CATEGORY: Under the sea: Whether its fish submarines or underwater landscapes; build us something that is under the sea. (Someone please build a Kraken!)
So I've had a pretty hectic past few weeks, so I opted to build something a little more colorful and "happy" than I usually do! :P So please enjoy "Taking a Risk on the Reef!"
Two scuba divers were enjoying a quaint summer afternoon in the grand company of a coral reef when they spotted a little rover diving down from a boat overhead. "Awwww. Look at this cute widdle wover!" - said one diver. "Why don't we stick around for a while and see what it does?" - said the other. What they didn't know was that the boat overhead was a shark research vessel and the rover was sent down to capture footage of a feeding frenzy the researcher was trying to stage by putting chum in the water! Will the naive divers sense the oncoming danger in time or will they face a fishy death!?!? YOU CONTROL THE ACTION!!!
Even though it isn't such a big creation, I did put a lot of detail and thought into it. Note that even the rockwork and base are deceptively complex. And just for fun, see if you can spot these pieces in the build:
> Beorn's Head
> LEGO Pen Grips
> Knight Helmet Visors
> Triceratops Head
> Leonida's Head Mold
> Kamo Gear
> Microfigs (hardest one)
"Awwww. Cute widdle wover!"
Welcome to another exciting episode of... "Living Things That Barely Move." Today we visit a coral reef!
Wow! Look at this array of enormous sponges on the left! Sponges are neither plant nor coral, but are actually brainless animals! Wow wow WOW! And on the right we see a prime specimen of a brain coral! Brain coral are very sturdy and can withstand violent storms other kinds of coral cannot.
Oooh. This is a fan coral. Fan corals are of the order Gorgonacea, named after the Greek Gorgon ( a snake-like creature). Uh-oh. It looks like this one isn't doing too well. A coral's color actually comes from algae which form a symbiotic relationship with it. If a coral is sick and stressed, it will eject the algae. That's why this one is white. Let's hope it gets better!
Here is one of the most amazing (yet very small) sights you will ever see in a coral reef. These are jellyfish polyps. To learn more, go HERE and read the "life cycles" section. Seriously. It's pretty cool.
That's all for this week of "Living Things That Barely Move." Join us again next week when we visit the common couch potato!
"I'm sure it's safe to put this chum in the water and start my research. It's not like there are divers in the water or anything....
Yes Simon, it IS a laser shark.
Thanks for looking! So did you find all those pieces?
See now... THAT'S what we're lookin' for! Score of 5 ~ Chris.
I like it
March 5, 2014
Wow! That's amazing! I just made a little MOC with the same water idea, only it wasn't sideways just built the clear plates on top of each other! Great work! This is my favorite build from the MOCAthalon so far!
Haha, the piece usage is so good it is amusing. However, having been diving many times in my life, generally I can't say this is realistic. Also, the colors do not exactly aesthetically come to together, in my opinion. Hence, I was going to give you a point lower. Then I saw where you were going for the comic look -which you have captured exquisitely. The boat and the hull under water is splendid as well. On top of that you provided me with "I Spy" some incredible piece usage entertainment. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with this month. Score: 5
This build proves that masterful creations don't have to be built on a large scale! You've managed to pack so much great detail and NPU into a clean and compact space, and it really pays off on the presentation! Fun stuff!
This is quite amazing! I like everything about it, and I can see this will be hard to beat, as I chose this category as well. I do have something up my sleeve, however. Anyways, Congrats, and good luck with the other judges! :D
Wow… That's really awesome. WAIT! You use PEN GRIPS?? You mean like, you take the grips off the LEGO brand pens and use them in creations? Never heard of that one. I don't exactly think that's fair, seeing that they're not actual LEGO elements. Whatever. Nice build! :D
Come on Elliott, I really expect better from you. It only took me a minute to find all the "hidden" pieces. ;) Terrific work here, this is a really unique and dynamic build dissimilar to anything I've seen before. The water adds a lot of action to the design, and I'm amazed that it stays up with so little visible support. Your boat is meticulously well constructed, as are all your technology MOCs, and it really screams research vessel. Though the operator screams surfer... Or maybe George Marshall. Jigsaw's going to do very well with you on the team, best of luck with the judges.