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Journey of the Fellowship 2011
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Welcome everyone to the MOCpages collaborative build that was displayed at BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling Illinois. While mine is not the only post focusing on the collaborative what I'm going to try to do is give a little background and insite into what brought each build to the table... so to speak.

The concept was born at BrickWorld 2010. Kelso and I were talking and we thought "hey, wouldn't it be fun to do a collaborative?" Sure it would. So after a little thought (and some other concepts that will remain nameless as they may be future projects) I said to him "Hey, I got it... let's do Lord of the Rings." He says to me "You mean like... a few of us build Minas Tirith or Barad Dur?" "No, no, no..." I replied "Let's do Middle Earth... ALL of it."

Of course the reaction was "You're nuts" (or something to that effect... explitives deleted) but after a little probing and prodding the plan was put into action! What you see here is the realization of a year's worth of planning, building and more than a little blood, sweat and tears. Little did we know that our final product would span about 200 square feet! Maybe I was nuts...

Let's get started shall we?




First off, we have Hobbiton created by Tyler Halliwell. Hobbiton was originally assigned to another builder here on MOCpages. That builder even sent us pictures of his work in progress on the build but when it came time for Brickworld... he was a "no call, no show." No emails, no comments in the group... nothing. So, young master Halliwell here went with his father to the Lego store on Thursday (I think, the days all blend together) and raided the pick a brick.





Upon his return he and his dad cranked out hobbiton here and the chase scene with the Ringwraiths! Way to step up Tyler! As others have said in other places, the kid has earned his way! Thanks Tyler!




Next on the list is the town of Bree and the Inn at the Prancing Pony by Leda Kat. There was a lot of uncertainty about whether or not Leda was going to even make it this year. But all the cards fell into their right places and here's the end result. And what an AWESOME result it is! This little baby took home the trophy for best small building! Congrats Leda! You deserve it girl!











Ahhh, Rivendell. In our original line up of builds, Mister Kaleta was supposed to collaborate with Kelso on Minas Tirith. After a few conversations he decided that he'd rather try his hand at Rivendell and let me tell you, that decision couldn't have been better! While it didn't win, it WAS nominated for best large building (which is a big deal on it's own. Remember, this is a HUGE convention). Dave did take home another trophy for his disected frog moc so he didn't go empty handed. He's the only one in the group that's won awards two years in a row! Congrats there Dave!







Dr. Jones and the Mines of Moria... where to begin? Just look at the SIZE of this build! No, Lee's not trying to overcompensate for anything is he? Noooo, of course not. Seriously though, when Lee started talking dimensions of this thing we all thought he was nuts... well he IS of course but that doesn't mean he didn't turn out some beautiful work!






























Isengard with the Tower of Orthanc. One of my little contributions to our collaborative. This puppy stands about 4ft 8 inches tall and used over 5,000 bricks. I couldn't tell ya the exact number because I stopped "counting" after a while. I actually had this tower (not the surrounding land) built by last October. I wanted to get it done early so that if needed I could assist in some of the other locations for the layout. A good choice on my part as you'll see in a little further down...


















The Golden Hall of Edoras by Dennis Price. If I had a nickle for everytime Dennis said he wasn't going to be able to be there or he was just going to scrap the whole thing.... well, I'd have about 35 cents, but that's not the point. The point is that Dennis overcame a few speedbumps in his path and was able to bring this beautiful moc to join in the collaborative. Now stop your whinning Dennis!





Here are a couple of the beacon towers that were also built by Tyler Halliwell. Did I mention this dude poured his heart and soul into this project?











Helm's Deep. The one portion of this collaborative that Tyler was ACTUALLY assigned to! And he did not disappoint! I've already given Tyler enough credit here so we're not going to mention him again ok... (Well, at least until the Minas Tirith pics)











Welcome to Minas Tirith. A collaboration within a collaboration. This was the demonic spawn of Mark Kelso and myself. Let me just tell you... the logistics involved of building a single moc between two builders who don't live anywhere NEAR each other. Yeah, nightmare! So, hard part done (the building) and then Mark's plan was to bring it with him for the event and we assemble it here. Yeah... didn't exactly happen that way. Mark ran into some issues at home and wasn't able to leave. So he packed up his portion of the build (including the AWESOME map that he painted) and shipped em off to my house. I recieved four boxes that looked (and sounded) pretty much intact. Imagine our surprise when we open the boxes to find... well... piles of white brick. The entire group pitched in here to get the building and the entire build itself put back together in time. Again my thanks go out to Tyler, Shannon Ocean and George Kemper especially who pretty much rebuilt the entire rockwall from scratch! You guys rock!... pun intended.





The battering ram "Grond" was built by me as a last minute addition. Well, not last MINUTE like Tyler's work on Hobbiton but it was done in late May give or take. Just one of those things that could have been overlooked but NEEDED to be there. I wish I woulda' taken more pics of the little things like this. You can't even see the flames shooting out of his mouth (they're there, I promise).






























Here's the armies of Mordor during the battle of Pellinor Fields... you get three guesses who's army this is and the first two don't count. Now, Lee INSISTS that I was the one that came up with the "10,000" final count (and I'm sure he has proof to back it up) but I seriously don't remember saying that at all (Notice I didn't say that I DIDN'T say it... just that I don't remember saying it. I've learned not to question Lee in things like this). At any rate, the final count on the table was closer to two thousand as we simply ran out of room and time to get more put together and set up.

















Osgiliath by Mister Bones. Bones was all set to join us for Brickworld this year and then had a job transfer (or something like that) and his new office wouldn't allow him time off!... ... DANGIT! Bones of course was kind enough to ship his build to me so it could still be part of our layout. Thank you so much Bones! (of course Dennis and Kaleta are probably cursing your packing skills but hey, I don't think ANYTHING arrived 100% intact)













Minas Morgul. So the story goes... it's about 6 weeks till Brickworld and I'm on the phone with Dave Sterling. He says that he'd LOVE to be part of the collab but most of the locations had been taken and there wasn't really enough time. Well, one thing led to another and I suggest Minas Morgul. A couple google searches later and he's in. This beautifull build is what happens when you put that man in a pressure cooker to get something built in time. Better late than never right?


















The Black Gate of Mordor built by our own drunken pirate, Heath Flor. Originally Heath was assigned to do Barad Dur but there was some complications that arose and Kevin took that one over. Heath though, not wanting to wuss out of the project started searching desperately for something to add. He settled on the Black Gate. Then of course he had to mess with Tyler in the emails by sending him pics of a "to scale with Kevin's Barad Dur" (about 3 inches tall by three inches long) gate and INSISTING that that was the finished build. Good times... good times.
















Mount Doom by Anthony Dunne. Those that know Anthony know he's a car builder so this was REALLY stepping outside his comfort zone. The light up features were a great addition to this build and I think his cut-away interior is really well done. Nothing really "story worthy" (read: bad) happened to this one so... just enjoy the pics.











And now we come to it... the tower of Barad Dur by Kevin Walker.... I mean Walter (inside joke there). Truly the centerpiece (even though it was on the end) of our collaboration. Don't get me wrong, everyone's builds were STELLAR but this was the "eyecatcher" that brought people in. I'm sure you've all seen and heard by now what Kevin went through with this thing but words really can't do justice to what that man accomplished. He COMPLETELY rebuilt that thing in two days... TWO DAYS PEOPLE! It was nominated for best large building but didn't win. We have a theory on why it didn't. There was another large tower in one of the other rooms that was named "The Black Tower" and we're pretty sure that most people just saw "Black Tower" on the voting ballot and thought "Oh yeah, that's the Lord of the Rings tower. I'll vote for that." Needless to say the "other" black tower won the award. Now... it wasn't a 'bad" build by any stretch but... it was NO Barad Dur. Kevin's two mocs (Barad Dur and his Cuckoo Clock) won the "Judges Choice Award" so that's something but... yeah, he shoulda won best large building.
































Fourth Wall Commentary: And that's it every one! Thanks for joining us on our journey through Middle Earth. As for my fellow conspirators from 5 different countries. We banded together from across the globe to make this happen and created our own fellowship in the process. I really, REALLY can't thank everyone enough for all the effort they ALL put in to making this vision come to life. I'm so proud of all of you. You all ROCK! As you all know Dr. Jones has our trophy for "Best Group Display" and will be making copies so that all of us get one. Thanks for doing that Lee!



Alright, that's enough congrats. It's time to get to work on next year's collaborative! See you all again in 2012!

Till next time true believers!
~Chris.

Note: This post surpassed one hundred thousand hits on July 15th, 2011! A scant 3 weeks after it's premiere! Thank you everyone!





Comments

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  October 1, 2012
Amazing! I Love it all especially the Rivendal.
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  June 3, 2012
Bravo! I love it! Just like the movies! YAY!
  April 18, 2012
great moc!!!!! please make something amazing with the official minifigs!!!
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  February 25, 2012
oh my god. that is awesome. how did you get the Lego canon uruk-hai?
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  February 12, 2012
Words can not explain how impressive this is, both in the quality of construction of the individual MOCs and in the grand scale of the collection as a whole. I do hope to make it to a Lego event in the near future and if your group ever needs some additional help (I could have donated a couple hundred orcs or Uruk Hai, at the least :) ), just let me know. Thank you, and in some ways curse you :), for inspiring to redesign my on LOTR MOCs to try to bring them somewhat closer to the standard you have set.
Chris Phipson
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Dave Sterling
  December 16, 2011
Thanks for putting this wrap-up together, Chris!!! It helps me to re-live the sheer awesomeness of this whole effort. It was a lot of fun and thank you for convincing me to be a part of it. The whole thing was pure magic!
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  December 16, 2011
Cool! Strangely I only saw this when I saw Dave Sterling's Minas Morgul. Makes me really want to go to Brickworld... I actually did a collaborative build with a couple of my friends on various LOTR locations. I had the honor of doing Dol Guldur :D
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  November 7, 2011
Quoting Sam IAm I hope that the collection goes on a world tour or something so I can see this in person!
Sadly, all of the builds in this have been taken apart and the bricks added back into our respective collections. We do have a new "theme" for next year's BrickWorld though and construction is underway! We'll see how it all comes together next June! Thanks! ~ Chris.
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  November 7, 2011
This is the coolest LEGO thing I have ever seen! I'm hoping that this will inspire a LEGO video game! I've played all of them and have been saying for years that they need to make a LOTR game. I hope that the collection goes on a world tour or something so I can see this in person!
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  November 3, 2011
I wish we had projects like this here in Portugal. It's remarkable this collaboration, eye-candy!
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  October 18, 2011
Nice, by the way, I'm guessing the collaboration is Harry Potter for this year, judging by Leda Kat and Dave Sterling's MO entries. Fantastic Minas Tirith!
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  October 18, 2011
The collaborative looks like hard work and it looks fun! I am hoping to be at Brickworld 2012 and I can't wait to see the collaborative.
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  October 18, 2011
Somehow, I missed leaving a comment here, too. Amazing is an understatement. Also, the dedication is mind-boggling. Can't wait to see next year's collab!
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  October 18, 2011
Wow, I never commented on this...oh yeah, it was when I was working 60-70 hour weeks at work overseeing a renovation. Anywho.....Great display, wish I could have made it, but that is two years in a row that a last minute commitment has prevented me from attending. One more strike to go!
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  October 18, 2011
Quoting Ben King What is this years collaborative?
Oh sure, we're doing *mumble mumble*. Come on now, you know we can't tell. All I can say is that we have a plan and will have a collabortive for both Bricks by the bay 2012 and Brickworld 2012 (different ideas).
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  October 17, 2011
What is this years collaborative?
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  August 28, 2011
I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan and this is the most awesome Lego landscape I have EVER seen! It is ompletely amazing!
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  August 25, 2011
I congratulate you all. I applaud the scope and ambition of this. That's how to do a collaborative. Leave nothing out!
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  August 21, 2011
Chris, the 100.000 hits came from the dozen blogs we appeared on ;-) Not to repeat that we are awesome! - K.
Chris Phipson
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Lewis McAdow
  July 25, 2011
Aw man, I really wish I could have seen it in person. I went to Brick Fiesta instead.
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  July 20, 2011
Hi there, this is truly amazing. Humbled me. I did a similar project in that I built a 4x4 foot cubed Batcave diorama. It was scaled to the Batman Animated style, and took over 100 hours to complete. This however is unlike anything I've seen. For a look at the batcave, check out www.squidjones.wordpress.com
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  July 17, 2011
Oh, so you DID get the award in the end. Well, it was well deserved :)
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  July 15, 2011
epicness to the max theirs so many epic creations in this that it should be split up you guys did really well this year and by the way i would apreacite it ton if you could check out my moc from a master builder like you it would be a honor
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  July 14, 2011
*sigh* I wish I could have come to BW this year but I had plans. Looks like you guys did a great job, and I too wish I could've seen it myself.
  July 12, 2011
BEST LEGO DISPLAY EVER!!!! I am a huge LOTR and Lego fan and these are the best Lego LOTR creations I have ever seen. Wish I had been there to see it in person. GREAT JOB!!!!!
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  July 8, 2011
Now, tell it like it is... Legolas helped you!!! Congrats, people, this is impressive. :-)
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  July 4, 2011
Tears come to my eyes after watching this... Wow, I've never seen anything like this in my life... I wish I had been born american so that I could have gone to Brickworld... Stunning. I'd love to see more pics of Minas Morgul, Orthanc and the Black Gate but well, life is life! Congrats from the bottom of my heart. Nice job indeed.
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  July 2, 2011
Great build, imho! I think it'd be worthy a spot in Legoland in Denmark (I was there last week), if they'd work out the royalties stuff. Your build looks at least on par with their brand new StarWars displays.
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  July 2, 2011
Absolutely AWESOME! A truly fabulous job!
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  July 1, 2011
You people are my heroes. Seriously.
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  July 1, 2011
i have not seen lord of the rings.... YET and this is giving me ideas on how to do more older style/ landscapeing techniques./ chris did you help in the setting up of Barad-dr. but chris i am still saving up money to go to brick world.and then mabye get a table and come visit any of your tables. You must know how to torture younger lego builders into begging parents to go to these conventions.
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  July 1, 2011
Quoting Jonathan S. (aka Brick Star) I just want to say you have been a huge inspiration to me in my time on MOCpages. In my year here I have learned a tonne of techniques and widened my building styles to the point that I'll build a truck today, and a rhino tomorrow. Now I'm part of shows and clubs and am looked on as a very talented builder. And its all thanks to you, Leda Kat, Shefo,Matt David and others. :D Thank you.
No, thank you man! It's comments like this that make everything worth it to me. The biggest part of the community to me is making friends and helping and guiding others. Thank you for being part of this wonderful community and keep on brickin! ~Chris.
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  June 30, 2011
The word Epic is not Epic enough to describe the sheer volume of awesomeness. I'm beside myself. This work is amazing. Everything is so cool!!!
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  June 30, 2011
Did anyone said Lord of the Bricks? =] Congratulations. Even the story behind the builing is awesome!
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  June 29, 2011
"Lord of the Rings"? More like "Lords of the Awesome"!!!
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  June 28, 2011
I just want to say you have been a huge inspiration to me in my time on MOCpages. In my year here I have learned a tonne of techniques and widened my building styles to the point that I'll build a truck today, and a rhino tomorrow. Now I'm part of shows and clubs and am looked on as a very talented builder. And its all thanks to you, Leda Kat, Shefo,Matt David and others. :D Thank you.
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  June 27, 2011
Congratulations! A great project with great people working on it. Till next year, keep on brickin'!
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  June 26, 2011
Love it - thank you Chris! - K.
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  June 26, 2011
Wow, you guys had an amazing display. Great job with the whole lord of the rings theme hahaha. : )
Chris Phipson
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AA (Noname)
  June 25, 2011
Thanks for the pictures and the backstory.
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^=
Thanks for the 'encouragement'! :P
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  June 25, 2011
ah that's so sad, they should have a voting ballot with thumbnails instead of names, "Black Tower' is just...that tower. Anyway, that lotr set-up is the most awesome one I've ever seen
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  June 25, 2011
Amazing. I'm out of words. I wish I could join you next time. :)
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  June 25, 2011
Congratulations guys...
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  June 25, 2011
Thank you for the insider informations and background story.
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  June 24, 2011
Alright, this year is done and gone - time to get to work on next year's display. What are you doing wasting time on this stuff? Lee.
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  June 24, 2011
I said it in Kevin and Kelso's post as well, but I love this setup and can't get enough of it. You all did a wonderful job, wish I had been there!
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  June 24, 2011
AWE-SOME! I wish I could've been there. Now, where do I sign up for next year?
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  June 24, 2011
Excellent recap, congrats to the whole gang!
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  June 24, 2011
This was so nice. I wish so much that I could have seen it in person! Wonderful job on everything.
  June 24, 2011
I think I thanked you at least three times for switching with me from Rivendell to Minas Tirith, but look how well that turned out for both of us! I don't "play well with others", and I could never have pulled of something of that magnitude. I was very happy to contribute my "little" part and to be part of such an amazing group of builders. I am SO PROUD of what this COMMUNITY can do, thank you for letting me be a part of it :)
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  June 24, 2011
Wow, I haven't seen this much Lord of the Rings recognition in Lego for a long time. I am pleasantly overwhelmed. :) You guys rock.
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  June 24, 2011
You guys need to stop posting recaps of this, it makes me regret more and more that I couldn't attend! That aside, this display is simply brilliant. I hope that you guys do more collaborative builds in the future!
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  June 24, 2011
now i probably seen the entire crews post'st about this one, but yours is the best, best pics and the best story telling. and yes this is still truely fantastic, my two favorites is Minas Tirith and Barad Dur, they are both truely fantastic and really detailed. and when you say Kevin Walter did rebuild he's tover in two days, do you then mean it took him 2 days to reasemble it because it had been crashed during the transportation? or just put the diffrent parts of the moc together ? for i know heath said he did rebuild it a two days, and he then did add alot of details, and there wasent anyone there could help him. because he did add so many details, so its alittle confusing. (i hope you understands what i mean even so its a little messy) great diorama 200/5 points from me
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  June 24, 2011
I remember seeing all the BW posts this time last year and feeling so much jealousy and frustration that I wasn't there. This year I'm like "nah nah nah nah nah!" to all you people who weren't there this year because I was!!! Yeah! If I can make it, then anybody can. I can't wait to finally get home and show all these photos to everybody and bore them because they don't really care about Lego but force them to endure it. Looking forward to next year big time.
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  June 24, 2011
Wow, what a journey! I bet you guys had fun. Now Im kind of jealous...
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  June 24, 2011
That's pretty amazing. Everything brought back memmories of reading the books and then watching the movies. Can't wait to see what you guys do next year.
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  June 24, 2011
An amazing effort... Are you working on the layout for 2012 yet?
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  June 24, 2011
now i am dying to go and all the posts aren't helping.....AAAAARRRRRHHHHH
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  June 24, 2011
Well, if I hadn't lived through it I wouldn't believe it. One of the standout memories for me is when we were frantically arming and placing figs as Brickworld was officially declared open to the public. As the first guests stepped into the room, three or four of us were laughing and kicking tubs and boxes under the table to clear the walkway. If we'd have had one more hour ... just imagine the Battle of Pellinor Fields then!
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  June 24, 2011
*jealous* Truly an epic effort.~H
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  June 24, 2011
Thanks for bringing this all together Chris and I anxiously await next year where we will hopefully have an even better display.
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  June 24, 2011
Wait, what? Next year?
 
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