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100 PBBFC: BananaMan
About this creation
My entry for the 100 Piece Brick Built Figure Contest .

BananaMan was a British comic book and tv show superhero form the 1980s. It was a comedy cartoon directed toward children but was full of classic British homour and puns which parents would also find amusing.

The main character was a small boy called Eric who transformed into BananaMan whenever he ate a banana. He battled villains called AppleMan (who was rotten to the core), General Blight, Skunk Woman (parody of Cat Woman), and the worst of all – Auntie.












































Exactly 100 pieces used, including 4 of the mystery pieces. The airtanks as fingers, the tube (with ends removed) as the top of the cape around his neck, the aeroplane engine as his waist/torso and of course the bananas.






I really enjoyed building this one so I hope you like him too. He has a similar form to my usual figures but has approximately half as many pieces. I managed to use 4 of the mystery pieces. The aeroplane engine made for a perfect waist/torso (due to the technic whole for the propeller) which allowed me to use significantly fewer pieces in this area. Building with a limited piece count forces you to be very creative with the parts and pushes you to find new solutions. Some of these solutions I will use again such as the ankle joint.

A big thank you to the creators of this contest and good luck to everyone who enters.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 1, 2014
Ha ha!! That is excellently funny. The look is really really great!!
 I like it 
  May 29, 2014
Full articulation and complete aesthetic realisation means this has got to score well. The PU is right up there for the engine waist, one of the best uses of the mystery pieces in the contest. And I admit a LEGO Banana Man ticks some personal presence boxes for me.
 I made it 
  May 28, 2014
Haha thanks guys. Sorry for the late reply, i have been super busy these last few days. I am absolutely delighted with finishing so high. These contests are great fun to be in and finishing well is a great bonus. Thank you all for the kind comnents.
 I like it 
  May 28, 2014
Silver is better than bronze though... Congrats on the high finish, I still think that exploded shot puts you over the top but there was stiff competition. Fine work.
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Congratulations on winning second place. Now, I hope you won't be like those cry baby Silver Medalists of the last Winter Olympics. Just accept your award gracefully and move on. lol
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Congratulations on winning second place.
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Many congratulations to second place. Your character is really awesome.
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
Congratulations Joe! Brilliant work!
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
Okay, that was unexpected. Wonderfully unexpected! Bananaman? Oh no he didn’t. And there he is. That thumbnail is a stroke of pure unadulterated genius. Should grant a point or two for that alone. I should also grant an extra point for using the Fabuland motor Mystery Piece. Frighteningly clever. However, I won’t. XD Let me just say that this is so unbelievably full of character that it is truly one of the exemplars to be used to illustrate; and not solely due to his flexibility and poses, but rather his quirky and humorous expression. I vaguely remember that cartoon, but remember that it was just silly. And you nailed it here! His goofy looking, Far Side-esque face and over exaggerated build are spot on. Some amazingly clever part usage including the four MPs, still smiling at the motor. Those Mixel joints and eyes are really giving new life and poseability to all these creations. Fully realized and masterfully executed. Outstanding! And congratulations Joe!
 I like it 
  May 23, 2014
I love everything about this! Most excellent parts usage.
 I like it 
  May 22, 2014
This gave me a good smile and a laugh. That mosaic idea is brilliant as well. Wonderful work. Gotta love British humor.
 I like it 
  May 20, 2014
Haha, British comics/shows are just too zany... in a good way. Superb build, a great combination of flexibility and aesthetics. Love the breakdown as well.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Supercool! The mosaic is too awesome.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Your entry makes me think I should have made more of an effort to make mine articulated, wow this is impressive. I really appreciate how you made your own opportunity by turning the exploded shot into something artistic. Kudos on all levels, I think you have a great shot of winning the whole tamale.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Banana, banana, banana! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/388198 Latest build!
 I made it 
  May 13, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Probably the most expressive figure seen so far. The range of poses BM can make, all within the 100 parts limit is really impressive. But I have to say, for me the most impressive part of this MOC is how you were able to lay all the parts out in that sort of mosaic format for the first and last PIC. You capture almost the same image by laying the parts out, totally unconnected? THAT is astounding to me. Well done. Attack!
Thanks Michael I am very pleased you like him. The mosaic/collage was a last minute thing. As I dismantled the build I just started to lay them out and the idea came to me. Just to be clear the mosaic photos are the same, one is zoomed in so the judges can count the pieces (if they so desire). Thanks again, really looking forward to your entry.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
This looks so funny. That face on your MOC is jsut too good.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Probably the most expressive figure seen so far. The range of poses BM can make, all within the 100 parts limit is really impressive. But I have to say, for me the most impressive part of this MOC is how you were able to lay all the parts out in that sort of mosaic format for the first and last PIC. You capture almost the same image by laying the parts out, totally unconnected? THAT is astounding to me. Well done. Attack!
 I made it 
  May 12, 2014
Thanks guys I am very surprised that so many people know this character. Really please you like him too.
 I like it 
  May 12, 2014
Gloorious! This is full of humour, much like the show itself. The googly eyes make him look very enthusiastic. The simple body construction is great too because it's still very recognisable, even with that cardboard cape ;)
 I like it 
  May 12, 2014
I remember it from my childhood days. There were also stop motion LEGO sports movies that I love to this day. They were not too popular but who cares :D
 I like it 
  May 12, 2014
Great work..!
 I like it 
  May 11, 2014
Never heard of a banana man but its looking great! :) Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 11, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman Maybe France was a little too far to fly ;)
Perhaps with in-flight banana refuelling?
 I like it 
  May 11, 2014
This takes me back, absolutely superb choice for a build. This could spawn a "just before the teatime BBC News" series. Texas Pete v Superted!
 I like it 
  May 11, 2014
I love how this is really 2 mocs :)
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
He has the mighty power to slip on bananas :D
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Wow! That's Awesome!! It looks just like him in the picture!! Great job!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
That's some amazing detail for the piece count!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
I remember that show, great job!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Nicley built and pretty funny! I like the use of those Mixel eyes and the fact that, even with limited parts, you were able to build a fig up to your normal standard of awesomeness!
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Thanks guys. @ Henrik - you are completely right it is a slapstick parody of superman and batman with classic British humour. Glad you like it
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
I love this parody of Superman. I do not know much about this comic, but it looks like pure Monty Python humor. Good luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
lol with Banahahman : excellent!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
great job.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy Excellent choice, very funny, even though I didn't know him! I'm old enough :-/, but not sure he ever came to France... Good luck and congratulations on the engine part!
Maybe France was a little too far to fly ;). Thanks Tom and good luck your entry is fantastic.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Excellent choice, very funny, even though I didn't know him! I'm old enough :-/, but not sure he ever came to France... Good luck and congratulations on the engine part!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Really nice and funny :)
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Thanks guys. Glad you like the collage too, that was a last minute thing but I think it turned out well :D
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Wow! This is great! Fantastic work!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Great idea, perfect creation and very clever that You make a puzzle with pieces of BananaMan. It is a fantastic Job, again! Good Luck!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Fantastic!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Good work! I like it. Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Super fig. Your 100 piece pic is exceedingly clever, and the fully assembled hero looks excellent.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting Tim C Yes! I am familiar with Bananaman. He used to come on a station called Nickelodeon here in the states, back in the days when you could see a young Alanis Morissette on another Nick show called, "You Can't Do That On Television." Anybody out there remember that little gem? There were no advertisements on Nickelodeon back then, and Bananaman would fill the gaps between shows along with another British cartoon called "Danger Mouse." Talk about nostalgia. Seeing this really took me back. As for the build, stellar as always. Nice work getting those MP's in there. The banana was a no-brainer when you're building a guy named Bananaman, but the oxygen tanks for fists was pretty clever. You depicted the goofy banana boots very well, and that ridiculous look on his face captures the original character perfectly. Nice work, Joe. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to reread the rules to make sure that professional builders are allowed to compete;)
Haha thanks Tim. Danger Mouse was hilarious too maybe I should build him next. As soon as I read the banana in the MP list I had instant inspiration to build him. Glad you like it.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Eric Is Bananaman! :-))) Love it love it love it. Good luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Nice teaser photo. Good work.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Yes! I am familiar with Bananaman. He used to come on a station called Nickelodeon here in the states, back in the days when you could see a young Alanis Morissette on another Nick show called, "You Can't Do That On Television." Anybody out there remember that little gem? There were no advertisements on Nickelodeon back then, and Bananaman would fill the gaps between shows along with another British cartoon called "Danger Mouse." Talk about nostalgia. Seeing this really took me back. As for the build, stellar as always. Nice work getting those MP's in there. The banana was a no-brainer when you're building a guy named Bananaman, but the oxygen tanks for fists was pretty clever. You depicted the goofy banana boots very well, and that ridiculous look on his face captures the original character perfectly. Nice work, Joe. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to reread the rules to make sure that professional builders are allowed to compete;)
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
ha, ha, beautiful and funny! the part display system is brilliant!
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting David Roberts "Eric is Bananaman!" Possibly some of my favourite opening credits of all time, especially as he "swims" through space. I seem to remember that Bill Oddie played a crow or something and that it had most of the cast of the Goodies in it. Delightfully silly, happy memories. Oh there's a Lego model? Right, erm.... look it works both as a figurette and a collage! That's a superbly creative way to display the parts breakdown, which is normally just a technical shot. I love the tanks as fingers and knuckles too. Good luck in the competition, I'm off to Acacia Avenue: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2KXudEjkI
hahaha Thanks David, I was hoping that the British AFOLs (of a certain age ;)) would like this one.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Wonderful creation. You nailed it with the cape. I recall, a cape came up in the conversation in the questions about the contest. Anyway, your title reminded me of an oldie song, The Name Game, and it starts out like this. "Shirley, Shirley bo Birley Bonana fanna fo Firley Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley". Believe me, I had a tough time typing that.
You are telling me, it was difficult to read ;). Thanks
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
@ Clayton, Barto and Topsy – haha thanks guys, those are the type of puns the show was full of.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
This is amazing!! I love it! and "only" 100 pieces!! 5/5 8-D
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Haha! That is just awesome, and the expression on his face is priceless (amazing what you can do with a facial expression at this scale). Excellent entry. Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
He's a super... you know I can't resist saying this... apeeling character! I love his facial expression, and how you have managed to give him such definition with limited pieces! :)
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Utterly ridiculous. It's perfect. Also, that's a pretty neat way to show the 100 pieces.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
"Eric is Bananaman!" Possibly some of my favourite opening credits of all time, especially as he "swims" through space. I seem to remember that Bill Oddie played a crow or something and that it had most of the cast of the Goodies in it. Delightfully silly, happy memories. Oh there's a Lego model? Right, erm.... look it works both as a figurette and a collage! That's a superbly creative way to display the parts breakdown, which is normally just a technical shot. I love the tanks as fingers and knuckles too. Good luck in the competition, I'm off to Acacia Avenue: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2KXudEjkI
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Nice one! He'd better keep his eyes 'peeled' for bad guys!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Haha! Dudey!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Wonderful creation. You nailed it with the cape. I recall, a cape came up in the conversation in the questions about the contest. Anyway, your title reminded me of an oldie song, The Name Game, and it starts out like this. "Shirley, Shirley bo Birley Bonana fanna fo Firley Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley". Believe me, I had a tough time typing that.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Awesome!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Wow! Joe ! He has great A"peel" he he! Love the cape. Great use of the airplane part. Incredible work as always!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Superb work, I think this is probably the best entry I've seen. Good luck!
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Thanks guys :). This one was great fun and quite a challenge only using 100 pieces. My usual figures have about 200 pieces at least.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Yeaaaah, this one rocks!!! Excellent figure with lots of great details. I really love the main pic. Really really cool. Congrats for this pretty cool stuff!!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Awesome!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Hi Joe! It's good too see your funny lego way too! Congratulation for that!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Spot on! Feeling old hehe
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Wow! Very cool figure! I like the mein photo! :D
 
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