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MOC Olympics round 3: David Alexander Smith vs Mike Johnson - Spy vs Spy
About this creation
Here is a link to my talented opponent Mike Johnson's page

The topic of Spy vs Spy was a pretty tough call for me, and I think for Lego builders in general. The crude black and white line drawn art style with most angles set oddly on purpose is hard to render in the brick. The second challenge I thought would be to not go down the obvious route of making a Lego comic strip, but try and render the set-up and pay-off of a Spy vs Spy gag in a vig. Now the difficulty here is that most Spy vs Spy strips rely on a set-up in which things appear one way, followed by one of the spys turning the tables or revealing a cunning trap. Anyway, I hunted through google images to find a scene which captured the set-up/pay-off nature of the strip in a single frame; I came up with this. The White Spy is working out, but unknown to him the Black Spy is lurking in the loft with a very powerful magnet - Ouch!











The image I took my inspiration from.





Comments

 I like it 
  July 13, 2013
Great job on this I love spy vs spy
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  December 9, 2012
Quoting sam shindig hahahahahahahahaahahhaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha eeehaha I wish I could do their laugh 5/5 spy vs. spy classic almost tom and jerry(but better) comedy. :D
Just the response I'd hoped to get. Thanks!
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  December 9, 2012
Quoting Builder Allan Awesome! Very original idea, certainly a well deserved MO round winner and a fine candidate for your most popular build :-) Lots of very nice solutions and details. Great work!
Thanks, I'm still really pleased with this one. Think it came together perfectly; and I still hold that the topic was really hard to do in Lego.
 I like it 
  December 8, 2012
hahahahahahahahaahahhaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha eeehaha I wish I could do their laugh 5/5 spy vs. spy classic almost tom and jerry(but better) comedy. :D
 I like it 
  December 8, 2012
Awesome! Very original idea, certainly a well deserved MO round winner and a fine candidate for your most popular build :-) Lots of very nice solutions and details. Great work!
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  October 27, 2012
Quoting Brody Allen David well done on this entry and all your entries. Your creativity and skill got you this far so keep depending on it. I have been so busy lately but have been following your progress. I am proud to say I was an early fan of David Alexander Smith!!!
And I was an early fan of Brody Allen. Hope you get some time to post something new soon.
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  October 27, 2012
David well done on this entry and all your entries. Your creativity and skill got you this far so keep depending on it. I have been so busy lately but have been following your progress. I am proud to say I was an early fan of David Alexander Smith!!!
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  October 26, 2012
This has so much win! Awesome job. :)
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  October 26, 2012
Hahaha, hilarious and brilliantly-done MOC! I love the sense of action you get, you really did your inspiration justice.
 I like it 
  October 25, 2012
Congratulations on advancing David! I loved the clean, classic spy vs. spy look and think you overcame the issue of showing a set-up and payoff all in one build really nicely. Didn't realize you were a Brit until I saw the references below to a ZX Spectrum (48k with rubber keys?) and the Beano! That means that 1/4 of the last 16 is British, but unfortunately you and I will face each other as will George G and Nick Barrett - at least we can say that 1/4 of the last 8 will be British too! Well done and good luck - lets have the categories now!
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  October 25, 2012
Congrats on getting through David :) This one was another toughie to call so well done on gaining the edge over your opponent :) ~Thoy
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  October 25, 2012
Quoting Sebeus I Though choice, your opponent dit great with his more posable figures but eventually my vote goes to you, because I see a more recognizable typical spy vs spy thing here, great job.
Thanks, I was biting my nails there as Mike made a great MOC. Can't have been easy judging.
  October 25, 2012
Though choice, your opponent dit great with his more posable figures but eventually my vote goes to you, because I see a more recognizable typical spy vs spy thing here, great job.
 I made it 
  October 24, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Fantastic representation of the classic comic! Mike's interpretation of the theme was very original, though, and his build, though a bit simplistic, earned my vote because of its expressive yet stylized characters and clever story. It looks like Sebeus is once again the tiebreaker, so good luck!
By expressive style I read you like Mike's oh so expressive grey spy ;). Thanks for the comments.
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  October 23, 2012
Fantastic representation of the classic comic! Mike's interpretation of the theme was very original, though, and his build, though a bit simplistic, earned my vote because of its expressive yet stylized characters and clever story. It looks like Sebeus is once again the tiebreaker, so good luck!
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  October 23, 2012
Hahaha I love it! --Jesus saves, God bless <><
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  October 22, 2012
LMFAO oh man, I love me some good Spy Vs. Spy! This brings back wonderful memories! You did a fantastic job! Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
You got my vote! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  October 22, 2012
Brilliant work!
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  October 22, 2012
Quoting David Roberts Ever since I've seen your comment about a Jet Set Willy MOC, I've had the music going round and round in my head, both the ZX Spectrum and orchestral versions. Aaaaagh! We must perform a quirkafleeg! (I think that was one of the rooms)
There sure is. I could spend hours looking over this: http://jsw.retro-hut.com/maps/jsw/index.html
 I made it 
  October 22, 2012
Quoting Mike Johnson Brilliantly done my friend. It looks just like the comic strip. If the judges are looking for purity then you got me dead to rights! At least now I can collapse for a moment and let my cracked little mind finish melting into a puddle of plastic goo!
Thanks Mike, having just gone through the same week of Lego torture I have, I knew you'd appreciate how hard it is to get those spies right.
David Alexander Smith
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White Knight
  October 21, 2012
I hope neither of them is after my Pink Panther !!>.....well done
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Brilliantly done my friend. It looks just like the comic strip. If the judges are looking for purity then you got me dead to rights! At least now I can collapse for a moment and let my cracked little mind finish melting into a puddle of plastic goo!
  October 21, 2012
Ever since I've seen your comment about a Jet Set Willy MOC, I've had the music going round and round in my head, both the ZX Spectrum and orchestral versions. Aaaaagh! We must perform a quirkafleeg! (I think that was one of the rooms)
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Thanks! Really nice build, and good luck on the contest!
 I made it 
  October 21, 2012
Quoting Mastermind Hi Mr. Smith. I have a homework assignment. I need to ask 5 people who they think Jesus Christ is. So.... Who do you think He is?
An infinitely flexible concept within a reformist Jewish ethical philosophy, but that's just a reflexive answer, and more an answer to the question what is Jesus?, which is probably more interesting than who is Jesus?
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Hi Mr. Smith. I have a homework assignment. I need to ask 5 people who they think Jesus Christ is. So.... Who do you think He is?
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Great work. Do you need a link to the MO home page?
 I like it 
  October 21, 2012
Very well done! Instantly recognized both 'Spy's. Great scene, too.
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  October 21, 2012
Quoting MCLegoboy ! What?! No Black Spy giving a peace sign and chuckling? What a disappointment. Still, great build.
No. Played with the idea of the v sign moment, but I really did want to keep everything in one moment. Compromises had to be made.
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  October 21, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! I was scratching my head when I saw this category, but you really came up with a good one! Good luck!
You think you were scratching your head - yep it was tough.
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  October 21, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Ah, the ZX Spectrum.... happy days. The comic-strip 2D-ness of this is what makes it great.
I was really worried people wouldn't get the 2D design decision. BTW I've been toying with the idea of a Jet Set Willy MOC for a while now.
 I like it 
  October 20, 2012
Brilliant!
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  October 20, 2012
Absolutely amazing! You've really captured the looks of both spies! Alfred E. Neuman would be proud :D.
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  October 20, 2012
Incredible job here. You've really hit the nail with this one!
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  October 20, 2012
What?! No Black Spy giving a peace sign and chuckling? What a disappointment. Still, great build.
 I like it 
  October 20, 2012
I was scratching my head when I saw this category, but you really came up with a good one! Good luck!
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  October 20, 2012
Hahah! A terrific take on a challenging category. Great job!
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  October 20, 2012
Ah, the ZX Spectrum.... happy days. The comic-strip 2D-ness of this is what makes it great.
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  October 20, 2012
excellent scene! great build, best of luck!
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  October 20, 2012
Quoting David Roberts Great fun, instantly recognisable both as Spy vs Spy and a David Alexander Smith creation too. This took me way back, 25 years, to playing the computer game on a friend's Commodore 64. I like how you've done the spies' pointy faces and the magnet is simple but totally effective. I think that the thinnes of this vignette works well as the cartoons are quite 2D too.
Hey David, my point of reference was playing this on the ZX Spectrum. The aim was to keep it close to a line drawing, which was precisely why I kept it thin throughout. It is kind of bizarre making Lego work against innate sculptural inclination, but in this case I think the way to go.
 I like it 
  October 20, 2012
Great fun, instantly recognisable both as Spy vs Spy and a David Alexander Smith creation too. This took me way back, 25 years, to playing the computer game on a friend's Commodore 64. I like how you've done the spies' pointy faces and the magnet is simple but totally effective. I think that the thinnes of this vignette works well as the cartoons are quite 2D too.
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  October 20, 2012
Great representation David!
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  October 20, 2012
Quoting Tim C Great work, David. Instantly recognizable. I knew what I was looking at before I read the title of the MOC. Really takes me back to my childhood, (you seem to have a knack for that). The spies look great, especially the black spy, and not an easy thing to pull off with LEGO. Also, a great job making your MOC look like the picture. Very accurate. Good luck in the MO.
Thanks Tim, that was my aim, to really get that Spy vs Spy feel in Lego. It is strange being a Brit, Mad Magazine has no cultural capital for me, but for so many people on this site it has as much significance as say the Beano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beano) for me. I wanted to do justice to those memories, so your comment really made me happy.
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  October 20, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Absolutely brilliant. Great scene very well rendered in brick. Good luck my friend :D
I spent a good part of my time hunting the perfect scene. I've gone from knowing nothing about Spy vs Spy bar some memories of playing the game on my friends ZX Spectrum back in the 80s to having read everything I can on the net.
 I like it 
  October 20, 2012
Great work, David. Instantly recognizable. I knew what I was looking at before I read the title of the MOC. Really takes me back to my childhood, (you seem to have a knack for that). The spies look great, especially the black spy, and not an easy thing to pull off with LEGO. Also, a great job making your MOC look like the picture. Very accurate. Good luck in the MO.
 I like it 
  October 20, 2012
Haha! Thats Awesome, It looks just like the picture too.
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  October 20, 2012
Truly wonderful recreation! Very best in the luck department to you! (Thanks for the chart feedback!) :)
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  October 20, 2012
Good to see a MAD thing...
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  October 20, 2012
Excellent! Very cool to see you go out of your comfort zone; this looks fantastic. Good luck to you!
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  October 20, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Phenomenal! The whole thing's a brilliant piece of art, but the shaping of the black spy really stands out. Amazing work, you nailed the right vibe here.
I think the actual style of Spy vs Spy is the hardest part of this category. It really was tough to get a coherent setting for the figures that felt like it belonged to the Spies' world rather than a Lego world.
 I made it 
  October 20, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope I'm.... I'm truly just blown away by this. All I can think is perfect. All I can say is masterful. I am just speechless. Beautiful work David :)
Thanks Gale, glad it hit the spot.
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  October 20, 2012
Phenomenal! The whole thing's a brilliant piece of art, but the shaping of the black spy really stands out. Amazing work, you nailed the right vibe here.
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  October 20, 2012
I'm.... I'm truly just blown away by this. All I can think is perfect. All I can say is masterful. I am just speechless. Beautiful work David :)
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  October 20, 2012
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi David, this is something of extraordinary creation!!!! I Love it! Your mind is Stunning... I'm speechless! A piece of awesome funny Lego Art!
Thanks, I can tell you I found this topic and this build really hard, so I'm glad it is hitting the right notes.
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  October 20, 2012
Absolutely brilliant. Great scene very well rendered in brick. Good luck my friend :D
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  October 20, 2012
David, this is something of extraordinary creation!!!! I Love it! Your mind is Stunning... I'm speechless! A piece of awesome funny Lego Art!
 
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