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Annie and Kagerou
It takes a special kind of woman to wear red...
About this creation
Okay, I posted a truncated version of this before, which was probably a mistake. It's nowhere near my best MOC, and needs as much of my scintillating, Shakespearean, Homeric wordcraft as it can get to take the focus off the actual mediocre build. To post it before, I had to cut more than half out. Now that I've figured out how to get more than nine pictures on a page, I can post the director's cut -- the way it was meant to be seen. If no one reviews it this time, well... I still love you Annie, if no one else does.

In a post-apocalyptic western American wasteland, Annie Omura works as a scout for a small band of survivors eking out an existence in a network of caves. In her trusty dune buggy, which she affectionately calls Kagerou, she explores the ruins of civilization for sources of fuel, food, tools, and other useful equipment, relaying that information back to base so a properly defended foraging convoy can be sent out. Annie has to contend with various pirates, mutants, zombies, Megablocks users, and rival factions on a daily basis, but she wouldn't have it any other way.


Kagerou is built for speed and mobility in rough desert terrain.








If the online Japanese/English dictionary I found is trustworthy, Kagerou can mean any of the following: 1-- heat haze; 2-- a mayfly or something ephemeral; 3-- a dragonfly.







I never was entirely satisfied with the front end, but I reworked it several times and eventually I just got tired of fiddling with it.







Nope, that front end just isn't right.








Annie's world is a dangerous place. She would never leave home unarmed.








With a long range scope and a thirty round clip, Annie can put all the New York Yankees out of their misery from half a mile away.
(Will 2007 be the year the Yankees finally miss the playoffs? YES!)






On a side note, whoever first used dismembered minifig hands for weapons parts is a damn genius.








But for that up close and personal killing touch, only a samurai sword will do.








Because of course the only way to make sure a zombie really is dead is to decapitate it. Same goes for French nobility. And Yankees fans.







A rubber band running along the undercarriage on each side, and you have four wheel independent suspension.







The rubber bands got covered by plates on the bottom, so no pictures of them. But they were official Lego® rubber bands, you can be sure of that.







With the roll cage off and the camera flash on, we get a nice orangey view of the driver's seat.








And, with the flash off.








If your minifig can't physically reach the steering wheel, you better make sure she can at least reach the gearshift.







What kind of junk is in Annie's trunk? An oilcan, a wrench, a screwdriver, a revolver, a pair of binoculars, and a baseball cap. Evidently Annie is a Reds fan. Or maybe it's the Cardinals, or the Phillies. Angels...? No way. Not my Annie.






And why a baseball cap? Because with the lamentable dearth of minifig footwear available, a gal's gotta accessorize somehow.







We'd like to congratulate Annie for being named Miss July in the 2007 Babes of the Post-Apocalypse calendar. Talk about a firecracker!






(Edit, December '07, not that anybody cares: Of course the Damnyankees did end up making the playoffs, but it looked bad for them when I wrote that previous caption. They were wallowing in mediocrity for much of the year, and meanwhile my mighty Mariners were flying high... then the Yanks caught fire and Seattle went into a tailspin. Pass me some more of that crow, would you?)



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Shannon Young
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Paul Beach
  December 22, 2007
You think you could share some suspension details?
 I like it 
  July 5, 2007
The front end is actually OK, but it needs to be integrated better into the rest of the vehicle, IMO. The word-craft makes up for it though...;-)
 
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