You’ll have to forgive my lack of posts for the past couple months. I recently moved cities and was wholly consumed by that. Follow that with a toy fair my wife and I had a table at and you have total chaos. More on that toyfair later, though.
Today I want to do a tutorial on a sweet little lego custom minifigure I made. Link… again. I’m a little bit obsessed with The Legend of Zelda if you hadn’t already noticed.
First you need some components:
You will need, from head to toe, a gnome’s hat, a soccer player’s hair, an anime guy’s head, an archer’s quiver and torso, an old school dragon guy’s shield, a viking’s sword and an elf’s legs. In the unlikely event that you do not already possess a gnome, a soccer player, an anime guy, an archer, an old school dragon guy, a viking and an elf don’t sweat it. I have discovered that substituting each component with their subsequent Lego counterpart is not only cheaper, but also more ethical. Ripping the legs off an elf is no easy feat… believe me. All these lego pieces can be found and purchased at http://bricklink.com, which is essentially the ebay of Lego collectors.
There are really just two modifications you will need to perform, the first of which is to turn that quiver into a sheath by snipping the arrow feathers off as close to the base as you can.
then just put him together like so. Note the way I slid the sword in behind the sheath in the next picture… Pretty clever, eh?
The last step, and other modification, is my favorite part. Having spent the last five minutes trying to place the gnome’s hat on Link’s head you may have realized that something more is required. Time to reach into your treasure chest and pull out… (cue that Zelda treasure chest music in your head now)
E-6000! The official glue of the Hero of Time. Apply this stuff to both the hat and the hair with a tooth pick, let it sit for thirty or forty seconds and stick those mothers together. Put it further back on the hair than you would think. Trust me. It looks better that way. Hold them tightly together for thirty seconds or so and then let them dry overnight.
He should come out looking like this. Not too shabby, if I don’t say so myself.
For a more modern Link depiction you can use a blonder hair piece.
Here’s a good picture to show just how bang on the face, shirt, etc are.
So there you go. It’s a bit of work getting all the pieces from all those different sets but in the end it’s worth it.
Stay tuned for some more great lego and videogame crafts in the near future.