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Shapeshifting Hydra

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The ideas I have for this lego project is to have the ability to build three popular mythological creatures. I grew up watching Ray Harryhausen films and loved the way this man made fantasy creatures from greek legends come to life. Harryhausen formed the creatures out of clay. I always wanted one of those creatures as a toy. Now with lego ideas I can see this dream come true and build my own fantasy creature.

The first creature (seen in the main image of this lego project) is a hydra, which in greek legend is a water-snake-like monster with nine heads, although the number of heads varies depending on who tells the story. Legend has it that the hydra begins with one immortal snake head and anyone who attempted to behead the Hydra found that as soon as one head was cut off, two more heads would emerge from the fresh wound.

When I was designing this lego set, I imagined it would be fun play to manipulate each snake head, just like Harryhaussen did when creating animations for the classic movies (Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, and others) can be moved up and down at the joint between the neck and body of the lego beast. Two of these heads fold neatly inside the monsters body and can be folded out again when ready.

The second creature is the griffin, 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. Eagle wings are placed on the lego model in way which can easily be manipulated to flap. Players of this lego set will flap the griffin wings as they pretend it is flying over some magical far away land in pursuit of its prey. Gold coloured lego bricks give the eagle talons a real menacing shine in the front legs and distinguishes them from the brown paws of a lion on the back legs.

Last but not least, is the third creature, Cerberus, a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance of the Underworld, allowing the dead to enter but letting none out. Apart from his three heads, he also had a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes and the claws of a lion. In this lego version, he does not have the snake mane, however, he still possesses the characteristic three menacing dog heads for which he is most famous.