Yellow Submarine - Lego launches The Beatles Yellow Submarine set
Beatles fans have had their dream creation realized after toy giant Lego launched its Yellow Submarine set including mini figures of the much-loved band. The 550-piece set allows fans to take a surreal trip under the sea in a yellow submarine in Lego’s version of the 1968 musical fantasy film inspired by The Beatles. The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into Lego form. Lego designer Justin Ramsden said seeing The Beatles in Lego form ”is a dream come true”.
This model was built using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). It features a functioning propeller and rudder, as well as a set of periscopes that can rotate to different angular positions. Perhaps the most fun part of this model, however, is that the top cover of the chassis is removable to reveal a cockpit that fits all four minifig Beatles members. Note that Technic blocks with holes and transparent round 1×1 plates were used for the windows. It is difficult to tell from the digital renders, but through the windows you can see whether the vessel is occupied or not.
Though the submarine fits the minifigs nicely, I made the submarine much smaller than it would otherwise be if it were “true” minifig scale, otherwise the submarine would be considerably larger and would require many more pieces. At the current size and piece count, this is a very manageable sized model for play as well as display.
The custom minifigs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were based on their respective likenesses featured on the film poster / soundtrack cover. A few exceptions were made by necessity or by choice. For example, some colours were altered and colour schemes simplified due to limitations of Lego Digital Designer. George’s longer hair reflects him during a different phase of the Beatles, but was used here to help distinguish him from the other three members.