on June 18, 2013

in Community Articles

(Written by Fikko3107)

First and foremost, let me start by saying that I am by no means a creative or talented MOC-er. If you read my Contributor’s Page, you know that there was a time in my life where I believed MOC-ing (meaning; free-building with LEGO) was heresy. Even now I’m not particularly keen of MOC-ing, but I do create some of my own design from time to time. But wait, let’s take a step back; if you are new to the LEGO hobby you may not be clear on what a MOC or MOC-ing is. When I first heard the word, the first thing I thought of was the English word “mock”. But what does that have to do with LEGO? Not much. For LEGO fans MOC-ing actually means something entirely different. You can check out the LEGO Dictionary for the meaning, or I will give you my own explanation here for your convenience: MOC stands for “My-Own-Creation” – so anything from the ingenious things teens and adults came up with, to the colorful LEGO walls and towers that little kids build can be considered a MOC.

LEGO Robots by Fikko

Now that we cleared that up let’s continue with a question. Ask yourself this: “If I would have all the LEGO bricks in the world, what would I build?” Ah yes, the classic question! You might say you’ll make a town, a ship, a 1:1 model of yourself, a display of Les Miserables… Personally, I would be paralyzed by the question; I would have no idea what to build. In fact, having all the LEGO bricks in the world would make me very uncreative. However, if you give me a set number of LEGO elements, I’m sure I can come up with something. Which is why I came up with a challenge for myself: I take a LEGO set (or sets) take it apart, and then build something new from the pieces. And to narrow down the challenge even more, I limit myself to a specific theme I’m particularly interested in; in this case, LEGO robots. So let’s start the showcase of what I have built! 🙂

LEGO Robot MOC 1 by Fikko

This little LEGO robot is one of my personal favorites. It’s built using the pieces from the #7570 LEGO Prince of Persia Ostrich Race, #8968 LEGO Agents River Heist, and #30017 LEGO City Police Boat. Personally I like the hands; rather imperfectly cliché, but oh well. I tried adding as much poseability to the model as possible. Although it isn’t very clear on the picture, the robot’s legs and arms are hinged, the hips and head turns (thanks to the turntables from the Ostrich Race set), the fingers move, and even the jaw hinges upwards. Yeah, lots of ways to pose this LEGO robot – something I’m very happy with.

LEGO Robot MOC 2 by Fikko

This LEGO robot is built using the pieces from the same LEGO sets as the robot above. I envision this as some kind of an acid-shooting robot. It has less posing possibilities, but the head and hips still hinge using those 2×2 LEGO plates with one stud in the middle.

LEGO Robot MOC 3 by Fikko

This LEGO robot was built from a very strange combination: the #3836 LEGO Game Magikus and the #4642 LEGO City Fishing Boat. While I admit it’s a strange mix, the end result is pretty neat. However this robot does have the least poseability; only the arms can move, and also the head.

LEGO Robot MOC 4 by Fikko

This LEGO robot consists of pieces from the greatest variety of LEGO sets. Mainly elements from the #7325 LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest Cursed Cobra Statue, and few pieces from #7566 LEGO City Farmer, #7955 LEGO Kingdoms Wizard, #30013 LEGO City Police Buggy, and #30080 LEGO Ninjago Ninja Glider. As you can see, I used the Leg-As-Fingers technique again, but this time I think I nailed it.

LEGO Robot MOC 5 by Fikko

I love this little guy! I created it solely from the pieces of the #2260 LEGO Ninjago Ice Dragon Attack. Surprised? I know I am. I made full use of the quantity of hinges in the set, and the hunchback is pretty neat. I also like how the hinge incorporates with the socket-joint so seamlessly.

LEGO Robot MOC 6 by Fikko

Now, let’s step it up to some of my bigger LEGO robots. This robot was made out of pieces from only the #4643 LEGO City Power Boat Transporter. I did some hardcore SNOT-ing for that head (see LEGO Dictionary), which turned out okay, but sadly doesn’t turn. I am seriously overusing those wheel arches as shoulder-armor since the LEGO Exo-Force theme (particularly the awesome Blazing Falcon!) is still burned so freshly within my mind. The gun-thing turned out good, I think, and the number 8 insignia is okay. But what I’m most proud of in this LEGO robot is the legs. You might argue that the hips are not the best place to incorporate click-hinges – and I got to agree with you – but the legs hinge sideways, with the feet attached to only one stud, so the robot can balance itself.

LEGO Robot MOC 7 by Fikko

This is the first LEGO robot I made for the challenge, thus still kind of rough. Oh yeah, also because when I was building this my sister took all the click-hinges, significantly limiting me. This one is made of pieces from the #4206 LEGO City Recycling Truck and the #3939 LEGO Friends Mia’s Bedroom sets, which explains the hints of aqua-blue. With the chest, I wanted to get some sort of Transformers feel, so I used the decaled front of the Recycling Truck. Well, I don’t have much else to say… I feel like I kind of messed up with this one. 😐

LEGO Robot MOC 8 by Fikko

Ok, fine, I cheated; this creation – which is, by the way, made out of only pieces from the #7021 LEGO Viking Catapult vs. the Armored Ofnir Dragon – is not a robot but a mecha. Kind of like the mechs in LEGO Exo-Force. The “cockpit” opens, allowing a Viking warrior to sit inside. And in case you haven’t noticed, I was thinking of the #7700 LEGO Exo-Force Stealth Hunter set when I built this – which explains the double-sided melee weapon and the long-range weapon. I also wanted to add wings, but I think it would have been a bit over-the-top.

LEGO Robots by Fikko

And that’s about wraps it up as far as my LEGO robots. Since this is my first post sharing my own MOCs and the very first time I’m posting my MOCs online, please give me feedback and let me know what you thing. Part of the reason I’m sharing these with you is to prove that you can build anything from LEGO… out of any LEGO set. So try challenging yourself by choosing a LEGO set (or sets), decide on a topic, and build something! Feel free to share your results below! 😉

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of LEGO) and I’m an official contributor here. You can visit my Contributor’s Page if you would like to learn more, just to chat, or read my other posts:

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Noahnace10 June 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Wow Fikko! You have some really cool robots! I really like the ice robot and the Viking mech! But they are all really cool! 😛

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Håkan June 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Ditto!

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Chris June 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Ditto!

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Fikko3107 June 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Thanks a lot guys!

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admin June 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Funny thing is that the robot I like the most is the one you thought it didn’t turn out good. The one with the garbage truck nose as it’s chest. I think the chest area is done really well and it does have a Transformer-ish feel. I also like the little acid/flame thrower one. Very cute. 🙄

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Fikko3107 June 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hah! I knew it! I got the chest right! Could have fixed the arms though. They’re even more fragile than they looked.

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Ninja of shadow June 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Cool these robots are really neat! My favorite has to be the ice robot. These creations have inspired me to finally finish my spy cave.

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ninja of stealth June 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I liked the last one! but when you said ”if I had all the LEGO bricks in the world” I thought that once… a few days ago.”

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Fikko3107 June 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Yeah, that’s a very common question in our community. Yeah, I also thinks the last one’s great!

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Chris July 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

If had all the Legos bricks and TIME in the world I would build……. Am minecraft world and a.. a… A SPACESHIP!!!
(But for real I would build all those classic space sets)

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Meneldur son of Garamar June 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Awesome job Fikko! Nice bots!

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ninjasamuraiguy June 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Two words: SO AWESOME!!!!!

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Bug June 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

WOW! Those are AMAZING!

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Legoman640 June 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Wow! These are amazing! I love the first robot the most.

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Meneldur son of Garamar June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

How many LEGO pieces would you say you have in your collection, Fikko?

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pythor953 June 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I gotta say that mech is one of the best i’ve seen in a while. It reminds me a lot of exo force, which was one of my favourite lego themes.

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Håkan June 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Apparently, Ninjago was to be revamped into something more mecha-ish. I’m on a rather tight budget for the meantime, but it might be cool…

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Fikko3107 June 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM

I wonder too…However, won’t it be cool if Exo-Force returns guns ablazing?

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ninjasamuraiguy June 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

That would be my number 1 wish to Lego!
I also built a lot of Lego robots. Today I finished my favorite one- SamuraiBot, SamBot for short. Here’s a picture:
http://www.cameroid.com/WFZ6P-A1

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Chris June 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Great looking Robots.

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Fikko3107 June 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Thanks!

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Chris July 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Is that me? Or someone else? Lol

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NRG PYTHOR June 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Wow! The robots are amazing. I may try the challenge for myself later 😉

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Fikko3107 June 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Share your results!

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brick addict June 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I really like the little one but there all very good. 🙂

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Fikko3107 June 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I believe that there is more beauty in using pieces creatively to create small creations. Sure, large-scale creations are grand and Awe-Inspiring, but Small Models are cool too.

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admin June 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I agree. I also like small LEGO creations. It requires more creativity as the shape and size of the pieces limits you more, so you need to be more creative. 🙂

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lego trooper 91 June 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Wow i really like thoses robots a lot i want to make my own the mech is my favorite. i am a big moc’er because i get the set build it play with it (a lot) and then i ad it to my bucket of Lego bricks and make mocs 😀

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lego trooper 91 June 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

if i had all the Lego in the world i would build a big lego battle field with a lot of minifigures and a city to have it in and then have a big game oflego army with 8000 minifigures a happy thot fer me 😀

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lego trooper 91 June 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

AND THEN I WOULD MAKE A LEGO NOOK BOMB AND BLOW IT UP YAAAAAAAA (i love to blow thins up when i play lego army) 😀

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admin June 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

LOL! You sound like mo brother! 😆

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Chris July 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I would build….. A SUPER LASER TO DESTROY THE WORLD!!!
MWAHAHAHAHA!!! XD

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Darkon June 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Not bad, not bad at all! I especially like the ice mech and the Dr. Inferno acid mech. You are correct in saying that size does not matter. Sure, a colossal model can be very impressive, but a small one that still has a lot of detail is even more impressing! 😀

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Legoman640 June 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Your a professional!

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Fluttersquee June 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Wouldnt say that Metal Sonic.

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Umar The Dodger June 24, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Dear Fikko, could you give me the instruction of those robots?

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Fikko3107 June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I’m so sorry. I would have loved to, but I’ve dismantled all of them. However, if you tell me specifically which one you want, perhaps I could recreate it close enough, albeit with inaccurate colors.

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