Welcome MOCpages, to VirtuaLUG's presentation of The Wizard of
Oz for BrickWorld 2013! As most of you know by now, V-LUG puts it's best foot forward for our BrickWorld presentations and I'll just say upfront what an AWESOME
job all of our LUG members did to make this magic happen.
Update: This layout was blogged by CNET (found via yahoo news). The story can be found here! Thanks to TF Twitch for the heads up!
And AOL did a nice little blurb on us which can be found here.
Also, I would like to thank ALL the sites (including gizmodo, huffington post, yahoo news, eejournal and AOL.com just to name a few) that have blogged us out there however, there is one glaring oversight on all their parts... the build was not 10 feet long, but closer to 22 feet long. Where they got the 10 foot measurement from I'll never know but it has been grossly underestimated. Maybe next year we'll be sure to add a sign that has the square footage on it.
There's a LOT of pics here and I'll have a full BrickWorld 2013 wrap
up posted soon (link will be here when it's up) so let's just jump
right in with our tour of the Land of Oz...
First is Heath Flor's Gale Farmstead. You'll notice in these first few
builds that we kept the builds in "black and white" for the beginning
of the story (just as it is in the movie).
The barn where Dorothy is falling into the pig pen. Inside that barn
is also the controls for Bart's tornado (that we'll get to in a
The middle area of the farmstead. I just LOVE that tire swing!
Dorothy's house. And you can see a storm cellar there in front as
well. Great attention to detail on this Heath!
Next is the Gypsy camp by Shifu Leo J. It may be a "small" part of the
film but don't count Shifu short... Wait, did I just make a short joke
at Shifu's expense... yes I did. He did a great job on this and the
flow between his and Heath's build is seamless.
Marvel's wagon. You'll notice here (and in Heath's build) that even
the minifigs are in black and white. The inside of the wagon with
Marvel's crystal ball. Great job on this! Shifu! Your complete
disregard for child labor laws really paid off on this!
One of the highlights of the collab, El Barto's Tornado! It was a
concept early on to make the tornado spin and with a little bit of
technic prowess, Bart delivered in spades! I can't tell you the number
of times I heard "Oh wow! It spins!" I mean, Lee gets that said to him
a lot but it usually doesn't have anything to do with Lego.
The path of destruction left by the tornado.
And the untouched grounds waiting to be destroyed. That poor tractor
is about to take a little trip.
Here you can see Dorothy's house IN the tornado (and the thing still
spun smoothly!). The tornado (and the house within) was nominated for
best air ship. We'll get to the winner of that contest later on.
Thanks for this awesome contribution Bart! You really knocked it out
of the park on this one!
And now we come to MunchkinLand built by yours truly (that would be
me). There's a little story behind this so if you'll indulge me as we
look at the pics...
Before we get into the back story though, this house was built by
Heath. Since he built the black and white version at the Gale farm, we
figured to make it match up that he should also build the colored/post
tornado version so that they matched up. It was a great choice and it
really added to the build and flow of the collab overall.
Now then... Originally this was going to be Leda Kat's section. But
due to some unforeseen events, Leda was unable to make it to
BrickWorld this year. Another builder stepped in and basically TOLD
everyone that he was going to build it. I won't get into too many
details but one thing led to another and within 2 or 3 weeks of this
hostile takeover, he backed out.
This left Munchkinland up in the air. With everyone else completely
swamped with their builds I jumped in and, with help by way of parts
from a few other V-Luggers, was able to deliver Munchkinland. Thanks
also to Hans Dendauw and Dave Kaleta who provided Munchkins for the
After Munchkinland we head to the cornfield where Dorothy meets the
Scarecrow, built by me. I wasn't assigned this portion of the build at
the beginning, it was Stacy Sterling. However, Dave Sterling got a new
job and they had to move from Wisconsin to Washington State!
There was still plenty of time before BW to get this done so I was
more than happy to jump in here. And let me just say that Stacy (even
with all her craziness going on) was still a major part of the collab!
Even though she didn't build, she was integral in getting the T-shirts
made for the group as well as display stands and just all around
awesomeness. Thanks Stacy!
The Tin Man's wood and cottage by Tyler Halliwell. Tyler's Yellow
Brick Road matched up with mine perfectly and also with Dave Kaleta's
on the other side (we'll get to that in a minute).
The detail he put into this small cottage even though it was hard to
see through all the trees was just amazing! Thanks Tyler!
Here we have Dave Kaleta's wild forest where they meet the Cowardly
Lion. Again the tree cover made it hard to see the details underneath,
but that didn't stop him from really paying attention to every little
one of them!
I did my best to get the camera in here to get some close up shots.
The road in this section was especially cool to me since he and Tyler
coordinated to have it move up and down (elevation wise) to give the
whole area more depth.
I'd also like to take a second to thank DK personally for taking over
the HMFIC (person in charge) job on this collab! Trying to keep V-Lug
on topic and get answers is like, as Lee Jones says, "trying to herd
You did an excellent job herding us Dave! It's no easy task as I well
know and you really pulled it all together! Thanks so much!
The Poppy field by Lee Jones (and slave labor). Lee had built the base
for this and brought it with however, putting on the poppies before
shipping would have been... well... dumb. So, being the smart man he
is, they decided to get that done on site.
With a small army of family and friends (including Stacy. See, I told
ya she went all in to help out) he was able to get the field done.
Also note his section of the road how it goes up and over the river.
His entire road was simply tile "floating" on top (not stuck to the
build underneath) so that he would be able to get the slow curves and
the elevation change throughout. Thanks Lee and just remember...
The Emerald City built by Adam Reed-Tucker. Adam is a newer member of
V-Lug and just an awesome guy! We couldn't be happier to have him with
Now... I know that none of you are going to believe this, but I swear
it's the God's honest truth.
Adam built the ENTIRE Emerald City in 6... yes SIX days. It was
finally completed on Friday (remember, BrickWorld starts on Thursday)
after an all night building session.
You also have to keep in mind that Adam is one of the coordinators of
Brickworld so it's not like he's just sittin' around eating bon bons
during these events. There aren't "good" pictures of it because the
event hall was lit up, but the entire city lights up (just imagine all
the trans pieces with lights and you'll have an idea). Adam, thank you
so much for making this happen and may we officially welcome to
(publicly) to VirtuaLUG!
After Emerald city is the Dark Forest by Lee Jones (and again, a small
army of slave labor). The bases of the trees were built at home but
the entire canopy of leaves was built and added at the event.
Dave Kaleta came up with a great concept (think... rug of leaves) and
pretty soon the dark forest was complete. Also (again, you can't see
it in these pics) there were black lights inside the forest and glow
in the dark spiders scattered throughout.
So when the lights went out for "world of lights" and the black lights
came on, that whole forest just POPPED with all kinds of glowy magic!
Thanks again Lee (and everyone that helped finish it off)!
And here we are at the Wicked Witch's Castle. It was decided early on
that Mark Kelso and I would collaborate on this one as we've done in
The rockwork below is Mark's and the castle itself was mine. This was
the only build that I was actually "assigned" to do from the start of
this whole thing so it was actually completed fairly early on.
Good thing too as you saw earlier in the post where I had to pick up a
few strays along the way.
Mark has been unable to attend BrickWorld for the past few years and
has never actually been able to see, in person, any of the major V-Lug
collabs but without him, they wouldn't be nearly as awesome as they
turn out to be.
Thanks so much Mark! While your influence and bricks and spirit may be
here, you are TRULY missed!
Oh and by the way, Lee and I decided that we're driving down next year
and kidnapping you @$$ if you even THINK about not showing up! Love ya
At the end of the "movie" portion, we have Dave Kaleta's Emerald City
scene. His balloon was nominated and WON for best air ship at
BrickWorld! Congrats on that Dave!
Some of the detail work in this section were just mind blowing! Dave
really made this scene POP!
I'm actually just going to shut up for a minute and let you all enjoy
Dave's amazing work here... see you in a few pics!
Here's Dave Kaleta's trophy for best air ship. Congrats AGAIN Dave!
Thanks Dave and again, all hail the HMFIC!
Tyler Halliwell also built some miniland scale figs of the main characters.
These were donated to the charity auction and were purchased by fellow
V-Lugger Adam Reed Tucker!
Congrats on your win of the figs Adam, especially since you were in a
bidding war with Lee there! Great job on these Tyler!
Here we have Dennis Price's contribution. A movie theater for all the
V-Luggers to go and see the film!
It came complete with a projection room vig with Dennis himself at the helm.
I think the majority of contributing LUG members are represented here so see if
you can pick them out!
You'll also notice the signage on the marquee (another of Mrs.
There were four to choose from and some of the "late night features"
got a little dirty... so we decided to keep them on the cleaner side
with these two chosen.
Thanks so much Dennis!
Devon Wilkop (soon to be Devon Kaleta) built these full size Ruby
slippers to help tie the whole collab together. They were absolutely
BEAUTIFUL and I swear Lee wanted to try them on a few times...
Annnnd since I know you all were wondering... here's our trophy for
Best Group Collaborative Build! WE WON! That's twice now that V-LUG
has taken home the top prize in the collab category. Can we do it
again next year? Only time will tell...
Fourth Wall Commentary:
I'll keep this short. To my extended family (V-LUG), from the bottom
of my heart, thank you! All of you poured your heart and souls into
this project to make it the best collab EVER! It's only Monday (as I
type this) and I miss you all terribly already! I can't wait to get
started on next year's project and more importantly... counting down
the days till I can see you all again! 359 and counting....
I'll have my full BrickWorld 2013 recap posted as soon as I can so
Chris and everyone else who collaborated in this magnificent build ..... THIS IS FRACKING AWESOME IN EVERY WAY... It is so gob-smackingly BRILLIANT ....
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL YOU INSPIRING CREATIONISTS
HOLY SHIBLANK! Why can't there ever be a LEGO Convention close to Orlando?! We've got themeparks, including LEGOland, and we've got a convention center. With all the tourism, this type of thing would be fantastic to hold here. I see so many great things like BrickWorld and BrickCON and they all have amazing stuff like you and your extended family have built, which is amazing, and all I get are pictures, no memories. You and your family really captured the feel of the now near 75 year old movie and I love how everything flows. Fantastic work.
Fantastic job guys and congratulations.
Don't let the name fool you, there's nothing Virtual about these guys(and gals), they kick serious physical ass, and it's always a big highlight of every BW to see what these brickartists come up with.
Let it be said, our beloved LUG is nothing without you, brother! I wish I could have been more involved with this than I was, but I'll make up for it with our next one. Thanks for the coverage and on-scene updates, you guys helped us less fortunate feel as if we were practically there!~H
Your guys collaboration builds keep getting better each year! This is certainly one of my favorites to date. So the Sterlings moved out here, eh? Hopefully I'll be able to display and maybe meet them at BrickCON!
Thanks for the great pictures of the build! Everyone did a fantastic job on getting everything just right. It seems that each year your guys collaborations get better and better. So the Sterlings moved out here in Washington then? Hopefully I'll be able to display at BrickCON and meet them this year!
This is what I've been holding my breath for, bro! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing these pics!!!! I'm just stunned at how beautifully everything came together, especially with all of the challenges we faced this year. (You really came through with those additional builds, man! Wow!) Terrific job, everyone! Looking forward to what's next for V-LUG. Let's go for three!!!!
Chris, I do not know if you looked at my detailed WIZARD of OZ done for me on a big scale! But after seeing this mine pales compared to it! I was so proud of my and got all the details of the story in and on my very short budget...remember I live in disability benefits! This then hit me like a ton of bricks (yes, pun intended)! If I sound jealous I am but not of the work - but jealous I was not a part of it! It's so wonderful to see we can come from different parts of the world and be different ages...but so many talented people think so much alike it is scary! I am going to link this to all my 34 MOCpage entries. The real scary thing is we both even have black and white areas to pay homage to the original movie! Once again let me tell you---I'd love it if we ever could meet in person!
It's things like this that make me proud to be among this community. That balloon is beyond stunning and congrats for the win. I so wish that I could see this in person, but I'm truly grateful to you Chris for bringing it to us in it's full glory. Everyone who contributed should be proud of an exceptional display of pure unadulterated fun. I do believe that you guys have defined what THIS is all about. Congratulations on so many levels!
So freakin' amazing, I haven't the words to describe it. I can only add to all the other comments, that the work and detail is incredible. I especially love the twister, how it seems like a monster holding and crushing the house in its arms - which is what really DOES seem to happen in a tornado. Fantastic job, everyone.
It was awesome to see in person. The twister with the embedded house and orbiting witch & cyclist definitely caught your attention. Wonderful build and great to see collaboratives like this. It was also great to meet Dave. Leda, wish you could've made it too. Hope you are doing well.
Is possible to awed, pleased, proud, and so incredibly sad all at the same time? It was more wonderful that I imagined, and thank you for highlighting my contribution. Had we the time, brick, and means of getting it there, I think mt original idea of the cutaway theater showing the film and street scene would have been very cool indeed. Still, glad to contribute!
This really came together something special didn't it. Thanks so much Chris for stepping up to Munchkinland for me. I spent all weekend feeling sorry for myself that I couldn't be there and that I wasn't able to contribute as I'd hoped but seeing these images reminds me of my wonderful family at VirtuaLug and how supportive you've all been these last few months. I love your Munchkinland and thank you for using my little central flower ;) I wasn't there but a tiny bit of me was there in spirit. Don't ever stop being awesome man!
First off, thanks for sharing this, it's great to see the whole lay-out in one page. I'm always impressed by what you guys pull out of your sleeves for this event, and this year's no exception. Absolutely stunning creations from everyone, I think I can excuse your lack off activity in light off these three scenes you did. ;) The castle is excellent, the design is very effective and true to the film, and the rockwork is top-tier. Brilliant details in everything else as well, I'd be very hard pressed to chose a favourite. Great to see that Mr. Reed-Tucker's in your group now too, I hope you guys don't interrogate him about future Architecture sets too much...
Anyways, an excellent collaboration and well deserving of the award, congratulations!
Great recap. Chris. I wish I'd brought a camera worthy enough to take some pictures, but I'm sure I'll be able to scrounge up enough to always have a good memory of the event. Already looking forward to next year.
awesome! there are so many details i can remember from the movie (especially the witches feet under the house...;-)! ). One question i asked myself for a while now: How do you plan such a collaborative work? I mean do you only say: "Hey Kelso, i will make the castle and you can do the mountain" Or do you make some "fix points" in your building to connect these "2" builds to one (height, wideness, length, etc.) ? Or do you meet each other to work together ?
It was an absolute honor to be asked to lead this display, and I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. I certainly couldn't have done it without the guidance of Chris who headed up the last two collaboratives and turned out 2.5 builds for this year. I actually got choked up a few times when I saw the public reacting to our build. While it may not be at the same scale of previous years, I love the way we've grown as builders and as a group. Congrats all around,