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Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages! Your judges proudly bring to you… your categories!

All of the rules for posting are in the rules thread. If you have any questions please direct them to the question thread as we will not be answering them here.

Your team has 30 days to complete as many of these as you can. Good luck!


Annnnd…. GO!



Forced Perspective:
Any subject matter and size 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.

A Pirates' Haven
If you were a Pirate, where would you like to call home? Build a sanctuary that a pirate could call his own. No size restrictions.

The Dog Ate my Homework
Heard that one a million times. But, show us YOUR best reason for not having it to hand in. Did it get caught in the garage door opener? Did you get attacked by a bus full of angry penguins? What's your excuse, mister?


How it should have ended: Ever thought a movie could have ended better, or maybe you thought of a new hilarious ending. Either way, show us how you think your favorite movie or story should have ended.


"Mocs of Future Past"
With the X-Men movie "Days of Future Past" coming out soon I thought why not pay homage to this cinematic universe. Build us a screenshot (not a scene with story but a SINGLE screen capture) from ANY of the previous live action X-Men movies.

"Everything is Awesome"
Build a fully immersive LEGO scene, like shown in "The LEGO Movie" where the entire world is JUST LEGO. No backdrops, no photoshop cleanups of backgrounds, no posterboard (like me). Just the bricks filling the entire screen the way Ole Kirk Christiansen intended. Feel free to build any type of scene you wish but remember, nothing but LEGO can be showing.




Rube Goldberg machine.
This one has become a fan favorite over the years while also being one of the more difficult categories to master. Create a working contraption overcomplicating a simple task. Think of Rube Goldberg's crazy contraptions, the game Mouse Trap, or the Lego Great Ball Contraption. While it is NOT required to show a video of your contraption working, it would REALLY help if you did. If you are unable to provide a video you MUST include as many pictures as possible showing your creation working at every stage.

Pair Dare: Select two specific kinds of pieces (for example: the 1x2 brick and the jumper-plate) and then create a MOC using ONLY those two specific parts. Feel free to use multiple colors of those bricks but they must be ONLY those two bricks. Choose wisely!

Serfs up!
Build a creation with a focus on the serfs in a medieval setting. What did these people do with their time aside from collecting muck? No size restrictions.

Go for the Gold: The winter Olympics may be behind us but that doesn't mean we don't still remember them (I mean they were what… two weeks ago?). Give us your version of a winter Olympic sport. Bobsled, moguls, figure skating, curling? Go for the gold people!



Life's a Beach: What is your ideal vacation destination? I know it says "beach" in the title but that doesn't have to be your choice. If you could go anywhere (on Earth, in real life. No moon landings or parallel dimensions here) for a getaway, where would you go?

Alien life. We always picture aliens invading our planet, but what do they do when they are not pillaging other worlds? Build us a scene showing what aliens might do at home. Are they busy mowing the snarglaf or painting the floogflarm or FINALLY fixing the nergtranser?


Sport of the future: Competition has been with us for centuries and changes with the times, so imagine a sport for the future and depict how that wonderful futuristic technology will be incorporated, along with our changing attitudes to physical exertion and contact, player salaries, sponsorship, etc. This can be an existing sport ‘futurised’ or go for it and create an entirely new one.

Bookends
Design a pair of wickedly cool bookends. Show them off holding up your library of Barbie Fairy Princess books, or whatever you read.

Under the sea: Whether its fish submarines or underwater landscapes; build us something that is under the sea. (Someone please build a Kraken!)

Monochrome build: Build anything, any subject, BUT we only want one color used. Choose wisely. To be clear, ‘Dark’, ‘light’, ‘sand’ , ‘trans’ etc. versions of colors count as a single, separate color each. And before you ask… when we say one color we mean ONE COLOR. Not one color for the top layer of the moc and then rainbow colored for the understructure. ONE color. No Photoshop (or similar application) to adjust the color, ONE color used.

Small Story Tower:
Build a tower at least 3 levels high telling a story or depicting a theme. IE: Star Wars Episodes, Lord of the Rings scenes, Monsters, evolution of technology, etc. Here's the catch, it can be no larger than 8x8, minimal overhang (IE, a minifig arm here, a plant leaf hanging over there, etc)


Frank Lloyd Wright
Build a Frank Lloyd designed structure, building, project, etc. If you don’t know any, “google image search” is a wonderful tool.

Video Game:
Build us one of your favorite games, whether a phone game, console game, or computer game, recreate it! Make sure to show us a picture of the actual scene from the game, detail is key!


Civilian Mecha: Build us a mech and pilot for a non-military application. We love those railguns/ rocketpods/power fists too, but in a world where we could conceivably build hard-suits, exo-frames, mecha, etc. then let’s assume we could find a use for them that doesn’t involve blowing each other up.

From Song to Brick
Pick any song and then build a creation inspired by your chosen song. Make sure you pick the right melody that suits you!

Future Tech Time: Build a piece of tech whether it’s a car or spaceship or even a desktop computer. Just build it how you would imagine it in the future.

The Chronicles of Narnia
Depict a scene from The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy book series by C.S. Lewis. Scenes can be chosen from any of the seven books in the series.

M.C. Escher:
You know the famous artist, if you don't, go look him up. Build one of his famous works of art, whether it be Relativity, Waterfall, Drawing Hands, The Penrose Triangle, etc. We want to see the same mind-boggling drawings made into Lego. For examples in Lego, take a look at Paul Vermeesch's "Star Wars Relativity V2", Legohaulic's "Nightmare", and Ian Spacek's "The Art of War." We want to see creativity!


Back in Time:
If you could go back in time, what would you find, and what will happen? Build us a scene where you and your modern equipment go back in time, and clash with technologies and people from the past.

Redesign a Classic Lego Set.
Choose any Lego set released in the year 2003 or earlier and redesign it. Add more details, change the minifigures, smooth it out more, do what you want to make it your own! On your entry page, provide the set number and name of the set you redesigned. If you need help finding a Lego set to remake or set name/number, the center column titled "Sets released in…" sorts Lego sets by year released: http://brickset.com/browse/

Cosplay Rule 63: Genderswap a character from a popular work of fiction. Harriet Potter vs Lady Voldemort? Larry Croft, Tomb raider? We want to see identifiable character traits. Might be good to include an image of the original character in your post.


Reverse a historical moment: a ‘What if?’ category. Take an established moment in history and change it critically, then show us the immediate or long-term impact of that change. E.g. Kennedy survives the assassination attempt. Play for laughs or treat it as a serious look at the implications of one event and how it changed the world.


How to Train your Dragon:
Not from the movie but a generalization. Build us a scene depicting your “hero” training his dragon. Is he successful or is the dragon just going to eat him and be done with it? Or maybe dragons are the new “dogs” of your world and you’re simply trying to get him to relieve himself on the paper instead of your couch this time? So show us your best depiction of training a dragon, whatever that may be.


You’re Busted!
Build a bust! No, not someone getting arrested, I’m talking about a statue from the shoulder up! It can be a real person or a fictional character but it must be “life sized.”

Again, good luck and may the best team win!


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| February 28, 2014, 9:53 pm
Stress levels just went through the roof!
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| February 28, 2014, 10:35 pm
Quoting ~ Brick
Stress levels just went through the roof!

Haha I know right?
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| February 28, 2014, 10:35 pm
Quoting ~ Brick
Stress levels just went through the roof!

These categories look awesome...
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| February 28, 2014, 10:36 pm
Quoting ~ Brick
Stress levels just went through the roof!

Better build the roof higher then.:P
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| February 28, 2014, 10:40 pm
Well, I just finished a LOM build. Now I have to sort down my other projects and I'm ready to build!
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| February 28, 2014, 10:40 pm
This year's categories are 100x better than last years IMO..

Get Buildin!!!

~JU
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| February 28, 2014, 10:47 pm
Some really good categories here, and Rube Goldberg. ;) Thanks for the mind fodder judges, I look forward to everyone's entries.
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| February 28, 2014, 10:49 pm
Oh yeah! Fantastic categories, Chris! I'm so excited to get building! :)
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| February 28, 2014, 10:56 pm
Great categories! Good luck everyone!
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| February 28, 2014, 11:15 pm
Loving these categories! Time to get busy ;)
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| February 28, 2014, 11:21 pm
Categories look fantastic! Time to get building.
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| February 28, 2014, 11:49 pm
Quoting Lindel Baskin
Categories look fantastic! Time to get building.

We can't build yet, and we have to divide categories.
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| March 1, 2014, 12:12 am
Quoting jamesuniverse .
This year's categories are 100x better than last years IMO..

Get Buildin!!!

~JU
And yet some of them are the same... XD

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| March 1, 2014, 12:18 am
I realized that I think that the categories should have been posted a few days before tomorrow, to let groups decide their categories to build in.
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| March 1, 2014, 12:27 am
Got some great categories across all themes here, much better than last year like James had said. Some of this is right up my alley.
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| March 1, 2014, 12:47 am
Great category's! Exciting, and pressuring. I can't even build on Sundays though... :/ but I can the rest of the week, shouldn't be to hard... I have a month! May the best builders win!
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| March 1, 2014, 1:55 am
I'll find a way to make a gun for this contest :p
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| March 1, 2014, 2:10 am
Quoting Wolverine .
Great category's! Exciting, and pressuring. I can't even build on Sundays though... :/ but I can the rest of the week, shouldn't be to hard... I have a month! May the best builders win!

categories* I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I couldn't resist. I'm one of those grammar peeps, unless it comes to using wut.
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| March 1, 2014, 2:15 am
Quoting Nick Brick
I'll find a way to make a gun for this contest :p


You better.
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| March 1, 2014, 3:17 am
I think Busted will be a bust. Doesn't seem like a real great category for people with small collections and lower building experience.
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| March 1, 2014, 7:53 am
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Quoting SuperSpy X
I think Busted will be a bust. Doesn't seem like a real great category for people with small collections and lower building experience.


Soooo... have someone on your team with a loarger collection and higher building experience do that one.
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| March 1, 2014, 10:16 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Soooo... have someone on your team with a loarger collection and higher building experience do that one.


Would have said that, but too busy building.
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| March 1, 2014, 10:19 am
Wow, I could not have asked for better categories.

Now I hope I can find some time to build for them!
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| March 1, 2014, 10:46 am
Great categories, this is gonna be fun! :)
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| March 1, 2014, 10:48 am
these are the best/easiest MocAthalon Categories ever! I am so excited!
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| March 1, 2014, 11:57 am
Man. I absolutely love about half these categories, and I absolutely abhor the rest.
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| March 1, 2014, 12:04 pm
Quoting Stephen Boe
categories* I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I couldn't resist. I'm one of those grammar peeps, unless it comes to using wut.

Oh, oops. I ha*e that! I've been spelling it wrong all this TIME!! :
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| March 1, 2014, 12:30 pm
Haha yes. Like these categories.
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| March 1, 2014, 12:54 pm
Wow, awesome categories!
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| March 1, 2014, 2:33 pm
Oh gosh..... The categories are awesome but.... I'm scared. =P
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| March 1, 2014, 3:15 pm
Very nice categories. It seems to me like the judges did a very nice job on the part of making the categories for all ages. Great job!
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| March 1, 2014, 7:46 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
Man. I absolutely love about half these categories, and I absolutely abhor the rest.

Aaaaaand mission accomplished!
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| March 2, 2014, 4:44 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
Very nice categories. It seems to me like the judges did a very nice job on the part of making the categories for all ages. Great job!

There was certainly some thought put to covering a variety of sizes of collection, skill level, ages, tastes in themes, etc. in these categories.


Then we ignored that and suggested lots of other stuff instead ;)
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| March 2, 2014, 4:48 am
Good categories, the bust is a bit out of reach for many… but there are 29 others to choose from. :)
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| March 2, 2014, 11:59 am
Quoting Delatron 3000

Haha, do the contestants have you to thank for the reappearance of Pair Dare? ;)

This is a great haul of categories! I look forward to seeing all the entries.
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| March 3, 2014, 1:01 pm
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Quoting Ian Spacek
Haha, do the contestants have you to thank for the reappearance of Pair Dare? ;)

This is a great haul of categories! I look forward to seeing all the entries.


Actually it wasn't me! I nearly argued against it so I could greedily keep it for my own contest but it's a great technical challenge and we aimed for a number of those so I relented. Once my score keeping duties are done I'll get to organising my own competition.
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| March 3, 2014, 1:29 pm
Quoting Delatron 3000

Actually it wasn't me! I nearly argued against it so I could greedily keep it for my own contest but it's a great technical challenge and we aimed for a number of those so I relented. Once my score keeping duties are done I'll get to organising my own competition.

I was tempted to use your combo. But I didn't. :D

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| March 3, 2014, 1:31 pm
Can people in a group do the categories twice? Like 2 people in a group make a moc for the same categorie?
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| March 3, 2014, 4:57 pm
Quoting Elite Brigadier Callum (Darth Jovan)
Can people in a group do the categories twice? Like 2 people in a group make a moc for the same categorie?

The answer to your question should be in the rules...
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| March 10, 2014, 10:22 am
Well . . . Mine will be the closest to the kraken so far.
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| March 11, 2014, 4:19 pm
Quoting Alex Rode
Well . . . Mine will be the closest to the kraken so far.

I'm going for the kraken. :P
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| March 11, 2014, 5:01 pm
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