Just something I decided to do for fun: minifigs of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider games... and even the movies.
About this creation
Boy, I should have made these minifigs a long time ago. Tomb Raider is one
of those games that I don't necessarily love, but do like, so after
receiving several e-mails asking about the possibility of Lara Croft
minifigs, I decided to make some. I was also partially inspired by the new
Indiana Jones sets, since as we all know, Lara Croft is just a more
modern, female, sexy, and filthy stinking rich version of Indiana Jones.
I'm just waiting for them to make a crossover game where either Lara goes
back in time or Indy goes forward, and they meet each other. I'm thinking
I'd rather see Lara go back in time (maybe with that silly time-turner
from the first movie?) since then she could dual-wield revolvers. First
she and Indy could be rivals, but then they could team up about halfway
through the game and work together. Holy crap, that'd be awesome!
But enough nerd rambling. Actually, it's probably going to continue, but
back on subject: Here's the classic Lara Croft outfit, along with my
classic style LEGO pistols. Yeah, the Colt pistols would have been more
fitting, but I didn't have another pair of them, nor did I have a pair in
grey or silver. Besides, I still have some affection for my classic pistol
design... This minifig is actually based on the slightly updated, more
detailed version of Lara's outfit from Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a game I
still haven't quite finished. To be honest, I was never a huge fan of the
old Tomb Raider games, although we did rent them now and then and wander
around in them a bit. But after a while they would begin to bore...
Tomb Raider: Legend changed all that quite a bit. Maybe it was the
advanced graphics that made Lara Croft considerably more enjoyable to look
at (I wish Anniversary had included the "next-gen content" that Legend
did...), but it seemed much more compelling and entertaining. My only
complaint about the game was probably the annoying buddies who were always
chatting with you (token black guy hacker dude and annoying snotty English
bookworm... my God, even the sidekicks in the movie were less silly).
Speaking of the movie... Yes, yes, I made an Angeline Jolie LEGO minifig.
Yikes. And yes, I know a lot of people hated the movie, but personally I
enjoyed the heck out of it. Was it stupid? Yeah, it was pretty stupid. Was
it fun? Sure! I mean, if you went into it expecting to take it seriously,
I don't know what was wrong with you in the first place. Note the painted
pistols in this version, to match her H&K USP's in the film.
The second film (Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) wasn't bad either, so I
based the diving outfit off the one from the beginning of it. Although I
have to admit, the part where she punches the shark on the nose and then
rides him back to the surface was one of the stupidest parts of any movie
ever. Still, it was enjoyable. Oh, and you 300 fanboys: Lara Croft
killed King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) long before the Persians ever did.
This was one suit that multiple people requested. I'm not sure why...
although I guess it might be because it's one of the most revealing
outfits she's ever worn. She wears this in Legend upon going to the party
in Japan, and then she proceeds to climb over rooftops and other such
adventure movie things. The question is, when she rips her dress up and
puts on her gear... where was she carrying it? In that tiny pocketbook she
starts out with? Wow. (NOTE: the background of this set is actually a vignette of the first Mission: Impossible movie that my sister started making but never quite completed)
Oh the other hand, Lara does occasionally see the need to wear clothes.
Such as when she goes to Nepal in Legend and climbs on mountains that
would otherwise freeze her to death. Sure, you can expect her coat to get
ripped off at some point (which it does), but at least she tried, right?
Another cool outfit from Legend, this one an unlockable: the catsuit. Even
though it covers her up almost completely, it was one of my favorite
outfits. It's hard to beat tight, shiny black outfits. And the glasses
help as well. If you look closely, her belt buckle when wearing the
catsuit depicts a cat paw. Awesome.
Here's hoping for a sequel to Legend. BTW, you know what kind of outfits
I'd like to see? Alternate time period outfits! Imagine a Wild West
Gunslinger Lara complete with cowboy hat and revolvers (yes, I know she's
British, but who cares?), Pirate Lara with muskets, and of course Knight
Lara (in rather revealing chain mail, of course), with a sword if
possible. Actually, that last one would have fit perfectly with the Legend
storyline about Excalibur. Too bad they didn't do it. Drat! Any modders
out there...? And while you're at it, how about a mod that makes Excalibur
look classic and medieval instead of freakish and demonic?
The minifigs shown here were made using custom-designed decals or stickers. These and many more can be found on my website.
Those minifigs are the best! Speaking of Legend, it was a great game, but like you say, the way they made Excalibur look is random! Maybe it's because it can fire energy blasts (no normal sword can do that).
One thing wrong. Alister and Zip aren't silly. They rock! Shame Alister died in Underworld.
These are all pretty-darn good! The decals are detailed and clean...Nice! Though, I haven't played but five minutes of any Tomb Raider games, I have seen PLENTY of pictures...so these are good, I read somewhere that the new Tomb Raider is supposed to follow Norse mythology in Lara's quest for Thor's hammer...Figured you, the 'Norsenut' (We love ya for it!) might want to know...but I am pretty sure, you already know...bah, Great minifigs!
Wow, I have to say, if Lego did an official set of Lara Croft minifigs, I'm sure they wouldn't be even half as sweet as these. Awesome job on the shading of the decals! It looks almost as if those... Things, have depth!
Ironically, I spent a bit of time just yesterday sketching and considering what it would take to make a custom Lara Croft (my interest is actually in building some of the locals that she visits in the games). These are terrific! The classic version is my favorite, and really inspires me to come up with some landscapes and ancient structures to go with her. Nicely done!!