Product Idea

Metallica's Live Stage

The greatest heavy metal band in history is coming to Lego!

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. It was formed in Los Angeles in 1981, by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. With a career spanning nearly 40 years, the band has won 9 Grammys, is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has become one of the greatest rock/heavy metal bands ever to exist. With fans from around the world, the band is still touring annually, having played in all seven continents (including Antarctica). I would like to celebrate this great band's achievements, and their coming 40th anniversary (in 2021), by creating this 1282 piece replica of the live concert stage from the band's ongoing global WorldWired Tour. 

MODEL OVERVIEW
As mentioned before, this model is heavily based on the touring stage built, taken apart, and rebuilt in the different cities the band travelled to on this tour. Of course, I've included the big "M" and "A" on either side of the stage (which were really hard to pull off). This set replicates the following members: frontman, vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Robert Trujillo, and drummer Lars Ulrich. UPDATE: Along with the current band lineup, the band's past bassists, the legendary Cliff Burton, who unfortunately perished in a bus crash in 1986, and his succeeder Jason Newsted, are also included. Each musician's instrument is included, including Lars' purple Tama drum kit, which is removable from the stage. There are 3 microphone stands, one of which has a rack holding the acoustic guitar that James plays during hit songs such as "Fade To Black" and "The Unforgiven." 

Moving on to the back of the model, there are some removable guitar stands housed, with the band member's spare instruments: 2 electric guitars, a bass, and an acoustic guitar. Also in the back of the stage is a sound technician (with no identity) at an audio station. Aside from the controls, there is a small TV screen that "sort of" replicates the intro video of Ennio Morricone's Ecstasy of Gold, as if it were being projected onto the big screens from the station. 

UPDATE: The model also includes a custom band tour bus. Note, it is not based on any particular vehicle that the band owns. In sleek black, the vehicle is decorated with several of the band's logos and a side advertisement that says: "Metallica On Tour!" The bus features a full interior (also custom) with 4 removable seats, a removable bed, and a refrigerator in the back. The bus features another custom element: a 1x2 printed tile with a California license plate bearing the word "METALLICA," that is sure to be one for the collectors.

Lastly, this model has included an extra feature, a Metallica vinyl records and CD store/merch stand. The stand displays all 10 of the band's main albums, their vinyl covers, and CD covers. On the table is a record player with a record on it. There is also a small silver round tile used to represent a CD. Behind the counter stands a store seller/manager. There is also a cameraman included with this model.

FEATURES
 - A replica of the live stage from the WorldWired Tour

 - 7 Minifigures (James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich), a cameraman, an audio technician, and a store clerk

 - 8 guitars + a pair of drumsticks

 - A removable drum kit

 - 2 removable guitar stands

 - A small shop/merch stand

 - All 10 main Metallica albums (Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, ... And Justice For All, Metallica (black album), Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct)

 - a band tour bus with a full interior

OTHER INFO
 - Part count: 1282
 
 - Total design time: 14 days
 
 - Build time: 22 hours

 - Render time: 35 hours

 - Made with: BrickLink Studio

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

There is a 3 part video series showing the full design process in BrickLink Studio, sped up, on YouTube:

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The trailer/review: 

I hope you guys enjoyed this idea. Please consider supporting this model, if you like the band, or if you simply like my design. It would be really cool for both the Lego community and the Metallica fan community if this were to become an official set. I really hope this could possibly be approved by the 40th anniversary of the band next year (2021). Be sure to check out the videos above, share them with your friends, and stay tuned for updates. Thanks for checking this out.

"There is something powerful in Metallica, a will, a drive."
- James Hetfield

DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of Metallica's logos, cover art, or property. All copyright goes to their rightful owners.