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About this creation
The link to the contest.

Debit cards.

“Great! Tim’s done lost his mind now.”

No, no. Bear with me here. Debit cards. They really haven’t been around that long…you know, in the grand scheme of things. Many of us on this site are too young to remember, but those of us that are more, I’ll say, “experienced in life,” remember a time when the only way to spend the money in your checking account was by writing a check. There was no card. Well, no card that would access your checking account in, say, a restaurant. We had a card, but it was strictly an ATM card. Only ATM’s weren’t so generally known as ATM’s back then. We called them Green Machines, or Money Stations. We used them frequently, or, at least, enough for it to be common practice. Not so common anymore. Not since ATM cards became debit cards.

A couple weeks ago, my daughter was invited to an assembly to honor her for her academic achievement. (I’m puffing up my chest right now). It was taking place right after work, so we were in a rush to get there before they called her name. We needed cash, so for the first time in, frankly, a few years, we stopped at an ATM. My state of being out of practice in using these ancient machines led me to the very embarrassing situation of getting out my cash, grabbing my receipt, and tearing off into the distance with hope in my heart that we were actually going to make it. Forgot one step: Retrieving my debit card from said machine.

Dag blast it.

We discovered my little faux pas the next morning, so I did what any responsible debit card owner would do. I apologized to my wife, (of course), then sped off to the bank to cancel my card and be issued a new one. As it happens, due to a clerical error, my bank was sent the wrong cards by their supplier, so my bank had no cards to issue. I had to do it the old fashioned way, which is to wait 7 to 10 business days for the arrival of my new card. That’s by mail. As if anyone uses that anymore. I wait yet even to this day, my fellow FOLs.

Later that fateful day, I sat down in front of my computer to put in the last BrickLink order that I need to finish my second, and most likely final, ship for BrickWorld. I had just about completed the order when, (gasp), I realize that I can’t make that order with a cancelled debit card.

Happenstance, thou art as loathsome as a toad.

My ship sits unfinished, and I needed a diversion. Enter Abby, Matt, and David.

I say that, but I must admit that I was tempted from the start to throw in on this contest of theirs. It was not a lost debit card, but the very idea of the contest that motivated me to compete. But in case that wasn’t enough…

I was coerced by two of the judges. Ruthlessly, mercilessly coerced. One of the judges had already done this to me before, so from him I was not surprised. But the other, whom I have in the past regarded as a fine, upstanding gentleman, stooped to bribes and wisecrackery. Under such pressure, greater men than me would have undoubtedly cracked. I thank Abby for not resorting to such reprehensible acts.

Seriously, I say all this in good fun, and I’m sure that Matt and David understand that I hold them in the highest regard, and I say all this in much the same spirit that a friend may thump another friend in the shoulder in lieu of expressing his high opinion of him.

To the build!

This is a M.O.L.E., which stands for Mechanized Officer of Law Enforcement. In the future, human officers will be replaced by these walking tanks to handle situations that require less of a, shall we say, delicate touch. But, if one of these beasts should ever show up to one of your parties, you may want to go ahead and just turn the music down a notch.

This contest was the perfect opportunity to put to use the piece that I used as the head on this guy. The moment I first saw it, I immediately thought of the head of a mech. Only one piece to construct a head mixed with a 100-piece figure contest is the perfect combo. My only regrets are that I was able to utilize only one mystery piece, and that the red pieces look orange in the photography. No matter how many times I took and retook these shots with various adjustments to the settings, orange is what I got. So, in your mind’s eye, please see the orange bits as red bits. Thanks for that.

I am quite proud of this build. The contest forced me to draw back my high piece count tendencies, and I didn’t think I would come up with something that meets the strict standards that I put on myself. That being said, I’m very happy with the results. I will be rebuilding this guy, adding a few details that the piece restriction prevented and he may be making the trip to Chicago with me in a month.

Finally, thanks to all the judges for putting on this fine contest. It has been an immeasurable pleasure.







The back view is my least favorite. It does, however, give you a look at his backpack and the sole mystery piece I was able to include. The hose. In case you're having trouble figuring out the part usage...I used it as a hose. (Sigh)






A little bit of a close up look at him.


Exactly 100 pieces. Score!

Thanks for having a look, everyone. Hope you like. If you feel the need, please let me know what you think.




Comments

 I like it 
  June 2, 2014
That is an impressive feat for only 100 pieces! So cool!
 I like it 
  June 1, 2014
Spiffy and spunky! I love the twin guns.
  May 26, 2014
This is really good
 I made it 
  May 26, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Your big mistake was regarding me as a fine, upstanding gentleman; so wrong on multiple counts. Here, let me demonstrate. XD Actually, I love this little fella. Of course, I’m reminded of ED-209, what could possibly go wrong? The bulk of his legs seem quite appropriate for the purpose. We can assume that this platform was used militarily then given a toned down overhaul for civilian use. I would also suspect that those clever hoses deliver some vital fluid or ammunition to operate sufficiently. ;) In spite of that, we are still treated to some outstanding part usage; those arms stand out for me as does his low profile head. I hear the clank of the cops coming up the road ready to issue a warning for a dog owner that allows his pet to bark all day long. Or not hear the clank when I call to say that someone broke into the house next door. Okay, I won’t explain. My only criticism would be towards his character. I would almost want to see a goofy looking mechanical face plastered to the front where the engineers were attempting to answer the request of some high executive’s question, “Why not put a face on him so he’ll blend in better? Yeah, make it happen or it’s your job!” Maybe try the Buzz Lightyear face; something completely wrong but oh so right. Aside from that, I see this guy popping up as a basic mech soon all over the pages just because the aesthetic vision is a complete one. Excellent!
Civilian use? That is terrifying. I can see it now..."Do you see what your dog did to my lawn!!!???" I really appreciate your comment, Matt, as I always do. There is such a nice mix of humor, a few subtle digs here and there, as well as some real genuine opining. This was a wonderful little experiment of a contest that turned out to be something I hope you guys bring back next year. It brought out some sides of us competitors that I don't think many of us knew we had in us. For me, I didn't think that I would be accepting of a mech that had 100 pieces. Instead, I came up with something I'm truly proud of. I have you, Abby, and David to thank for that. See ya in a few weeks, Matt.
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
Your big mistake was regarding me as a fine, upstanding gentleman; so wrong on multiple counts. Here, let me demonstrate. XD Actually, I love this little fella. Of course, I’m reminded of ED-209, what could possibly go wrong? The bulk of his legs seem quite appropriate for the purpose. We can assume that this platform was used militarily then given a toned down overhaul for civilian use. I would also suspect that those clever hoses deliver some vital fluid or ammunition to operate sufficiently. ;) In spite of that, we are still treated to some outstanding part usage; those arms stand out for me as does his low profile head. I hear the clank of the cops coming up the road ready to issue a warning for a dog owner that allows his pet to bark all day long. Or not hear the clank when I call to say that someone broke into the house next door. Okay, I won’t explain. My only criticism would be towards his character. I would almost want to see a goofy looking mechanical face plastered to the front where the engineers were attempting to answer the request of some high executive’s question, “Why not put a face on him so he’ll blend in better? Yeah, make it happen or it’s your job!” Maybe try the Buzz Lightyear face; something completely wrong but oh so right. Aside from that, I see this guy popping up as a basic mech soon all over the pages just because the aesthetic vision is a complete one. Excellent!
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Been offline for a while, so I missed this. Awesome 100 pc Mech! Sorry to hear about the debit card loss.
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Send this guy to retrieve your card... ;) Great build Tim, too bad about the lost debt card. At least it wasn't used by anyone else. Brilliant build, the red highlights are a neat touch.
Yeah, nobody accessed the card while it was out of my hands, so all's well, I guess. My pride is the only thing damaged;) Glad you like my entry, Luke. The original version was almost completely dk bley. I later added the red to break the monotony. Thanks, Luke.
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  May 21, 2014
Quoting M2com McKinney Simple yet very cool! Excellent!. The small additions of orange are very nice here.
Thanks, M2com! Glad you like the...orange...yeah, the orange;)
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Very nice work Tim! It's slightly simple, but the color choice and execution is excellent! That whole business with the debt card tho..... Not being able to order from BL?!
Simple is what it had to be with only 100 pieces to work with. It's a concept I will revisit when I have the time. I'm glad you like it though. As for the story, the nightmare is nearly over;)
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting That guy you saw earlier Awesome work!
Thanks, That Guy!
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  May 21, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great build! Your story ended a lot better than I was anticipating it too!
Thanks! My BL orders should be here in the next couple days. I will consider this story ended when they arrive;)
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Ah, nothing beats the ball and socket for posability. This little guy looks great! Love the helmet. Attack!
I can't get away from that connection, Mike. Thanks for the compliment.
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Excellent figure, and we're all glad you were inspired to build it, by whatever means :-) Good luck in the contest!
Ha! Thanks, Nick. Inspiration comes from the strangest places.
 I like it 
  May 20, 2014
Send this guy to retrieve your card... ;) Great build Tim, too bad about the lost debt card. At least it wasn't used by anyone else. Brilliant build, the red highlights are a neat touch.
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Simple yet very cool! Excellent!. The small additions of orange are very nice here.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Keith Goldman I had my card eaten by a machine once while on vacation...it just about ruined that vacation (I still get mad when I remember it) so I can empathize with your opening statement. The entry is very cool and a different direction from the others. You manage to somehow make it look very large while staying within the parts restriction. Best of luck in the contest.
ATM's, man. They're the devil's work. Thanks for the compliment, Keith. Glad you like it. I have always admired those that can fool the eye with the size of their MOC, so if I have pulled that off, I couldn't be more pleased.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Stephan Schumann Very beautyfull, and respectfull MoleMech! I had got a debit-card last week...( old Germany...), helped me to pay new BL-orders. I agree with other comments: The Legs are superb- topnotch! And I always like cables. Welldone! Best Luck in the Contest, Tim!
Thanks a lot, Stephan. Ooh, watch out for that BL. It has a way of making you forget that you have bills to pay;)
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Jozsef Venczel It is looks very good! Good luck!
Thanks, Jozsef. I appreciate the well-wishing.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting MRgstarx Hillier This is my favourite in this contest becuase its like the only mech, everything else is people this is the best. :)
Wow! High praise indeed. There is some serious competition in this contest, so I'm all the more flattered that you consider this one your favorite.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Fantastic mech! Love the shaping and the detailing! Good luck!
Thanks, Mark. Glad you like it.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Beefy little fig there, Chief! Funny story, too. I don't use those infernal machines, either, dag nab it ;)
Gull derned ATM's;) Thanks for the compliment, Barto. I swear I will get back to your story, I really will.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome mech Tim! I really like that piece for the head. The legs look great the way shaped them. Excellent entry, best of luck to you in the contest!
Thanks, Clayton! I'm pretty happy with the head. As I said in my opening, one piece for a head in a contest that restricts your piece count is a no-brainer. Glad you like the legs. At first I was afraid they were a little too beefy, but I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting TF Twitch I remember checkbook balancing days, and when 'Murcan gas was under $1 USD at the pump (gasp!). This build definitely looks way more complex than 100 pieces. I will agree with David Roberts with how the legs look heavily armored. I cannot really state which feature or part is my favorite here, other than everything.
Ah, yes. Those were the days;) Thanks for the compliment, TF.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Nice!
Thanks!
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) I can hear the servos positioning those upper thoracic limb thingys... ha, ha! Neat! :)
I think it might be a variation of swooshing your spaceship and making lazer sounds when you hum as your moving your mech limbs;) Thanks, Topsy.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I really like this one. The colours, the long legs and the large feet all work perfectly. Nice movement in the poses too. Good luck Tim.
Thanks, Joe. I'm really appreciating all these wonderful comments from such accomplished figure builders. The exaggerated features are inspired by Japanese style mechs.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P I like it. He's ruff and he's tuff and he takes no guff. Great parts usage.
Thanks, Cheryl. I don't think he holds a candle to your entry, though.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Chris Bulliner This is really good for 100 pieces. I really like that you gave it a somewhat rounded look.
Thanks, Chris. I was hoping for a little more of a rounded look, but it's tough in that scale with so few pieces.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Very cool design! I like the bulky look and I think this is one of the better entries.
Very high praise indeed, coming from such a prolific mech builder. Of all sizes.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Karol J Looks really interesting! Nice MOC! Good work!
Thanks, Karol. Glad you like it.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting The Mighty Zog ! I like the torso and arms, but I'm not liking the legs or feet. Overall great job :)
Thanks, Zog, for the compliment and the honesty. Hopefully, the judges can find more to like.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Very impressive! An excellent entry.
Thanks Starscream. Glad you like it.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny I quite like this little figure, mostly because of the bulk of his upper body - shame it's legs are almost twice the size. Or maybe he has to catch all those cyber-criminals on foot, who knows? The hose is certainly used in an inspired way, I must say ;) also thanks for a tiny chuckle while I read the kinda-blog-post. I've lost my wallet once, but luckily the most valuable item was a cincert ticket. Or maybe that was misfortune, since I had to pay for another ticket. Anyhow, now you've instilled in me an eternal fear of using ATM machines and now I don't know how I'll manage, since they're still pretty common around here. Time to tie my debit card on a string around my neck :)
Thanks, Alex. I went with a pseudo-Japanese style mech, and if you're familiar with Gundam, you know that their chests, calves, and feet are huge. As for the post, I have a tendency to be long-winded and can find the humor in just about anything. Thanks for reading it, I know it was lengthy. And ATMs don't require fear, just a healthy respect;)
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Andy Price Nice figure within the 100pp constraint!
Thanks, Andy. Glad you like it.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting Evan Botkin Nice job! Funny story! I like the head, very creative. The use of those hoses as hoses was very clever parts usage =P Just kidding. Good luck in the contest!
Thanks, Evan. Glad you like the head as well as the story. I shared it for your entertainment. As for the hoses, I have seen other people use those hoses as hoses and was immediately inspired;) Thanks for the well-wishing.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann A really cool Mech :) Well done!
Thanks, Sven. Glad you like it.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 very nice mech! it never occurred to me before, but, this part really does look like a mech s head!
Thanks, Frank! I'm not very imaginative when it comes to parts usage, and that makes me pretty proud of the head.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Great colour choices and a neat choice of brick to make its head. I like how the various wing plates and slopes make the legs look heavily armoured. In the UK and Europe, the ATM won't give your money until you've taken your card out of the machine. Ho hum. I've just been for a walk up a mountain and left my front door wide open all day. No burglars and the Lego is safe :)
Glad there were no criminal acts undertaken upon your home, David. Everything else can be replaced, but thank goodness those bricks are all still there;) Glad you like the mech. I've been eyeing that headpiece for the job ever since I first saw it. I went with a touch of Japanese style on the physique of the mech, which is why he has the exaggerated chest and lower legs. Thanks for the compliment.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga I really like the arm cannons, as well as the repeated motif of the rounded plates!
Thanks, Thomas. The underside of those 1x1 round plates make for good texture. Only 100 pieces meant I had to stretch for those details.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Mastermind7 ¿? A very cute mech! Gotta love the little arm-blasters :P
Well, cute wasn't really what I was going for, but I'll take it;) And I really do love little arm-blasters.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Legomania . Very nice work! I really like the chest. I also like how you included the hoses for the guns, because I think they add a lot.
Thanks, Legomania. I'm not sure if I would have added the hoses if they hadn't been mystery pieces, so I'm glad for that.
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting Joshua O'Rourke Very nice work, Tim!
Thanks, Joshua!
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  May 16, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee We also call ATMs "drink links" which, by the way, looks like I'll be picking up another round at BW. ;)
Never heard that one before. Well, I'll be matching them, so here's hoping we'll remember at least one story from the night;)
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Stephan N This not only looks very technical, especially also very good. Especially the part of the head and the armament on the arms are excellent. But the best of the Mech is it can also move. excellent work
Thanks, Stephan. It moves pretty well. It doesn't have the weight issue that all of my mech efforts have. The elbows are not posable but the rest doesn't do too bad. Glad you like it.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Tim S Nice job! the details are fantastic especially for 100 pieces. Good luck in the contest!
Thanks, Tim. Glad you like it. The 100 piece limit made a challenge out of it, but a welcome one.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Chris Roach very cool!
Thanks, Chris. High praise coming from the King of the Mechs.
 I like it 
  May 15, 2014
Very nice work Tim! It's slightly simple, but the color choice and execution is excellent! That whole business with the debt card tho..... Not being able to order from BL?!
 I like it 
  May 15, 2014
Awesome work!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Great build! Your story ended a lot better than I was anticipating it too!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Ah, nothing beats the ball and socket for posability. This little guy looks great! Love the helmet. Attack!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Excellent figure, and we're all glad you were inspired to build it, by whatever means :-) Good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
I had my card eaten by a machine once while on vacation...it just about ruined that vacation (I still get mad when I remember it) so I can empathize with your opening statement. The entry is very cool and a different direction from the others. You manage to somehow make it look very large while staying within the parts restriction. Best of luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Very beautyfull, and respectfull MoleMech! I had got a debit-card last week...( old Germany...), helped me to pay new BL-orders. I agree with other comments: The Legs are superb- topnotch! And I always like cables. Welldone! Best Luck in the Contest, Tim!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
It is looks very good! Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
This is my favourite in this contest becuase its like the only mech, everything else is people this is the best. :)
 I like it 
  May 14, 2014
Fantastic mech! Love the shaping and the detailing! Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Beefy little fig there, Chief! Funny story, too. I don't use those infernal machines, either, dag nab it ;)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Awesome mech Tim! I really like that piece for the head. The legs look great the way shaped them. Excellent entry, best of luck to you in the contest!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I remember checkbook balancing days, and when 'Murcan gas was under $1 USD at the pump (gasp!). This build definitely looks way more complex than 100 pieces. I will agree with David Roberts with how the legs look heavily armored. I cannot really state which feature or part is my favorite here, other than everything.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Nice!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I can hear the servos positioning those upper thoracic limb thingys... ha, ha! Neat! :)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I really like this one. The colours, the long legs and the large feet all work perfectly. Nice movement in the poses too. Good luck Tim.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I like it. He's ruff and he's tuff and he takes no guff. Great parts usage.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
This is really good for 100 pieces. I really like that you gave it a somewhat rounded look.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Very cool design! I like the bulky look and I think this is one of the better entries.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Looks really interesting! Nice MOC! Good work!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I like the torso and arms, but I'm not liking the legs or feet. Overall great job :)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Very impressive! An excellent entry.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I quite like this little figure, mostly because of the bulk of his upper body - shame it's legs are almost twice the size. Or maybe he has to catch all those cyber-criminals on foot, who knows? The hose is certainly used in an inspired way, I must say ;) also thanks for a tiny chuckle while I read the kinda-blog-post. I've lost my wallet once, but luckily the most valuable item was a cincert ticket. Or maybe that was misfortune, since I had to pay for another ticket. Anyhow, now you've instilled in me an eternal fear of using ATM machines and now I don't know how I'll manage, since they're still pretty common around here. Time to tie my debit card on a string around my neck :)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Nice figure within the 100pp constraint!
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  May 13, 2014
Nice job! Funny story! I like the head, very creative. The use of those hoses as hoses was very clever parts usage =P Just kidding. Good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
A really cool Mech :) Well done!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
very nice mech! it never occurred to me before, but, this part really does look like a mech s head!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Great colour choices and a neat choice of brick to make its head. I like how the various wing plates and slopes make the legs look heavily armoured. In the UK and Europe, the ATM won't give your money until you've taken your card out of the machine. Ho hum. I've just been for a walk up a mountain and left my front door wide open all day. No burglars and the Lego is safe :)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
I really like the arm cannons, as well as the repeated motif of the rounded plates!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
A very cute mech! Gotta love the little arm-blasters :P
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Very nice work! I really like the chest. I also like how you included the hoses for the guns, because I think they add a lot.
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Very nice work, Tim!
  May 13, 2014
We also call ATMs "drink links" which, by the way, looks like I'll be picking up another round at BW. ;)
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
This not only looks very technical, especially also very good. Especially the part of the head and the armament on the arms are excellent. But the best of the Mech is it can also move. excellent work
  May 13, 2014
Nice job! the details are fantastic especially for 100 pieces. Good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
very cool!
 
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