This is Metal Gear RAY, the huge mech, or walking battle tank, from the Playstation 2 game Metal Gear Solid 2 - Sons of Liberty that can launch nuclear missiles from anywhere on the planet.
About this creation
This is Metal Gear RAY, the huge mech, or walking battle tank, from the Playstation 2 game Metal Gear Solid 2 - Sons of Liberty that can launch nuclear missiles from anywhere on the planet. This is the only LEGO model I ever built that recieved official recognition (of a sort).
Let me start the story at the beginning: I got an e-mail one day with the subject "Hello from Konami!". It was from Scott Dolph, the PR Manager at Konami, saying that Hideo Kojima (the creator of the MGS series himself) had seen my MGS LEGO customs and he really liked them. He liked them so much that he was going to send me a free gift. I actually thought the e-mail was a fraud... some weirdo trying to get my address and phone number for an unknown reason... but I decided to reply anyway, just in case it was real. I gave them my Post Office Box address, just to be safe. I even mentioned that my brother Ryan had a website at www.mgsonline.net. A few days later I got a phone call from a nearby airport, saying a package was coming from Japan but they could not deliver it to a post office. I was shocked! It was real! So I gave them my street address and got the package, which contained four MGS pamphlets. Two of them were for me, two were for Ryan. We each got a Twin Snakes and Snake Eater preview envelope. The Twin Snakes ones were even signed by Hideo Kojima himself. The envelopes were being handed out at a few game shows, which I had not attended, of course. Sure, it was basically just an advertisement, but it was the first official recognition I have ever gotten for my LEGO work. Thanks, Konami!
Here is a scan of the pamphlet. NOTE: That line that divides the image in half isn't there on the actual pamphlet. The whole envelope just wouldn't fit in my scanner, so I had to scan both halves and combine them.
"We, the Marines, will lead the charge into a new world order... with Metal Gear RAY!" - Commander Scott Dolph
Yeah, that's Raiden in the picture, but Snake is actually the first one to encounter the monstrous Metal Gear RAY. He finds it in the bottom of a big oil tanker filled to the brim with both Marines and Russian terrorists. Metal Gear RAY is less realistic than REX. It has stubs for feet (making it very awkward as a model), and it is skinny and agile, unlike REX. It also has a tail, which is good in a way, because my model really needed something for support! Note that Raiden is really close to the camera in the image, so it's not really to scale.
"I regret to inform you that I have no intention of selling Metal Gear. As I said, I am taking it back." - Revolver Ocelot
Ocelot walks onto the scene, backed up by Sergei and his terrorists. Ocelot and his cronies mow down the Marines with ease (I thought they were the best of the best?) and Ocelot climbs into RAY's cockpit, leaving Sergei and his troops to their fate as he blows up the tanker.
"You don't have what it takes after all! You're going down, Snake, with this tanker!" - Liquid Snake (possessing Ocelot)
Before Ocelot can make a clean getaway, Liquid Snake takes over his body from his transplanted hand (What's up with that? Does Liquid keep his brains in his hand?) and taunts Snake before bursting out of the tanker and swimming off. As you can see in the image above, Metal Gear RAY has a blue laser beam gun inside its "mouth". Ocelot (or was it Liquid?) uses this to blast his way out of the belly of the tanker. In order to make my model's mouth open, I had to cut part of the wing flaps off... It's the only time that I've ever cut up a LEGO part (except when making minifigs) so far. I don't like to do it, because it kind of takes away the POINT of building with LEGO at all... but sometimes you just have to break the rules.
"Take your reward! It's all the payload RAY has! DIE!!!" - Ocelot
Once again, Ocelot's hand goes fat and wiggly and Liquid Snake takes over his body. We hear Cam Clarke's voice come from Ocelot's lips. Liquid taunts Solid Snake and then he pilots RAY into the sea, with Snake jumping into the foam after him... leaving Raiden and Solidus Snake alone on Arsenal Gear. If you want to see my LEGO version of their duel, go back to the main Metal Gear Solid 2 LEGO page and scroll all the way down.
"The entire thing was planned - the oil spill, the tanker accident that caused it, everything. The Big Shell was built specifically for the development of a new Metal Gear model." - Colonel Ames
Yeah, we know, Ames. Everything in the whole game's story was planned by SOMEBODY. There are so many plot twists in this game that the plot becomes a twisted up, tangled knot that it takes a considerable amount of skill and attention to untie. Anyway, two years in the future, Raiden comes along and finds out that the Big Shell is housing Metal Gear RAY. Big deal, since we know that the mech is still at large in Ocelot's hands. What we don't know is that there's no longer only one RAY... Note the missile launchers on the back of my LEGO Metal Gear RAY in this image.
"That's right... Arsenal. We're talking about an impregnable fortress carrying a load of a couple thousand missiles, including nuclear warheads- all protected by a horde of mass-produced Metal Gear RAY units." - President James Johnson
That's right, now there's a horde of them. As Raiden, you must face this horde, all alone, with naught but a Stinger missile launcher. Though you manage to damage a lot of them, you can't seem to beat them. Luckily, Solidus Snake comes sliding in (he always slides around with a trail of fire) to save your butt, even though he at first said he was going to let you die. He must be going soft. Then he jumps on the heads of the RAY units and blows them open with his teeny-weeny sub-machine gun... and you had been using Stinger missiles. Is something wrong here?
"*$ the patriots!" - Solidus Snake
Insert the appropriate word above... hehe. I'm sure you can guess it. No, it isn't that one, its the less ugly one that starts with a "d"! What a corrupted mind you have! ;-) Anyway, the RAY units go haywire and Solid Snake knocks you unconscious. You wake up with only one RAY looming overhead (it's the one that Ocelot stole from the Tanker, because it has a full tail, whereas the mass-produced ones only have stubs), and you (that is, Raiden, I'm sorry if I insult you by saying that, but he IS the player character here), Snake, Fortune, Solidus, and Ocelot are standing atop a big metal thing called Arsenal Gear, which is flowing through the New York harbor to go bomb the living daylights out of the innocent citizens of America. Fortunately for you, in another of the game's famous plot twists, Ocelot betrays his supposed commander yet again and jumps in RAY to blow you all to Kingdom Come.
"Now that I have enough data, all I have to do is retrieve Arsenal... and clean up the refuse from the exercise." - Ocelot
Even though Ocelot has both taken Fortune's bullet-deflecting gizmo and shot her in the chest ages ago, she still manages to stay alive long enough to get up and block Ocelot's missiles with her psychic powers. I guess this means that she saved the three men, Solidus, Snake, and Raiden, though I doubt they needed it. Solid Snake is already practiced at the art of missile dodging thanks to his battles with helicopters and Metal Gears in the past. Solidus Snake also seems to be able to do it quite well, since he took out a RAY unit or two with just sub-machine gun and some Dr. Octopus arms. And, of course, Raiden, as the player character, has been dodging RAY missiles for hours during his fight with the mass-produced horde of them. So I guess that Fortune was really wasting her time, though quite dramatically.
"Hey, Snake, you coming?!" - Liquid
Okay, now for some facts about my LEGO Metal Gear RAY. Yes, the mouth can open up. The arms are attached with (and the tail is made up of) a special LEGO part that was first used on the Evil Ogel attack sub in the second Alpha Team line. It has a stiff and poseable arm, which comes in very handy for holding up heavy objects, such as Metal Gear RAY or its arms. I would have made the tail out of standard clicky-joints, but I didn't have enough in the right colors (except the ones on my other customs, and I didn't want to remove them). The cockpit comfortably seats one person, the legs can be positioned in a variety of ways, but only one or two of them will actually stand up. Here's another cool fact... this is the biggest LEGO custom (or at least the tallest) that I've built so far. It was also probably the hardest to make.
In reply to Cameron: Oh, I understand why he shoots them. All I don't understand is how his tiny little P90 submachine gun is able to pierce their armor and totally destroy them when Raiden's stinger missile launcher could not even make a dent...
hello mr.stebbins i,ve been looking at your creations for the past year and now i must say that this metal gear ray is magnifecent and a message to all go to saber scorpions lair maybe to buy or maybe just to look at the most amazing creations such as resident evil,metal gear solid,half-life,halo and many many more.