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Zack, the LEGO Maniac Monster
From LEGO Club Show episode 1, it's Zack, the LEGO Maniac Monster!
About this creation

Meet Zack, the LEGO Maniac monster.

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While working on a video for an updated version of "Zack the LEGO Maniac", the brief from LEGO came down that it was time to redefine Zack for a new generation (no denim jackets or sunglasses here).



Through some discussion, we came up with the idea that Zack was a normal minifigure kid who, when he gets into building, turns into this big LEGO Maniac monster.

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(Two sketches of a potential minifig Zack. We ended up going with the guy on the right, though with the grey pants.)

With that in mind, I designed the monster form of Zack in the same style as my characters from Playback, and actually used this as an opportunity to refine the rig design to be a bit more sturdy and solid.

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I took advantage of new ball-and-socket joints that I picked up in an Exo-Force set to make his limbs, and drew inspiration from set #4894 Mythical Creatures in terms of what parts went into his more monstrous aspects.

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Even though he is a monster, it was important that he still be likable and fun. Being a huge Jim Henson fan, I took a cue from the Sesame Street Muppets when thinking about his appearance -- he's not a menacing beast, but just happens to look different from you or me. There's also some James P. Sullivan in there, as well as a bit of Wally the Green Monster.

Here are the different stages of construction used to animate Zack's transformation:

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And here's how his feet stick to a baseplate:

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More photos:

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Comments

 I like it 
  April 15, 2012
Brilliant. Inspires me to keep working on animations.
David Pagano
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Juha Manner
  February 11, 2012
Super cooool!!!!!
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  October 2, 2011
Wow great monster and awesome video to go with it.
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  September 27, 2010
Great!
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  February 19, 2010
I love this guy, he's very Hensonian. You did a really great job with the face. The opening mouth is a cool detail I hadn't noticed in the video.
 I like it 
  February 19, 2010
Fabulous stuff, as always. Great 'transformation' shot.~H
 
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