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Level 6: The Titans Unleash the Kraken





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These sets have been in the making for 36 years now. In sum, this is the fruit of the input of over a hundred archaeologists, scientists, and historians from six continents, most of whom have 4-to-8-year-olds of their own now. And when they see this, all of them are all asking the exact same question... "Why hasn't Lego done this years ago?!"

I carefully designed this set to be right around the $120 to $130 mark for everything you see on the whole page, just like all the bigger castle sets and headquarters sets. I planned it within that limit so they could sell this on the shelf at any store in the world... but if you want, you can vote to make it bigger or smaller when you click to support!

Since Medusa is a Lego Minifig, she can lose her head and keep on right talking, much like the Myth of Orpheus. Perhaps Perseus and Odysseus will have to find a way to cleverly trick her head into petrifying her own beloved Kraken, and then she can get her head back on her shoulders, to cause more mayhem in the third act! After all, in Lego movies and games, the minifigs can reassemble themselves with ease if they get knocked apart.

Seafarers from every civilization have told tales of primordial and gargantuan sea-beasts since time immemorial, including Tiamat, Leviathan, Scylla, Charybdis, and the Kraken. The name of the Kraken originally comes from Scandinavian Mythology, immortalized in the iconic and beloved movie Clash of the Titans, but it also refers to tales of Titanic octopus-like or squid-like sea monsters feared by sailors in the Mediterranean.  I designed him as a Kraken "Hexapus Mediterraneensis Titanicus"

The beast has two large translucent-bright-green eyes on top, plus a ring of six smaller translucent-bright-green eyes around its hexagonal tentacle ring, as a nod to the fact that Scylla from the Odyssey had a ring of six dog's-heads around her waist, six necks, and a body made of tentacles!  The body design is also an homage to the groundbreaking sci-fi work "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, which famously features a giant squid attack.  You might also sense a Cthulhu vibe happening here too.  He can easily swallow up to 12 minifigs through his hexagonal jawed mouth directly down into his cavernous belly, like a Sarlacc.  Then you can see all of the terrified minifigs inside him through his bulging trans-blue belly membranes on his sides. And then he can open his belly membranes to vomit the figs out for more playtime fun...  Get ready!

Oh, plus Andromeda gets a sword and shield too... Once the Kraken has been dealt with, she is free to join the fight!

All of the temples and all of the fortifications in my sets can come apart into neat modular sections, based on an 8x8 grid... And so they can all be rearranged in multiple ways, they can all be expanded and redesigned easily, and they can all be connected together for maximum modular possibilities! There is also great potential to do expansion sets with additional wall segments for each unique civ.

If sets like this are a success, it could lead to many new things. For starters, I know that there is tremendous potential to sell beautiful and educational sets like these in major museum gift shops around the world, as they already do with the Architecture Theme, which would boost Lego's overall brand awareness and reputation with parents from all over the world. 

For the future, they could easily branch out into sets for the Aztecs, the Mayans, Africa, India, China and Japan. And it could be expanded into the Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Steampunk, Modern, and Futuristic Eras. Plus it could inspire them to add more historical details and more educational value into Castle, Pirates, and Indiana Jones-style Adventurers sets. Will it be as popular as Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ninjago, Chima, Zelda, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Only one way to find out...! If they make a few new prints, they can keep using them again and again for the next 10,000 years...! Let's do this! =D

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