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Another collection of one-offs, oddities, misfits, and meh.
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Because I've got nothing new and I feel like posting something anyway.




I found this a while back and thought I'd share. When I was 12, one of the toy stores at a local mall sponsored a Lego display for kids' creations. A friend and I contributed our crappy little spaceships for the weekend, and we got certificates and a tiny Lego set just for participating. Score! Hey, free Lego is free Lego. If someone (I'm guessing me) hadn't spilled a drink on this at some point, I'd get it framed.




Flash forward 20 years or so, and I'm in imminent danger of ending up like this. I once took some stupid magazine quiz -- "Could you develop schizophrenia? Take a look at these warning signs." -- and I matched eight out of ten.




Seems about right... I mean, this can't be the product of a healthy mind. Originally I was going to do a whole house party scene with this guy leaning over a balcony, and some unfortunate soul directly below the incoming puke, but got lazy.




Speaking of lazy... This is how my prizes for the '09 MOCies arrived. (Cheap shot time -- Phipson packs for shipping just as well as he builds!) A handful of plastic shopping bags thrown in a big box does not provide adequate cushioning. Look at the disgraceful state of my precious trophies! Luckily, as MOCer of the Year, I was able to figure out how to rebuild them.




From the popular series, "1001 Uses for the Preserved Head of Shannon Ocean." #337 - Wig Shop Mannequin.




There's just something about a classic red spaceman exploring the great outdoors. Taking minifigs outside and photographing them in the land of giants is a noble and ancient tradition.




Photographing your Lego monkeys outside is a tradition slightly less ancient, and a great deal less noble.




Speaking of ancient and noble traditions, how about the Man laying a beatdown on a hapless member of a minority group? If you're ever pulled over for DWS (Driving While a Squid), don't mouth off to the cops. Say yes sir and no sir, keep your hands or tentacles where they can see them, and don't make any sudden moves.




And if you're a young squiddie and one of your own has joined the force, don't expect any special treatment. Or even fair treatment. Especially if he's partnered with a yellow. He'll never give his partner any reason to doubt which side he's really on. (Hint: it ain't yours.)




More fun with Photoshop. My old Tanager spacecraft gets a new paint job, and gets to go through wormholes. Or flee exploding supernovae. Or something.




Birchstone Keep, a proof-of-concept doodle. This used up almost all of my light gray and blay 1x2 plates. Once I acquire about eight million more of each, I'll build a big castle with really fantastic-looking walls out of them.




Before you slip into unconsciousness
I'd like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss
Another kiss...




Like, whoah, man... all we gotta do is keep drummin, man... and world peace is sure to follow... like, totally, man.




After crossing the vast forbidding savannah, our classic red spaceman finds a shady spot to relax in.




I had high hopes for Nomad here, but could just never get the right diorama made for him.




Down, boy! You're getting your time in the sun here, don't worry.




Nomad in the Blasted Lands. I was never quite happy with this. I think the biggest problem was not enough color differential between Nomad and the landscape, especially since they're both pretty rough texturally.




So they're plodding along through this wasted landscape, and come across one tree still showing signs of life. Mama Nature Will Find a Way, and all that. I liked it thematically, but just wasn't satisfied with the composition and execution of the MOC.




I always liked my burnt shrubs though, I should have worked them into another MOC.




"Can we keep her?" I still don't know if this stray... thing... the Insectoid kids are bringing home is related to Nomad or not.




Another in my long, long list of abandoned projects that were so cool in my head and then failed to reach that level of greatness when translated into reality. Maybe could have eventually worked, but I lost interest.




I made a lot of microscale craft and vehicles to go with it, but the little power loaders were the best thing to come out of that abandoned WIP, as far as I'm concerned.




Another orphan, much like Nomad. A little construction I liked but could never find the right dio for.





It's good to rework and refine your MOC, but sometimes you can do damage that way. This illustrates the dangers of overthinking. Up top is the initial version of one of my contributions to Keith and Brian's Zero Hour on Highway 44 epic. Directly above is the version that ended up getting sent. Now I look at them and prefer the higher spoiler, the plain windshield, and side striping of the original.





Again, original up top, final product above. The engine needed improvement, which was why the thing got reworked in the first place. I think I succeeded there, I just wish I'd left the rest alone. Oh well.




Crystal Caverns. I like this shot okay, but the overall cavern background didn't look quite as cool as I thought it would. Maybe if I'd used lighter colored plates behind the cheese slopes it would have sparkled more, but black was the only color I had enough of in the right sizes.




Another guy enjoying Crystal Caverns. I probably should have put the camera on a tripod, set the timer, and blown on the propeller so it would be spinning in the shot.




Made for a very special person, who had a blue betta fish named Prince in a bowl on her desk at work. Prince was found dead one morning, so I built Prince II here as what I thought would be a temporary replacement. I was later informed, "You know you're never getting this back, right?" No, I didn't know. If I'd known, I wouldn't have used all my trans-green seaweed pieces in it. And I certainly wouldn't have put half a dozen light blay cheese slopes in it. I mean, sure, I'm a sweetheart and all, but come on! And finally, if I'd known she would dub my creation "Master P." instead of Prince II, I might never have built it at all.

(On an entirely different note, if anyone ever feels like dropping the mayor of Auburn, Washington a line, the phone number to his office is visible on some stationary in the bottom left corner.)




And we close with the ever-popular classic red spaceman version of Where's Waldo.




Man, this guy's not even trying anymore!




Comments

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  November 26, 2011
This stuff is ridiculous! I bow down to you!
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  November 12, 2011
my beta fish tthat i loved sooo much died last night. you can see him in one of my mocs here.. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/247738 R.I.P cobalt :(
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  July 23, 2011
oh man, man that drumcircle is radical man i love all drum circles and hand drums and combine either with lego and it has to be awesome in my opinion -hey check out my drum campout MOC its pretty cool-
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  February 22, 2011
Grate stuff here!
Shannon Young
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Oliver King
  December 22, 2010
i have two betta fish sad that your friends died
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  August 23, 2010
That's a really cool transperent ship!
Shannon Young
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Pony Lord7
  May 28, 2010
I have loads of stuff like this but I just never post it but maybe I will soon.
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  April 29, 2010
O_O
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  April 4, 2010
Happy Easter, Shannon! ~Ryan
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  March 27, 2010
I will reincarnate your loaders. And I will make a miniscale for you.
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  March 20, 2010
Love the puking rock monster, but the black and white "survelliance video" still really caught my eye. Not sure if you were intentionally going for that grainy, convience store robbery look there with the photo, but it looked good. Second engine on the first version of the yellow car would have been cool.
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  March 20, 2010
I feel ya, I lose interest in 90% of my projects, and the other 10% are just rehashes of other MOCs. Still, I really like that micro city one. Also: monkeys.
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  March 20, 2010
took half an hour to see and read and look in awe at these creations
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  March 20, 2010
YOU SHOULD REALLY FIX THOSE AWESOME ABANDONED LEGO CREATIONS, or just use them cool bricks to make a gaint creation! Cuz I dont have that much legos as u do I bet cuz u were collecting more than me cuz im only 11!
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  March 20, 2010
The monkeys had me totally cracking up! LOL It is def a shame you weren't able to work Nomad into something as well.
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  March 19, 2010
Quoting €.K.0 ßui|d€®! why did you delete the comment i left here?! do you have something against me, or was there something you didnt like with the comment?
I have no idea what you're talking about. If a comment appears on the page more than once, I delete all the duplicates to leave just one. If a builder has absolutely nothing to say about my MOC, but instead is only soliciting comments on his own, I may delete that. Otherwise I leave them alone.
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  March 19, 2010
Very good stuff, and some really funny bits as well! The monkeys in the real world cracked me up. I too like to let Mister Bones get out and see the world. Thus his "Road Trip" series. (I also made a joke gift out of lego for my girlfriend, she took it to work and I have never seen it again)
  March 19, 2010
why did you delete the comment i left here?! do you have something against me, or was there something you didnt like with the comment?
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  March 19, 2010
mann you have gooten great skils your very good can you add some commanets an my creations
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  March 18, 2010
everything is great in my opinion. it is a shame the crystal caverns didnt work out though.
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  March 18, 2010
little black guy is cool, how much? ;)
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  March 18, 2010
Mate the ammount of detail you fit in, and your mass utilization of small parts - are both incredible and inspirational. Have to agree with you on the burnt shrubs they are very cool. The humorous comments were just the icing on the cake for me.
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  March 17, 2010
oh shannon, you had me chuckling all the way though. Too bad about your lost orphans - they were pretty cute. And a note on "reworking" - if you're anything like me, and, therefore, laden with OCD and obsessed with detail and perfection to an utterly unhealthy level, you know once you start refining a completed build (even one as small as your Zero Hour car) it's just a short, slipper slope down into madness. I definitely agree with you on that point - I try to resist changing aesthetic details as much as possible once a build is done. That said, I do think the license plate was a fine touch!
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  March 17, 2010
There's different aspects of each design of the yellow car that I think trump the other. Guess it all comes down to personal preference, though, really, doesn't it?
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  March 17, 2010
Excellent MOCs!
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  March 17, 2010
Ahhhh, de fishie is so cute. Lee.
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  March 16, 2010
I think its only a matter of time before that first picture of Phipson in a straight-jacket becomes somebody's avatar. I can't help but think of Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey and such when I see that lone classic red guy walking around in a field of giant grass. The Nomad and camel clunker are by far my favorite and remind me of something out of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, very imaginative. Those power micro loaders are great too and could easily be worked into newer MOCs. Excellent work, here's hoping you can finish a few of these some day. Peace ~ Packie
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  March 15, 2010
Man, what a bummer man, you really had something with the drum circle thing, man. LOL Great stuff, especially when presented like this. It's like the Island of Misfit MOCs...~H
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  March 14, 2010
That's a lot of cool and unique ideas. Thanks for sharing them, better late than never ;)
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  March 12, 2010
You make unbelievable things out of Lego, anyone can see it is more then a toy.....
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  March 12, 2010
Odds and ends always deserve to be shown off (Except mine... poor little guys...) ... neat Jambalaya.
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  March 12, 2010
Impressive collection ! I love the Castle and the spaceman pics, but all here is great, too bad you have to give up some projects... Nice work and the originality factor is really high here !
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  March 11, 2010
All of these are quite good for their size. It's probably good to make a page of just a bunch of little stuff; its definitely better than making a page for each of these. Not to say they're not that good, as I said before.
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  March 11, 2010
the nomad creature diorama should either have had a black brown or tan road everything else was cool but you seem to get carried away with grey and then not vary in colour
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  March 11, 2010
Wow, very nice!
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  March 11, 2010
Cool. Awesome stuffs. I want to comment some better comment later.
  March 11, 2010
I too participated a competition organised by a local shop when I was 9 (so about 30 years ago). I worked verry hard on the nautilus ship from disney's 20'000 leagues under the sea. But to my greatest disapointment, I was fired from it because the judges said it's impossible a child my age could do something like that and... they gave a little set to my dad. I have to say I still feel that knife in my back. Hopefully, as my parents knew it wasn't true, they bought me the big set I wanted out of their sens of justice... I which I have a picture of my Nautilus to share...
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  March 11, 2010
Man this is some cool stuff, love nomad and the cute little horse thing the insectiod children had ^_^ lol hippie drum circle and 8 out of 10 rofl! xD Man that project would have looked AWESOME if you finished it, too bad you didnt :P
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  March 10, 2010
That nomad and his creature thing was awesome! I loved everything here, especially the monkeys in the plants. ~Waff
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  March 10, 2010
Amazing, and I love the crystal caverns.
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  March 10, 2010
wow, i like it! classic space is pretty cool. thats a lotta peices!
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  March 10, 2010
I have recently dismantled several unfinishes MOCs, and I didn't think about taking pics of them. Too bad.
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  March 10, 2010
What? No red tiles in your mis-adventures? I've the same problem as you, the gap between my imagination and the combination of my collection, time at home, and level of dedication. At least you have a slew of "failures" to show, all I have are ideas... Gotta' stop traveling so much so I have time to build. I haven't been home for more than 2 weeks at a time since October!
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  March 10, 2010
New Orleans
Shannon Young
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Lenard Stipkovic
  March 9, 2010
WOW! :O The nomad is great and I specially like the drummers!
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  March 9, 2010
Awesome. Very funny and I too prefer the original version of the yellow car. -Sam
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  March 9, 2010
Heh awesome little collection of pictures, and I can feel with you on the giving gifts to people that you think you'll get back. (Last Christmas, I forgot to buy my Mom a gift, so I jokingly gave her a ninja diorama, thinking I'd get it back later. I gave her a gift the next day, but the diorama's still sitting on her shelf, mocking me =P
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  March 9, 2010
It's too bad some of those ideas never made it into a full MOC, you've got some great builds there!
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  March 9, 2010
thoce are some nice creations, love the nomad design and for that four legged spider thing you should make a diorama of like an assassination thing or something
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  March 9, 2010
haha, wow. that microscale shows lots of potential, I'd keep working it if I were you. and I love the nomad thing, very nice!
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  March 9, 2010
Is that drummer holding what I THINK he's holding?
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  March 9, 2010
Always fun to see what your unconventional mind is up to with the hobby. That Microscale is particularly intriguing...wouldn't complain one iota if you decided to try salvaging that! A solid LOL on that vomiting rock monster, by the way. Yes, I confess...mine IS a very sophisticated sense of humor.
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  March 9, 2010
Women...always wanting to keep stuff you give them. I think a night time office raid is in order. Stage a break in, throw some stuff on the ground for effect, and swipe back your moc. You can win even more points when you build her a new, less part consuming Master P II. I liked the Nomad and the micro space base thing. I'm going against the crowd and saying I like car #2 better.
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  March 9, 2010
It concerns me that your abandoned projects are better than stuff i've posted quite proudly. Still, i'm learning all the time, especially from things like this.
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  March 9, 2010
The black robot and bug eyed insectoid thing are my favorites. Thanks for sharing. Sleep now....zzzzz.
  March 9, 2010
Original concept car better. Nomad dio great idea but no contrast. Also boring square base is boring. Crystal caveracer: Trans cheese slopes on trans plates with light source behind? Bada-bing bada-bang I'm done! Learn from a professional kid...
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  March 9, 2010
I have to agree, the Zero-hour car looked best in the original version. The microscale loading area was actually pretty cool. Good day
 
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