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Meet the Creators of LEGO Narnia

NarniaFans has previously featured articles about two superb Narnia LEGO fan creations on LEGO Concepts. Narnia Think about… by Brickproject_7540 is an correct copy of the Wardrobe from Walden Media’s film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) with more than 950 supporters. The Wardrobe by Parsom is a special version of the wardrobe that’s greater on the inside with an animated diorama and backed by greater than 1,350 supporters. For the first time we present an interview with the two fan designers who created these excellent models. If their tasks get 10,000 supporters then LEGO Narnia might be made as a real product in the similar method that Analysis Institute, WALL•E Challenge, Physician Who and Companions, and Tron Legacy all began as fan submitted concepts. At the end of the article there are hyperlinks and directions on find out how to help the tasks at no cost.

March 22, 2019, eight:47 PM

Can you please introduce yourself and the way you turned a Narnia Fan?

My identify is Thomas, I’m 20 years previous, and I reside in Switzerland, in Vaud. Since studying wasn’t my favorite factor, I can say that the first time I heard about Narnia, was when It was adapted by Disney in 2005. I liked this film a lot that I began to learn some of the work of CS Lewis! And I was not disenchanted in any respect. Narnia is now part of my coronary heart, and I can cease to learn/watch anything associated to this magical world!

Thomas

I’m a midlife educational instructor, who’s enjoying Lego bricks. Truly, I’m unsure if I can call myself a Narnia fan. Positive, I like Lewis’ books. As for the films – I’m moderately reluctant, although I’ve a passion for previous BBC collection. However I’m undoubtedly a fan of three things from Narnia collection. The primary is the idea of getting into the wardrobe to discover the utterly new and strange world inside it. It jogs my memory of this thrilling feeling once I was a toddler and was wanting into my grandparents wardrobes and drawers to discover some artifacts from previous occasions. The second is the winter surroundings from the first chapters of the “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. It also jogs my memory of my childhood – once I was dwelling in somewhat town surrounded by a forest, and when the winters have been very snowy. Unfortunately, there was no lamppost in my forest. And the third thing from the Narnia collection, that I also like quite a bit, is the oneiric sea journey in the last chapters of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

Paweł

How would you describe your LEGO Narnia creation?

This can be a very long time effort challenge: as a fan of Narnia and Lego bricks, I all the time needed to seek out something related to this third half IP in lego shops. Once I noticed that Lego ideas allowed you to submit an concept for a subsequent official lego set I began to design one of my favorite aspect of the saga with lego bricks: the wardrobe, the place all started! I already submitted two model in 2015 and 2017, who acquired a huge help, but at present I am happy to introduce the most lifelike and excellent model I made of my wardrobe! I’m really satisfied that this concept have a excessive potential to be was a set, I only want 10 000 helps on lego ideas to make it occur(it is free, you solely have to create a lego account).

Thomas

It’s fairly an enormous and brown wardrobe, with an ornate front. It was modelled on the basis of totally different illustrations in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and on the elaborate picket wardrobes inbuilt the baroque period in Gdańsk, a metropolis in the north of Poland. After opening the doorways you will notice the winter panorama, with timber and snow on the floor. There’s additionally a lamppost and you may see Lucy meeting Mr. Tumnus. This seen may be easily changed – figures for various scenes are hidden in one of the drawers. You’ll discover there White Witch and the witch’s sleigh, Dwarf, Mr. Beaver and Edmund, Peter and Susan. The wardrobe is full of other hidden features. The lamppost might be illuminated by a Lego mild brick. When turned on will probably be casting a light-weight on the winter landscape inside the wardrobe. The moon and the stars are glowing in the dark. Father Christmas is hidden in the right drawer. He’s popping up once you open the drawer, and is supplying you with a gift – crank which can be used to drive the mechanism to rotate the principal scene and animating a minifigure to maneuver forwards and backwards from behind the tree.

Paweł

What was the most difficult half of your design?

This time I needed to focus myself in building something actual with the greatest shape as attainable: so I took several footage of the wardrobe from internet and tried to respect the proportions. But the most difficult factor is definitely the design of the custom plates of the entrance of the wardrobe. I designed all of them by myself with adobe illustrator: it was a huge work but I am so proud of the remaining outcome, thinks it actually seems good!

Thomas

As I keep in mind – two things have been costing me some sleepless nights. One was the mechanism enabling Father Christmas to pop up type wardrobe. It is quite a simple mechanism, however the lack of area was a problem. The second thing was crafting the entrance ornaments, especially the Aslan face.

Paweł

How lengthy did it take you to place together your design and how many items have been used?

three complete days! I often take rather more time in building a lego creation however this time I began a problem on my twitter account: the concept was to construct a 3rd version of my lego narnia wardrobe as quick and as good as attainable with some circumstances.

I used precisely 930 items to finish the entire set (686 for the wardrobe, 67 for map lampost, 75 for Cair Paravel, 102 for Queen citadel).

Thomas

I used about 2000 bricks. It took me virtually 6 months, from which the intensive constructing part took about three months, and during the final three months I was solely testing some minor modifications and improvements on occasion.

Paweł

How has the concept in your LEGO Narnia wardrobe changed over time?

The first time, I decided to build something that looks cool with a Narnia themed construct: and the outcome wasn’t good in any respect however I nonetheless favored it. For the second one, I tried to capture the entrance particulars with lego bricks. Nevertheless it isn’t attainable to get a nice effect in that scale, the general look is sweet but I feel that there’s nonetheless lacking something. For this remaining third construct, I needed to repeat the actual shapes, and seize as greatest as attainable the engravings of the front of the door: I took the choice to use lego plates as an alternative of studded bricks and I can say that I’m really proud of this selection!

Thomas

Initially I deliberate to build only the winter scene with the lamppost, Lucy and Tumnus and a few primary mechanism to rotate this scene. But the day after I got here up with this idea, I realised, that it had to be constructed inside the wardrobe. And this primary concept remained unchanged, only the specific solutions have been altering.

Paweł

Are there any easter eggs or hidden particulars in your mannequin that Narnia followers may respect?

Yeah there’s one easter egg and I’m planning so as to add another one. There is a little lure on the again of the wardrobe full of Turkish delights/lokum! Did not point out it on my official lego ideas page, perhaps I’ll add it as an replace to the undertaking.

Thomas

There is only one prototypical easter egg, I assume – Mr. Tumnus parcels are the truth is Lego packing containers. Nevertheless, there are some hidden details. It’s the previous wardrobe, so you will discover lost key on the prime of it. There’s also spider dwelling in the wardrobe (which is used to modify the lightbrick) and you may see spiderweb on the prime of the wardrobe I additionally the carvings Aslan’s face s on the doorways. And the Father Christmas pops up from the drawer – it’s my tribute to the previous, in all probability not know extensively toy:

Paweł

Do you have got another Narnia themed fan creations at residence that you simply want to share about?

Sadly not. I don’t have much free time and I really need to focus myself in sharing the concept to the group to hit the 10 okay milestone but I might like to construct something else related to Narnia. I’m actually considering to build one thing associated to the white queen fort…

Thomas

I’ve one other Lego construct Narnia wardrobe. I constructed it as an add on to the Lego Ideas Pop-Up Guide set. Here you possibly can see how it works:

Paweł

Are there any LEGO units that you simply want to see from the next Narnia movie The Silver Chair?

I actually hope that the lego group is planning some sets in 2020. I might like to see something related to Ettinsmoore, one thing actually crazy for positive, but I feel it will seems to be cool to see some big figures subsequent to small basic lego minifigures in a rocky panorama!

Thomas

I hope that first Lego Narnia set, if it is going to be ever produced, can be based mostly on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” guide.

Paweł

When you might have any Narnia character as a LEGO Minifigure who would you selected?

Nothing unique at all, but I might choose to get a determine of Peter Pevensie: the bravest and coolest character of the saga to my thoughts!

Thomas

Properly, we have already got two minifigures a minimum of loosely based mostly on Narnia characters. The primary is the Faun from collection 15 of collectable minifigures. Even if he isn’t referred to as Mr. Tumnus, is missing scarf, and holding a flute as an alternative of an umbrella, he’s undoubtedly wanting like James McAvoy. And the second is the Ice Queen from collection 16, which actually is the White Witch. So now it’s time for Lego Reepicheep.

Paweł

How can Narnia Fans help your challenge in the event that they need to see it turn out to be a actuality?

Voting for this venture on lego Ideas and sharing it in all places with your mates, on social medias is the only thing I want! It’s really easy: you solely have to create and account or connect together with your fb or twitter account and click on the blue « Help » button and that’s it! I might also recognize I you write a comment in the remark part, it’s going to help to increase the visibility of the challenge. Don’t overlook it: each help counts quite a bit for me, for Aslan and for Narnia!

Thomas