It's all over, the final tally is in, and the moment of truth has arrived!
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Love the Drake!
Thanks for all the red tiles, man.
At the closing bell, there were 65 total entries: 35 in the Vignette Contest, 30 in the Diorama Contest. However, all too many builders possessed a certain quality -- call it a devil-may-care disregard for my confining arbitrary rules, call it daring bravado, call it illiteracy -- that doomed their chances of winning. Whatever their reason, they proved unwilling or unable to follow simple instructions, and got their entries disqualified. Too bad, because some of them were pretty good. Let's meet this pitiful band of lovable losers, shall we?
(Note: A lot of people have the annoying habit of changing their user name on a regular basis. Or even worse, deleting their account and starting a new one. I will use the names they had while committing their special crime, and link to everyone on this list of rejects so that no matter what they're calling themselves this week, they can be found and laughed at.)
These yahoos got themselves banned from the group for various and sundry acts of idiocy, and any MOC they might have already entered was thus immediately disqualified:
These sad fools entered dioramas into the Vignette Contest:
Heather LEGOgirl - Sympathy for the Devil. Maybe the Devil made her do it.
A.J. Pride - Endor Party!. It's also Star Wars. Someone really wasn't paying attention.
Sam Ellis - Mission Failure. With a superior smirk, Mr. Ellis looks snootily down his nose at those lazy bums content to fail in only one respect.
This genius entered a vignette into the Diorama Contest:
Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet - "Bah!" and "Humbug!" At least you were unique in your mistake. That's something, anyway.
After weeding out the illiterate and careless riffraff with Darwinian zeal, I was left with 54 total valid entries to judge -- 28 vignettes, and 26 dioramas. Before we find out who clawed their way to the top of the heap, I'd like to recognize the eight builders who entered both contests. These fine examples of strapping young MOChood get my special Ironman Award -- actually, two entries doesn't make you much of an Ironman, does it? Let's call it the Tinman Award:
It's time to share a secret with all of you -- when I started this contest I was bound and determined not to give any prizes to AFOLs. Mainly because an adult can generally just go out and buy Lego if he wants it, whereas a kid is generally dependent on an adult (who does not often make Lego a high priority in the family budget) buying it for them. AFOLs tend to have bigger collections; therefore TFOLs and KFOLs have the greater need.
However, this lovely altruistic sentiment on my part could not survive the Vignette Contest. Apparently great vignettes come easier with age; my two favorite entries in the category were made by AFOLs. And I had them so far out in front of the rest of the pack that there was no way I could justify another leapfrogging them and into the top spot.
What I love about this vignette is how much is packed into it. An 8x8 square is not much room to work with... and then you consider the walls surrounding this one on three sides, which shrinks down the available space to like 6x7.
I've never worked in a cubicle myself, but I've been in enough to appreciate how well the claustrophobic clutter is rendered here: the overflowing shelf of papers and binders and folders; the pencil and pen holders; the bulletin board plastered with sticky notes; the computer taking up what little desk space remains.
As if this is not enough, you've gone the extra mile and wired all the electronics with string. It's completely unnecessary -- no one would miss it if it wasn't there -- and that's what's so great about it.
Last but not least, we have our poor smitten stalker sneaking in to retrieve the gum out of the wastebasket. Not only is it funny, the way it was done impressed me. Minifigs don't lay on their sides comfortably. You've solved that brilliantly by simply pulling his arm off. It's so simple and obvious once I see you do it, but I am forced to wonder if I ever would have thought of it myself... and am forced to answer, probably not.
The only thing I can think of that comes close to a complaint is that you didn't fasten the walls to the base. But I can even justify that for you -- real cubicle partitions are not permanently affixed in place, they are able to be moved around if need be. Maybe a different torso choice on the woman? I'm simply grasping at straws.
Top notch vignette, and a well-deserved winner. Enjoy your prize, good sir!
I've said several times over the course of these reviews that bigger is not always better, so who do I give the Diorama win to? Why, the biggest entry, of course! To avoid confusion, the rule is, bigger is not better if your collection can't properly support it. But if you've got the parts... then yeah. Bigger IS better.
I didn't want to award you the win. I looked for excuses not to. This mainly stemmed from the fact that by the time I saw this entry, it already had a bazillion comments on it saying it was a sure win and the like. I hate following the crowd, I'd much rather be that lone voice in the wilderness. Nobody was going to tell ME who was winning MY contest! Also, this thought crossed my head: good god -- does this kid really need any more Lego? I've got a pretty healthy AFOL-sized collection, and I don't think I have the parts to build this!
Then I took a step back, calmed down, and really studied it with an objective eye. Holy crap. How is this NOT the winner?
The ship is large and intricately detailed, a build that 99 percent of MOCpagers would be thrilled to be able to build by itself, and perfectly satisfied to post by itself -- myself included. And yet it is dwarfed, and nearly overshadowed, by the surrounding diorama. Using nothing but gray, you have managed through shapes and angles and textures to keep the structures from looking boring. Lego tends to be a very square medium, and your avoidance of right angles throughout this entire MOC is nothing short of extraordinary.
And how about that water? The blue simply pops out of the overwhelming mass of gray, and the technique of sculpting the waves with stacked blue plates and whitecaps at the crests is an absolute revelation.
My only critique (other than NEEDS MORE PICTURES!) is that parts of the ship seem messy -- some crooked tiles, a few parts apparently not fastened all the way. And I'm not even sure that's valid. I am not familiar with the source material, never having seen the show. Maybe it's a rickety old ship and you purposely built it that way. I only notice it in the few closeups anyway, so I'll just fall back on WHY AREN'T THERE MORE CLOSEUP DETAIL SHOTS OF EVERYTHING? We are left wanting more... in this case most definitely a compliment.
Not only the best diorama in the contest... one of the best on MOCpages, period. Enjoy your prize -- you earned it, even if you don't appear to need it!
I wasn't sure what I was going to use my Honorable Mention for -- whoever most creatively incorporated the "Shannon rocks"? Someone who took it upon themselves to help contestants out, maybe, going around pointing out a lack of the magic phrase, or entries in the wrong section of the contest?
I decided to use it as a consolation prize, giving it to the builder who was going to win the Diorama Contest until an 800-pound gorilla named Sven Junga came swinging into the room and crushed everyone else.
I love Futuron Academy. It's not the trickiest build -- you can pretty much see how everything was done with straightforward uncomplicated techniques. Yet it manages to incorporate a lot of curves and diagonals, breaking out of the rigid right-angle mode it's so easy to be lulled into. More importantly, it has a fully detailed interior and exterior -- something of a holy grail I have yet to attain. I can manage one or the other in a build, haven't yet been able to meld together both. Ideally, I wanted my contest winners to show me something I couldn't do myself, and this fit that bill.
There are a ton of rooms, and rather than go through a long list of details, I'll just say this: I like every single room. Everywhere you look there are interesting floor patterns, stuff on the walls, purposeful-looking machines and controls and appliances, people not merely standing around, but interacting meaningfully with their environment. It's a beautiful thing. We even have a flying cycle of some sort.
My few nitpicks are quite minor. A few of the shots, particularly the overall views, could be brighter. The other's a bit subjective, and involves the student body in Agents uniforms. If posed with the fill-in-the-blank question: (insert theme here) is the logical successor to Futuron, I would not have picked Agents. I don't know that any current or recent theme is, to tell you the truth. So if you don't have enough Futuron uniforms for them, I'd prefer them in civvies. Just personal preference. You went with what you had, and it works fine.
And though I generally didn't take commentary into account in judging, I do want to say that yours complemented the build well here. Not overshadowing the MOC, not distracting from it, simply narrating with a dash of humor here and there.
Great build, and I'm glad I had something tangible to send you for your effort here -- you earned it.
That's it! I'll probably never host a contest again, I'm far too lazy to go through all this trouble a second time.
Major props for running this contest Shannon, I was really considering entering it but was tied up building the Great Justice even then. My idea for inserting 'Shannon Rocks' was a set of giant rocks, so yeah, not so inspired. Again, awesome contest running, I hope there's another! ;)
The eagle has landed! I have received my reward. Shannon, I felt like a fanboy, holding that package with a grin the size of Texas. "Wow, this was packaged by the great Shannon Young. He wrote my name on here. Wow!" Anyway, when the titallation passed, I went to bed, so it's sitting on my counter now. Thank you so much.
You mentioned how you didn't want an AFOL to win - totally commendable. I thought it may salve your conscience slightly to know that, as a first grade teacher with three children and a home-making wife, I do not purchase Lego whenever I see fit. I am entirely dependent on Christmas and birthdays, so it that sense, I am basically a child. If that helps in any way...
Again, thank you.
I like it
February 3, 2010
Ha ha, it's gotta be Forgefulraccoon. I just thought I'd throw that in, and I totally forgot to add that in. Whoops. ;)
HEY! I'm definenitely not more than 650 pounds!
But seriously, I couldn't have imagined you putting that much work in the reviews and the contest at all. Great job and a big THANKS!
February 2, 2010
I guess I'm the only one who got to read the reviews. Wierd. The page without the winners was deleted. I still got it though. To bad it took till midnight to read you really do rock Shannon. You remind me of me, in a democrat way, but still. Thanks for being there dude.
I like it
That LDD Guy
February 2, 2010
Woot, I'm a Iro- oh just a tinman, never mind. Still, I like the flooring in the main shot and the winners were tastefully picked.
I like it
February 2, 2010
Congrats to the winners! I got 'thumbs up', which is good enough for me! XD
Do I feel foolish? No. Do I feel angry? No. Do I dislike Shannon for somehow making it irresistible to contend in a contest I knew I would lose? No. I feel peace. And that's a heck of a strange feeling, for someone who blew is own head off by posting his shmukking MOC in the wrong category. I suppose I WAS original by going against the grain of the other contenders who posted in the wrong thread. I'll just say it's because I'm so much more gash-darn artsy and walk away. It's the best thing for a goof-off like me. Anyway, thanks for the challenge, Shannon. I enjoyed worrying my rear-end off until you finally finished judging, I'm young, not to mention healthy, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack! This will be the last contest I enter for a long while - too hectic for simpletons like me...
Wow! That is some epic commentary! I've barely gotten through half the vignettes and this page, and it's already taken all my free time so far today! (That's right, my 35-minute lunch and since school ended at...oh, you don't really care, do you?) Shannon, I have to commend all the work you put into this; from start to finish, this has been a great contest. Thanks for all the reviews, the humor, the random thoughts, and most of all, for the prize! (Which I guess I'll get someday, I don't know. I've never won anything before.) Thanks for hosting the contest. Pity we'll never see one of these again :)
Hey I will take an honorable Ironman mention any day! The fact that I was not disqualified is simply downright amazing. Great contest, look forward to the next one! By the way, great design on the award hall, that back wall is very cool.
Congrats to Sven, Wes and Alex and big thanks to Shannon for running this, stumping up prizes and also for providing a very thorough & constructive review of all the valid entries. I'll take the points on board and keep trying.