Omnibus: “There is no spoon.”

That low rumble you can feel in your chest cavity can only mean one thing constant reader, the Omnibus is pulling back into Manifesto station to take you on another guided exploration of a single building theme.  In the past you’ve enjoyed tours devoted to board games, Captain America, Owls and an exhaustive (some say torturous) look at float-planes and the men who love them.  In this latest edition we’ll be gawking appreciatively at models inspired by the 1999 ground breaking sci-fi extravaganza, The Matrix and it’s two unfortunate sequels, “Reloaded” and Revolutions“.  It’s the movie that brought us bullet-time, a soundtrack for the ages and Laurence Fishburne in tiny legless sunglasses.  So call for an operator, it’s time to see what the Matrix has to offer.

Just like the opening scenes of the film, I’d like to get things started with a bang.  Let’s begin our examination of Neo’s Lego journey with my favorite offering in this rogues gallery of great Matrix models.  “…See your enemy…” is the single most impactful mosaic I’ve encountered to date and that includes a slew of more technically complex lenticular examples that are out there.  As with most great Lego creations, seeing the mosaic in person adds a whole new level of appreciation, the trans orange has the power to draw spectators from across a convention floor.  Simply put the mosaic is stunning and I’d be willing to wager that builder Brandon Griffith has been offered some serious cash for the piece since it’s posting in 2009.  On more than one occasion I’ve been tempted to copy it for my Legoratory wall, since my multiple efforts to abscond with it have not gone as planned.3219830255_a57d13e37f_o.jpg

Perhaps the most obvious and popular choice for the Lego treatment is the tunnel-running hover-ships that populate all three movies.  Although it is my assertion that we have not yet seen the definitive Lego-built Nebuchadnezzar, some might argue that Adrian Drake got the closest way back in 2002.  While his version was certainly very popular at the time of release and featured a full interior, it hasn’t aged well, the available photos are tiny and The Drake such an overbearing lurch in person that I don’t want to promote his stuff beyond a link for historical value.

The Nebuchadnezzar-inspired hover-ship on the left is called “Novalis”, and it was designed by the criminally underrated Paul Meissner along with the “Cerberus” on the right.  For my money “Novalis” is the best model in this very specific hover-ship sub-category.  The angles are just right, the hover-pads are plentiful and it looks ready to fight off  a swarm of robotic Sentinels.  I even dig the blunt nose, it looks both mean purposeful.  The “Cerberus” is a strong effort as well, but I don’t particularly care for the trans-yellow bits and the lines feel more choppy and almost pixellated to me.  I’m also not a fan of the tiled-over dorsal section, I think there was a missed opportunity for more shaping or texture.  Both vehicles are fine examples though and it would be interesting to see Paul revisit the form.

 

Chris White took a shot at the Nebuchadnezzar and while I don’t particularly like the undersized hover-pads, I do like the decision to go with trans blue and I think he nailed the challenging shape of the fuselage better than most.  If imitation is a form of success, Chris was successfully selling reproductions for several years, at a time when such an endeavor wasn’t as common as it is today with everyone and their mother pitching designs for Lego Ideas and selling models on Bricklink or Ebay.1308088562m_DISPLAY.jpg

Friend of the blog and long time crony Andrew Lee also had the Matrix fever back in the day and his “Ganesha” definitely makes the cut for the Omnibus.  I like how he changed up the color scheme and the nose holds up quite well in the intervening 9 years.  It’s also got a bitchin’ ramp right under the cockpit and a detailed (if sort of stunted) interior.  As with everything Lee builds, it somehow looks infused with heavy metal, booze and a hard to quantify “fuck it” attitude.  3017071476_880a7157bb_o.jpg

The once and future “Porn King of Utah”, Ryan Wood tried his hand at a hover-ship with pretty good results considering it is 13 years old.  Ryan pioneered this particularly effective style of hover-pad which elicited more than a few exclamations of “NPU!” back in the day.  It’s kind of a chibi-version of the Nebuchadnezzar called “The Nacon“, with distorted proportions, but it is important because it inspired quite a few builders to take a shot at their own hovership and that minifig visor technique was widely copied in a number of sci-fi applications.  Unfortunately we’ve pretty much lost Ryan Wood the builder to the Merlin entertainment group, where he presides over the construction of massive projects for the many Lego theme parks around the world and that’s a shame because I miss his creativity and boundless enthusiasm for the action.  He’s is one more example of how that job basically kills a person’s desire to build for fun.

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Unfortunately only a tiny photo remains of the “Logos” hover-ship from former wunderkind Bruce Lowell but you can still make out the enticing curves and unique shape.  I’m pretty sure this a microscale creation but I can’t tell for certain.

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This 2012 microscale version of the Neb is easy on the eyes, and greatly enhanced by the minimalist background diorama and typically impeccable photography.  It was constructed 5 years ago by the always reliable SPARKART! and it almost seems to float with a View-Master quality to the image.  It’s no mean trick to make a dark gray model pop against a dark gray background but the builder manages the task in style.

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Staying small for the moment, enjoy this 2009 microscale Neb from Frankus!.  The proportions might be a little wonky and the tail section seems a little thick, but some people like big butst, and they cannot lie.  It’s too bad Frankus! (I love any screen name with an exclamation mark) stopped building after a short but promising run, he was just hitting his stride when he wandered off.

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It’s time for some palate cleansing minimalism from Sydag (on the left), who asks the eternal question of which colored pill to take?  Rod Gilles (on the right) offered up perhaps the tiniest of takes on the familiar Sentinel design, along with a subtle background that provides just enough detail to make the whole image work.  While it may not be a dead-on copy of the movie prop (more on Sentinels later), it still manages to be instantly recognizable even with the rather obvious use of an Iron Builder seed-part.

 

I’m not a huge fan of  the “Reloaded” sequel, but I do acknowledge that the directors were faced with the almost impossible task of following up one of the greatest sci-fi films in history.  David Lipton captures a key moment of the famous highway chase with this clean microscale build that hits all the right notes in economical fashion.  The sparks under the cab of each truck is a great addition and a much-needed splash of color that really sells the scene.

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There are a few good versions of what is in my opinion the crappiest design of the trilogy, the lumbering and frightfully vulnerable A.P.U.  This hulking number by Niki Dregant certainly captures the mech with a high level of fidelity.  The only thing missing are the ridiculous, sweaty, adolescent reload personnel with their wheelbarrows full of ammo.  Although I question the utility of a combat vehicle that would leave the fleshy operator so perilously exposed, I can’t question the considerable effort put into making this model look good, with it’s excellent belt-fed guns and complicated mechanics.

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Paul Meissner also has a pretty good take on the subject, if a little rougher around the edges than Niki’s version.  The chains don’t work nearly as well as the track-links, but the proportions are good and it’s instantly recognizable.  Paul’s the only one who shows up in this Omnibus three times, his dedication to the theme and his results are beyond question. He’s another guy who seems to have fallen off the map in the last couple of years, it happens to the best of us but I do hope he finds his way back and brings some new Matrix models with him.  I think the time could be right for a resurgence, but hopefully not a reboot, I think we’ve had quite enough of that.

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And here’s one final version of the A.P.U by Adam Kemp from 2010.  In my opinion this one is probably the most accurate and attractive of the lot.  A bit larger than minifig scale, the attention to detail is really impressive from an underrated and largely forgotten builder.  A quick trip through Adam’s relatively small sampling of models was a fun distraction from writing this article, guys like him slip quietly into the cracks of time and that’s a shame.5588232349_a041849729_o.jpgLong time crony Chris Maddison brings you a finely crafted Keanu mosaic in all his spoon-bending glory, also constructed for an excellent Iron Builder battle.  The shape of the face is perfect and I think he’d be recognizable even without the iconic green tumbling code in the background.  One thing is for sure, the seed-part sunglasses are on point, even if he is missing eyebrows.

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New-age singing duo Sean and Steph Mayo (formerly Siercon and Coral) produced what I consider to be the most compelling  diorama inspired by the film trilogy.  Once again we can thank the much criticized Iron Builder for this creation, the Matrix seems to be a go-to subject matter for many of the combatants.  The Mayos do a wonderful job of texturing the walls with black greebles and the special effects are effective without being overwhelming or distracting.  The use of the Technic-fig was an interesting choice and certainly makes the scale a little closer to accurate than a minifig would have allowed.  If you follow the link you’ll find a closer look at this perhaps definitive Sentinel design, but the diorama is deserving of it’s own spot on the Omnibus.  This is my kind of action and after Brandon’s Agent Smith mosaic, this creation is my favorite offering in the group.

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Now let’s switch it up from hover-ships to their natural predator, the multi-armed, squid-like Sentinels.  Because of it’s smaller size it might be the most frequently attempted design from the movies.  There are a multitude of Sentinels out there, but most range from mediocre to utter crap.   Mateusz Mikołajczyk  produced a pretty solid interpretation of the Sentinel, the limbs flail around effectively but the real strength of the model are the binocular-eyes and the cluster of droid arms underneath.

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SweStar swaps out click-hinges for flex-hoses and the results are just as compelling, with the added bonus of enough strength to lift a hapless minifig off the ground.  The bare-bones diorama strewn with mechanical body parts helps to give some context and show the Sentinel in action.  I can’t quite decide which color is more accurate, but I think the choice of black makes the death machines a little more sinister.

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Nathan Proudlove gave us one of the earliest takes on the Sentinel, very similar in style to SweStar’s and both came out in 2012 so it seemed unfair to mention one without the other.  Nathan’s contribution is a little more smoothed out, but no less effective and it is also important because it helped inspire Tyler Clites to produce one of the most impressive Matrix-dioramas that we will look at further down the list.

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And now for a little comic relief from the brief but memorable Meat-Space phenomenon, by Lonnon Foster.  If you blinked and missed the bandwagon back in the day, Meat-Space had only one definitive design criteria, the signature use of the DUPLO steak.  I think it works especially well within the context of The Matrix when you recall Cypher’s often quoted thoughts on the whole red-pill vs. blue-pill decision:

You know…I know this steak doesn’t exist.  I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious.  After nine years, you know what I realize?…Ignorance is bliss.

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Here are two dioramas of the famous Chateaux fight scene from “Reloaded“.  I’m not really satisfied with either version because of both accuracy issues, but they both enjoy impressive statistical popularity and the setting is often cited as one of the best of the sequels.  The one on the left is by friend of the blog Absurde and the one on the right is by Stormbringer .  I really like the overall shape that Absurde achieves, there is a certain elegance to it, but Stormbringer’s offering seems a little closer to the source material.  Between the two distinct takes you see below, there is something for everyone.  Much like the Nebuchadnezzar, I don’t think we’ve yet seen the definitive version of the bloodbath at the Chateaux.

 

Let’s stay in the realm of the diorama, this time the subject is the training program squence from The Matrix, where Morpheus and Neo engage in some excellent bullet-time sparring action.  There are a few small-scale vignette versions of this scene floating around out there in the digital aether, but they are all somehow lacking with a focus on aftermarket minifig arms that I don’t care to promote.  The builder is Doug Hughes and he captures the scene quite nicely without getting too fancy or taking too many creative liberties, with nice depth and lighting.  If you’re interested in the building process and some decidedly odd features not shown here, head over to Doug’s MOCpage and take a deeper look.

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8 years ago the master of disaster, Tyler Clites built his first large-scale effort, the  simply titled “Zion Dock Defense” that knocked em’ dead at BrickWorld Chicago.  You can see all of Tyler’s considerable skill on display from one end to the other and the way he positioned and posed the elements really add some dynamic tension to the  proceedings.  You don’t need me to explain the greatness on view here so I’ll leave you to dive into the details.  Unfortunately it comes off a little flat in the photos, but I can assure you it was very impressive in person.3658267647_fd3dc78e39_o.jpg

If you need an exit, or “guns…lots of guns” call Peter Reid, he’s got  you covered.  Pete is one of the few builders that I’ll forgive the non-Lego graphic insertions.  Pete is the man.

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The black 1961 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors made quite an impact in the first film with a relatively small amount of screen time.  Peter Blackert gives it the digital treatment and the results are pretty impressive.  I’m even willing to overlook the cornucopia of studs on the roof because Peter really nails the lines of the iconic sedan and he’s the only one I know of to tackle this unusual subject matter.  On the Omnibus, variety is indeed the spice of life….or is it the Matrix, I’m never quite sure.

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Against my better judgment, and in the interest of variety I’m going to include this final image by noted dick-measurer Lee Jones.  It’s a decidedly mundane take on the standout scene from the “Revolutions” sequel and lacking in visual interest or accuracy.  It takes the majestic skyscraper background and trades it for a low-rez, monochromatic tenament building.  I feel compelled to point out that the diorma was inexplicably popular at the time of posting, with an appearance on TBB to prove it.  Lee Jones’ big claim to fame is his willingness to spend insane amounts of money on identical minifigs, so it’s easy to see why he was attracted to this scene.  Reluctantly I do like the road-effect so that’s something positive I can say.

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Ok, I can’t end on such a downer, so instead we’ll conclude the proceedings with a Matrix inspired model from Nooroyd.  The giant vertical mechanoids recall the body-harvesters that are only briefly glimpsed in the first film.  The texture and style are very impressive and impart that sense of dread that is the hallmark of the trilogy.

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The hiss of the Omnibus’s air-bakes means your free ride is over, constant reader, see you next time.  If you notice any egregious omissions from this non-comprehensive collection, feel free to drop me a link in the comments and remedy the situation.

*Reader Contributions:

Friend of the blog Christopher Hoffman pointed out what is in retrospect the rather glaring omission of the great Chairman Zhang from our list of Matrix inspired shenanigans.  Nannan created a popular and often imitated series of “Black Fantasy” models that took their cue from the macabre writings of H.P. Lovecraft with a healthy dash of Sentinel-style thrown in for good measure.    My apologies for the oversight Chairman, you deserve the catbird seat on the Omnibus.

Mr. Hoffman also pointed me towards this brilliant creation by Red, entitled “Sensum_Rift“, that surely checks every box for inclusion in this greatest hits package.  It brings to mind those hellish looking amniotic fluid filled pods that turned humans into batteries to fuel the big machine.  Some really interesting and creative choices went into this model, especially the pink Clickits thread that connects the cranium to the machine.

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28 thoughts on “Omnibus: “There is no spoon.”

    1. Your eloquence is unrivaled, my good man! Evil laughter really is the highest compliment a writer can possibly ask for, except maybe for getting paid to write. I really hope to see more of you in the comments Dave, and beyond!

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  1. As usual, I haven’t seen more than half of the builds posted, so it’s more than welcome. Also I never noticed that minifig visor technique before, great stuff.

    While I don’t care much for revolutions, reloaded is decent-ish in my book. 2 hours+ of fight scenes barely tied together by a teeny tiny narrative that still manages to be pretty entertaining is quite a feat. And it still tops 95% of the sequels released in the last 10 years.

    As for my build, it’s barely a rushed framework. I was thinking I’d try to add the finishing touches someday after I finished it, but now I know for sure I won’t… I don’t care enough for the movie and once the challenging part was done (figuring out the pattern) it became extremely boring and repetitive. If you mix mine with stormbringer’s you’d get the right thing.

    The mosaic is indeed impressive; haven’t seen it before. Makes me wanna build a ghost rider in that style (wonder how it would look with a snotted skull with flames done in this style).

    Nooroyd’s build is one of the most memorable scyfy builds I’ve ever seen, it deserves way more attention.

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    1. Damn, it’s good to see you commenting with abandon, fee from the shackles of capricious moderation algorithms. Glad to slip in some new builds for you, most of the stuff in the posting is at least 5 years old and many closer to 10. I doubt we’ll ever see a resurgence of the theme, because with new skills and techniques there is certainly room for some creative additions to the pack. As sequels go, you’re right, Reloaded ain’t exactly Escape from LA or Highlander: The Quickening, but I don’t think I’ve re-watched a second time. Revolutions is just garbage with the exception of that face-meltingly violent dock-battle that seemed to go on for a half an hour. That was the very definition of eye candy. Speaking of which I think you’re right about the potential of a Ghost Rider mosaic in the same style as Agent Smith. I took a quick look around and I was surprised to see nobody tried it yet. There is one black and white attempt but it’s nothing to write home about. You should do it!

      Agreed on Nooroyd’s model, from the jump I wanted to find a way to include his diorama…or whatever you call it.

      As for your Chateaux…like I said I do think the shape was striking and built within the constraints of an IB battle it’s a fine attempt. After re-watching the scene, I just think there is some room for improvement if somebody else wanted to tackle the same subject matter.

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  2. Man, I remember those when they were posted, It was quite the thing for a bit. I recall someone had a single seater version that I thought was pretty fun…like a fighter sorta dealio.

    As for the movies, Will Ferrell did a spoof for some dancey/singy award show of him as The Architect. The exaggerated seriousness and ridiculously convoluted bullshit he chirped out was a perfect encapsulation of how the last two movies were completely drunk on the smell of their own farts.

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    1. I’m guessing you mean a single seater hover-ship? If the cobwebs clear and you can remember the source I’d be happy to add it to the group. I thought my search was pretty exhaustive but it’s easy for stuff to slip through that doesn’t have tags or titles. Could it’ be the Ryan Wood version I listed? His is pretty small I think.

      I’ll have to look that up on Youtube, that sounds hilarious. Yeah, the directors were smoking a little too much of the halfling leaf when they made the sequels. I think the low mark were the albino dread-lock ghost twins, what the actual fuck? The plot did come off as the questionable navel-gazing of a first year philosophy student stoned out of his mind.

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      1. ARgh. The issue was I commented thinking I had already hit the jump. Afterwards when I realized I didn’t, she be too late. Yes – the hoverships was what I was referring to. I tried to run a search on Lugnet for that hovership fighter, but it appears their site has moved and following the link to the new site sets off more virus alerts than a Kardashian gynecologist. I’ll let it stew in see if it comes to me. I think it was a more obscure builder…like Jude Beaudin or even Todd Trotter. I’m tempted to say Jassim, but no joy in his Brickshelf folder.

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      2. Damn, I completely neglected to check Lugnet, but a quick scan lead me to a couple of interesting things I’ll add to the post. I completely forgot about both of those guys, I wonder if their stuff is still around. More rabbit holes to venture down later I suppose. I don’t think Jassim ever jumped on that bandwagon. Good call on Lugnet though, especially given the time frame when The Matrix was a popular building theme. I found Jamie’s but I’m not sure it’s right for this post, what do you think?
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    2. Carlin did a really good version too in one of the Scary Movie… movies. I feel like he pulls it off better since he was a bit of a wordsmith to start.

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  3. Seriously, I cannot express how giddy I am for you just titling this article so appropriately with the single most important quote from the trilogy. It is why I can safely say that the Matrix is easily in the top twenty greatest flicks ever. Not just sci-fi, all of them. This is from a movie buff that has seen more movies than can be counted for cumulatively here. As a fan of Philip K. Dick, the mind fuck that is the Matrix leaves me coming away from it thinking that I am 75% sure that it is fiction. That pleases me. The sequels…yeah, they could have been more refined in the story department. But the fact that Neo dies is worth it. The narrative had to play out that way and I was NOT disappointed that it did. How it got there…no doubt that it could have been less “blowed up real good” and more “there is no spoon.” But the albino dreadlocked ghost twins were freakish enough to want more of them. Straight razors are just so cringe worthily delicious; much more personal than an APU or an arsenal of bullet factories. Missed opportunity there.

    The builds here are brilliant and I wish that more focus was placed on the movie relating to the narrative rather than the ships, APUs, and sentinels. Yeah, they’re cool; but holy fuck, what if we are all ignorant copper-tops? That shit is worth exploring further!

    Splendid omnibus! Saw many builds I had not seen. And is there any more room in my heartless soul to hate Tyler’s building excellence any more? God he’s fucking amazing! What is it with builders named Tyler?! jerks. And Nooroyd, that’s just wicked cool. And fuck anyone that doesn’t appreciate the beauty that is the ’64 Lincoln Continental. Although, I always preferred the ’56.

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    1. Cheers Matt, glad you enjoyed the Omnibus, and that much of the content was new. Yeah, I think everyone has grown to hate Tyler, he craps out chunks of builds that are better than anything I’ve done. We should probably burn him at the stake because he’s clearly a witch of some kind.

      As for the lack of variety within the theme, people are attracted more to vehicles and dioramas, generlally speaking. And to be fair there are quite a few lobby scenes and subway scenes that are just not good enough to make the cut. I do agree though that there is plenty of untapped action to inspire the Lego treatment.

      It figures you would like the twin albino dreadlock guys, you could be one of them pretty easy.

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  4. I’ve always thought the common knowledge tenet that the Matrix sequels suck is a product of bad mob thinking, thank you very much internet. The first one was rewritten 12 times until that convoluted plot just sang out to everybody, even the straights. The non-sci-fi-nerds. Women. Your boss. “Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?” Brilliantly simple.

    It was a very unlikely hurdle for a sequel to make, but that’s the ball that was dropped worst, because instead of deft concept building we got the boring French guy speech and the boring-er Architect speech and the clumsy ending that made people think Neo used his matrix powers in the real world. And there should have been a meeting about both sequels entitled “Let’s Make Sure This Doesn’t Resemble Star Trek: The Next Generation In Any Way.”

    But after four years of imitators I watched the action scenes in Reloaded and watched Keanu fight all those Smiths and saw again the raw visual language that is uniquely Matrix. I dragged my sister to see it when she was 8 months pregnant and when the three remaining henchmen dove off the balcony after Neo to wrap up the chateau fight, she whispered “Beautiful.”

    Right? The genius of Yuen Woo-Ping.

    This is going to sound weird because it’s ass backwards wrong, but I think the Matrix flicks are among the best comic book movies ever made. That’s wrong, obviously, because they’re NOT based on comic books, but the energy they capture is the same kinetic punch you get from a good comic. All the slow frames are the panels.

    Did I mention that in 1997 I was working on a “bullet time” camera array? The Matrix folks talked to my bosses on that job about possibly using our system, but they built their own in-house instead. When I first heard about it the movie’s working title was Bullet Man.

    Anyway, great Omnibus! Some groovy builds in here. I’m not generally drawn to mosaics but I’ve had the pleasure to stare at Brandon’s Agent Smith on more than one occasion. The varying depth of transparent pieces is hypnotic. And I don’t know if I’d seen Paul’s hoverships, they’re awesome. I, too, would love to see him building again.

    So in conclusion the Matrix sequels touch a bit of the brilliance of the first one but there’s scenes I will fast forward through for the rest of my life, except when my kid is old enough to watch them.

    Ha. “Fast forward through.” I’m old.

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    1. I don’t know man, sometimes the mob is right. Reloaded and Revolutions are not the worst offenders in the rogues gallery of sequels, but I can’t remember fuck-all about them except for some isolated action scenes. I would have been fine with just a single movie, not everything has to be a trilogy by law. The original had a wicked ending and I think it would have been best to leave the story of Neo at the point, and if a sequel was necessary maybe the story of Morpheous would have been better or a story that focused on the first version of the Matrix, the one that was too happy and everyone died because it wasn’t realistic enough. I just think they decided to double down on the bullshit and mistakenly committed to the idea to go bigger and bigger.

      I really like your comic book analogy, it was in many ways more comic-bookish than the current crop of Marvel and DC stuff.

      I didn’t know you worked on a “bullet time” project, dude you have one of the coolest jobs ever. Every time we talk you casually drop some new tale of workplace glory. I know your job is like any other and can be dull as hell,l but when you’re job is on, it’s on!

      We are old. glad you enjoyed the collection!

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  5. Excellent trip down memory lane here. I got into the community around 2006, so the hype around this trilogy hadn’t quite died yet and I remember a lot of these from my formative years. Oh yeah and there were those douchebags at the mall always walking around in full trenchcoats and sunglasses basking in how “cool” they were.

    I definitely recall Tyler’s dio making a big splash at the time with the way those sentinels are posed with their long, flowing… tentacles? They always give me hellish flashbacks of rooms full of Medusa heads in Castlevania.

    I agree that the A.P.U. is a stupid design and I kind of groan whenever I see something similar in later sci-fi movies and games. It’s like they were trying to weaponize a power loader but didn’t realize how bad an idea that is with the exposed operator.

    The lack of eyebrows on Maddison’s Neo bust bugged me initially but after looking at shots from the film I guess Keanu’s permanent scowl made it so his eyebrows never showed anyway. Shape of the sunglasses isn’t quite right, but hey it’s an Iron Builder and if you don’t make sub-standard decisions I imagine you’re thrown into Guy’s steampunk cosplay sex chamber to live out the rest of your days in servitude.

    Lastly, I’m surprised you brought up Nooroyd’s build but never mentioned Nannan’s early black fantasy phase, which is the first thing I think of when someone mentions the Matrix and Lego. Guess it leads to a good springboard for further discussion and I imagine the omnibus was getting a bit long at that point anyway.

    Nocturne

    And here’s a recent one from Tremah/Red:

    Sensum_Rift

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    1. Red’s build is just amazing, I’d really want to see it with a less mechanical looking fig. This is in no way a criticism, actually this way it just makes it even more striking; it’s just my tendency to lean towards fleshy thing.

      Nannan’s build makes me think more of war of the worlds than matrix (despite the extra “leg”); has a vibe of alien victory to it.

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      1. Pulling it up again, I agree about the fig. I feel like if it was more human it would add to the freakiness of the whole scene.

        There is a bit of War of the Worlds in that particular one, yeah. But that’s just an example. Nannan kept exploring that style further, most notably with this tank which is pretty much a giant sentinel on treads:

        Armageddon War Tank

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    2. Cheers Christopher, thanks for the suggestions! I’m going to include both of them in the post when I’m done answering comments, I had a feeling I didn’t cast my net wide enough. As for the exclusion of Nannan, it was purely unintentional. Of course I’m quite familiar with his Black Fantasy phase and the influential builds that came out of it. I guess I associated the creations more with H.P. Lovecraft than The Matrix, it must have been a result of all that rambling prose that went with them that were not nearly as interesting as the actual work. But looking at the photos again after a long time I can definitely see the connection and I’m happy to include an example in the interest of completeness and accuracy.

      I usually rely on Tags and keyword searches, so Red’s slipped through my rather basic search methodology. Of course his build is brilliant.

      I never noticed Keanu’s eyebrows not showing over the glasses, point taken! An your description of the A.P.U.’s as weaponized power-loaders is steel on target. Where were you when I was writing this thing? Why aren’t you writing for this thing?

      Ugh…black trenchcoats were never a good look, especially post-columbine. I do remember that brief fashion trend, it’s certainly more evidence of the movie’s far-reaching influence on the culture.

      “imagine you’re thrown into Guy’s steampunk cosplay sex chamber to live out the rest of your days in servitude.” Why would you say such a thing, are you trying to ruin my dinner? Sometimes I think you don’t like me, Hoffman.

      Seriously man, why’d you have to go there?

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  6. Hmm, I think I missed the whole Meat-space thing. That might make for interesting blog fodder, a retrospective of some of the weird MOC fads and themes from years past.

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    1. Indeed, that’d be a neat feature. I tried checking more of those meat things, but his profile has 10000000 pages of convention pics so no luck.

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    2. I’ll consider a Meat-Space post, it will require some lengthy research to track the stuff down but I’ll put it in the queue. It was a blip on the radar though, more popular than Bonk-Tron but less popular than Cave Racers. Good call, I remember a barbeque-mech that was pretty good.

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