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Mount Doom . The moment that the whole Lord of the Rings builds up to...Frodo and Sam approach the Cracks of Doom and prepare to cast the Ring into the flames... . Team: "A MOCtley Crew" 2012 MocAthalon Category #5: Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings LEGO is coming out with their own line of LOTR, here is your chance to show how YOU would design the sets. Build a MOC that depicts a scene from LOTR, and build it like you work for Lego. Therefore, playability is a major factor here as is great parts usage. For this entry, I had to build the most important scene in the whole trilogy: the destruction of the Ring of Power. However, since LEGO's recent theme is: "less parts, less size, more money..." I tried to keep some LEGO like techniques while adding more detail and better pieces that today's average LEGO set. There is an (IMO) awesome play function as well as three great figs. Please enjoy! Here is the top of the vignette. I discovered midway through that the whole pattern was parts-intesive for 1x2 dark tan bricks. Luckily I had just enought after scraping the bottom of the tray. Frodo holding the Ring over the edge. The clef might be my favorite part of the MOC. You'll see why in a second... Gollum attacks, desperate to at last gain the Ring. The gate. The skeletons were a bit of artistic liscense beut they add a "Temple of Doom" style eeire feel to the MOC. I really like it. I didn't even know I had this many good trans orange, red and light-orange until I opened up my trans-drawer. I love how the lava turned out. "Just do it! Destory it!" "NO! The Ring is mine!" ...Gollum thinks otherwise... ...snatching the ring...with Frodo's finger still attched... ...but as he rejoices, he falls to his doom... ...Frodo and Sam flee, the Ring destroyed. Which is a perfect spot to introduce the: PLAY FUNCTION! The clif slides out and falls, much like the inner building on the Architecture Fallingwater set. The whole edge is resting on tiles, so with some pressure it falls right off just like in the end of Return of the King. The MOC without Minifigs. My new Gollum Fig. The Series 6 Alien torso looks really great on him. Frodo and Sam. Here is a new "Ring" technique I came up with. By cutting the handle off a gold Wine-glass you end up with a hollow, doughnut shaped peice that fits perfectly in a minigures hand. Voila! Ring of Power! And finally the whole MOC, showing Figs, play function and all the details. I really think this has been a highlight for me this competition as far as details and techniques. I hope the judges agree. :D This has been my favorite entry so far. Although the pictures didn't come out fantastic, how I managed the play function along with the lava and the overall flow makes this my favorite creation in a while. Unfortunately, because of complications, this will have to be my last entry for the 2012 MocAthalon. :( See you all next year! This has been a great contest!! Soli Deo Gloria!

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