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Plague busting competition 3: Let's create some magic!

snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
edited July 3 in Building and Techniques
My turn to host another building competition. Some of you might know I'm a big Harry Potter fan and had been looking forward to the newest wave. The magic of those kind of stories just bring a smile and a light in my life. So what better challenge than to make something magical.

I would like you to create a scene that is truly out of the ordinary. It could be to do with Charlie & the chocolate factory, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Nevermoor,... But equally your own wizard or magician story that you made up just for this competition. Or a flying car for those that prefer machines. Just bring us some kind of magic.

I'll build something myself as well, but regretably not had a chance before I launched even though I had the plan for a while. Life has just been crazy... But I think that's for most people at the moment!

So without further ado, unto the rules:
  • Only new builds, so make something special for this competion.
  • It could be as small as you like, but I would put a limit of a 32x32 baseplate as the maximum footprint. If branches or turrets stick out beyond that, that's fine, it's just to have some sort of limit.
  • Maximum 2 pictures per entry, although feel free to link to more off-site. Story-telling is allowed next to the picture too.
  • Feel free to enter multiple times, or if your kids want to take part, feel free to take pictures of their build and enter them as well.
  • We will have this competition run for the whole summer, so until the end of august, so that should give everyone time and chance to have time to enter and delight us.
Don't worry if you are a beginner or if you have a lot of MOC's under your belt, all levels of building are allowed, this is just to have fun, although a little surprise will be send to the winner!

“A little magic can take you a long way.”- Roald Dahl



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Comments

  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,523
    Excellent theme. This will be fun.
    Mr_CrossSeijiAmasawaKungFuKennysnowhitieBumblepants
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    Ooooh.(The Claw. It moves.)
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    The problem I see is Lego does not have a lot of pieces to show "magical effects" aside from the blue flame piece. I wish they had a lightning bolt piece. I mean yeah, there's plenty of creative room but it would be cool see "magical energy" in builds like with a wizard duel for example.

    I am going the techno-magic route with my own characters (not for this specifically but unreleased creations), but be prepared for a long winded explanation/backstory, and I'll see what I can portray with a duel between a wizard and a monster. Some day I'll get around to making actual stories in this universe.
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,489
    there are a bunch of lightning bolt pieces as well as well as all the extra in super heroes sets
    560HeliportMr_CrossCyberdragonsnowhitie
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    edited July 6
    Fauch said:
    there are a bunch of lightning bolt pieces as well as well as all the extra in super heroes sets
    I didn't know that, will definately use them. My extent of part knowlege outside of sets I know is what exists in Stud.io (which hopefully has those now as that's what I'll be using).
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,489
    They can be hard to find though, there is a piece that came in several nexo knight sets but is kinda rare otherwise, or one that I've gotten for garmadon's staff in a ninjago set from 2011. I think bionicles or something like that have some big lightning pieces.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    edited July 7
    Well, Stud.io (2.0) has lightning pieces now, but it doesn't have Enderman legs, 6101874 (AFAIK). I'll have to improvise.
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 619
    This piece has been in quite a few sets: https://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6168590
    Mr_Cross
  • mafonmafon TushinoMember Posts: 68
    Ok, maybe it's time to rustle the bricks. I got so intimidated by them lately.
    Salamalex
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    This piece has been in quite a few sets: https://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6168590
    Yes, I noted that Stud.io has that now, however, it seems to have a lot of color issues now, for example it has the large technic lightning piece but only shows it in pearl gold (which is wrong, it comes in translucent colors in Nexo Knights). There are also parts which have no color data, including ones that did before in the old Stud.io. Really annoying, but a rant for another thread.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,971
    It is definitely not too big! Building LEGO=happiness; building bigger=more happiness; therefore bigger=better!
    KungFuKenny
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,321
    There can be only one!

    LOVE IT!
    TheOriginalSimonBKungFuKenny
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    @TheOriginalSimonB definitely counts! Every kind of magic is allowed.
    TheOriginalSimonBpanchox1KungFuKenny
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,321
    Lovely stuff.
    KungFuKenny
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    The problem I see is Lego does not have a lot of pieces to show "magical effects" aside from the blue flame piece. I wish they had a lightning bolt piece. I mean yeah, there's plenty of creative room but it would be cool see "magical energy" in builds like with a wizard duel for example.

    I am going the techno-magic route with my own characters (not for this specifically but unreleased creations), but be prepared for a long winded explanation/backstory, and I'll see what I can portray with a duel between a wizard and a monster. Some day I'll get around to making actual stories in this universe.
    There is also this which is useful for magic effects from the hand if you want to pose the direction, although it is missing from stud.io as well.

    KungFuKenny
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    edited August 5
    Loving the builds so far and look forward to see what others come up with this month. And feel free to show anything, no matter how small or big!
    KungFuKennypanchox1
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    Mine has a whole story in development but I'll try to keep it as short as possible to prevent a text wall.

    Welcome to the techno-magic world of Charles Maxwell, a light wizard who started out lighting the last of the gas streetlights in his town in the Edwardian era until he lost his job to full electrification. He studied to be and electrician and was about to apply for a job when he found an old Arabic book in his father's archaeological artifacts. He had it translated and found it to be a book on creating magic candles and oil lamps. After many experiments he found he could create many different magical light sources with different applications emitting an inter-dimensional energy he calls Z-rays. The public and patent office thought of him as a crazy charlatan, despite his impressive displays of power. He even worked in secret with Tesla, who after already suffering his own failures in the past (Wardenclyff), backed out of the partnership when Charles started taking things way too far. Rightly so too, as he had a serious mishap when his Resonant Moontower he was trying to control the weather with malfunctioned and summoned an intelligent inter-dimensional entity known as a Light Beast or Light Wraith. A supernatural cybernetic creature with a mostly organic body and limbs but a magical electric lamp for a head (capable of incinerating things), and a generator with circuits and wiring in his body. Charles escaped, but a massive cover-up led most to believe he was dead.

    NOTE: The brick-built Light Beast body appears more mechanical than it's supposed to be. Also, yes, I exceeded the size limit, but I was already too far in to change it when I remembered and would have had to cut a lot out to fix it. 

    KungFuKennyMr_CrossBumblepantssnowhitieTheOriginalSimonBSwitchfoot55Jackad7Cymbeline
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Some great entries. Couple more days for entries, unless someone gives me a shout they want a week extension or so :)
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 502
    Only 4 entries? Should there be an extension?
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    If anyone is still planning something, let us know and we could definitely let it run a bit longer, otherwise I'll launch a vote via PM in a couple of days.
    Only 4 entries? Should there be an extension?


  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    I would enter, but I'm not fond of magic themed stuff...
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,420
    I would enter, but I'm not fond of magic themed stuff...
    I don’t think you have to be constrained by that- when you walk into DisneyWorld they say “Have a magical day!”, so maybe go the Mouse route? :-)
    panchox1
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    I would enter, but I'm not fond of magic themed stuff...

    Any kind of magic is allowed! Disney kind, loving kind, musical kind, ... whatever makes your day magical

    panchox1560HeliportCymbelineMr_Cross
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    OK, then I'll cook up something!
    panchox1560Heliport
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    edited September 2

    Anybody who follows me online knows I love trains, and, though, they aren't MAGICAL necessarily,  I think they're amazing. And, if you've followed me for a long time, then you know I dream of being a LEGO set designer, especially on trains, and Disney. This is a small, microscale version of a certain project of mine,  which, if I had my way, I'd have LEGO release as a GWP when someone buys the set. One can dream...Bonus if you can spot what element I'm adding to the project, yet haven't announced....(It's not the tunnel... Go look at the project, and see what's missing...) (Yes, it's a render, but I don't have access to my physical parts, currently.) https://ideas.lego.com/projects/8b153541-1956-42b7-bfec-a8f31755bc7e
    560HeliportKungFuKennypanchox1Switchfoot55snowhitieMynattTheOriginalSimonB
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 482
    Ok. I wanna play. Threw this together tonight

    Neville meets the Bogart!



    560HeliportMr_CrossKungFuKennysnowhitieMynattTheOriginalSimonB
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Seeing as there are some more entries, let's keep this going till the end of the month. More than one entry allowed too :)
    KungFuKennyMr_CrossModeltrainmanJ0rgen
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Thanks for the magical entries! Let's open the voting.  Please PM me your favourite entry before the 5th and then I'll announce the winner.

    If anyone wants to launch another challenge, feel free!
    KungFuKennyMr_CrossTheOriginalSimonB
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Just to clarify, vote is open to everyone, also those who didn't put an entry in.
    Mr_Cross
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Votes have closed, come back tomorrow to see who's won it :)
    Mr_Cross
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    edited October 6
    So it is the moment of truth, before I reveal the popular vote, here's what I thought.

    @Casper_vd_Korf Astronomy tower. You gave yourself an extra challenge by only using pieces of one set. Very impressed with the result, looks like it's supposed to look and definilty magical! I don't think it is too big either :)

    @TheOriginalSimonB with his own kind of magic!A lovely twist on the theme and being a big Queen fan, one I could appreciate. I like how you've managed to make a one-dimensional figure look like a three dimonsional one, if you see what I mean :)

    @KungFuKenny Amazing! I love it all, the front, the inside, the mess in there, the angle of the shop. Great job.
    @Cyberdragon who is totally forgiven for exceeding the size limit :) Love that you created your own backstory and went for a sort of steam-punk magic theme.There's a lot of detail on the insde, I'm sure a ton of experiments could go on in there! The bolts coming of the tower bring the model to life.
    @Modeltrainman who went for a model train magical Casey Junior express. I'm always impressed when a micro-scale build is instantly recognisable and you definitly achieved that :)

    @panchox1 Neville meets the boggart in this scene, it's maybe more of a MOD than a MOC since there are a lot of elements from the original sets there, but on the other hand, it would perfectly fit in with the existing Hogwarts castle so bonus point for that!

    I enjoyed seeing all the models, but there can be only one winner... And you have been PM'ing me your votes with first place going to....

    Mr Texas, @KungFuKenny congratulations! Please PM your address and I'll send you a little something!

    Thanks for playing all, keep the magic alive!

    560HeliportTheOriginalSimonBMr_CrossKungFuKennyCymbelinestluxCyberdragon
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,523
    Congrats to @KungFuKenny
    Mr_Cross
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,321
    Congratulations to everyone for excellent work and to @KungFuKenny for the win too. Well done, very entertaining!
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,420
    As always the builds were amazing- what an honor to be picked!  Thanks again to @snowhitie for hosting!
    Mr_CrossSwitchfoot55
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    @snowhitie, thank you! I guess my microscale skills are improving! @KungFuKenny, congrats on winning!
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