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Robot Walkout on Eden-13
Another unfinished symphony.
About this creation
One night (a long time ago now) I built a handful of little robots. The next night, a half-dozen more. Next build session, some more. A week or ten days later, I had a parade of almost fifty bots lined up on my build table. What to do with them?

My first thought was to show them marching away from a pile of loose random parts, a few still hanging around to build more bots out of the scrap heap -- the idea being that each robot had to build at least one other before it could join the exodus. I liked the picture in my head, but the concept inevitably led to "so who built the first one?" Which inevitably suggests a religious question, which I didn't feel like getting into.

I had a separate idea for a futuristic city with a lot of nice gardens. Maybe the bots lived there... Maybe they had gone on strike, throwing a wrench into the smooth workings of this sterile paradise... Yeah, maybe they had taken their protest to the street, marching for reductions to the 168-hour work week...

So.



What I began to hate about the diorama was that it was so rigidly aligned to a square grid. In my mind the straight lines and right angles of the layout were complemented by the nonlinear greenery and landscaping, and the angled facades of the buildings and rock walls would help alleviate the feeling of squareness as well. In reality I found the long straight lines of the walkway and roadway overwhelmed everything else, especially when they got to be over three feet long (and were planned to be at least five, maybe six feet when all was said and done).




There was to be a parklike terrace up here (you can see a few flowering shrub ideas on the unfinished pathway), another (shorter) building facade, and I wasn't quite sure what down below. A cutaway tunnel for the road? You can see some stairs I was playing with -- was there a subway station of some sort down there? That's where I was leaning. By the time I got this far I was really hating the rectilinear layout of the thing, but I was committed. The dio was about three feet front to back, and so was the build table. I wanted to put in some angles, turn a corner, and did not physically have the space to do it.




At first there were closed doors but that seemed pretty boring. You can't really see inside the buildings but the back walls are trans-green and -blue bricks. If this were ever finished, I would have backlit them, it may or may not have been a cool look. Also the walkway would have had a bunch of people standing all over, watching the robot walkout.




My favorite part, the fountain. Took a long, long time to get a look that I liked. Ignore the tan placeholder macaroni bricks in back.




It's hard to tell, but there's a cave in there. I thought maybe some ostriches or pigs or something might live in the garden section, they'd need a shelter.




I knew I wanted a nice lawn/little park thing going on the roofs. This is all my blue flowers. Then I found the damn things are pretty rare and expensive on Bricklink! However I ultimately did the borders on the rooftop lawns, it was not going to be all in blue flowers. Also, there would have been a hallway of some sort visible behind the doors if I didn't get lazy and just put closed doors in. Obviously it became moot as I gave up on the project.




Another shot of the fountain because I like it so well.




As I wondered if I could salvage the project to my satisfaction, it sat around so long that some of the white bricks began to yellow. How long has it been taking up space on the build table -- a year? Two? I don't even remember. Too long to have white bricks sitting out uncovered. That forced the issue. Take a few pics and tear the thing down.




Thanks (or blame) due mainly to Dennis Price. I saw this funbot post and thought, "Hey, I've got a ton of bots hanging around, maybe I should post them."



#1 - Test-bot

"Device experiences critical failure after 874,876,156,995,140,331 repetitions."



#2, #3 - Monitor-bots

"You have 30 seconds to comply."



#4 - Fodder-bot

Will most likely not return in good working order.



#5, #6, #7 - Servo-bots

Available in three models:
Gracious and Servile (cultured British accent);
Brash and Sarcastic (Bronx/Brooklyn accent);
Frighteningly Efficient Multi-Tasker (no time to talk).



#8 - Whitey-bot

Is white and walks around. Will cross to the other side of the street if it sees an Afro-bot coming.



#9, #10 - Anony-bots

"We have no names. We have no personality. We are containers with vestigial limbs."



#11 - Hook-bot

Would kill for opposable thumbs. And just might.



#12, #13, #14 - Goat-bot, Pinnochi-bot, and Adjusto-bot

"Baaah."
"This won't hurt a bit..."
"2.546839 cm to the left."



#15, #16 - Roller-bots

One rolls around blinking its light. The other one rolls around after it blaring a siren.



#17, #18 - Walker-bots

Sneer at roller-bots and their inability to cope with stairs!



#19 - Cone-bot

Is too good for cube-bot, but not good enough for sphere-bot. Forever alone...



#20 - Super Annoying Protocol-bot

Tried out for the role of C-3P0, got as far as a second callback.



#21, #22 - Analysis-bots

I wanted "Analy-bots," but no one is going to read that the way it's intended.



#23 - Fem-bot

BBW series.



#24, #25, #26 - Dog-bots and Rab-bot

"I reckon the big rab-bot gets f---ed."
"What, proper f---ed?"



#27 - Granny-bot

Labors along at 28K.



#28, #29, #30, #31, #32 - Sensei-bot and the gang of Five

Elegant in our
Tight economy of form
Five parts each, bitches



#33, #34 - Lurch-bot and Slither-bot

I'm not sure what they do, but I sure don't want them doing it to me.



#35 - NPU-bot

"Look at me, my head is a camera! Full of epic +1 NPU total awesomesauce win, am I right? ...Right?"



#36 - ?-bot

Does... something.



#37 - Kill-bot

Looks menacing but all it does is irradiate dandelions.



#38, #39 - Drill-bots

The deluxe model can reach around while it screws.



#40, #41 - Vacu-bots

Wonder why WALL-E gets all the love.



#42, #43 - Mini-bots

Will kick your ass, son. Go ahead and laugh. I dare you.



#44, #45 - Tiptoe-bots

Are perfectly safe to laugh at.



#46 - Worker-bot

Is my very favorite of them all.



#47 - Ocean-bot

"Being able to build twice as fast is totally worth the loss of my genitalia!"





Comments

 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
amazing work at all ... I like the BBW
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
this is an amazing build, and I would say in reference to your concern about the rigid squareness of the overall shape, just refuse to force yourself to get ONE picture that shows it all, as difficult as that may be. All of the zoom-in shots you got are great, the gardens, walk-ways, buildings, robots, etc. This is really imaginative work here
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  October 21, 2013
Beautiful.
Shannon Young
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Dr. Monster
  August 25, 2013
Very impressive! This is really great but I like your original idea with the pile of parts and I like the questions and, or theories that it opens the door to.
 I like it 
  December 9, 2012
Definitely one of the most unique and creative MOC's I've seen in a long time!
Shannon Young
Rene Lomeli
  August 24, 2012
I don't know what is better: your bots or your funny descriptions about each one of them. You are very clever, Shannon.
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  February 25, 2012
Over all an amazing diorama! The Robots look great :D But that fountain takes the cake!
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  February 21, 2012
The build is good, to be fair, but those tan placeholder macaroni bricks . . . shaking my head.
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  February 21, 2012
The eternal Youngian quandary... which to love more, the build or the commentary. I say simply love the man.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2012
Well done Mr. Young! Large detailed MOCs like this are practically a form of public service! Everybody loves them, but only when you build one yourself can you really appreciate the depth of effort this thing represents. It gobbles up your bricks, stops you from building other stuff, and takes up space in your building area for months. What starts as a labor of love often becomes simple labor. Never the less, when finished, the results are usually well worth it. This MOC is a seamless synthesis of so many influences: Moon Base 2, Zero Hour, and Logan’s Run. It’s like the best salad bar I ever saw. The elevated water table, the gardens, and divers traffic in the foreground are especially pleasing to the eye. A truly exceptional effort. Attack!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2012
You built an amazing landscape and bots. Looks fantastic love the idea behind it.
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  February 20, 2012
sweet i like the evil little bots
Shannon Young
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White Knight
  February 19, 2012
Lucky Robots, a most beautifully laid out place !>.....well done
 I like it 
  February 19, 2012
Wow!
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  February 19, 2012
Amazing set up! The gardens and building architecture is superb. >Eric
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  February 18, 2012
Shannon, this is fantastic! The amount of detail is excellent, yet another amazing MOC from you=D
 I like it 
  February 18, 2012
This is great. I love the Goldmanesque feel.
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  February 17, 2012
AMAZING!!!
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Amazing, I wish you had finished it, it looks fantastic!
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
speechless !!! so excellent !!!
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
What an ammount of work! Fantastic work, dude! Regards - Jay
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Excellent and very fnny presentation. (I can´t beleive that I read through all of your bots...)
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Nice "Snatch" reference. Loved the build, too bad you weren't able to complete what you wanted to. If I had a nickle for every large project that I tore down 3/4 of the way through... well, I'd have about 25 cents but that's not the point. Thanks for sharing! ~ Chris.
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  February 17, 2012
WOW AMAZING BUILD i love the water and the robots!!!!8/5
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Cool collection of robots. The scene took a lot of work too. Nice job all around.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Some of those bots sound as though they came straight out of the labs at Aperture Science. All very good bots though. Same for the set-up.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
This is absolutely great! No it's brilliant! So much details, lovely built robots and scenery... Very well done.
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Wow! Excellent work. Great robots :)
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
This is stunning. All those details. Im just stunned with amasement ! :D
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
This is just brilliant! That's an awful lotta bots there! They look like they were great fun to bulid. The whole scene is just great fun.
  February 17, 2012
jaw drops.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
#47 is hilarious! Great minibots collection.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
That was completely entertaining. Sure, anyone can build something for me to stare slack-jawed at, but this one gave the good chuckle as well. How you were able to come up with that many unique robot designs is amazing. Rivaled only by the concept. Great work.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Hahaha! Funny and clever as all get-out! Would love to see this bad-boy finished someday!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Liked the build a lot, but I really LOVED the robots! Some great designs there, and your commentary was great!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Love that walkway pattern.
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  February 16, 2012
Very cool! I especially like the fountain.
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  February 16, 2012
Very cool but that female bot is a bit busty lol.
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  February 16, 2012
Despite the linear look of the path and roads, this is a very good build. Making two seperate, modular builds to achieve that bend that you wanted without running out of building space might work, but I don't know how much room you have for photography. Anyway, nice work!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
20 and 27 are great. 37's caption is hilarious :) These are really fun, and that backdrop is amazing!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
I just adore each of the robots' unique designs and characteristics. So much fun!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
At first, I was just skimming thru the pix, but then I went back and started reading the descriptions. Glad I did. Great work!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Tremendous! Love the dio and the bots (Grannybot especially, for some reason). The nature enclosure is a cool idea, I'm guessing it would be more like a zoo for bot society. Lots and lots of bots -- it's great! (Thanks for giving me a tip of the hat or pointing the finger of shame, btw.) I'm still toying with the idea of a Funbot dio, although on a much smaller scale. In closing, this is just a marvelous dio filled with great bots!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Looks great! Too bad you didn't finish it... I Loved the Snatch reference though! That line gets me everytime. - greetings, Elderon
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  February 16, 2012
A shame that it's unfinished. I would really like to see more of this city. You really a have a very unique design language here. Well done!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Great set, and a fun collection of bots! Especially that fem-bot...Hey now!
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  February 16, 2012
Nice diorama! Reminds a bit of Zero Hour on Highway 44, just not as post-apoc as Brian made it :) The Whitey bot made me fall out of my chair, and the drill bot with the reach-around feature is probably a hot seller!
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  February 16, 2012
Brilliant read and builds - a real feast for the eyes, those robots are superb, each has real character - and the setting is spectacular!
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  February 16, 2012
Wow, you're so good at building, its almost unfair XD
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  February 16, 2012
Very nice! Quite Goldman-like.
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  February 16, 2012
Quoting J0N0TR0N1C SYSTEMS BTW, any tips on un-yellowing white bricks?
There is an old article from the Brothers Brick, http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/08/30/how-to-clean-yellowed-lego-bricks-to-make-classic-space-sets-look-new-news/ I've never tried it myself, but I think I am going to need to.
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  February 16, 2012
Love the bot descriptions. Too funny! BTW, any tips on un-yellowing white bricks?
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  February 16, 2012
THis would have been so cool. I wish it had been continued. Oh well. At least I still get to look at all of the wondrous details. Nice work!
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  February 16, 2012
They are AWESOME, And if i may i am going to build some myself too( of course not uploading them Because that would be ... Eehm not so nice.) But anyway these robots are AWESOME as i said before, keep Going.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Whoa!!! That is so coooool!!!! I love the walkway, and the Shannon Bot, excellent job!!
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  February 16, 2012
Nice robots, but even better diorama. :D
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  February 16, 2012
Incredible! The commentary was worth reading and hilarious, while the MOC's phenomenal! The elevated walkway among the green tiled buildings and foliage is beautiful, as is the cave area. I also really like the robots, especially the granny bot. Great work!
 
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