The theme for Festival of the Masters 2007 was "Vs."; meaning good vs. evil, Orlando Magic vs. LA Lakers, zombies vs. mutants, etc. With this in mind (and having the display at Downtown Disney), decided to do Peter Pan vs. Hook
About this creation
(Above picture by Todd Thuma; right is WIP image) In the back of my mind, I knew how I wanted this MOC to look... Water, beach, island, mermaids, maybe the cave shaped like a skull. So I started out by playing with a few of the ideas.
(WIP image) The first problem is that it needed to be somewhat big & eye catching, but not bigger than a 96x96 stud area. I started cannibalizing a mountain MOC to build the island and realized that I still didn't have enough BURPs; had to settle for a smaller scale island. (Here, I'm playing around with an idea for the skull shaped cave).
(WIP image) Here, I'm playing with a few ideas for a scene from Disney's Peter Pan, with mermaids sunning themselves on a rock.
(Picture by Todd Thuma). So here's the island for the final MOC. It's L-shaped built up on Duplo bricks in the inside. I should have worked a tepee into somehow.
(Picture by Todd Thuma) The idea for the "lost boys" came a little later; in the back of my mind, I knew I had to work them in somehow. I wanted to do pirates though out the display. So I had the pirates surrounding the lost boys with knives as Pan and Hook were fighting.
(Picture by Todd Thuma) Tiger Lily and the Chief was a real after thought. When Joe Meno arrived for the show, I was putting finishing touches on the MOC, then asked him to create a totem-pole for the display. We added a R2D2 base to it later; the story behind it, the LEGO master builder at the LIC for FotM weekend was building a larger than life R2D2 with the kids, so someone had the great idea of hiding R2D2 parts through out the display.
(Picture by Todd Thuma) Had I the time, I think I would have shortened up the water a little. Gradually build up the island and not have cliffs. Added more "jungle" detail. And added more details from the story. But overall, it was recognizable and people liked it, so I'm not too disappointed with it.
As I explained in your WIZARD OF OZ I have expanded my PETER PAN stuff and will be doing the photography tomorrow! Again mine is no where as big as yours but I do illustrate the whole story!
I will be putting your work at the end of my PETER PAN as I will with your WIZARD for my WIZARD complete with a link!