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Final Fantasy VII: Midgar Expressway Chase

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300 Supporters! (Process Update #2)

Hey Everyone!

I think I'm a little overdue for another update now that we've reached 300 supporters! Thanks so much for all the support everyone, it's all one step closer to a real Lego Final Fantasy VII Set!

Today I'm going to talk about the villainous minifigures included in the set.

I definitely took some liberties with the figure selection here just to ensure we're getting the characters as many awesome characters as we can. Sephiroth only appears in this scene in the Remake which is a good excuse to include him since we couldn't have a FFVII set without Cloud's arch-nemesis. Reno and Rude of course don't appear in this scene at all, but I feel like I could picture them included in a big chase sequence so that was a good enough excuse to include them. And of course, the two Shinra soldiers to round out the villain roster.

The biggest challenges in bringing Sephiroth to life were his hair and finding a good build for Masumne. Lego does have an element that's pretty close to his hair, and while it's been years since Lego has printed hair directly on the head to fill out the hairdo, I think it helps complete the Sephiroth look. For Masamune, it's just a Lego katana sticking out of a monkey kid lightsaber hilt. It's sorta faking the length by just making the hilt way longer, but I think it gets the job done. There are a lot of longer blade elements introduced in Ninjago, but I felt they would make the blade too thick.

Reno and Rude weren't too complicated, I knew right away which hairpiece to give Reno since it has the perfect match of spikey with a spot to print his goggles on. I suppose the goggles could have been printed on the forehead, but I feel like it doesn't have the same look. The Shinra soldiers weren't too difficult, and I think their armour looks pretty snazzy in Lego form, especially the arm printing. And conveniently those imperial officer helmets mixed with the face print do a good job of capturing the look of their helmets.

There are far too many iconic villains from Final Fantasy VII to fit all of them in one set, but I feel this is probably the best roster we could hope for in a single set.

Nest milestone I'll go into detail about some of the builds in the set. Thank you again everyone for your continued support!

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100 SUPPORTERS! (PROCESS UPDATE #1)

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for your support on this project so far. Every supporter brings us one step closer to a real Lego Final Fantasy VII set! I had the idea for this set floating around in the back of my head for a couple of years, but only recently gained the confidence to give it a go and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

I don't have as many in progress images saved as I did with the Star Fox Arwing Set, but I can share some extra close-up images of things you can't see as well in the images I've uploaded.


For today I'll talk about designing the hero minifigures. Final Fantasy VII has so many iconic characters, and I knew I had to do my best to include as many as possible (within reason). The scene the set depicts takes place around a 3rd of the way through the original game and thus includes the party members from that point, Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith and Red XIII.

The biggest challenge was definitely finding existing elements to recreate the iconic looks, especially for Cloud's hair, Buster Sword, Barret's arm and Red XIII's entire body. Building the Buster Sword took many different variations, some more complicated, but I chose this design as while it makes the blade overly thick, I think it did the best job of capturing the design while stopping it from being too big. Having printed elements definitely helps give it a lot of character. For Red XIII the choice was either to make use of an existing element or to make him break built. I ultimately decided that the dog element, while not having the most accurate shaping, worked best, as any brick-built design would have made him look odd in scale to the others. Plus it helped him fit within the Shinra Haulter better.

Next milestone I'll talk about the villain minifigures included in the set. Thanks again everyone, and see you at 200!

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