Rather than hijack the ‘Toy Story Replicas’ thread, I have instead created a seperate spot here for the discussion and sharing of construction techniques, observations, thoughts and speculations regarding the creation of LEGO Bunny, as featured in Toy Story of Terror.
It is my hope that through user collaboration we are able to come up with an accurate and detailed set of plans, that he may become a part of everyone’s collections. I knew I had to have him sraight away when I saw his appearance in the television special. I’m sure many Toy Story collectors and replica enthusiasts feel the same way.
So… two days spent pouring over dimly lit and fuzzy pixellated screenshots. I present to you my brick-for-brick (as accurate as discernible) replica:
OK, so the colours are off. I know. This pass is a preliminary construction stage to make sure I have its form and build methods correct. I then plan on ordering each individual brick online from LEGO’s Pick A Brick () so I have my own set as it were.
First things first. What I need help with. High-res screenshots. 1080p if possible. Now this may be a challenge, but basically the higher the resolution, the more clearly we can discern the brick type and formation.
What we can’t currently know. The backside and tail of LEGO Bunny. The only shot in the entire short of LEGO Bunny’s tail occur here:
Image significantly brightened for better clarity.
Indeed this is the only evidence we have that he has a tail at all. Not a lot to work with and I’d go so far as to say impossible to 100% accurately discern.
Accuracy of my replica.
I would hazard a guess he is 80-90 % correct in terms of brick usage and placement (see backside and tail). I have every reason to believe his ears, head, arms, legs, scarf* and lower white belly are entirely accurate. His upper torso, back and tail contain an element of educated guesswork.
I have achieved the results I have through numerous techniques, chiefly good old observation. Corresponding angles with the screenshot to see brick to brick alignment, squinting at the placement of cracks between bricks in stills, stud counting and relying on my strong knowledge of popular building techniques to work out logical placement and part use. Helpfully the short provides a deconstruction of sorts which enabled me to discern individual bricks:
Unhelpfully however, even stepping frame by frame yields unsatisfactory results for every piece. Due to the vast piece count, motion blur and parts blocking other parts it is still not an ideal method.
Similarly, looking at LEGO Bunny’s other transformations, is it possible to learn what types of bricks are in his rabbit formation? Yes and no. Short director, and Lego enthusiast Angus MacLane has responded to a tweet in that regard:
In TSOT, does the transformation btwn Lego rabbit to the stairs utilise all the exact same pieces?"
More or less:)
Stepping through LEGO Bunny’s transformation frame by frame, I am of the personal opinion that cheats are used, thereby rendering inaccurate any assumptions about his original part usage from other variations. It did however prove slightly useful as a technique for working out brick type, if not placement.
On the subject of the short’s director Angus MacLane. He has launched a LEGO CUUSOO project in order to get LEGO Bunny released as an official set, a gesture I’m sure we would all do well to support. If oyu are unfamiliar with CUUSOO, look no further:
And Angus MacLane’s Twitter feed:
where he has various snippets of information regarding LEGO Bunny and Toy Story of Terror, and where he details the attempts to make it an official release.
As for the other forms, I have yet to work on those. They are on the whole easier, especially ‘Stairs’ and ‘Ladder’.
So please contribute to this thread in terms of screenshots, thoughts and ideas, construction techniques, speculation on hidden areas etc. I’m happy to answer questions on my build and explain the choices I have made.
*Even as I go to post this I notice I have used an inaccurate piece in the scarf. Instead of the blue 2 x 2 45 degree slope in the centre, it should in fact be two 1 x 2 curved top pieces, as indicated by their presence at the base of the stairs construct in LEGO Bunny’s third form.