We are stardust... we are golden... we are ten billion year old carbon... and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden
About this creation
It is a time-honored tradition for many Insectoids to go backpacking across Cyndir Fis after graduation. The renowned Glowing Gardens are but one of many sights the young Insectoids put on their "must visit" list.
A good while ago I had an idea for a project called Alien Safari, which was to be a series of dioramas following a tour group around to a bunch of weird landscapes. Although that was abandoned, it must have been lurking around in my head ever since then, surfacing and taking over fairly early in this build.
Initially, this was going to be... you know, I hesitate in even bringing it up. The idea that exploded into my brain was so unbelievably cool, that to tell you about it, the MOC that actually got built would seem like a lackluster copout in comparison.
"I say we go see the Jangol Spice Geysers next. It's just a few days that way."
"No, we'll hit them on our way back. I want to see the Dancing Stones of Xhumir -- that way."
"Aren't you two forgetting the most important thing? We're running low on Dreamfruit!"
A nice looking pathway, I think. Unfortunately it's more trouble than it's worth trying to balance a minifig on it so he won't fall over. The round sides of cylinders are not friends to their flat feet.
The path is recycled from an abandoned project... well, not abandoned so much as re-imagined and started over from scratch. I was in the middle of that one when Keith Goldman posted Hebi Metaru. In it he had used a number of construction techniques and motifs that were uncannily similar to what I was trying to do in my WIP -- only bigger and better.
How could I go on? If carried through to completion along its (then current) thematic line, it would have been totally different than Hebi Metaru in tone and feel... and yet eerily similar. It would have felt like a pale reflection, even if I was the only one who made the connection.
I'd hit a bad case of builder's block with it anyway, so down it came. There was one element in it that I really liked, a pathway made of horizontal 1x1 cylinders. It didn't take too long for it to resurface here.
The last element to be built in this MOC was the tower. This is version 2. The first one I tried didn't fit in at all with the surroundings. However, it did yield a nice-looking wall technique that I think I will adapt for the re-imagined WIP I've been talking about. Life is a wheel.
Two elderly UFOliens come stumping along on their Walkabouts. Though the paths through the Glowing Gardens are flat and smooth, many sights in Cyndir Fis are simply not accessible with wheeled Personal Mobility Devices. The Skunk Works has solved this problem with the new Walkabout. Yes, we beat the LIU to a niche market!
"Look, more of those stupid Insectoid brats, always blocking the road!"
"Loitering vagrants... Why can't they stay in their own country?"
"Out of the way, you larvae!"
"Hey! We're fully fledged imagos, old woman... thing... whatever."
"Oh, buzz off."
"Why don't you go mutilate a cow or something?"
"What was that, grub?"
Okay, here's the truth of the original plan for this: I was struck by a vision of glowing trans-red, -green, and -blue pools. The whole thing is built on a bunch of clear 16x16 baseplates so that I could LIGHT IT FROM UNDERNEATH! Yes! How great would that be?
Oh, the grand vision didn't stop there. I was going to go all mechanical engineer on your ass and put the whole thing on a motorized rotating platform, and have little light bulbs of different colors or intensities, so that the light emanating from the pools would shift and change as they passed over the different bulbs. Oh yeah.
Then reality set in. Not that the plan was beyond my technical capabilities -- I'm sure I could eventually manage such a thing, although practical functionality is not exactly my Lego forte -- but that it seemed like an awful lot of work for little reward.
For one, I hadn't planned on packing the thing with as many trans-neon bits as I ended up doing. It's bright and garish enough as it is. For another, most of my long technic bricks that I'd need for the support structure are tied up in another MOC right now... I had to build a pretty large base to contain the entirety of a newly expanded Shannonia, which will be hitting the web here in a week or two.
If I planned on taking this to a BrickCon where lots of people would see it in person, yes, definitely I'd go the extra mile and do the lights and motors and stuff. But since the audience will be viewing this one via internet, it's just not worth it. I'd have to post some terrible Youtube footage of it in action or something. That's just depressing.
"Look there! Isn't that dreamfruit?"
"I don't think so..."
"It sure looks like it to me. I'm going to pick some."
"Careful! What if it's poisonous?"
After I built this I wasn't sure what characters were going to go in it. I had thought maybe the Space Ninjas... but really, I packed so many weird plants and things in here that there wasn't much room left for them to stand in, and the path is hard to pose someone on unless they're in a Walkabout.
That also would have meant part 4 following way too quickly on the heels of part 3. No, I need to portion them out in measured doses, otherwise you'd start expecting them all the time. I think I'm spoiling you all too much as it is. It's enough that you're getting more Shannonia this month.
"Oh no, look over there... humans!"
"Goddess damn, this is horrible!"
"Yep, they destroy everything they touch."
"If humans have discovered the Glowing Gardens, you know what that means -- before too long this place will be a ravaged, polluted wasteland. They're worse than a plague of locusts."
"Hey, my mother's half locust!"
"Oh right, sorry!"
"Nice place, I guess... could really use a Starbucks though."
"Hey, you bug people! Do you know where the nearest McDonalds is?"
"Oh my Goddess... let's kill them right now."
"Why bother? More will come tomorrow, and the day after that... Just be glad you saw the sights of Cyndir Fis before they ruined it."
"Yeah... let's get out of here."
This should be the scene for the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" music video (U know, their song about LSD?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!) but instead of the plain guy that looks slightly like my neighbor, Jeff,(which is slightly really strangely awkward) you put the Beatles there instead.
Gah! The trans brick... iyness. 'Ya know, this inspired me so much I made my own 'Litlle Trans Garden'. But.... MINE HAS A WATERFALL! But not as much detail. The path is fantastic, the walker is brilliant, the bridge is great, the plants are... Um... Eh.... good? Sorry, I was running out of compliments. Anyways, expect to see my 'Little Trans Garden' up soon - Callum
Okay,found my words:Coolness here Youngy,the tower is my favorite part,I love the texture!(Did that come out wrong? Too Bad)I also like the whole "crystal" feel to,It really reminds me of something from another planet.But enough with the sappy,quit messin' with half locust M*M!The word M*M triggers moderation.Oh yeah,I almost forgot to mention,I have posted a diorama and I thought you might want to view it.Enough rambling,I'm getting sick~Roberta
BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT... Did I mention that it's brilliant, and I'm not just talking about the color. I did have to actually go down the block and use binoculars while viewing to avoid permanent retinal damage but hey, it was well worth it! One thing did stand out that made my heart beat faster and get my palms all sweaty... New Shannonia... is there a bigger word for anticipation? ~ Chris.
Wow. There is way too much to mention, so pretend that I complemented the rest. I love the white trees, very well built, the snake bushes, the path, the walkers, the tower, and the SNOTy pools. Great job, and I can not wait to see Shannonia.
Yeah, I'm with Garth - just too many cool things to mention them all. Favs might be the pools (love the lighted pool concept, too!), the path and bridge (makes me want to build a japanese garden), and the fact that another Shannonia is on the horizon (cause I just can't get enough grills!) BTW, if you just provide enough dreamfruit to any incoming humans, they'll be too stoned to do anything "productive."
"I've never been this close to rubbing my eyes in disbelief-oh, what the heck: whoa, whoa." This is in the 'so good I feel depressed and wanna give up Lego' category. Rotating colours, Shannonia extension, black snake plants. Wow. Also, do you realise in your commentry you stuck to describing the actual MOC? No Starblazers?
This moc hurts my eyes. No, it's not the bright colors, it's the fact that I couldn't stop my eyes from darting from place to place. There is a ton of cool things to look at in this moc, and many techniques that appear to be original. I learned a lot looking at this thing and got a great laugh. Nice Job.