The ROCKY franchise is something truly special. Ever since the first movie, this character has inspired thousands of people of all ages to work out, follow their dreams, and become the person they've always wanted to be. This is a representation of the most inspiring part of the first movie, when Rocky makes his way to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's stairs. A portion of the stairs is included, and there's a spot at the top to place the Rocky minifigure. The main attraction, in my opinion, is the beautiful backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline, which uses interesting colors to create atmospheric perspective. Rocky Balboa is the only minifigure, but honestly he's the only figure this set needs.
Why did I build this?
I actually built Rocky: Inspire almost directly after watching the first movie for the first time. That goes to show how inspiring this franchise can really be. The themes of perseverance, and never giving up no matter your situation are very powerful and I wanted a set that could recognize that. I quickly realized how important this could be as a LEGO set, and got straight to building it. I didn't want to make a boxing ring or some kind of action scene, because that's never what Rocky has been about. People have always called Rocky "just a boxing movie", but it's more than that. It's a true underdog story about reaching your full potential, and the stairs scene worked so much better in representing the core themes.
Why is this set so important?
Even if you haven't watched Rocky in a while, you probably remember at least one scene. Most likely, that scene is the part of the training montage when Rocky climbs the steps. Its an incredible scene, and worth celebrating in the form of a LEGO set. Another reason why I believe we need a set like this, is that this set is actually not that big. It doesn't need to be. It's something you can bring to work and keep on your desk, and something that you can look at anytime you're feeling down to inspire you to persevere. Many of the LEGO IDEAS sets recently have been very big and expensive, and I think in addition to the bigger and more expensive sets, we need some smaller 18+ models that younger and newer collectors can use to really jumpstart a collection. For me at least, it was easier to start collecting with some of the smaller sets, and unfortunately there aren't many at the moment. Hopefully this can change with Rocky: Inspire!
"You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done." - Rocky Balboa