Illustration by Freakyfir
Original Lil Quiky character design by Quiccs x Czee x Clutter Magazine
Decided to build this version of Quiccs’ Lil Quiky as soon as I saw it over at Freakyfir’s IG. The design was just so fun to do and reminded me a lot of the Megaman X Ride Armor. As I recently built the Code Red Obosen Nutbuster by Quiccs, I felt like I had enough warmup to make this guy.
If you liked the character / illustration here, I suggest checking out Freakyfir’s Instagram. He’s a really talented graffiti artist. Same goes for Quiccs and Czee for making such amazing things. Just pure talent that is so inspiring!
Original NanoTEQ / Nutbuster character design by Quiccs x DevilToys
Code Red version of Quiccs’ NanoTEQ Nutbuster.
After I built the original OG black colorway of the Nutbuster, I immediately attempted building a red version but lacked certain parts. Was able to complete it late 2019 when my schedule freed up. All in all, the Code Red OBOSEN version is around 95% identical to the black version but with minor part swaps due to rarity/unavailibity in red.
Both of these pieces were built out of pure respect to both Quiccs and Freakyfir for their amazing talents! If you’ve followed my work for a bit, you’ll notice a ton of Quiccs inspired stuff (Kurosawa, TEQ63 BrickHeadz) and its my way of paying homage to such an amazing artist.
As a result of following Quiccs on his Instagram, I also got exposed to the work of Freakyfir, an equally amazing and talented graffiti artist and robot illustrator. I love his style and have been wanting to a LEGO version of one of his works. The moment I saw the Not So Lil Qwiky, I knew I had to build it in LEGO.
Inspiration and sources
For both the Nutbuster and the NSLQ, I decided to be as loyal to the original toy/artworks as much as possible while ensuring they had some level of articulation.
While the Nutbuster’s pilot (NanoTEQ) can be removed as seen in the photos, the Lil Qwiky was kept as a fixed pilot as Freakyfir’s illustration showed me no signs of being able to remove the pilot.
WIP Process - NOT SO LIL QWIKY
I. Head Build
There’s not a lot of WIP photos for this guy as he was Qwikly built. 😉
As soon as I saw Freakyfir’s illustration, I knew I was making the spray can nozzle with the assembly above and was perfect as I had these pink lipstick pieces I could use to emulate the part where the paint sprays out from.
The gray circular band underneath the pink 4×4 dish was the trickiest part of this thing actually as I didn’t have a 5×5 Dark Blueish Gray piece to use (or I don’t think anything close exists). I had to use these 1×2 curved slopes and angle it to be as close to a full band as possible using a pulley wheel.
The face was another tricky build to do. While I knew the triangular black piece would be perfect, I wasn’t sure how to do the eyes and face. There was a lot of trial and error involved in getting that helmet shape just right.
II. BODY, HANDS, AND LEGS
For the rest of the build, I actually spent the most time building the collar. Not only was the vertical alignment of it tricky to do (it had to make it look like the chin was lower than the collar), I also had to allow the head to be able to rotate.
The body was created next and sadly, I do not have pics of the guts of it as I used some interesting techniques to get those angled 1×1 metallic silver round plates. The body is actually a dense assembly to make it as stable as possible to house the arms and pelvis.
Arms were tricky in the sense that they had to connect to the body while the shoulders were angled slightly. I also had to retain as much articulation on these to be able to pose it right. The elbow can actually be rotated sideways.
Legs were the fastest to make as I there wasn’t much detail to it except that it had to be a reverse jointed knee assembly with a narrow but stable foot base.
WIP Process NUTBUSTER CODE RED OBOSEN
I. Copying from the BLACK nutbuster
There wasn’t a lot of re-engineering involved with creating the red Nutbuster as I just had to color swap the black’s assembly.
II. Minor Assembly changes
The only tricky part was making the chest cover as I had no equivalent part to the black 2×4 double wedged piece in red. I ended up using this vehicle 4 stud wide spoiler to get the same shaping.
Notable Parts usage
I. Lipstick for nozzle
93094c01 Friends Accessories Lipstick with Light Bluish Gray Handle
An interesting piece I’ve been collecting, I initially got these as a very short bar piece and thought that both ends (handle and lipstick) of this piece would be a snug fit to any hollow stud / clip. Apparently that’s only for the handle side so the lipstick side is actually a loose fit for any hollow stud.
II. "House" Tile
27928 Wedge, Plate 2 x 2 Pentagonal with Center Stud and 1 x 1/2 Raised Tab on Top
I’ve been trying to find uses for this piece ever since I saw it in one set. It’s actually quite the interesting piece but has very limited uses due to the underside connection points.
III. Lever base
4592 Lever Small Base
I always thought this piece was an antenna piece but apparently its under Levers. It’s usually seen with an antenna where the (-) hollow area is but I like using these as missile heads or little industrial details like this.
See also: 4593 Lever Small
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reFRAME v3 Instruction Manual
The reFrame System is a modular brick skeleton aimed to help both new and veternan brick mech builders create their own designs in a consistent size with modular capabilities. It was originally designed to be a basis for all my mechs in the Mech Wars universe. Having gone through a number of upgrades, the V3 reFrame can now house a minifigure pilot in the chest without sacrificing aesthetic or articulation.