The Narnia Wardrobe: White Christmas on Your Shelf! A project by User parsom
I had a chance to chat with the project creator for The Narnia Wardrobe, Pawel (parsom)—whose project recently surpassed 2k supports on the Ideas Site. We discussed his background, influences and also covered some of the unique building techniques that were used in his project. Read the responses below, and check out the links to the Ideas Site to show your support!
Q & A with parsom, Project Creator
Tell us a little about yourself, and your project.
As a child, I watched the BBC’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” television series, before going on to read the entire seven-book series by C.S. Lewis. It was obvious to me that I would build something from Narnia a while ago, when Lego released a faun figure. I was still missing a scarf and umbrella for Mr Tumnus, but these were released with other figures in 2017, so the build started. The previous year, I built a movable Cracow crib. Later, when I was thinking about the next winter thing, I found that it's hard to find something more wintery than the scenes from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. The scene with a lantern in the middle of the winter forest is like a winter memory from my childhood (I grew up near big forests, and the winters then were very snowy).
What inspired you to try and bring C.S. Louis's Epic to the LEGO world? Were you inspired by any official LEGO sets when designing your project?
My wardrobe is modeled on the illustrations in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and on the elaborate wooden Gdańsk wardrobes built in the 16th to 18th Centuries. However, I was trying not only to make it look good (lion carvings on the doors took me some time), but I also planned to add some functional elements—since I love Lego creations with moving functions. The first thing was to replicate the lamp post in Narnia using a Lego block that lights up, casting a light on the winter landscape inside the wardrobe. Then I thought that I may also use Lego glows in the dark parts when the light is over, the wardrobe still shed light from a spider, mood and stars that glow in the dark.
You seem to use a lot of mechanical elements to your projects, do you mostly focus on mechanical builds, or is there another style of building you prefer in your personal projects?
The most important thing for me was Santa pops out of the one of the drawers. It took me some sleepless nights and it is a tribute to my childhood toy. In addition, a crank-driven mechanism enables the main scene to rotate, while a mini-figure moves back and forth from behind a tree. I wanted to build a mobile structure that would work both as a trinket to put on a shelf and an object to play with, and as something that surprises you after you take a closer look.
Are you currently working on another project, and can you give us a hint about what it is?
Some time ago I finished my other mechanical, crank-powered project – Bicycle, Bicycle, BICYCLE!—which is also available on Lego Ideas. Now I’m working on my next three projects with mechanical functions. However, I realized that first I need to sort all my Lego parts. I also built a Narnia based extension of the Lego Ideas Pop-up book, and a tensegrity based scene called The Two Who Stole the Moon, murder sweet box, Christmas lantern, and others which you can find on my Instagram or Flickr.
What's your favorite LEGO Set or theme?
As for my favorite Lego theme - it is the Monster Fighters! I'm still wishing to buy the 10228 Haunted House! Some kind of tribute for this series is my Baba Yaga's garden and gingerbread scene, which is also a tribute to the Fargo movie by the Cohen brothers.
And my other favorite is Lego Ideas, of course. I can't wait for Winnie the Pooh revelation!
From The Project Creator
Approximately 2000 bricks (professional Lego designer should easily reduce it by 10-20% without affecting scale)
8 and 3/4 minifigures - Lucy, Tumnus, The White Witch, Edmund, Dwarf, Susan, Peter, Mr. Beaver and Santa (without legs)
Accessories - lamppost, The White Witch's sleigh, Mr. Tumnus' Lego parcels, umbrella and scarf, Turkish Delight, cup and the magic bottle
Richly decorated doors and other parts, with Aslan curved on each door
Legendary orange brick separator
Model dimensions - 28,8cm (11,3in) wide, 30,5cm (12in) high, 5,2cm (6in) deep.
It is not only the winter forest scenery hidden in the wardrobe, it also hides many other functions:
Doors and drawers are opening and closing
Santa is popping up when you are opening right drawer and then crank is becoming available to use
Crank driven mechanism - main scene is rotating and minifigure behind the tree is showing and hiding when you are turning the crank
Minifigures and accessories (with brick separator) can be stored in the left drawer.
It'll bring some light during dark, winter nights (even when batteries are down):
Electric lighting - you can switch light-brick (which is hidden and the light looks like coming from the lamppost) by pushing the spider
Spider, moon and stars (snowflakes, if you like) are glowing in the dark.
Offers many possibilities of playing and displaying:
Three different, interchangeable scenes - Lucy meets Tumnus, Edmund meets White Witch, Childrens and Mr. Beaver
Four modes of displaying - wardrobe closed, wardrobe opened with Lucy & Tumnus scene inside, wardrobe opened with Witch & Edmund scene, wardrobe opened with Childrens & Mr. Beaver scene inside (you can multiply this displaying options by opening and closing drawers)
What do you think?
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