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MOC Olympics R3- Group 1A- Ribbits M. vs. Stuart Delahay
My entry for Round 3 of the 2010 MOC Olympics. This time I'm taking you all on a trip through the voids of space...
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-Category: Horror Vig
-Alternate Title: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream...

*DISCLAIMER* The following scene is not movie-accurate. I was unable to find the scene on youtube or the dialogue on Teh Interwebz. Therefore, view this more as a retelling of said scene, or an homage to the movie Alien in general.
*DISCLAIMER 2* This MOC was edited. It was edited BEFORE being submitted to the entry thread, however, so that should still be within the rules.
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Ripley:Alright Dallas, we're sealing off the junctions behind you. See anything on the motion detector yet?
Dallas: I had a faint signal up ahead, but I've got nothing now...


Ripley: We lost contact with Brett awhile back. We haven't found a body yet though.
Dallas: I haven't seen any sign of him yet.


Dallas: Hang on, I think I've got something... It looks like it's above me...


Ripley: Dallas? Can you pinpoint its direction?


Dallas: No. It's gone. It seems to have been a misreading.


Ripley: This was a bad idea. We're sealing off the vents in front of you, and re-opening the ones behind you. Get out of there now!


Dallas: Okay Ripley, I'm coming back.


Alien: Hissss...



SPECIAL FEATURES/DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY

Well, I'm not afraid to admit I'm terrified of this matchup. The honorable Mr. Delahay is a rather formidable opponent against me in a category I'm not exactly suited for. I can't do scary. I had to rein in all impulses to make jokes of all forms during the actual entry bit. This is Alien for God's Sake! Do you realize what a vast wealth of puns/jokes/stupid commentary this movie is?!? *Sobs quietly in corner for a few moments* Okay, I'm better now. Let's move along to the rest of the special features!

MEET THE CAST:

Yes Folks, meet the cast! Captain Dallas of the Nostromo and the Xenomorph! You get three guesses as to which one I would marry. The first five don't count.


First up to the plate is Captain Dallas. Seen here in a stylish leather jacket. He's equipped with a makeshift flamethrower and motion detector, all geared up for Bug Huntin'! However this time around, the bug got him.


And then we have our good friend the Xenomorph! He's of an ambiguous nature, loves children and pets, and will tear your throat out if you wander into dark sections of the film.


Though not original in the least, I am mostly proud of my solution for the tail. I can almost gurantee it's been done before, so mad props to whoever did it first!


The head here is almost entirely of my own design, as I don't have all those fancy slope pieces you kids have today. Speaking of which, get off my lawn!


Now that you've gotten to ogle the xenomorph as a bipedal killer, let us examine him as he appears in the Vig: A prone killer waiting to ambush you in the dark sections of the film. Note that his arms are now even longer.


Here we have Captain Dallas sharing his lunch with the Xenomorph.


Unfortunately, his lousy attempts at appeasement have been for naught... We'll come back to this later. Let's move on to...


BEHIND THE SCENES:

Some better-lit shots of the scene that allow you all to get a good look at what's going on. Starting us off, we have the Xenomorph in some section of the air shafts waiting for Dallas to get ahead so he can sneak up on him.


And then down here we have Dallas, who is blissfully unaware of his impending doom. Well, more like unsuspecting. He's well aware he could die.


And here we have the flooring and wall section, which are now nice and interesting.


BACK TO MEET THE CAST:

And we-... Well, that ruins that segment...

Anyways, before he kills all of you, I suggest you exit stage left and leave him a comment. He likes comments. They're nice and chewy and have a minty after-taste.

NOTE: This vig is 8x8 exactly, and any overhang does not touch the ground.

ANOTHER NOTE: If 'The Alien' isn't good ol' horror, I don't know what is. Paranoia? Definately. Have I not made it clear I'm excessively paranoid yet?

ONE FINAL NOTE: If you see anything wrong, please let me know. I'd really prefer to give Mr. Delahay a stand-up fight.



Comments

 I made it 
  October 14, 2010
Quoting Stuart Delahay That atmosphere joke alone was worth re-visiting this, but i'm here on man's business too! I see your challenge and shall offer you your chance for vengeance. Of course I am still competing in the MOC-Os so that has to come first, but as soon as i'm free i'll gladly have a duel of bricks with you sir.
Excellent! I completely understand that the MO's must come first. We'll figure out the details when you're freed.
 I like it 
  October 11, 2010
That atmosphere joke alone was worth re-visiting this, but i'm here on man's business too! I see your challenge and shall offer you your chance for vengeance. Of course I am still competing in the MOC-Os so that has to come first, but as soon as i'm free i'll gladly have a duel of bricks with you sir.
Ribbits M
Keith Goldman
  October 2, 2010
A solid effort from a classic film, but your oponent hit it out of the park.
 I made it 
  October 2, 2010
Quoting Keith Goldman A solid effort from a classic film, but your oponent hit it out of the park.
Thanks! It means alot you even took the time to comment. I totally agree with you. I tried my best, but Stu just had so much more atmosphere. Maybe next time I should pick a film that doesn't take place in space ;)
 I made it 
  September 20, 2010
Quoting Lee Jones Nicely done, but your opponent received my vote. Lee.
Quoting Dennis Price Nice alien, but I'm sorry to say your opponent earned my vote.
Oh well, I tried my best. See you all next year!
Quoting Mister Bones Well done and a great alien!
Thanks! It's nice to know you liked it!
  September 20, 2010
Nice alien, but I'm sorry to say your opponent earned my vote.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2010
Well done and a great alien!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2010
Nicely done, but your opponent received my vote. Lee.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2010
Quoting Dave Kaleta Nice work. The improvements you made were excellent.
Thanks! I'm glad you approve!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2010
Nice work. The improvements you made were excellent.
 I made it 
  September 18, 2010
Quoting Flare (Baaaaahhh) Haha cool :)
Thanks!
Quoting A minute ago in the store across the road Nice alien! Cool vig too.
Thank you, I appreciate the thought!
Quoting Chris Phipson Excellent movie and excellent vig! I am truly impressed here. The tipping point that swayed my vote was the mirror trick on Stu's entry. Sorry man, but my vote goes with him. Hold your head high, you put in one top notch entry! Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
I honestly can't say I blame you Chris. The mirror trick is quite impressive. I'm glad you enjoyed it though!
 I made it 
  September 18, 2010
Quoting Waffles . Good thing he doesn't eat waffles... So here's a nice chewy and with minty aftertaste comment. I love it! Great job here, great job on the alien design, I haven't seen a tail like that before. Really great work, especially for one who doesn't do spooky. And hey, don't frogs eat bugs? =P ~Waff
Hehe, thanks! While we do eat bugs, the bugs tend to be smaller than us ;)
Quoting jason corlett Another excellent entry! The lighting makes this so much better! Nicely done!
Thanks! Lighting was my big concern, immediately after the Xenomorph. I knew I had to make it as dark as possible, bug still allow the vig to be seen.
Quoting Stuart Lucas I liked the first version, but this is arguably even better with the lighting and the claustrophobic corridor (plus it's a safer bet with the judges...)
My only real regret with this is that I had to cut the movement. Everything else I'm quite pleased with.
Quoting Chuke Lapman Brilliant! But I learnt my lesson last year about posting early. I hope this doesn't mean the end for you! Although, it'd be a shame to see either of you depart the MOs (unless it's to me, of course ;P)
I almost always post before my opponents. I get an idea relatively quickly and act on it. Like I've said before, I suffer from acute tunnel vision :D
 I like it 
  September 18, 2010
Excellent movie and excellent vig! I am truly impressed here. The tipping point that swayed my vote was the mirror trick on Stu's entry. Sorry man, but my vote goes with him. Hold your head high, you put in one top notch entry! Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2010
Nice alien! Cool vig too.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2010
Haha cool :)
 I like it 
  September 15, 2010
Brilliant! But I learnt my lesson last year about posting early. I hope this doesn't mean the end for you! Although, it'd be a shame to see either of you depart the MOs (unless it's to me, of course ;P)
 I like it 
  September 15, 2010
I liked the first version, but this is arguably even better with the lighting and the claustrophobic corridor (plus it's a safer bet with the judges...) I'm sure Stuart D has something impressive up his sleeve though, this'll be another close one!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2010
Aaaaw...you changed it! Oh well,it's still good.
 I like it 
  September 14, 2010
Another excellent entry! The lighting makes this so much better! Nicely done!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2010
Good thing he doesn't eat waffles... So here's a nice chewy and with minty aftertaste comment. I love it! Great job here, great job on the alien design, I haven't seen a tail like that before. Really great work, especially for one who doesn't do spooky. And hey, don't frogs eat bugs? =P ~Waff
 I made it 
  September 13, 2010
Quoting Hans Dendauw Cool scene. Good luck against Stu and with the judges.~H
Thanks, I'll need it!
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor You did a fantastic job Ribbits! I really dig the alien design and the suspense is great. I tend to agree that you violated the vig definitions with the action, but I still think you put up a great fight!! Good luck with the judges!!
Thanks Heath, I really appreciate the feedback! Now that the overwhelming opinion is 'motion=no', I'll get to work on revising it. Thank God I haven't posted in the entry thread yet!
Quoting Tom Simon You can't do scary? Oh but that was a fine show. Nicely paced sequence, good Alien, and appropriate pic focus with the Alien in the back.
Spooky just doesn't click with me. This was a nice burst of inpsiration though, so maybe there's hope for me yet!
 I made it 
  September 13, 2010
Quoting Stuart Delahay (*) You do me far too much credit Ribbits, but your terror is appropriate for the category! I love Alien (and Aliens. After that...)so i'm glad you said this wasn't movie accurate as the geek in me would have a fit! As a homage though it's great. Nice sense of tension building with the various shots, especially the tail dropping into view. On that, I agree with Dave's comment below about action in a vig - I certainly don't mind it but whether the judges see it as non-vig I don't know (I'm going for a freeze frame myself). I love some of the details on the xeno. I've done some minifig scaled ones before (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/125042) so I know it's difficult to scale them properly and some of the solutions you've come up with for legs and claws are far superior to my efforts. And i'm using fleshy fig's too - spooky! Great Job, now you'll have to wait for a few days for me to post.....
Hehe, I'm terrified of a horror vig. Appropriate indeed! I'm a big fan of the alien francise as well, so claiming to have movie accuracy with this would have been sacrilege. I actually took a look at your Xenomorph during the construction phase, as well as a multitude of others, in order to help nail the scale and shaping. And I can't wait to see your entry. It'd better justify my fear though ;)
 I made it 
  September 13, 2010
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J (*) Great work!
Thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed it.
Quoting Histo Sci Your alien is quite well done!
Thanks, that was the biggest hurdle for this build, as I don't have an abundance of black parts.
Quoting Parrington Levens (*) bldy great work dude.
Thanks! I hope the revision will be even better.
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great work, your talent for building mini creatures & mechs is on display again! If you want to try and capture the whole of the MOC in a single photo, you could have another layer on top of the corridor with the xenomorph among some pipes etc, ready to pounce. The way you've done it is much closer to the movie though, so good luck!
I really like this idea. I think I'll be rebuilding it to suit the single shot along those lines. Thanks man!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
You can't do scary? Oh but that was a fine show. Nicely paced sequence, good Alien, and appropriate pic focus with the Alien in the back.
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
You did a fantastic job Ribbits! I really dig the alien design and the suspense is great. I tend to agree that you violated the vig definitions with the action, but I still think you put up a great fight!! Good luck with the judges!!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
Cool scene. Good luck against Stu and with the judges.~H
 I made it 
  September 13, 2010
Quoting Mack Crawford Nice. The alien movies are some of my favorites, especially the first and second ones. The head of the xenomorph doesnt look right, I think its not long enough.
It's long enough, it's just too tall is the problem. the Xenomorph's head is supposed to be long and narrow, but mine's long and fat. I'm assuming he put on some weight after chowing down on the other crew members.
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM (*) ! Awesomesauce! This is a great film where many people die. Yay! Great representation.
Is that the standard criteria with you? If so, I have to agree.
Quoting Cody G I never got that saying, that in space no one can hear you scream. Someone could totally hear you scream if you had radio contact and any kind of atmosphere around you, which leaves you pretty much with the scenario of you being stranded in open space without any equipment. Nobody hearing you scream would be the least of your problems when you are fried by solar radiation and then explode because of the pressure inside your body. Way to think that through, Mr. Script Writer of Alien! Haha :)
My interpretation of that tagline was more along the lines of no one can help you. When it gets right down to it, screaming didn't do the Nostromo's crew any good, and calling for help certainly wouldn't have. So basically you can scream all you want, but you're on your own.
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
You do me far too much credit Ribbits, but your terror is appropriate for the category! I love Alien (and Aliens. After that...)so i'm glad you said this wasn't movie accurate as the geek in me would have a fit! As a homage though it's great. Nice sense of tension building with the various shots, especially the tail dropping into view. On that, I agree with Dave's comment below about action in a vig - I certainly don't mind it but whether the judges see it as non-vig I don't know (I'm going for a freeze frame myself). I love some of the details on the xeno. I've done some minifig scaled ones before (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/125042) so I know it's difficult to scale them properly and some of the solutions you've come up with for legs and claws are far superior to my efforts. And i'm using fleshy fig's too - spooky! Great Job, now you'll have to wait for a few days for me to post.....
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
Great work, your talent for building mini creatures & mechs is on display again! If you want to try and capture the whole of the MOC in a single photo, you could have another layer on top of the corridor with the xenomorph among some pipes etc, ready to pounce. The way you've done it is much closer to the movie though, so good luck!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
bldy great work dude.
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
Your alien is quite well done!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
Great work!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
I never got that saying, that in space no one can hear you scream. Someone could totally hear you scream if you had radio contact and any kind of atmosphere around you, which leaves you pretty much with the scenario of you being stranded in open space without any equipment. Nobody hearing you scream would be the least of your problems when you are fried by solar radiation and then explode because of the pressure inside your body. Way to think that through, Mr. Script Writer of Alien! Haha :)
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
Awesomesauce! This is a great film where many people die. Yay! Great representation.
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
Nice. The alien movies are some of my favorites, especially the first and second ones. The head of the xenomorph doesnt look right, I think its not long enough.
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
Hmmm...It work for da humie. It work fer me. Yew comment one one off ma MOCs,humie.Nawt ma clone dioramas, Kay? I'z iz hatin' dose. Aaargh! Orc talk is SOO catchy!
  September 12, 2010
True. True. Y'know how I knew you were Ribbits? The classic Monkey+Frog=mortal enemies thing. You should join the group "MOCs using brickarms". I'm pretty sure you have a 99% chance of beating Stuart Delahay. Oh,and I loved your "Ork Killa Kan". Never did get to comment on it. Well,I'll do that now. Bye.
 I made it 
  September 12, 2010
Quoting MR. LEGO nice job ribbits! I love the alien tail! check out my mocs!
Thanks! And can do.
Quoting Dave Kaleta (*) okay, just trying to help, good luck!
And I'd like you to know I really appreciate it. Not many people will go out of their way to help a fellow competitor!
  September 12, 2010
okay, just trying to help, good luck!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
nice job ribbits! I love the alien tail! check out my mocs!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2010
Quoting Dave Kaleta (*) Do not add this to the official entry thread yet! Vignettes traditionally do NOT have motion. They are "static" and rely on that "moment of time" to convey meaning. You can still rephotograph, or just choose one image to make this work.
I wasn't planning on doing that for a couple days. I understand that vignettes rely on the 'moment in time' philosophy, I just feel this scene works better with motion. I'll wait for additional feedback before proceeding with any course of action though. Thank you for your concern, I appreciate the input!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2010
Quoting Minifig Maniac Excellent. I don't see anything wrong. I really like your alien design. Mind if I copy it? Don't worry...I won't post it. Well,Dallas does look a bit TOO much like indiana jones. Your Ribbit on the brickarms forum,right? You should add some brickarms guns to this.
Thanks! I don't mind at all. I highly recommend building yourself some better arms though. And yes, I am Ribbits on the Brickarms forums. I try to keep my profile names united on all the sites I'm on. However, I really don't feel brickarms would fit with the build. If it were an Aliens scene, I've got a pulse rifle that would already be in it.
  September 12, 2010
Do not add this to the official entry thread yet! Vignettes traditionally do NOT have motion. They are "static" and rely on that "moment of time" to convey meaning. You can still rephotograph, or just choose one image to make this work.
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
Excellent. I don't see anything wrong. I really like your alien design. Mind if I copy it? Don't worry...I won't post it. Well,Dallas does look a bit TOO much like indiana jones. Your Ribbit on the brickarms forum,right? You should add some brickarms guns to this.
 
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