Going Back In Time — The Octopus


First Octopus

Okay, I’d like you to think that I’ve always been the consummate Master Builder that I am today, but of course, everyone has a learning period. πŸ˜‰ Since I’ve finally got a scanner that works, I can now post some of my earlier models and show people where I came from (building-wise). So, I’ll be occasionally posting my pre-LEGOLAND days models here to give you a glimpse into my younger, less refined building self. πŸ™‚

This was my very first LEGO animal sculpture. I made it go along with my Aquanaut models that I was building at the time (95′-96′). I’ve always liked the ocean and underwater, both real and fictional (did I mention I like mermaids πŸ˜‰ ). So when the Aquanauts sets came out, I loved them. Of course I couldn’t just be satisfied with the sets as is — I never have been — so I created my own underwater scenes and bases. If I can find some of the pictures I’ll scan them in.

Like most LEGO hobbiest I built mostly Minifig related scenes and models. I do the complete opposite now, I rarely build in Minifig scale mainly because it is so small. Sometimes its hard to go back to just play with the bricks like I did before I got a job at the Model Shop. I have to admit, I don’t look at building the same way anymore.

But when I was still just doing this for fun, I rarely ventured in to sculpture at all. To be honest, I didn’t really know how to go about it. So I stuck to what I knew, building Minifig scenes and buildings.

However, when I got the Aquanauts I thought they need an enemy besides the Aquasharks. So I decided to build an octopus. And, because I had a lot of red bricks that decided on what color I would make him. For those younger readers out there, you have to understand that this was before Pick-a-Brick and Bricklink. I couldn’t make him whatever color I wanted and at that time I couldn’t have really afforded to do that either. I had to build with what I had and only what I had. Those were simpler times. πŸ˜€

Even now I really like how the legs all have the feeling of movement. Looking back, I would probably do several things differently. But considering that I didn’t use reference photos and this was one of the reasons I got my job in the Model Shop, I’m pretty proud of it even now. πŸ™‚


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