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The Essence of Imagination

Brigs

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At this past LEGO club meeting, I noticed a profound theme of creativity and the fundamentals of imagination. At the meeting, all the members brought a polybag, and put them into a container. Everyone drew a random polybag, and were tasked with building something original with the parts. Discarding the instructions, I was unsure what to build with my unconstructed Bat-Tumbler. It could instead become a mech (or a Bat-Mech), a whale, a plane, a house-- yet I decided on a space shuttle. Players were allowed to exchange parts, but required to use all they had obtained. My model was relatively simple; the cliped, sloped flags and 2x3 wedges became my wings. Everything was mounted on the two 2x4 plates of my 2x8 frame, and the wheels were retooled as my thrusters. Some participants did not complete their model in time; the finished models included an alien expresso machine (mug not included) and your run of the mill doomsday machine from two separate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraang turret; how Legends of Chima Season 2 should have ended from the Eagle Glider, and a creature greatly resembling a chicken Mixels' Zaptor. The winning model was built from a Friends Penguin Playground, becoming the Penguin Police Boat, complete with penguin pilot and fish canon! As the meeting concluded, I was fascinated by the uniqueness and individuality exhibited in each creation. Before we went home home, some members stopped by the junior LEGO club (conveniently on the other side of the city.) The junior clubbers brought their "MOCs," the designs of which were primarily pirated from their original LEGO sets. One model in particular, however, stood out. The construction of the model was simple, a flying vehicle with two 3x3 quarter circle plates as wings and trans-red 1x1 round conesmounted by two modified plates with studs protruding horizontally. Mounted on the aircraft was a plain blue minifigure with a plain blue torso and legs, yellow hands, and, of course, ninja cowl, named Denny. What truly set this model apart was it's story. Denny was Benny the 1980-something space guy's brother, who did not like spaceships. Instead, he loved hovercraft! One day, Denny went into spess on his hovercraft until he was orbiting earth. He quickly realized the planet was "square," like a 2x2 brick; this shape apparently screwed with the planet's gravity, so every time Denny neared a corner, he fell of the edge! This delightful anecdote embodies what LEGO stands for. Each individual, in the adult and junior club alike, had their own ideas interests, abilities, and resources, yet they all found their own way to Play Well.


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Should have gone for the bat-whale...

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aidenpons

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*starts singing* Everything is awesome.... Everything is cool when you're part of a team...

It reminded me of later on in the movie, when (SPOILER)

Wyldstyle/Lucy tells the people in Bricksburg to just build random stuff that ISN'T what you'd normally find.

 

This is why I love Lego: "If you don't like what you see, you can change it!" :P It's not just an action model. If you treat it as an action model anyways, then if it breaks down, instead of getting a new one, you can simple repair it! (What's stronger anyway - those puny little figures or Lego bricks?)

And if you absolutely hate the set because it was given to you by a daft old auntie (not true in my case; they all live in South Africa :P), you can just salvage it for parts and not put the stickers on.

I would rant more, but hey, this is supposed to be a reply, not another rant. :P

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ProfessorBrickkeeper

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It's nice to see people still coming together to build stuff from their own imagination- and it seems only to be getting more prevalent as time goes on. I remember the outrage in response* to TLG when they stopped placing alternate inspiration models and creations on the back of boxes but it's nice to the persistence of the community still doing alternate models. I hope that I can try this fun activity once I can find a local LUG to join, eventually. (Most likely NELUG)

*I don't see the argument TLG provided (of how frustrating it was to younger builders not having instructions for the alternate models) at the time to be particularly relevant anymore in the age of the internet where they could easily create alternate models and post the instructions online.

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Fush

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*I don't see the argument TLG provided (of how frustrating it was to younger builders not having instructions for the alternate models) at the time to be particularly relevant anymore in the age of the internet where they could easily create alternate models and post the instructions online.

THAT'S WHY THEY STOPPED? BULLOCKS. I SAW THE IMAGES ON THE BACK TO BE A CHALLENGE, A PUZZLE THAT NEEDED TO BE SOLVED. I LOVED THOSE THINGS. I WAS SO TICKED OFF WHEN I BOUGHT MY FIRST SET IN YEARS AND THERE WERE NONE.

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