LEGO fans usually treat standard LEGO elements and LEGO Bionicle pieces as belonging to separate systems. However all LEGO elements have at least some connection points that are compatible, and those who are brave enough to mix these different systems, can end up making some very impressive LEGO creations. One such LEGO fan is Eero Okkonen from Finland, with a focus on large brick-built figures – another niche a lot of LEGO fans shy away from. The models below represent the four seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter in the form of female spirits. 🙂
The Spirit of Spring is bare-footed with flowers sprouting behind her footsteps, and with her hair blowing in the wind. Her skirt is made of those new hot air-balloon element that were first introduced in the LEGO Friends line. Her blouse incorporates a couple of LEGO Bionicle elements at the shoulders, and there are two more at the waist.
Eero explains on his blog that birch is one of the most common leafy tree species in Finland, and their white bark and black branches were the inspiration for the white dress and black sleeves of the Spirit of Summer. And of course all the green represents green leaves. The magpie sitting on Summer’s finger is a common bird in Finland according to Eero, with beautiful dark-green wing-marks and a long tail.
The Spirit of Fall wears a dark-red and dark-orange dress to represent autumn leaves. In fact quite a few LEGO leaf elements are included in this model. The legs incorporate several LEGO Bionicle parts to create the shape. Those long orange tentacle pieces work great for her hair.
From the four characters the Spirit of Winter is the one that uses the most LEGO Bionicle pieces. There are many white, dark-blue, and translucent-blue elements in the LEGO Bionicle line, and they are applied here in a perfect balance of shape and color. You can spend a long time studying all the clever techniques used to create this beautiful character. And if you would like to take a look at the currently available LEGO Bionicle line for some interesting parts, they are available at the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like these LEGO brick-built characters? Do you mix regular LEGO elements with LEGO Bionicle pieces? And did you ever try building brick-built figures? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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