This is a vignette on The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner that my brother and I teamed up to build. It is dedicated to our sister for her birthday. Happy Birthday Lego Girl!!
About this creation
Lego Builder Junior*:
I rarely build vignettes, so this was something fairly new to me. My brother and I wanted to build something for our sister, Lego Girl for her birthday. Since she LOVES The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner, we decided to build a scene from the first Boxcar Children book.
At first, my brother was going to build most of the vignette, and I was just going to add some details, but we changed the plan. We decided that he’d do the scenery and the landscape while I’d make the boxcar after I saw how the boxcar he was building was turning out—Oh man, it was hideous!
One day, my sister came home from her activates. We had planned beforehand what we would do if she got home while the boxcar was still unhidden; he would distract her so that I’d have enough time to hide it. But, he messed up! She came home and caught a glimpse of the Lego while I shoved into the pantry! Fortunately, the boxcar was only, at that time, some train wheels and some brown plates.
After months of sneaking Lego pieces into odd places, here is the result. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed it!
*This isn't the whole thing I wrote because my brother didn't think some of the things I wrote were "appropriate."
Lego Builder Senior:
This vignette is the first MOC that my brother and I both build together. And I think it turned out pretty nicely! And we hope you will agree as well! As my brother mentioned earlier, we divided the work. He built the Boxcar, while I did the scenery. We both took the pictures and made the minifigures.
The whole idea of this creation was my idea. I thought of it sometime in June or July, and we pretty much started building it then. Ever since, we have been secretly adding pieces over time, while the vignette was kept hidden in many odd and different places. We had to move it a couple of times to avoid discovery. We also referred to the vignette as "Project X" as a sort of code.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did building it!
“One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from.”
Following descriptions by Lego Builder Senior:
An overview of the scene without the minifigures. We are quite pleased with the vignette, and we hope our sister will like it!
The bridge technique is one I came up with. The only problem is that one end of the bridge doesn’t connect.
The waterfall was probably the most fun item to build. I’m pretty pleased by the way it turned out. So far, I haven’t seen anyone use this simple technique for the water.
The clear “cheese slopes” at the bottom of the waterfall was my brother’s idea. It adds a “splash” to the scene.
The boxcar is old, but a suitable home. There are vines and other plants clinging to it.
The Alden children: Henry, Jessie, (Watch), Violet, and Benny. We had to “borrow” the parts from our sister to make the minifigures.
The Alden children and their home.
My brother and I were joking around because the overall scene looks more like children living in Paradise and not orphans dwelling in the woods.
Violet attending to the kettle. “Watch out! Don’t get burned!”
Here is Benny, with his favorite “cracked pink cup,” which he found at a nearby dump with his sisters.
The interior of the Boxcar was also built mostly by my brother. You can see the “ingenious” door mechanism that he added. The yellow flowers on the shelf are accurate to the story.
The front of the Boxcar
The Alden children “keeping house.”
A different view of the Boxcar.
Jessie sweeping the bridge. A bridge wasn’t mentioned in the story, but it is a nice addition to the scene!
The boxcar kids! That's why this looks familiar. I remember those. Thanks for your comment earlier on my Micro Farm. I wanted to say that this little scene looks really great. It's whimsical and the textures are neat. I'd just raise the exposure on your photos to get a brighter look. Cool MOC :)
So that is why you borrowed my trees!! When Lego builder senior was uploading this vignette, I thought he was chatting I even saw Jr. putting the boxcar in the pantry. I was wondering why he was putting Lego in the pantry. Later I even looked in the pantry, but it was already gone.
Thank you very much for the nice birthday surprise!! You are the greatest brothers In the world!!!
Wow! I didn't know that many people knew about The Boxcar Children! We just gave it to her, and she was really surprised! We will probably build an MOC together again. I will add a video of the door mechanism/opening to YouTube soon. Thank you very much!