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MOCer Cup Round 4 for Third: King Kong
THIS BUILD SUUUUUUUUX!
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For the 2017 MOCer Gamesí MOCer Cup Round 4: The Fight for Third Place!
Competing against Ty S. and his powerful entry in the category, Movie Screenshot: Build a scene from your favorite movie.

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Not another one of these! Ugh, and I am my own worst critic for these things because if I just kept my fingers off the keyboard, I wouldnít spill all the details of why this build is terrible. Well okay, I botched some of the photography on this, but there are other problems, too. STUDS ARENíT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS! Iím not the only person that doesnít have the tiles to cover them up, so go bother someone else that also doesnít have the tiles, leave me alone.

So yes I chose King Kong, but not the 1933 or 1976 version, Peter Jacksonís version from 2005. I still havenít seen the 1976 version and I donít really want to now that I have seen this video talking about all three. You may think that I would have chosen a Star Wars movie, but to be honest, as much as I love them, I donít think I could really point to any one as a favorite or would want to recreate a scene. Obviously, I love podracers, Episode I is a big standout for me because I was five when it came out and I still have love for it. I also really like Episode VI because itís a nice closer (way to make things all screwy Disney), and unlike the majority, I like Ewoks. The problem here though is that recreating scenes is difficult, especially when everything is totally opposite to my collection. Also, Iím kind of more on board for Star Wars in its animated capacity. The serialized nature of Star Wars lends itself to television really well and both Clone Wars and the majority of Rebels have been better than most of the movies simply because more time can be devoted to the characters and with animation, so much more is possible.

But back to Kong. I was eleven when it first came out, and I loved it, and still do. I had seen the 1933 version before on TCM but being that old and watching an 70-year-old movie when I had grown up with all six Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park, Raimiís Spider-Man movies and the 1998 Godzilla, which I also love despite everyone hating it, I was used to higher quality in effects and bigger action. Iíve recently rewatched the original Kong and it is good, but the 2005 version is spectacular in my opinion. Yes, itís long, and the action may be overdone to some, but the world building is great, the action is superb, the story is compelling, thereís a sweet bug pit, the music is phenomenal, and the CGI still holds up pretty well; it is a spectacle to behold. And what makes it so good is that Peter Jacksonís version is a love letter to the original. There are changes of course, but all the beats are there, there are nods and easter eggs, but they fit because of the 1930ís time period and they arenít glaringingly awful, forced, or trying to put down the original like in 2011ís Clash of the Titans with the 1980 versionís owl, or even in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which although good, still had to work in the Stinking Paw line. Thankfully, they then immediately subvert it with the next line which I am not going to spoil. This version of Kong Kong takes the original, makes a few tweaks, expands the world, and makes everything feel more real with more fleshed out characters and making use of modern technology of the time to make the monsters and make the action scenes all the more adrenaline inducing, and thereís a lot of emotion that is added in because of all those things.

I chose to use the scene towards the end with Kong on the Empire State Building. Kong smacks the antenna off, takes down half the planes but also sustains bullet wounds, intervenes. Unlike the original where Ann just screams in terror all the time when Kong is around, this version shows a friendship between the two. She makes her way to the top where Kong is and attempts to stop the planesí attacks by waving them to stop. Kong roars and beats his chest but slowly gets weaker from the previous bullets, and then he notices Ann. The emotion in these scenes are great because Kong is not focused as being a monster in the story and a great injustice is being served as all Kong wanted to do was be left alone and all Ann wanted to save him as he did her on multiple occasions, but they cannot achieve their goals.



LEGO Version.



What I am replicating fairly poorly.



Here's a Behind-the-Scenes shot of what I thought was impressive photography, but actually hate the final product of. What it really is, is saturation. The sky is really washed out, but even in editing, I can't get it to be more blue.

So in terms of build, Iíll try to make this short. The clouds are awful, the building is actually a little too big and it was a pain to make because it kept falling apart on me, but Kong is one of my better creations.



And this looks far better with a black background.



Seriously, these are most of my tiles in light bluish gray, I made an attempt to make it look better than just studs, but now it's time for Kong details.



He is completely articulated. He has balljoints everywhere.



He can move his head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, even his midsection has some slight articulation!



Thereís also a few other details like his scar by his eye, his underbite, and the scratches on his silver back.



And I already know youíre going to ask, yes, he does have nipples and they are just held in by friction with even just the three studs. I donít know why I felt the need to add them but theyíre there.



And to make things even better, he can even open his hands and carry Ann!



The moral here is, the judges should just ignore the parameters of the theme and give me third place because I have a fully functional gorilla. Blink blink blink, blinkity blink blink blink.



Youíre all going to say this build is good and thatís cool. Iím associating a lot of frustration and cussing with this build because it blew up on me a million times and in the process of finding pieces from sets, I had one set fall eight feet and destroy some other MOCs I had been saving to later. So yeah, screw this build. All the frustration was after Kong was built though, so heís in the clear.



Here's a look inside, and you would think it's sturdy but it's so unstable.



Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if you read all that, youíre awesome. I can ramble a lot when Iím writing or when Iím talking to a camera. Iím really a lot more reserved in actual conversation.

For the 2017 MOCer Games



Comments

 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
LOVE those clouds, what a great design! Also cool to see the shot of how you set it all up, that was just as cool as the MOC for me haha :P
  September 7, 2017
Oh, this is so close!! You get my vote though. As many others have stated, your King Kong is stunning! Looks just like an ape. The clouds and tan sky threw me off, but I'm willing to overlook that. So good work!
 I like it 
  September 6, 2017
Your vote is mine for already-disclosed reasons (or I just don't feel like typing).
 I made it 
  September 6, 2017
Quoting Werewolff . A very well-built monkey! I especially like the head and the inclusion of the scar. Well done, and best of luck!
http://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/12136354-e653-4ab7-9db4-323076cb6ac6
Quoting Justin Li I like that both of you went with a miniland ish scale for your builds, and chose very dramatic/climactic scenes for your entries.
Minilind? Mine's closer to minifig scale and his is macro. You ever been to a LEGOland or seen what miniland scale is? Totally different. But I'll accept your vote anyway.
Quoting Promar Quadratus Nice one Legoboy! Ha, yes I read it all. *snip* ~Promar~
Whoa. You are a trooper and deserve so much respect. Normally, I would intersperse the text between the images more, but those first few paragraphs wouldn't have worked paired with images.
Quoting Oliver Becker Instantly recocnizeable, MCLegoboy! I love the pics of the gorilla showing it from the side/back! Compared to the minifig Kong's a little too small... ;) And I love the old and the Jackson movie, too! ;) Good luck!
I recently got a Bricklink order that was not intended for Kong but was to make articulated figures more possible, so I couldn't pass up the chance to make a full Kong than just some facade stand-in. He needed to be able to look like a gorilla in any position. And yay, another fan of this version. A lot of people complain that it is too long,(I firmly believe he doesn't know how to make a short movie) but that's just his style because he wants to immerse you in the world. Lord of the Rings still can't get enough in, Hobbit does have too much (would have been better if it was just the two movies that were planned), Kong is just the right amount in my opinion.
Quoting C Stucky Both you and your opponent have great builds here. Both builds have their respective flaws, but each has its own good sides. I like your choice of a scene, but I think your version of King Kong himself is better in his more ape-like position than standing up like that. But you made up for your shortcomings (Itís hard to build a perfect BBF) with your background. I love the clouds and the tan sky. This was a close choice, but you get my vote. Good luck with the other two judges.
Thanks for the vote. I agree about Kong, but I wanted to have options in case this scene wasn't going to work. And uh... <.< >.> The sky's blue.
 I made it 
  September 6, 2017
Quoting AGT. 6-PAK AKA Bobby Hunter Dart's SEEER ARESOME! (that's so awesome) AH LERVE IT!! (I love it)
Yeah... I got that. No need for subtitles.
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work! King Kong is great!
Thanks
Quoting Lego Hotwirer This MOC is amazing! I think you can be just as persuading as the joker, sometimes...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWYZearFC_Y
Quoting TMNS 5097 I think it's great! I like the clouds, they add a lot to the whole scene. Kong himself is the best part, (IMO) you really captured how apes look, and how they would stand, etc. Anyway, great work, and good luck! :)
Thanks. They work better in the movie than in LEGO.
Quoting Doug Hughes Yeah I gotta say this came out great, the kong figure is fantastic, and I love the method for the rounded tower top and background sky. Great job, and good luck!
It's effective. I had to steal parts from my Death Star II, but it's also where I got the idea.
 I like it 
  September 6, 2017
Both you and your opponent have great builds here. Both builds have their respective flaws, but each has its own good sides. I like your choice of a scene, but I think your version of King Kong himself is better in his more ape-like position than standing up like that. But you made up for your shortcomings (Itís hard to build a perfect BBF) with your background. I love the clouds and the tan sky. This was a close choice, but you get my vote. Good luck with the other two judges.
 I like it 
  September 5, 2017
Instantly recocnizeable, MCLegoboy! I love the pics of the gorilla showing it from the side/back! Compared to the minifig Kong's a little too small... ;) And I love the old and the Jackson movie, too! ;) Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
Nice one Legoboy! Ha, yes I read it all. If I see a build that I like and will comment on, I feel it my duty (and in this case, my pleasure) to read everything in the description. After all, it's the least that I can do for my fellow man when considering the obtusely extensive essays that some of my creations contain ;) That all said (wow, we're co-ramblers!), you really have done a nice job with this creation and have captured the scene well and accurately, especially when you think of the inherent blockiness of Lego bricks. Plus, landscape/skyscape backgrounds intrigue and interest me and that's the main reason that I checked out this build. Really like the jaggedness of the clouds (even though I thought that it was meant to represent smoke at first), it adds a definite air (pardon the pun) of intensity and action. And all of THAT said, well done. Really like what you've accomplished here, you should be proud. God bless and keep on brickin'! ~Promar~
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
Awesome job guys! You guys make it really hard to pick a winner. I like that both of you went with a miniland ish scale for your builds, and chose very dramatic/climactic scenes for your entries. However, I feel like MClegoboys construction of King Kong is more accurate than Ty's, especially when it comes to facial features and expressions. Given this was basically the only area where you guys weren't equal, I have to vote for MCLegoboy. Good job to both of you, and good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
A very well-built monkey! I especially like the head and the inclusion of the scar. Well done, and best of luck!
 I made it 
  September 4, 2017
Quoting Ty S. My entry is up if you want to check it out. You made a really nice MOC, I don't know why you're so ashamed of it!
It's an artist thing. We are all our own worst critics and with the more you practice in your craft, the more you know what looks good and what doesn't. You also know where all the mistakes are, no matter how small, and they always eat away at the final product from the eyes of the creator. It's also the parameter of the category. Although not stated very well, the goal of the Movie Screenshot is as if you took a frame from the movie and then built it exactly as it was seen from that frame. Every little thing that is not right makes it fall further from that goal, and I'm a perfectionist when it comes to these things. When you make up your own stuff, it's all fine, but when it comes to replicating, things need to be taken to the fullest extent to make it recognizable, but also accurate. There are different levels of accuracy of course, but for this category, things need to be as perfect as possible.
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
Yeah I gotta say this came out great, the kong figure is fantastic, and I love the method for the rounded tower top and background sky. Great job, and good luck!
  September 4, 2017
My entry is up if you want to check it out. You made a really nice MOC, I don't know why you're so ashamed of it!
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
I think it's great! I like the clouds, they add a lot to the whole scene. Kong himself is the best part, (IMO) you really captured how apes look, and how they would stand, etc. Anyway, great work, and good luck! :)
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
This MOC is amazing! I think you can be just as persuading as the joker, sometimes...
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
Excellent work! King Kong is great!
 I like it 
  September 4, 2017
Dart's SEEER ARESOME! (that's so awesome) AH LERVE IT!! (I love it)
 
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