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2015 MOCathalon Team Plastic Surgeons: Perry Mason
27) Who-done-it! The late Sir Bertram Bartholomew Brick IV last invited several guests to his estate for an evening of cards and champagne. The following morning, he was found dead. Was it the butler?! Show us your take on a classic who-done-it scenario!
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Plastic Surgeons
2015 MOCathalon

Ah, yes. The classic Who-Done-It. A murder mystery of seemingly unsolvable riddles and enigmatic characters to thicken the soup. Always full of twists and turns and more possibilities than a Chinese phone book. o_O

Anyways, I thought about the category a bit and the first thing to pop into my head was the writings of Agatha Christie, Christiana Brand, Arthur Conan Doyle, and even Edgar Allan Poe. Building a Miss Marple or a Sherlock Holmes seemed way too obvious a choice for me as there was another character wiggling about.

That was Perry Mason. Public defender, suave, debonair, clever, and the epitome of 60s style. The show was also the start of the courtroom drama TV format we've all grown sick and tired of today. But back in the late 50s and early 60s (and later revitalized back in the 80s, but we won't speak of those.) this brainchild of lawyer/writer Earl Stanley Gardner brought the incredible drama of the L.A. court scene into the living rooms of Americans across the country.

And now into Mocpages.

Enjoy!





Of course they were in beautiful black and white. I took several shots and actually built according to how the colors looked this way, which is why the color shots are VERY colorful. Please excuse the unedited backgrounds, it's 11:pm. ;)





Another angle perhaps.





Ah the classic scenario being played out. Perry has provided documentation; proof that his client is innocent and in fact Mrs. Dunhill in the witness stand is indeed the killer. Grieving widow? Not this one. Look at her; gotta be guilty.





In fact, in slang legal terms, badgering a witness into crumbling into a confession is called a Mason after Perry used this same tactic WEEKLY to either get the guilty party to confess or to point out the guilty partner trying to run out the back of the courtroom before Lt. Tragg can nab them.





This, of course, raises some questions like: If you're guilty of a crime, why on earth would you take the stand? If you're guilty of a crime, why would you be in the courtroom to begin with? And if you're guilty of a crime, why would you think that you could escape Perry Mason's grilling since he successfully uses it EVERY WEEK?

Baffling.





Of course he needs his law books; tools of the trade. And an ashtray. Hey, it was the 60s, hell, even doctors smoked.





Oh the shame! Oh the guilt! Oh the orange hair! Tonight's special guest: Lucille Ball






Here come da judge.





"Order!" -clack- "I said ORDER!" -clack-





"How will I live this down at the country club?" -sob- "The humility." -sniff- "No more cucumber sandwiches." -waaaaaaaa-





"Maybe I look less guilty in black and white."





"Nope." -waaaaaaaaa-





"Well, at least the public defender isn't hard on the eyes."



Fourth wall: Oh, god! One of my all time favorite shows EVAH!!! And now I get to build it in Lego. I'd like to thank the judges for a superb category and my team for letting me venture this direction with this.

I know it's an unconventional romp and completely out of left field: but, that was my plan. A murder mystery encompasses a lot of genres and one I've always enjoyed has been the courtroom drama. From outstanding movies like Witness for the Prosecution and Twelve Angry Men all the way to shows like Perry Mason, I've been glued. Additionally, the style that this show brought was so definitive for the period: Palette shaped coffee tables, arc lamps, houndstooth jackets (Yeah, I'm looking at you Paul Drake.), and the cars! If any of you reading this gets a chance to watch an episode where there is a car chase, relish the moment as it's tires squeal in the dirt and the shocks are comparable to a marshmallow. Serious, when the actor pulls into shot, they slam on the brakes and the front end dips WAAAAY down and a cloud of smoke follows as if they've reined in their horse. Glorious.

As far as the build goes, the wifey was smiling so that tells me something. I was too, especially when I set Mrs. Dunhill in the chair. I managed to use all but three of my colored profile bricks and just about every piece of tan tile and slope AND orange "hair" in the collective. Fantastically fun build!

But I think I should try microscale next time. ;)

GO TEAM PLASTIC SURGEONS!!!



Comments

 I made it 
  June 5, 2015
Quoting Ed Mitton OUTSTANDING, MATT !!! Excellent figures and scene arrangement. WOW !!
Thank you very much, Ed! :D
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  June 3, 2015
OUTSTANDING, MATT !!! Excellent figures and scene arrangement. WOW !!
 I made it 
  June 3, 2015
Quoting Keith Goldman This is flat out amazing Matt, I've got a lot to catch up on. Your composition of the the scene is spot on, as is the design of each character.
Thank you Keith! The characters were a true blast to design and build. I'm especially proud of the composition; although it seems rudimentary, it was all built for the primary angle based on the original show.
matt rowntRee
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Keith Goldman
  June 2, 2015
This is flat out amazing Matt, I've got a lot to catch up on. Your composition of the the scene is spot on, as is the design of each character.
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  April 2, 2015
Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG) Thought for sure I had commented on this before, but anyways - an excellent build, I really like the bright and vibrant full color shot, and there are lots of great details throughout like the pen, purse, and handkerchief! Great use of those scaffolding pieces as well!
Thank you Gid! You did comment here, it's down below. I think it was during the time when MP was posting in reverse. But it's down there. You're always welcome to visit and comment anytime. ;)
 I like it 
  April 2, 2015
Thought for sure I had commented on this before, but anyways - an excellent build, I really like the bright and vibrant full color shot, and there are lots of great details throughout like the pen, purse, and handkerchief! Great use of those scaffolding pieces as well!
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  March 31, 2015
Quoting Justin Li Love all the details (and the work that went into the colorscheme). The open book is pretty fantastic.
Thank you Justin! The color was fun and challenging. As was the book. ;)
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  March 31, 2015
Quoting Justin M Top-notch stuff! :D
Thank you Justin! =)
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  March 31, 2015
Love all the details (and the work that went into the colorscheme). The open book is pretty fantastic.
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  March 31, 2015
Top-notch stuff! :D
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  March 25, 2015
Quoting Greg 998 Marvelous!
Thank you Greg!
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  March 25, 2015
Quoting Thomas . This is INSANE! I'm shocked, it didn't get a perfect score.
Thank you Thomas! Yeah, to each his own I guess. It is what it is and I'M pleased with the build regardless of the scores. ;)
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  March 25, 2015
Marvelous!
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  March 25, 2015
This is INSANE! I'm shocked, it didn't get a perfect score.
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  March 25, 2015
Quoting Elio Salsano Hi there, This is an excellent build. I love how all of them have so much character. That's pretty difficult to achieve with LEGO, so my compliments to you. Never seen Perry Mason by the way... Greetz, Elio
Thank you Elio! Not easy but definitely fun. ;) And even if you haven't seen an episode, I'm sure you've seen it's children as all courtroom dramas spring from this well. :)
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  March 25, 2015
Quoting Mark McPeek The book and those figures are just too good. Take your five points. Score: 5.
Right on! Thank you Mark! :D
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  March 25, 2015
Quoting Josiah Nelson Fantastic work! The design for the courtroom is awesome. But the brickfigures are even better!
Thank you Josiah! I put a lot of time in on getting them just the way I wanted. ;)
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  March 25, 2015
Hi there, This is an excellent build. I love how all of them have so much character. That's pretty difficult to achieve with LEGO, so my compliments to you. Never seen Perry Mason by the way... Greetz, Elio
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  March 25, 2015
The book and those figures are just too good. Take your five points. Score: 5.
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  March 25, 2015
Fantastic work! The design for the courtroom is awesome. But the brickfigures are even better!
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  March 24, 2015
Quoting Tim C More great work, Matt. Part of the reason that I love this type of build is my utter inability to do it myself. Nice work getting a bit of expression on the faces of your figures, but it's the gesturing that really steals the show here. And you actually did a pretty good job getting one of them to look like Raymond Burr, especially when placed in the B & W environment. This has been a pretty good MOCathalon for you so far and looking forward to your next build.
Thank you Tim! I don't know, I think if you gave it a whirl, you'd be quite adept at it. Seriously. Think of their faces as a large Bley canvas in need of some proper greebles. ;) The younger fit Raymond is the one I'll remember, not the older portly version even though that's the one I met. My brain automatically swaps him out for the visually stylistic version. I have to say that the categories are really scrumptious; I can really sink my teeth into them. :D
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  March 24, 2015
More great work, Matt. Part of the reason that I love this type of build is my utter inability to do it myself. Nice work getting a bit of expression on the faces of your figures, but it's the gesturing that really steals the show here. And you actually did a pretty good job getting one of them to look like Raymond Burr, especially when placed in the B & W environment. This has been a pretty good MOCathalon for you so far and looking forward to your next build.
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  March 23, 2015
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Properly good work. I'm really keen on your work exaggerating the colors to make the greyscale look better.
Thank you Senator! There's some serious old school photography going on there that I'm ecstatic that you picked up on. If you see any color stills of B&W movies or TV shows, you'll see that the colors are freakishly bizarre. I had a friend in art school that was completely color blind. AND PAINTING! His color choices never made any sense, until you forced your eyes to look at the tones. Then it made perfect sense. The colors were completely arbitrary, it was the tones that conveyed the light specifically. Directors did the same thing especially with make-up and backdrops. That's why there was a different mood set with the old B&Ws that you can't EVER recapture with color. I kept referencing each color through my camera to get the right tone. Nope, I can't do it easily; gotta add another level of difficulty. glutton. ;)
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  March 23, 2015
Properly good work. I'm really keen on your work exaggerating the colors to make the greyscale look better.
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  March 23, 2015
Quoting Finn tegotash Well done! Great figures all around! the details, posing, etc are all amazing!
Thank you Finn! :D
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  March 23, 2015
Well done! Great figures all around! the details, posing, etc are all amazing!
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  March 23, 2015
Quoting Chris Phipson I was actually in the four point seven five range for this but that book and pen combo pushed it over the edge! 5 points! ~ Chris.
Excellent! Thank you Chris!
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  March 23, 2015
I was actually in the four point seven five range for this but that book and pen combo pushed it over the edge! 5 points! ~ Chris.
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  March 22, 2015
Quoting Tom Remy The whole scene is so "living"! Love the judge ("ORDER!"), the main characters' expression and small details such as the handkerchief and evidences. I don't know how you can keep building at this rate! Keep up the good work, pal ;-)
Thank you Tom! "Living" was exactly what I was going for. :D I normally can't keep up with my brain so if I can tag along at a safe distance, it'll all be fine. ;) Or at least entertaining when I detonate. poof.
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  March 22, 2015
Quoting Nick Barrett It's the careful posing of the figures that gives this it's impact. Fascinating interplay going on here. And yeah, he does do it every week, but he does it with great panache :-)
Thank you Nick! Panache is right, he really was cool. ;) The placement and set direction really was vital to telling the story as I wasn't equipped with over-the-top hammy actors to emote on cue. ;) React, NOW! Cut. Print. XD
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  March 22, 2015
The whole scene is so "living"! Love the judge ("ORDER!"), the main characters' expression and small details such as the handkerchief and evidences. I don't know how you can keep building at this rate! Keep up the good work, pal ;-)
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  March 22, 2015
It's the careful posing of the figures that gives this it's impact. Fascinating interplay going on here. And yeah, he does do it every week, but he does it with great panache :-)
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  March 22, 2015
Quoting David Alexander Smith And that's how you do narrative in brick!
Thank you David! I'm ecstatic that it conveys everything in a single shot as a complete narrative. That's one of those aspects in building/creating that you just never know how it will turn out until it's complete. Ideas, concept, and hope are one thing; execution is another. ;)
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  March 22, 2015
And that's how you do narrative in brick!
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 fannnnntastic!
Thaaaaank you Frank! ;)
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  March 21, 2015
fannnnntastic!
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Jared . What country club is SHE going to? My one would've kicked me out.... if I could even afford to be part of one! XD Matt, nipped this category in the behind as usual!!
Oops, I named the club and apparently the moderators didn't appreciate it. XD Anyways, Thank you Jared!
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting David Roberts Skilful building, great parts choices (love the orange teeth hair), naturalistic posing and good photography, all topped off with a dollop of humour. A masterful build, that made me smile and dig into the photos to see the details. Superb.
Thank you David! Smile and look deeper is all I could ask of anyone. I'm honored ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting El Barto ! Way to go, Matt! It's like you watched every episode again, and picked the best still shot to build. A real trend setter for a genre that's still hugely popular, for good reason. And, oh yeah, she's guilty!
Thank you Bart! Oddly enough, you really only have to watch one episode as this tends to happen in all of them. ;D The sad thing about the newer courtroom dramas is their need to shock and disgust the audience. Those are some sick monkeys writing Law & Order: SVU. I preferred the old school murder with some poison to get the insurance scenarios. Then it's more of a character showcase rather than a festival of gratuitous carnage. Yup, guilty. ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Max Pointner 4 points.
Thank you Max!
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Cheryl P You have out done yourself. I like the pose of the lawyer with the bent leg. The books on the table are awesome.
Thank you Cheryl! I loved building in the poses; it not only seems to feel more natural, but it also is more important in telling the story.
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Wow Brother! You Positivly nailed perry's eyebrows! These figures are brilliant. @ Luke everyone knows redheads are passionate! so beware! :-) I love how you have Perry standing there with his foot crossed over, that's perfect! I actually like the B&W photos better. There is so much more detail in the Judges bench and Witness stand that can be seen better in the B&W photo. They just pop! I also love the use of Batmans artic Cape as her kerchief she's cring into. The books and especially the pen are outstanding! Way to go Brother!
Thank you Brother! The first thing I built was Perry's eyebrows, knew they had to be spot on. Also knew that he had to look relaxed and confident, so I built him with his legs crossed. The B&W shots were the impetus for the use of those colors as I knew the lighting would make the various shading really stand out. I loved building all the books and "stuff" but when I saw the cape, it really clicked. I actually had her wearing a veil with the Lego net but it hid too much of her face. Gotta love those 60s stereotypes. ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Why all these slopes? Why orange hair? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Nevertheless, a fine build. I was conflicted on this one, and had to adjust a couple of the photos in PhotoShop to check out the build quality of the suit. Ultimately, the judge's head won me over - 5 points.
Awesome! Thank you Luke! I have to say that Perry's body was the least satisfying to me but I was more than giddy about the other two figs and everything else. And, Reckless Abandon is my middle name. ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Nathan Pownell These are some pretty amazing figures! Well done.
Thank you Nathan! It was after all an amazing show. ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Quoting Topsy Creatori As I stated on Flickr... portly courtly procedure! Funny, I just began reading the Sir John Fielding novels by Bruce Alexander and I just had to appear for jury duty! As always, this displays your talents for rendering of movie/tv scenes in the brick! :)
Thank you Topsy! I figured I'd get the less robust version of Raymond Burr as he was pure style back then. BTW I met him once, he was a patron at an art show I was in and we began to talk only for a moment as he was called to be introduced to someone. Forever gracious and cool, but I never got a chance to speak with him further. Haven't read any Alexander, but you have piqued my interests. Sorry about the jury duty as I'm certain it was not as adventurous as a good old Perry Mason episode. ;)
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  March 21, 2015
Skilful building, great parts choices (love the orange teeth hair), naturalistic posing and good photography, all topped off with a dollop of humour. A masterful build, that made me smile and dig into the photos to see the details. Superb.
matt rowntRee
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Matt Bace
  March 20, 2015
Great job! I can't say that I was a regular watcher of Perry Mason, but I've definitely seen enough episodes to know exactly what you're talking about. You did a great job on the courtroom bench, and with all of the characters. I love Perry's expression and his pose with one leg crossed over.
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  March 20, 2015
What country club is SHE going to? My one would've kicked me out.... if I could even afford to be part of one! XD Matt, nipped this category in the behind as usual!!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Way to go, Matt! It's like you watched every episode again, and picked the best still shot to build. A real trend setter for a genre that's still hugely popular, for good reason. And, oh yeah, she's guilty!
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  March 20, 2015
4 points.
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  March 20, 2015
You have out done yourself. I like the pose of the lawyer with the bent leg. The books on the table are awesome.
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Wow Brother! You Positivly nailed perry's eyebrows! These figures are brilliant. @ Luke everyone knows redheads are passionate! so beware! :-) I love how you have Perry standing there with his foot crossed over, that's perfect! I actually like the B&W photos better. There is so much more detail in the Judges bench and Witness stand that can be seen better in the B&W photo. They just pop! I also love the use of Batmans artic Cape as her kerchief she's cring into. The books and especially the pen are outstanding! Way to go Brother!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Why all these slopes? Why orange hair? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Nevertheless, a fine build. I was conflicted on this one, and had to adjust a couple of the photos in PhotoShop to check out the build quality of the suit. Ultimately, the judge's head won me over - 5 points.
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  March 20, 2015
These are some pretty amazing figures! Well done.
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  March 20, 2015
As I stated on Flickr... portly courtly procedure! Funny, I just began reading the Sir John Fielding novels by Bruce Alexander and I just had to appear for jury duty! As always, this displays your talents for rendering of movie/tv scenes in the brick! :)
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Pico van Grootveld Terrific work once again mister. Love the expressions and poses, telling the story. The bald head of the judge is a nice detail :D
Thank you Pico! Telling the story in one shot was the plan, I'm pleased it reads through. Oddly enough, the judge is built upside down so that I could use that inverted dome tile for his bald head. Yeah, I know, sneaky. ;)
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  March 20, 2015
Terrific work once again mister. Love the expressions and poses, telling the story. The bald head of the judge is a nice detail :D
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek Okay, okay, take your 5 points.
Okey dokey! :D Thank you Ian!
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  March 20, 2015
Okay, okay, take your 5 points.
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Zach Lucia No picking on da gingers! ~Zach
I wouldn't think of it! Besides, everyone knows they steal your soul. XDDD
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Matt Bace Great job! I can't say that I was a regular watcher of Perry Mason, but I've definitely seen enough episodes to know exactly what you're talking about. You did a great job on the courtroom bench, and with all of the characters. I love Perry's expression and his pose with one leg crossed over.
Thank you Matt! I'm glad you caught the crossed leg. I was going for his confident, relaxed, I'm ready to grill the living daylights out of you to get you to confess look. The poses and expressions were vital and I'm glad it translated through. As far as the show goes, they're definitely dated but still a fun time. ;)
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Lando L. Jackson This is amazing! The poses of the figures lend them an incredible life-likeness.
Thank you Lando! THAT is precisely what I was going for. :D
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Vaclav Mesaros How dare You build like that! You should be judged for putting your friends and admirers ashamed and jealous because of your building techniques. Hope the judge will give you ten out of ten points at least!
Thank you Vaclav! And my sincerest apologies; from here on out, I shall endeavor to build more clones on plates. No really. I mean it. I'll do it, I swear. Or not. XD
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG) Another fantastic build! The posing of the criminal is superb, the handkerchief hand especially! And then... all those masonry bricks! The judge's bow tie is also genius, as are those books.
Thank you Gid! The devil's in the details. And all the masonry bricks. And all the olive green 1x2x2/3 slopes of the dress. And all the orange "teeth/hair". And all the tan tiles and cheese wedges. And... I'll stop. ;)
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Parrington Levens Outstanding!
Thank you Par!
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  March 20, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff It takes some time to capture everything in detail. Your characters are firstly very very good, and second, they are very Meaningful. Every detail of the figures, and also in the environment is very loving. As the table with the charges, and the handbag. This scene could also play in a silent movie. The time you have invested in this MOC is perfectly exploited.
You know Stephan, I don't think that I have ever received a more complete and understanding compliment. I thank you profusely for seeing the time and effort involved in this. And to say that it would play out in a silent movie tells me that all the meaning and emotion translated through fully. I thank you again, my friend! :)
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  March 20, 2015
No picking on da gingers! ~Zach
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  March 20, 2015
This is amazing! The poses of the figures lend them an incredible life-likeness.
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  March 20, 2015
How dare You build like that! You should be judged for putting your friends and admirers ashamed and jealous because of your building techniques. Hope the judge will give you ten out of ten points at least!
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  March 20, 2015
Another fantastic build! The posing of the criminal is superb, the handkerchief hand especially! And then... all those masonry bricks! The judge's bow tie is also genius, as are those books.
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  March 20, 2015
Outstanding!
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  March 20, 2015
It takes some time to capture everything in detail. Your characters are firstly very very good, and second, they are very Meaningful. Every detail of the figures, and also in the environment is very loving. As the table with the charges, and the handbag. This scene could also play in a silent movie. The time you have invested in this MOC is perfectly exploited.
 
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