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Yellow Brick Road
About this creation

Round 3 entry for the The MOCOlympics.
Blue Bracket
Blake Baer(Me) vs. Wes Pitter
His Entry

CATEGORY: "There's no place like home."
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"I don't think we're in Kansas any more, Toto!"




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The Build

This was a rather difficult build for me. I really enjoyed different parts of it, but I was rather pressed for time having only about 5 days to work on this. However, I managed to pull through, and hopefully put up a challenge for Wes' entry.



I am not normally used to doing such whimsical stuff as this, so this was a really good creation for me, cause it stretched my build limits and put me outside my comfort zone many times. The thing that really started this was the quote. The original context of "There's no place like home" is from the Wizard of Oz. I chose to portray the opening scene, where Dorothy first steps foot into munchkin land.

I started building, by first laying out the yellow brick road, and then filling in the base with water, greenery, etc. It was really fun to see different sections take form and then inspire my new sections. It blended together nicely in the end. I was really worried that it would look too bare, but the minifigs really helped spread the wrinkles out.

Some stats about the creation.

-Built in approx 5 days.
-Contains 7 different plate angles.
-Has 28 minifigs
-29.99 USD (I was trying to list it like a normal LEGO set. I got a little carried away;)

Anyhow, I'll stop talking so you can look at what you came to see. I'll interject every once in a while and point out smaller details, but for the most part I'll shut up and let you interpret it. Best of luck to all in the MO!

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Toto was a fun little build. I started out trying to make him with fig hair, but nothing really came of that. After sleeping on it for a night, I figured out the really cool design you see here.


















There's the wicked witch of the east, dead under Dorothy's house. Definitely one of my favorite details.



I tried to make this house as colorless as possible. In the movie, the director Victor Fleming, did a fantastic job creating the scene portray the differences between the two worlds. In Dorothy's world, the screen is B&W but then when it shifts to Munchkin Land, everything emerges forth in glorious splendor!











That thing in the middle is a bit of a mystery to me. I suppose it was supposed to be a lamp, but I had no inspiration on how to create it. I finally ended up with this. It fits the scene well, but doesn't look too much like the thing in the movie.


















These houses were definitely the hardest part in my opinion. I finally managed to think up some whimsical dwellings but I spent the most time on just the houses.













The main credit for the lily pads should go to Brickfair. The lime green ones, were my bingo chips this year. Win!







Without Figs










Well folks, there she is. Thank you all for looking and please leave some C&C to let me know what you think!

Once again check out Wes' page. He is one of the best builders in the MO and this has been an honor facing him. Best of luck mate!

Soli Deo Gloria,
Blake





Comments

 I like it 
  September 10, 2013
Fabulous work! It has the pop, shapes, and the colors of the real thing!
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  May 19, 2013
Please come and see all of my 32 vignettes on the whole STORY of the WIZARD OF OZ!!! I told the whole STORY in LEGO! Recreating all the memorable scenes and including research pictures from the movie! I even have everything in KANSAS in Black & White and changing color once in OZ!http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/48287 I'd like to link to yours if you'd let me!
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  November 15, 2011
I haven't been very active on the pages for a while, and that has limited the amount of comments I make. However, that has not stopped me from following your builds lately. I am impressed and inspired to say the least. Well done. Please keep it up! :)
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  November 12, 2011
This is soo awesome!!
  November 1, 2011
I recently wrote a post in the Brickblogger and it featured you and/or a Moc of yours. Feel free to check out the post here: http://thebrickblogger.com/2011/11/lego-building-technique-lego-water/
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  October 25, 2011
this was the obvious choice for the catagory, most would run a mile but wow ! what a job you'v done. fantastic work.
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  October 22, 2011
This is truely an amazing project and I don't find any aspect that I don't like. You put a lot of thought and building skills into this - in my opinion it's a pitty you didn't make it. Nevertheless, you came up with some truely memorable MOCs for the contest.
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  October 21, 2011
Quoting Wes Pitter Hey, did I just see myself as a munchkin? J/K, but that would have been funny. Okay, I know it's early, but do you want to team up for the MocAthalon? I've never done it, but I'd like to try this year. And, I saw your name dropped on TBB - that sounds like a cool project - I'm looking forward to seeing it!
Haha, I would love to work with you Wes! I also will be a newbie but we can be newbies together! I was hoping to participate this year anyway. Yes, once my scene is finished, I will post some pics here on the pages! Thanks!
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  October 21, 2011
Hey, did I just see myself as a munchkin? J/K, but that would have been funny. Okay, I know it's early, but do you want to team up for the MocAthalon? I've never done it, but I'd like to try this year. And, I saw your name dropped on TBB - that sounds like a cool project - I'm looking forward to seeing it!
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  October 21, 2011
nice work and detail on this MOC!
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  October 19, 2011
man, sorry to see you go, as you are on of the best, but man, this is amazing! love those buildings, and great plant designs! still in shock that you are gone!
Blake Baer
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White Knight
  October 18, 2011
Looks good enough to eat !.....very exciting stuff.....
Blake Baer
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Dave Sterling
  October 18, 2011
This is absolutely amazing, Blake! I love the colors and the Munchkin houses really have that whimsical feel you were going for. There are so many great details from the brick work to get the Yellow Brick Road to look right to the various angles used to keep the scene looking organic. I just keep going back to look at the pictures and see more little details every time. Plus...I'm a total sucker for The Wizard of Oz. Really nice work! The judges have a tough decision ahead of them.
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  October 18, 2011
You both are winners in my book! Excellent work!
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  October 18, 2011
follow the yellow brick road :D The tfols are well represented in the upper rounds in this years MO good luck and i hope you advance Josh O <a comment a day keeps a good group from fading away>
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  October 18, 2011
Quoting Mark Kelso Good Lord, you guys both just knocked it out of the park in this round! Blake, it's a rare thing to be able to balance out so much visual activity in such an elegant way. So many characters, color and value contrasts, and textural variations - but it all works beautifully. Absolutely wonderful work, but I've got to go with Wes on this one. It was his really unique landscaping technique that put him over the edge for me (just never seen that done before and it worked beautifully). I will say that this was one of the toughest choices I've had in any judging...ever. Sorry to see you go - but, WOW, what high note to go out on! Thanks for making this years MOC-O's really extraordinary!
Well shucks Mark! I very much agree with you though. Wes deserves to win on this one. As much as I would like to say I'm not disappointed, that would be false. I am pretty bummed but not something I can't work out. Thank you for running and officiating this contest!
Quoting Wes Pitter Oh my goodness, I literally started shaking when I saw Mark's e-mail in my inbox. To be honest, Blake, when I saw your post, I just about gave up hope. You nailed the presentation, and everything you did here was wonderful. I was hoping the judges would find some way to move us both on :) Thank you once again for all your kind words and thoughts - you have earned my respect as a builder and a person throughout this process. May God bless you richly in the years to come.
Haha, thanks Wes. I wasn't expecting to get through this round, especially whenever I saw I was up against you of all people. 2 stunning entries and best of luck in the 4th round! I'll be rooting for you all the way. I need to go cry now...
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  October 18, 2011
Oh my goodness, I literally started shaking when I saw Mark's e-mail in my inbox. To be honest, Blake, when I saw your post, I just about gave up hope. You nailed the presentation, and everything you did here was wonderful. I was hoping the judges would find some way to move us both on :) Thank you once again for all your kind words and thoughts - you have earned my respect as a builder and a person throughout this process. May God bless you richly in the years to come.
 I like it 
  October 18, 2011
Good Lord, you guys both just knocked it out of the park in this round! Blake, it's a rare thing to be able to balance out so much visual activity in such an elegant way. So many characters, color and value contrasts, and textural variations - but it all works beautifully. Absolutely wonderful work, but I've got to go with Wes on this one. It was his really unique landscaping technique that put him over the edge for me (just never seen that done before and it worked beautifully). I will say that this was one of the toughest choices I've had in any judging...ever. Sorry to see you go - but, WOW, what high note to go out on! Thanks for making this years MOC-O's really extraordinary!
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  October 18, 2011
Wow, never truely liked the movie but this is a very detailed part. Tho, there are things I never understood like how exactly did the house just so happen to land on the witch and out of all places, she somehow got to the begining of the road... oh well, it was a dream.
 I like it 
  October 17, 2011
You've captured the magical feel of a magical place! Awesome!
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  October 17, 2011
That is one beautiful build. Love the riot of colours that make it feel you plucked this right out of the movie. Lee.
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  October 17, 2011
There are a lot of retro parts in there!
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  October 17, 2011
Stunning! I love every bit of it! I feel so sorry for Wes right now...
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Annie Corder Incredible job on this Blake! I love all the color in it, and the Munchkins are perfect! Great work and best of luck. ;)
Thanks Annie! Your encouragement is much needed.
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  October 17, 2011
Incredible job on this Blake! I love all the color in it, and the Munchkins are perfect! Great work and best of luck. ;)
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  October 17, 2011
Amazing! Is it against your religion to build anything less than epic?
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  October 17, 2011
This entry was my favourite of round 3. It's absolutely amazing! Congrats Blake! You're the man!
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  October 17, 2011
nice shapes
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  October 17, 2011
There's so much thought and imaginative detail going on here, if only you and Wes could both go through! Just have to wait and see where Mark comes down, because they're both excellent in my opinion!
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  October 16, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Wow! There's a lot going on in this build, and it's all fantastic! You've got my vote! Now it's up to Mark.
Well ol Barto, thanks a ton. As much as I hated to see this go into a tie breaker, I needed that encouragement. Thanks!
Quoting Dave Kaleta Mr. Baer, You have done a wonderful job creating your own version of this classic tale (one I love reading to the kids every year). In the end, my vote went to Mr. Pitter not only for his build but for his take on the category. Thank you for sharing your version. ~Dave
Dave, I truly respect your decision. While the vote didn't go my way, it was well deserved on Wes' part of it. Thanks for putting the time into this contest.
 I like it 
  October 16, 2011
Wow! There's a lot going on in this build, and it's all fantastic! You've got my vote! Now it's up to Mark.
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  October 16, 2011
Toto looks so cute!
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  October 16, 2011
Mr. Baer, You have done a wonderful job creating your own version of this classic tale (one I love reading to the kids every year). In the end, my vote went to Mr. Pitter not only for his build but for his take on the category. Thank you for sharing your version. ~Dave
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  October 16, 2011
Amazing job, Blake. Thanks for all your kind words along the way. You've been a top-notch competitor, and I wish you all the best.
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  October 16, 2011
Great job with this. My favorite part is all the many colors.
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  October 16, 2011
Great job! I love the Wizard of Oz!
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  October 16, 2011
Very Nice Blake!!
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  October 16, 2011
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi Nice work Blake, sure not your best. Your theme was not easy, and... Not always the donuts, come out with the hole. However,Good Luck!
Very much agreed with you Riccardo. As I said, I was very far out of my comfort zone, and it shows. Thanks though!
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  October 16, 2011
Now this looks like a happy place to be.....;-)
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  October 16, 2011
They just get better and better. Redonculous.~H
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  October 16, 2011
Nice work Blake, sure not your best. Your theme was not easy, and... Not always the donuts, come out with the hole. However,Good Luck!
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  October 16, 2011
The preview picture really drew me in, the colors are perfect and the parts usage for Toto is amazing. You said that is was outside your comfort zone, but I would have never guessed. Good luck with your judges!
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  October 16, 2011
Excellent build! Your ability to make entire structures at different angles is very admirable. Keep up the good work, and good luck!
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  October 16, 2011
nice and how did you make all the flowers in the pot and where did you get those big tall lego trees
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  October 16, 2011
Very cool Blake! I love the eclectic collection of munchkins
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  October 16, 2011
Man that's awesome! Love your Toto design and brilliant work on all the homes and other details! Great work ;)
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  October 16, 2011
Beautiful work! Good luck!
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  October 16, 2011
That is beautiful, an excllent creation mate, best of luck!
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  October 16, 2011
Well done, Blake! I was just thinking it would be nice to see some Wizard of Oz MOCs. Hope you make it to the next round; good luck!
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  October 15, 2011
Absolutely incredible! The abundant details throughout and the colorful wimsicalness of the whole hing are glorious. Very nice work and good luck!
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  October 15, 2011
This is incredibly awesome. Although the thing I mainly noticed is your insane amount of short legs.
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  October 15, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Well done... and now I'm singing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.
I had to have surgery to get those blasted songs out of my head.
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  October 15, 2011
Wow, great build with a very challanging subject. The spiral looks like it took some doing, and all the little houses and bushes work really well. Best of luck with the judges! :)
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  October 15, 2011
Ah, a scene I've wanted to make for nearly 2 years but haven't the skill worthy of it yet. Honestly spectacular build Blake. Beyond awesome actually. The curves and colours and details are a real testament to the original material that inspired this. Well done... and now I'm singing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.
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  October 15, 2011
I wish the $30 wasn't a joke. Anyways there is just SO MUCH to comment on here! I am really in love with this MOC! The figs look great (especially the wicked witch of the East). Toto is a great design I also seem to have my best ideas when Im about to fall asleep. The last thing that really got my attention is the wall with the all the orange studs which makes it look really Munchkinish? Great job and good luck ;D
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  October 15, 2011
As people in the Southern Hemisphere tend to say, "good on you!"
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  October 15, 2011
This creation is a pure gem! Fabulous job, especially with the bright colors; you nailed Munchkinland perfectly!
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  October 15, 2011
Hehe, that selling for $30 joke was moderately funny...
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  October 15, 2011
You sold it!? For 29.99? It's worth a lot more than that! Nice job, I love the use of the colours!
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  October 15, 2011
Sooooo beautiful!!!! Just loved looking at all the details.
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  October 15, 2011
I love the build (obviously!) And also the last shot. Really shows the curve and the pool. Awesome build dude. Good luck!
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  October 15, 2011
The datails are menacing in a positive way. Incredible.
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  October 15, 2011
So bright and whimsical - you definitely achieved the desired effect with this. I love it!
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  October 15, 2011
Great details!
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  October 15, 2011
WOW!!! I was blown away! Colors are fantastically terrific!!!!! Very, very, very, best of luck! :)
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  October 15, 2011
Wes will have to up his game from round 2. I love the orange & lbley walls and the blue roof. Toto looks great. This is a fantastic MOC!
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  October 15, 2011
Oooh the colours, loving the colours, it's candy for the eyes. I really like this creation and it definitely looks like munchkin land. Best of luck, but judging by this I think your opponent might need it more ;)
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  October 15, 2011
Oooh the colours, loving the colours, it's candy for the eyes. I really like this creation and it definitely looks like munchkin land. Best of luck, but judging by this I think your opponent might need it more ;)
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  October 15, 2011
WOW! This is excellent Blake! It really captures the scene. All of the munchkins are wonderful!
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  October 15, 2011
Impressive. I think the most striking detail to me is the wide variety of munchkin hair. Good job.
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  October 15, 2011
Sometimes you just make me wonder "how in the world...", and then other times you just leave me speehless. This is one of those times. Wes will have to really bring it to beat this creation. My goodness...I'd better get to clicking my heels together so I can fly away back to my own reality. This is surreal. :D Great job, Blake!
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  October 15, 2011
«Follow the yellow brick road!»;P Some great details here Blake, well done!
 
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