Products in this article were provided by LEGO®; the author's opinions are their own.Role-playing games elicit high hopes. Players expect a deep story, stunning graphics, and fulfilling gameplay, and only the best games spawn a successful franchise. Horizon Forbidden West solidifies the impact left by Aloy and her robo-dino co-stars of Horizon Zero Dawn, and now just three months after the sequel’s release a LEGO® set celebrating the series has just hit the shelves.
New minifigure in 76989 Tallneck
"I briefed our graphic designer, Casper, and I told him to make it the most detailed minifigure we've ever seen in LEGO. So we used printed legs, we used printed arms. We used sideways printing on the face to get the Focus as well. We were so excited when we saw the wig coming to life as well — it was sculpted by Gitte who is one of our senior sculptors here. We are so pleased with the final result on Aloy, she looks fantastic."
– Frederic Andre, LEGO designer
"That’s her first outfit in Zero Dawn and [Guerilla] confirmed it would be present in Forbidden West as well. We received a full cosplay detail of Aloy from Guerilla, including every single detail you could think about: close-up on the arms, shin guards, everything."
New Moulds in 76989 Tallneck
- 4x Brick 1 x 2 x 1 ⅓ with Rotation Joint Socket in Dark Stone Grey / Dark Bluish Gray (6398662 | 80431)
Newly recoloured elements in 76989 Tallneck
- 1x Hose, Flexible 22L with 2 Connector Ends (Zipline) in Earth Green/ Dark Green (6398658 | 27965)
- 5x Minifigure, Weapon Sword, Uruk-hai in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold (6398659 | 10050)
- 1x Minifigure, Utensil Space Gun / Torch - Without Grooves in Reddish Brown (6398392 | 86208)
- 1x (+1 extra) Minifigure, Plume Feathers with Small Pin in Bright Red/ Red (6398656 | 30126)
- 1x Minifigure, Weapon Bow, Longbow with Arrow Drawn in White (6398393 | 61537)
The zipline twists its way around a derelict traffic signal in the
finished model and adds the first green tone to the growing selection of
colours for ziplines.
"The vine — the zipline in Dark Green — we probably could have managed with another colour but I was really excited to get it in dark green because I could see that being super useful for loads of botanical models."
- 4x Minifigure, Utensil Snowboard Small in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (6398675 | 18746)
- 2x Tile, Modified Facet 2 x 2 in Sand Blue (6398674 | 27263)
- 2x Tile, Round Corner 3 x 3 Macaroni in White (6373439 | 79393)
- 1x Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Bar Handles on Ends in Black (6398391 | 78257)
- 2x Tile, Modified 2 x 2 with Studs on Edge in Sand Blue (6398673 | 33909)
The snowboard element has existed for several years but has been limited
to five mostly bright colours, none of which would have accomplished
the effect Isaac intended.
"The snowboards were pretty necessary in my opinion because I really like the shape they gave for the radar array and we didn't have them in grey up to this point. That was one we definitely needed."
"You have to understand; both Isaac and myself, we are AFOLs as well. We do not change the colour of an element without a second potential build we could do with it as well. We try to serve the community as much as we can."
The completed model
"The leg joint setup just wasn’t feasible with the weight of the model, although I did end up working it in such a way that if you want to just mod it slightly, you can usually swap out the Technic connectors for click hinges and then have double joints in each of the legs in addition to the hip connection."
"I wasn't gonna do a square base. I've been working on LEGO Minecraft previously and would not want to do squares! So I tried an octagon, I tried a completely freeform landscape like a lot of AFOLs do with their models, and then eventually landed on the oval."
"I basically just got [the geometry] close that I thought it was working and then let our model coaches check and make sure we weren't stressing anything, and it happened to work out. That was beautiful because I really wanted, if possible, to not have it squared to the base to have it look more natural as it's moving."
"I'm really happy with how the torso turned out. It's a very dense block of building to get everything we needed to work with the joints for the legs and so on but I found it really satisfying to get it to work just right."
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