Improving 21042 Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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21042 Statue of Liberty has been very well received on the whole, although some LEGO fans have expressed disappointment at the design of the face. Fortunately, JK Brickworks, the fan designer of 21035 Maze and the upcoming Pop-up Book, has created a solution.

Replacing the existing sand green pentagonal shield with a textured assembly results in a far more realistic design.

You can view JK Brickworks' tutorial video after the break...

Do you like the sand green shield or do you prefer JK Brickworks' updated design? Let us know in the comments.

 

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44 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

I've seen a few different solutions, but this is the best yet.

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By in New Zealand,

Thank you. Changed mine. Woohoo!

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By in United States,

I plan on doing this when I build mine.

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By in Germany,

Way better! Thanks for sharing!

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By in Netherlands,

Still a print would have been much better. Now it looks a bit like a Moai from Easter Island.

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By in Sweden,

I'm sorry but that's just horrific, it looks like the face of an Easter Island statue. The original solution is far from great, but this is just as bad in a completely different way.

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By in United Kingdom,

I loved building it, happy enough with the shield but may try this at some point when I take it apart to dust

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By in United States,

Not bad, but not only do I prefer the shield, but I actually LOVE the shield as the face.

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By in Netherlands,

I like the way how he used the parts from the build itself in a convenient way. However I would prefer the shield as its face because I like it a bit more and the modified face looks a bit too masculine.

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By in United States,

I think this is brilliant, especially using existing parts from the model without comprising the original look of the model. I hated the use of the shield for the face, and did not purchase it specifically for that reason. I might actually reconsider that decision now.
BTW, it is not unreasonable that the change gives the face a bit more masculine look, since the original model for the statue’s face was the artist’s brother.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't have an issue with the shield, however this is a great alternative and very clever use of parts :-)

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By in United States,

I prefer the shield.

The redo looks too masculine.

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By in United States,

It's really captured her heavy neanderthal brow ridge

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By in Canada,

Clever use of existing parts. Not sure it is perfect either but may try this at some point. Currently have it built as instructed. I don't think its terrible but do believe there may have been other better options.

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By in United States,

The 'improved' face doesn't look to shabby, although it's not exactly accurate either.

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By in United States,

The star wars constraction armor add-on "Shell with 3.2 Shaft (28220)" in sand green would be a practical solution for the face.

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By in United States,

I am changing mine right now! Thanks and God Bless! :)

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By in United States,

OR do the above, but instead of the 1x1 tile, Use a 1x1 sand green clip and a hotdog and make her look happy or sad, your choice..
Seriously though, Maybe a 1x1 sand green clip in place of the 1x1 tile would at least give her a 'pursed' look?

I think it still is somewhat an improvement over the shield. I mean the blank face kinda works I guess on some levels (and a sticker would have been outrageous), but would have preferred LEGO make a tiny molded face plate to add on to it, especially with the price of it.

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By in United States,

Yeah as someone said above, looks like an Easter Island head. I don’t think there are parts small enough at this scale to get the subtle features right.

I don’t have the set, but is there a way to put two cheese slopes upside down for the chin and a flat tile instead of cheese for the nose to make it less defined?

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By in Romania,

It's nice people try to improve the lazy work's result on making this set.

The face was just the cherry on top. On top of the giraffe neck, the short hand, the tablet's wrong position, the dress totally wrong replicated .....

I will wait now for somebody to fix the other 10 mistakes pointed in the Statue's review .

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By in Canada,

I don't think this face redesign improves it at all. There is a reason they chose the pentagon piece, because I'm certain this face variation was tried by the Lego people or something very similar and they correctly determined that it was not an improvement.

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By in Canada,

@Felix Mezei To call the work on this set "lazy" is extremely disrespectful to the designers. I'm sure they put countless hours into the design of the statue and had to make some very tough compromises for the sake of stability, pieces on hand, parts budgets and tons of other things we don't know about. I'm sure they tried many different ideas for the face and chose the plain pentagon tile piece as the least bad solution.

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By in United States,

Night and day improvement, and I love how it's done with pieces the set already comes with.

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By in Romania,

@You'reDoingItWrong Please try to read carefully what people write. Answering on arguments point to point and not with presumption about hours, stability, parts and budgets is better.

Countless hours doesn’t have anything to do with the result.

They are designers doing this for a living, with countless hours, all the parts and colors in fabrication (sometimes new ones for some projects) and disrespectful is for consumers to launch this product where “lazy” means not 100%.

When you try to replicate an original thing, the proportions of all details replicated are important.
Me and this guy changing the face, didn't proposed other parts. Every designer is entitled to his artistic view and in the review comments I respected his work but I just pointed some mistakes easy to fix using the same parts.
Putting the pictures of the real statue and the LEGO one, side by side on the back of the box is not helping in this case, everyone can easily see the differences.

If you don’t see them, I can send pictures with all the mistakes pointed by me in the review comments .
Please observe I said nothing about the face.
We can have an opinion because we pay this product with our money for this passion-addiction.

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By in United States,

Perfect?
No.
Better?
Yes.

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By in United States,

The flat face doesn’t bother me. The long neck does. JK Brickworks’s “solution” solves the neck issue but worsens the face in my opinion.

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By in Canada,

@Felix Mezei Actually, you did mention the face. You said: "The face was just the cherry on top." No, you did not specifically say the face was bad, but it's clear you thought it could be improved.

As for assumption vs. point for point: You assumed the designer was lazy whereas I assumed they were not. Your assumption was based on the many imperfections people have pointed out. My assumption was based on the fact that stability, available parts, parts budget, et al. are real obstacles Lego designers have to face. Maybe you are right, maybe the designer was lazy, but the reality is probably somewhere in the middle of both our arguments.

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By in United States,

I didn't really mind the face before, but I think this solution is nice for those who did.

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By in United States,

@Felix Mezei

"Countless hours" and "lazy" don't mix. Regardless of the result.

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By in United States,

Good use of cheese slopes by JK Brickworks here, the end result looks an order of magnitude better.

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By in Germany,

I personally HATE the shield and can't fathom why the designer, who otherwise did such an incredible job with the statue, went for it as a solution. Ruins the whole design. Lazy, unimaginative, dreadful.
This alternative otoh is almost perfect imho, especially the clever way how to do it without using new pieces. All thumbs up.

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By in Slovakia,

It would be interesting talk with the designer about the face.

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By in United States,

Excellent tutorial! Love the manipulation of existing project bricks. Much better solution for no extra cost. What was Lego thinking.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Troodon I couldn't agree more. This kind of thing is what the toy is made for. Where's the creativity in not trying to improve a model?

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By in United States,

I has some extra Sand Green pieces so I didn't have to use a lot from this set as in the tutorial. And I think I solved the "masculine" face problem! Wish I could share my photo of it! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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By in Sweden,

Lady Liberty actually looks a little androgynic so this fix is not so bad. Shame about the potato nose though. I guess there is only so much you can do with existing pieces.

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By in Romania,

@ewokswithbricks Thank you for answering! You know better than me because is your official language, “countless hours” means a lot of time spent because is figuratively used. Otherwise we can easily count the hours passed since we were born or we worked in our jobs.

Another person mentioned “countless hours” and when I used it I meant they had a lot of time and they worked hard but in the end they were lazy because the result is like unfinished and contested.

Unfortunately “countless hours” and “lazy” are mixed in all human activity because paying attention on details, being meticulous and accepting only very close to perfection are not characteristic for the majority of humans.
We can see this in sports, in air crashes investigations in auto industry recalling millions of vehicles, not because people didn’t worked countless hours, but because some people didn’t pay attention to all details, procedures or because sloppy work at the last hours.
In our case mabe you heard about “recalling” of Wall-E or the missing motor from the box of a lot of Volvo 42030. This happened not because employees didn’t work a lot on creating, producing, packaging, but because....

Lazy for me doesn’t mean “not willing to do anything” but not going to the 100%.
I didn’t care about the face because it is the artistic view of the designer and I respect it (even if JK Brickworks proved a better result and not in countless hours). But when speaking about proportions ...

I use my real name, you can search me on YouTube and even if I don’t look for publicity you will see I’m not a hater, I love LEGO and I did my fair share of replicating and I’m an amateur.
I just care about details, especially when creators decided to trying to show them on their work.

I see you are a SW fan. If in the future they will launch another Ewok Village and the Ewoks will be replicated to be thinner or taller than Han Solo and I will see you complaining about this, I will trust your opinion because you are a specialist in SW than me.

It’s important for me to be proven wrong because I couldn’t find yet anybody (LEGO fan or not) to not agree with the statue’s problems pointed by me.
In my native language we have a saying alwys leading to mediocre results :” A lot of people watch, only a few notices”.
Thanks again for writing to me !

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By in Australia,

Has anyone tried to make it look like the Statue of Happiness?

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By in United States,

I received my SoL for Father's Day yesterday, and will definitely keep this in mind when I build it.

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By in United States,

Gonna' build it today and try the options.
Definitely want the neck one plate lower and see around the net other face solutions.
I wonder also if anyone has made that stiff straight looking right arm better. Doesn't look right imho.

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By in United States,

I do prefer the 'fix' to the original, but I like @RonnyN's even better!

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By in United States,

@ legoDad42

I've been working on making the arm better. I used one of the 1x1 bricks with studs on two sides (not opposite sides, but perpendicular) to make it so the torch is attached on one, and a 1x2 flat tile is on the other, giving the impression of fingers across the front of the torch handle. also going to get a few more of those special sloped 1x2 pieces to create an arm with curves for the bicep, tricep, elbow, and forearm. much better look in my opinion. Still haven't figured out a face though. This guys face remake is pretty good but i don't like the square jaw. still working on my own version, but probably won't get anywhere with it

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