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100-Piece Brick-Built Figure Contest: The Superman Goal
My entry to the 100-piece Brick-Built Figure Contest: Bobby Orr captured a moment after scoring his infamous "Superman Goal".
About this creation
Obligatory link to the 100-Piece Brick-Built Figure Contest Page.

I'd expect that most people viewing this MOC are too young to remember the Superman Goal. I was still a toddler when it took place, but I have seen the replays often enough since then to have it ingrained into my memory.

If you're not familiar with this event, let me provide a little background: The 1970 Stanley Cup finals featured the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. The first three games of this series were completely dominated by the Bruins, who successively defeated the Blues by the scores 6-1, 6-2, and 4-1.

But Game 4 was a different story. The game took place on Sunday, May 10 -- Mother's Day -- and Orr's mother had traveled from Canada to Boston just for that game. The Blues managed to tie the game in regulation, but less than an minute into overtime, Bobby Orr scored the game winning goal, clinching the championship for the Bruins. A moment after scoring the goal, Orr was tripped by Blues' defenseman Noel Picard while watching the puck pass by goaltender Glenn Hall. Orr was sent flying into the air in the classic Superman pose.

Orr's famous goal is without a doubt one of the greatest in NHL history and arguably one of the greatest moments in the history of professional sports in general. The goal is the most memorable part of Orr's legacy, and no doubt contributed to him being regarded almost unanimously as the greatest defenseman of all time.

I had originally planned to do this build at a much larger scale, perhaps three times as large as this MOC turned out, but when the 100-piece contest was announced, I figured I'd give it a try with this subject. Obviously, some compromises had to be made to meet the 100 piece restriction. I did manage to include two of the mystery pieces, though. They are:

  • Banana: Four banaanas form the yellow trim at the bottom of Orr's jersey.
  • Oxygen tank: Orr's gloves are each represented by one oxygen tank.


The classic picture I used as a reference can be seen by following this link. You can see a video of the Superman Goal here.

I have also included the LDD file to demonstrate that the build is exactly 100 pieces.





A re-creation of the original black-and-white photo:







And here is a visual parts inventory:





Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  May 30, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith Being a Brit this was an interesting Hockey lesson. Having watched the video I see where you were coming from. Great character and motion capture. What's not to like about a banana belt?
Thanks! I'm lucky that the bananas turned out to be just the right size for the belt on a figure of this scale. Thanks also for helping to run this contest -- it's been one of the best experiences I've had since joining MOCpages and I'm looking forward to participating again next year.
 I made it 
  May 30, 2014
Quoting Oran Cruzen Great work of Lego creationism!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  May 29, 2014
Being a Brit this was an interesting Hockey lesson. Having watched the video I see where you were coming from. Great character and motion capture. What's not to like about a banana belt?
 I like it 
  May 29, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Pure awesome! A great moc of the greatest hockey player ever. (Sorry Gretsky fans but the truth sometimes hurts like a hipcheck mid ice into the boards.) In spite of my being a Flyers fan and additionally a Blues fan, especially now that they acquired Miller in the net, being reminded of the Blues’ defeat back in 70 should garner my wrath; however, Orr was a god and proved it every time he laced up. Your build shows his most memorable moment and one that defines the sport, victory at all costs. The header he took after the goal would have sent most mortal men to the locker room but adrenaline is a wonderful thing. The photo is up there with Babe pointing to the fence, Jordan midflight with his tongue sticking out, or Earnhardt on top of the #3 steering wheel in hand at Daytona. The moment defined the player and you captured it. Fantastic part usage with two Mystery Pieces. Outstanding!
Thanks, matt! And thanks again for helping to run this contest. It has been truly enjoyable, both to participate and to watch some of the great ideas that others have come up with. This contest has no doubt been at least partly responsible for steering me in the direction of building a few more figures. I think that the parameters of the contest were very well chosen to keep it interesting, yet accessible, and would gladly join in on it again. My feelings about Orr vs. Gretzky are pretty much the same as yours -- Gretzky may have been the greatest scorer of all time, but Orr defined his sport in a way that only a few professional athletes have ever done.
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
Pure awesome! A great moc of the greatest hockey player ever. (Sorry Gretsky fans but the truth sometimes hurts like a hipcheck mid ice into the boards.) In spite of my being a Flyers fan and additionally a Blues fan, especially now that they acquired Miller in the net, being reminded of the Blues’ defeat back in 70 should garner my wrath; however, Orr was a god and proved it every time he laced up. Your build shows his most memorable moment and one that defines the sport, victory at all costs. The header he took after the goal would have sent most mortal men to the locker room but adrenaline is a wonderful thing. The photo is up there with Babe pointing to the fence, Jordan midflight with his tongue sticking out, or Earnhardt on top of the #3 steering wheel in hand at Daytona. The moment defined the player and you captured it. Fantastic part usage with two Mystery Pieces. Outstanding!
 I made it 
  May 20, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Love the banana usage, terrific build.
Thanks. The bananas turned out to be just the right size for me to use them that way.
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  May 20, 2014
Love the banana usage, terrific build.
 I made it 
  May 12, 2014
Quoting Tim C Great representation. From the thumbnail, when I first saw it, I thought he was a scuba diver, but a closer look shows that there is a lot more puck and lot less shellfish in your figure's daily goings on;) Great shaping, but for me the highlight is your use of the bananas. Some major NPU there. Nice work and good luck in the contest.
Thanks! I like how the bananas worked out, too. As I mentioned in the description, I had the subject planned long before the contest was announced, so I didn't choose something based on my ability to work in the mystery parts. I was pretty happy that I found a way to use two of them without really compromising the looks.
 I like it 
  May 11, 2014
Great representation. From the thumbnail, when I first saw it, I thought he was a scuba diver, but a closer look shows that there is a lot more puck and lot less shellfish in your figure's daily goings on;) Great shaping, but for me the highlight is your use of the bananas. Some major NPU there. Nice work and good luck in the contest.
 I made it 
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Great looking figure. The Red Winds sure could have used him this year. You really captured the action with an excellent choice of parts.
Thanks! I only wish I could have worked in 1 or 2 more of the mystery parts, but I think I would have had to compromise too much on how it looked in order to include them.
 I like it 
  May 7, 2014
Great looking figure. The Red Winds sure could have used him this year. You really captured the action with an excellent choice of parts.
 I made it 
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Spencer D Great build Matt and truly an iconic sports moment.
Thanks! It's definitely gratifying to take a memorable moment like this one and bring it to life in LEGO.
 I made it 
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) I adore those technic socks! :)
Thanks! It's probably not a typical use for those parts, but it seemed to work pretty well -- definitely better than a stack of plates.
 I like it 
  May 7, 2014
Great build Matt and truly an iconic sports moment.
 I like it 
  May 7, 2014
I adore those technic socks! :)
 I made it 
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Abby Francis Very nice!
Thanks! As an accomplished figure builder yourself, I appreciate your comments.
 I like it 
  May 6, 2014
Very nice!
 I made it 
  May 6, 2014
Quoting Keith Goldman I'll echo the kudos for the bananas, but those socks are really nice too, simple but perfect. Great capture of an epic moment in sporting history.
Thanks! I had been thinking about how to do the socks for a while. If I had built the model at the larger scale I was originally intending, I probably would have done something similar, but would have used the Technic cams instead.
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
I'll echo the kudos for the bananas, but those socks are really nice too, simple but perfect. Great capture of an epic moment in sporting history.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Lord Bacca HABS!!!
Ah, a voice of dissent :-). We'll see how the Habs do against the Bruins tomorrow night, but it is shaping up to be a tense series -- as is usually the case when these two teams are involved.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Best use of the mystery parts yet! Banana hair was cool, but banana jersey? And the air tanks as big stumpy hockey glove fingers... very nice. A good build, and it's real world / historical to boot! Well done. Attack!
Thanks! The bananas turned out to be just the right size for my purpose, so I got a bit lucky there. And I agree that the oxygen tanks worked very well for the hockey gloves, especially given that they are bulkier than a normal hand would be.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work, it was really interesting to read about the background story too!
Thanks! It is indeed a great story -- one of the all-time greats captured at the pinnacle of his career.
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
HABS!!!
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
Best use of the mystery parts yet! Banana hair was cool, but banana jersey? And the air tanks as big stumpy hockey glove fingers... very nice. A good build, and it's real world / historical to boot! Well done. Attack!
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
Great work, it was really interesting to read about the background story too!
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Thankyou for sharing this brilliant story. The figure is pretty wonderful as well, and it doesn't seem to suffer for being only 100 pieces. Best of luck to you in the contest!
Thanks! This story is old enough now, that I fear that not too many people are familiar with it, so I'm happy if I've made someone aware of Orr's legacy. The figure did come out pretty well, but I did have to cut corners in a few places. I did a pretty minimalistic job on the face (which isn't too visible in the reference photo, anyway) so that I could concentrate on getting the uniform and pose as accurate as possible.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Great MOC. It's nice to see this on MOCpages, and done so well. Killer job. Bobby Orr rules.
Thanks! In case it wasn't clear, I think Bobby Orr rules, too :-) If I were putting together a hockey "dream team", he would be my first selection, followed closely by Gretzky, and eventually I'd take Ray Bourque to be Orr's line mate -- what a combination they would have been (they only missed playing together by three years, as it turned out).
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Ha! I love it. Great job.
Thanks! Glad you got a chuckle out of it.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter awesome!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome figure Matt! I like how you made the skates. Great use of the bananas and oxygen tanks. Excellent!
Thanks, Clayton! I was pretty pleased to be able to work those mystery parts in there, and I thought that I might have a chance to work in one more, but it just didn't pan out.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Stephan N looks very good, the banana belt is a great idea
Thank! I was pretty happy when the "banana belt" idea occurred to me. I was lucky that the bananas are pretty much the perfect size to form the belt of a 100-piece figure.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Nice work Matt a brilliant figure and subject matter. Love the ice skates and great use of the bananas. I had the same idea with the airtanks but you beat me to it. Good luck :)
Thanks! I had a feeling that I wouldn't be the only one to come up with the idea of using the oxygen tanks as fingers, so that was part of my incentive to post early (at least I'll get credit for being the first :-). I'm hoping that the "banana belt" is unique, though.
 I made it 
  May 5, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Looks great! 5/5
Thanks!
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
Thankyou for sharing this brilliant story. The figure is pretty wonderful as well, and it doesn't seem to suffer for being only 100 pieces. Best of luck to you in the contest!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
Great MOC. It's nice to see this on MOCpages, and done so well. Killer job. Bobby Orr rules.
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
Ha! I love it. Great job.
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
awesome!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
awesome!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
Awesome figure Matt! I like how you made the skates. Great use of the bananas and oxygen tanks. Excellent!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
looks very good, the banana belt is a great idea
 I like it 
  May 4, 2014
Nice work Matt a brilliant figure and subject matter. Love the ice skates and great use of the bananas. I had the same idea with the airtanks but you beat me to it. Good luck :)
  May 4, 2014
Looks great! 5/5
 
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