The first step was to do some conceptual sketches to figure out what exactly we wanted to do with our block of wood. A six-year-old has lots of ideas, not all of which are technically/financially feasible and, even when they are, can be a bit more time consuming than dad has in mind. We discussed a number of potential plans though and finally sketched out the ideas attached below.
Our inspiration was two particular LEGO Ninjago toys that my son loves: the Fangpyre Truck Ambush (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Fangpyre-Truck-Ambush-9445
) and Lasha's Bite Cycle (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Lasha-s-Bite-Cycle-9447
). For the uninitiated, LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is a world of ninjas with mystical powers, talking snakes and dragons, and the classic showdown between good and evil. The toys themselves go along with a cartoon show that features great story lines and epic fight sequences.
Our plan was to have our car be the same lime green as the Fangpyre vehicles--those are the bad guys--and then reuse the tail and cockpit from those same kits to give it that LEGO effect. And of course we wanted to make the front look like a snake's head. I've attached our scribblings as an example, as well as an action shot of the real Fangpyre Truck.
In terms of supplies, the standard derby car kit comes with the block of pine, four wheels, four nails (to secure the wheels) and some numbered stickers. We supplemented our supplies with the following:
- One (1) Cockpit Window from the Fangpyre Truck Ambush
- One (1) Whipping Tail from Lasha's Bit Cycle (Fangpyre would work but its a bit larger and heavier)
- One (1) can of lime green spray paint
- Two (2) red rubber screw caps (for the eyes)
- One (1) think tip Sharpie (for the stenciling)
- One (1) 1x2 thin LEGO
- One (1) 2x2 thin LEGO
The last two are CRITICAL if you want to recover the cockpit window and tail from your Derby Car, because you can just glue them on and then attach the more complex pieces. Now onto the construction phase...