Itís the Final Seven, baby. Out of the ashes of defeat and despondency, seven tested and proven warriors have emerged, for this, the final round of Shannon Youngís Mob Rules contest. Our category: There Can Be Only One.
Mysterious voice from offscreen: An unseen battle has been raging for centuries Ė waged by the Immortals. They are chosen men, selected to compete until only one is standing. For there can only be one Legolander.
Only two remain now, after all this time. Two men, using their powers to create tools of destruction from Lego. Only one shall still have his little plastic head still attached at the end, and then he shall receive his reward.
Weíre in the midst of that last battle now. Letís observe their struggle, and then we shall visit the victor. Ohh! Piano from above! Nice.
That wasn't enough to knock out this candidate! He's firing back, creating a tower.
Suit of armor! Good defense! But why the palm trees?
Ah! Attack monkeys! Vicious! Like I always say, monkeys go with everything!
What best to counter monkeys? A giant banana! Brilliant.
A tunnel now? And what's that I hear?
A sweet semi! Ouch. Gentlemen, we have a knock-out. Let's bring them in.
Mysterious voice: Welcome, candidate # 437. You are moments from victory in your quest.
Candidate #437: What? Who are you? Where am I?
Mysterious voice: I am Shannon Young, one of the ruling powers-that-be of Legoland. You are in the Hall of Judgement. These to my right and left, we make the Group of Five, who arranged this little contest ages ago. We have The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim, Chris Phipson, Dennis Price, and Hans Dendauw.
Candidate #437: Thatís The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim? I thought that wasÖ
Young: The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim is undergoing shock therapy. He sent his CHIBI-avatar to represent him. Itís okay, though. I make all the decisions around here, anyway.
Candidate #437: You said this is a contest. So, what Ė Iíve been battling for millennium for some sort of reward, right?
Young: Correct. In fact, I have your reward in my hands. So, just pop off his little head, and letís get on with it.
Candidate #437: Hold on, hold on! What reward?
Young: Oh, erÖwouldnít you rather just cut his head off?
Candidate #437: Show me the reward!
Young: Ok, fine. Itís a Lego gift card. For $50.
Candidate #437: What!
Young: Sorry Ė you know, the economy. AND an autographed self-portrait of Sean Kenney, in Lego.
Candidate #437: The portrait is glued! I canít even use the bricks.
Candidate #437: So help me understand this. When this contest ends, the winner gives up immortality and the ability to spontaneously create endless Lego creations out of thin air, all for a Lego gift card and a self-portrait of some guy?
Young: Itís Sean Kenney. And, yes, thatís essentially correct. ButÖ
Candidate #437: Forget that. Címon, other candidate guy. Letís get out of here. I think we just found a good reason to get along.
There they go. We'll let them enjoy their powers for a while. But don't think it will last. After all, There Can Be Only Be One. Mwa-ha-ha!...Chris! Stop playing "We've Only Just Begun" on that piano!
Take a moment to observe the brilliant Lego techniques used here...ahh, so nice.
Thank goodness for Google! I had a bunch of (lame) ideas for this category, but I thought I should research the phrase, in case I was missing something. It turns out the phrase is rather famous, from the Highlander movie and TV series. In case you didnít see it, immortal men are battling all over the globe, but in the end, there can be only one. The winner receives his mortality and the ability to have children. It probably makes more sense when youíve watched it all, but to an outsider such as me, that reward sounds kind of ridiculous. But it gave me great fodder for the cannons of my imagination.
EDIT: 8:56 PM (11:56 PM MocPages time) 7/18/10 See Chris Phipson's comment below for more information about Highlander.
My wife deserves all kinds of credit here. She started shooting the photos at night, but they were not up to her standard. So, she reshot and finished the photos during the next day.
I would like to apologize to everyone for mangling your sig-figs. Thereís a reason Iíve never done it up until now. Chris and Dennis, you came out pretty true-to-life. Shannon, I think I got the right head. Hans, Iím sorry. I really thought I had your hair. You got a nice helmet, though, and a cool mustache. And The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim: I had a Darth Maul figure about six years ago, but it was taken from me (long story), so I did the best I could.
Computer ate my previous attempt to comment on this Wes, so apologies for late opinion. Monkeys DO go with everything, especially comedy violence. Love the magic effects, the piano and the hall of judgement is especially nice. See you for judging!
Wow! In my mind, this is one of three final entries that has the chance to take it all. That, of course, means nothing, just like opinions around my house. The use of the trans pieces to signify the 'magic action' was brilliantly executed, the builds were fantastic and your storyline was an imaginative parody, especially for being unfamiliar with Highlander. Congrats on your run up to this point and good luck with the final judging!~H
Go Wes! You never seem to run out of brilliant new ideas for things to depict in Lego (like magic spraying forth), and even ideas that have been around (that piano is one of the best I've seen) get a fresh spin put on them. If I had to pick one thing that bothered me, though, it's the near blinding whiteness of the background: it causes the objects to lose their perspective and some things become washed out to the point of indistinctness. Still, absolutely top-rate entry!
BRILLIANT! Good job for researching the phrase, that's exactly where I got it from (Highlander is one of my minor obsessions). The prize is a little more than what you put here though (there's something about "knowing what every person on the planet is thinking and stuff like that that's not really important right now...)but anyway! I gotta say, that council chamber was AWESOME! Great work on this and good luck! ~ Chris.
Hahaha! You know, I'd be pretty peeved if I was fighting for millennia and only won $50 and a glued mosaic! Great work! It should be interesting to see if anyone else gets their entries in on time. Good luck!
Great work here Wes. The overall build was fantastic so you'll get points there. I also liked the story to go with it. Love the gratitude to your wife at the end. I can only imagine the stuff you go through with LEGOs and fam. Great work Wes!