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Flaming Chicken
Posted by Purple_Dave on May 4, 2002 at 05:54 PM CST:


The INFERNAVIKA is an online LEGOŽ Club exclusive design. You'll need to be logged in to access the instructions. To build it, you will need one #8554 TAHNOK VA, one #8553 PAHRAK VA, and one additional #3 length black pin.

Okay, the first thing that comes to mind when seeing this model is the word 'cute'. It's nice to know that not all of the wild animals on the island are ravenous beasties. Actually, this bird reminds me a lot of the kiwi of New Zealand. It's small, kinda goofy looking, and while it does have a tail (kiwis don't) it has these tiny little wings that look absolutely useless for just about anything. Oh, and the head looks completely wrong. And it's not very pear-shaped. And the feet are much bigger. But the point is that the sheer oddness of this little guy makes me think of the kiwi.

This model doesn't have any special features or method of attacking, but it does have a rather high degree of posability for something so small. The legs pivot at the hips and bend at the waist, the stubby little wings can flap up and down (though they stay flat against the body) and the neck can tilt up and down. If you reposition the head, you can even get it to look to either side. One of the things I find to be most interesting about this design is how the two BOHROK VA brainpans convey a sort of layered feathery look, just like you'd find on a real bird.

I have to say that I'd really love to see more things of this type. Small simple models that are designed more for visual flavor than to hold an active role in the storyline will serve to make the setting much more rich and endurable than it already is.



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