The sets arrived and my kids said to me, "Good luck with that!" – so figured perhaps I had my work cut out for me? Indeed they proved to be a bit of a test of my creativity. Included were 41251 Poppy’s Pod, 41255 Pop Village Celebration and two copies of both 41252 Poppy’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure and 41253 Lonesome Flats Raft Adventure.
I started by emptying all of the sets out and seeing which parts I thought were interesting.
Grantmasters original creations using Trolls pieces
I hadn't touched LEGO for over a month so as a bit of a warm-up, I tried to use the dark grey arms and the plant piece. Nothing particularly new, and certainly some ‘illegal’ techniques going on here.
The troll hair pieces are very interesting. They are larger than I had anticipated.
I thought they could make a volcano, a pipe or maybe a cool engine for a plane (think G1 Transformers seekers)? I'd need to amass a few more to make that work, so I started small.
Then I set my mind to how to attach something to the inside of the hair. I have no idea what that light blue part is but it fits snugly into the
hairpiece! This is what I came up with:
The light blue part allowed the neck attachment for the dino beast. Those spacemen are ‘highly illegal’ but that has never stopped me before.
They are based on the MaK-style hardsuit.
Surprisingly (to me), the lavender tree-trunk piece was the seed for this next build:
This is based on a NECA Mantis Alien figure that I own. The round hollow studs and inverted curves that came with the Trolls sets were helpful.
The Trolls hair was used to make this jet based on the Blitzwing character from the Transformers: Titans Return series. I leant towards the hairpieces more than anything else that comes with these Trolls sets. There were a bunch of other Trolls parts used here too, but the hairpieces were the main 'seed' parts.
Diablo 3 potion bottle
This is based on the Mana potion from the game Diablo III. The stopper is a LEGO Dimensions base. I lit this picture with a small LED from behind, which made a big difference.
Conan the Barbarian statue
The statue contains a bunch of Tan pieces from 41253 Lonesome Flats Raft Adventure including the 1x4x3 panels, although they are hidden at the centre, and the small minifigure legs. I tried to get the tall cowboy hats in there too but they looked ridiculous!
The idea here was to have a small princess take an egg from a giant swan. Here's a breakdown of the parts used for the bird:
It uses that big cowboy hat, the new cupcake piece, the white hairpiece, the new minifigure skirt piece… and Belville shoes!
- 41251 Poppy’s Pod via LEGO Shop at Home or Amazon USA.
- 41252 Poppy’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure via LEGO Shop at Home or Amazon USA
- 41253 Lonesome Flats Raft Adventure via LEGO Shop at Home or Amazon USA
- 41255 Pop Village Celebration via USA LEGO Shop at Home, USA Amazon or UK LEGO Shop at Home.
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