Are LEGO robots capable of more expression, both body and facial, than minifigs? Certainly if you build them like Legohaulic‘s incredible E-MOTE experiment. Animating them I imagine would feel more like puppetry.
More recently, The Set Bump blogged about “Major Malfunction” by MisterMulluc. A truly great piece of animation. But in my opinion, the piano playing robot steals the show. Monseiur Caron is also experimenting with some robot design for animation. I can’t wait what his result is. Especially since my own list of projects won’t let me attempt this for a while. Back to swapping minifig heads I go.
Update: David at The Set Bump points out that it’s “large-scale brick-built characters in general that are more capable of emoting. “little guys” and “playback” by Paganomation make that clear.” I couldn’t agree more.