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The Praying Mantis
This a is a LEGO mech shaped like a Praying Mantis, part of my Anti-Insectoid sets.
About this creation
The Story (created by myself):
In the years following the Great Civil War between the Unitron Empire and the Explorien Frontier, Earth and its conquered planets were left open for attack by forces from outside their galaxy. These forces came in the form of the UFOs. Using advanced technology, not to mention the bizarre biology of their species, which gave some telekinetic abilities and some the ability to shape-shift, the UFO forces almost wiped out the human race. Unfortunately for the leader of the UFO forces, Emperor Zegaldorph, their old enemies, the Insectoids, had followed them. In the great three-sided war that followed, many Insectoids, Extraterrestrials, and humans died. In the end, thanks to the heroics of the remaining Exploriens and Unitrons, the UFOs were forced to retreat. But, their forces being far less depleted, the Insectoids stayed behind... and began attacking Earth in the place of the UFOs. In desperation, Rick, leader of the Unitrons, formed an elite corps of fighters to defend Earth against the Insectoids... the Anti-Insectoids.

Pilot: Amanda West

Copilot: Charles Namdlo

Capacity: 2 people

Armaments: 4 Light Rockets, 4 Machineguns, 4 Medium Lasers, 6 Light Lasers, 2 Energy Blades, 1 Tractor Beam

Top Running Speed: 45 mph

Extra Information: The AAV-AI2 Praying Mantis is the second land-only Anti-Insectoid vehicle. Its legs are light yet strong, and number only four instead of the usual (six) or the extreme (eight), allowing it to have a decent top speed of forty-five miles an hour. The pilot of the Mantis, Amanda West, is an extraordinary driver. She is Leo Thompson's brother, and was also an officer of the Exploriens during the Civil War between the Unitrons and Exploriens. She was third-in-command of all the Unitrons, behind her brother Leo and father, Richard, leader of the Exploriens. That was before she fell in love with a renegade bounty hunter, Jack West, the man who was later appointed leader of the Anti-Insectoids. Only recently have the famous pair been called back to war. Since Jack enjoys flight more than fighting on the ground, though, her copilot is an old veteran named Charles Namdlo. He was a High General of the Ice Planet pioneers who moved back to earth when, according to him, "The cold got to me bones." Despite his age and bad grammar, he is a good pilot and an excellent gunner. He sits in the abdomen of the Mantis, which can detach and hover as a separate, and much faster, vehicle. The head can also separate in case of emergencies, and fly away. The Mantis can grip vehicles and crush them while burning them with special energy emitters in its claw arms. It can also chop up infantry with the energy blades on the tips of its arms. If it weren't for the fact that its legs lack sufficient armor and its pilot sits too high to see well, it would probably be more feared than the Scorpion.

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TO THE GUY WHO MADE THE COMMENT BELOW: Yes, I have seen a Mantis before. Several times, in fact. They live outside my house. Sheesh. Mine is quite accurate to the real thing. The legs are all attached to the thorax and not the abdomen, the head can swivel completely, it has mandibles and all the proper joints on the arms... I don't understand? What are you complaining about?

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   The abdomen and head detach from the body to become separate vehicles in case of emergencies. These vehicles are lightly armed but much faster.

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   The undersides of the Mantis's arms are lined with electrical shocking devices that can overload captured vehicles and electrocute captured Insectoid pilots and infantry.

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   The arms are not only lined with burning energy emitters, but also tipped with deadly energy blades. The only thing infantry and ground vehicle pilots of the Insectoid forces fear more than these blades is the Scorpion's crushing claw.

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   Here is an example of the classic "praying" praying mantis position, from which the insect gets its name. This is how the vehicle sits when idle.

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   Here's the Mantis's butt... er, I mean abdomen.

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   Here's another shot of it in the praying position, awaiting orders...

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   Between the jaws of the mantis is a tractor beam. This can be used to pull Insectoid power cores up into the jaws' grasp.

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   And, lastly, here's a shot of the pilots in their respective cockpits.

To Nannan Z.: Yes, I have let one crawl on my hand before. I honestly don't know what you're talking about. It may not be a great LEGO, but it is shaped accurately like a mantis..


 I like it 
  May 10, 2011
AWESOME! My favorite of your Anti-Insectoids! And my 'favorite' bug ever! Mantises live in your yard? Your lucky!
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  November 6, 2008
Excellent mantis. I know I would never be able to make such a good insect-looking model. I like the emergency detachments. It's very creative.
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  October 29, 2008
Looks a bit "bricky" at some parts, but generally a good model :-)
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  October 8, 2007
Very good, anyone who disses your creations...well lets just say I dont like them
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  January 28, 2007
wow this is my favorie anti-insectoid. I love how the head and abdomen detatch! i might suggest to switch the detailing on the legs to make the front legs all brown and the first lower legs all green. This is a very very creative and good looking model.
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  October 27, 2006
Im sorry i would give it a 4.5... i would give a five if it was a tad more color coated
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  January 31, 2005
That's really good. You have a typo though. If the pilot is female she wuldn't be anyone's brother.
  November 27, 2004
Have you seen a mantis before? I'll leave it there
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