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Metallica WorldWired Concert (Outdoor Stage)

1981 pieces* (It's true! See below for the breakdown).
For years, I’ve joked that someone should make a Metallica Concert out of LEGO. On New Year’s Day, while thinking about 2022 and the start of another long and cold winter, I decided this is the year. No more excuses, I am going to make this happen, but which stage to build?

Because I watched all 23 Metallica Mondays Concerts in 2020, I could see the various stages through the years bricked in my imagination. Considering scale, video screens, and unique stage tech, I decided to focus on the WorldWired Tour Stage. 

I spent every weekend during the months of January, February, and March constructing prototypes, and then scouring the internet for the 1,064 pieces I bought to use with 917 from our 1970 - 80s collection in our basement, most notably: the original minifigure heads. (While we have a lot of older LEGO, it turns out the collection is very heavy on red, yellow, and blue - none of which are conducive to what one sees at a Metallica Concert).
My initial desire was to build a full-blown concert with security, crew, audience and spotlight towers (which I did do, spanning over four baseplates), but I scaled this version back, so it could be submitted as a LEGO IDEAS. After reviewing the rules and adjusting my project scope, I settled on what you see in the photos: the stage, the band, and their legendary audio technician Big Mick Hughes with his sound table.
Why would this make a good set? Here are two reasons, LEGO and Lars Ulrich. Arguably Denmark's two most famous exports. The better question might be: How has this not happened yet? Both LEGO and Metallica fans are avid collectors, both fans come in all ages, and this is a set that everyone can enjoy.

Speaking of fans. Black Ticket holders from this Metallica tour can probably rattle off rather quickly the few artistic liberties I took, three readily come to mind. LEGO fans might question the use of plates on the stage floor instead of tiles. This was an intentional decision to reflect the simplicity/bareness of Metallica stages. Also, intentional was using 1 x 1 plates on the screens to mimic pixels and tile for the M & A on either side of the screen because those are permanent fixtures. 

Everything about this design and build was challenging and fantastically fun, it indeed proved to be a great way to spend winter weekends, and I am very happy with it! 

My hope is that when LEGO and Metallica fans look at it, the response is a smile and a WOW.

The minifigures are:
Lars Ulrich, drums, 1981 founding member.
James Hetfield, vocals & rhythm guitar, 1981 founding member.
Kirk Hammet, lead guitar, 1983.
Robert Trujillo, bass guitar, 2003.
Big Mick Hughes, live audio engineer, 1984.

*Designed & tracked in Google Sheets! The 1981 piece count is as follows:
Stage Base: 708**
Stage Accessories: 199
Drum kit/riser: 101
Screens & E-C: 281
M & A: 161
Frame: 121
Cranes & Speakers: 322**
Sound Table: 62
Band & Big Mick: 26.
** There is the opportunity, Sad But True, to build this with fewer pieces if different combinations and sizes are used in the stage base structure and with the cranes.

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