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Legolander . . Itís the Final Seven, baby. Out of the ashes of defeat and despondency, seven tested and proven warriors have emerged, for this, the final round of Shannon Youngís Mob Rules contest. Our category: There Can Be Only One. Mysterious voice from offscreen: An unseen battle has been raging for centuries Ė waged by the Immortals. They are chosen men, selected to compete until only one is standing. For there can only be one Legolander. Only two remain now, after all this time. Two men, using their powers to create tools of destruction from Lego. Only one shall still have his little plastic head still attached at the end, and then he shall receive his reward. Weíre in the midst of that last battle now. Letís observe their struggle, and then we shall visit the victor. Ohh! Piano from above! Nice. That wasn't enough to knock out this candidate! He's firing back, creating a tower. Look out! Suit of armor! Good defense! But why the palm trees? Ah! Attack monkeys! Vicious! Like I always say, monkeys go with everything! What best to counter monkeys? A giant banana! Brilliant. A tunnel now? And what's that I hear? A sweet semi! Ouch. Gentlemen, we have a knock-out. Let's bring them in. Mysterious voice: Welcome, candidate # 437. You are moments from victory in your quest. Candidate #437: What? Who are you? Where am I? Mysterious voice: I am Shannon Young, one of the ruling powers-that-be of Legoland. You are in the Hall of Judgement. These to my right and left, we make the Group of Five, who arranged this little contest ages ago. We have The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim, Chris Phipson, Dennis Price, and Hans Dendauw. Candidate #437: Thatís The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim? I thought that wasÖ Young: The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim is undergoing shock therapy. He sent his CHIBI-avatar to represent him. Itís okay, though. I make all the decisions around here, anyway. Candidate #437: You said this is a contest. So, what Ė Iíve been battling for millennium for some sort of reward, right? Young: Correct. In fact, I have your reward in my hands. So, just pop off his little head, and letís get on with it. Candidate #437: Hold on, hold on! What reward? Young: Oh, erÖwouldnít you rather just cut his head off? Candidate #437: Show me the reward! Young: Ok, fine. Itís a Lego gift card. For $50. Candidate #437: What! Young: Sorry Ė you know, the economy. AND an autographed self-portrait of Sean Kenney, in Lego. Candidate #437: The portrait is glued! I canít even use the bricks. Young: Er... Candidate #437: So help me understand this. When this contest ends, the winner gives up immortality and the ability to spontaneously create endless Lego creations out of thin air, all for a Lego gift card and a self-portrait of some guy? Young: Itís Sean Kenney. And, yes, thatís essentially correct. ButÖ Candidate #437: Forget that. Címon, other candidate guy. Letís get out of here. I think we just found a good reason to get along. There they go. We'll let them enjoy their powers for a while. But don't think it will last. After all, There Can Be Only Be One. Mwa-ha-ha!...Chris! Stop playing "We've Only Just Begun" on that piano! Take a moment to observe the brilliant Lego techniques used here...ahh, so nice. Notes: Thank goodness for Google! I had a bunch of (lame) ideas for this category, but I thought I should research the phrase, in case I was missing something. It turns out the phrase is rather famous, from the Highlander movie and TV series. In case you didnít see it, immortal men are battling all over the globe, but in the end, there can be only one. The winner receives his mortality and the ability to have children. It probably makes more sense when youíve watched it all, but to an outsider such as me, that reward sounds kind of ridiculous. But it gave me great fodder for the cannons of my imagination. EDIT: 8:56 PM (11:56 PM MocPages time) 7/18/10 See Chris Phipson's comment below for more information about Highlander. My wife deserves all kinds of credit here. She started shooting the photos at night, but they were not up to her standard. So, she reshot and finished the photos during the next day. I would like to apologize to everyone for mangling your sig-figs. Thereís a reason Iíve never done it up until now. Chris and Dennis, you came out pretty true-to-life. Shannon, I think I got the right head. Hans, Iím sorry. I really thought I had your hair. You got a nice helmet, though, and a cool mustache. And The Artist Formerly Known as Moodswim: I had a Darth Maul figure about six years ago, but it was taken from me (long story), so I did the best I could.

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