Sir Terry Pratchett, the brilliant mind behind the 41 books in the Discworld series, is honored by Finnish LEGO builder Pate-keetongu (Eero Okkonen) with an incredible collection of characters from the books.
What better way to pay homage to such an esteemed writer than to create a version of his characters the world has never seen the like of before? That thought must have crossed the mind of Finnish builder Pate-keetongu (Eero Okkonen) right after Sir Terry Pratchett passed away, as that is when he started working on these fantastic LEGO characters.
The build started with Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully, a favorite of Eero, but other characters were added soon after. In the above and below pictures, you can see the Professor of Unusual and Cruel Geography, Dean, Librarian and The Luggage.
When asked in an interview with The Brothers Brick whether there have been any “Eureka!” moments while building these characters, Eero replied that “The Librarian’s face, definitely. It took lot of shaping, but came out surprisingly fast in night-time, two or three hours. I tried all sorts of odd parts to capture his rubbery baggy face. The minifig arms connected to the hip piece were going to be used as the brow but they ended up in the lower jaw instead. The handlebar piece had the most important “Eureka” moment here, as it made a great upper lip and framed the eyes. It also made it possible to move the yellow teeth a bit forward, giving a bit less human-like and more orangutan-like overall shape to the face.”
As for the time it took to build all these character, Eero said that “The time taken differs… But I think I am quite fast builder. These usually have taken something like six hours each, some less, some more. Ridcully, who was the first one built, was done in a weekend shortly after Sir Terry’s death in March and it took a bit more; I somehow found the legs challenging as most of my character builds usually have longer cloaks. Rincewind, on the other hand, took a lot less. His facial features took some shaping and SNOT work, but everything else came together in hour or two, the shaping being very simple here. I always revisit my old creations, but usually after they are photographed and posted online. You may notice, for example, that Ridcully’s sleeves are different on recent group shots, compared to the original photos taken half a year ago.”
Commander Sam Vines is one of the characters Eero is most proud of, because of the face shapes and rusty colors.
Susan Sto Helit, the Granddaughter of Death, can be seen in the following image with her grandpa’s scythe in her hands.
Sir Terry Pratchett would definitely have been proud of these LEGO characters, as they look very much like how he imagined them. You can visit Eero’s Flickr page to see more images of his builds.
If you have yet to read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, head over to Amazon and get the books in various editions, as paperback, hard cover or Kindle versions. Also, if you’re a brick enthusiast, you might want to check the LEGO Store.
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[via The Brothers Brick]