Grantmasters’ Alien and Predator LEGO figures are excellent on their own, but why not show them off in an epic battle? Well, this isn’t the battle I expected to see. Which classic film creature can out-shred the other and has the best lines to skate?
I watched Predator with the lights off late one night by myself when I was 14, terrified just as much that my parents would find me watching a hyper-violent R-rated movie as I was of the invisible alien antagonist. Cid Hsiao has built a Predator figure that uses the organic armor of Bionicle and Hero Factory to great effect. Placed on a stand built from regular LEGO bricks, I need this imposing fellow standing guard on my desk.
I always felt distant to series such as Bionicle and Hero Factory as they didn’t really demonstrate an actual LEGO experience for me. Same goes for the recent Buildable Figure or “constraction” series. Nevertheless, Jonas skillfully manages to show us how useful these specific parts can be for certain occasions. The armor on iconic film character Predator definetely requires a different touch and many Hero Factory parts came to the aid. Such perfect presentation in this small scale would be impossible otherwise.
The Yautja hunter is easily recognizable with his dreadlock hair, plasma caster, wrist blades, body mesh, and bone necklace, all enhanced by a strong and ready-to-fight stance. But I wish Jonas could complete the scene with an Alien to relieve my stress — it feels like a prey without the presence of an opposing monster!
The 2004 movie Alien vs Predator was a clash of two eponymous sci-fi creatures to bring the comic action to the big screen. Grantmasters has captured the penultimate moment from the movie in LEGO, when the Alien Queen has mortally wounded Predator with a thrust of her tail to his torso and his green blood drips spills.
Grantmasters has cleverly utilised a host of parts to create this scene in ‘small scale’. Black minifigure hands form the feet of Alien, while lime green depict Predator’s dripping life-blood. The minifigure diver’s flipper also makes a fantastically unusual appearance as a wound!
The characters are cleverly built and a few subtle landscape details add to the scene without distracting from the main event. I hope Grantmasters continues with Alien vs Predator Requiem next…
Crossovers in your mind often end up being more epic than they do on the big screen, but nonetheless they should be applauded for jumping tremendous logistical and legal hurdles alone. Say what you will about the quality of the Alien vs. Predator films, simply seeing two of Hollywood’s greatest space monsters duke it out was well worth it. Kiwi builder Grantmasters is aware of the crossover appeal, and having previously built separate portraits of the Predator and Alien, he has now constructed a scene with them fighting to a literal death.
Some things are just so beautiful they’re ugly. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, the latest portrait by Kiwi builder Grantmasters is for sure one ugly beautiful something:
Utilizing a number of typically specialized pieces such as cookie tiles, mushroom tops, and pterodactyl wings, Grantmasters has constructed a stunning portrait of one of cinema’s most infamous monsters, the creature known only as the Predator. Not only that, but this build is also the perfect companion piece to another portrait Grantmasters built back in April, that of the Predator’s arch nemesis, the Alien:
Shawn Snyder has been building a variety of Predator head sculptures for a couple of years, but when he brought an early version of his latest to a SEALUG meeting a few months back, I knew it was going to become my favorite. The completed sculpture was worth the wait, and even better than I imagined.
Expanding on his fearsome Predator head design, Shawn incorporates brick-built skulls, bones, and body armor to complete the look.
Tyler Clites goes theatrical with his latest batch of minifigs, inspired by the Predator and Alien movies.
Notice the minifig hands Tyler used for the Predator’s mouth:
Check out this amazing Predator bust by misterzumbi. Great use of those tentacles and nice work on the base as well.
Brickshelfer snyderman presents a fully poseable Predator figure.