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MOC Olympics Round 4: David Alexander Smith vs Stuart Delahay - Alien Observations
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Alien observation teams after several years of anthropological study of the planet Earth reached the following conclusion. The earthlings have delegated the development of military tactics to their young. Conclusion: to dominate Earth eliminate its children first. This poor brother and sister playing with their toy tanks, planes, rockets and ships are about to meet a grey assassin.

Here is a link to my talented opponent Stuart Delahay's page

The topic for round 4 was - The Grey’s research project: Ok, so there’s plenty of UFO talk out there about aliens studying us right? Well… what do they think of us? Your job is to provide us with a brief documentary type moc detailing what the Grey’s (or any other alien species) think about Earth and the strange talking monkeys that live there. Think… nature documentary on the discovery channel detailing the daily lives of termites or something along those lines but from the alien’s point of view.


I decided to avoid the obvious comedy approach, and work to a more creepy horror model. I was thinking here of a kind of Communion (that film did unsettle me when I first saw it) and Mary Poppins. The aim was to capture that sinister stalker moment that is prevalent in Alien mythology, but bring it into the kids' bedroom. I hope you like it!
























Comments

 I like it 
  November 18, 2012
Those two kids look fantastic. Excellent work, David!
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  November 15, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope Ok, not gonna lie... This one spooked me pretty bad XD Fantastic work here, all the details are spot on, the characters are well animated, and the colors are really nice. I'm just glad I'm not one of those people who spent their childhood playing war games XD
That was the aim to get the eyes to work on the alien so he felt alive and a little creepy.
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  November 14, 2012
Ok, not gonna lie... This one spooked me pretty bad XD Fantastic work here, all the details are spot on, the characters are well animated, and the colors are really nice. I'm just glad I'm not one of those people who spent their childhood playing war games XD
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  November 7, 2012
The expression on the alien's face is pure awesome. Great work with the sculpting and posing!
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  November 7, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Unfortunately, my vote will be going to Stu as well. It's a bummer you won't be moving on, but you've truly done a stellar job in the Olympics this year.
Thanks Paul, it's been a blast, and I feel very proud of my round four showing.
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  November 7, 2012
Unfortunately, my vote will be going to Stu as well. It's a bummer you won't be moving on, but you've truly done a stellar job in the Olympics this year.
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  November 6, 2012
Quoting Sebeus I Great built for that scale, my vote goes to your oponent though, his entry contained a bit more to like. Great job nonetheless.
Thanks, it was always going to be an uphill struggle against Stu.
  November 6, 2012
Great built for that scale, my vote goes to your oponent though, his entry contained a bit more to like. Great job nonetheless.
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  November 6, 2012
Absolutely brilliant. I love the toys.
David Alexander Smith
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White Knight
  November 5, 2012
Very good !>>....well done
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  November 5, 2012
Mr. Grey, go away. Don't bother coming back another day! Lots of great detail but after looking at Stuart's entry I think his has a more "Discovery Channel" feel to it. No matter what, best of luck!
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  November 5, 2012
The details beyond the creepiness is superb! Great MOC and presentation!
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  November 5, 2012
David, sorry for being slow in commenting on this. I love the grey, proper sinister and the face is killer! The kids are brill too, i wouldn't worry about the noses because i think it adds to the charm, and the innocently playing children are a brilliant balance to that lurking ET. The toys are fantastic and that door looks lovely, really nice to see sed the studs being used for texture. The very best of luck to you.
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  November 5, 2012
Quoting Chris Phipson David, this is an excellent moc with details that are just stunning! I have to say though that Stu's moc went into more background and really had that story feel I was hoping for in this round. My vote went to him. Good luck with your other judges! ~Chris.
Thanks Chris, and I totally get why your vote went to Stu. I'm a fan of his build as well.
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  November 5, 2012
David, this is an excellent moc with details that are just stunning! I have to say though that Stu's moc went into more background and really had that story feel I was hoping for in this round. My vote went to him. Good luck with your other judges! ~Chris.
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  November 5, 2012
This is a horrifying scene! The kids playing while the alien silently observes.... *shudders* Excellent job....especially on the toys! Good luck with the judges!
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  November 5, 2012
Clever build, great level of detail on the figs and the microscale toys. Your rendition of a large-scale grey is particularly impressive. I also appreciate the subtle dig at the toy industry... good luck!
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  November 4, 2012
Interesting take... I understood it better with your comment about the propaganda poster, this is spot on. I especially like the legs of the children and the toy ship! Good luck to you!
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Great work on everything, that alien's insanely creepy. Good luck!
Insanely creepy - thanks Luke, that comment made my day.
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Justin M The posing of the alien and the children are incredible. Fantastic job!
Thanks Justin, I based the kids poses on how my actual kids play, and it came out quite well.
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett A great way to give your kids nightmares! Good luck!
Surprisingly my daughter calls him a friendly alien???! I'm working on a belated Haloween MOC at the moment of Dracula, and she calls him a friendly vampire too???!
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  November 3, 2012
Great work on everything, that alien's insanely creepy. Good luck!
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  November 3, 2012
The posing of the alien and the children are incredible. Fantastic job!
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  November 3, 2012
A great way to give your kids nightmares! Good luck!
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  November 3, 2012
Quoting Elk Guard The level of detail is amazing!
Thanks, I tried to fill this out with all sorts of treats.
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  November 3, 2012
Quoting JS Can When I saw the first photo (reduced size) and saw the category, I thought the brother was about to give his sister an Alien Anal Probe with a Star Trek phaser under the watchful eye of his ET teacher. Nonetheless, a superb build. If I could offer one slight suggestion, it would be to make the girl's hair and dress different color so as to make them stand out from each other.
I agree with the girl's hair/dress colours -a simple case of economic piece usage (there weren't that many options open to me). Now to build yours Alternative reading of the MOC... Yikes!
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  November 2, 2012
Cool! Very clever!
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  November 2, 2012
When I saw the first photo (reduced size) and saw the category, I thought the brother was about to give his sister an Alien Anal Probe with a Star Trek phaser under the watchful eye of his ET teacher. Nonetheless, a superb build. If I could offer one slight suggestion, it would be to make the girl's hair and dress different color so as to make them stand out from each other.
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  November 2, 2012
Sorry about the noses and the doubts. You've obviously spent quite some time agonising over them! I empathise with your dilemma. I've just bought 20, various coloured headlight bricks from Bricklink. Shortage of this part has been a problem since my childhood building. Happy days of figs with no arms or faces (I've a few of those in my collection) and YES, minfigs with vehicles they couldn't actually go inside. Good luck with the judges: it's another excellent build!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi No David, I I have explained myself bad, as usual. You're not the father coming up the stairs and mistreats the children. I imagine the scene as a cartoon, where the alien, plays the part of mother, and tells the kids to stop playing and do the homework. Excuse my English, I use the Google translator ... I do not want to offend you.
You didn't offend me at all; I was playing a little joke at my own expense. Thanks for your comments as always :)
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  November 2, 2012
No David, I I have explained myself bad, as usual. You're not the father coming up the stairs and mistreats the children. I imagine the scene as a cartoon, where the alien, plays the part of mother, and tells the kids to stop playing and do the homework. Excuse my English, I use the Google translator ... I do not want to offend you.
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  November 2, 2012
That is one beautifully creepy (?) alien!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi Brother, this is outstanding! i love the lot of toys that you created, the kids position is fantastic very realistic...the alien looks like the mother enters the room and says: Stop playing ... homework .. now! Fantastic... one of your best pieces after Spy Vs Spy... ;o) A super best of luck!
A moment of worry, do I look like a terrifying alien when I stomp up the stairs and tell my kids to quiet down, get into bed and get ready to sleep. Freud would have a field day with this MOC.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting David Roberts Aha! A return to aliens attacking humans! :) I want to start with what I thought was the weakest bit: I wish the noses on the kids were the other way around. I found them a bit distracting. Now for the good stuff and there is so much of it in this MOC. The alien is a very sinister creation, especially the big head that is set off so well by the beady yellow eyes. I like how it is casually leaning on the door frame, taking its time to assess the children. Which will it eat first? It must eat them with the big teeth that you've given it. I really like the door. Yes, this might seem strange but in a studless world its nice to see studs being deliberately used for some texture. The proportions are right too. The children are great work, especially the boy with his cross legged position and sticking out ears. I think that the way that you've done the childrens' eyes works very well. Finally there are all of the toys. The tank, 'plane, robot and ship are very creative, with some nice use of parts for the tank tracks/wheels and the ship. My favorite is the red car, as it reminds me of an old set that was a minifig fire-chief with a car very like this that my sister had. http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=602-1 It would be fascinating to know which part of the build set the scale for the rest of it please?
Thanks for all the glowing comments, oh, but the doubts you spread. I built at least 4 nose variants for the kids models. I settled on the inverted bricks, as it seemed to afford more character and freed up headlight pieces I desperately needed elsewhere. But now, I'm starting to think you are right - oh well it's posted and done now, so what will be will be. Oh, and my brother had that fire car set; hard to believe that Lego used to sell vehicles that the mini figs didn't even fit. I even had some sets with the faceless and armless mini figs.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Tim C Your skills are matched by few, David. This goes right along with my last comment that I left for you. You have again captured more than just the theme of the build, but have put this on such a haunting, mature level that the emotional climate of your intentions are unmistakable. So much good going on here that I'm going to have trouble pointing out all the high points, but here goes. The alien...superb. The eyes are so menacing and I love the pose that he is striking. He seems as though he is patiently waiting for the kids to notice his entrance before he ultimately attacks. I agree with MCLegoboy with the Sesame Street reference. The yellow skin and the loose poses of the kids really smacks of that style of puppet. And the toys they are playing with are spot on. I especially like the battleship. As always, very well done, David. Good luck in the MO, but you may not need it, this is going to be a tough one to beat.
I wish I had your confidence. This MOC turned out better than I hoped; my failed build last week was so far off the mark I had to scrap everything and reset to zero. Also, IMHO Stuart has produced some of the best entries so far in this MOC Olympics. He's a consistent builder who always turns up the goods . I'll leave it in the hands of the judges; I'm just pleased I've produced something I'm proud of.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting MCLegoboy ! "He's climbin' through yo' windows, snatching yo' people up..." HAHAHA! I really like the eyes on your alien. Your kids remind me a little of Seaseme Street Muppets. But I guess they must learn the ways of the military to defend themselves against Governor Romney.
I misread that at first and thought you were referencing my actual kids! Then I got it. The muppet reference fits with my aims, as I was trying for a type of unreal graphic style.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Brody Allen David great build here! I think the creepy/scariness of this is very effective and gets back you some of your roots with your other artistic mediums. The alien looks so sinister and the kids look so innocent. The cross leg pose of the boy is really well done. I continue to be amazed with what you accomplish with the limited parts and age of your collection. I definitely think that should be taken into consideration when being judged. The details in the toys are also superb. I get an Ender's Game feel from this build. Again Well done and keep up the great work.
I like the Ender's Game reference, very apt. Piece limitation is the bane and creative inspiration of all my builds. That's one of the meanings of my home page name!
  November 2, 2012
Brother, this is outstanding! i love the lot of toys that you created, the kids position is fantastic very realistic...the alien looks like the mother enters the room and says: Stop playing ... homework .. now! Fantastic... one of your best pieces after Spy Vs Spy... ;o) A super best of luck!
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  November 2, 2012
The level of detail is amazing!
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  November 2, 2012
Aha! A return to aliens attacking humans! :) I want to start with what I thought was the weakest bit: I wish the noses on the kids were the other way around. I found them a bit distracting. Now for the good stuff and there is so much of it in this MOC. The alien is a very sinister creation, especially the big head that is set off so well by the beady yellow eyes. I like how it is casually leaning on the door frame, taking its time to assess the children. Which will it eat first? It must eat them with the big teeth that you've given it. I really like the door. Yes, this might seem strange but in a studless world its nice to see studs being deliberately used for some texture. The proportions are right too. The children are great work, especially the boy with his cross legged position and sticking out ears. I think that the way that you've done the childrens' eyes works very well. Finally there are all of the toys. The tank, 'plane, robot and ship are very creative, with some nice use of parts for the tank tracks/wheels and the ship. My favorite is the red car, as it reminds me of an old set that was a minifig fire-chief with a car very like this that my sister had. http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=602-1 It would be fascinating to know which part of the build set the scale for the rest of it please?
 I like it 
  November 2, 2012
Your skills are matched by few, David. This goes right along with my last comment that I left for you. You have again captured more than just the theme of the build, but have put this on such a haunting, mature level that the emotional climate of your intentions are unmistakable. So much good going on here that I'm going to have trouble pointing out all the high points, but here goes. The alien...superb. The eyes are so menacing and I love the pose that he is striking. He seems as though he is patiently waiting for the kids to notice his entrance before he ultimately attacks. I agree with MCLegoboy with the Sesame Street reference. The yellow skin and the loose poses of the kids really smacks of that style of puppet. And the toys they are playing with are spot on. I especially like the battleship. As always, very well done, David. Good luck in the MO, but you may not need it, this is going to be a tough one to beat.
 I like it 
  November 2, 2012
"He's climbin' through yo' windows, snatching yo' people up..." HAHAHA! I really like the eyes on your alien. Your kids remind me a little of Seaseme Street Muppets. But I guess they must learn the ways of the military to defend themselves against Governor Romney.
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  November 2, 2012
David great build here! I think the creepy/scariness of this is very effective and gets back you some of your roots with your other artistic mediums. The alien looks so sinister and the kids look so innocent. The cross leg pose of the boy is really well done. I continue to be amazed with what you accomplish with the limited parts and age of your collection. I definitely think that should be taken into consideration when being judged. The details in the toys are also superb. I get an Ender's Game feel from this build. Again Well done and keep up the great work.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Giovanni & Lennaert Seynhaeve Those toys are so small yet instantly recognisable; fantastic work. The posing of the kids are great as well but the inverted nose and eyes feel, well...odd. Had a good smile with those very classic wheels on the toy car, you rarely see those around here these days. Good luck with your judges!
I really wanted to make the figures immediately recognisable as children, the poses I used seem to be the most successful way of doing this.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting The Timinater! (Moving to AUS 17th Dec.) awesome scene! great poses for the kids!
Thanks!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek Epic! I particularly like how you did the door, the studs actually work very nicely! And, of course, the figures are great.
You should have seen my first attempt at the door - awful. I settled on the stud look in the end and thought I'd just exaggerate it.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Cool build, Dude! Scary looking alien, too. Tons of nifty details in this. Good luck!
It is surprisingly hard to make something look scary in lego.
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Justin Knelsen Wow... I dont know what to say about that idea, but It certainly made me laugh. The build is great as well. The figures are great, and I love that alien face. Great job all round! Good luck in the competition! -Justin
Glad you found the idea provocative; laughter is a good response.
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  November 2, 2012
Those toys are so small yet instantly recognisable; fantastic work. The posing of the kids are great as well but the inverted nose and eyes feel, well...odd. Had a good smile with those very classic wheels on the toy car, you rarely see those around here these days. Good luck with your judges!
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  November 2, 2012
awesome scene! great poses for the kids!
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  November 2, 2012
Epic! I particularly like how you did the door, the studs actually work very nicely! And, of course, the figures are great.
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  November 2, 2012
Cool build, Dude! Scary looking alien, too. Tons of nifty details in this. Good luck!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Mihe Stonee amazing work ;-) ! the little toys deserve there own site...!
I really enjoyed making the little toys, I especially like my battleship.
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  November 2, 2012
Wow... I dont know what to say about that idea, but It certainly made me laugh. The build is great as well. The figures are great, and I love that alien face. Great job all round! Good luck in the competition! -Justin
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting David . Ahh! I love all their little toys, and the lego models they're working on. :) You've captured a happy child horror movie effect, I think. Now, is this the silence, or just a regular alien? Either way, all the bright colors make it all the more eerie. Good luck!
Nice call on the Silence, must have subconsciously riffed off them (how ironic is that).
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting TF Twitch This is wrong and messed up. I like it! Superb building and the like.
if you can't subvert the narrative why bother telling the story. Thanks!
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  November 2, 2012
This is wrong and messed up. I like it! Superb building and the like.
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  November 2, 2012
Ahh! I love all their little toys, and the lego models they're working on. :) You've captured a happy child horror movie effect, I think. Now, is this the silence, or just a regular alien? Either way, all the bright colors make it all the more eerie. Good luck!
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  November 2, 2012
amazing work ;-) ! the little toys deserve there own site...!
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  November 2, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) David, this exudes your delightful building perspective! A true original! Charming and alarming at the same time! Best of Luck! :)
Thanks Topsy, alarming charm was exactly what I wanted. The image was supposed to be garish and unsettling like a war time government information/propaganda poster.
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  November 2, 2012
David, this exudes your delightful building perspective! A true original! Charming and alarming at the same time! Best of Luck! :)
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  November 2, 2012
I love the miniature toys!
 
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