Good luck everyone! Here are your 2011 MocAthalon categories:
1: Sci Fi object in real size:
Build an object from a sci fi medium (movie, tv, book, comic, whatever) and build it in real life scale. The easiest example would be to build a full scale lightsaber or something along those lines (extra points from me for a full size blade with it). You must show a pic of either yourself or someone you can get to take a pic with it to show the proper scale.
2: Ancient Alien Theory:
Some people believe that aliens visited our planet thousands of years ago and helped ancient man design many of the structures that survive to this day. Your job is to show those events in Lego. Feel free to make this a long drawn out story if you wish but only a nice build depicting the action is needed. However, as with all categories, the more you put into it the more you might score on it. No size limit.
3: On your moc cut it loose, with the styling’s of Seuss!:
Build us a moc in Seuss' whimsical style, Think of Whoville and Mount Crumpet from his artistic file.
Then give us a write up in his silly styled rhyme. To not have fun with this would sure be a crime.
It can't be one straight out of his books, but I'd check some out just to get the right looks.
So give us your take on what Seuss is to you. Any size, any color, you know what to do.
The judges are looking for both writing and build. So give it your all or your score will get killed.
4: Man vs Wild:
No, not the TV show. Give us a moc of a human (or alien... not biased here) fighting it out with an animal of some kind, either real or alien. Presentation will be KEY in this one. Two figs (one person one animal) on a plate isn't going to cut it here.
5. Forced Perspective:
Any subject matter you wish, but the main focal point must be a forced perspective shot for that is what you will be judged on, how well you depicted the forced perspective. No size restrictions
6. Classic Literature:
Make a single scene from a classic book, Shakespeare, Poe, Twain, Hardy, London, Tolstoy, Joyce, you decide. The literature MUST have been published BEFORE 1950. No size restrictions. (IE: Man in a room with a Raven at the window)
7. Minifig Madness!:
Take a minifig from any of the collectible minifig lines and make a brief tale about them. This can be a short story, but must be short, too long and you will lose our interest, so more like a 3-6 panel comic. No size restrictions.
You knew this was coming considering whom one of the judges is; so make a spooky diorama (24x24 or larger, so we must be able to tell the size). Any spooky/horror element is allowed either classic or modern, but make it creepy, spooky, scary.
9. Smack the Judges:
Here is your big chance! Make a story, vignette, or diorama poking some good-natured fun at one or all of the judges. No size restrictions.
10. Twisted Landscape:
Make a traditional landscape with a twisted element; say a lovely meadow with zombies coming out of the ground, or a waterfall with purple water. No size restrictions.
11. Myths, legends and more:
Build a scene from a popular myth or legend - like Hercules and the raid of Cerberus.
16x16 or larger, so we must be able to tell the size. (No Brickforge!)
12. Are you not a little bit old for this?!:
Build a model which features one or more Duplo-elements - these elements have to be an essential part of the build and the more elements are integrated, the better! (No size restrictions)
13. You Know What They Say:
Take a well known or popular saying and build a moc out of it. For example, "It's raining cats and dogs" would be a fun one to see a bunch of our furry friends falling from the sky. Be sure to tell us which saying you are doing... just in case we can't figure it out.
14. Sci-Fi Concept Art:
Build a model of an spaceship or another futuristic, science-fiction craft, which would make George Lucas or James Cameron proud!
No size restrictions!
15. Under the Bed:
Remember that spooky creature lurking under your bed when you were a little kid? Show us what he/she looked like by creating a Lego version of the monster. No size restrictions, and feel free to build surroundings for it if you wish, but you must include some photos of the monster on its own for that is what the judges will be judging.
16. Lost in Space.
Oh no! You've crash landed on a distant world. Build an alien landscape. Minimum size allowed is 16x32 studs so we must be able to tell the size. Design plants, creatures, buildings etc not seen on Earth. Take inspiration from movies and books if you want but don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild. Wow us with your creativity and parts usage.
17. A Pirate's Life.
Build the Captain's Cabin of a pirate ship. Minifig scale and interior only, so no need to build the whole bloody ship. Create the Captain too and give him a small back story. You will be judged on your attention to detail and skill at personalizing a set to fit a character.
18. Old Master.
Recreate a classic and famous painting from one of the old masters of the renaissance. This can be either mosaic or a three dimensional scene representation. No size restrictions on this creation.
19. Fantastic 5!
You are a team of five brave and hardy souls, so create a superhero persona for each of your team members. These heroes must be from your imagination, do not use previously published superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc. You may use the sig-fig of your team members if they have one as a base to build each hero, or you can create your own likeness of your team members. Superheroes are no good unless they are being heroic! Therefore, you must build a scene or a story depicting the Fantastic Five in some heroic action. May be done in minifig scale or miniland.
20. Nursery Rhyme.
Recreate an existing nursery rhyme using Lego. If you don't know any, google “Nursery Rhymes”. Choose a nursery rhyme and either recreate it like a story moc where each line is a different scene, or just choose the main subject of the rhyme, for example if you choose: Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck one, the mouse ran down, hickory dickory dock. Build the obvious, a mouse running up a grandfather clock, or you can twist it up a bit by having the mouse running up the inside of the clock, so you can see the cogs and inner workings of the clock. Alternatively, you could even have the mouse running up Big Ben! In other words, be creative! Minifig scale.
21. Chariot - Carrot on a Stick:
Build a chariot where the driver is "motivating" the hauler with an object on a stick. Can be serious, funny or just plain odd. Must be in minifig scale.
Apes? Rock Monsters? Frogs? Rats? Ewoks? Create a 16 x 16 or larger diorama where the natives of the planet you invent enslave humans. Humans and creatures can be any size.
23. What’s On Your Dekotora?:
"The Dekotora” is a kind of loudly decorated truck most commonly found in Japan. Dekotora commonly have neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints, and shiny stainless or golden exterior parts. These decorations can be found on both the cab and the trailer, and not only on the exterior but also in the interior." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekotora
Create a Dekotora of any scale. The more outrageous, the better; for examples, just google "dekotora".
24. Shake And Bake:
Do you like to cook? Build us a life-sized brick meal!
25. Walk The Dog:
Create a civilian mech that walks your favorite pet(s). Make sure it is equipped with treats and animal waste cleanup tools. You may create a scene to go with the Mech, but ONLY the Mech will be judged.
26. Figgy Karaoke:
Pick your favorite song and use your own Figgy or somebody else's to create a "music video". Provide a link for the lyrics and/or video (most likely can be found in youtube) of the original song you will be using.
Mix two themes and compose something new out of it (you can take two Lego-brands, movies, colors, games - whatever you want) - show us how unconventional you can be!
(Amalgam redux). For example: Take a Lego theme like “Atlantis” and mix it with a non-Lego element, say Halo or Stargate. Any two themes you want.
28. Pathos and Theatrics:
Build a scene which will impress the judges with your grasp and understanding of pathos (sorrow, sadness, suffering) or theatrics (exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions). A simple example: A kid who throws stones at a tank or a lone soldier facing dozens of oncoming enemies - there are no limits for your creativity, but please, be creative as a clone on a plate surrounded by 100 battle droids will earn you a low score and the judges scorn. There are no size restrictions on this one.
29. What would King Arthur say?:
Take an modern building (20th or 21st century) and transform it into a castle - how would the Empire State Building or the Staples Center look looked if they were transformed into a castle? Make sure to post a link to the original building for the judges to see. This can be in any scale, micro to maxo.
30. Themed Tower:
Build a tower at least 4 levels high telling a story or depicting a theme. IE: Star Wars Episodes, Lord of the Rings scenes, Monsters, evolution of technology, etc.