December 3, 2023

“L” is for Life of Pi


For the twelfth day of the April A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, I have another Canadian entry for you all. Today, “L” is for the Life of Pi, which is a book by Canadian author, Yann Martel. It is the story of an Indian boy who survives the sinking of a ship carrying zoo animals. He subsequently spends over 200 days on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The book was released in 2001, and turned into a movie in 2012.

The LEGO water bottle photo used in my LEGO-fied Life of Pi poster comes from the Dance Instructor Minifigure in series 17.

I read Life of Pi one summer as I was working on a research project studying toads in southern Ontario. The actual research work took place at night, because the toads were most vocal when it was dark, and subsequently easier to locate for data collection. This meant that my days were largely free (apart from sleeping, since you were up late into the night). But, there really wasn’t much to do since we were in a rural area with only a small town nearby. So, I read a lot of books. I got a copy of Life of Pi as a gift from my sister. It was signed by Yann Martel. I read it pretty quickly during those sunny days on the shore of Lake Eerie (our research base was within walking distance from a nice beach). It was an enjoyable read.

This is the main tiger shot used in my LEGO-fied Life of Pi poster. This tiger came in set 60162, the Jungle Airdrop Helicopter.

I love big cats, especially tigers. So, when LEGO started producing big cat figurines in the summer of 2017, I had to collect all of them. Naturally, I wanted to use my LEGO tiger in one of my LEGO-fied projects, and since I really liked the the Life of Pi, I decided to recreate the movie poster. For the main body of the poster, I placed my tiger in a rowboat from the 1990’s pirates sets. The Minifigure of Pi was made using a turban piece from the Prince of Persia sets. The face is from a Jungle Explorer in the City theme. The torso is from the Lifeguard Guy Minifigure in series 13. The loincloth legs are from the Egyptian Warrior Minifigure, also from series 13. The water bottle in the foreground comes from the Dance Instructor Minifigure in series 17.

The shot of LEGO Pi and the tiger used in my LEGO-fied Life of Pi poster.

As always, feel free to leave your thoughts concerning anything in this post in the comments below. This post was created as part of the April A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. You can click here to visit the official website for more information.

Until next time!


Life of Pi movie poster, LEGO-fied.

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