I got home from work last night and found a package waiting for me. In it was this wonderful trophy and a hand written letter from the illustrious Shannon Young (For those that don't remember, he was the 2009 Builder of the Year). Following are some excerpts from that letter… His words will be “in quotes” while mine will… well… not be.
“Esteemed Mr. Phipson, Enclosed you will find your well deserved 2010 AFOL of the year trophy. Receipt of this package enters you into a legally binding contract* in which you agree to post a few pictures of this fabulous award on MOCpages…”
“*Note – Contract is not actually legally binding. You do however, have to try to upstage this lame little trophy when you build one for the 2011 recipient”
Consider it done my friend. Craftsmanship of this caliber should not go unseen by the masses.
“Your trophy will arrive with a small bit of assembly required, but any self respecting AFOL of the year should be able to figure it out.”
Self respecting? Wonder if he realized who he was writing to?
“I will not be held responsible for any further damage inflicted by malicious postal workers.”
And I’d like to add that the trophy arrived completely intact! Awesome packing job there sir… And if anyone is interested, the local Albertson’s supermarket in his neighborhood has cantaloupe for 39 cents a pound!
“This prestigious award has been designed in black with white trim to represent the storied Skunk Works that it comes from, highlighted with single red 1x1 bricks to represent the MOCpages website we love so well, and the spinning top brick feature represents the rotation of this title among different AFOLs from year to year… or something like that. Actually I just thought it was kind of fun.”
And fun it is… still can’t stop spinning that thing. Hours of fun that is… hours of fun.
“An extra brick from the brick engraver. Personally I think you should sneak it into every MOC that you post until the next MOCies, but it’s up to you.”
Another brilliant idea ShannY. For those paying attention, I WILL indeed try to sneak this brick into each of my MOCs until next near. And if you’re the FIRST to find it and point it out, I’ll reward you with a comment on the creation of your choosing.
"Hereby passing the torch,
Now then, where to put this “fabulous” award? My wife nixed the idea of pushing aside our wedding photos on the mantle so… I leave it to you MOCpages to decide where this trophy should go.
Fourth Wall Commentary: Shannon Young. A truest gentleman in every sense of the word. Thank you so much my friend. This was a wonderful surprise to come home to. And to MOCpages, thank you so much! I am so honored that I was voted your 2010 AFOL of the year. But what I should really be thanking you all for is for each and every one of you doing your part to make MOCpages a community that people WANT to be a part of. All of YOU are the ones that make this great community something that I’m proud to be a part of. Thank you all!
To my fellow 2010 MOCie award winners. I am STILL going back and forth about your prizes. I have sent numerous emails to my contact at Lego in regards to the donations that he was supposed to send, but have yet (after all these months) to hear back from him. With that being said, I’m going to give it about another week and if I’ve still not heard from him, then I will be donating the prizes myself. You were promised prizes and you shall receive them. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience.
Quoting Shannon Young
What?! The technic axle on the crank not pushed in all the way? It should be flush! People will think I can't build!
You did say that any self respecting builder could figure it out... again, did you forget with whom you were speaking? HAHAHA We'll just say I was overly excited about the awesomeness that I was beholding.
Quoting Shannon Young
And I always thought the spinning top brick looked best with the clicky hinge under it angled inward one click -- more dynamic that way.
Easy fix. I'll take care of that tonight. (hangs head in shame)
Quoting Shannon Young
And, and, AND, no compliments on my beautiful penmanship? AARGH!
I almost made mention of the fact that like... NO ONE hand writes letters anymore and just how cool I thought it was that you did. Thank you for that Shannon. It really did add a personal touch to the whole gift. Thank you.
What?! The technic axle on the crank not pushed in all the way? It should be flush! People will think I can't build! And I always thought the spinning top brick looked best with the clicky hinge under it angled inward one click -- more dynamic that way. And, and, AND, no compliments on my beautiful penmanship? AARGH! That's it! Send it back! Nah, you keep it. I was happy to make it, and you earned it. You can do what you like with it, even cannibalize it for parts. (For the record, I keep my Lego trophies in a drawer. If they were out on display I'd have to dust them.)
Okay, here's what you do. Place it in a trophy case and put it on a stand in the middle of the living room and attach some light fixtures to the ceiling so that light is always on the trophy at all times. Also, leave a small opening at the top so at your convenience, you can spin the brick around. You might even want to consider making a red carpet up to the trophy so that people can see what a special trophy it is. I recommend buying the red carpet at walmart, last one I bought was $5. =P ~Waff
Hmm. If I may suggest a few places, how about on your desk at work? In the squad car, perhaps? Or how about in the bathroom at home? That way you're guaranteed to see it multiple times a day. Especially after burrito night. Or you could just build a special shelf for it in your Lego room. Anyhow, congrats on the well-deserved award.
A very well deserved award mate, you do a TON of work behind the scenes for the benefit of the community. Congratulations! Now, as for the placement of this trophy, I suggest mounting it onto the ceiling of your bedroom, that way you can admire it when you...um, you know... ;)