The LEGO Group revealed its first set in partnership with PlayStation yesterday, and it’s a doozy: the 1,222-piece 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck weighs in at just £69.99 / $79.99 / €79.99, includes an incredible Aloy minifigure, and is situated on a display base designed to resemble the video game’s post-apocalyptic landscape.
That’s definitely a lot to look forward to, but two-and-a-half months is a long time to wait – especially when its source material will be available to play from this Friday, February 18. If you’re itching for a LEGO Horizon fix in the meantime, check out these brilliant builds from across the community, all of which include instructions for you to recreate them at home.
5 – Wayne de Beer’s Tallneck
Long before the LEGO Group came up with its own take on the neutral machines that roam 31st-century America in Horizon Zero Dawn, Wayne de Beer was putting together a brick-built Tallneck. In-game, machine hunter Aloy scales these mechanical marvels to reveal new areas of the world map. Wayne’s version comes in a little smaller than the official set, but is a fun stopgap until that arrives. Check out the instructions here.
4 – legofolk’s Sawtooth, Watcher and Thunderjaw
While some of the machines on this list require either an extensive part collection or some serious investment to build, legofolk’s trio of models are a little more space- and budget-conscious. Their Watcher consists of just 117 parts, while their Sawtooth includes only 256 pieces. Their biggest machine is – naturally – the Thunderjaw, Aloy’s fiercest adversary in the original game, at 577 pieces. You’ll find all the instructions on Rebrickable.
3 – PedroBricks’ Corruptor
Against a backdrop of Thunderjaws and Watchers, Rebrickable user PedroBricks has assembled a lesser-spotted Horizon Zero Dawn machine: the Corruptor. A robot designed explicitly for combat – according to the game’s expansive lore – the FAS-ACA3 Scarab (as it’s known in-universe) is an all-black foe cleverly recreated here with spring-loaded shooters and a constraction weapon. Head here for the instructions.
2 – Skargarim’s Stormbird
Not all of Aloy’s adversaries canter along the ground: some soar through the air, like the ferocious Stormbird. Skargarim’s LEGO version prioritises articulation, making extensive use of ball joints to replicate the movement of both the in-game beast and a real-life bird. You’ll need 259 parts to bring it to life for yourself, using the instructions available at Rebrickable.
1 – Nicola Stocchi’s Thunderjaw
This is it: the matriarch of all Horizon machines, realised at an awe-inspiring scale worthy of its name. This Thunderjaw weighs in at more than 4,700 parts, and would cost an estimated $700 to assemble from scratch. It’s so huge that it requires its own built-in support stand, and as a machine is likely top of most Horizon fans’ lists for an official LEGO set. Until that time comes, you can grab the instructions to assemble this version over at Rebrickable.