Metal Gear Solid REX V.2 . REX V.2 is an updated version of my original REX, including a new hip design, new neck, and new mounting points for the rail-gun and sensor dome. . It's been a few months since I unveiled REX, and since then I've tinkered with a lot of details and done complicated rebuilds to try and make the hips better. I tried to keep the overall look the same; though not perfect, I think the original still looks pretty accurate overall. Also, thanks to a dedicated fan, please go to the bottom of the images to find some very helpful instructions on how REX goes together.
Since I didn't really want to try and replace/replicate all the old pictures with the 'new' model, I decided to settle with some nice pose shots since I finally have a decent camera and tripod (to see all the images, go here ). Plus I made that big background just for REX, and I want to dismantle it since it's always getting in the way. So, here we go:
I added a lot of studless plates to the outside of REX, mostly on the lower legs. On the sides of the legs, I staggered the plates and threw in a few oddball pieces to make it more interesting.
The darker shots were done with a single overhead light, and make for a nice atmosphere. I added some technic springs to the talons; this way, they can be useful to help REX stand on carpet.
The hip guards/shields on the original were admittedly lame and not well designed, so I put more effort into them and they look a lot better now. I used some 1/4 circle bricks to get them to sit at an angle.
Both the rail-gun and the sensor dome use mini-fig torsos for rotation now. The dome is light enough to not need any extra help, but the rail-gun has a pole on the inside to act like a friction-extension and keeps it from drooping.
A quick gif showing the difference between sitting and standing.
Since I was all set up for it, I decided to make a little movie and show how easy (or hard?) it is to make REX stand:
The movie also shows how REX's head can move forward thanks to the flexible neck. It's something I wasn't sure I could add, but turned out to be surprisingly easy to do and works very well. It also adds a lot of pose-ability.
A lot of these pictures I included only because they look good...
I made the stilts thinner and added more detail to them at the same time; this way, when standing, the lower legs don't look as chunky.
If you compare the new hips to the old, you'll see that the rotation point has been moved closer to the middle of the thighs, rather than at the inside. This helps keep the upper edge of the thighs from hitting the rail-gun/sensor dome, and also made it possible to double the friction-extensions on the inside of the legs.
Since the actual hip joint is farther out, the legs can spread into more dynamic poses now, though the small feet still make it difficult to find the right balance point.
The rail-gun and sensor dome arms were rebuilt mostly to accommodate the mini-fig torsos, but they both sit farther to the outside and give the arms more range to move.
I wanted to replace the smoke-launchers on the knees, but I couldn't think of a better design that would still look as good. Oh well.
You can just picture Snake running for cover.
The rail-gun is longer now, and a little more accurate I think. The new joints make poses like this a lot easier to do.
With this I tried to imitate some official art done for Metal gear solid:
But I couldn't get it quite right. Not because the head is angled slightly wrong, but because it's impossible to put the legs like that without a stand. Oh well, it makes a good wallpaper.
Now YOU should be running away!
Just kidding. Another good wallpaper candidate.
All in all, the changes I made helped a lot. However, there is still one thing REX doesn't have that I would have liked to include. In the original game and in MGS4, you can see that the lower section of REX's legs can extend/contract/act like shock absorbers. I was going to try and add this, but decided against it since it could compromise REX's ability to stand. It's possible I'll attempt to add this feature later but honestly I'm a little sick of fiddling with REX for now.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed everything. If you see an image you'd like to have a desktop version of, then let me know with a comment and I can put a link to a desktop version above the desired image.
As usual, REX is not for sale, BUT a very helpful and dedicated guy named Erik Rief took it upon himself to make a parts list and recreate REX in Lego Digital Designer.
To get all the files, click this link to download a zip file. Make sure you open the Read Me.txt file for more info. In addition to this, I took some pictures of REX's insides so it's easier to see how parts of him go together. If you decide to make your own copy, all I ask is that you give me credit for the design, and Erik credit for all his work in recreating REX. Good luck!