The Arvo Brothers are talented builders from Spain who produce books containing instructions for their best models. Last year they published one on their model of Kaneda's Bike which, to this day, has caused a worldwide shortage of the rarest parts used in it.
Their second book has just been published which will probably have much the same effect because it features what is, in my opinion, a far more iconic and desirable model: an alien from the quadrilogy of films of the same name.
Its bio-mechanical form lends itself to creation in LEGO, particularly given the many curved and creature parts introduced recently. The brothers have done a fantastic job of modelling it, and of presenting it in the pages of this book.
It's a c.200-page hardback book with a fantastic image on the front.
Before launching into the actual instructions the first section of the book explains the design process of each part of the model, explaining why certain parts or techniques were used. It provides a useful insight and makes for interesting reading.
The bulk of the book, 150-pages or so, provide instructions for the model, and a base to display it on. They are exceedingly well produced, at least equal to those in official instructions.
It's built in modular fashion, beginning with the the torso, then the head, then the limbs, which are connected together using click hinges to provide stability and strength.
A parts list is provided at the back for the 1526-parts used for the xenomorph and the 466 used for the base.
The base looks great, but of course doesn't need to be made exactly like this. However, the alien stands at some 48cm tall and is probably quite heavy so something will be needed to prevent it toppling over.
Finally, a gallery of photos at the back of the book show the model in all its glory.
It's a beautifully presented book of a fantastic model and even if you don't intend to build it, it's a great thing to flick through which, if it's anything like Kaneda's Bike, it's likely to become highly sought after once it goes out of print.
Will the book cause more worldwide shortages of particular parts? Yes, almost certainly. There are some extremely rare parts used in it, one of which has appeared only in one collectable minifig. However, the book does provide a workaround if you can't get it and the other rare part it connects to. There are a lot of wedges and windscreens used which, while not as rare, you are unlikely to have enough of them already. I'm not going to list them here, for obvious reasons, you will just have to buy the book!
Kaneda's bike was not something that interested me enough to bother building it but this is totally different: as an Alien fan, I can't wait to get started -- I should have 95% of the parts in stock; my first BrickLink order has been placed!
Thanks to Carlos from HispaBrick magazine for sending me a copy to review.