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Johnny Thunder's Egyptian Museum

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The Idea

Since my childhood I have always been a huge history nerd. As a result the classic Lego Adventurers theme and especially the Egypt subtheme has always been one of my favourite Lego themes ever released. The project Johnny Thunder's Egyptian Museum is a tribute to this classic late 90s Lego Adventurers theme.

While the build itself is completely new and unique, both the exterior and the interior of the museum are packed with different direct and indirect references to the old Adventurers theme. While the Lego Adventurers eastereggs are built to look as much as possible like their "ancient" 1990s predecessors, the museum building itself uses modern parts, modern colours and modern building techniques!

As a result the Egyptian Museum serves both as an in-universe museum for the inhabitants of Lego City to learn about the amazing adventures and discoveries of the famous archaeologist Johnny Thunder and his friends and as an actual museum for young and old Lego fans around the world to remember the truely wonderful 1990s Lego Adventurers theme.

The Build

The Exterior

The outside of the museum is designed in a way that makes it very easy to see where the "ancient" relics end and where the actual front of the building begins. In an attempt to tell the story of Johnny Thunder's life, the museum is supposed to look like it was constructed around the several ancient artifacts and building pieces Johnny and his friends found in Egypt and brought home to make them accessable for historians around the world.

The main entrance of the museum is constructed around a slightly modified version of the entrance of the "Pharaos Forbidden Ruins". While the animal face of the main entrance is very close to the actual historic set the obelisk on the left side of the building mimics the look and positioning of the one from the 90s set, while actually using newer pieces and building techniques!

The actual museum building is designed in a way to look quite a bit newer. However, since Johnny Thunder's adventures took place in the early 1900s the architectual style is not completely modern but is inspired by older 19th century architecture.

The Interior

On the inside Johnny Thunder's Egyptian Museum consists of two separate floors connected by a massive open staircase. On the ground floor there are three separate areas:

  1. On left there are to sarkophagi, a stone statue of the Egyptian god Anubis and a display with two different Pharao crowns. While the Egyptian headgear pieces are used to condense the museum's atmosphere, both the sarkophagi and the statue of Anubis are direct references to the set "Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins".
  2. In the centre of the ground floor there is the main entrance and the receptionist's desk. The two pillars in the centre of the ground floor and the two halbards hanging on them are again mimicking the layout of the 5988 set.
  3. On the right side of the ground floor is the big wooden stair case leading to the first floor. On the turn of the staircase is a small display of hieroglyphs. Underneath the staircase are two big wooden storage boxes and a big black chest. While the boxes were used in almost all sets of the Adventurers theme the black chest is a reference to the statue of Anubis in the set "Oasis Ambush"!

The Egyptian exhibition continues on the first floor: it is again split up in three different sections:

  1. The right side of the first floor is mainly filled with the upper part of the staircase. However, along the walls there are exhibits on display: A stone crocodile (as seen in the set 5988), the phararo's sceptre (featured in several different Adventurers sets), two black scorpions and a mannequin wearing Johnny Thunder's old outfit!
  2. The centre of the first floor mainly consists of a big round gallery which enables visitors to look down to the ground floor and allows the light coming through the big circular window and the two skylights to illuminate the whole museum. Additionally there are four exhibits: two spears (as seen in the trap of the set "Mummy's Tomb"), Dr. Kilroy's magnifier and the propeller of Baron von Barron's Bi-Wing!
  3. The left side of the upper floor contains the heart of the exhibition: The Pharo's golden headgear and his legendary magic ruby! Additionally there is a large display of different tools and a stone falcon statue as a sign of the Egyptian god Horus. The roof of this section also contains a trapdoor to access the roof or to break into the museum from the outside.

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