'Cause I'm a fool for the city... fool for the city...
About this creation
In which all those new buildings you got a tantalizing glimpse of in the previous installment get their time in the limelight...
If you can afford it, these beautiful beach houses along Shannonia's famed North Shore are available to rent... nah, never mind, you probably can't afford it.
Econo-Room motel. Who needs amenities? With all the stuff to do and see in town, it's not like you'll be spending a lot of time in your room, right? Especially with the rat problem they have here -- but you didn't hear that from me.
Shannonia has grown so large now that I don't have room to take a proper photograph of the whole thing all at once (by "proper" I mean a clean white background with no outside noise). Since the city isn't getting any smaller, this is a problem that needs to be addressed in the future.
Donatello La Vinci's giant fish statue, affectionately known as "Sherman" by the locals. Mmmmm... cultural. For decades, Shannonia's economy was based almost solely on harvesting the local giant catfish. (We had to switch to tourism when they were fished to extinction.) Whether this piece is meant to honor the brave fishermen lost at sea or the unfortunate fish itself, La Vinci never said. Like all great Art, you are free to make your own interpretation.
The Green Hotel, catering to the environmental crowd. Powered entirely by an infinitely renewable resource: bad Halo builders. The hotel staff kidnaps W4R7H0G-building n00bs and runs them to death in big hamster wheels in the basement, to power the generators. But for each one taken off the street, two more seem to appear to take his place.
Merrimac Bay Interpretive Center. Because you can't have a national park without some boring educational crap to punish the kids with.
I think Shannonia's national flag is striped -- stripes made of grill tiles, of course.
Flotsam's -- jars full of little seashells, driftwood sculptures, tacky overpriced T-shirts, stuffed seagulls, all that crap.
Lookout Tower. It's not all that high, but the three levels of concourses offer unparalleled views north and west out to sea, and inland over the woods in Merrimac Bay National Park. Plus you can lean over the railings and spit on people below.
A once-in-a-century, freakishly low tide has exposed these sandbars which would ordinarily be submerged at all times... meteorologists predict the phenomenon will persist until the Mayor procures some more blue tiles.
Roy's Natural Market. Catering to both the rich folk who rent out the beach houses and the eco-freaks who stay in the Green Hotel, everything sold here has the words "organic" or "all-natural" on it, so naturally they charge twice as much for it.
Midnight Ravers -- the ultimate club, with 8 different dance floors of deafening music and disorienting light shows! Just stay away from the brown acid... or ecstacy, or whatever pill you crazy kids are popping these days when you want to party.
The Star Wars Really Isn't All That Great building. Because I just realized I've been ripping on Halo quite a bit in these two northward expansions, and Star Wars has so far gotten off scot-free. On average I think Star Wars MOCs tend to be of higher quality than Halo ones, but I try to be an equal-opportunity hater.
Once I've determined that I can allow myself back on Bricklink, I'm going to get a ton of 2x2 blue tiles and redo Shannonia's entire ocean so it's all nice clean squares, like latitude and longitude lines on a map. And I'll need more 1x2s and 1x1s to fill in the gaps around the shoreline, not to mention all the other pieces I'll need for further expansions... I should have just started a heroin habit instead. It probably would have been cheaper, and less addictive.
While the Pancake Hut is most famous for its pancakes (duh), you can always get whatever kind of drunk food that you feel best soaks up the poisons you were putting into your system the night before. And if you aren't done abusing your poor liver, their Bloody Marys are the best in the city.
Pill Poppers, a subsidiary of the Institute. Patrons of Midnight Ravers looking for something to keep them dancing til dawn can find it here. Also, unlucky gamblers in need of some quick cash can volunteer to test the latest experimental drugs cooked up by the Institute's mad scientists. Everybody wins!
Shannonia has never seen a clear sky -- it's always overcast but never rains, a true meteorological oddity. This makes the warm, deep blue waters of the Shannonian Sea that much more inviting.
The Sheepdip Club, for the finest in Australian cuisine and culture. Barbecued 'roo, emu burgers, vegemite and cheese sandwiches... on the bright side, they play a lot of AC/DC. And Men At Work, of course: "Traveling in a fried-out combie... on a hippie trail, head full of zombie..."
The Chunderdome -- obviously I've still got Australia on the brain. Here, slavering new wave punks from post-apocalyptic biker gangs fight to the death with rusty chains and lead pipes, all for your amusement -- you sick freak.
The Shannonia UFO Museum. I've been to the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico. Sadly, the name is the most impressive thing about it. Walking down Main Street in Roswell is pretty fun though, the streetlamps look like alien heads, and every shop window has some sort of alien in it. Anyway, I found the museum there very disappointing, so I imagine mine here to be very cool and interesting. Plus it's right on the beach.
Next up in the Chronicles of Shannonia: a southern expansion. I don't know exactly when that will be, but it's coming. Keep your passports up to date -- these things usually happen when you least expect them.
"Walking down Mainstreet in Roswell is pretty fun though..." BULL!!! Thats because you only had to do it once or twice, and you never went into any of the shops (clearly) I've considered shooting our street lights out a few times, but why waste amo? By the way, when you were there did you visit our lovely little shopping strip, err, "Mall"? Just consider yourself lucky you didnt decide to ask one of the locals if they knew any aliens. I know I would have hit you! Ha! Oh yeah, and nice MOC. =)
Just a fantastic microcity. This is getting really big, which means really amazing. The captions are just as good.... Especially the Chunderdome. Truthfully, Star Wars is only good for the good pieces and minifigs.
I LOVE it, and I would have stuffed this website with 5-star rating comments if not for your anti-star wars views. Pushing opinions aside, I believe Shannonia should get a military and some vehicles, like cars, boats, and an airport with airplanes
Hmm. Maybe it's time to blow up a few buildings. Shannonia is getting REALLY big. And how exactly do those trees grow so close to the sea? Surely the saltwater would kill them off? (From offstage.) 'It's lego you- Arrgh!' Take him away men. Wait, was this thing still transmitting? How do i turn it off? (Pushes BIG RED BUTTON. BIG mistake.) BOOM! Oh boy. My insurance is NOT gonna cover this. Very cool Mini-Moc. Now, how DO i stop it transmitting? (Pushes another BIG RED BUTTON. Another BIG mistake.) Whoops! There goes half of America. (Pushes another button.) And there goes the other half. Maybe i should stop now?
I've been visiting Shannonia for a while now and have decided it was time to fill out the comment card at the front desk. Just FYI, I spoke with La Vinci last week. He said the fish statue is a tribute to the street walker smell emanating from behind Ray's Natural Market... mmmm fragrant. the Chunderdome sounds like an absolute laugh riot! Can't wait for Shannonia to grow to the size of say... Coruscant. (inside joke for you home schoolers) Later ~ Chris.
hehe seems like i missed quite a few shannonia expansions since last time i came to mocpages...keep up with this very creative project. Its full of imagination and colors like a mix between sim city 2000 and futurama;)
Ah, this reminds me of my days of enjoying the SimCity series, before EA Games decided to kill it in favor of endless expansion packs for The Sims. Curse you, EA! I tried to build a LEGO mini city like this for a comic once, but lost interest quickly. I envy your perseverance. And creativity too, of course.
If it's a faux pas to make a suggestion, then I'm about to commit one. I would really like to see a bridge across the water for part 3. Keep the expansion (and addiction!) going. It looks great. How much for one of those beach houses?
The Sheepdip Club - thanks for clarifying that one, I was expecting Velcro gloves. Nice job, of course, maybe some of those blue tiles add in some white for Simpson's clouds (oops, sorry, bad Lee, bad Lee - making suggestions). Lee.
I've been looking foward to this all year long: "Shannonia has never seen a clear sky -- it's always overcast but never rains, a true meteorological oddity. This makes the warm, deep blue waters of the Shannonian Sea that much more inviting." It reminds me of my trip to San Diego anticipating a sunny beach. Unfortunantly, April is not a good time for beachgoers . . . the weather is much like this. Maybe you should start editing your pictures on Adobe or Paint to get some blue sky in there . . . but most of your shots are helicopter tour views looking down so it doesn't really matter anyway. Where was I?
"infinitely renewable resource: bad Halo builders"...heh, heh..ah, that made me funny. So aaaanyway, Lookin' good here. Some ingenious combos with small parts. In fact, these are some of my favorite buildings yet. A special nod to Midnight Ravers and The Chunderdome. Unlike most urban sprawl, I look forward to more.
As usual, Shannonia's buildings have an astounding amount of variety and detail, along with some really innovative construction techniques (my favorite is the short, round, grey building). Love your idea for a clean power source, it's always great when you can build something cool and do something good for the planet as well...