As scorekeeper/ 6th judge/ kitten-herder, I have watched with great interest and excitement as the builds appeared throughout the MOCAthalon. Unfortunately, a combination of my real life duties (being a working dad) and totalling the scores has kept me from commenting on builds for the most part, so while we wait on scores rolling in I wanted to take the chance to highlight a few other elements of the contest rather than the big reveal. I feel that these are worthy of praise and/ or note, and in one or two cases, maybe a bit of smack too ;)
Please note, anything I post up here is for amusement and information only – there are no prizes for any of the rankings or stats apart from bragging rights– but everyone likes facts and figures don’t they? They don’t affect the final scores but may start to suggest who will be in the running when all the scores are in – a form guide if you will. If I miss something, let me know here and I will update accordingly. I am after all only (vaguely) human…..
I would really like to thank everyone for their efforts and time. This is a gruelling contest if you are in it to win it and I can appreciate the endeavour to churn out builds over a whole 30 days with no prep or idea of the categories until it begins. So based on that, let’s first have a look at who stepped up and put the body of work in….. Permalink
1. Five Bricks of Flame: 29
2. Team Jigsaw: 27
3. Brick Runners: 26
4. The Plastic Surgeons: 24
5. Team MOC-Speed: 22
Note, those are ‘official’ builds only. FBOF very nearly did the whole 30 categories but their Serfs up! Build by JOG Josh O (Note to TFOLs/ KFOLs with strange punctuation and parentheses and so in in your screen names – Life’s too short so I’ll just write your names thanks.) was posted on the 31st of March. Likewise MOC-Speed posted 25 builds but 3 didn’t count. Read the rules folks! We can’t say it often enough!
Still, big congratulations to the members of Five Bricks of Flame – everybody contributed and you came very close to the clean sweep. Great effort. Permalink
Joint 1st. Lego Junkie / T.J. Pownell : 9
Joint 3rd. Nathan Pownell / Dodge : 8
Joint 5th. Brian Rinker / Legomania / David Alexander Smith / Kevin Moyer / Alex Rode : 7
No surprises that three members of our most prolific team are also amongst the most prolific individuals. That is the general trend here: Only Team MOC-Speed from our 5 most prolific teams is not represented here by an individual, but they seemed to have a good division of labour and two builders contributed 6 each.
Applause set to maximum for Lego Junkie and T.J. Pownell though, with 9 builds each that is one every three days and eight hours! Did you people bother with sleep? I commend your efforts.
What is also remarkable is that several of these very prolific builders have posted excellent scores on those builds, with at least 4 of the above individuals already receiving perfect scores of 25 on some builds and the potential for more as the final scores come in! Quick and good - watch out for some of these names to be amongst the running for highest scoring player. Permalink
Thanks for those, Stu! I was really pleased with our team's (Five Bricks) performance, and it's nice to be recognized. Also, thank you very much for taking on the daunting task of score-keeping. Not an easy job. I appreciate your hard work! Permalink
Quoting Greyson Beights
I love reading little fun facts like these!
Here, I would like to commend you on being scorekeeper. Even after Chris' horrible marketing, you stepped up and volunteered to do the hard job. Again, a big thanks for doing the game's most difficult job! :)
What? You mean things like:
"Having to go through every...single...entry over and over again, waiting for everyone else to score it. Keeping track of each team's entries, who entered what, what score they got on each moc. In short, it's a thankless job that's REALLY hard."
...Yeah looking back... I didn't sell it very well did I?
Stu, you stepped up and busted your (bleep) on this man! You surely had THE hardest job of any of the judges and you went ahead and took it even FURTHER with these fun facts!
Thank you for the recognition! We worked very hard to finish the most creations, and I am happy to be mentioned with the likes of Lego Junkie. I feel like our team overcame certain obstacles, such as not having an AFOL. Thanks again and Go Five Bricks o' Flame! Permalink
OK, next I would like to have a little look at category choices. I’m particularly interested to get some feedback on the categories we put forward this year from you guys and girls but first let’s see which you chose to build for and which were less popular. Or to put it another way, how you voted with your hands….
Please note, these are ‘official’ entries only, of which a total of 287 were submitted this year by the 23 teams who posted to the group. Every category got entries.
Categories: Most builds
1st - Small story tower : 16 entries
Joint 3rd - Pair Dare / Alien life: 15 entries each.
Joint 4th – Bookends / Forced Perspective: 14 entries each
Joint 6th – Rube Goldberg / Under the sea / Future Tech time : 12 entries each
So, I suspect small story tower is popular for a number of reasons. The size restrictions suit most collections and reward creativity and ingenuity - somewhat of a leveller for the playing field. It also means it wouldn’t be a long, time-consuming build and so will have been popular with those looking to get as many entries in as possible. The open, un-themed nature of it means that people can build something which suits their taste and collection – same applies with forced perspective, bookends and pair dare. Offering a more open category seems to bring in the entries, which has got to be important if people are less enthusiastic about other categories.
Joint 1st: You’re busted! / The Chronicles of Narnia / MOCs of future past : 5 entries each
Joint 4th : MC Escher / Sport of the future / How to train your dragon : 6 entries each
Joint 7th : Cosplay Rule 63 / Go for gold / How it should have ended : 7 entries each
The much-bemoaned ‘You’re busted’ did indeed get little love. It was a big ask to produce a life-size bust, both in time and bricks, and it appears many teams left it alone. Perhaps they decided that their precious time could be better spent elsewhere for just as many points.
I feel The Chronicles of Narnia and MOCs of future past perhaps both lost out by having a much narrower focus – if you are not already a fan of those films/ books then you are less likely to choose them and have to research them and so on.
I was a little disappointed to see two of my categories down at this end of the scale – Cosplay rule 63 and Sport of the Future. I hoped both were open enough to attract more interest but apparently you lot are more likely to build a Rube Goldberg machine! Suckers for punishment…
My other categories were Monochrome build (11), Civilian Mecha (11) and Reverse a historical moment (8). I would be pleased to hear what you may have thought of those too and the categories in general. We (the judges) attempted to get a mixture of 'themed' categories (e.g. MC Escher, Narnia, etc.), imaginative categories (how it should have ended, alien life, the dog ate my homework, etc) and technical challenges (monochrome build, pair dare, forced perspective, rube goldberg, etc) to try and test building skills and appeal to different tastes, skill levels and collections. How do you think we did? Permalink
Quite well. The categories were varied enough that the teams could divide them up so that everyone got categories to suit their interests and collections. For instance, I immediately jumped on the Escher, since I have been a fan of his work for a long time. However, I know nothing whatsoever about X-men or Frank Lloyd Wright. The categories were very stimulating and forced me to push my limits. Permalink
I quite enjoyed all of the categories, and had many fabulous ideas for most of them.
I found that "It's A Bust" and "Pair Dare" were probably my favorite categories this year. And while I agree that they are daunting, I think many of the more memorable builds came from those categories. They really challenge you to step up your game and try something different.
I also felt the same way about the Frank Lloyd Wright and M.C. Escher categories, they really made you think about what you were doing because you had to fit it to an already established design.
So for me, I think I really did get the most out of the "technical" side of the build categories.
Also, you can never go wrong with a little Forced Perspective, although I'm biased in that regard and will always have a soft spot in my heart for FP ;)
I will admit though, I had the most fun of the contest building Cosplay Rule 63. I've always been interested (probably not the best thing to admit...) in the "Anime Doll" style builds, and this category was the perfect opportunity to try a whole new style of building. Plus, taking the already dreamy Inigo Montoya and turning him into a girl was... fun :)
One critique I have for the categories is that after finishing, I feel like the "Everything is Awesome" category could have benefited from a bit more guidelines, such as building in a particular theme or style, or having to incorporate a particular idea from the movie into the build. Essentially, if the focus was narrowed just a bit more it would have been perfect in my mind :) Permalink
Every category was unique and challenging. I wouldn't say that the least attempted ones were failures by any stretch. Some of them were worthy of more attention than say the Small Story Tower. Also, in that regard, making something that requires less attention more interesting and worth a five is a challenge in itself.
There was enough diversity to cover all styles and flavors. I think the only alteration might be a more generalized Movie or Literature or Comic Book/Graphic Novel Category rather than specifically X-men or Narnia. The Everything is Awesome category was daunting but there was a nice loophole that could be exploited with photography technique. Might make it a specific size to accommodate some true sadism. ;)
Other than that, all the categories and interpretations thereof were quite interesting. Permalink
I pretty much regretted choosing X-men the day after I chose it. I researched and researched, but there must be a LOT of protection opn that series because I could only find stills of a handful of scenes. Maybe I just stink at researching this stuff. :P
I thought I had it, but all I could EVER find was news on was Days of Future Past. I saw one of the films a couple years ago... That didn't help much. XD Permalink
Quoting Greyson Beights
I thought everybody knew about and loved Narnia... Thanks for the disappointment, people.
Don't be disappointed. Personally, I read the books over thirty years ago (Ouch, that one stung.) I was rather displeased with the movies to be honest. But then, I thought The Magician's Nephew was the best in the series if that give you an insight to my train of thought. It's more of a cerebral topic with very religious overviews (not necessarily Christian.) Venturing forth into that is quite the commitment. Doing it justice is even greater. Perhaps a C. S. Lewis category might be an option. Perelandra, Mere Christianity, or better still, The Screwtape Letters might give builders a wider option. Narnia calls for them to have primarily seen the movies (Sorry Greyson, I don't think anyone reads anymore.) and they're not that great in comparison to the books IMO. Limited visually speaking. Permalink
Quoting matt rowntRee
Don't be disappointed. Personally, I read the books over thirty years ago (Ouch, that one stung.) I was rather displeased with the movies to be honest. But then, I thought The Magician's Nephew was the best in the series if that give you an insight to my train of thought. It's more of a cerebral topic with very religious overviews (not necessarily Christian.) Venturing forth into that is quite the commitment. Doing it justice is even greater. Perhaps a C. S. Lewis category might be an option. Perelandra, Mere Christianity, or better still, The Screwtape Letters might give builders a wider option. Narnia calls for them to have primarily seen the movies (Sorry Greyson, I don't think anyone reads anymore.) and they're not that great in comparison to the books IMO. Limited visually speaking.
I read some of the books, and I REALLY wanted that category....but I didn't get...we chose our category's fair, and that's just what happens....I probably would have built eustace as a dragon....or maybe a scene from book 2, "The Horse and His boy" . I really enjoyed that one. Permalink
I was pretty happy with the categories. You guys did a great job at keeping them diverse and challenging. However, I do think that their were too many "futuristic" categories, but that might be because I'm personally not a big fan of futuristic builds.
I also think that larger categories, like "Your Busted!" are less popular due to the challenge of this contest, time and bricks required, etc.
Other than that, the categories were fantastic and I'm disappointed that I didn't have time to build more of them. Thank you!
Greyson, I loved the Narnia category! Unfortunately, I didn't get that one at first. I would be great to have a medieval themed category like Narnia or LotR every year! Permalink
I was extremely happy with the categories. Actually, I think that that might of even hurt me more than it helped me, because since there was so many great ones to choose from I kept bouncing around trying all of them, but getting nothing done. :)
My favorite category was by far "Forced Perspective", which I had a lot of fun building for, and even though it didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped (does it ever), I still really like it. Permalink
Thanks for another wonderful update Stu! I can't imagine what your excel spreadsheet must look like...
In my personal opinion, I thought that the categories this year were well chosen. there was a good variety of technical categories, mixed in with specific topics and open ended ones. In fact, it was often difficult for me to choose what category I wanted to build in, because I wanted to try my hand at many more than I would be able to finish in a month :D
If there's any constructive criticism that I could offer, it would be that I found a few categories to overlap with each other. What immediately comes to mind is back in time and reverse a historical moment. As soon as I saw back in time, I thought that it would be great to have someone change a historical moment - after which I saw there was a separate category for that :P Not that building two historical creations would be a bad thing, but I felt like there should only have been one of those categories.
Overall though, you judges did a fantastic job, both judging, answering our incessant and probably annoying questions and providing us with an excellent contest. Thanks once again for all the hard work!
I look forward to the rest of the stats and figures! Permalink
I'm surprised Monochrome didn't get much love. I really enjoyed that category, and it definitely pushed me way out of my comfort zone. I like discovering what colors work together best, so working with one color wasn't easy. But on top of that, I decided to go with something that would look good in monochrome so to do that I picked a dinosaur skeleton. I'd never made anything organic before that, so I was pushed way out of my comfort zone. But in the end, it turned out quite well IMO.
I'm very pleased with how Team Brick Runners did. We placed top three for most builds and 2 of our members (Brian Rinker and Legomania) tied for 3rd for the most individual builds. Permalink