Rhinoceros Beetle...open with figure

A new force is on the rise and threatens to throw the Lego world into chaos…they are The Battle Bugs! You’re looking at Juggernaut, a heavily armored fighting bug modeled after the Rhinoceros Beetle. In close combat, its powerful pinchers can pierce through the heaviest of armor and can even sever hapless bug foes in half! But the most formidable feature lurks beneath this bug’s heavy shell…the abdomen opens to reveal a long range missile launcher. The missiles carry “bug poison”, a noxious, explosive gel that scatters and sticks like napalm. Even a near miss can prove fatal to any unfortunate bug mech within range. Battle Bugs will be a new theme at Brickcon09 and is founded by Mark Neumann, a formidable mech builder, Jason Ruff, a talented spaceship builder from Portland and me, Lino…a car builder usually but no slouch when it comes to other stuff. The ultimate bug war will take place at Brickcon09 and the Battle Bug Commanders need your help to populate the battlefield! Big bugs are heavily armored and well gunned, but smaller bugs are stealthy and cunning. Which will you build? Trophies will be given at Brickcon09 for some of the best bugs on the battlefield. For those who can’t make Brickcon, you can also join our Battle Bugs group.

The fate of the bug world hangs in the balance and we need your help to make this a truly phenomenal new category. Seek the Battle Bug Commanders for any questions and comments you may have. Good luck everyone, and as always…happy building.

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Taken on May 27, 2009