Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bionicle Dragon

Name of Model: Vayland Dragon Redux
Created by: Ahava516 (Patrick Biggs)
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahava516/sets/72157624836845380/with/4939608143/
Details: Remember the wings from the 6495 Time Tunnelator kit? I'm sure I'm not the only one who was young in the nineties (OK, not that young...) - the Time Twisters subtheme (and the larger Time Cruisers theme) gets derided for absurd set designs, but they actually came with a slew of rare and hard-to-find parts. The wing element from the Time Tunnelator finds some new use here by obeying the standard rule of bizarre LEGO elements - everything is more useful if you have a large amount of it. Suddenly small printed sail "wings" become giant dragon wings, suitable for an awesome giant Bionicle dragon.

While this particular dragon first surfaced at BrickFair 2010 (where it also looked great in person), it's actually an updated version of a model originally built for the fiftieth BZ Power contest (which was invitation-only for previous Bionicle-Based Building Challenge winners).

EDIT 9/11/2010: Looks like I may have referenced the wrong part and set above. The exact printed pattern visible on the wing elements in the photo above is actually this one, found in three sets (in the Adventurers and Ninja themes) between 1998 and 2000.


sqiddster said...

Sorry, but ypu got the wrong set. These wings came from an adventurers set. :)

Dan said...

Noted. I've updated the post to mention the correct pattern.