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2017 Habitat Collection
My complete habitat collection to date, including 10 different scene boxes.
About this creation


So, I've been busy creating and updating my habitat collection. Some of these are completely new, some are rebuilds of previous works, and a few haven't changed since my 2016 upload.

Each one of these has a title, starting from the top left they are:
1. Anna's Ice Queen
2. Antarctic Explorer
3. Japanese Meditation
4. Guarding the Throne
5. Tower of the Guard
6. Sasquatch in the Forest - American Myth and Legends
7. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - American Myth and Legends
8. Pecos Bill and the Tornado - American Myth and Legends
9. John Henry, the Steel Driving Man - American Myth and Legends
10. Johnny Appleseed - American Myth and Legends

I've got a lot more planned. Some of the ones I'm considering doing are:

Peanut Butter Jelly Time (in progress), Bob Ross (Anna's, in progress), Annie Oakley, Casey Jones, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Molly Pitcher, Sleepy Hollow's Headless Horseman, Rusulka (White Lady), Gargoyle in the Graveyard, Mountain Climbers, Jackalope, Knight's Stable, Me (self-portrait), and the Pied Piper of Hamlin (Anna's). We'll see what Anna and I end up doing. I've got enough parts ready for as many as 6 more boxes.

1. Anna's Ice Queen



This is the only one of these which is not mine. This is my wife Anna's, and she agreed to let me post it here since she does not want a page. To date this is her only MOC, though as noted above, she's got a couple others she plans to do. Here she's gone back to the classic version of the Ice Queen as she's depicted in Scandinavian Folklore, notably in the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson. The Danish master is a good choice for a first MOC.

2. Antarctic Explorer



This is one of my original three habitats, originally posted as a part of my 2016 LEGO Habitats post. This one didn't get a facelift though, in part because the stark simplicity of it doesn't demand any changes. Here we have an antarctic explorer taking a picture of a lonely penguin on an iceflow.

3. Japanese Meditation

















This is, by far and away, my largest and most complicated habitat MOC. It is the second built of my two double wide habitat boxes. Made heavily out of the parts from the Temple of Airjitzu, I've tried to incorporate the serene moments of quiet preparation of a warrior before battle. Opting to go with the female warrior was my decision. I've tried to keep the design spartan and militant, while also bringing in some of the key characteristics of classic Japanese design. The doors work on a slide revealing the sunrise to the East over the sea, with the image framed by cherry blossoms and a few low clouds. I added a light brick to allow the sun to light up and give a morning glow. It's a little harsh, but I think it still produces a striking result. I cannibalized some of the new Ninjago movie character parts for the bowl, helmet, and extra armor in the room. This is definitely one of my favorite habitats.

4. Guarding the Throne





Though it looks rather simple, this one was actually deceptively hard to build. The use of the curved wall parts, to give it a less blocky design was important to me, but they compromise much of the structure in the back, so I had to be a bit creative. The minifigures are a mix of orders to create my own guards. You would have originally seen them guarding the Tower of Troth which has since fallen and part of it now appears here. Similarly the throne isn't new, it was originally in Dragon Tooth Keep, and you can get a better look at it in the solo post I made about it: Throne. I've opted to leave the throne empty but might add people later during events.

5. Tower of the Guard





The tower is actually aberrant for the habitat system. It is me playing with the idea of an "end cap" piece. It is also lacking the character focus of the others because it's designed to be for in event play. I've left the back open so that a variety of minifigures can be added to the cell below to be "included" in the scene. I'm debating allowing visitors who have their own minifigures put in for pictures of their own. Otherwise it's mostly a filler piece. I did like getting some use out of the stickers finally. I tend to dislike stickers. If you're curious, yes, I did forget to put the shield into the front cross before taking pictures. But then again, I haven't decided what shield I want to use.

6. Sasquatch in the Forest - American Myth and Legends





Part of my American Myth and Legends series, the Sasquatch is a classic American myth but my first "non-human" entry into my series. He won't be the last with my plans for at least the Headless Horseman and possibly the Jackalope. I've included him here under the moonlight running away through thick trees.

7. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - American Myth and Legends





The first of my double wide habitat boxes. Paul is one of my first five original builds for this theme, originally posted as Paul Bunyan Habitat. But I long ago decided he needed his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox. The overall scene is very similar to the original build, just expanded out. Babe was rather hard to pull off, but I think other than being a bit too flat faced, he came out pretty well give my limited bricks in the shade I chose. I used the small trees and low clouds to emphasize the size of these two giants of American myth.

8. Pecos Bill and the Tornado - American Myth and Legends





This is one of my original three habitats, originally posted as a part of my 2016 LEGO Habitats post. Unlike the other two, Pecos Bill saw a few small changes. The most notable was his shift from the dull gray box to the blue background. I toyed with adding some additional features, but enough of Texas is flat that I didn't feel that it fit with the design to add anything more. If I ever do it might be a tumbleweed or two.

9. John Henry, the Steel Driving Man - American Myth and Legends



This is one of my original three habitats, originally posted as a part of my 2016 LEGO Habitats post. John Henry is my favorite American Tall Tale, and I was so pleased with this particular habitat I've never chosen to change it.

10. Johnny Appleseed - American Myth and Legends



This was already posted once Johnny Appleseed Habitat, but like Paul, he needed some changes, and in this case some rather drastic ones. Johnny now has a white flowering set of trees, laden with green apples slowly ripening on the branch. A small basket replaces the bushel, and the box was changed to yellow. The yellow, which was mostly chosen due to availability at the Lego Store Pick-A-Brick wall (Thanks Seth!), helps lighten the feel up quite a bit from the blue. But still, from camp graces long ago:

Oh, the Lord's been good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, the rain and the apple seed;
Oh, the Lord's been good to me.




So, which ones do you like? Do you have a favorite? Which ones do you think I could have done better with? Let me know!

I'm really hoping everyone in the club brings their boxes for our November show. Between myself, Anna, Becca, David, Kelly, and Doug I think we now have more than three dozen of these, each of us focusing on different designs and styles, some with themes, others with whatever suits their fancy.


Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  September 16, 2017
I left you a reply on my S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald moc.
 I like it 
  September 6, 2017
I love seeing the whole collection in one place, and it was fun to see it in person last month.
 I like it 
  September 2, 2017
Cool. Love the Japanese meditation one, gives off an aura of calm. Very nice.
 I like it 
  August 31, 2017
These are awesome! They look really cool stacked together. My favorite has to be the Japanese one.
 
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