Between Aloy’s Horizon’s two voyages, I spent dozens of hours meticulously taking down robotic enemies big and small. Finding weak spots, learning which parts make these creatures vibrate – and which parts will cause them to explode – is one of the most exciting aspects of Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West.
So I gained a new appreciation for these virtual technical marvels because, rather than tearing one apart, I was able to build one with the collaboration of PlayStation and LEGO, a Horizon Tallneck LEGO set. Comprising 1,222 pieces and standing over a foot tall when fully built, the first Horizon universe-inspired LEGO set offers a new perspective on these creatures and gave me a new appreciation for how they are put together. , even if it is a -ified approximation brick. The set is a ton of fun to build and see come together as you carefully put the Tallneck together, with a cute adorable base, an Aloy minifigure and a Watcher mini-build to boot. It’s a design clearly made with love for the source material, and one that should make any hunter happy.
First, it’s worth pointing out the impressive work and thought put into its base, which aims to mimic the naturalistic post-post-apocalyptic setting of the Horizon games. The sturdy base actually takes up a good chunk of the build itself – a few of the set’s eight bags serve to fortify its base, and here, as LEGO is often used to, it’s hiding eggs Easter eggs in its design. The bricks used under the structure partially reflect the dichotomy of natural and earthy tones and bright color streaks that make up Horizon’s palette. Bright blues and oranges are central to Aloy’s outfit and are found in the masonry that lays the foundation. It’s a nice touch considering that the Tallneck himself will be more uniform in his black, white, and gold makeup.
But after slapping the grassy terrain, there are some neat additions here too. Aloy’s world is full of bright and beautiful trees, and this set also has a front and center. But it’s the dilapidated floor lamp that offers one of the coolest elements on the board. Wrapping a piece that simulates an overgrown vine in suspension might seem like a small thing, but it sells such a key part of the Horizon universe in such a concise piece of packaging that really completes the scene.
The rest of the terrain offers some nice organized chaos – you scatter dots that will hold both the Tallneck, as well as bits of flora and stone that give the illusion that this isn’t a carefully tended scene. Aloy herself is also included, and she’s as good an approximation of the character as I could hope for in minifig form. There’s a particularly interesting detail on the head and hair – his head will have Focus so that no matter which of the two faces you choose, one is hidden by the hair and the other is pointing in the right direction. And there’s a clear little circular cutout in the hair that, when you place it on the head, does a solid job of recreating the look of Aloy’s focus in-game. And she’s not the only figure ground-level – a bit of the whole build is a little spotter, a nice bonus that also gives the set more grounding in Horizon’s worlds. And there are even different translucent pieces to change the observer’s eye for their alert levels.
The big collar
Building the Tallneck itself is a joy to see and assemble. You start with the machine’s body and neck, slowly assembling the veneer that Aloy would rip off any other creature (as any player knows, Tallnecks are there to be climbed on, not hurt). The scope and size of the project begin to show as you attach the neck to the body, slowly assembling part approximations of the beasts you’d otherwise climb in Horizon. There’s nothing too complex about its design to make the whole thing confusing – we’re not dealing with all of the inner workings of these robots, after all – but you do get an appreciation for the machines’ sleek design that has been cleverly translated into LEGO form as you progress. The cascading effect of the plating on the neck is one of the most eye-catching elements of the piece. And since Tallnecks usually stand upright, don’t expect to tilt his neck like a giraffe bending down for water, but you can move him back and forth slightly, using a larger piece of veneer to hold neck up or letting it bow. back.
LEGO Horizon Set – The Big Pass
The neck is not the only moving part of the whole production. Each set of front and back legs are essentially mirrored constructs of each other, so there’s definitely some repetition here. But these are quick and easy portions to put together, and again, they offer some appreciation for the layers that go into both the game’s machines and their LEGO model. With a white exterior veneer hiding most of the construction underneath, you can also move the legs where they attach to the body and move the adorable claw feet to help balance it out too. The set offers specific spots to lock the Tallneck to, but you can technically land it in a staggered fashion as well.
The iconic high neck top is another fun symmetrical aspect of the build – you slowly put two halves and their connective tissue together, layering elements to add to the block facade of plates and ironwork. Along with that, the creature’s antennae on its head and the tail-like protrusions of the body are placed, and you have a bit of freedom in how you want to orient them. Like the Tallnecks in the game, LEGO builds aren’t meant to be particularly mobile, but if you’re not using the suggested anchor points, there’s still some freedom in how you’d like the Tallneck stand .
And when it’s finished, it’s quite a towering and beautiful figure, standing around 13.5 inches tall. There are several places you can attach Aloy to mimic her rise of the creature, including fins protruding from her neck which should be familiar to players or, of course, having her sit comfortably on the Tallneck’s head, watching the world around her. She may be looking at my rather dull desk compared to the beautiful views of Guerrilla games, but it’s clear that a lot of love for these games and attention to detail has gone into this set, and it should be a showpiece quite impressive for all the fans. This is just LEGO’s first attempt to tackle Guerrilla’s impressive bestiary of mechanical marvels, and I certainly hope it won’t be the last.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Feature Editor, PlayStation Manager and Podcast Host Beyond! He is the proud dog father of a BOY named Loki. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.