Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Turaga beach on "pause" for a really good reason

Dear blogreaders. You may be wondering why the unboxing of the Bionicle legend has taken such a longer break and why you havn’t heard news about the promised giveaway for a long time so now I think I owe you an explanation. 
To put it short, I got a call from Billund. A call that I kind off was hoping would come for many years.
As you may know a new LEGO House is under construction in the center of Billund. 



Here the past, present and future of the LEGO brand and brick is going to be in focus and part of the exhibition will be a walkthrough of the LEGO history. 
The phonecall confirmed that Bionicle will have a prominent place in that history since it was the “The toy that saved LEGO” (quote from Jørgen Vig Knudstorp) and suddenly all my Turaga beach crates full of old sketches gets interest. 
In august I will take a meeting with the LEGO heritage department and run through all the early material that went into creating not only Bionicle but everything that came before including the early test concept “Cybots”, Voodoo Heads, Slizer, Roboriders and whatever I have in the crates. 
Nothing is certain about what and how the exhibit will be but this is fantastic news because it means that this material finally will be part of the official history and that it will be accessible for everybody. On the other hand I will have to pause the Turaga beach giveaway because many of the sketches that I planned to give away now probably will be part of a permanent exhibition in the most perfect place imaginable. 
I hope you all agree that this is the best place for this material. It is a homage to all the loyal fans that have been with Bionicle since the early start. Bionicle is part of the rebirth of one of the most fantastic brands in the world and who knows what the future holds:)…

Monday, May 18, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 023 - Video 1


From "the time before time". This video shows footage of the 1999 concept models called VooDoo Heads. As you probably all know this would later evolve into the Bionicle concept.
https://youtu.be/AjbiNuEv60c

Monday, April 20, 2015

Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 022


Much has been said about the size of the giant robot Mata Nui and what you see here is not canon or anything. It is the simple inspiration that I used when creating the outline of the Island back in 1999 and later on in 2007 when we had the task to make the giant robot come alive.
As you may know I use a lot of local inspiration mixed with foreign input to create my work and when it comes to Mata Nui I am quite sure the shape of my home country Denmark has played a vital role in finding the shape. We have a saying here in Denmark that our country looks like a giant head with a dripping nose and a pointy hat. So there you have it. Just turn the face to face upward and put an island on top.
If you blend the shape and size of Denmark with the features of hidden robot face and the yin yang swirling shape of a galaxy then you have the outlines of what created Mata Nui.
Following that line the size of the robot ends up being app. 3150 km.



Canon or not? Now you know the inspiration sources.
Denmark is small and very flat without mountains but almost an island. so I think Mata Nui is my secret dream of what Denmark would look like if it was mixed with Hawaii.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 021

https://youtu.be/Isuzfov350M

This is an old piece of preview animation made for fun to showcase the size relation between Mata Nui and Earth, given that a Toa was 2,3 meter high. Thak you Ghost for your great sense of humour through all the years of 3D production.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend - Exhibit 018-020

This new exhibit shows some of the internal crew T-shirts I have done through the years. The first one "Water is for wimps" was too expensive and complicated to make because of the full color on black.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

A closer look at the design of Scraper

SCRAPER UNIT TX-34/02
MAITANCE SCRAPER UNIT,
DESIGN AND MATERIAL: EXTREME DURABIL/ALL
                   CONDITION FUNCTIONALITY.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
MAGNECTIC ROLL MECHANISM
MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDS WITH MAGPADS
FULL UNDERWATER CAPABILITY TILL 3000M
(WITH SUBGEAR ATTACHED)

INTELEGENCE: SELFREGULATING
(SOFT REBOOT EVERY 5 Y. RECOMMENDED)
SOCIAL SKILL: HIGH
CONSTRUCTION SKILL: SUPERIOUR
FIGHTING SKILL: LOW TO MODERAT
LIFESPAN: LIMITED