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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago the Four Nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.
Introduction (Picture 1)
Thus began one of the greatest shows of all time. With it's diverse locations, varied characters, alternate costumes, and fantastical vehicles, this had potential to be as good as (if not better than) the Star Wars LEGO licence. But when I looked at the sets LEGO made (sets 3829 and 3828), I was disappointed. I made this based on the first episode of the original series.
Pictures 2, 3 & 4
First we have the Iceberg. It includes a microscale Appa frozen in the iceball made by Aang (although technically he was in the Avatar state). It also has a removable energy beam from when Katara (accidentally) waterbent the Iceberg open. The Iceberg, including the water underneath it, has 101 pieces, and Appa has 6.
Pictures 5, 6, & 7
Second, there is the village. This is the southern water tribe village Hakoda left to fight the Fire Nation with the other men in the village. Katara and Sokka lived here most of their lives, until they met Aang, that is. It has 2 igloos, and, even though it fell down, it has Sokka's tower. This model uses 86 pieces.
Pictures 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12
I saved the best for last - Zuko's ship! This is the ship on which Zuko scoured the planet searching for the Avatar after his banishment. This ship was commandeered by Admiral Zhao to besiege the North Pole, along with over a hundred other ships like it. It is equipped with the standard Fire Navy gear. It has the iconic features of the spiked prow, slanted cockpit, smooth deck and low railing. My model needs 55 pieces for the ship, and 226 for the surrounding water (which is suitable for both North and South Poles).
I started work on this in early October, and I've been tweaking and modifying it ever since. Originally I just had Zuko's ship on a 32 by 32 blue baseplate with some simple icebergs, and only 64 pieces. By October 5 I had rebuilt the base using SNOT. (Studs Not On Top, in case you didn't know. It basically means using side studs and tiles.) Much later I added the second model, the Iceberg, and lastly the village. Throughout the process I tried to attain to the motto of "Only the best is good enough" These models have a total of 470 pieces.
I hope you like my model - if you do please support and share. Let's get Avatar: The Last Airbender to 10k everyone!