It was my first anniversary of posting LEGO creations on MOCpages this Monday (14 January) and as such I thought this would be a good opportunity to revisit my year of frenetic building. And what a busy year it has been; when my wife unearthed my childhood collection of LEGO last Christmas, I donít think she realised what she would unleash. Here I am one year later and 138 MOCs built Ė the hobby has taken a grip.
I want to echo Tim C a fellow AFOL and returnee to the bricks at roughly the same time as me, and note what a great community the LEGO community is. The support, friendship and inspiration online is fantastic. Perhaps it is something to do with the fact that for most of us, LEGO is a pure creative outlet. Having started out at Art College and wanting to be a commercial artist, I really appreciate the absolute amateur status of the hobby (it is liberating creatively for all of us I think). I also love how free it is with distinctions. You can dive from one genre to another, from serious to silly and no one minds, in fact people appreciate the diversity of your imagination.
Anyway, I am not going to run through all 138 MOCs, just a handful that stand out as important to me.
The Retro Robot Walker was the MOC that prompted me to share what I was doing with the world in general, and remains my buddy icon still. (Cover Image)
The Dune Buggy was the very first build and officially ended my dark age.
The Scarlet Firefly and Planet Walker my first proper takes on a red Neo Classic Space theme that I continue to mine.
The Worker Bee saw me start pushing my piece usage with the Xpod case, and develop my first theme, the Refinery Rangers.
A brief foray into the Post-Apoc genre as part of the Post-Apoc Vehicle contest saw some interesting builds; I always liked this little plane most.
Then I made my first major breakthrough with the development of animal sculpting, which would inform many later builds. This 50 piece squirrel is where it all started.
This helped me step up my scale and produced my first diorama, a MOC of the Balrog from LOTR.
All of this led me to develop what I think is my most popular theme to date, the Outer Reach Research Team - a group of hapless CS astronauts beset upon by a variety of nasty Venusian wildlife as well as a rouge member of their own team, the evil General Amadeus. Here are a few of what I consider to be the best.
The other area around this time I think I started to master was microscale building. The starships St Jarma and Rhesus, as well as my Martian City are the most successful I think.
I have also built quite a few more CS vehicles, walkers and bots. AHere are a few which I think capture my work.
The largest breakthrough I made though, was the ability to make more artistic pieces. This developed out of the challenges of the MOC Olympics. The sequence below shows some of the progress I made here.
All I can say is that I am looking forward to year 2 now.
A wonderful and varied collection. A mixture of fun and thought-provoking Lego building, which all has a definite personal style. Inspiring (especially the ORRT for me!), plus the creation of the CS Pocket Money Comp. I'm looking forward to what you'll come with in 2013.
A great first year - you certainly don't do things by halves! It's been great watching your collection and skills grow - you've certainly brought a unique style to MOCpages! The adventures of the unfortunate ORRT is still the highlight for me - guaranteed to bring a smile. Here's to 2013, keep up the good work!
Splendid year sir! I wish you many more. I have been astonished with the quality and quantity of your builds. Not to lessen the actual builds, but I think my favorite post from you was the shot of your childhood stash. I believe there was a collective sound heard throughout the MOC community: The sound of purely honest and uncontrollably giddy grins stretching from ear to ear. Oh, the sweet sound of happy Lego freaks! Thank you for your wondrous and provocative work.
And what a great first year it has been! My favourite is the cs micro scale ship, I just love that thing. Can't wait to see what the new year brings. And yes, it is a fun creative outlet isn't it? I'm off to art school myself this year and yet, I imagine I'll never give away the bricks. Cheers :)
Its nice to see all your creations in one place. Wow! you have made a lot in one year over 100! You sure have been one busy builder. It looks like its been a good year of building for you. I hope there will be another year just as good, with many more great creations.
My, my, my. What a year it's been. I have to say that I always love to see your creations, as one can never be too certain exactly what kind of whimsical or entertaining display it will be. Congrats on a great year, and let there be many more! :)
Happy MOCiversary David. That's quite a feat; 138 MOCs! That Technic Brick Dune Buggy is "Brickin'" as I think they say to get past moderation. Or maybe it's just me, anywho, I started seeing your artistic style actually starting to break out in your Classic Space Adventurers. Most notably the snake since it has those sharp angles and it really not much depth to him. My observed 3rd MOCiversary is coming up on the 31st because I decided not to pay any attention to a specific date whatsoever (Der, derder...) and I'm not sure what I should do. I want to make at least some sort of MOC so I post something new, but I don't know how to go about it, but I like the way you did; just a few MOCs that stand out as personal favorites. Anyway, I've dabbled on enough. Happy MOCiversary!
I38 mocs!!! That is amazing. I love every one of these David. I had forgotten some of them, but this brought back the memories and I must say you have picked many of my favourites. I always look out for your creations because you never know what will be coming next. Everybody on this site is creative but some are more creative than others.
Ah, DavidÖwhere does the time go? Iím not sure if you can relate here, but when I built the TSC Predator, I hadnít even discovered MOCpages yet. When I posted it, I didnít think that there would be 364 more days, (plus who knows how many more), of building bliss. It was a prideful moment for me to see my works lined up on a single post. How did that feel for you seeing yours? Iíve always considered there to be a certain kindred quality to our interactions on this site, being that we started at roughly the same time, so I got a similar, residual feeling of pride running through your MOCs and seeing your own progress through this. I certainly canít compete with 138 MOCs, (I'm not sure who can); I donít think I could turn out that many and have them all at the level of quality that you turn out EVERY TIME, and I couldnít agree more that the ones you posted are your most significant efforts. I was also glad that you spent as much time as you did on your more artistic LEGO endeavors, as those are my favorite works of yours, even though I canít get enough ORRT;) It has been a pleasure tracking your MOCs this past year, David, and I canít wait to see what you have in store for 2013, (138 more? Maybe?). Oh, and if I hadnít mentioned it before, Happy New Year to you and yours.
Congrats on your first year! I'll have been here for a year next month, time goes so fast! I've said it before, but your building style is so individual, your creations are totally different but all instantly recognisable as a David Alexander Smith build. A great year, I look forward to more builds from you in the future! :)
Congratulations on first year mate .... I thought i had seen most of your creations. Now i know i havent. You have surely developed skills beyond what my mind can comprihend .... Everytime i see a mail in my inbox stating you have putted up another creation, im eager to go se it .... Once again, congratz from the LEGO Family, and we cant wait to see what this year will bring of new builds from you. :)