Stand back or you’ll get burned

The creation of LEGO Mech models is in intricate process whose complexity is often under-appreciated. While most LEGO creations are static and fixed in place, a well-built mech often has multiple points of articulation, and requires sufficient balance along with flexible poseability. The play factor is something that you can’t really feel from a photo, but only appreciate its looks from a design perspective. I’ve been lucky enough to hold this creation by Benjamin Cheh in my own two hands, allowing me to see in detail how the parts provide maximum articulation of shoulders, arms, and wrists, and how it all fits into place in a modular fashion.

AAMS BR15 Barch “Firestarter” Mk1.jpg


This fire beast took Ben about 2 weeks of on-and-off design and planning. My favourite question to a mecha designer — How do you know when you’ve finished a complex build like this? Ben’s answer: “It’s done when I say it’s done. And this is done!”

AAMS BR15 Barch “Firestarter” Mk1.jpg

AAMS BR15 Barch “Firestarter” Mk1.jpg

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