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MXSC-R1-Fail- A Death In The Family...
'This is going to hurt you a lot more than it does me.'
About this creation
Built for Mr. Xenomurphy's Superhero Contest.



After beating Jason Todd (the 2nd Robin) unconscious with a crowbar, the Joker leaves him in a warehouse rigged with timed explosives. The Caped Crusader arrives at the warehouse...


...too late. For the first time since the murder of his parents, the Dark Knight experiences a death in the family.

Decided by fan voting, the death of Jason Todd would prove to be as monumental an event in Bruce Wayne's life as witnessing his own parent's demise. His failure to protect his partner and friend would haunt him for years...



Some fully lit shots of the build:

Dave Kaleta was sharing WIP pics of his entry in our LUG, giving me the idea for the blank faces. While he isn't the first person to use this technique, he deserves the credit in this instance.




The dio is lit using battery operated LED lights, housed within the 16x16 base and turned on/off through the slot on the side.




















Fourth Dimension Commentary: My first idea was actually for a Spiderman fail (I even had the figs made up), but was unhappy with the 16x16 restriction for what I had in mind. If I don't move on, which is a very high likelihood given the number of quality entries, I will most likely build the Spidey MOC I had envisioned. In closing, thanks to Thor for putting on this contest and good luck to all of the participants!



Comments

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  January 30, 2014
funilly enough, this is the only Batman 'film' i've seen. awesome job!
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  December 26, 2012
what a great batman scene! lighted, it s just awesome, 2 scenes in one is brilliant!
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  September 10, 2012
Gosh, how did I miss this? A well deserved win Hans. Beautifully done!
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  August 20, 2012
I like it! Very creative. --Jesus saves, God bless <><
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  August 13, 2012
Nice. I really like the faceless thing. Gives it a nice artistic feel.
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  July 15, 2012
You and 4 other contestants got a score of 38, which qualifies you for round 2. But we got one contestant with a perfect score of 40, so one of you has to go. That means I have to act as a tie breaker, which is no easy task, since each of the 4 creations are great in their own way. I’d love to let all 5 of you into round 2, but though I made the rules for this contest, even I can’t change them – it wouldn’t be fair. For my votes I used the Fisherman’s system (http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=20908&topicid=83296#comment-1035363), otherwise I’d grant another 10 points for each of your marvelous creations. ----- Category: 1 out of 2 points. Perfect category match, but no story that you came up with by yourself. --- Creation as whole: 5 out of 5 points. Great extras, like the lightning effect, and a clean design. --- Presentation: 2 out of 2 points. Perfect atmosphere for the situation. --- Above average: 1 out of 1 point. Extraordinary for a contest entry. --- That leaves you with a total score of 9 points. Congratulations, you’re now a member of the Fantastic Four.
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  July 15, 2012
Masterful lighting! Wow this has some atmosphere to it Hans, a pleasure to view...
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  July 15, 2012
Your score = 10 > A very particular atmosphere in this MOC. It feels to me like even the elegant vertical lines of the ruins add a lot to the emotion of the fantastic scene on top. I also appreciate how everything is kept in dark, monotone shades which make the characters and the story to stand out.
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  July 14, 2012
Score = 10
  July 14, 2012
Score = 9
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  July 14, 2012
Your score (2+4+2+1) 9 Pts
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  July 14, 2012
The Killing Joke was one of my all time favorite Bats stories! I was even going to do a moc once based off of a joke the Joker tells in there. But I digress, this is simply amazing! I love the mood lighting and the entire design. Just awesome! Good luck! ~Chris.
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  July 14, 2012
The thing I loved about this story was the fact that even a "super" hero can meet his maker. Lovely recreation here, man!
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  July 14, 2012
I remember having goosebumps when I first read the comic long ago. Now, looking at your creation, I'm having goosebumps again. It is amazing how much emotional profoundness little plastic bricks can have in the hands of the right builder. Excellent work, Hans. And I really hope you will build your Spidey MOC. Good luck in the contest.
Hans Dendauw NPD
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August .
  July 13, 2012
Aww that's so sad....
Hans Dendauw NPD
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Chris Melby
  July 13, 2012
Captured perfectly!
Hans Dendauw NPD
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jack anderson
  July 13, 2012
This is brilliantly climactic. I couldnt imagine a better moc on this. -JWA
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  July 13, 2012
The warehouse has the perfect atmosphere...evil!
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  July 13, 2012
Brilliant idea including the battery in it!
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  July 13, 2012
Very dark and atmospheric. I love it. Good luck
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  July 13, 2012
I remember how shocked everyone was when that happened. It was a turning point in comic book story telling in my eyes that ultimately led to comics competing with each other to produce over-the-top shocking moments. You captured the essence perfectly here! Well done my friend!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2012
a great bit of MOCcing lighting and photography!
  July 13, 2012
I particularly like the roof scene.
  July 12, 2012
Nerd fight! Nerd fight!
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  July 12, 2012
You've done a fantastic job of recreating the mood of the original story.
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  July 12, 2012
This is incredible. Good luck. i hope you win.
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  July 12, 2012
Nice build. You captured the emotions perfectly. ;)
 I made it 
  July 12, 2012
Quoting Dave Kaleta ehhhh, more resurrected by Superboy Prime punching the walls and altering reality for the dimention he was trapped in, and then nursed back to health by Talia ah Guhl... Oh, but maybe you're going off the Under the Red Hood animated film, which is true of that story line (and frankly, less confusing)
Where is Ogre to yell 'N-E-R-D!' when you need him?! LMAO! Yes, I did read about the Superboy Prime storyline, but the Ra's al Guhl version was much simpler to reference. Man, a guy can't get anything by you!~H
  July 12, 2012
ehhhh, more resurrected by Superboy Prime punching the walls and altering reality for the dimention he was trapped in, and then nursed back to health by Talia ah Guhl... Oh, but maybe you're going off the Under the Red Hood animated film, which is true of that story line (and frankly, less confusing)
 I made it 
  July 12, 2012
Quoting Dave Kaleta THIS is what the community aspect of MOCpages is all about. I'm so glad to have been able to lend my idea to this brilliant build. You have two vignettes in one in a way that tells a tragic story (don't worry Leda, you can always get another Robin). I approve of so much that you did here, but particularly the lighting (which I don't isn't easy to photograph). Bat-Seal of Approval. ~Dave
Thank you, Bats, your approval is greatly appreciated! It's not on the level of yours when it comes to technique, but I am pleased with the end result. Thanks for the inspiration!~H
 I made it 
  July 12, 2012
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Beautiful moc, haunting and atmospheric. I didn't know Robin died for real or I wouldn't have made such light of it in my entry...
Not to worry, sweety, he didn't stay dead for ever, which is often the case in the comic world. He was later resurrected by Ra's al Ghul and became the vigilante anti-hero, the Red Hood.~H
 I made it 
  July 12, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay Lovely job Hans. I'm so glad you and Dave did brilliant Batman vigs and as soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew this was Death in the family (one of my favourite Bat stories, right up there alongside Killing Joke, Year one and TDKR). I expected more humour in the fail category though! Lovely atmospheric lighting and presentation as well mate. Good luck.
Thank you, my friend. I heavily considered going the humor route, but kept getting drawn toward serious/gloomy. I guess I'm just not feeling the comedy mojo right now...~H
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
The way you captured this scene is perfect. The warehouse section (pre-explosion) was done so well with the crates, the single hanging light, and the window design.
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  July 12, 2012
Whoa! The build's cleanliness and the faceless heads really cause this MOC to be bone-chilling! Great work!
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  July 12, 2012
Nice build, although I would have liked to see some dark humor. This MOC is kinda sad. Still a very well-built creation though!
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  July 12, 2012
Great build! The lighting really adds to it well without being over done or the focus.
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  July 12, 2012
You set the mood perfectly with the lighting and the faceless heads! :)
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  July 12, 2012
Well built and presented beautifully. Great work!
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  July 12, 2012
The blank faces make this so much more traumatic! And the lights just take it that extra mile! Super, super entry!
  July 12, 2012
You chose a very prominent scene and captured it beautifully. Lighting, posing, mood and the build are all top-notch here. Great work. Edit: I also love this Robin figure. I'm making mine look like it right now.
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  July 12, 2012
Hard to imagine this being done any better. Terrific design and a BRILLIANT presentation, Hans!
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  July 12, 2012
Very nice!
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  July 12, 2012
An emotionally-charged MOC with a dramatic simplicity that puts bigger, more complicated MOCs to shame. Bravo!
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
THIS is what the community aspect of MOCpages is all about. I'm so glad to have been able to lend my idea to this brilliant build. You have two vignettes in one in a way that tells a tragic story (don't worry Leda, you can always get another Robin). I approve of so much that you did here, but particularly the lighting (which I don't isn't easy to photograph). Bat-Seal of Approval. ~Dave
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
Even without the LED lights, this MOC would be beautifully traumatic. The emotion that you were able to conger up through the bricks works really well. Best of luck to you!
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
You've really captured the drama here, from lighting to fig placement. Excellent entry!
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  July 12, 2012
haha! It appears we've had opposite ideas! I was going to make this same scene (Not quite in the same way though) for my entry but decided against it and built Spider-Man failing! Haha. Nice job, it looks very neatly done. --Blast--
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
Beautiful moc, haunting and atmospheric. I didn't know Robin died for real or I would't have made such light of it in my entry...
 I like it 
  July 12, 2012
Lovely job Hans. I'm so glad you and Dave did brilliant Batman vigs and as soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew this was Death in the family (one of my favourite Bat stories, right up there alongside Killing Joke, Year one and TDKR). I expected more humour in the fail category though! Lovely atmospheric lighting and presentation as well mate. Good luck.
 
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