Shameful LEGO admission time: I like Galidor. It was a goofy theme, but the figures and creatures were cool. And while the component parts may be large and clunky, builders have found ways to repurpose them in all sorts of interesting creations. Galidor rocks. And to prove that, just look at Mitch Henry‘s creation Mike. This doesn’t feel like an element or two has been hidden or transformed, so much as “renewed”. Mike looks like he’s ready to go on tour as part of a cool new reboot of the Galidor line. New brick-built arms and lower legs reach beyond the theme’s limitations, and the keyboard and EDM launchpad are quality additions.
There are a couple of non-LEGO elements present: Those are shoes from a Ken doll. But I have a feeling Mike has always been a bit of a rebel like that. Or maybe Mitch is the rebel. Either way, it seems to have worked out well.
Sometimes something so different comes along that you can’t help but smile. Oliver Becker calls this “The Wandering Temple of the Last Flame” but I call it the coolest mode of transportation ever. Speed, performance, practicality, safety; all are unimportant when you’re riding in this much style. This viney bit and this other leafy bit make for excellent gold filigree while the sloping roof and red and black color scheme embodies an exotic Asian feel to the traveling temple.
The pièce de ré·sis·tance, however, has to be the tortoise’s head which utilizes a Euripides Galidor torso. See, we all chuckled when the infamous Galidor sets came out but who is chuckling now? Still us, but for different reasons.
It turns out, this is far from the first time Oliver has made us smile or even chuckle. Be sure to check out his previously featured Donald Duck roadster and fabled stork creations for more whimsy and wonder.
Psst–Hello? Are you awake? So, I don’t want to alarm you or anything but Ben Tritschler just built this creepy crawler he calls Beast of the Dark 2. It has wings, antennae, crazy spines, and teeth like from one of those alien predator movies. Ben says it is venomous and hungry. Oh, and it totally makes use of a Galidor Ooni head, so…yeah. Make use of that information however you see fit. Like, who knows what other forms of weirdness lurks around here in the dark, right? The title “Beast of the Dark 2” implies there might be more than one of them. Like maybe a whole swarm? Well, anyway, I’m sure it’s no big deal. Forget I mentioned it. Go back to sleep. Good night.
Regardless of your opinion whether Galidor is a toxic LEGO theme or not, there is no doubt the real life version of this Galidorean Tree Frog by Logan W. would be incredibly poisonous. The recent rise of Galidor’s popularity has produced some amazing creations, both serious and less serious. But this one I am having trouble categorizing as either…
The centerpiece of the creation is Allegra‘s torso with some eye stickers on what would be her breasts. The use of red ball joints as fingertips is inspired already, but the builder went an extra step, using minifig helmets as larger fingertips on the middle fingers.
I came into The Brothers Brick contributor gig knowing I would be challenged to find and write about LEGO creations outside of my comfort zone. What I didn’t expect was how quickly I would fall down the deep rabbit hole of Bionicle creations, and I keep finding myself drawn to Logey Bear’s works, many of which have been featured on TBB in the past (my favorite being Captain Falcon of Nintendo F-Zero fame). His latest model is an oceanic delight, a Bionicle-Galidor hybrid model that barely registered to me as LEGO at first glance. The key component of this radical ray is the pair of “powerizer legs” comprising the front of the beast. The spinal ridge straight through to the tail is also a slick, organic touch.
Gali-what? For the uninitiated, Galidor was a line of quirky buildable action figures released by LEGO back in 2002. Galidor coined and subsequently destroyed the word “glinching,” which was used to refer to the interchangeability of the various body parts. LEGO had great expectations for Galidor and invested a great deal of money in promoting the product, which included a tie-in TV show, video games and promotional McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. Despite LEGO’s efforts, Galidor was a huge commercial failure and has been a running joke in the LEGO fan community every since. Between all the laughter, there has been very little in the way of discussion of what Galidor could have been….until now. Ryan Howerter brings us this great model of Jens, but look closely…
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Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with LEGO’s greatest failure of all time. So much so that my wife has threatened to plan an intervention if I don’t stop. Those fans who have been around for a while know the horror of which I speak.
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension was, and is, the worst thing ever created by The LEGO Company. The deeper you dig into it, the worse it gets. Action figures with little to no LEGO connections, a failed television show and video game, electronic figures that “interact” with said show/game and European exclusives issued to areas where the show wasn’t available. Galidor was a failure of epic proportions. However, while stomping about in the bottomless muck, I stumbled across an old jewel that we never featured here:
Created by Steve Puckett, this build features the Galidor TDN module as the cockpit of a rather awesome mecha. I can’t believe we missed this because I blogged one of his other Galidor-esque creations back in 2008. I love the amount of tech that the builder has crammed onto this Mecha and how he has managed to make the juxtaposition of Galidor and real LEGO work. It’s a thing of beauty!
Check out the whole gallery of pictures here.
We were so proud to show off our building skills in April. Of course, Djordje has to go and one-up us all. This slightly creepy, bushy-eyebrow’d fellow looks like he belongs in the world of what Galidor should have been.
In all seriousness, this guy has character. He looks like he’s plotting someone’s terrible demise with those old dinosaur-head-eyes. I’m not quite sure if he belongs squarely with other aliens or if he’d be more at home in The Labyrinth. I’ll leave that decision to you.
Angus MacLane (MacLane) brings us an awesome hardsuit, with a Galidor twist. He’s combined a great model with one of the worst things ever made by Lego. When he hears that Galidor was canceled, he’ll be crying himself to sleep on his colossal pillow.
Surprisingly, many LEGO fans have never heard of the Ooni or of Galidor, LEGO’s failed action figure line and TV series from 2002. In my ongoing attempt to make Galidor cool, I give you the Ooni Brute. I envision him as a foot soldier of an invading alien army. His helmet assembly isn’t for breathing air, but for regulating internal body temperature because the Ooni are cold blooded.
For a long time now, I wanted to do something with the Galidor head I had. My idea was to build a mecha or hardsuit around it. The result: Daedalus Zero G Drop Suit. As it was taking shape, it started feeling like a version of a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger. It features the domed helmet, retractable wings and jetpack, big res chest button, communicator on the right gauntlet and a laser on the left gauntlet.