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MOColyimpics Round 1: LL vs Shannon Ocean
Here's hoping size doesn't matter...ah, who am I kidding?-of course it matters!
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Behold my "Whateverscape": a coral reef-now with 50% more coral bleaching! Yay!

(9th wall commentary) I realised early on that I don't have the parts for a large or detailed Kelsoian landscape so I thought an underwaterscape might be a cool way to use some odd, colourful bricks that are normally overlooked. Ok, I'm not feeling very confident at all but this was the best I could come up with. It took AGES to think of an idea but I'm fairly happy with the end result (I do like my Hammerhead). Mind you, when I saw LL's thumbnail of his post I did have a "Oh crap!" moment...teriffic fun this MOColympics; it's been great to see everyone building out of their comfort zones. If I am eliminated in this round I still can't wait to see what everyone does for the rest of the comp. Finally, cheers to LegoLord for being a great opponent-best of luck man and may the best builder win!



















Nooks and crannies of the reef:





Hammy the Hammerhead shark!

The original design was a bit too plain so I rebuilt it with healthy coral and dead coral 50/50.



Comments

Shannon Ocean
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White Knight
  August 13, 2012
Very colourful !>....wel done
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  August 7, 2010
Cool!
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  October 4, 2008
Great job! Well done on making it to the MOCOlympics
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  September 25, 2008
I knew it...You better win this whole thing Ocean~LL
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  September 24, 2008
By the way, I like the choice of blue for the shark. While the Hammerhead really is grey, the blue coloration gives the suggestion of it being below the surface...a nice touch, IMO.
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  September 24, 2008
Well, Shan...I'm giving ya my vote on this one. While LL has ya beat on complexity, the under water concept, and the brilliant execution puts ya over the top, in my opinion. Great parts usage and color work, and the bleaching topic gives ya bonus points. Very unique, and just beautiful! Congrats...you're moving on up.
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  September 22, 2008
Wow, I think you're gaining on Nadroj with the "genius use of pieces" award. =) Well done mate!
Shannon Ocean
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Heather LEGO Girl
  September 20, 2008
Congrats on getting blogged Shanno! And Dave, I'm guessing that the fifteen inch shark appears smaller to me due to "shrinkage" right? Cold water and all.
Shannon Ocean
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Dave Shaddix
  September 20, 2008
Phipson... Size does matter. Infact, most men (including myself) are very accurate at determining the exact size of an object just by looking at it. As for Mr. Young's comment: You are right, before you know it we will all be driving Subaru's and not showering. As for the MOC itself... INCREDIBLE, I would never have thought to do an underwater MOC. ...AND THE SHEER SIZE OF IT. I mean, that LEGO shark has got to be like fifteen inches long!
Shannon Ocean
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Dave Shaddix
  September 20, 2008
...I am soo glad that last one didn't get moderated. ;-)
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  September 20, 2008
Well, I have not seen his yet, but I hand one of those moments when I saw his. I do love this, though. The colors and parts usage are excellent, and, I like how the bleached coral looks (sorry, Young, I'm not a hippy, but this is cool). Anyways, great job Ocean. I can not say I like this one better, yet, because I have not seen his.
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  September 20, 2008
(Continued from below) Man Shan (hey that rhymes)I'm an I d i o t!!! I meant to say "won" Thanks again~LL
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  September 20, 2008
You know, it’s funny. I was browsing back and forth between your pics, and an add appeared on the page advertising “free 3D aquarium screensavers” for download, and you know what? It looked exactly like your MOC! This really is outstanding, Shannon, from parts usage, to detailing, to presentation. But being the fan of cold, grey, dystopian futures that I am, I looked past LL’s atrocious presentation and gave him the nod. Looks like it’s up to The Artist Formerly Known As Kelso to decide this one. Great build though, regardless of who wins.
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  September 20, 2008
Argh! You one already Shan! An excellent entry! But if you could man,how do you get such awesome black backgrounds and backdrops? Good luck in the rest of the olyimpics,you better beat Chris and Eggy and Shaddix,I want to see you win-that's an order!!!! Thanks again~LL
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  September 20, 2008
Beautiful. Compact size can sometimes be an advantage in vignettes-- displaying all of the things you want to show in a limited space takes great skill. This will be hard to beat. Nice work!
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  September 20, 2008
How dare you sneak environmental consciousness into the MOColympics! Where's the competitive fire? The killer instinct? The drive to grind your opponent into the dust beneath your heel until he begs for mercy? Take your bleached coral and get out of here, you hippie!
Shannon Ocean
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Heather LEGO Girl
  September 19, 2008
I love the Shannon Hammerhead in your Shannon Ocean! This is great! I love the great use of color and the sense of movement in the underwater plants. Great build. Keep It SNOTty Sir!
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  September 19, 2008
OK Eggy... that was funny.
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  September 19, 2008
Excellent Work!!! Really like the color choices and originality. If I wasn't more mature, I'd crack a joke about Chris' wife wanting a horse.
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  September 19, 2008
It's a match-up like this that makes me wish I said no to being a judge. It is really hard to determine a winner here, but I think I will give you the edge. LL had one heck of an entry, it was both massive and impressive, but in this case, I think less is more. Your entry, while much, much smaller, is really detailed and original. I like the creative part usage and the section of bleached coral. Great Job.
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  September 19, 2008
You're right, size doesn't matter (at least that's what I've been telling my wife for years...) Sure LL's is bigger but I gotta say, the simple elegance and beauty of this little piece is just amazing. When I put forth "whateverscape" it never occured to me that someone would go "underscape". LL put a LOT of work into his but I think you get the points for originality and parts usage. Tough call for the esteemed three. Now, I gotta go see a man about a horse...(think I mentioned something about that in an e-mail didn't I?) ~ Chris.
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  September 19, 2008
I really like this. Everything in it is 100% brilliant!
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  September 19, 2008
*Pff* Leave it to an Australian to build a coral reef. Nice job!
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  September 19, 2008
Nice! but considereing LLs entry... yeah, I suppose you have figured it out aleready.
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  September 19, 2008
Nice! but considereing LLs entry... yeah, I suppose you have figured it out aleready.
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  September 19, 2008
I agree, the second draft surpasses the first, in both detail and that it accurately depicts todays' coral reefs!! I wonder if the Great Barrier Reef has felt the effects of the deadly human yet? Anywhoo, IF I were to vote, I'd choose you over LL, because yours doesn't need a table's worth of Legos to depict a landscape (plus yours is pretty colorful) Hooray for Hammy!!! :)
  September 19, 2008
The collors are perfect! I love add of the shark! I like the flowers. Great landscape. You get my vote! What? I am not a jugde? Ah... c-mon! Oh wait! I joined the MOColympics... silly me. If i were a judge, you got my vote! Great work! Keep it bricky and good luck, maty!~Joris
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  September 19, 2008
its simple: MOC fits Name! mr Ocean has made an Ocean! well, i prefer Yours because i like how simple yet beautiful it is. if i were a Judge id vote for you but im still glad i am not a judge. yes, his was huge, but yours was beatiful. i prefer colorful mocs to snow. and besides, i love how you made the shark. 5/5!
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  September 19, 2008
Excellent! This has great detail. The way you built the shark and the reef shows how creative you are.
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  September 19, 2008
Amazing, I think this is one of the best mocs that have come out of mocolympics yet.
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  September 19, 2008
Big points for beauty. Glad I'm not a judge. Great use of parts. Hoses, indeed. good luck. see ya. garth
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  September 19, 2008
Wow, another great MOC ! LL has made a huge and beautiful MOC, but I think this one is better, everything here is so creative. Well done !
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  September 19, 2008
Pretty good! Shark and corals are nice!
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  September 19, 2008
Very beautiful! The coral reef idea is so good. Good Luck!
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  September 19, 2008
Personally, my vote would go to you. LL is a good friend of mine, but his doesn't have very many details. And those plants/coral are exetremely well done, as is the hammerhead. I think the judges will pick you, 2-1.
 
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