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Yellow Brick Road . . Round 3 entry for the The MOCOlympics. Blue Bracket Blake Baer(Me) vs. Wes Pitter His Entry CATEGORY: "There's no place like home." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I don't think we're in Kansas any more, Toto!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Build This was a rather difficult build for me. I really enjoyed different parts of it, but I was rather pressed for time having only about 5 days to work on this. However, I managed to pull through, and hopefully put up a challenge for Wes' entry. I am not normally used to doing such whimsical stuff as this, so this was a really good creation for me, cause it stretched my build limits and put me outside my comfort zone many times. The thing that really started this was the quote. The original context of "There's no place like home" is from the Wizard of Oz. I chose to portray the opening scene, where Dorothy first steps foot into munchkin land. I started building, by first laying out the yellow brick road, and then filling in the base with water, greenery, etc. It was really fun to see different sections take form and then inspire my new sections. It blended together nicely in the end. I was really worried that it would look too bare, but the minifigs really helped spread the wrinkles out. Some stats about the creation. -Built in approx 5 days. -Contains 7 different plate angles. -Has 28 minifigs -29.99 USD (I was trying to list it like a normal LEGO set. I got a little carried away;) Anyhow, I'll stop talking so you can look at what you came to see. I'll interject every once in a while and point out smaller details, but for the most part I'll shut up and let you interpret it. Best of luck to all in the MO! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Toto was a fun little build. I started out trying to make him with fig hair, but nothing really came of that. After sleeping on it for a night, I figured out the really cool design you see here. There's the wicked witch of the east, dead under Dorothy's house. Definitely one of my favorite details. I tried to make this house as colorless as possible. In the movie, the director Victor Fleming, did a fantastic job creating the scene portray the differences between the two worlds. In Dorothy's world, the screen is B&W but then when it shifts to Munchkin Land, everything emerges forth in glorious splendor! That thing in the middle is a bit of a mystery to me. I suppose it was supposed to be a lamp, but I had no inspiration on how to create it. I finally ended up with this. It fits the scene well, but doesn't look too much like the thing in the movie. These houses were definitely the hardest part in my opinion. I finally managed to think up some whimsical dwellings but I spent the most time on just the houses. The main credit for the lily pads should go to Brickfair. The lime green ones, were my bingo chips this year. Win! Without Figs Well folks, there she is. Thank you all for looking and please leave some C&C to let me know what you think! Once again check out Wes' page. He is one of the best builders in the MO and this has been an honor facing him. Best of luck mate! Soli Deo Gloria, Blake


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