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WALL•E reaches 9000 votes!
Thanks to everyone who supported this project! Onward to 10,000!!
WALL•E by me, Buzz by Erik Varszegi.
Father and Son
WALL•E director Andrew Stanton holding the little guy.
Working on the neck
It's safe to say this has been the biggest week for this project. With almost 1000 votes in the last seven days we are well on our way to 10,000. Thanks to everyone who voted.
After redesigning the eyes, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I decided to continue my 3.0 upgrade pass and reworked the base of the neck and how it connects to the body. In the original version, I used the X-Wing engine element, which was a bit of mixed bag. While it was a good diameter for the scale of the MOC, there were many weak points and I thought it might be good to explore other options.
I also redesigned the hoses which ended up being a big structural improvement as the old hoses often forced the head to pop of and smash onto the ground.
I decided to go back to the gray neck. The movie has it slightly yellow, but all of the toys have a gray neck, so for now, I'll stick with that.
LonelyKnight suggested I try and go back to using the black radar dish element for the pupils because the shapes were more indicative of WALL•E's signature binocular eyes. I think that is an interesting suggestion, but seeing it here, I'm not so sure. The convex 2x2 rounds warmed up the face a bit and gave it a but more personality at the expense of detail. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.
Onward to 10k!
Before & After
Here is an side by side comparison of the old and new heads. Let me know what you think.
Reworking WALL•E's head
After sitting with this WALL•E model for (literally) years, I decided to try and rebuild the head. To be completely honest, I was never really happy with my interpretation of WALL•E's iconic eye sockets, but hadn't been able to come up with anything better.
Fast forward five years. Many new elements have been released since I last worked on the model, and I was excited to try out some new building solutions. Here is a work in progress shot. I'll update the page with new fancy photos once I finish the head properly.