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Welcome one and all to the 7th issue of MOCPages News! This is our first time with the MOC format, so let us know what you think in the comments section! Let's dive right in! NOTE: There is no humor section this week, as James Douglas didn't write an article for it, feel free to heckle him. (Just kidding...don't heckle him)
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GENERAL NEWS:

Welcome to another edition of MOCpages News! Not a lot of general news happening at the moment, but here is the little that has:

If you like Calvin and Hobbes, you should check out this group!

Welcome new member Tommy Tank! You can check out his page here

Craig Howarth is also a new member, check him out here

~Choco Taco, General News Writer


CONTESTS:

Hey guys! I've got some exciting news this time, so let's dive right in!

We'll start with the best.... MELO ROUND ONE HAS BEGUN! The theme is a great one, you have to build a scene from one of many folk-songs and poems weaved into the Middle Earth culture. The deadline is the 21st of May, so head on over and start building!

David H's CONTEST: Mech has been extended! The new deadline is April 28th, so you've got some more time if you wish to enter. :)

Enter here

Lego MOContests has their next contest up and running! This time it's a gaming contest! The idea is to build anything that has to do with a video game. The deadline is May 5th. I'd recommend joining the group, and entering the contest! :)

Join here

The Lego Castle Building Technique Contest's first round is coming to a close. It ends the 30th of this month, so you better hurry if you wish to enter! They currently have 20 entries, but as always, more are appreciated. :)

The contest is here

Sir Flexalot has a new contest, the Blindbag Hardsuit Contest! The idea is to take any Collectable Minifigure, aka a Blindbag figure, and build a mech for it! So grab a blind bag, and grab your bricks, as the contest begins on the 25th!

Enter NOW!

And finally, the Mini MocOlympics will be back this summer! The Mini MocOlympics is a smaller version of Chris Phipson's famous contest, designed for those who aren't quite as experienced as the big-name builders here on the pages. The group is currently under construction, but here's the link, so you can save it for later. :)


~Daniel H, Contest Article writer, Editor.

MOCS OF THE WEEK:

Hello all! Marley Mac here with this weekís Mocs of the week! (or MOTW for short)
As is the usual, each week has its own set of categories, this weeks were as follows:

Minifigures
Contest Builds
Steampunk / Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic
Art

Anyway, now onto the Mocs!

#5: MOC #5

This contest entry, built for a contest over on Okoto Station, is a very interesting build indeed.
Built by our own Daniel H, this creature has two forms, humanoid, and bird. Both are equally great and well-built. Daniel H. has also written a very cool and eerie backstory to go with his creation, which he spreads through out the description. I recommend you check this build and wish him luck.

#4: MOC #4

This very steampunk-y build, built by digital builder Murdoch 17, is very detailed and untalizes many interesting techniques, especially for a digital build. I have fun imagining this train rolling down a victorian-age railroad, and Iím sure you will too when you see it. If you havenít already, take a look, as it only has two likes, much less than it deserves.

#3: MOC #3

This build fits our art section perfectly, seeing as it has the word in itís name! Built by Rabbitdesign MB, this build combines standard Technic building with the always interesting genre of abstract art, the result is surely one to be noticed. Inspired by artist Piet Mondriaan, this build captures his style of his work perfectly, while still adding his own spin to it. Definitely worth a look.

#2: MOC #2

Built for the upcoming MELO (Middle Earth Lego Olympics), this amazing build sure does the famed contest justice. Created by well-known builder Carter Witzenburg, this creation captures the feeling of the film series completely, nothing seems missing or out of place. Everything about this model is extremely well-built, from the looming eye of Sauron to the path of grass that Sam and Frodo stand on, the entire build seems to have been created with with every detail in mind. If you are unsure about joining this contest, I recommend you visit this creation, maybe itíll help sway you.

#1:MOC #1

I have saved the best for last! This mosaic was build by Amalie Mathiesen, and it stars the late
Amy Winehouse as itís subject. it is truly hard to believe that this was completely with only Lego plates of varying colours. This build is surely deserving of the title of Best Moc of the Week! This build is also surely deserving of many more likes and comments than it has gotten. It has only one comment, only one person thought to comment on a stellar mosaic like this. Well, let this injustice stand no longer, I encourage you all to visit this build!

This is Mocs of the Week writer Marley Mac signing off! See you next week!

~Marley Mac, MOTW writer and interviewer

LEGO EVENTS IN REAL LIFE:

Hi all, hereís the upcoming major Lego fan-run events we could find so far (clearly weíre missing all the good international stuff too), so please let us know if you know of other fun conventions or major events to post!
Many of these can be found at the great site with links and other helpful info: http://www.brickcalendar.com/
The only update from last week is that I'll note BrickCan finished up yesterday, and it was a blast!

2017
4/20 - 4/23 ---- BrickCan: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (http://www.brickcan.com/) - Just finished!
5/4 - 5/7 ----- Brickfair: Marlboro, MA (http://www.brickfair.com/)
6/29 - 7/2 ----- Brick Fiesta: Austin, TX (https://www.brickfiesta.com/)
6/17 - 6/18 ---- Brickworld: Chicago, IL (http://brickworld.com/brickworld-chicago/)
6/23 - 6/24 ---- BrickSlopes: Orem, UT (https://www.brickslopes.com/)
7/1 - 7/2 ----- BrickUniverse: Madison WI (https://www.facebook.com/brickuniverseevents/)
8/2 - /6 ----- Brickfair: Chantilly, VA (http://www.brickfair.com/)
8/3 - 8/6 ----- Bricks by the Bay: San Francisco, CA (https://www.bricksbythebay.com/)
8/26 - 8/27 ---- BrickUniverse: Knoxville TN (https://www.facebook.com/brickuniverseevents/)
9/9 - 9/10 ----- BrickUniverse: Tulsa, OK (https://www.facebook.com/brickuniverseevents/)
9/21 - 9/24 ---- Brickfair: Edison, NJ (http://www.brickfair.com/)
9/23 - 9/24 ---- Brickworld: Novi, MI (http://brickworld.com/brickworld-michigan/)
9/30 - 10/1 ---- BrickUniverse: Cleveland, OH (https://www.facebook.com/brickuniverseevents/)
10/5 - 10/8 ---- BrickCon: Seattle, WA (http://brickcon.org/builders/)
12/3 - 12/4 ---- Brick Palooza: Santa Rosa, CA (https://www.facebook.com/BrickPaloozaSantaRosa/)

2018
1/5 - 1/7 ----- BricksLA, Pasadena, CA (http://www.bricksla.com/)
1/11 - 1/14 ---- Brickfair: Birmingham, AL (http://www.brickfair.com/)
March (TBD) -- Bricks Cascade: Portland, OR (https://www.brickscascade.com/)

~Doug Hughes, editor, events writer

Hey all! It's Jonathan here, with a set review of the Ninjago Ninja Bike Chase set! Here it is on Lego.com:

https://www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago/products/ninja-bike-chase-70600

Let's start!

I did not plan to buy this set this week, but I saw it at my local Walmart, and couldn't resist! (It was on sale :P)
So here are the pros and cons of this particular set:

PROS

1. It came with a ton of lego weapons! Seven gold ninja swords, two elven swords, two hand spikes, and a cutlass.

2. I don't follow the ninjago storyline at all, but I think the figs are great! (for LOTR fans, the red ninja bodies make sweet Haradrim!)

3. Frankly, I just thought it looked cool.

CONS

1. The pirate airglider is too big for the minifigure to stand upright with it on.

2. If you don't build vehicles, most of the bike parts are useless.

3. It looked cooler on the box.

OVERALL

It's a decent set, what with all the weapons and figs, but I think $20 is a little steep.

~Jonathan Demers


END OF PAPER/CLOSING COMMENTS

Thank you all for reading! I apologize for any problems with this issue, it's late, and I'm tired...tell us all what you think in the comments section!





Comments

 I like it 
  May 16, 2017
Very informative. Nice job, guys.
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  April 27, 2017
A big step in the right direction! Let me know if you need help with MOCpages-style HTML: mocpages@cliffshade.com
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  April 27, 2017
Great for a first issue! But I would recommend embedding the link fer the Ninjago set, so that viewers don't have to copy 'n' paste it.
 I made it 
  April 27, 2017
Quoting Classical Bricks Nice issue! A few things: First of all, the LCBTC has been extended to April 30th, and there are currently more than 20 entries!
Done! -Choco
 I like it 
  April 27, 2017
Yahoo! Great to see it come through as a MOC this week. And thanks guys for all the helpful suggestions, I think over the next week or two we'll really upgrade the pictures and HTML aspects so this baby shines!
 I like it 
  April 27, 2017
Took long enough :P Kinda like what is said below, I think if we are gonna use the MOC system to put out issues, we should have pictures, maybe of the MOTW, the set review, ect.
 I like it 
  April 27, 2017
Good issue! While i missed the humor-section, it is once again great to read about new builders and underexposed MOCs. I have to agree though, that at the very least a main photo would be a good addition. As for photos of individual MOCs, i assume that the creators of featured MOCs will have to endorse the use of their photos if you want to avoid trouble :-)
  April 27, 2017
Well, if you know HTML, then you could use the link for each image, as well as the height and width to come up with the HTML code. This isn't super easy though (I can help out with this if you guys need). Another way to do it is to simply download each image and then reupload them. It would also be cool if you could make each image link to that MOC. Either way, it will look much better with the images shown in the issue. EDIT: Jonathan, can you fix the contest section to say that the LCBTC has been extended to April 30th?
 I made it 
  April 27, 2017
I just fixed the MOTW problems! ~Jonathan Demers
 I made it 
  April 27, 2017
Thank you all! As far as adding images goes, I just realized last night that I need the html code for each picture in order to show it. (otherwise I can only put a link to it) If any of you know of another way I could add pictures, let me know either here or in the main group! ~Jonathan Demers
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  April 27, 2017
Great initial effort in this format. Looking forward to more.
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  April 27, 2017
Great! Thanks for the updates!
 I like it 
  April 27, 2017
The MOTW links are broken, but this was a good issue! I may have an article soon.
  April 27, 2017
Yeah good issue but I agree with Classical Bricks it looks kind of bland... Some pictures would be cool and also a main picture
 I like it 
  April 27, 2017
Hey! You use my review idea! Thanks guys! :D
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  April 27, 2017
Very nice! Also, I'm gonna go onto the news account and add my custom main pic.
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  April 26, 2017
Yeah, sorry about that. My contest article was written a few days ago, and I thought this'd be up sooner. Also, thank you so much for featuring my latest creation!
  April 26, 2017
Nice issue! A few things: First of all, the LCBTC has been extended to April 30th, and there are currently more than 20 entries! Second, I don't really see this issue making use of HTML. There are no images, only a blob of text and some links, quite similar to a comment in the main group. Maybe instead of linking to each MOC of the week, you could include a picture in the issue? Also, if you guys need help adding a background and other fancy HTML/CSS stuff, I'd be happy to help! :) Anyway, not bad for the first issue of this format, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
 
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