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Here is my small army of Manchurians (aka. Manchus). Manchuria lies at the Northeast part of China and is has a long and fascinating history. The Qing Dynasty (also known as Manchu Dynasty) – the last ruling dynasty of Chinese emperors – originated here. (Did you see the The Last Emperor? It is one of my favorite movies, and you will learn about the Manchu emperors.) You can read more about Manchuria here: All about Manchuria.

I built this army to showcase BrickTW’s variety of weapons, shields and armor pieces. All the guys have torsos from the LEGO Prince of Persia sets, with front and back printing and really nice details. The legs are from the LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 3 Samurai. I was very happy with this combination!

Here is an overall view of the whole army (you can click on any of the pictures for a larger view):

And here is a side view:

And here are the individual guys:

As I mention in my review on BrickTW, the helmet-ornaments are removable and interchangeable, and come in several colors. The rectangular shield is really nicely detailed, and has a detachable hande to allow LEGO minfigs to hold them in various positions. The spear is one of my favorite weapons from BrickTW.

The bow is really unique. It is perfect for elves or other fantasy warriors! And I believe the arrows are some of the most essential items from BrickTW, as the only other customizer that makes arrows is Sidan Toys. How could there be any battle with no arrows?! (Read my Guide to LEGO-Compatible Arrows.)

This guy wears a slightly different helmet than the first one. Also nicely detailed with a removable helmet ornament. The shield is a smaller, more square-ish design, also with a removable handle. The sword is the only sword from BrickTW that is not oversized (as I mention in my review on BrickTW).

The helmet on this soldier is very similar to the LEGO knight helmet with neck protector. It could easily be used for knights and other nations as well. (See my Shiny Knights here with the same helmet but in chrome gold and chrome silver). The armor is especially nice, with a carefully detailed design. The round shield perfectly fits LEGO minifigs.

The pole weapon actually comes in two parts; the pole itself and a removable tip. This weapon was used by foot-soldiers to pull horsemen off their horses. Weapons like this have been found at the site of the Terracotta Army. Hope that with all the fancy armor and weapons my Manchurians will do well in battle too! 😉

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  • Giza April 17, 2011, 10:29 AM

    These look great! So you say that the helmet ornaments are interchangable. Also the pole weapon tip? And they are available in other colors. I’m wondering why did you use the same gray?

    • admin April 17, 2011, 6:34 PM

      Giza, when I bought these BrickTW was running a special on weapon/armor packs. I think this was a couple of years ago, you had to buy a variety pack and you got a second one free. This was a good way for me to equip my army without breaking the bank. I liked how they looked with the matching helmet ornaments, so I kept them that way. But adding a different color ornament or pole-weapon tip is also super nice! I have tried it since then. 😉

  • Hayato May 10, 2011, 8:21 PM

    I have never seen anyone taking the time to build a Manchurian army! Manchuria is pretty much forgotten, so it is nice to see someone still remembers.

    • admin May 10, 2011, 9:07 PM

      Thanks, Hayato! 🙂

  • hedgehog May 26, 2011, 1:04 PM

    i love your Manchurians army, great work! thanks for sharing 🙂

    • admin May 26, 2011, 2:20 PM

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Sith015 June 12, 2011, 11:44 AM

    The helmets and pikes are so cool! Also great use of the POP torsos and samurai legs!

    • admin June 12, 2011, 11:56 AM

      Thanks, Sith! I have been wanting to build a Manchurian army for some time now, and when I first saw the POP figs I was so happy! They were perfect! 😛

  • JasonK July 12, 2011, 3:20 PM

    Cool! The shields are awesome! And all the other parts too!!!

  • Jackson March 8, 2012, 12:56 AM

    were did you get the pices

    • admin March 8, 2012, 11:09 AM

      Jackson, as I mention in the post, the custom parts are from BrickTW. 🙂

  • those are so wicked! 😯 sooooo sweet!

    • admin July 7, 2012, 12:05 PM

      Yeah, I like them myself too. 😉

  • Geng H Zheng September 28, 2014, 8:12 AM

    That looks brilliant, are you going to sell these though?

    • admin September 28, 2014, 10:37 AM

      Nope, they are mine. But you can easily make your own. 😉

  • jal11180 November 10, 2014, 5:18 PM

    Hey, why not modify this theme and make it as an idea for a LEGO Dynasty Warriors/Warriors Musou idea? LEGO has never really did anything with a Chinese theme before and this idea is essentially a good blend of the classic Ninja theme with the classic Castle theme. Furthermore, LEGO has also never made a specific theme that is loosely based upon (mostly) real historical figures, so why not make that an idea that can be made, sir? Finally, with as well made as your idea is here, it honestly would not be all that much harder to make a LEGO theme that is based around the concept that I suggested to you anyway, sir. Please let me know what you think about my idea, okay? Thank you.

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