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Daleks are among
the most famous villains from the long-running television show Doctor Who. They appear to be robots, but they are
actually vehicles for small, ugly creatures evolved from humanoid
Kaleds. They famously shout "exterminate!" in electronic voices as they
repeatedly try to kill or enslave all other intelligent life forms.
LEGO bricks are among the coolest toys
on Earth. Little plastic bricks that lock firmly together with little
pegs, available in a wide variety of shapes. Building recognizable
models with them is a bit like doing origami or tangrams, especially
when you restrict yourself to a small number of pieces.
The distinctive shape of the Dalek shell is hard to model in LEGO
parts, due to the many strange angles and curves. Modeling it in the
same scale as the standard LEGO people known as "minifigs" is even
harder. I allowed myself some compromises: my model is the right
height, but it's too thin. The eyestalk swivels
up and down properly, but the head is not flat enough. The arm ends in a claw instead of a suction cup, and the gun is missing
entirely. The skirt is smooth, not faceted and covered with rows of
small hemispheres. Indeed, most of the details are wrong or missing;
the overall silhouette is approximately right, but not exactly.
Despite those flaws, I'm pretty happy
with this model. It's made of only six pieces, yet it's quite
recognizable as a Dalek. It would be easy to build a small army of them to menace your
I'm aware of a few other people who
have made minifig-scale LEGO Daleks. When I designed mine (almost a year ago), I had seen this one, which looks good but requires cutting and gluing of LEGO parts. That's cheating, in my opinion. More recently, this one and this one appeared.
I think those are better than mine: more accurate proportions, more realistic details. This one is pretty good too (and that TARDIS is great!).
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