One of the funnest “new products” of Interzoo earlier this year was easily the ReefScape Model Series by Tropical Marine Centre in association with BrightBricks, the UK’s only LEGO®Certified Professional. While you could theoretically put the ReefScape fish and critters in your home aquarium, these “Collector’s Models” are really intended to stimulate your creative and constructive nature outside the glass box.
Tropical Marine Centre has made live a website detailing all of the available fishy models that will be released in limited quantities this winter, and which will only be sold through bonafide brick and mortar aquarium stores. Although these reef themed ReefScape Model Series sets will be limited, there’s nothing to prevent the intrepid model builder from assembling the fish and invertebrates from designs themselves; 360 degree views of each model as well as complete parts lists are already available for each species, although many of the bricks used are unique or in hard to find colours.
We will opt for one of the fully completed kits to assemble. Some of the highlight fish of the ReefScapes Series include small and large emperor angelfish, a wickedly ornate volitans lionfish, the regal blue tang and a couple of versions of the clown triggerfish.
The level of detail and accuracy of the innovative ReefScape Model Series was a very fun sight to see in person and we are so thrilled that these will be made more widely available to the aquarium and general public. We’re not that fanatical but we’re pretty sure someone out there is going to recreate the entire ReefScapes Model Series set in their home, probably amounting to more time than it takes to build a real reef aquarium.
Tropical Marine Centre’s ReefScape Series already offers up a huge range of animals to build a complete reef but it is our sincerest hope that the series inspires other model builders to recreate more species. We’ll be happy to fiddle with a stock set of the large clown triggerfish but it’ll be really on if someone shares models of peppermint angelfish, picasso triggerfish or a Plectranthias pelicieri. [Reefscape Model Series]