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M.O. Round 1– Spring
Spring: It's a word with quite a lot of meanings...
About this creation

It's spring!





THE HOUSE:



Heavy winter snows have caused a bit of damage to the roof, but luckily it's well built enough that it hasn't sprung a leak.


The man is doing his spring cleaning. Additionally, one can see the the porch is not under enough strain to cause a spring in its wood.


View through the door, a small table and a coat rack mounted on the wall are visible.


View through the window, with an oven/stove and a frying pan.


The oven lights up!

THE YARD:



The rare anvil bird, named due to the fact that it looks quite a bit like a winged anvil anvil and flies about as well.


Ha! I bet you thought I forgot this meaning of "spring!"



UNDERGROUND:

Overview.



The Dashing Protagonist makes a brief reappearance, this time his mission being to spring the poor damsel in distress from her subterranean cell. Unfortunately, our hero has managed to spring a trap, causing spears to spring from the wall, necessitating that he spring out of the way. Of course, the spears are all propelled by a large spring.


Better photo of the damsel in distress.


The trap without figs.


Over in another cave, a troll sells arms (or human wings as they're called down there) to hungry rock monsters. Spring rolls are sometimes available as a side dish.


Munch! This guy used to bring his girlfriend here, but she dumped him because he would never spring for the bill.


A better view of the chef and his stand.



Notes: My final thoughts on this are pretty good and I like how it cam out. I've never tried diagonal walls before, but I think they added a lot to this and really helped shape the top portion. My least favorite part of this is without a doubt the spring that powers the trap, but I couldn't find a design that looked as good capable of fitting in that space, so I can live with it.

To finish up, I would like to give the definition of "spring as given by the New Oxford American Dictionary:
"spring |spri ng |
verb ( past sprang |spra ng |or sprung |sprə ng |; past part. sprung)
1 [ intrans. ] move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward : I sprang out of bed
spring 2
: figurative they sprang to her defense.
• [ intrans. ] move rapidly or suddenly from a constrained position by or as if by the action of a spring : the drawer sprang open.
• operate or cause to operate by means of a mechanism : [ trans. ] he prepared to spring his trap | [ intrans. ] the engine sprang into life.
• [ trans. ] cause (a game bird) to rise from cover.
• [ trans. ] informal bring about the escape or release of (a prisoner) : the president sought to spring the hostages.
2 [ intrans. ] ( spring from) originate or arise from : madness and creativity could spring from the same source.
• appear suddenly or unexpectedly from : tears sprang from his eyes.
• ( spring up) suddenly develop or appear : a terrible storm sprang up.
• [ trans. ] ( spring something on) present or propose something suddenly or unexpectedly to (someone) : we decided to spring a surprise on them.
3 [ trans. ] [usu. as adj. ] ( sprung) cushion or fit (a vehicle or item of furniture) with springs : a fully sprung mattress.
4 [ intrans. ] (esp. of wood) become warped or split.
• [ trans. ] (of a boat) suffer splitting of (a mast or other part).
5 [ intrans. ] ( spring for) informal pay for, esp. as a treat for someone else : he's never offered to spring for dinner.
• [ trans. ] archaic spend (money) : he might spring a few pennies more.
noun
1 the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November : in spring the garden is a feast of blossom | [as adj. ] spring rain | figurative he was in the spring of his years.
• Astronomy the period from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice.
• short for spring tide .
2 a resilient device, typically a helical metal coil, that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.
• the ability to spring back strongly; elasticity : the mattress has lost its spring.
3 [in sing. ] a sudden jump upward or forward : with a sudden spring, he leapt onto the table.
• informal dated an escape or release from prison.
4 a place where water or oil wells up from an underground source, or the basin or flow formed in such a way : [as adj. ] spring water.
• figurative the origin or a source of something : the place was a spring of musical talent.
5 an upward curvature of a ship's deck planking from the horizontal.
• a split in a wooden plank or spar under strain.

PHRASES
spring a leak (of a boat or container) develop a leak. [ORIGIN: originally a phrase in nautical use, referring to timbers springing out of position.]"


Even if I don't make it to the next round, I may at least proudly boast that I have used the word "spring" in a manner fitting nine of the ten numbered definitions plus the phrase "spring a leak", the single unused definition being the fifth definition of the verb.


One last note: if you've spent time being puzzled over the presence of the gorilla on the roof, don't worry, he fits the theme– Ape-ril showers tend to cause monkeys and their relatives to fall from the sky.


With high hopes and somewhat lower expectations, I now hand myself over to the mercies of our noble judges, who I thank for donating their time– and in the case of Chris Phipson and Dave Kaleta, money– to make this the great competition that it is. Thank you!

EDIT: Ahhh! I almost forgot the mandatory link!




Comments

 I like it 
  January 28, 2012
A Great creation :) I love the coat rack and stove!
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  January 23, 2012
Very nice build, with plenty of details!
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  December 21, 2011
I don't know how I missed this before. I love love how you managed to fit so much detail and multiple scenes into one moc. Well done!
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  November 16, 2011
Looks like my first comment on this was lost in moderation. Anyway, great work! This really fit the category! ;) The details are fantastic, and all the different things in one MOC blows my mind. I hope you enter the MocOlympics again next year!
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  October 26, 2011
My word this is any awesome build! Well done sir! I really like your porch-rail technique, and I'm always a fan of anything that is remotely clean/studless.
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  September 22, 2011
Some high quality stuff, here, and full of surprises! Congrats!
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  September 21, 2011
This is a splendid creation, I love all the various meanings of "spring" you managed to fit in. :-) Looking forward to meeting you in Round 2, good luck to you as well. :-)
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  September 19, 2011
Very cool set! Good job! Can you come see my u-boat?
 I made it 
  September 18, 2011
Quoting Dave Kaleta Connor, Great exploration of the theme; you went all out, and it showed. I appreciate that you tried to break out of the grid by placing the house on an angle, however the overhang makes it look like an afterthought. Either place it fully within the base or don't build all of the house. Thank you for sharing your take on the categories. ~Dave
Thanks a lot for the constructive criticism, I'll remember it when I build for Round 2. Also, I thank you, as I'm sure a lot of other contestants do as well, for taking the time to go around dispensing these helpful tips.
  September 18, 2011
Connor, Great exploration of the theme; you went all out, and it showed. I appreciate that you tried to break out of the grid by placing the house on an angle, however the overhang makes it look like an afterthought. Either place it fully within the base or don't build all of the house. Thank you for sharing your take on the categories. ~Dave
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  September 17, 2011
ok, maybe too many wordplay for me, but, NOTHING can take away from that imaginatively smart scene! very intricate and good looking! the sub basement set up is very neat!!!
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  September 17, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett Really glad this got you through - it deserved to. Best of luck in round 2!
Thanks, the same to you and your wonderful entry.
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  September 17, 2011
Really glad this got you through - it deserved to. Best of luck in round 2!
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  September 17, 2011
Style and proportions in this MOC are really good, the funny details are a nice addition.
 I made it 
  September 16, 2011
Quoting Mark Kelso Your total score in round one was 45. Congratulations, Connor! You're in the top 64 - prepare to get it on in round 2!
My elation is boundless. Thank you to all the judges! I'm very glad I made it!
 I like it 
  September 16, 2011
Your total score in round one was 45. Congratulations, Connor! You're in the top 64 - prepare to get it on in round 2!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2011
Very good. The amount of action is quite nice as well.
 I made it 
  September 13, 2011
Yet another big thank you to everyone that has commented on or rated this. Thank you!
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  September 13, 2011
I love all the definitions, but all in one MOC it is destined to cause amazement
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  September 13, 2011
I like all of the attention to detail. Good luck!
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  September 12, 2011
Wonderful creation, love how you combined all the details and colors, this is win, good luck in round 2.
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  September 12, 2011
Nice!
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  September 12, 2011
Very clever on so many levels. Good luck!~H
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  September 11, 2011
Wow, this is beautiful, hilarious and educational all at the same time. The details are stunning. My favourite parts are the oven, the trap and the underground caves. Thanks for your kind comments on my entry. Good luck :)
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  September 11, 2011
Well, like everybody said: This is spot on! Good presentation, well built, packed with detail: I'm loving it! Good luck with your judges!
 I like it 
  September 10, 2011
Good job! I love how you found several ways to use spring. Now, the house is very good I especially like the roof. The underground part was really cool. I like the human arms as food idea that was funny. Overall I think this is one of the best creations yet. Keep up the good work ;)
 I made it 
  September 10, 2011
And again, I thank everyone that has commented on or rated this. You're all really awesome people!
 I like it 
  September 10, 2011
Gad zooks, you beat me to the spring pun! But not only that, you've used every other meaning for spring as well! There might not be many more spring entries thanks to this! :D
 I like it 
  September 9, 2011
Lovely little house!
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  September 9, 2011
I do like wordplay and humour and you have those covered, but it's a really nice build too with lots packed in. Great stuff, good luck!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
One word: wow.
 I made it 
  September 8, 2011
Quoting Mr. X Nice job! and to answere your question
Quoting Connor Simpson Nice job, is the sigfig by any chance inspired by the Anonymous guy?
no it isn't. I made it up when I was still in the TFOL. Mr. X can also be seen here http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/263159 Thanks for your comment!
You're welcome. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
Nice job! and to answere your question
Quoting Connor Simpson Nice job, is the sigfig by any chance inspired by the Anonymous guy?
no it isn't. I made it up when I was still in the TFOL. Mr. X can also be seen here http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/263159 Thanks for your comment!
 I made it 
  September 8, 2011
Once again, thank you very much to everyone that has commented on and/or rated this, I really appreciate it!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
Melikes...again. :P
  September 8, 2011
I loved your MOC, full of detail and a very interesting underground. Congratulations, and thank you for your comment on my MOC.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
Very nice, a lot of nonsense was sprung on me.....great build, best of luck!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
This might just spring you to round 2! XD
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
So many definitions of spring....Wow.. o.O This is awesome xD
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
I love all the definitions
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
Hahaha! "Human Wings"...
 I like it 
  September 8, 2011
This is a hoot! Love it. I also really like your use of skeleton legs for fence posts.
Connor Simpson
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Mark E
  September 7, 2011
LOL that! I like the anvil bird
Connor Simpson
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lego fan121
  September 7, 2011
Well built and presented.Consider yourself in for the 2nd round.
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Quoting Annie Corder This is awesome! I really like how you did all the different meanings of spring instead of just sticking to one. Great work, and good luck in the contest! :)
Thanks a lot, your entry was absolutely brilliant and I wish you the best of luck as well.
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
This is awesome! I really like how you did all the different meanings of spring instead of just sticking to one. Great work, and good luck in the contest! :)
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
nice puns!
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Great work!
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone!
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
I love the Dashing Protagonist's cameo appearance.
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  September 7, 2011
Nice build! I'm not a big fan of the water, but the rest is great!
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  September 7, 2011
Awesome! Very nice... love the light up brick!
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  September 7, 2011
Clever. :) Me likes.
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  September 7, 2011
LOL! very clever!
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  September 7, 2011
Yikes! You should have forgotten about the water spring.
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  September 7, 2011
Oh mah god... pun overload! :D
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Quoting Jelle Heijne Great! I love the ways in which you used the word spring, as well as the build itself! Now I see all those great entries... I am going down! Good luck! Greets, Jelle
You could make it– your build was solid, and your interpretation of the category was very interesting, something the judges will probably like. Really, making or not making the cut is not guaranteed for anyone, and with that in mind, I wish you good luck.
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera You've certainly covered the category Spring. Very nice looking creation with a lot of great details. I don't like to be critical but I think this may be a little too long winded. Good luck with the contest, it should make round two imo :)
Don't worry, I somewhat agree with you about the long winded-ness. It was going to be longer, but I cut out some unnecessary footage. I can only hope that your prediction about round two is correct.
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Great! I love the ways in which you used the word spring, as well as the build itself! Now I see all those great entries... I am going down! Good luck! Greets, Jelle
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
nice big foot is on the roof lol! i hope to you get in yound 2 i hope i get in round 2 also but i dought it look at mt moc olympics moc called the park
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
You've certainly covered the category Spring. Very nice looking creation with a lot of great details. I don't like to be critical but I think this may be a little too long winded. Good luck with the contest, it should make round two imo :)
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Well done! There are certainly a lot of smart alecks competing this year (myself included) that will make the competition very entertaining. :) Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
Wow. I have had my serving of corn for today. Jokes aside, this was a really solid build, and best of luck in the MO.
 I made it 
  September 7, 2011
Quoting lego fan121 Well built and presented.Consider yourself in for the 2nd round.
Thanks, I really hope so.
 I like it 
  September 7, 2011
I think you've covered spring pretty thoroughly :-) .... delightful build!
 
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