With the popularity of the recent LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) and LEGO Ideas Sesame Street (21324) sets it would seem that taking a stroll down memory lane and, for most of us, revisiting part of our childhood through LEGO.
Today’s LEGO Ideas Feature is Shrek: Happily Ever After by BrickSkipper. It’s relatively recent compared to the afore-mentioned themes, but don’t let that fool you as it’s still a family favourite 20 Years on – That’s right Shrek is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
This project is mainly inspired by the first film.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m a big fan of Shrek and the gang and the series of movies. They did something special and gave the classic fairytale story a funny and sarcastic twist. My young Son has recently discovered the franchise and so gives me another excuse to rewatch them!
The creator has done a wonderful job in capturing the aesthetic of Shrek and his home on the swamp. The house, which is situated under the remains of an old tree, is highly detailed outside and inside and features unique building techniques and angles.
With roots hanging over the front and all the foliage covering the roof it has a natural flow to it and looks realistic. I particularly like the uneven cobbled stone stairs on the left heading up the mound.
Heading inside we see a ton of features and details taken straight from movies, with the fireplace, sofa, table & chairs and bed.
To make the windows look rustic and natural the creator has used hand pieces as window bars, giving them angles never seen before. Great idea!
Not to take anything away from BrickSkippers product idea, but if LEGO were to make this into a real purchasable set I’d think the size would be an issue and they’d more than likely scale it down somewhat. I can see this set comparing to the recent LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh (21326) set in size, as they are both very similar concepts with a house and tree combo.
There are a handful of smaller side builds, one is the now iconic outside toilet that Shrek uses and has many funny dialogs in. Again the angles used are great and very eye pleasing, the detailing on the door and wood panels is awesome and much needed.
Another smaller build is the ‘Beware Orge‘ sign, the creation of the graphic is spot on and works well as a whole.
The bigger of the three side builds could be a set in itself as it’s a micro version of the tower in which Princess Fiona is held at the start of the movie. At first glance the tower looks quite small but it you look closely you’ll see a micro-figure in the top window, so it’s a very respectable size.
It’s construction is really well thought out and uses some really interesting techniques that I’ve not seen before. I’d love to build this and see how it’s done!
Onto the Minifigures, my favourite part, and the creator has included a while host of iconic characters, including:
- Puss In Boots
- The Wolf
Other figures to note, which are your non-typical Minifigures, are:
- Donkey (Dog piece)
- Gingy (Baby piece)
- Dragon Micro (Buildable)
- Princess Fiona (Micro)
- Blind mice (x3) (Micro)
As a Minifigure collector these really grab my attention and look fab, I particularly like the way the creator has portrayed Shrek’s belly and shirt, cleverly using an Armour part more common to LEGO Knights, genius!
The other Minifigures look great especially Puss in Boots, with his ‘cavaliers’ style hat and feather.
I under that parts are limited and that if LEGO made this into a set they would most likely use new moulds, especially for Donkey. Again similar to the new Eeyore Figure, Donkey would have to be an entirely new mould which would be really interesting to see and possibly a good reason to pick up this set, along with Shrek, Fiona and the rest of the gang!
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