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I think this would make a great set – Let your imagination and your
mini-figures run riot across this scenic Island. There’s plenty to do and see
to enhance your play!
This started as a design for my son. Usually he plays with his LEGO
mini-figures on the floor. This is not always ideal as the carpet is flexible
and makes them fall over. I can see him getting frustrated at times… Obviously
a simple base board could be used, but why stop there.
I was looking to build some smaller “set pieces” for him to use with
his mini-figures. This quickly grew and grew and we ran out of bricks! Hence
the switch to a digital build and the island you see in the pictures.
Each segment of the island is a unique scene in itself, based on a 24 x
24 board. The quirk is that each board can be used separately or joined
together in many different ways.
The pictures show the full configuration of 9 boards, but this could be
rearranged in itself. If you wanted a smaller scene you could simply lock the 4
corners together. Alternatively you could reshape the island to have, say, 6
boards and be a rectangular shape. Many different shapes are possible
I don’t know how many different combinations of boards there could be –
perhaps someone could tell me in the comments?
I’ve tried to stick to a variety of basic scenes, so that many
different LEGO themes could be used. For instance it wouldn’t look out of place
to play with Pirates, Knights, Ninja or City. Even Space on an alien world or
going back in time… In fact all the themes could be used at the same time!
To try and maximise the fun and playability I’ve included lots of
detail on each board. I’ve also made the design choice to leave plenty of
exposed studs to allow mini-figures to be place everywhere you want. Likewise I
have left the roofs off the buildings, so that the internal space is accessible
The complete list of scenes, based on the overhead picture, are:
North – Jetty / boat launch. I was going for a gentle quiet location,
hence the undisturbed river plants and the guitar left behind. Equally it could
be a landing point for soldiers! I’ve not included anything to “age” the
setting, so changing the boat could easily change the setting.
East – Sandy beach and Mangrove trees. Gentle slope into the sea. Relax
on the beach or land your army…
South – Farm or small holding, with well to gather water. Scarecrow
keeping the birds away. Would work well with the accompanying house on the
middle board. Or perhaps with the castle, a kind of serfs vs nobility
situation? The well goes down deep into the board.
West – Grey castle on the stormy cliffs. Arguably my favourite board. I
increased the height of the castle to loom large over your mini-figures walking
from the woods. Tried to look visually imposing, especially with the long
flight of steps. Includes an entrance to the underground mine near the gold.
Could benefit from a flag or two. Plenty of room on the top of the tower to
assemble your troops and defend from attackers (by land, air or sea).
This is one of my larger creations, but not too excessive on the number
of parts = approximately 1,750. It could be as big as 72 x 72 studs, but of
course can be separated into the smaller boards if space is at a premium.
I have used a simple linking system to join the boards together. A red
pin joins two 1x2 technic bricks via their central hole (see the red pins on
the model). These are on the middle edge of the boards, so they are
One pin per side gives an appropriate amount of grip to keep the boards
together, but is also easily separated without excessive force.
I imagine a finished product would include various stickers for:
Coastline sign, spelling DANGER!
Memorial plaque on Dino Shrine.
Lighthouse details, for bricks, window, door.
I’ve taken the choice to not include any mini-figures. I would rather keep
it open for the owner to choose which to play with.