Iím afraid the mech doesnít picture that well, IMO, and so Iím afraid youíre going to have to take my word for it that it looks better in person.
This mech borrows somewhat from the frame priciples developed by Marcus Clancy and Eric Sophie, so kudos to them!
Kogeru is meant as a soldier type mech. Small enough for city work, heavy enough to take out most of what it runs into. The fins on the back are meant to be a folding kind of propultion device for the purposes of jumping or short flight. Strictly sci-fi, I have no idea how such a thing would supposed to work. Thatís the beauty of sci-fi though, ainít it? Something about technology resembling magic and being sufficently advanced? :)
I can't get him up on one foot but I can get darn close. One foot and toes. Part of the trick of this is to get the body OVER the one foot you want to be standing on. That means pivoting the hip over the desired foot. There's your articulation lesson for the day.
Fun shot. I got a good paradox going with color here too. People like it yet it's been described as "funky." Truth of the matter, I wanted it to be yellow, and I used a color wheel to find a good match. It only helps that I love Dk Red. I'd make a whole mech in that if I could.
I went for the Japanese name because I was thinking of a lot of the Japanese builders while working on Kogeru. Moko, Ziz2y, Squieu, Sugegasa these guys are gods. If you hadn't checked them out, stop now, got to Brickshelf and look them up. NOW. Anyway the specific name was chosen in my usuall method. I heard a name in my head and then looked it up. I know half a smattering of Japanese, I used Webster's Japanese/English Dicionary to get the definition.
The color scheme on this would best be described as "ketchup and mustard". Which is fine by be because I like hot dogs. Having said that I would like to mention a few other things I like: droid head fingers-brilliant, head-marvelous, funky poseability-rad. Overall I would like to give Mr. Neumann a "two thumbs up" for this awesome creation.
Wow. Great colors, great design, and the mysterious fins are somewhat of a rarity in lego mechs. While it may not be that big, playability is always a plus. And it looks like it could handle itself pretty well. Nice touch on using the droid heads for fingers ;)