The category is --
Tom Remy vs Heath Flor in:
Build us a battle between two mages of the mystic arts. Be sure to include their magical "effects" as they throw spells with wanton abandon. The inspiration for this category came while watching Loony Tunes and I saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNvI4tEtzBQ&feature=related Please use ONLY the "wizard world" stuff as your inspiration... We don't need a moc of Daffy Duck blowing up a hotdog in a microwave.
You can find my worthy opponent's entry HERE
You can find the Moc Olympics homepage HERE
The Wizard's Duel
Sometimes a Wizard's biggest challenge, is against a machine!
Just like in the last round, I had to do some research into Tom's behaviors to fully understand what I was going up against. I put all of my Daft Punk CD's on heavy rotation, and once the Rave ended, and the glow sticks faded, I was left with this a week later.
Frustrated, I decided I would not back down! No!!! I would NOT watch Jerry Lewis! He is NOT funny!!! I would NOT eat snails to find out how the other side lived! Instead I put on a more American movie...TRON: Legacy!! And then I listened to the soundtrack to wrap up the pinball table. Whoever did the soundtrack is a good bunch of blokes though, eh? Don't recall who they are.....but man, they're very electronic!
Unfortunately MOCpages, and my internet provider Cableone killed my entry. After trying for nearly 2 hours to upload a video of the pinball machine working, and another hour of fighting MOCpages, the build was uploaded nearly 5 minutes too late. Obviously this means Tom won by default. After nearly two weeks of working on this, and trying to do so during the holiday season, I am thoroughly disgusted with the way it ended.
And on that note, I'm off to do something more worthwhile of my time.
After we were told the category, I thought long and hard on it that first night. I giggled a bit to myself because my kids and I have been playing a lot of pinball on the PS3 lately. My daughter Kairi wants to become a "Pinball Wizard", and has asked me to be her master and train her. LOL It's very cute, and we're talking about buying a real machine in the future, because she wants to save Pinball!
I went out to do some Christmas shopping the next morning. Making a pinball machine was just too crazy, and I knew Tom would do a pretty elaborate build full of cool spells and such. But I spotted this sign at my first stop, and felt it was trying to tell me something.....GO CRAZY!!!! So I did....and I picked up the sign for my daughter and I to enjoy. ;)
As you can see the machine does work! If you watch closely, you'll notice the kids don't actually know how to play a real pinball machine! I'm gonna have to get that sorted. :P
It was a royal pain to get it up and running, and I'm afraid I wasted way too much time getting it to do so. I'm not well versed on Technic and mechanical builds, which is a shame because I really wanted to make it fully automated with my NXT.....maybe a project for the future. ;)
I want to thank Tom for being a fantastic sport and lobbying for me to be allowed to get this sorted....I'm STILL having major internet issues and the video stalled uploading over a dozen times with my phone! I'm so angry with my internet, phone company, and MOCpages (the hosting part), that I see some serious changes for me coming up in the future.
I'd also like to thank the judges for allowing me to continue with this post and hosting the MOC Olympics....it's a real pain to deal with so many personalities for so long!
Oh man, I just read your comments in our forum and realised I had never come and congratulated you on here for the victory! Sorry brother, I must have still had my undergarments in a bunch after losing my semi-final. Belatedly, but with great vigour, let me congratulate you on an excellent build, a brilliant take on the category and a consistancy throughout the whole competition that stood you in great stead, despite some moaning and whining from some of your opponents and their chums (Hey, I know what that feels like! Bikini clowns anyone?). Go VLUG!
Hi Heath! Congratulations on a deserved win! (deserved?? :D) The second place is not the worst place to be! I think we both put the blend of Lego and family/couple life to its limit, and I hope your win helped your wife bear the "excesses" you made! (a cathedral... Seriously man?) I've never been a lot into the so called "social networks", I have a lot of "real life friends"... So it was a real pleasure to meet interesting and fun people here, and a really cool thing to face you in the finals! Enjoy your prize (already received mine!) and happy new year! Or happy hangover :) See you soon man! --Tom--
Both entries were amazing! Both worthy of MocOlympics champion without a doubt! In the end, both builds were juuust about even but then your functionality really tipped the scales. Let me be the first to say, congrats to this year's MocOlympics Champion! Nice one Heath! You really earned this one! ~ Chris.
Heath, Congrats on making it to the finals. This has to be one of the best outside the box take on a category I've ever seen in the MOCo's. I'm really impressed by your imagination. Best of luck with the judges.
First things first... My vote goes to your opponent.
It was a close call, again I voted against the more functional entry, your opponent was just too good, the way he integrated a whole story into a single diorama is amazing. Still, I love your take on this round, good luck!
Btw, nice use of the QAR skull stickers.
Boy was this a tough final round to judge! And it was, no doubt, far tougher to build for. These kind of endurance contests get really straining by the end, but you both dug your spurs into your horses and delivered some fantastic entries. Heath, your functionality was a real bonus, and you executed a pretty failsafe combination of solid architecture, emotive characters, creative interpretation, and playability. Tom's build matched this with an equally failsafe combination of interior and exterior architecture, Stormbringeresque creatures, a jolly story, forced perspective, awesome stalactites, and some nice impressionist landscaping. In the end, it came down to the "cleanness" of your builds, and Tom's build is just a bit more compositionally clean and solid. In light of that, Tom earned my vote. I can see this going in both directions, so good luck with the remaining judges!
coming back, to watch the video, I truely think this means you have a great edge over your opponent! the functions are excellent, and the fascinated faces of happy childeren shall surely be a winner for you!
"Pinball Wizard," good one my friend. I can't even begin to say how many downloading SNAFU's I've had around here so I'll just say, I feel your pain. More mportantly though, two things. First, simply amazing build to create a working pinball machine. I don't know how you come up with this stuff! Second, your kids are absolutely adorable (my dear sweet mother said so, so it has to be true)! We both have one question. How can you possiblly afford those three, a Playstation and a Lego addiction? At least it's finally over!
What a fantastic idea & build! Having never met you, you remind me of a former co-worker that had 4 kids. He was a very talented photographer, quite a tinkerer and suffered from ADD. Thus, he would often get side tracked on all these elaborate projects- many involving his kids, but some of them were some real gems, like this one.
Saw your comment in the MOs thread and came back to watch the video. That put a real smile on my face, how dear! The functions are awesome, but the expressions of fascination on your kids faces just make it all the more a winner. I want one now! Nice Santa hat too. ;)
I was torn here, both are great entries, both entries are worthy of the final, both entries did well to tackle the category. In the end the functionality of your build won over my vote as it played to my engineering tendencies over your opponents spectacular scenic approach. Whatever the outcome both of you should take a bow for surviving this long and putting on a great clinic of Lego building and competitive spirit! Bravo to you both! Good luck with the rest of the judges!
I forgot to add the table itself has three layers....A bottom layer which houses the flipper mechanics, a middle layer which is the ball return, and the top layer which is the playable surface. There are a few traps found on the table, and a lever you can flip down to prevent you from falling down the side ramp.
If it ends up that you're not eligible, that's a real shame, though you have certainly blown everyone away with your performances thus far. Whatever the outcome, this is a fantastically imagined, designed, and created MOC. Well done.
Heath, despite your ruthless pirate tactics, you've created some fantastic entries this year and this one's no exception. A pity that the group closed before you could add this, though perhaps you'll be lucky enough to have this be eligible anyway. If not, bummer, but still a MOC worthy of the final round. You really played to your strengths with that castle section, and it looks awesome. The pinball section is brilliant, and I like your take on the category, the wizards are quite cool. Great work, and happy holidays!
right now, I'm so jealeous I didn't come up with this before. It's killer creative, tongue in cheek, thought out of the box and fantastically apropriate. I love it! Please do remind me to build one next year.
As a Mod here, I can appreciate the frustrations involved with loading issues. They're unfortunately, a constant plague! But on to the important stuff...GREAT work, Heath! The concept for the category is terrific and the execution is top notch. I love the stylized castle and wizards, in particular. Killer job! On a personal note, I also wanted to say thank you for the Christmas card. Here's wishing you, your wife, and the rugmunchers a great Christmas, amigo!
As Halhi said, the date on the page suggests you did it in time - and built something to give the judges a tricky time to decide. Good luck and Merry Christmas Heath! Daft Punk rules. I listen to it all the time, eating snails and driving my Citroen...
excellent take on the entry! Coincidentally, I myself also had a problem with lousy internet, and found myself facing elimination - I hope they take pity on you, and let your entry stand. Best of luck!
Very creative Heath! I like your wizard designs. This will be a close one. Good luck! By my clock, it was still 11:56pm when you posted. As this is an incredible build and you're one of the finalists, I doubt they'll hold a technical 4mins against you. The up-loader is to be blamed. Here's hoping!