Build your own Forma Koi

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If you weren't able to buy the FORMA set that resulted from LEGO's first foray into crowdfunding and want to have a go at building it yourself, you can now download the instructions to do so.

Of course you won't be able to get hold of the special pins or the skins but with a little ingenuity and careful wielding of a craft knife you can produce your own using templates for the koi and shark skins.

15 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Thanks for that.

Didn't know these sets contained so many expensive pieces.

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By in United States,

I have a feeling that Lego will be releasing Forma like sets soon. The demand for the crowdfunding was great and they seem to be more and more interested in catering to AFOL.

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By in Switzerland,

I'm loving the graphics design and the craftsmanship is good, but I'm still not sold on buying Lego fish forms.

I guess there's an audience.

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By in United States,

It's about time we got instructions..... Thanks for sharing them, I've been trying to reverse engineer the stand from videos, to no avail...

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By in United States,

Oh yes. I’ll just use my extra skins that I have lying around to make this look even close to a fish...

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By in United States,

Based on the videos, it looks like it would be neat as a display piece. I wonder how much it would be to Brinklink it compared to the original price, which seemed high for what you end up with.

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By in Australia,

As far as I can tell the special pins arent super necessarily, the old style of pin for this sort of thing (peg with small ball joint) functionally is just fine, it just doesnt look as nice. Well, the holes in the official skins might be too big for those, but thats not an issue for custom skins

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By in United States,

@magmafrost:
The new pins are designed to provide a loose connection to the skin so it doesn't stress the holes. Yes, the towball pins could probably serve in the same capacity. Yes, they would look like the fish had sprouted skintags. But for the custom skins, I think you might find that they'll stretch out or rip the holes and they won't work as intended. A workable alternative would be to cut holes that are just about the diameter of a LEGO stud, and use the half-pin with a cap to hold the skin in place. One of the key functions of the raised head on the new Forma pin is that sometimes the skin lays over the beam at an angle and the connection needs to "float" a bit so as to not force the material down against the supporting beam or liftarm. In those situations, you could insert the nub from a nipple tile into the hollow stud, and it would provide a small shoulder between the tile and the beam so the skin isn't pressed flat. In other cases (notably the dorsal and pectoral fins), the skin isn't actually curled at all, so 1x1 round tiles attached to the half-pin studs shouldn't be an issue because there won't be any resistance if the skin is pinched flat against the beam. In both cases, the round tiles and nipple tiles come in a variety of colors, so you can pick something that will perhaps blend in better than the white Forma pins or the black towball pins.

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By in United States,

If you can get ahold of the skins that were sold during the original campaign they came with an additional set of the new pins.

So if you build the base with your own elements and get an original skin you’ll be set.

I ordered the full set during the campaign not realizing that the koi plus extra skins was actually one koi with all three extra skins separate. So I have one base four skins and four sets of the special pins.

Good hunting!

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By in Greece,

Easiest pass ever...

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By in United Kingdom,

JK Brickworks posted a vid on youtube where he made a brick-built Forma skin and then "improved" the base and articulated frame for it. Check it out.

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By in United Kingdom,

you could always pull the bones and goo out of a real fish and plop it on there

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By in United Kingdom,

I would recommend buying 31088 Deep Sea Creatures and building JK Brickworks' stand for the shark. Including set, the total cost for me came to ~£30. Ordering bricks using Rebrickable and Bricklink couldn't have been easier. The mechanism is superb and the finished piece looks brilliant!

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By in United States,

Thanks for posting the links to the blank skins! I think they offer an interesting alternative to brick-built shapes, especially when weight is a consideration or the final model is meant to look like a balloon or a soft sculpture. Surely trying out some new approaches to Lego is a good thing for TLG to do--I don't understand why there's been so much criticism of this project!

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By in United States,

@Lewis97, I did the same thing! here in the USA I got everything for $20 (bricklink) and I love my swimming Shark way better than the forma.

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