Plant? or Animal? or Unknown Terror?

Matango!  No matango, Myconid!  The next model in the Manifesto spotlight is actually entitled “Myconids”, and it’s brought to you by long time Lego enthusiast Steve Vargo.  The build is actually from 2012 but by now you should know that I refuse to limit myself to current models and nothing really caught my eye today while browsing the usual haunts.  Somehow these guys slipped past my radar, four years ago and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ‘shroom it up.  The techniques Steve uses to create the Myconids are pretty solid, although the design seems a little spindly at the hips for my taste.  Likewise, the squared off chest doesn’t do much to maintain the illusion of an organic form, but I don’t care, these guys rock anyway.  My favorite detail of the Myconid design is the toes, they are perfect little stubs that suggest roots.  I’d love to see these guys in a diorama, along with some intrepid adventurers to encounter and subsequently be slaughtered by.  When I look at them it takes me back to really crappy but fun D&D games, so you can call me Captain Nostalgia today, I’m good with it.  In fact you can sue me if I’d rather be fighting mushroom men with polyhedral dice than doing my taxes or cleaning the bathroom.  D&D is the game everyone has played but few will admit to enjoying it, so I’m not gonna be one of those guys.  I wish Steve would branch out to even more monsters from the game, I’d love to see his take on a Mind Flayer or a Kuo Toa, he’s clearly got the skill for it and it’s a thematic path that hasn’t been explored extensively.

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The Myconids are indeed D&D monsters that date back to 1986 and a popular module called Scourge of the Slave Lords, which was a continuation of an even older and much beloved trio of adventures from 1980.  The Myconids have gone from B-list dungeon fodder to a playable character race in the latest version of D&D and now they have been immortalized in the brick.  I suppose they deserve their props after all, although they seem impossibly goofy, right up there with the Owlbear, Gelatinous Cube and Hippocampus.  I love Steve’s build more than I ever appreciated the monster back in the day, with an AC of 12 they seemed anything but threatening and it’s hard to keep players focused under normal circumstances, without adding a mushroom man into the mix.  A Monster Manual-style Omnibus posting seems to be in order and you can bet it will include the mighty Myconid!  Be sure to check out Steve’s other D&D inspired builds like Troll, Goblin & Orc and Enchanted Waters, you won’t be disappointed.

Of course, no mention of the walking fungi would be complete without mentioning the classic film “Matango!” A.K.A. “Attack of the Mushroom People” A.K.A “Fungus of Terror“.  While it’s certainly not my favorite in the genre, you could do a lot worse than your beverage of choice, some Lego and Matango! playing in the background.  Prepare yourself for “Indescribable Horror!”, I hope you have your broadsword handy, roll for initiative!

19 thoughts on “Plant? or Animal? or Unknown Terror?

  1. These are fantastic, especially the arms and legs, very interesting techniques. As you said, the chest and hip connections aren’t great, but I can’t honestly think of a better way even with today’s parts. Any other hip connection would make them too wide for these things. Also there’s definitely a lot of interesting stuff in his stream (those eyes are brilliant, despite the ugly hand); wish he’d still be building.

    I’ve built a very cartoony version of one of these for a contest a while ago (if only they’d make those damn hinges in tan already) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitreolum/16004810155/in/dateposted-public/

    That movie makes me think of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes for some reason, gotta love those movies that are so cheesy and bad, you just have to watch them.

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    1. Cheesy and bad? What the hell are you talking about?! That’s STARK TERROR! and INDESCRIBABLE HORROR! That’s not something to be taken lightly, these are important cautionary tales, mister. They also show that women are supposed to scream 90% of the time, and men must be lightning fast at blowing out a lantern. Civilization is declining as a result of us not watching more of these how-to movies! MATANGO!

      I think I’ll just start yelling that in public from now on, just seems the right thing to do.

      MATANGO!!

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    2. What are the odds someone else built a Myconid…? And what are the odds that builder would be a reader of the Manifesto? Not good, I’m thinking. I didn’t bother to search for “Myconid, Lego” on Flickr because I thought there was no way in hell I’d find anything. I really like the pose you achieved with yours, even if it doesn’t look quite as organic as these, it looks a lot more aggressive. Not sure about the teeth though, they look out of place on a fungus. Thanks for posting the link, I would hate to think I missed a Myconid!

      You can’t go wrong with Killer Tomatoes

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      1. Don’t forget Return of the Killer Tomatoes starring George Clooney. Actually you can forget it, I’m sure George would like to.

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  2. These are cool! They seem more mini Iron Giant than fearsome fungi. I love the white shoulders and upper arms with the antenna bases, and I can’t agree with L’etranger MORE about those joints in tan. GOD, that would save a lot of frustration building figures! Dark tan too, just because dark tan is awesome.

    Never got too much into D&D, too busy skateboarding and beach shit. Had a monster manual though for some reason and enjoyed the drawings in there. I think we were all discouraged from playing after what happened to Tom Hanks. 😀

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