LEGO Animals: Brick Built vs Molded
Updated: Jan 5, 2021
When it comes to LEGO birds and beasts, sea creatures and critters, you’ve got two rows to hoe.
You can brick build LEGO animals, which is to say, you can piece them varmints together from scratch using individual LEGO bricks.
Or, you can use any of the many beautiful and detailed, molded LEGO animals that TLG has produced over the years.
A brick built LEGO moose.
The same as I do with LEGO stickers, I've got a pretty ardent opinion and preference here.
I'm a molded boy all the way.
And I'll tell you why.
Madness is nothing without method.
I'm a believer that if you're going to build, you ought to build with purpose, logic and consistency.
When I look at a LEGO brick, I think "inorganic".
A molded LEGO tiger.
For me, LEGO bricks are perfect for putting up structures and building buildings.
But nothing about their geometric excellence suggests the "biological".
Let's take the minifigure, for instance.
Svelte. Elegant. Rounded and pure. The LEGO minifigure implies something well-built and adjacent to the more mathematical elements of the LEGO System.
A sexy LEGO pirate lady. Arrr!
Contours and curves.
The LEGO minifigure is capable of lines and delineations that defy the more stringent constraints of building with the LEGO System's measurable bricks and pieces.
There is life here!
A plumpness and bulbous achievement that suggests a living state.
The same goes for LEGO plant life.
LEGO Plant Life
Bends and arcs that can't be duplicated with conventional 2x2 or 2x4 LEGO bricks.
My point: living things look, behave, and are molded differently in my LEGO aesthetic.
Plant, animal or minifigure; for me there is a difference in how particular LEGO elements are presented, constructed, and displayed.
If you want to go the brick-built route, I ain't mad at cha.
I Ain't Mad At Cha
But for me, molded is the move.
Trust me, I love brick-built most things.
Putting big things together with little parts is one of the hobby's joyous acts.
But I do draw a line in the proverbial sand when it comes to LEGO animals and other "organic" LEGO constructs. One must.
Because a healthy LEGO layout demands and deserves logic.
Things need to make sense.
Otherwise, you may as well be a dumb-dumb with their Duplo.
Which leads me to the most egregious sin any AHOL can commit:
MIXING n' MATCHING
Is the gag reflex is overrated?