Four LEGO themes that deserve the Avatar treatment for their creatures
The latest wave of LEGO Avatar sets included fantastical beasts that stayed remarkably close to the source material – so what other themes could benefit from the same treatment?
Sets like 75572 Jake & Neytiri’s First Banshee Flight, which includes two posable Ikran, showcase moulded heads and fabric wings. This enables the fantasy creatures to represent the stunning detail seen in the Avatar movies in a way which brick-built sets often can’t.
There are plenty of fantasy themes within the world of LEGO, so we’ve been thinking about which ones would do well with a similar treatment. What themes would make your list?
4 – Lord of the Rings
With LEGO Lord of the Rings returning in 2023 in the form of BrickHeadz (and a larger rumoured set), revisiting some of the incredible creatures from the franchise with new and improved building techniques would be a welcome addition. In particular, the Fellbeasts that the Nazgûl ride and the Great Eagles would be fantastic to see recreated from LEGO elements, but it doesn’t have to stay with airborne beasts. The Mumakil and even Orcs could be an opportunity to see some unusual moulded elements, ranging from headpieces to minifigure-sized tusks.
3 – Harry Potter
Next up is one of the LEGO Group’s largest fantasy themes: Harry Potter. While many creatures from the Wizarding World have been reimagined in brick form, there are often brick-built and therefore lack some of the detail and smooth appearances that the LEGO Avatar animals have. For example, comparing the dragon from 76406 Hungarian Horntail Dragon to the Ikran highlights the amount of detail present in the latter.
It’s not only dragons that could benefit from more attention in LEGO Harry Potter. Minifigure-scale Dementors carry none of the same stature or menace as their on-screen counterparts, while trolls and goblins could be a prime opportunity for more moulded heads and body parts.
2 – Disney
Disney sets tend to stick to well-known characters, but with the upcoming release of the live-action The Little Mermaid, now is the time to add more variations to mermaid tail parts. If LEGO Avatar can receive several moulded parts and elements, could Ariel and the gang usher in vibrant and varied tails?
Seeing as it’s Disney’s 100th birthday this year, now is surely the time to invest in the theme. Who knows, perhaps it will be part of the further reveals expected throughout 2023…
1 – Stranger Things
The LEGO Stranger Things theme is dormant at the moment, but with the final season airing in 2024, there’s no time like the present to breathe fresh life into the theme. The main set so far has been 75810 The Upside Down, which had a minifigure-sized Demogorgon – and not many other monsters.
With the introduction of Vecna and bigger and badder monsters, the possibilities are endless for moulded parts and the use of fabric elements to bring the Upside Down and Vecna’s gruesome realm to life. Aside from large and horrifying creatures, even headpieces that can spin around to reveal that characters like Max and Chrissie are under Vecna’s spell would be a cool addition to any builder’s collection.
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