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MO:R3 Thoy Bradley vs Jens Ådne Rydland "Who's Your Daddy!"
My entry for Round 3 of the MOC Olympics! Enjoy!
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"Who's Your Daddy!"

Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke Skywalker: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke Skywalker: No... that's not true! That's impossible!

So when I read the ideas the judges had for Round 3 I was interested and thought this'll be a lot of fun! Until I saw which quote I had! (Like everyone else I am bias towards my quote being the hardest...)

Here is a link to my opponent Jens Ådne Rydland
My mandatory link to the MOCOlympics Homepage


"I am your Father!" - One of the most commonly quoted lines from the ever famous Star Wars. Now unlike most of the quotes, which had an element of action, comedy or scenery to them, "I am your Father" can really only be visualised by portraying emotions or actions of some sort. So, what was it Darth Vader was saying to Luke when he used these famous words? Was he using psychology to break Luke while he was at a low point in a dual? Was he telling Luke he didn't want to fight him? Was he telling Luke that he belonged and that his dead Father has infact been alive his whole life? Was he hoping Luke might read between the lines and hear "Luke, I love you Son." There are so many emotions that can be tied into these few words that it really comes down to ones own interpretation of the words and the circumstances at the time. I made 4 different builds to show you what I think when I hear the words: "I am your Father."



Build #1 - Father giving baby a drink
"So small and fragile! I have no choice but to nurture you when you can't look after yourself. Wait until I'm eighty then I'll get mine back!"






















Build #2 - Father pushing pram on a walk
"I would prefer to be doing something else, but you need some air and i'm not getting any skinnier!"




















Build #3 - Father disciplining child
"I don't like having to do this, but I know you need it if you going to grow up a respectful and obedient person."


















Build #4 - Jesus getting baptised
"Because I'm your Father, I'll affirm and encourage you every step you take towards success."















Did the last build throw you off? I thought it was an interesting re-interpretation of a very significant event in Christian history - the beginning of Jesus' ministry, his baptism. "You are my Son, with whom I am well pleased." "I am your Father, and you have pleased me."

We will all have our own way that we identify with our Fathers, based on our upbringing. For me a Father is a caring person who looks after us when we can not help ourselves, a person who feeds us - pays for our food, a person who makes sure we get our daily burst of fresh air, the person who punishes us - in the hope we would learn our actions have consequences. Our Fathers are the ones whose actions should slowly point us towards living a life of value, a life respectful and loving of others, a life where we can pass on the same teachings to our own children.

"I am your Father."

What is it you hear when you hear these words? What do they mean to you?

4th wall: Well this has been an interesting round to build in, at first I thought "No comedy! No Action! No Scenery!!! What will I do!!?" Well when your dealing with emotional topics there is really nothing more to do than to be real. I hope this build has provoked your own thoughts, and if more, touched your heart in some way. God Bless! ~Thoy



Comments

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  January 8, 2012
Wow excellent!!!
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  November 2, 2011
Quoting Jesus + They say that if someone brings you several gifts, it means he's not confident about any of them. Is it the case here? Because the was no need to go with quantity. Excellent MOCS. Guess which one is my favourite.
Most deffinetely not the case, If you read through the MOC you will notice there is a theme going on, where each build represented a different aspect of that theme. Thanks. And ah, number 5? ~Thoy
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  November 2, 2011
They say that if someone brings you several gifts, it means he's not confident about any of them. Is it the case here? Because the was no need to go with quantity. Excellent MOCS. Guess which one is my favourite.
Thoy Bradley
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White Knight
  October 18, 2011
immaculately done.....a prize Kitchen for sure.....
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  October 18, 2011
I'm with Thor. Technique wins the day. You've got my vote.
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Jens Ådne Rydland Congratulations Sir, you have beaten me. :-) Good luck in the rest of the contest, and I promise that if we meet again in the future I'll put up a better fight. ;-)
Thanks Jens, I have seen your build but havn't had the time to comment yet. It was great and I like your use of the Atlantis chest pieces - very cool parts usage. I will be ready for the next time we meet! :) Thanks again!
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Chris Phipson Both you and your opponent put in excellent mocs this round! I'm not gonna lie, for me it was a 49/51% split. I really loved em both. In the end I have to pick one and that vote goes to you! Good luck with the other judges! ~Chris.
What is it with me getting matched with very even opponents??? Well a win is a win and i'm glad to get your vote this round, thanks Chris! Though I fear I will be against a certain Stormbringer next round :-/
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Thoy, you and Jens both presented fantastic MOCs. I liked Jens' idea a bit better, but this is first and foremost a LEGO® contest and the techniques you used in build #2 and #4 saved you. You get my vote. Congratulations.
Hehe, Thanks man! The funny thing is - build #4 had the least techniques out of any of them. I actually thought the wall hanging mosaic in build #1 and the waterfall in #2 were the highlights. Thanks again good Sir!
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  October 17, 2011
Congratulations Sir, you have beaten me. :-) Good luck in the rest of the contest, and I promise that if we meet again in the future I'll put up a better fight. ;-)
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  October 17, 2011
Thoy, you and Jens both presented fantastic MOCs. I liked Jens' idea a bit better, but this is first and foremost a LEGO® contest and the techniques you used in build #2 and #4 saved you. You get my vote. Congratulations.
  October 17, 2011
Awesome work! It really looks nice!
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  October 17, 2011
Heath pretty much summed it up, though he got off lucky; my parents used a Fabuland oar! LOL Awesome build(s) and great twist on the quote. Good luck!~H
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  October 16, 2011
Very nice. Is that a huge Angry Birds screen in the first scene?? :D
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  October 16, 2011
Both you and your opponent put in excellent mocs this round! I'm not gonna lie, for me it was a 49/51% split. I really loved em both. In the end I have to pick one and that vote goes to you! Good luck with the other judges! ~Chris.
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  October 16, 2011
Very nice level of detail in each scene. I particularly love the bridge design and the overall idyllic feel. Also, I recall hearing someone take Jesus' baptism as affirmation from the Father before. John the Baptist certainly looks like a Nazarite would--dreads. Everywhere. Well done.
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  October 14, 2011
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Build + presentation = top-notch! Sometimes them kids need a whoopin'. And how would you depict finger-waggin'? Minifigs do not have fingers ... and it would look more like a secret handshake than punishing. XD
That would be a very random method of discipline. 'Get 'ere Kiddo! I gonna teach ya a fing' or two!'. Thanks Shifu.
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  October 14, 2011
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Whoa, this is absolutely stunning!!! I'm amazed at how many people disagree with the kid beating scene....I mean my parents used to beat me with a brown 4L light saber bar too, and look at me...I turned out fine! I'm only a drunk, it could have been a LOT worse.....they could have used a 5L bar with a handle! :P
LOL - Your comment really made me laugh hard! Love it! Thanks Heath ;)
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  October 14, 2011
Build + presentation = top-notch! Sometimes them kids need a whoopin'. And how would you depict finger-waggin'? Minifigs do not have fingers ... and it would look more like a secret handshake than punishing. XD
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  October 14, 2011
Whoa, this is absolutely stunning!!! I'm amazed at how many people disagree with the kid beating scene....I mean my parents used to beat me with a brown 4L light saber bar too, and look at me...I turned out fine! I'm only a drunk, it could have been a LOT worse.....they could have used a 5L bar with a handle! :P
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  October 14, 2011
CRAP!!!! I FORGOT TO LIKE!!! Time to make up for it.
Thoy Bradley
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Dave Sterling
  October 13, 2011
Very creative and detailed builds! I really like the stone path work you did on the bridge scene. It really adds some nice texture. The presentation of the builds is great and I like the continuity of the story. Your take on the category was a great one. Well done!
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  October 13, 2011
I love you're John minifigure!
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  October 13, 2011
wohoo xoxo
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  October 13, 2011
Really creative!
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  October 13, 2011
Thoy, this build right here is a great example of what an accomplished builder you have become. I am a major Star Wars geek, so I am sure that I could not have resisted building a SW MOC. But what you have created here is far more impressive. The tie in on different aspects of fatherhood is a great take on this, and the last of them is very impressive. Not just in what the scene is and the message it represents, but the build itself is amazing with the beams of light and the dove flying above Jesus! Amazing work again!
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  October 13, 2011
Epic! great imagination
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  October 13, 2011
Just to say few words: The bridge is mind-blowing!!!
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  October 13, 2011
We'll have to agree to disagree about the corporal punishment thing, although I take your point about the difference between discipline and abuse. I've disobeyed the bible in the upbringing of my own (now teenage) son and he is in no way spoiled. None of this detracts from what is a beautiful entry.
Thoy Bradley
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Takanuva 9910
  October 12, 2011
Exxelent build!I'm imp[ressed!DUCKS!I have a thousand ducks in my car!
Thoy Bradley
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lego fan121
  October 12, 2011
Phenomenal entry, everything is crafted in your own original interpretation of the theme. I am impressed by your ability to build and yet have the capacity to come up with out of the box ideas which are shockingly realistic.
Thoy Bradley
Reynolds Russ
  October 12, 2011
Awesome!!!!!
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Gabriel Thomson I am also wondering what the white bird-looking thing at the end of the sunbeams is... at first i thought it might be a heron, am i right? :D
Its the spirit of God in the form of a Dove, you arn't familiar with the bible?
Quoting Gabriel Thomson I also have misgivings about the corporal punishment scene, although for slightly different reasons than Nick Barrett or DeTomaso Pantera. The build just looks too menancing for what it is supposed to be - certainly my parents employed the wooden spoon and hairbrush back when i was a kid, but they never hit me with a ruddy big stick like that! :o
It is to go with the 'Bible' verse in Proverbs "Spare the Rod, Spoil the child." It means if you don't punish your kids they will be ruined because they know no boundaries. I don't have a lego spoon but yes that would have been my preference too. The stick works. I was originally going to have Darth Vader with a lightsaber for all the vigs, would that have been better? He would have cost me $300, cheapest set he is in at the moment :(
Quoting Gabriel Thomson It also occurs to me that more attention could be brought to showing the transgressions of the child
Its a MOC about the parenting side, not the child side - I also didn't want to be making any stories, just simple vigs that tell you the story (with quotes to back up whats happening).
Quoting Gabriel Thomson Anyway - great work finishing yr build in half the time, btw - speed builder! :D Nice work, and best of luck with the judges!
Thanks :)
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  October 12, 2011
Wow. It makes you think. Great job. The scenery rocks.
  October 12, 2011
Some very intresting scenes Thoy. Your clean builds tie in together nicely with some great details too. The clouds and the sunbeams look especially nice in your last scene, although i'm not sure about the supporting white column in the top left hand corner - it cuts into the water a bit too much for my liking. I am also wondering what the white bird-looking thing at the end of the sunbeams is... at first i thought it might be a heron, am i right? :D I'm sorry to bring up my next point, but i also have misgivings about the corporal punishment scene, although for slightly different reasons than Nick Barrett or DeTomaso Pantera. The build just looks too menancing for what it is supposed to be - certainly my parents employed the wooden spoon and hairbrush back when i was a kid, but they never hit me with a ruddy big stick like that! :o It also occurs to me that more attention could be brought to showing the transgressions of the child (eg. breaking a siblings toy) and the consequences of punishment, otherwise it does look very much like arbitary abuse, especially with the bottles featuring prominantly in the background! :( I have not experienced physical child abuse myself and i was quite disturbed by this vig, i can only imagine how triggering it could be to someone who has grown up in an abusive household. I agree with you wholeheartedly that corporal punishment by loving parents is not the same as child abuse, but i do feel that this fact needs to be underscored more in your build, so that it is not misconstrued. Anyway - great work finishing yr build in half the time, btw - speed builder! :D Nice work, and best of luck with the judges!
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  October 12, 2011
Brilliant job Thoy! I love the bridge. Great work and good luck! :)
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  October 12, 2011
beautiful works of art ! Man they have soo many details ! Good luck. I think this is worthy a 5/5 I really like the gold/white pillars, waterfall, bridge and ducks. BTW. Awesome kitchen and fridge ! People may not agree with me, but I think all of this is art ! :D
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  October 12, 2011
That scene with the bridge is excellent.
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  October 12, 2011
You have fielded a strong build for the round, containing many clever techniques. I particularly like the path in the pram scene. nice work and good luck!
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  October 12, 2011
brilliant take on a tricky entry! love that refrigerator design, and the duck design. great job, and best of luck!
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  October 12, 2011
Theses are all great vignettes, And I think it's especially cool how you made the two houses instead of using the first one over again. 5/5 (Also great tiling work in the houses)
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  October 12, 2011
apparently you are a christian too :D good job and good builds
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  October 12, 2011
Very Impressive!!!
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  October 12, 2011
Beautiful entry and great idea for the category. Good luck!
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  October 12, 2011
I really like the clean, elegant look of your builds. The detail work has a simplicity to it, yet also looks well thought of and complicated (in a good way). I think you are a master at these types of builds. Amazing work! And good luck in the competition!!!
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  October 12, 2011
A most excellent take on this category. The waterfall scene was really a nice bit of work.
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  October 12, 2011
All your scenes of parenting good or bad are fortunately or unfortunately true to life. This is a very thought provoking moc. Everything in life (clever saying from movies) can have a different interpretation. You show this well. Oh, and I like your St. John in his hair shirt! Very Best of Luck! :)
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  October 12, 2011
Wow the level of detail in these builds is just phenomenal they are really beautiful and well thought out. Your photos and presentation in this moc has just shot through the roof! You are obviously an amazing builder who builds these gorgeous epic creations but its nice to see when you scale down you can create delicate little gems as well.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Ben King I really like the gold and white color scheme and all the scenes have so much detail. I especially like how some of them are angled differently than the platform below them. good luck!
Thanks, space is as important as the subject and the colours when it comes to the composition of a scene :)
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Ru Corder Very nice Thoy! The builds have a much diferent feel than what you usually do. The details here are what makes this. Well done!
Yeah, felt it was time people knew I could do clean builds too ;) Thanks Ru.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 very impressive scenes, richly detailed, great color scheme, and those interiors are just fab!!! it s too bad you don t have the lego games mini figs, they make nice babies! especially dressed in white!
Seriously, I did think about popping out and getting one of those games just so I could have a baby-fig, Great observation!
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer Agreeing with you Thoy, I would consider a "spanking" much more corrective and disciplinary than a mere finger-wag.
Cheers Blake, for both comments ;)
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Giovanni & Lennaert Seynhaeve Man! The details and awesome techniques are fantastic in here. That fridge is out there! Good luck with your judges.
Coming from a 2010 semifinalist this means a lot, thanks mate.
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  October 12, 2011
Very nice! I particularly like that final scene. God bless!
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I When I was the main picture I thought you made parallel universes, like a mirror world :P Ah, I see you used the white-gold color combo here, nicely done, good luck.
White and Gold is a winning combo, I like the effect a small amount of Red detailing does too... Thanks dude :)
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Chris Roach Awesome build(s)! Lots of detail! Good luck Thoy!
Well I am trying to carry the legacy of more builders than myself here ;) We would have had a fun knock-out in this category too :) Thanks Chris
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Jens Ådne Rydland Wow, seems I really have a challenge here, good job. :-) And it's very different from my approach, so it's going to be interesting to see which one the judges think is the best. Regardless of what the outcome will be it's a pleasure and an honour to compete against you. :-)
This will be the second time I've done a very different approach :) Likewise to you mate! This has been enjoyable at the very least :)
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  October 12, 2011
Agreeing with you Thoy, I would consider a "spanking" much more corrective and disciplinary than a mere finger-wag.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Deus Otiosus Hehe, google maps on the computer in first build! But the beardy-guy in the last build is scary...
LOL @ Google Maps, very true. The beardy guy was supposed to be John the Baptist... Thinking now he should have been 90° to Jesus. Cheers :)
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera I also have to agree with Nick B about the discipline scene. Hitting a child is not the right message, you might want to change it to tut tut finger wagging ;)
Quoting Nick Barrett There is a problem with the 'discipline' one - a good father doesn't hit his children. A finger-wagging lecture would be better.
Guys, remember I put that this is based on my own upbringing, you are allowed to disagree. Though I would hope you are not calling my own parents bad parents - or 90% of other parents who give a tap on the hand or a light smack on the bottom. Back in biblical days "Spare the rod, spoil the child" was the norm. It is only because our society is so broken now people think discipline is an excuse to abuse or don't understand the difference. There are very clear differences. From an onlooking perspective, parents who do not use force tend to have a bit of a nightmare on their hands when disciplining - but thats just my observation. In NZ, 85% of parents didn't want the Govt. to impose a smacking ban. My message in this Moc is 'Discipline your child' not 'abuse your child'. I appreciate your concerns all the same. Thanks
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  October 12, 2011
Man! The details and awesome techniques are fantastic in here. That fridge is out there! Good luck with your judges.
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  October 12, 2011
And here I thought I was managing my time well! You are truly a master, and very nice work!
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  October 12, 2011
Very nice Thoy! The builds have a much diferent feel than what you usually do. The details here are what makes this. Well done!
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  October 12, 2011
I also have to agree with Nick B about the discipline scene. Hitting a child is not the right message, you might want to change it to tut tut finger wagging ;)
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  October 12, 2011
Very well done, each build has great aspects to it, along with an overall good theme. Good luck with the judges!
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  October 12, 2011
Very good builds, i really like the waterfall and bridge scene. You might want to read through this again before entering into the group as there are a few spelling/grammar errors. Best of luck!
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  October 12, 2011
Wow, seems I really have a challenge here, good job. :-) And it's very different from my approach, so it's going to be interesting to see which one the judges think is the best. Regardless of what the outcome will be it's a pleasure and an honour to compete against you. :-)
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  October 12, 2011
All those builds were really good but I really like your last interpretation of the category. Best of luck in the MOs (not that you really need it).
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  October 12, 2011
Interesting take on the category, but really solid builds.
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  October 12, 2011
very impressive scenes, richly detailed, great color scheme, and those interiors are just fab!!! it s too bad you don t have the lego games mini figs, they make nice babies! especially dressed in white!
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  October 12, 2011
And so it begins. Great stuff Thoy! Some really solid builds. I especially like the one with the waterfall and the water. (Natural taste). Some excellent creations, and a good competition for your competitor. Best of luck!
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  October 12, 2011
Wow!!! Great imaginative take on a tough quote when it would have been easy just to do a Star Wars knock-off. And the presentation of each vignette is superb. Your opponent will have to pull something special out of the bag to top this!
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  October 12, 2011
Hehe, google maps on the computer in first build! But the beardy-guy in the last build is scary...
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  October 12, 2011
I really like the gold and white color scheme and all the scenes have so much detail. I especially like how some of them are angled differently than the platform below them. good luck!
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  October 12, 2011
Awesome build(s)! Lots of detail! Good luck Thoy!
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  October 12, 2011
When I was the main picture I thought you made parallel universes, like a mirror world :P Ah, I see you used the white-gold color combo here, nicely done, good luck.
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  October 12, 2011
An interesting and thought provoking take on this category, built with your usual lushness and detail. There is a problem with the 'discipline' one - a good father doesn't hit his children. A finger-wagging lecture would be better.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Oscar van der Beek The quotes and positioning of the builds really have feeling to them, the detail in the MOC is awesome, a true gift.
So you like? :D
  October 12, 2011
The quotes and positioning of the builds really have feeling to them, the detail in the MOC is awesome, a true gift.
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  October 12, 2011
Great job here. Not just on the build, but on how you took the category.
 
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