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Do official sets or models for units in the Lego games World Builder and World Builder 2 exist anywhere? I have great memories of this game (idk how many people here remember it) and I'd like to recreate the units.

World builder title screen

Some example units are shown in the game title screen.

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This game represented the LEGO Designer Sets (Make & Create) from 2003–2005, and so the majority of models are based on them (WB1 models are from the first and second waves, and WB2 the third wave). As someone who grew up with the game and the Designer Sets as a tween, and still has many of them built to this day, I believe I can answer this question mostly, though there is still some I'm uncertain about which I'll note near the end of my answer.

From WB1 (links point to BrickInstructions.com):

  • The Snail, Frog, as well as the enemies Crab (of which the Watercrab is a palette swap), Scorpion and Alligator are from 4101 Wild Collection. Step-by-step instructions exist for the Crab, Scorpion and Alligator; the rest are inspirational builds that are simple and therefore should be easy to reverse-engineer. Notably, the Snail, Frog, Scorpion and Alligator can all be built simultaneously from a single copy of the set. The proportions are also all wrong in case that bothers you; namely the Scorpion is monstrously oversized compared to the rest. Or... the proportions could all be just right, depending on your imagination.

    I still have my Crab built from 17 years ago, so I hope you'll overlook the dust and grime still on it after a quick clean (click to enlarge):

    Crab

  • The Buggy, Dirtbuggy, Forklift and Gas Station are from 4100 Maximum Wheels. Instructions exist for the Buggy's in-game model as well as the Dirtbuggy (which is actually a palette swap) and Forklift. The Buggy's info model is an inspirational build with no step-by-step instructions, and the Gas Station and Marina are different color variations on one inspirational side build seen on the cover art. The decals are exclusive to WB1 — Designer Sets don't have printed elements.

    I rebuilt the Forklift a few months ago:

    Forklift Forklift with forks raised

  • The Defender, Treebot and Repairbot are from 4099 Robobots. Instructions exist for the Defender and Treebot but not the Repairbot (you can see it on page 73). I built the Defender and Treebot when I was younger and I have to add that the Treebot is actually depicted in the set as an aquatic robot that operates underwater, and it can be configured to different positions and not just standing upright. Unfortunately, upright its two bottom/hind legs don't support its weight very well, the joints being little more than single-hinge connection points. It works much better on all fours.

    As for the Defender, despite what the scale of the in-game models suggests, it is much smaller than the Treebot — though it's got a much bigger brother in 4508 Titan XP. I just went and built the Defender so I could show it to you next to a minifig for scale:

    Defender with minifig for scale

  • The Bulldozer and Dumptruck are from 4096 Micro Wheels. Instructions exist for both models.

  • Instructions for the Speedboat can be found in 4505 Sea Machines.

  • Instructions for the Tyrannosaurus Rex can be found in 4507 Prehistoric Creatures. It is one of the main builds.

  • Instructions for the Shark can be found in 4506 Deep Sea Predators (the predecessor of 31088 Deep Sea Creatures). It is one of the main builds. I rebuilt it in 2018 when I first exited my Dark Ages with 10404 Ocean's Bottom — here's a photo from my review of the latter:

    Shark

WB1 units I couldn't identify:

  • The Steamshovel appears to have a body that's a palette swap of the Forklift's, but the vehicle as a whole doesn't appear to exist in any set. I can't identify exactly which digger bucket it's using so I might try to BrickLink it and see what set it might be. I'm guessing it's unique to the game.

  • According to Alexander O'Mara, the Robot Lab appears to be a palette swap of an inspirational model from 4098 High Flyers. Not exactly the place I would've looked...

  • The Guard Tower doesn't bear any resemblance to anything I've seen in a Designer Set or X-Pod (at least, as an owner of the first wave of X-Pods).

  • The Duck, Fish, Tugboat and Freighter appear to be from LEGO Creator buckets also under Make & Create. They certainly don't have the level of detail or part usage that Designer Set models are recognized for.

    I was right: as Alexander confirms, they're from 4028 World of Bricks.

From WB2:

  • Instructions for the Freezebot can be found in 4881 Robo Platoon (which incidentally was Brickset's random set of the day just last week). It is one of the main builds.

  • Instructions for the House can be found in 4886 Building Bonanza. It is the main build.

    However, despite being based on that same House, none of the other WB2 buildings actually appear in the set, except the Windmill, which only appears as an inspirational model with instructions for the actual mechanism for spinning the sails.

  • Instructions for the enemy Lion can be found in 4884 Wild Hunters. It is one of the main builds.

Notably, all the Designer Sets in the final wave were given the "new" Creator rebranding later in life. I wasn't there when it happened though — I had just entered my Dark Ages before that, and I never had a chance to own any of the final wave sets. 4886 Building Bonanza remains among my top 10 most wanted sets of all time.

Thanks for the opportunity to take us on a trip down memory lane!

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Most of the models are from various Creator sets from the era (some have step-by-step instructions, some just images in the manuals), although I think some of the ones I cannot identify are probably custom builds.

Here's the ones identified for WordBuilder, using the list from Brickipedia plus some better images and info on some unused models:

Land Units

Buggy

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4100-1: Maximum Wheels

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Dirtbuggy

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4100-1: Maximum Wheels

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A red version of the yellow model in the game, for which the parts do exist, but not from any one set.

Snail

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4101-1: Wild Collection

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With some slight color and shell height variation.

Steamshovel

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Unknown. Bucket has 7 teeth like 30394 and 2347 but no matches on the sets that use it. It also looks rounder that those real pieces. It's also not clear how the seemingly plate-built arms would connect to those buckets.

Bulldozer (Dozer)

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4096-1: Micro Wheels

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Forklift

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4100-1: Maximum Wheels

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They shifted the white vents and tiles below them up a stud though.

Treebot

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4099-1: Robobots

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Actually an aquatic bot! Orange parts are replaced with yellow or dark grey.

Defender

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The feet are simplified though, and some of the pieces are replaced with white ones.

Dumptruck

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Gas Station

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Not an exact match, but 4100-1: Maximum Wheels has something similar.

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Robot Lab

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Unknown, but possibly inspired by the control tower in 4098-1: High Flyers.

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If you are interested, here's instructions for how I think it would be built (setting aside the questionable scaling).

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Guard Tower

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Unknown, nothing from that time would have had all of those parts in those colors (and nothing has that yellow turntable top).

Looks like a fairly simple build, here are my instructions for it (you will have to substitute the color on the turntable top piece though).

Repairbot

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4099-1: Robobots

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Looks like they used dark-grey feet instead though.


Amphibious Units

Frog

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4101-1: Wild Collection

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Duck

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4028-1: World of Bricks ?

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Very similar, and other models come from this set, but not exact.

Also appears in 4279-1: Creator Strata Red.


Water Units

Fish

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4028-1: World of Bricks

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A red version with painted eyes, but otherwise identical.

Also appears in 4279-1: Creator Strata Red.

Tugboat

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4028-1: World of Bricks

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4414-1: Creator Half Tub Blue

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Built a little shorter however.

Freighter (formerly Tanker)

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(Larger image not available because the tugboat was reused on the info panel.)

4028-1: World of Bricks

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4414-1: Creator Half Tub Blue

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Looks like blue plates were used on the bottom.

Speedboat

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4505-1: Sea Machines

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Marina

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Essentially just a wider gas station on stilts.


Monsters

Crab

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4101-1: Wild Collection

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Water Crab

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Same design as Crab, but a different color which does not appear in any set as far as I know.

Scorpion

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Alligator

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Tyrannosaurus Rex

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Shark

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Air Units (Unused/Cut)

Bluebird

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Almost the same design, but different colors except for the green feet.

Helicopter (Cargo Copter)

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Unknown, but has some similarities to models in 4028-1: World of Bricks which may have inspired it.

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For WorldBuilder 2, there are only a few additions:

WorldBuilder 2 additions:

Freezebot

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House

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4886-1: Building Bonanza

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The main portion anyway.

Windmill

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4886-1: Building Bonanza

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No instructions for this in the manual beyond the rotating mechanism though...

Nursery

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No other known depictions, though implied to be related to the Building Bonanza set.

Garage

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No other known depictions, though implied to be related to the Building Bonanza set.

Factory

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No other known depictions, though implied to be related to the Building Bonanza set.

Lion

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Thanks to LegoSonicBoy and qwr for identifying some I missed.

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