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Griffin - Legendary Creature

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The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρύφων, grýphōn, or γρύπων, grýpōn, early form γρύψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures.

To make the Griffin I have combined two Lego sets. After several builds I have reduce the number of pieces to 130.

Design highlights

Head
The head is based on an eagle head, with two ears added.

Wings
By using the new micro-joints in combination with the articulation-point of the feathers, the wings can move in many many directions. I have also added some armor on the wings.

Forelegs
On the upper part of the foreleg I have use the new 'tooth' piece to give the legs a more feather look. I have also added some armor on these legs.

Body
I have used white pieces on the neck and breast as feathers. There is also space for a mini figure to sit on the back of the Griffin.

Transform mode
The Griffin can transform into an other form (see also section playbility). The design of the Griffin and the Griffin in transformed mode had influenced each other.

The Griffin has 31 articulation points.

Color scheme

I have tried different kind of colors. The main colors that are used in the final built are white and blue for the feathers, gray for the armor and sand color for the fur.

Playability

Because of the many articulation points, the Griffin can be posed in many ways. You can let him fight on the ground or let him fly in the sky.

You can also let a mini figure ride on the Griffin.

Another play feature is that the Griffin can transform.

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