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Thread one was getting a little long so...

Any questions you have (pertaining to the 2013 MocOlympics...) please feel free.
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| September 20, 2013, 2:51 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Thread one was getting a little long so...

Any questions you have (pertaining to the 2013 MocOlympics...) please feel free.


Quick category clarification question: for the 'Deep in the Depths' category, are Shifu and I supposed to build an underwater MOC, and underground MOC, or either? I wasn't quite sure from the description.
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| September 20, 2013, 3:07 am
Likewise, a clarification please.

My category (olympian) says 'build a lego figure....' so to be crystal clear you are looking for a brick-built fig and not minifigs?
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| September 20, 2013, 3:42 am
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Quoting Stuart Lucas

Quick category clarification question: for the 'Deep in the Depths' category, are Shifu and I supposed to build an underwater MOC, and underground MOC, or either? I wasn't quite sure from the description.


Underwater is what we're looking for here.

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| September 20, 2013, 3:46 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000
Likewise, a clarification please.

My category (olympian) says 'build a lego figure....' so to be crystal clear you are looking for a brick-built fig and not minifigs?


It can be either brickbuilt or minifig. What we're looking for there is the "competing in an Olympic sport" portion more than anything else. So either scale is fine.
~Chris.

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| September 20, 2013, 3:49 am
Were the categories chpsen randomly? Also, wildlife = real animal?
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| September 20, 2013, 5:09 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

It can be either brickbuilt or minifig. What we're looking for there is the "competing in an Olympic sport" portion more than anything else. So either scale is fine.
~Chris.


Thanks for the quick response Chris. Minifig just opened up a world of possibilities so i'm a lot more enthused for this now!
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| September 20, 2013, 5:27 am
For category of "Alternative Models:" Does the original set that I make the alternate models from have to be a vintage official set, or can I build both the starting set and the alternative builds myself?
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| September 20, 2013, 7:55 am
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Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
Were the categories chpsen randomly? Also, wildlife = real animal?


The categories were placed in the brackets long before any of the seeding was chosen so basically... yes... you got your category "randomly."

Also...
Wildlife = real animal.

~Chris.
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| September 20, 2013, 8:08 am
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
For category of "Alternative Models:" Does the original set that I make the alternate models from have to be a vintage official set, or can I build both the starting set and the alternative builds myself?



My original thought on this was to choose an actual set but after re-reading the description again... I'll allow the person who came up with the category to answer that. We'll get back to you.
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| September 20, 2013, 8:15 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

The categories were placed in the brackets long before any of the seeding was chosen so basically... yes... you got your category "randomly."

~Chris.

It might have been random, but I can't help but think that mine was from "divine intervention".
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| September 20, 2013, 9:04 am
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
For category of "Alternative Models:" Does the original set that I make the alternate models from have to be a vintage official set, or can I build both the starting set and the alternative builds myself?

That would be for me to answer then. I envisioned you would make an original set, in the style of one of the classic themes. It would be slightly unfair both financially and in terms of time if you had to obtain an original set to work from. The challenge was designed to be one part building and one part piece selection. Can you build a cool model with the right selection of pieces which also allows you to produce a group of surprising alternative builds. The modern Creator sets do a good job of this. Time to start thinking like a LEGO designer.
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| September 20, 2013, 9:33 am
MIT 2013?
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| September 20, 2013, 10:48 am
So when you say "Outside in nature" does it have to literally be outside? I don't think I have a pond near my house. Could I build my, "outside"?
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| September 20, 2013, 11:13 am
Okay... so prove a monster. What do you qualify as a monster?
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| September 20, 2013, 11:47 am
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Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
Okay... so prove a monster. What do you qualify as a monster?

The most famous cryptozoology cases are things like: big foot, yeti, Loch Ness monster, kraken and moth men. However there are hundreds of cryptozoological cases. Check out the wiki which really helps define the topic: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptozoology

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| September 20, 2013, 12:22 pm
This is basically for every one. What's a futuristic gadget that would make YOUR life easier? I'm having some serious builders block here, and all my family can come up with is a self cleaning toilet, and I don't have near that many pieces to build a toilet.
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| September 20, 2013, 12:43 pm
My category says I need to build an inventor past or present does that limit me to the real world or can I do something fantasy or from a movie or something?
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| September 20, 2013, 12:49 pm
Quoting David .
This is basically for every one. What's a futuristic gadget that would make YOUR life easier? I'm having some serious builders block here, and all my family can come up with is a self cleaning toilet, and I don't have near that many pieces to build a toilet.


So in other words your life is perfect? Don't you hate having to take out the trash? Stop building lego's to answer the phone? It doesn't have to be a significantly easier, anything at all can qualify as, "making your life easier."
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| September 20, 2013, 12:52 pm
Quoting Grant Davis

So in other words your life is perfect? Don't you hate having to take out the trash? Stop building lego's to answer the phone? It doesn't have to be a significantly easier, anything at all can qualify as, "making your life easier."
No, but all I can think of is nothing.
Except guns and robots.
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| September 20, 2013, 12:59 pm
Could we build a little robot? 'Bout... Knee high, maybe?
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| September 20, 2013, 12:59 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I envisioned you would make an original set, in the style of one of the classic themes.


OK, thanks! Now, another question (because it seems like I'm the only person who can't figure out their category :). "In the style of" means I don't have to have minifigures from that theme, as long as it looks like it's from that theme (i.e. I don't need classic space minifigures, just a chunky, colorful spaceship), right?

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| September 20, 2013, 1:22 pm
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Quoting Grant Davis
So when you say "Outside in nature" does it have to literally be outside? I don't think I have a pond near my house. Could I build my, "outside"?

Yeah, it must be outdoors, as in the real outdoors. If you feel really strongly about having the right habitat (and you don't have something that will work near where you live), all I can say is...sorry! Perhaps switch animals. But if it's any consolation, we're going to be judging the build, not the accuracy of the landscape. The nature element simply serves to add a unique twist to the category. Even though we're not judging the background, you must include it. If your entry fails to meet the category, then you're in trouble. Hope that helps!
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| September 20, 2013, 1:32 pm
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Quoting Justin Knelsen
My category says I need to build an inventor past or present does that limit me to the real world or can I do something fantasy or from a movie or something?

Only real world inventors, Justin. Please don't invent an inventor - there are plenty to choose from in the real world.
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| September 20, 2013, 1:32 pm
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
Only real world inventors, Justin. Please don't invent an inventor - there are plenty to choose from in the real world.

The example category requires an inventor to be invented.
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| September 20, 2013, 1:34 pm
Are there gonna be MIT?
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| September 20, 2013, 1:43 pm
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I envisioned you would make an original set, in the style of one of the classic themes.


OK, thanks! Now, another question (because it seems like I'm the only person who can't figure out their category :). "In the style of" means I don't have to have minifigures from that theme, as long as it looks like it's from that theme (i.e. I don't need classic space minifigures, just a chunky, colorful spaceship), right?

Yes, aim for the closest you can. I know you may not have a CS mini-fig, but you could make a fig that would fit in with the CS style. There's more to CS than colourful blocky ships, why not do a bit of research, check out some old sets, maybe google the reverse of the boxes to get a flavour for the task. Just remember CS has a unique look, and part of the challenge would be to get that right. The same would go for classic castle and town should you choose those themes.

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| September 20, 2013, 1:48 pm
Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I envisioned you would make an original set, in the style of one of the classic themes.


OK, thanks! Now, another question (because it seems like I'm the only person who can't figure out their category :). "In the style of" means I don't have to have minifigures from that theme, as long as it looks like it's from that theme (i.e. I don't need classic space minifigures, just a chunky, colorful spaceship), right?

Don't worry, your not the only one having trouble. :P Building proof of a monster? Its kind of a stumping block for me. :P
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| September 20, 2013, 6:02 pm
Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
Don't worry, your not the only one having trouble. :P Building proof of a monster? Its kind of a stumping block for me. :P

(Judges, I hope I'm allowed to kickstart some people's imagination) Let my try to help.

*A house got caught on fire last night. The firemen, upon arrival, find a claw print, and some red reptile scales. Could it have been a dragon?
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| September 20, 2013, 6:29 pm
Quoting David .
Could we build a little robot? 'Bout... Knee high, maybe?

I mean, would it pertain to the category?
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| September 20, 2013, 6:36 pm
Quoting David .
I mean, would it pertain to the category?

It's a device (or several devices, if you prefer). It makes life easier (hopefully).
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| September 20, 2013, 6:37 pm
Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
Don't worry, your not the only one having trouble. :P Building proof of a monster? Its kind of a stumping block for me. :P


Or, you could have a minifigure taking a picture of a monster as it vanishes into the forest, underwater, into the shadows...Photographic evidence is the holy grail for cryptozoologists.
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| September 20, 2013, 8:19 pm
Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
Don't worry, your not the only one having trouble. :P Building proof of a monster? Its kind of a stumping block for me. :P

You'll get it, from what I've seen you can do. Best of luck to you. I'm rooting for you, Mark, and Zach. This'll be interesting.
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| September 20, 2013, 9:22 pm
Quoting David .
Quoting Grant Davis

So in other words your life is perfect? Don't you hate having to take out the trash? Stop building lego's to answer the phone? It doesn't have to be a significantly easier, anything at all can qualify as, "making your life easier."
No, but all I can think of is nothing.
Except guns and robots.

How about a machine that shovels out building ideas. Might be useful right about now.
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| September 20, 2013, 10:14 pm
I have a question for my category, the landmark one. Does this have to be an architectural landmark, or could it be a natural one? Also, would this category permit me to build a landmark that my country is famous for, or is that too broad?
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| September 20, 2013, 10:42 pm
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Quoting Lando L. Jackson
I have a question for my category, the landmark one. Does this have to be an architectural landmark, or could it be a natural one? Also, would this category permit me to build a landmark that my country is famous for, or is that too broad?

In case you build a natural landmark, please make sure that it is very distinctive. For example, don't just build a tree because there are a lot of trees in your country.

The original idea was something like a building, a tower, a city hall, a park or a statue. It doesn't have to be known worldwide (therefore a picture of the original landmark is required), but, like I said above, distinctive.
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| September 21, 2013, 1:19 am
For James' and mine "Apocalypse Now" category, is it possible to picture the four horsemen as artwork, and not three dimensional characters?
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| September 21, 2013, 7:46 pm
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Quoting Blake Baer
For James' and mine "Apocalypse Now" category, is it possible to picture the four horsemen as artwork, and not three dimensional characters?

Well, you are told that it's up to you on how you interpret it, so artwork is fine. However, bear in mind the vignette aspect as well... There's a lot of meaning in that word which may or may not work to your benefit.
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| September 21, 2013, 9:14 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
However, bear in mind the vignette aspect as well... There's a lot of meaning in that word which may or may not work to your benefit.
Oh goodness, this category is going to be the death of me. So now you're asking for an actual scene? Not to mention in the conventional 16x16 size restriction?
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| September 21, 2013, 10:18 pm
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Quoting Blake Baer
... Not to mention in the conventional 16x16 size restriction?

The conventional size restrictions for vignettes have no bite in this category. Build it as large as you like.
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| September 22, 2013, 1:21 am
Quoting Stormjay Rider
(Judges, I hope I'm allowed to kickstart some people's imagination) Let my try to help.

*A house got caught on fire last night. The firemen, upon arrival, find a claw print, and some red reptile scales. Could it have been a dragon?

Okay..... Hey, thanks! :D You gave me an idea. ;)
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| September 22, 2013, 2:22 pm
For clarification, the category is "Elementum:...
Create an entry using only the fundamental colors red, yellow, blue, black, and white. It can be any creation/genre you wish but it must ONLY contain those colors."
I understand the restriction on colors, but are non-colored (i.e. trans-clear) elements allowed in this build?
Thank you.
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| September 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Quoting Ben Merrill
For clarification, the category is "Elementum:...
Create an entry using only the fundamental colors red, yellow, blue, black, and white. It can be any creation/genre you wish but it must ONLY contain those colors."
I understand the restriction on colors, but are non-colored (i.e. trans-clear) elements allowed in this build?
Thank you.

Hey Mr. Merrill. No trans-colors, sorry! The goal is to have a creation using only the basic blue, red, yellow, white, and black (though you needn't include all of them).
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| September 22, 2013, 5:25 pm
So for the category " 7 wonders of the ancient world" can I it in micro or a smaller scale than mini fig?

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| September 22, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Quoting Garett Smith
So for the category " 7 wonders of the ancient world" can I it in micro or a smaller scale than mini fig?


They actually have to be 1 to 1 human scale. Better get a bricklink order in fast!

(No... you can build it microscale if you wish.)
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| September 22, 2013, 10:07 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Hey Mr. Merrill. No trans-colors, sorry! The goal is to have a creation using only the basic blue, red, yellow, white, and black (though you needn't include all of them).

Thanks, Ian.
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| September 22, 2013, 10:25 pm
Hey so for mine and LWC category "Nursery Rhymes" can it be any interpretation or does it have to be something dark?
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| September 22, 2013, 11:41 pm
My gadget can be the nearer future, correct? Like a jet-pack?
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| September 22, 2013, 11:52 pm
And not the ones where you can hover strapped to a ton of ropes and safety equipment, one you can go places on. :P

Would that dock points since it's the near future, and junky versions of it exist?
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| September 22, 2013, 11:53 pm
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Quoting David .
And not the ones where you can hover strapped to a ton of ropes and safety equipment, one you can go places on. :P

Would that dock points since it's the near future, and junky versions of it exist?


I'm going to say that yes, it's allowed.

Keep in mind however, the more "fantastical" the better... just think about what your opponent may be building.

But to answer your question, yes, that would be fine.

~Chris.
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| September 23, 2013, 12:15 am
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Quoting Jacob Huppi
Hey so for mine and LWC category "Nursery Rhymes" can it be any interpretation or does it have to be something dark?


All it says is that they "often" conceal darker meanings. Also remember, we're looking for a "Hollywood type re-imagining" of the rhyme.
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| September 23, 2013, 12:18 am
C: Wildlife.

Q: Can I make some background for my animal out of LEGO or does it have to be just animal in nature? Also, can the backgrond be a "natural" environment, like a kitchen pot, where I naturally put animals like chicken and stuff?
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| September 23, 2013, 5:34 am
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Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
C: Wildlife.

Q: Can I make some background for my animal out of LEGO or does it have to be just animal in nature? Also, can the backgrond be a "natural" environment, like a kitchen pot, where I naturally put animals like chicken and stuff?

You can make a background, though nature must still be visible. (Ie. You could build a root or some plants, but not the whole backdrop.
I think we're looking for more of an outdoorsy type of background here, though personally I think you'd could swing a witty take on the category. Other judges might not share my opinion though.
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| September 23, 2013, 7:04 pm
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Quoting Grant Davis

Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus

Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist

Whoa there guys! Hold up! If you'd scrolled up a bit, you would've seen that Grant (Big D's opponent) asked me the same question, and I denied him permission to build a background. This was one of my categories, so Xeno directed me to Grant's question. I don't want one contestant to have an advantage over another, in regards to a category. That said, Grant and Deus are going to have to play by the same rules. While wit can be very fun and creative, I request that you refrain from looking for loopholes in this category. The goal is to build an animal, featured outside in nature. Here's my verdict, you can build a small base or stand for your animal (like a stick or a rock), but please keep it minimal. No Lego backdrops! Your build should obviously be outside. Now hopefully that clears things up a bit!
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| September 23, 2013, 8:38 pm
I am almost done with my entry when I realized a slight problem. When you said to build proof, does that mean that you have to build, lets say, a life size foot print or, like somebody said, a dragon scale? Or can it be a scene involving proof and maybe the creature that we are trying to prove? Lets just say, I am having trouble.
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| September 24, 2013, 10:08 am
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Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
I am almost done with my entry when I realized a slight problem. When you said to build proof, does that mean that you have to build, lets say, a life size foot print or, like somebody said, a dragon scale? Or can it be a scene involving proof and maybe the creature that we are trying to prove? Lets just say, I am having trouble.

I think you might be over-complicating things. All of your options above would be fine. The idea could be as simple as someone catching a monster on camera, to all manner of convoluted scenarios.
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| September 24, 2013, 4:34 pm
jet pack was invented in 60s or 70s its not the near future its already been invented and abandoned!

Quoting David .
My gadget can be the nearer future, correct? Like a jet-pack?


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| September 24, 2013, 6:03 pm
Quoting Chris Roach
Only the idea. Real models haven't been around since then, have they? I know of more recent ones, but didn't know they had made old ones.
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| September 24, 2013, 8:47 pm
u could probably find some old USAF test footage on the internet somewhere I have seen it before.

Quoting David .
Quoting Chris Roach
Only the idea. Real models haven't been around since then, have they? I know of more recent ones, but didn't know they had made old ones.


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| September 24, 2013, 9:23 pm
here's a vid!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw5KaEshU3g

Quoting David .
Quoting Chris Roach
Only the idea. Real models haven't been around since then, have they? I know of more recent ones, but didn't know they had made old ones.


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| September 24, 2013, 9:30 pm
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And there was the one they used in that James Bond movie... can't remember what year but it was a while back.
~Chris.
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| September 25, 2013, 12:34 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
And there was the one they used in that James Bond movie... can't remember what year but it was a while back.
~Chris.

It was Thunderball and the jetpack was a Bell Rocket Belt (an actual working pack). I admit, I'm somewhat of a Bond freak...
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| September 25, 2013, 5:03 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I think you might be over-complicating things. All of your options above would be fine. The idea could be as simple as someone catching a monster on camera, to all manner of convoluted scenarios.

Yeah, over-complicating. I tend to do it a lot. Okay, thanks. I think than what I have is good.
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| September 25, 2013, 10:52 am
Quoting General X (aka SuperSpyX)
It was Thunderball and the jetpack was a Bell Rocket Belt (an actual working pack). I admit, I'm somewhat of a Bond freak...

I can tell. Except that you say you're better than Bond.
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| September 25, 2013, 12:46 pm
For Alternate Builds:

Does my main build have to have all the pieces for the other builds, or can I add a few pieces ("package them as extra" in the Lego set)? What I'm looking to do is to use wheel hubs without tires in my main build, then put tires on them for one of the alternate builds.
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| September 26, 2013, 7:42 am
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori
For Alternate Builds:

Does my main build have to have all the pieces for the other builds, or can I add a few pieces ("package them as extra" in the Lego set)? What I'm looking to do is to use wheel hubs without tires in my main build, then put tires on them for one of the alternate builds.


I'm afraid not. The challenge is pretty explicit, build the alternatives from pieces used in the main model. So no sneaky extra packaged pieces please.


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| September 26, 2013, 12:56 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith

I'm afraid not. The challenge is pretty explicit, build the alternatives from pieces used in the main model. So no sneaky extra packaged pieces please.



Got it! Thanks!
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| September 26, 2013, 1:29 pm
C: Wildlife

Q: Do all photographs need to be done in nature?
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| September 26, 2013, 5:37 pm
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Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus
C: Wildlife

Q: Do all photographs need to be done in nature?

To keep things simple, I'm gonna' say yes. However, once Round 2 is over and you've been judged, you're of course more than welcome to go back and add additional pics.
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| September 26, 2013, 6:05 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
To keep things simple, I'm gonna' say yes. However, once Round 2 is over and you've been judged, you're of course more than welcome to go back and add additional pics.

Ow-kaayy...
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| September 26, 2013, 6:20 pm
For the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, does vignette mean rectangular base? I just don't want to break the rules....

And where do I find MOCPages time?
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| September 26, 2013, 11:24 pm
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Quoting jamesuniverse .
For the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, does vignette mean rectangular base? I just don't want to break the rules....

And where do I find MOCPages time?

The base doesn't have to be rectangular. Choose any shape you like.
MOCpages time is Eastern U.S. time.
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| September 27, 2013, 1:43 am
Quoting David Alexander Smith

I'm afraid not. The challenge is pretty explicit, build the alternatives from pieces used in the main model. So no sneaky extra packaged pieces please.



And now, the converse: Do the alternate builds have to use every piece from the main build, or just most of them? (Sorry to bug you so much about this category, but I want to make sure I'm following the rules.)
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| September 27, 2013, 5:59 pm
Quoting Alphonsus Liguori

And now, the converse: Do the alternate builds have to use every piece from the main build, or just most of them? (Sorry to bug you so much about this category, but I want to make sure I'm following the rules.)

Most of them. I have not seen an alternate using every single piece.
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| September 27, 2013, 6:01 pm
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori

And now, the converse: Do the alternate builds have to use every piece from the main build, or just most of them? (Sorry to bug you so much about this category, but I want to make sure I'm following the rules.)

Nope, the alternates can use less than the main model. It's best to try and use a high percentage, but if you just can't find uses for a handful of pieces you can leave them out.
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| September 27, 2013, 7:59 pm
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Quoting Alphonsus Liguori

And now, the converse: Do the alternate builds have to use every piece from the main build, or just most of them? (Sorry to bug you so much about this category, but I want to make sure I'm following the rules.)


You don't need to use every piece. You are right, those b models on the back of boxes never seemed to use all the pieces.
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| September 28, 2013, 1:57 am
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist

Quoting David Alexander Smith




Awesome! Thanks!
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| September 28, 2013, 8:10 am
So what now? A day and a few hours, right?
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| September 28, 2013, 5:40 pm
I'm having upload problems. Some of the photos are showing the yellow triangle with the "!" in the center. Any suggestions?
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| September 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
Quoting Elliott Feldman
I'm having upload problems. Some of the photos are showing the yellow triangle with the "!" in the center. Any suggestions?

Have you resized the pictures?
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| September 28, 2013, 6:03 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Have you resized the pictures?
Sort of. Nevertheless, it took a few hours, but I fixed it, somehow. Weird stuff.

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| September 28, 2013, 8:04 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith


I have a quick question. On my category, Brains vs. Brawn, it says athletes vs. geeks. Do I HAVE to do an athlete vs a geek, or can I just do something that incorporates Brains vs Brawn?
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| September 28, 2013, 8:41 pm
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Quoting Matthew Oh Do I HAVE to do an athlete vs a geek, or can I just do something that incorporates Brains vs Brawn?

Athletes verses geeks was an example. It's probably fine to do something other, as long as it's brains vs. muscle. Try not to stray too far with it though. Your build should obviously be a smart person against a strong person (e.g. nerd vs. bully, strategist vs. berserker, etc., etc.). Oh, and please don't reply to this comments as certain words require moderation.
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| September 28, 2013, 8:47 pm
Ok, thanks Ian!
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| September 28, 2013, 10:55 pm
What happened to my opponent's build? It was up yesterday but now it's gone.
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| September 29, 2013, 11:33 am
Quoting nik ramage
What happened to my opponent's build? It was up yesterday but now it's gone.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371184
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| September 29, 2013, 12:32 pm
So, about the MIT -- will there be the 32 contestants from R2 and places #65-96 from R1 competing?
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| September 29, 2013, 5:00 pm
Two questions, what is a MIT and how many rounds are their?
Thank you!
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| September 30, 2013, 12:50 pm
I was wondering, since my opponant drpped out, would the judges for my bracket mind telling me what they think of my creation? I would really like that. Thanks!
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| September 30, 2013, 6:51 pm
don't worry they probably will!

Quoting Adam Brunsting
I was wondering, since my opponant drpped out, would the judges for my bracket mind telling me what they think of my creation? I would really like that. Thanks!


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| September 30, 2013, 7:58 pm
Quick question. When will the results for Round 2 come out?
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| October 1, 2013, 10:05 am
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Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor
Quick question. When will the results for Round 2 come out?


Each judge is currently judging each entry and casting their votes. Each vote is on each individual moc. Hopefully... (prays to the brickgods) we'll be all done judging in the next day or two and we can get round three ready to go (and posted) by Friday morning.

~Chris.
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| October 1, 2013, 10:09 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Hopefully... (prays to the brickgods)
~Chris.

Can you tell us more about them?

Kelso, no doubt, has deified himself.
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| October 1, 2013, 1:43 pm
For my category vs Simon S; Build a scene from your favorite anime, is Exo-Force allowed? I don't watch any anime so I don't have a favorite or even know much about it. Exo-Force is anime-inspired but I didn't know if it's alright.
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| October 4, 2013, 6:46 am
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Quoting General X (aka SuperSpyX)
For my category vs Simon S; Build a scene from your favorite anime, is Exo-Force allowed? I don't watch any anime so I don't have a favorite or even know much about it. Exo-Force is anime-inspired but I didn't know if it's alright.

I believe we're looking for more authentic, Japanese anime. Spend an hour and google up some videos. ;)
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| October 4, 2013, 7:10 am
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Quoting General X (aka SuperSpyX)
For my category vs Simon S; Build a scene from your favorite anime, is Exo-Force allowed? I don't watch any anime so I don't have a favorite or even know much about it. Exo-Force is anime-inspired but I didn't know if it's alright.

Like Luke said, research is half the fun of the games. I'm sure if you start with something as obvious as Akira, you'll soon be down a rabbit hole of your own.
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| October 4, 2013, 7:26 am
Hey judges, one quick question regarding the Back to the Future category: Any particular scale you want us to stick to?
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| October 4, 2013, 9:46 am
So, I can build something from recorded history, or do I have to make it up?
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| October 4, 2013, 11:54 am
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Quoting matt rowntRee
Hey judges, one quick question regarding the Back to the Future category: Any particular scale you want us to stick to?


Build in whatever scale you'd like. Each judge will have a preference of course, but none would mark you down for building midiscale as opposed to minifig scale.

Your choice.
~Chris.
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| October 4, 2013, 6:02 pm
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Quoting David .
So, I can build something from recorded history, or do I have to make it up?


It does say: "Build us a creation from Roman times. A battle, a house, a boat, whatever you want. Of course, the more historically accurate the better."

The key words there are "The more historically accurate the better." I would avoid making things up if at all possible.

~Chris.
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| October 4, 2013, 6:05 pm
To make my story can I make several small builds for the different scenes or would you like me to connect them all?
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| October 4, 2013, 6:33 pm
I know we are allowed a small bit of customization ie brick arms etc.. are we allowed to customize our minifigs - ie add stickers or decals? NO brick modification. Will this hinder the judging? Just asking as I may need them for a few ideas I have for this round!
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| October 5, 2013, 1:04 pm
I think in this case we are allowed multiple scenes or builds if we desire - at least that's how I have interpreted the category to tell the story. But lets see what the judges say.

Quoting Justin Knelsen
To make my story can I make several small builds for the different scenes or would you like me to connect them all?


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| October 5, 2013, 1:06 pm
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Quoting Justin Knelsen
To make my story can I make several small builds for the different scenes or would you like me to connect them all?


Yes you may. It's always allowed to build multiple parts of a story. What we're trying to avoid is someone having a car category that says "build a car" and they build 7 cars... that's what we don't want with the "multiple mocs" thing. Building a story... yeah, that's totally fine. Have fun!
~Chris.
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| October 5, 2013, 9:51 pm
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Quoting Chris Roach
I know we are allowed a small bit of customization ie brick arms etc.. are we allowed to customize our minifigs - ie add stickers or decals? NO brick modification. Will this hinder the judging? Just asking as I may need them for a few ideas I have for this round!


Stickers and decals are 100% acceptable.

~Chris.
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| October 5, 2013, 9:52 pm
My categories asks for a "lighthearted piece of media" from my childhood to be turned into a "hollywood... gritty film." Media can mean anything from books to movies, but it seems to ask for movies? Do the judges have a preference or a specific medium in mind?
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| October 6, 2013, 3:42 pm
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Quoting Blake Baer
My categories asks for a "lighthearted piece of media" from my childhood to be turned into a "hollywood... gritty film." Media can mean anything from books to movies, but it seems to ask for movies? Do the judges have a preference or a specific medium in mind?

The final product is a film, but the inspiration can be book, film, radio, whatever. I doubt that your choice of media will effect the vote.
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| October 6, 2013, 4:57 pm
So... What would you call, "Made up"? Because I don't really have a list of all the cities in Rome from 2 thousand years ago. :/ Like, how can I build anything with out there being some of it made up?
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| October 6, 2013, 5:59 pm
Quoting David .
So... What would you call, "Made up"? Because I don't really have a list of all the cities in Rome from 2 thousand years ago. :/ Like, how can I build anything with out there being some of it made up?

Make it as historically accurate as possible, try to limit the anachronisms.
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| October 6, 2013, 7:04 pm
I cant add my build to the group because its set to post a creation only once a month. I have my entry up but Im only here till tonight and I wont be able to add it if it is not fixed soon.
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| October 6, 2013, 7:16 pm
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Quoting David .
So... What would you call, "Made up"? Because I don't really have a list of all the cities in Rome from 2 thousand years ago. :/ Like, how can I build anything with out there being some of it made up?

While it doesn't have to be an exact, geographic replica of Nero's summer home 3.6 years before his death, it should be easily recognizable as Roman and should not have any anachronisms. I suggest researching a few things like thermae, aqueducts, architecture styles, ships of the era, etc. The more you know, the more realistically you build.
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| October 6, 2013, 7:51 pm
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Quoting Justin Knelsen
I cant add my build to the group because its set to post a creation only once a month. I have my entry up but Im only here till tonight and I wont be able to add it if it is not fixed soon.

Another judge must have already fixed this, as it says 1/day now.
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| October 6, 2013, 7:52 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
While it doesn't have to be an exact, geographic replica of Nero's summer home 3.6 years before his death, it should be easily recognizable as Roman and should not have any anachronisms. I suggest researching a few things like thermae, aqueducts, architecture styles, ships of the era, etc. The more you know, the more realistically you build.
Well, almost anything I search just gives me more than enough pictures of the Colosseum to satisfy the people who made it.

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| October 6, 2013, 7:53 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Another judge must have already fixed this, as it says 1/day now.

Phew! Thanks a lot I was getting worried for a second.
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| October 6, 2013, 7:55 pm
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Quoting David .
Well, almost anything I search just gives me more than enough pictures of the Colosseum to satisfy the people who made it.

You'd better build one heck of a Colosseum to satisfy my Roman pickiness... ;)
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| October 6, 2013, 7:57 pm
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
You'd better build one heck of a Colosseum to satisfy my Roman pickiness... ;)

Will a tiny little micro one in the background do? :P
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| October 6, 2013, 8:03 pm
Question about my category, Ren and Stimpy.
The Moc I'm making is going to be a little unsettling and scary to some people.

If that's the case am I allowed to have the parental controls on my Moc, or is that not good for the MocOlympics?

(although I must admit, the Ren and Stimpy cartoons ARE messed up).
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| October 7, 2013, 11:07 pm
Quoting Stormbringer .
Question about my category, Ren and Stimpy.
The Moc I'm making is going to be a little unsettling and scary to some people.

If that's the case am I allowed to have the parental controls on my Moc, or is that not good for the MocOlympics?

(although I must admit, the Ren and Stimpy cartoons ARE messed up).

Seeing that they aired on Nickelodeon, plus the fact that we're all pretty messed up, I for one want to see what you have to offer.

Unsettling and scary is such a broad term and relatively subjective that I think they will say that it is your call. You have piqued my interest however they rule.
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| October 7, 2013, 11:54 pm
Quoting Stormbringer .
Question about my category, Ren and Stimpy.
The Moc I'm making is going to be a little unsettling and scary to some people.

If that's the case am I allowed to have the parental controls on my Moc, or is that not good for the MocOlympics?

(although I must admit, the Ren and Stimpy cartoons ARE messed up).
Well, Lets see what you sacks of Prot'plasm come up with. You may startle me, but you'd have to go pretty far down the road of horror to make me grab someone in fear. :)

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| October 8, 2013, 1:10 am
Quoting Stormbringer .
Question about my category, Ren and Stimpy.
The Moc I'm making is going to be a little unsettling and scary to some people.


Please let it be magic nose goblins, please let it be magic nose goblins,please let it be magic nose goblins,please let it be magic nose goblins.....
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| October 8, 2013, 3:28 am
Quoting David .
Quoting Stormbringer .
You may startle me, but you'd have to go pretty far down the road of horror to make me grab someone in fear. :)

The funny thing is this cartoon literally scared me as a child. No sir, I don't like that :)
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| October 8, 2013, 7:55 am
Quoting Delatron 3000

Please let it be magic nose goblins, please let it be magic nose goblins,please let it be magic nose goblins,please let it be magic nose goblins.....

George Liquor! George Liquor! George Liquor!
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| October 8, 2013, 11:25 am
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Quoting Stormbringer .
Question about my category, Ren and Stimpy.
The Moc I'm making is going to be a little unsettling and scary to some people.

If that's the case am I allowed to have the parental controls on my Moc, or is that not good for the MocOlympics?

(although I must admit, the Ren and Stimpy cartoons ARE messed up).


If you feel it would need a PG setting then by all means, put it on there. As far as the rules go, I believe (have to double check) that we've had previous contest entries that had the PG warning on them so yes, tat would be fine.

Also, the nice thing about me being a mod for the pages means that if I don't think t needs it, I can either tell you or simply reset it myself. Either way, I'm really curious and can't wait to see the entry! Go nuts man!

~Chris.

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| October 8, 2013, 12:43 pm
So for Shortcut to Mushrooms, is the Hobbit fair game?
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| October 9, 2013, 2:55 am
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Quoting John 55555
So for Shortcut to Mushrooms, is the Hobbit fair game?


Yeap.
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| October 9, 2013, 5:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yeap.

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| October 9, 2013, 5:55 pm
Would it be okay if I did my entry as a mosic of sorts, like this:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/349831
Thanks!

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| October 11, 2013, 12:46 pm
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Quoting commmodore legolas
Would it be okay if I did my entry as a mosic of sorts, like this:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/349831
Thanks!


It's not against the rules and I personally don't have an issue with it. That being said, it might not be what each of the other judges is looking for. Again though... not against the rules so....

~Chris.
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| October 11, 2013, 10:18 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson


Hey Chris, would it be okay if I can add the video to my MO R3 entry, instead of just a link to the video?
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| October 14, 2013, 9:23 am
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Quoting Matthew Oh

Hey Chris, would it be okay if I can add the video to my MO R3 entry, instead of just a link to the video?


Yes you may. I checked the entry and everything is there, the link works and all that, it's not like you're trying to sneak one over on us so... since you asked before doing it and it doesn't change the entry... yes you may add your video to the actual moc.

Thanks for asking!
~Chris.

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| October 14, 2013, 12:41 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yes you may. I checked the entry and everything is there, the link works and all that, it's not like you're trying to sneak one over on us so... since you asked before doing it and it doesn't change the entry... yes you may add your video to the actual moc.

Thanks for asking!
~Chris.


No Problem, thanks for letting me! Added.
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| October 14, 2013, 12:44 pm
uggggh. In round two,I forget to put r2in the title. Now I forget to put in my category. At least the category is in the title. Is that OK?
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| October 14, 2013, 7:02 pm
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Quoting Adam Brunsting
uggggh. In round two,I forget to put r2in the title. Now I forget to put in my category. At least the category is in the title. Is that OK?


It's fine, but you also have my permission to fix it if you wish.
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| October 14, 2013, 10:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

It's fine, but you also have my permission to fix it if you wish.

Thanks!
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| October 15, 2013, 6:27 am
Would it be possible that I allow my opponent to continue in my stead, even though I won? I am facing many barriers that might be a hindrance to me in the next round, and am considering allowing David the Fire Ninja Jedi to continue in my stead. I haven't absolutely decided either way, but wanted to get some judges' opinions on it. Thanks in advance, fellas (and lady).
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| October 15, 2013, 10:41 am
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Quoting Blake Baer
Would it be possible that I allow my opponent to continue in my stead...


I'll bring it up for discussion in the judges lounge. We'll get back to you.
~Chris.
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| October 16, 2013, 3:19 am
I hate asking because it pretty much tells what I'm building... but am I allowed to build something from the movie that never made it past the cutting floor? That is to say, Was a deleted scene?
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| October 18, 2013, 8:58 pm
Another question. Can I build multiple scenes in one build? Like a themed tower?
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| October 18, 2013, 10:18 pm
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Quoting Stormbringer .
Another question. Can I build multiple scenes in one build? Like a themed tower?

Please read the category description for round 4 again.
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| October 19, 2013, 1:14 am
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Quoting David .
... am I allowed to build something from the movie that never made it past the cutting floor? That is to say, Was a deleted scene?

As long as there is a certain recall value, it is okay. Don't choose a deleted scene with a set that can't be found in the rest of the movie. A link to a screenshot or clip from that scene would also help.
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| October 19, 2013, 1:17 am
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
As long as there is a certain recall value, it is okay. Don't choose a deleted scene with a set that can't be found in the rest of the movie. A link to a screenshot or clip from that scene would also help.

So... What if it doesn't appear in the rest of the movie but I have a link to the clip? :D Cause there aren't very many places in the movie. (Just the two planets, and a couple of ships that are way too big for my stores)
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| October 19, 2013, 1:25 am
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Quoting David .
So... What if it doesn't appear in the rest of the movie but I have a link to the clip? :D Cause there aren't very many places in the movie. (Just the two planets, and a couple of ships that are way too big for my stores)

It wasn't my category idea, but here is what I think (I don't want you to lose time):
As long as the scene is distinctive enough, it is okay.
Make your creation impressive and post the link together with your entry.
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| October 19, 2013, 2:07 am
So I understand that we can't build multiple scenes from the movie we choose, but in the one scene we do build, must our model represent basically one frame of that scene? I just know that most movies have scenes which have multiple parts; i.e: character at point A, character at point B, character B at point A, etc.

Thoughts, judges?

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| October 19, 2013, 9:41 am
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Quoting Elliott Feldman
So I understand that we can't build multiple scenes from the movie we choose, but in the one scene we do build, must our model represent basically one frame of that scene? I just know that most movies have scenes which have multiple parts; i.e: character at point A, character at point B, character B at point A, etc.

Thoughts, judges?

Personally, I think if it was all under one overarching build (like your r2 entry) that would be fine. Just make sure it makes sense and works well, and isn't just 5 MOCs connected by 1x10 plates.
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| October 19, 2013, 1:49 pm
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Just to help clarify. I'm the one that came up with this category and here's what I was looking for.

Pretend you're watching the movie of your choice... now hit the pause button during it. What's on screen? Build that.

I'm looking for a "snapshot" from the film.

~Chris.
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| October 19, 2013, 9:59 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Just to help clarify. I'm the one that came up with this category and here's what I was looking for.

Pretend you're watching the movie of your choice... now hit the pause button during it. What's on screen? Build that.

I'm looking for a "snapshot" from the film.

~Chris.


Okay, sounds good! Really looking forward to seeing all the awesome entries this round! Good luck Chris!


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| October 19, 2013, 10:58 pm
One acronym. MIT?
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| October 21, 2013, 7:05 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Just to help clarify. I'm the one that came up with this category and here's what I was looking for.

Pretend you're watching the movie of your choice... now hit the pause button during it. What's on screen? Build that.

I'm looking for a "snapshot" from the film.

~Chris.

So, can I build a MOC that includes two scenes? For example: A snapshot near the beginning of the movie, and one near the end.
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| October 21, 2013, 7:53 pm
Quoting Mark McPeek
So, can I build a MOC that includes two scenes? For example: A snapshot near the beginning of the movie, and one near the end.


I think what Chris said above suggests only one Mark, unless you normally watch the same film on two screens at the same time and pause them at different places ;)
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| October 22, 2013, 3:47 am
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Quoting Mark McPeek
So, can I build a MOC that includes two scenes? For example: A snapshot near the beginning of the movie, and one near the end.


No Mark... one scene. One moc.
~Chris.
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| October 22, 2013, 1:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

No Mark... one scene. One moc.
~Chris.

Thanks!
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| October 22, 2013, 5:50 pm
In the case I find a clip or picture of the scene, may I add it to my entry?
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| October 28, 2013, 12:15 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Thread one was getting a little long so...

Any questions you have (pertaining to the 2013 MocOlympics...) please feel free.

I already asked this, and sorry if it has been answered, but are there gonna be MITs?
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| October 31, 2013, 5:40 pm
OK, first of possibly many questions for this category but straightforward - Can I use elements other than my two chosen ONLY to make a base for presentation purposes? Just some brick, tile and plate for a base in a single colour, that I can attach the other, chosen elements to?
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| November 1, 2013, 5:06 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Just checking to make sure the email came through. :)
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| November 3, 2013, 1:48 am
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Quoting David .
Just checking to make sure the email came through. :)


Yes... yes it did. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you didn't explain to your mom what this was all about and who I was and how this works did you?

I just finished typing a nice lengthy email to your mom about who I was, why you won the prize and why I was shipping it to you.

Don't get me wrong, I think your mom did the EXACT right thing in asking me to verify who I am. I wouldn't give out my address to someone I didn't know either. Just for future ref, be sure to explain fully what's going on to your parents. Of course she asked me if I had a facebook account and OF COURSE I'm one of about 7 people on the entire planet that doesn't have one...

But anyway, feel free to go and talk to your mom about this. I've emailed her back and also given the option to have the prize mailed to a parent's work place if that would make her more comfortable (I've done that before for previous "younger" prize winners and have no problem doing so. I'm a parent too remember so I get it.).

Anyway... short answer... yeah, got the email.
~Chris.
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| November 3, 2013, 1:35 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000
OK, first of possibly many questions for this category but straightforward - Can I use elements other than my two chosen ONLY to make a base for presentation purposes? Just some brick, tile and plate for a base in a single colour, that I can attach the other, chosen elements to?


I asked for the person who created the category to answer you but maybe they didn't see the question in the judges group.

Soooo... unless the judge who created this category comes in and says otherwise, I'm going to say no. As this category specifically states that ONLY two elements can be used, I'm going to stick with that and say that ONLY two elements can be used, period.

Again, if the creator of the category comes in and says that it's fine then by all means feel free. But in the mean time... no, no other elements even for a base.

Thanks and sorry for the delay!
~Chris.
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| November 3, 2013, 1:38 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Soooo... unless the judge who created this category comes in and says otherwise, I'm going to say no. As this category specifically states that ONLY two elements can be used, I'm going to stick with that and say that ONLY two elements can be used, period.
~Chris.


That's absolutely fine. It did seem to not be strictly in the spirit of the challenge as written, but I was hoping to build a scene and it really needed a base - the two elements I picked DO NOT lend themselves to building a large base ;) Plus it would have helped just for moving the thing around!

I will progress without, thanks for the clarification.
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| November 3, 2013, 4:11 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000

That's absolutely fine. It did seem to not be strictly in the spirit of the challenge as written, but I was hoping to build a scene and it really needed a base - the two elements I picked DO NOT lend themselves to building a large base ;) Plus it would have helped just for moving the thing around!

I will progress without, thanks for the clarification.

Gah! Sorry, I totally missed this. It's my category, but I would've said the same thing as Chris. The only Lego elements we should see are the two you've chosen.
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| November 5, 2013, 6:08 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek

I know I'm not in the games anymore, but I was wondering, would you count this piece
http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=2429c01
as one or two pieces for the Pair Dare category?
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| November 8, 2013, 5:10 pm
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Quoting David FNJ
I know I'm not in the games anymore, but I was wondering, would you count this piece
http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=2429c01
as one or two pieces for the Pair Dare category?

It's sold and advertised (by LEGO & on BL) as 1 piece, so I'd consider it to be 1.
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| November 8, 2013, 11:57 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
It's sold and advertised (by LEGO & on BL) as 1 piece, so I'd consider it to be 1.

Okay, thanks!
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| November 10, 2013, 7:46 pm
Quoting David FNJ
Okay, thanks!

Except that neither competitor used it.
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| November 10, 2013, 7:59 pm
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Except that neither competitor used it.

He was asking (I assume) so that he could do that category for fun.
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| November 10, 2013, 8:03 pm
Quoting Halhi 141
He was asking (I assume) so that he could do that category for fun.


And it's worth contemplating as I plan to run a contest based on that challenge after my involvement in the MO's is finished. I will provide a prize too(shameless advertising)!
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| November 11, 2013, 9:31 am
Quoting Delatron 3000

And it's worth contemplating as I plan to run a contest based on that challenge after my involvement in the MO's is finished. I will provide a prize too(shameless advertising)!

That's a fantastic idea. Count me in!

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| November 11, 2013, 9:37 am
I'm in as well. Wicked clever idea!
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| November 11, 2013, 9:49 am
Quoting Delatron 3000

And it's worth contemplating as I plan to run a contest based on that challenge after my involvement in the MO's is finished. I will provide a prize too(shameless advertising)!

Yes, that sounds great. I plan on entering!
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| November 11, 2013, 9:51 am
Quoting Stormjay Rider
Except that neither competitor used it.

What makes you think I didn't use it? XD
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| November 11, 2013, 11:40 am
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Quoting Delatron 3000

And it's worth contemplating as I plan to run a contest based on that challenge after my involvement in the MO's is finished. I will provide a prize too(shameless advertising)!

Sorry to rain on your parade, but I've got a copy right for my category! ;)

Jokes...go right ahead and run a contest! That would be cool. I know the two pieces I'd use, I just don't have enough of 'em. *pout* If you need any help running it though, I'd also be willing to lend a hand! I'm glad the category was appreciated!
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| November 11, 2013, 4:23 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Sorry to rain on your parade, but I've got a copy right for my category! ;)

Jokes...go right ahead and run a contest! That would be cool. I know the two pieces I'd use, I just don't have enough of 'em. *pout* If you need any help running it though, I'd also be willing to lend a hand!

O, I was just wondering, Ian. Is there going to be a 2014 MELO?
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| November 11, 2013, 4:25 pm
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Quoting A. Sargent
O, I was just wondering, Ian. Is there going to be a 2014 MELO?

Heh, hopefully...

I've got my judges board together, but things are moving very slowly.
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| November 11, 2013, 4:27 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Heh, hopefully...

I've got my judges board together, but things are moving very slowly.

Hope you can organize it.

I'll be on the watch for the group, I assure you, if you can get it up. :) If it does come, I can almost promise you that I will be entering.
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| November 11, 2013, 4:29 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Sorry to rain on your parade, but I've got a copy right for my category! ;)

Jokes...go right ahead and run a contest! That would be cool. I know the two pieces I'd use, I just don't have enough of 'em. *pout* If you need any help running it though, I'd also be willing to lend a hand! I'm glad the category was appreciated!


Very appreciated Ian (in the end!) and rest assured i planned on giving you full credit for the idea and asking you if you fancied competing or whether you would like to have a hand in judging. I will open a group and invite you nearer the time but hopefully that won't be for a little while just yet! I figured if he was up for it then Stu Lucas would be the other ideal judge given the two of us squaring off in the category.

As I said, i'll start a group and let you know, but for now i'll stop with the spamming up of this question thread ;)
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| November 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
Quoting Delatron 3000

Very appreciated Ian (in the end!) and rest assured i planned on giving you full credit for the idea and asking you if you fancied competing or whether you would like to have a hand in judging. I will open a group and invite you nearer the time but hopefully that won't be for a little while just yet! I figured if he was up for it then Stu Lucas would be the other ideal judge given the two of us squaring off in the category.

As I said, i'll start a group and let you know, but for now i'll stop with the spamming up of this question thread ;)

If you do end up making the contest, I can help judge. But you may want someone with more experience...
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| November 11, 2013, 6:18 pm
Clarification please. Our category for round 6 calls for: Depict a Loony Tunes character in the throes of an unfortunate slapstick moment.

To be crystal clear I have a few little queries:
1. when the category calls for 'a Loony tunes character' does that preclude us from building two or more for a scene? Don't want to fall foul of the 1-moc rule if I do two or three characters.
2. Does this need to be from an existing cartoon (so looking for accuracy) or can we use a character(or more) and do our 'own thing' with them?

Would love to know as I have some ideas rolling around and will start tonight....
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| November 15, 2013, 7:07 am
Hello. About my R6 category - does it matter whether I use the 1980s TV series or the more recent film as the source material ? Also, are we making a 'snapshot' in the manner or R4 or can we tell a part of the story ?
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| November 15, 2013, 8:24 am
Actually, same question as Nick's but regarding our category. Snapshot or story?
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| November 15, 2013, 8:28 am
Quoting Nick Barrett
H1980s TV series or the more recent film as the source material

I think there is also a book.
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| November 15, 2013, 5:47 pm
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Quoting Delatron 3000
Clarification please. Our category for round 6 calls for: Depict a Loony Tunes character in the throes of an unfortunate slapstick moment.

To be crystal clear I have a few little queries:
1. when the category calls for 'a Loony tunes character' does that preclude us from building two or more for a scene? Don't want to fall foul of the 1-moc rule if I do two or three characters.
2. Does this need to be from an existing cartoon (so looking for accuracy) or can we use a character(or more) and do our 'own thing' with them?

Would love to know as I have some ideas rolling around and will start tonight....

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner! As this is my category, here's my verdict. If there's a rivalry that contributes to the slapstick moment (e.g. Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fud, Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote, etc.) then I'd say it's permissible to have both characters in your scene. In answer to your next question, your build does not need to be an exact replication of a scene from the cartoons. By slapstick, I mean that it should simply include something like airborne pianos/anvils, dynamite, 10,000 ton weights, etc. Hope that helps!
Quoting matt rowntRee
Actually, same question as Nick's but regarding our category. Snapshot or story?

Snapshot. You should have 1 build depicting 1 moment in a scene. The scene can be made up or directly from one of the cartoons, just so long as it retains the classic slapstick element of Loony Tunes (and depicts one of its classic characters in a tough spot). Hope that answers your question.
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| November 16, 2013, 2:16 am
Quoting Ian Spacek
I'd say it's permissible to have both characters in your scene. In answer to your next question, your build does not need to be an exact replication of a scene from the cartoons. Hope that helps!
Quoting matt rowntRee
Snapshot or story?

Snapshot.


Thanks Ian, helps a lot - That is pretty much what I had settled on so no starting over from last night!
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| November 16, 2013, 3:25 am
Quoting Blake Baer
Quoting Nick Barrett
H1980s TV series or the more recent film as the source material

I think there is also a book.


There are a whole series of books - about 7 of them if I remember correctly! Was 'Restaurant at the end of the universe' the final one or did somebody do another after Adams had died?
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| November 16, 2013, 3:33 am
Quoting Delatron 3000

There are a whole series of books - about 7 of them if I remember correctly! Was 'Restaurant at the end of the universe' the final one or did somebody do another after Adams had died?

Mostly Harmless was Adams' last one, after Restaurant at The End of the Universe. All brilliant!
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| November 16, 2013, 5:47 am
Thank you Ian!

@ Nick. The line "He hovered much in the same way that a brick doesn't." proves that "brilliant" is far too mundane and pedestrian a word to describe Douglas Adams. ;) Can't wait to see what you two come up with!
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| November 16, 2013, 8:13 am
Quoting Ian Spacek

Hey Ian, now that I'm eliminated, am I allowed to edit my entries? I would like to change the description on a couple and add some more pictures. Also, not MO related, is the MELO going to be held this year and if so, do you need judges? Thanks!

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| November 16, 2013, 1:01 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
Quoting Ian Spacek

Hey Ian, now that I'm eliminated, am I allowed to edit my entries? I would like to change the description on a couple and add some more pictures. Also, not MO related, is the MELO going to be held this year and if so, do you need judges? Thanks!

Yeah, you're more than welcome to make changes to your entries now that you're no longer in the running. As for MELO, yes it's happening and I've already got a full board of judges (brought back my people from last year, with a few exceptions).
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| November 16, 2013, 1:13 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Yeah, you're more than welcome to make changes to your entries now that you're no longer in the running. As for MELO, yes it's happening and I've already got a full board of judges (brought back my people from last year, with a few exceptions).

Ok, thanks!
Sounds great! I'm not sure if I'll be able to compete (that's why I asked about the judges) but I'll try!
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| November 16, 2013, 1:19 pm
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