This is the Enforcement Droid 209 from the 1987 movie Robocop.
About this creation
A while ago I saw a Lego version of ED-209 on the internet that inspired me to build my own version.
I searched the internet and found several others, with each their own merit, but I felt I could do better. This is the result.
The original model from the movie was light bluish grey, but I decided to build the model in white because it gave me a wider range of pieces to use for better design detail.
I tried to give the model as much accuracy and functionality as I could. Most of the parts of the model that rotate or move in the movie, do so in my model too. I also went to great lengths to make it as studless as possible.
The weapon pods move up and down, and side to side. Even the weapon pod junction attachment to the head moves up and down with the swivel.
Whuuut?! Yes, the weapon pod junction protectors, i.e. earflaps also move up and down.
The clamps holding the legs in 'rest' mode release, and the legs come up, just like the real thing!
I used traincrossing boom weights and magnets to get as much weight in the front of the foot to make it stand, but in the end it is the little toe at the back that keeps the leg from falling over backwards. I left the weights in anyway.
I have had to fix the leg-foot connection in one position to make them stand on their own. And they did!
This was before I had built the heavy head and gunpods...
My attempts to get the complete model to stand under its own weight without any exterior help, proved to be futile...
The axle in the middle of the leg that is used by the real ED-209 to make the legs slide up or down, is free to turn in my model and actually goes through the leg piece that slides up and down.
You wouldn't believe the trouble I went through to make this happen.
I used a little trick to get the model to appear like it's actually standing on it's own, but IT'S A TRAP!!! Ahum...different movie altogether...
I photoshopped the trick out, but if you look closely at the pictures you can find how I did it.
Even with the trick you can see the model is buckling under stress at various points, because the weight distribution and angles are just impossible if you want to keep the moveable parts, uhh.. moveable.
Another comparison with the legs in 'rest' and 'up' position.
At first I used a piece of white pneumatic hose to complete the half circle where the flexible hose is now. I had looked for it on bricklink, found it, and purchased it, only to later find out it wasn't actually an official Lego piece. Apparently pneumatic hoses don't come in white.
I didn't want to change the whole model because of this, and wanted to keep the mudguard piece in, so I changed the pneumatic hose for a white flexible hose, which are very rare, and expensive! It also doesn't look as good, but hey, now it's all official Lego!
The reactor fuel canisters on the side of the head are actually made of medieval helmets! It was the perfect size and shape but were quite difficult to integrate!
The rockets in the rocket launcher are also hoses over hoses, cut to size and squeezed into a 1x2 plate. A lot of use of rubber hoses, elastic bands, and tires in the arm swivel. All official Lego parts, I promise.
Simply wonderful. A perfect representation. He looks mean and fully prepared to have a catastrophic malfunction that reduces a poor designer into a pile of gore. The shaping is spot on and I especially like your work on the legs and feet. Absolutely superb!