Built for Brickworld 2013 as part of the "Wonka" collaborative. These builds represent all the chocolaty goodness of Mr. Willy Wonka's factory, the demise of undeserving children, and the simple heroics of Charlie Bucket. Welcome to the Inventing Room!
About this creation
"When Mr Wonka shouted 'Stop the boat!' the Oompa-Loompas jammed their oars into the river and backed water furiously. The boat stopped. The Oompa-Loompas guided the boat alongside the red door. On the door it said, INVENTING ROOM — PRIVATE — KEEP OUT. Mr Wonka took a key from his pocket, leaned over the side of the boat, and put the key in the keyhole.
'This is the most important room in the entire factory!' he said. 'All my most secret new inventions are cooking and simmering in here! Old Fickelgruber would give his front teeth to be allowed inside just for three minutes! So would Prodnose and Slugworth and all the other rotten chocolate makers! But now, listen to me! I want no messing about when you go in! No touching, no meddling, and no tasting! Is that agreed?'
'Yes, yes!' the children cried. 'We won't touch a thing!'
'Up to now,' Mr Wonka said, 'nobody else, not even an Oompa-Loompa, has ever been allowed in here!'
He opened the door and stepped out of the boat into the room. The four children and their parents all scrambled after him.
Charlie Bucket stared around the gigantic room in which he now found himself. The place was like a witch's kitchen! All about him black metal pots were boiling and bubbling on huge stoves, and kettles were hissing and pans were sizzling, and strange iron machines were clanking and spluttering, and there were pipes running all over the ceiling and walls, and the whole place was filled with smoke and steam and delicious rich smells."
The collaborative idea was first tossed out over a year ago at last year's Brickworld. Over the past year, Ian Spacek, Max Pointner, Dave Kaleta, and myself slowly refined the idea, decided on a scale, pinned down minifig designs, and put the bignettes together for the reveal at the convention. The collaboration's builds are based on our own interpretation of the book, not on either of the movies, so you'll get a fresh look at the Wonka world browsing through the five bignettes.
As the result of a coin flip, I ended up with the Inventing Room, and immediately began sketching designs and ordering parts. The build needed to be clean, while at the same time be chaotic. A few consistent motifs like the glass tubes and containers, the loose colored studs, and the corrugated pipes helped tie an otherwise insane build together.
A look at the rather bland back side of the build.
The two inverted Adventurers onion dome pieces from 2003 were the pieces I knew I wanted to start with. Turned upside down, they had an irresistibly Wonkaish look and worked perfectly for the bubble gum machine by which Violet Beauregard meets her demise.
Some of the detailing on the inventing room wall.
A countertop surface with some pots, pans, and candy-making chemicals.
Two Oompa Loompas spilling something tasty.
A chocolate pipe.
Violet Beauregard in her blueberry form. Special thanks to Hoth for letting me turn it into an inflated torso.
The Oompa Loompas have short legs, the children have regular legs, and the adults have long legs; all together making quite the show of height in all of the rooms.
And the master inventor himself.
This is the collaboration "poster" image. Credit to Turnstyle Studios for the typesetting of "Wonka."
Tour the factory and see these other amazing vignettes that were part of the collaborative:
You nailed every aspect you set out to--this build is marvelously done! Very clean and yet with a great sense of chaos and motion. The PU on the bubble gum dome and Violet's torso is incredible! Very nice.
Spectacular. Very eye catching use of tubing, and brilliant bloated blueberry girl design. My favourite thing about this vignette is the trans-clear tubes, the sleekness of it bespeaks a great deal of elegance.