I absolutely adore all of Pixar's movies. I am utterly fascinated by everything that they do, and their latest film, "Wall-E" is to date my favorite of all their movies. I cannot explain why, but ever since I purchased this movie, I have been watching it over and over like a little kid. From the storytelling to the visuals to the story itself, the film is simply wonderful.
Let me start by saying that this was not a commercial project, and was not done in my capacity as a LEGO Certified Professional. This was the first time in many, many years that I simply sat down and built a LEGO creation just for me, just because I wanted to. (And I loved every minute of it!)
I know a lot of people have created "Wall-E" LEGO models (including one of the Pixar animators!) so I thought, why not add mine to the mix? And since I love building in microscale, I thought I'd try to create the tiniest "Wall-E" that still had all the expression and emotion seen in the movie.
To me, it was important to get his "facial" expression correct... A lot of the other micro Wall-Es simply place the eyes flat against each other, and to me it's just not Wall-E without the subtle tilt that gives him his expression of kindness and curiosity. (But not SO much that it makes him look sad.)
I also spent a lot of time on his arms. They ended up very simple, but I created about 10 different types of arms. The "real" Wall-E does not have elbows, so his arms slide along an L-shaped track from back to front and then down to his "belly". In my model, you can simulate this by attaching his arms to any of three studs on the side of his body.
The model is a little tricky to build, and you'll have to look very carefully at each image to figure out what parts are used and how they're put together... but these steps should give you enough of an idea to get you going. If you don't have exactly the right parts, try to think about other pieces you might have that can do the job. (For example, I even thought of using shovels for arms at one point.)
If you build your own and add it to MOCpages, feel free to link back to this page so that other people can see these instructions too. Enjoy!
(Above, when you build the eyes, tilt the 1x1 brick up a little so that it's not perfectly straight ... for that "Wall-E" look!)
awesome creation! i want to build this for my wife (she loves the movie), but cant find the parts. do you have a parts list or know the #s of the parts? some of them (the three-sided part that makes up the main body in photo #1, the 1x2 with a grey stud on the side that connects to the "neck" in photo #1, and the piece with the 2 pins that connects the 'back' to the main body) I cannot for the life of me find on your site or anywhere else. help!
Hey guess what!! I was at Barnes& Nobles the other day and i saw a book called "small cars and trucks". When i saw the author/maker, of it i was actually pretty surprised. I never knew you had a book! Looked through it and i saw some pretty nifty creations. awesome job
this is so cool il rate it 8/5
im only a begginer moc builder but you should check out y pages and like tell me were i stuffed up and help me improve.
any way no affence to other people but this is the best wall-e ive ever seen
There are not enough comments on this MOC, so I thought I'd just say -- awesome.
There are a plethora of Wall-E creations out there, at so many different scales. This one seems vaguely Miniland-esque. The fact that you include building instructions is a great touch... I should start doing that.
MOC's like this show the true level of creativity of the person who made it. So small but instantly recognizable. Glad to hear you got a few LEGO moments to yourself making this one. It must get tiring creating masterpiece after masterpiece only to give to someone else... okay fine I bet its the greatest life ever. Anyways great work, love this one! (by I also like Pixar, they really are an animation giant and they have yet to produce a bad movie, both commercially and critically).
i have a question Sean... how many legos do you have? i have... um... I DON KNOW HOW MANY BUT IT IS A LOT!! your collection (from what i see) is the biggest EVER...you can see how big mine is right here!! :
i have over 10 1x1 foot bins, i 2x4 foot bin, and some other random bins!
Hi Sean,well it appears that someone has deleted one of my mocs or actually it was a contest i was doing...im sorta unhappy about this could you please get back to me asap??? Im not sure who might have did it. Thanks-----David
Awesome! This is the best micro I've ever seen! My big sister LOVES wall-e! I have to show her this! Could you tell me what kind of college major you need to be a LEGO designer? I'm thinking Mechanical-Engineering.(Is there such a thing as a LEGO designer?)Even though I'm still in 6th grade, It's been my life-long dream to work for LEGO! Please respond.
I like it
February 3, 2009
Thanks Sean! I guess I will major in history then! Everybody says I could beat a 9th Grader in history!
Great little Build, Sean. Nice job on the expression, in particular. Glad to hear you took the opportunity to do something for yourself. I have the same issues when it comes to painting, so I can relate. It's not the same, creating for someone else, and I find it essential to take time for myself with my artwork (and that's when the really GOOD stuff is done, anyway). Hope ya get a chance to do some more.
Quoting Gc: Darman
Could you tell me what kind of college major you need to be a LEGO designer [...] It's been my life-long dream to work for LEGO! Please respond.
Well, firstly: I don't work for The LEGO Group... I'm a LEGO Certified Professional, which means I work WITH them as a business partner, not as an employee. ..... That said, there's really no single education path for becoming a LEGO artist or a LEGO designer. Many people have different backgrounds, as product designers, as artists, as engineers, etc. ..... I, personally, studied Computer Science in college (which is how I was able to create MOCpages). But that doesn't really have anything to do with my LEGO skills; I also always just happened to have a real knack for LEGO building. So I suppose the best advice is to just follow your heart and study what you love!
Geez, Sean - you did in under 50 elements what took me over 1200! (I know, I counted!)
There is a lot of nice stuff here - the one technique you did that takes your model over the top are the eyes. Micro is always challenging, and your model captures Wall-E's look and feel. That's skill.
And that's why you're a pro!
YES!!! Awesome!! I know how you feel Sean, there's just so such unorthodoxy in the movie (not to mention the KILLER CGI) that you just HAVE to watch it over and over, but SOME sisters in college just HAVE to bring the DVD with them!! Gets on my nerves sometimes… well, off to build this awesome mini, and send the link of this page to my sister, who's an artist and draws WALL•E very nicely and would love to see this. Thanks for another great MOC, Sean!
Great work! Its nice to see you doing something just for the fun of it. There are a lot of wall-e's out there, but I'm impressed with how much accuracy you were able to achieve on such a small scale. You really did a great job of capturing the emotion on his 'face'. I look forward to seeing more 'freelance' stuff from you. Nice work boss. Peace - Patrick