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Mattress Harvester
A Classic Space Mattress Harvester from the planet Squornshellous Zeta.
About this creation


These archive photographs show a Mattress Harvester of the Classic Space era, which is now obsolete. These mechs have long since been replaced by the machines with which we are all familiar with from the TV series, "Swamp Planet Truckers".



The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say about Mattresses, "No one really knows what mattresses are meant to gain from their lives. They are large, friendly, pocket-sprung creatures which live quiet private lives in the marshes of Squornshellous
Zeta. Many of them get caught, slaughtered, dried out, shipped out and slept on. None of them seem to mind and all of them are called Zem."



The Mattress Harvesting mechs had big feet in order to spread their weight, allowing them to walk safely across the marshes of Squornshellous Zeta. The mechs had large spotlights and a 20mm canon with which to shoot mattresses as they gupped, willomyed and flolloped away.



The rear of the Harvester featured a large basket for collecting the mattresses. This model could hold three Single, two Double or one King-Sized mattress of the "Orthopeadic" species. This view also shows the cogs linking the large, working, single cylinder engine to the moving legs. The machine could walk along, raised slightly off the ground and powered by the "Hand of God".



Quality Inspectors would roam around the marshes, checking that the correct varieties and colours of mattresses were being sustainably harvested.



After the first comments on these photographs, this rare picture of a Mattress Harvester in a the servicing sheds has been included. It shows how the engine linked to the legs. If a giant hand picked the harvester up and turned the cogs at the back, the piston would go up & down in the engine and the legs would move back & forth, in a walking action.



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  September 2, 2013
I loved that book!
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  November 2, 2012
That is just too cool.
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  October 30, 2012
Brilliant, thanks!
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  September 29, 2012
Awesome and clever build! Great walker! So well done!
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  September 20, 2012
Quoting Alex Sonny An amazing build! I've always been a fan of the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, I even own copies in two languages! It is really good to see that people still use their imagination... Hats off to you, Sir!
The HHGTTG in two languages: wow! I assume one in English and the other in Vogon, which is as large as a planet and impossible to read in the bath. I've never manged to collect enough Ningys to buy that edition. :(
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  September 20, 2012
An amazing build! I've always been a fan of the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, I even own copies in two languages! It is really good to see that people still use their imagination... Hats off to you, Sir!
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  September 19, 2012
Ha Ha This is really funny and a Very cool MOC!
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  September 18, 2012
Hahaha I love this. Funny and very clever
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  September 18, 2012
Zarqon! This is amazing. Great work building this.
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  September 18, 2012
Great work!
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  September 17, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Hello again David, did you know you got blogged? :)
Wow! That's quite scary! Famous at last! Thanks for letting me know, as I never would have looked and it would have passed me by.
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  September 17, 2012
Hello again David, did you know you got blogged? :)
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  September 17, 2012
Hilarious backstory! ... And then there's the build! The death star feet look quite nice, and I really liked getting to see the walking function! And who couldn't love the big dopey mattresses? ;) Very nice, very funny, great as always!
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  September 17, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Oh, never mind that it's grey, this is just fantastic. How do you come up with these ideas? More great use of the Death Star, and there definitely should be more MOCs featuring the word 'Flolloped.'
Glad you liked the MOC: thanks for your comments. Sorry, I just fancied doing a grey MOC for a change! Like the "Grey Reaper", I finished the main build and then my hand strayed to the coloured bricks :) The idea came because I wanted to use the Death Star as feet. The reason that you'd need big feet would be because of a swamp. Then I thought of Marvin and Zem and how the mattresses were used. Then I started chuckling because I was building a mattress harvester!
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  September 17, 2012
Oh, never mind that it's grey, this is just fantastic. How do you come up with these ideas? More great use of the Death Star, and there definitely should be more MOCs featuring the word 'Flolloped.'
David Roberts
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  September 16, 2012
Bizarre ! There is no end to what the classic space men can get up to !>.....well done
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting Tim C Great work, David. This site is packed with Halo, Batman, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings builds, but not nearly enough Hitchhiker's Guide. Thanks for bringing this very relevant issue to the table;) The build is awesome. You are becoming the master of the Death Star domes. The technic work is quite clever as well. The mattress part of the story is definitely one of my favorite parts. Well done.
Thank you! I think you have to have a slightly mature outlook on life to appreciate the "Guide". Strange how younger folk prefer the more "serious" stuff like Halo & Batman. Perhaps the G'Gugvuntts and Vl'hurgs mighty battlefleets, being swallowed by a small dog due to a terrible miscalculation of scale, would work well in micro-scale Lego? :)
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  September 16, 2012
Sensational, in every way!
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  September 16, 2012
That's so sweet and whimsical... how are you not among my favorites? Time to rectify.
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  September 16, 2012
Wow!
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting Giovanni & Lennaert Seynhaeve sheesh, I really need to get me some of those globes. Good to see THHGTTG is still an inspiring theme, and those matresses look utterly silly. Just like they should!
I was a bit stuck for how to build squishy, floppy mattresses but then I spotted the bricks with faces. If you're going to get a Death Star, have a look at this group: http://www.mocpages.com/group_mocs.php?id=21377
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  September 16, 2012
Great work, David. This site is packed with Halo, Batman, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings builds, but not nearly enough Hitchhiker's Guide. Thanks for bringing this very relevant issue to the table;) The build is awesome. You are becoming the master of the Death Star domes. The technic work is quite clever as well. The mattress part of the story is definitely one of my favorite parts. Well done.
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  September 16, 2012
ha ha! awesome!
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  September 16, 2012
Awesome build and hilarious idea! 5/5 -J.
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  September 16, 2012
fantastic! great PU!
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  September 16, 2012
Flolloped is just the perfect word! THHGTTG is my bible, so this is a treat!
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  September 16, 2012
sheesh, I really need to get me some of those globes. Good to see THHGTTG is still an inspiring theme, and those matresses look utterly silly. Just like they should!
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  September 16, 2012
Funny stuff, and nice work on the builds!
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting Gerald F. Lol really creative!!!Love the use of the death star globe thing for the feat!!!
This MOC started from the feet upwards. I thought that they'd be good for walking across swamps. Swamps and sci-fi always make me think of Marvin talking to the mattress and so it went...
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett ... loving the ad for 'Mattress World' that shows up with this. They can't be mattress world - this is :-)
Oh yes! That's just superb! Thanks for pointing out the advert, it's the best laugh I've had for ages. I wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. I suppose that Google Ads just scans for keywords on the page. Brilliant.
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  September 16, 2012
... loving the ad for 'Mattress World' that shows up with this. They can't be mattress world - this is :-)
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  September 16, 2012
You've surpassed even your own brilliance with this! A superb build, a fabulous concept and a wonderfully told story. Douglas Adams would be proud! 10/10 Love it love it love it
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  September 16, 2012
This has got everything - technical wizardry, brilliant design and a theme from the best book ever. And all wrapped up in that Classic Space charm. Truly, the most uplifting creation I've seen for a long time!
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Nice use of those parts you used for wheels on the buggy thing. I really like this moc, the mattresses are a little odd but very likeable ;) The mech is very cool the gears look great. All in all, great moc!
Thanks for your comments! I've added a photograph to show what the gears do. I built the buggy because I saw the four things that I used for the wheels in a pile together.
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  September 16, 2012
Lol really creative!!!Love the use of the death star globe thing for the feat!!!
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  September 16, 2012
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . the robot looks really cool, what do the gears in the middle do? and i like how you made the cage out of ladders and clips, also the flexible beds are cool too :)
Thanks for your comments. When you turn the cogs, the mech's legs go backwards and forwards, in a walking action and the piston goes up and down in the engine.
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  September 16, 2012
Nice use of those parts you used for wheels on the buggy thing. I really like this moc, the mattresses are a little odd but very likeable ;) The mech is very cool the gears look great. All in all, great moc!
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  September 16, 2012
It is all about those mattresses. The little grey buggy is excellent.
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  September 16, 2012
the robot looks really cool, what do the gears in the middle do? and i like how you made the cage out of ladders and clips, also the flexible beds are cool too :)
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  September 16, 2012
clever MOC!
 
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