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    Level 3: Ramesses The Great Forges the Alliance

    created by therealindy on 2013.04.24

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    "CIVILIZATIONS AND EMPIRES" LEVEL 3: RAMESSES THE GREAT FORGES THE ALLIANCE

    The Mediterranean Sea hides a secret. Deep beneath the waves, a terror lurks, and time is running out. Guided by Isis and Anubis, Cleopatra must sail up the Nile to the land of Nubia, call upon the alliance with their King, and bring their troops to the Delta in the North, to join forces with King Ramesses the Great as he prepares for an epic clash!

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    Navigate Cleopatra's Royal Embassy Sail-Barge up the Nile... Experience an African Safari!

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    Explore the bustling Iron-Age civilizations of Ancient Africa... Forge international alliances!

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    Rally the international forces to the Delta... The men must be ready to face a monster!

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    Finally, a real Egypt set with real live Egyptians, and real Nubians too! A chance to tell authentic mythology, and break free from the "Archaeologists-as-Tomb-Raiders-versus-Mummies" trap! Lego loves to do an Egyptian set at least every four or five years, so by the time a couple more years go by, it will be time for us to revisit the Nile in lavish style!

    The Epic story begins in Rome, so be sure to start there. Next, be sure to vote your support for free by pressing the big green button at the top right of each page. It's totally free to vote for as many sets as you want, since most of the fans are kids!

    As soon as you have done that, you are ready to continue your journey onward to Civilizations and Empires, Level 4: Nebuchadnezzar Joins Forces at Babylon...

    "The Real Indiana Jones"

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    THE CREATOR'S NOTES:

    You can see the Flickr slideshow of hi-res images and inspirations for the whole series.

    These sets have been in the making for 36 years now. In sum, this is the fruit of the input of over a hundred archaeologists, scientists, and historians from six continents, most of whom have 4-to-8-year-olds of their own now. And when they see this, all of them are all asking the exact same question... "Why hasn't Lego done this years ago?!"

    I carefully designed this set to be right around the $120 to $130 mark for everything you see on the whole page, just like all the bigger castle sets and headquarters sets. I planned it within that limit so they could sell this on the shelf at any store in the world... but if you want, you can vote to make it bigger or smaller when you click to support!

    This design comes with enough extra shields to equip 16 Egyptian auxiliaries, plus 8 Nubian or African troops with their iconic and accurate Zulu-style shields. We definitely need more Africans in Legoland.

    Isis is the Egyptian goddess of the Nile, agricultural fertility, love and marriage, and so she is the close equivalent of the Greco-Roman goddess named Demeter, who was one of the most important twelve gods who dwelled on Mount Olympus.

    Anubis is the Egyptian god who led departed souls on their journey into the Mythological Underworld. Despite his seemingly frightening appearance as a jackal, he was seen as a trustworthy and benevolent guide for those whose souls were pure and true.

    All of the temples and all of the fortifications in my sets can come apart into neat modular sections, based on an 8x8 grid... And so they can all be rearranged in multiple ways, they can all be expanded and redesigned easily, and they can all be connected together for maximum modular possibilities! There is also great potential to do expansion sets with additional wall segments for each unique civ.

    If sets like this are a success, it could lead to many new things. For starters, I know that there is tremendous potential to sell beautiful and educational sets like these in major museum gift shops around the world, as they already do with the Architecture Theme, which would boost Lego's overall brand awareness and reputation with parents from all over the world.

    For the future, they could easily branch out into sets for the Aztecs, the Mayans, Africa, India, China and Japan. And it could be expanded into the Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Steampunk, Modern, and Futuristic Eras. Plus it could inspire them to add more historical details and more educational value into Castle, Pirates, and Indiana Jones-style Adventurers sets. Will it be as popular as Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ninjago, Chima, Zelda, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Only one way to find out...! If they make a few new prints, they can keep using them again and again for the next 10,000 years...! Let's do this! =D

    My name is Douglas Blash on Facebook. You can send a friend-request there if you like!

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