The Laconic quips of Leonidas are all genuine. Here, he prepares his troops for the fight:
"What, only 300?"
"You there. Acadian, what is your profession?"
"Sir, I am a potter"
"And you there. What is your profession?"
"Spartans!! What is your profession?!"
"Hoo-ah!! Hoo-ah!! Hoo-ah!!"
"Haha, and so you see, my friend... I have brought more SOLDIERS than you have!"
There are 10 pages in all... If you think that these set a standard for design quality that Lego should uphold, or if you just want to see the possibility of more full themes from Cuusoo, or heck, if you just think that these will make a nice profit for Lego that will help fund everybody's favorite themes and dreams, then please come and support them all!
Absolutely thanks again to everyone!! =D
And Keep on Building...!
THE CREATOR'S NOTES:
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?!"
This starter set could be between $40 and $50, depending on what elements they include.
You can see the Flickr slideshow
of hi-res images and concept art for the whole series.
This set gives you 16 extra golden Roman-style shields that you can use for any civ!
The ballista works with one or more standard Lego rubber-bands. The rubber-bands all stretch across the front face of it, which pulls the two arm-levers forward, which pulls the rear square-block forward, which propels the spears... Shwiiinnng! Please do not hurt anyone! =)
Naptha-grenades were invented in Assyria, in Mesopotamia, circa 800 BC. Further research into combustible armaments eventually led to the secret formula for the famous Greek Fire.
War elephants were trained in India, following a centuries-old tradition of preparing them to take the field bravely. They traveled with their trainers, and worked from Carthage to Persia.
Every civilization has their own banner, which they can hold proudly in their vexillum battle-standard, or on an elephant, or over the walls of a fort, or up in the rafters of their temple.
I purposefully made the Greek banners look like fraternities, partly because there are lots of cool movies with the fraternities as heroes and anti-heroes and as the underdogs. In fact, the earliest fraternities chose three Greek letters in their names, because they wanted to style themselves after warriors in factions or city-states of the Ancient World.
The letters on the Spartan banner stand for "Laconia" or "Lakedaimonia". The writing on the elephant's banners reads "Xerxes, the King" in real cuneiform script in Old Persian. I want the realism in all the decorations and insignia to be a key cool attention-grabbing feature, and a draw for real historians, so I hope you like it!
If Lego feels wary about showing the Persians for any reason, then they can always make the set with Spartans versus Titans, with hordes of Minotaurs, clans of Cyclopses, and a variety of Lesser Gorgons like Euryale and Stheno as foot-soldiers. The Titans have a banner too, inscribed with a semi-fictitious language called "Proto-Proto Glyphs".
Or hey, if they want to make it "Spartans versus Romans", that would be a guaranteed best seller, although they usually spread the minifigs out a bit more across several sets. Let them know what you like in the final comments box when you click to vote!
Again, this is a set in my series of archaeological models, the Infinitely Modular Classical Temple Building Project. It is based on the real-life historical encounter between Leonidas and Xerxes at the site of Thermopylae in Ancient Greece in 480 BC, a pivotal moment in Western Civilization, and it is not based on any particular book, graphic novel, or movie.
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