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Howl's Moving Castle
This wasn't my idea. I said it would be waaaay to hard. And guess what? It was so hard, all the way through.
About this creation
There was a show coming up for LEAHI and I didn't have an idea. The theme was medieval. Okay, Howl's is not medieval I know. But it is a castle. My mom suggested I try. She said she'd work on it with me. Great.... She realized that she liked building little houses. So those are mostly hers, except for the house on the very top which we took from a set and kind of tweaked. It just seemed to fit so perfectly we couldn't resist. If you are a fan of Miyazaki's work, you will know this is NOT an exact version of Howl's Moving Castle, it is only my vision and what I could do with what I had. You will also know that the castle is always changing, so I guess you could say this might be one of those changing versions.



Front view.




Closeup of face detail. This was a difficult part. I used magnets to help hold each section in place.




Left side view.




Left side detail.




Turnip Head minifig riding on the left side. Everyone asks, "How did you get the hands to fit?" There is one of those flexible tubes inside that has a small enough hole on the ends to wiggle the hand in.




Back view closed and back view open. Only the interior on the bottom is built. The upper section interior is mostly hollow with supports.




Interior detail in daylight and interior detail with lights. My mom really wanted to have the room inside built. I let her work on that and then built Calcifer's fire and rigged the lighting inside the orange head piece. My mom actually did a good job on the table, the bookcase and floors. She managed to create the support system over the interior room for the second level platform to sit on-- her first time rigging supports like this.




Back right detail.




Back pipes detail.




Left side detail.




Right side view.




Right side balcony detail with Sophie and Markl minifigs in balcony area above, Howl minifig in balcony area below. There was much discussion about what age to make Sophie and which haircolor to give Howl. In the end we ended up using what we could find that didn't look too lame. Of all the minifigs, Turnip Head turned out the best I think.




Turrets detail. These I wanted to be bigger and despite ordering lots of extra pieces, I just plain didn't have enough when I was putting them together. Since I wanted to have this done for an show with LEAHI, Hawaii's AFOL group, I improvised by making the surrounding elements larger. They still look pretty good and are my first attempt at domes. They swivel too by the way.




Mouth detail.




Full view from right front with flash to bring out the details a bit.




All the minifig characters in and around the upper balcony.




Howl's Moving Castle walking through the mountains. My mom was a professional photographer when I was little. She likes to play with photoshop now.




My mom and me putting some last minute details on the build.




Meet the builders, Imagine and his mom, Jessica.






Some images taken at different stages during the build.



Comments

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  September 20, 2014
amazing.
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  June 17, 2014
Quoting Rory Nagle Garne I always thought it was impossible to make a minifig scale version, but you did it flawlessly! Well done!
Hey, thanks. This was my first large build, when I was 13, so I look at it now (5 years later) and think it could totally be improved. But I'm glad to see people are still enjoying it. :)
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  June 12, 2014
I always thought it was impossible to make a minifig scale version, but you did it flawlessly! Well done!
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  January 15, 2014
Quoting Daniel Calleri You are our new LEGO hero. The boys and I tried to do this and failed most spectacularly. This is truly awesome!!
Keep trying. It's a fun build. Thanks. :)
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  January 15, 2014
You are our new LEGO hero. The boys and I tried to do this and failed most spectacularly. This is truly awesome!!
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  January 12, 2014
Quoting Heroica GM Again, another amazing work! Fantastic job with the whole thing. When I build big the things usually get ultra-fragile, no matter how I reinforce them. Amazing job with something so big and so challenging to create!
Thanks. :) What's amazing to me is that I took on this challenge when I was 13. I'd build it very differently now.
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  January 12, 2014
Again, another amazing work! Fantastic job with the whole thing. When I build big the things usually get ultra-fragile, no matter how I reinforce them. Amazing job with something so big and so challenging to create!
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  November 28, 2013
Wow! Very cool!
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  November 2, 2013
Quoting silly productions one of my all time favorite movies, i am a huge fan or your work
It's one of my all time favorites too. Thanks. :)
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  October 31, 2013
one of my all time favorite movies, i am a huge fan or your work
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  April 1, 2013
Quoting Owslafa Jones Turnip Head FTW!!! Maybe if you ever remake this, you could include the Goop version of Howl with green translucent pieces.
Thanks! Yeah, the goop version of Howl would be really cool. And his room full of colored potions and trinkets. :)
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  March 28, 2013
Turnip Head FTW!!! Maybe if you ever remake this, you could include the Goop version of Howl with green translucent pieces.
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  July 16, 2012
Quoting Jillian Khoo May I suggest it be Cuusoo-ed? Anyway, awesome castle! Never knew something like this could be built with Lego.
Thanks! Actually, you have to be 18 to put stuff on CUUSOO, or a parent has to put it on their page - I'm 16. I actually built Howl's when I was 13, so it's long been taken apart. Thought I might try and rebuild it better sometime though. Thanks again for your comments!
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  July 16, 2012
May I suggest it be Cuusoo-ed? Anyway, awesome castle! Never knew something like this could be built with Lego.
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  April 1, 2012
Quoting F-ZERO's #1 Fanatic OOOOOMMMMMGGGG!!!!! After seeing this, I can die a happy man. You are the epitome of epicness.
:) Glad I could be of service. Thanks!
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  March 12, 2012
OOOOOMMMMMGGGG!!!!! After seeing this, I can die a happy man. You are the epitome of epicness.
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  February 9, 2012
Quoting Ask LegoSnake this is very unique, it has so much detail. i have a question though... is it on a stand or (amazingly) just on the legs?
Thanks. :) No, the legs wouldn't hold up a fly. There is a clear plexiglass block under the very center of the bottom holding the weight of the whole thing.
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  February 9, 2012
this is very unique, it has so much detail. i have a question though... is it on a stand or (amazingly) just on the legs?
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  December 4, 2011
Quoting simon whatley this man i have to say is the best moc i have ever seen on moc pages you and your mom rock the house!!!!! you two did a good job you and her get 5 stars from me. keep it up :) P.S. (howls moving castle is my favorite movie) are you a fan of that guys anime films?
Thanks! I have to say that I would improve on this more if I did it all over again. It was my first larger MOC that I did when I was 13. Thanks though, I appreciate the comments. And yeah, we love Miyazaki's stuff... all of it. :)
Imagine Rigney
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simon whatley
  November 29, 2011
this man i have to say is the best moc i have ever seen on moc pages you and your mom rock the house!!!!! you two did a good job you and her get 5 stars from me. keep it up :) P.S. (howls moving castle is my favorite movie) are you a fan of that guys anime films?
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  November 13, 2011
Quoting ABC MAN There is no such thing as a perfect MOC but if there were it wold look a lot like this
Thanks!
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  November 5, 2011
There is no such thing as a perfect MOC but if there were it wold look a lot like this
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  October 28, 2011
Very nice. I love all the different colours so that it looks like its made from scraps they've found in their travels : )
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  October 4, 2011
I love this MOC! It is a great movie. It would be very very cool if you did howls room, you know all fancy like. I love it! XD
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  June 23, 2011
Quoting Max W. nice. do all of the little outbuildings have interiors as well? just kidding, that would be insane. you should make the flying version too.
A flying version would also be insane...cool, but insane. :)
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  June 23, 2011
Quoting nukesteak the AWESOME amazing! just like the movie! it would be cool to do an inside part too.
Yeah, the only inside room I did was the main one that you can access by opening the back. This is a MOC I'd love to rebuild sometime and do it much better.
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  June 16, 2011
amazing! just like the movie! it would be cool to do an inside part too.
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  June 16, 2011
nice. do all of the little outbuildings have interiors as well? just kidding, that would be insane. you should make the flying version too.
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  June 15, 2011
Really well done!
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  April 12, 2011
Liked the book, liked the movie, liked your creation.
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  March 12, 2011
I never seen anything like this. The scale is Giant!
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  March 10, 2011
Good job. this is really cool.
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  February 25, 2011
I am blown away. This is amazin. Pls check out my Howl minfig and other Miyazaki characters. Also join the group DFTBA. 101/100
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  February 20, 2011
THIS IS AMAZING!!! Also, I guess that interior, really accurate, is very tidy: it must be a depiction of it after Sophie's cleanings! ;-)
Imagine Rigney
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  February 19, 2011
Wow, I Saw This Had 16K Visits And Now, Now I See Why.
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  February 15, 2011
oh my gosh how did u build that i bet it took forever!!!!!
Imagine Rigney
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Nathan Schock
  December 23, 2010
HOLY!! That is amazing! How do you move it?
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  December 23, 2010
:O . . . I'd kill for LEGO skills like that!
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  September 27, 2010
Amazing!
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  September 1, 2010
Quoting Joseph White Absolutely fantastic! Where on earth did you get the reference photos required for such details?
There was one book we found at the library, and then we watched the movie over and over as we built. The exterior is really not accurate, just a pretty good likeness. The interior room however is pretty close. Thanks!
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  September 1, 2010
Absolutely fantastic! Where on earth did you get the reference photos required for such details? I'd definitely say you and your mom make a crack construction team :)
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  May 1, 2010
i loved the movie and i love this creation! nice touch with turnip head!
Imagine Rigney
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Elendil Draconfell
  March 4, 2010
this is awstricking.... i am a HUGE fan of Miazaki, and Howls moving castle is my... 3rd favorite one of his films, this is actually pretty accurette, keep building!
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  February 7, 2010
This is the best moving castle ive ever seen in my life...WOW i need to replace my jaw..
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  January 31, 2010
Pretty terrific! Can't wait to see what's next!
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  January 16, 2010
This is simply amazing. So much detail packed in to this castle, and it must have taken a lot of skill to build it so it is stable. Great work. -Sam
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  January 16, 2010
Quoting Radec Mai CONGRATULATIONS ON 100 LIKES!
Wow! Thanks! Sad to say I'm slowly dismantling the build. It used so many of the parts I need for other things.
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  January 16, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS ON 100 LIKES!
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  January 15, 2010
Quoting Commander Calle (a.k.a. Tyler Halliwell) . You Have The Best Mom EVER !!!!!
My mom says "About time somebody said so!" I say, "Great....now I have to put up with her repeating your comment to my face everyday." Thanks. :)
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  January 14, 2010
You Have The Best Mom EVER !!!!!
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  December 24, 2009
Awesome! Simply awesome. :)
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  December 8, 2009
wow I saw this on the bros brick.
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  November 10, 2009
Quoting Sebastian Martinez Second off: Where did you order the parts and what parts did you order (if it's not too much trouble)? I love the movie and I love legos and I love your combination of the two. Oh yeah, also, did you put the magic dial by the door?
Well, I didn't order too many parts as I pulled together pieces from sets like the Star Destroyer, Cloud City and other sets that had house pieces. If you're not familiar with Lego.com's Pick a Brick, you should check that out for pieces. Also, builders order from bricklink.com too. I needed only extra 2x3, 2x4, and 2x6 bricks in grey and brown, plus some dark grey plates & tiles. So I just went to the Lego store for bulk bricks and ordered the rest online. The magic dial by the door wouldn't fit and I couldn't think of any Lego that would work well for it. If anyone has any ideas on that, let me know. Thanks for the comments.
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  November 10, 2009
First off: Brilliant! Just, Brilliant! Second off: Where did you order the parts and what parts did you order (if it's not too much trouble)? I love the movie and I love legos and I love your combination of the two. Oh yeah, also, did you put the magic dial by the door?
  November 5, 2009
sweet! I love that movie! You should make some stuff from Castle In The Sky!
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  November 4, 2009
Ahhh!! Is so awesome it blinds my eyes!! X0 nice, love the mouth!
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  November 3, 2009
This is officially the coolest thing ever. I have to go watch the movie now... lol
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  November 3, 2009
wow this is absoultly amazing :)
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  November 3, 2009
This is great, I didnt know a Moc could be such a moving experience. Anyways, great detail.
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  November 3, 2009
WOW!!! It's funny I just recently saw this movie a few weeks ago and had I not seen it, I would have just passed this up. You did such an amazing job with everything, all the detail you put into it, and I really like your innovative approach to keeping all the sections together with magnets. That technique only helps reinforce what I have told many builders about using the pieces that they have not worrying about the pieces they don't have. This is truly a monumental build, Excellent Job.
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  November 2, 2009
Love your work!
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  November 2, 2009
The way everything spontaneously fits together is truly amazing. I'm very impressed with the interior as well. Good luck at the show! Good day
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  November 2, 2009
Wow that's really good, and I loved the movie!
Imagine Rigney
Auburntiger 12
  November 1, 2009
I...I... really can't say or do anything but gape at this... It's incredible!!!
Imagine Rigney
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Brad Jasko
  November 1, 2009
All I gotta say is wow.That thing is so huge. You must've had a lot of work to make that thing. I love the interiro.Nice wrok.
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  November 1, 2009
This is one of the most amazing biuld's ive ever seen AMAZING
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  November 1, 2009
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! That was brilliant,awesome, fantastic,amazing and all in one fantabulus!
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  November 1, 2009
wow, this is amazing!
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  October 31, 2009
Quoting Louis K. Do you have any idea how awesome this is?! You made the surface so detailed and great, ok it´s not 100% the original thing, but that doesn´t matter!
Thanks. It's easy to second guess yourself after it's all built and people start seeing it. It's cool to hear what everyone likes...turnip head is a favorite, and the interior. If I did it over, I would try to keep the interior while still making the outside taller and less wide. Once the interior was laid out and I began building around it the whole thing became kind of "fat." I had a week to complete it by then and so I just kept going. Thanks for taking a long look and commenting.
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  October 30, 2009
Do you have any idea how awesome this is?! You made the surface so detailed and great, ok it´s not 100% the original thing, but that doesn´t matter! I scrolled down every pic and was really overwhelmed but then came the interior and I couldn´t believe: This thing was so awesome, how can this have an interior, btw a great interior! So all in all I can really feel how hard this is to build and you did fantastic! Incredibly awesome job!
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  October 27, 2009
Very nice! Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies. I especially love the interior and how it matches up to the real thing. Plus, that Turniphead is awesome!
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  October 27, 2009
Pretty awesome!
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  October 27, 2009
Wow,this is one of the collest system mocs i have ever seen on the pages.Congratalutions man!
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  October 26, 2009
i love the movie its great! this moc is fantastic! i like the turnip head by the way!
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  October 26, 2009
This is one of my favourite movies, and this is one of my favourite mocs. Good details like your other mocs, but this one is outstanding! There are no more words to describe it!!! You´are one of my favourite builders, ingenious work :)
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  October 26, 2009
I also have no idea what this is all about, but oh well who cares! It's amazing! Great detail, brillint design and just amazing overall. Well done.
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  October 26, 2009
I have no idea what this is from and simply don't care because this monstrosity is totally redonculous on it's own merits! The interior is superior and the exterior burns my posterior!(with jealousy of course) Fantabulous build my friend!~H
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  October 25, 2009
This is great work! I enjoyed looking at all the detail, and the fact that you did this with your mom makes it even better.
  October 25, 2009
really cool i love the detail especially mr. turmip head
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  October 25, 2009
Great lego!
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  October 25, 2009
That is amazing, a beautiful build. SImply amazing. I am stunned. Really, I have nothing else to say. Nothing at all.
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  October 25, 2009
Simply stunning!
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  October 25, 2009
Brilliant!
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  October 25, 2009
Holy Cow!!! This is awesome! I can't believe that your mom actually agreed to build the castle with you!!!I like turnip head (aka. the prince) the best.
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  October 25, 2009
this is creepy cuz i just got done watching the movie then i went on mpages and saw on explore page "howls moving castle"
Imagine Rigney
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Nathan Maughan
  October 24, 2009
Howls movimg castle is my favorite movie ever 5/5
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  October 23, 2009
Quoting nicolas ford I don't care if your Lego castle is not iqual to the movie castle, it is awesome anyway! excellent job!!!
Thanks. :) I'm happy with it too. It's one of the largest MOCs I've ever built.
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  October 22, 2009
I don't care if your Lego castle is not iqual to the movie castle, it is awesome anyway! excellent job!!!
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  October 21, 2009
O.K. I'm really jealous. You're a new builder, and you've had four really famous people comment on this, AND you have like 5,000 views. In one day! I wish i was popular when I started. Good job!
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  October 21, 2009
I love that movie! it was extremely trippy and semi-disturbing, but awesome! fantastic job on this build!
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  October 21, 2009
Hmmmmm....good question. I forgot to count while I was building. And should I count the pieces that fell inside and were never seen again? Well, really if I had to guess, maybe 6000+. Someday, when I take it apart, if ever, I'll count them.
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  October 21, 2009
Ok, somebody remind me about this during next year's MOCie awards! This is just BEYOND cool! It was cool enough with just the exterior, but then you went and added interior to it and I was OFFICIALLY floored! AMAZING work! ~ Chris.
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  October 21, 2009
Incredible! It's literally stuffed with details, I don't know where to start. I also loved the movie. Great job.
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  October 21, 2009
Wow, thanks! I'm blown away by getting a mention in TBB. I should probably explain about the hidden support underneath. As you can see, the legs are tiny and cannot support anything, so a fellow builder at LEAHI suggested plexiglass blocks. We used two in the middle and took out the edges that showed in the pics with photoshop. There are two levels as you can see in the building pics and the top lifts off after I take the face off. The whole thing is surprisingly solid and stable, except for the face, which can be touchy. To answer a few more questions, I really didn't start with an idea, just an outline of the size it needed to be and created a platform for the bottom level. Then I started adding one section at a time by looking at pictures from the movie and improvising. Then the face, being held on with Lego magnets had to be light and so is not as filled in as I wanted. If I did that part over I would fill in the seams for sure and add more detail. It is a squatter version than what you see in the movie because I had to stop somewhere. The interior was key to making this complete I agree. I probably wouldn't have built it if my mom hadn't said it would make Howl's Castle authentic. She kept saying you need to add this, and this, and what about this? Mom said I should say how much fun it was to work on this with her, but I have to say it was sometimes not so fun. She wants to interrupt and say she had fun and learned a lot! What will I do next? Take a break and build some normal sets with instructions. Who knows, maybe something bigger, or maybe not.
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  October 21, 2009
This is a wonderful creation, it gives the right feeling too :)
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  October 21, 2009
I love the movie but I never thought I'd see someone try to make the castle from Lego. Very nicely done and surprisingly well detailed. The 'face' is a little sparse, but considering time constraints, you did an amazing job.
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  October 21, 2009
Wow, how does that thing stand?
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  October 21, 2009
Fantastic job! This is one of the better moc's I've seen in a while. Nice job!
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  October 21, 2009
Awesome. this movie was insanely cool, and though there's some room for improvement this is really a spectacularly accomplished rendering of the castle. The interior is a fantastic detail, too.
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  October 21, 2009
WOW! I was waiting for someone to build this thing! Truly amazing work!
  October 21, 2009
Whoops! Only just now read the dialogue. Your Mom did a great job too. Pieces ~ Nowhereman
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  October 21, 2009
Beautiful. More than once I've considered giving this thing a try and rejected it on grounds of it being too complex. See, thing is though, that I've only ever considered building the exterior. The fact that you were able to fit the interior in as well (not to mention do a blamed good job of it) is mind-blowing to me. Terrific piece usage both on exterior and interior. I personally love the scarecrow. This is one of the best Miyazaki creations I've ever seen (along with an Ohmu I once spotted on Brickshelf)! Fantastic work all around and congrats on getting blogged! Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
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  October 21, 2009
Incredible though it looks kind of wobbly. Great job for getting blogged on TBB!
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  October 21, 2009
How could you even start a project like this, amazing, I can't imagine... what part did you build first ?
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  October 21, 2009
You were blogged in The Brothers Brick! Congrats! http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/10/21/howls-moving-lego-castle/
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  October 21, 2009
Howl-y mother of ...! The fact that you attempted to build it is a feat in itself. And now you ended up with this wonderful creation. I think you captured the concept of Howl's Moving Castle really well... And the interior is just majestic! And you mom helped? Wow! High five to both of you! Both of you did an amazing build!
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  October 21, 2009
That is simply amazing! Well done on a great MOC!
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  October 21, 2009
I was just going to invite this to the Ghibli group but I see you already did, great! You two were really brave to even think about building this, all the strange angles, chaotic placement of houses, turrets and what have you must have been a huge challenge. Don't worry about this not being a perfect replica, your own touches look great and there are plenty of movie accurate details, like the interior. The interior! Man, I'm amazed at how accurate you two were able to build the main room, the fireplace, stairway, table, shelves, and entry all are instantly recognizable. I've gone on long enough so I'll just say great job to both of you! What will you do next?
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  October 21, 2009
I cant believe that nobody have commented on this yet. This is really cool and really big!! I dont know Howl's Moving Castle - but it is a nice build with great playability.
 
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