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MOCpages News Issue #17
Release date (09/12/17) Welcome to MP News Issue 17! Read on for an interview, set review, and and forgotten gem builds!
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GENERAL NEWS



Football season is here, and if you're a football fan, than this group is for you!

If your a fan of the comedy group Studio C, then you might want to check out this group group!

Promar Quadratus posted for the first time in a few months! You can check it out here.

-Choco Taco, General News Writer

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CONTESTS

Hello news readers! It's Daniel again, back with more contest news!
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The Fourth Annual Eight Piece Building Challenge has begun! For those of you not familiar with the contest, it's a multiple round contest where you must build things using only 8 pieces, no more, no less. The current round has no theme, so you can build anything at all! (As long as it's appropriate of course.) So what are you waiting for? Click here;; and join the fun!
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The MOCer Games - Summer 2017's fourth round has come to an end! Congratulations to Oliver Becker for winning first place! Also, the final event of the MOCer Games has begun! The round is titled "Piece Challenge", and here's a quote from the one and only City Creator, the awesome host of the MOCer Games... "The final event of the MOCer Games is now open! Anyone with a MOCpages account is eligible to enter, whether or not they have participated in past MOCer Games events.

"This event is designed to challenge builders to use as few pieces as possible to create a well-built MOC. At the end of your post, you must include a photo of the entry completely disassembled." And there you have it! This is sure to be fun, so why don't you head on over?
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Lego MOContests' hasn't been very active recently, (though I'm partly to blame) and leadership of the group has passed on to myself, Supreme Chancellor Vandilor, and High Emperor Duckie. And I must say, we haven't done a great job... But hopefully we can revive the group!
Click here to help bring the contest back to life!
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High Emperor Duckie has started the Sci-Fi Contest Group, which will host a variety of contests... The first of which is titled "Super Heroes of the future" here's a quote from Duckie himself, about the contest... "Batman flying a Starfighter, Hawkeye firing tracking missiles from a specialized bow. These are some things we may see if super hero stories took place in the future. Build something that you may see in the future of super heroes." And there it is! You should definitely head on over and join the fun!
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Emperor Neron's CONTEST group has, unfortunately, died off... But Neron plans to start a new contest group soon, so keep an eye out!
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The Brick Built Megaman contest is still going, but has not received any more entries yet! It'd be very much appreciated if you joined. :)
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-Daniel H, Contest article writer, Editor

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SET REVIEW

Set Review: Ninjago City 70620
$300 with 4,867 parts = ~$0.06 per part

The packaging:
This set is a beast (better be for $300!). By far the biggest box I’ve seen, and it includes two boxes inside which hold the first couple of books worth of parts. Yes I said first couple of books… there are three instruction books! The first two are quite thick and the third isn’t far behind. There’s also two sticker sheets included safely packaged with the books in plastic. I believe there are 16 total bag numbers and most if not all the numbers have 3 bags. There’s one additional non numbered bag with some large parts.

The build:
Overall this was an extremely satisfying set to build. I don’t recall any techniques that were difficult to implement, the hardest aspect is probably getting the numerous stickers all on straight. And there were a TON of stickers, too many for my taste… but then again they really bring the bustling city alive with more color and variety and richness. Expect a marathon build with this, there are almost 5,000 parts. But boy is it a pleasure, so take your time and enjoy the process!

The completed build.

Some stickers.

Parts and colors:
There’s a really great variety of parts and colors in the set. Anyone who builds castle or fantasy, and steampunk or cyber punk would find a lot to love here. Plus the figures are a wide variety and could be useful in many themes.
There are several new parts in the set, two of which are plate/tile combos that people might find useful. I believe that they are both considered plates officially for those that care about semantics. The first is a three stud long jumper plate with two studs centered in the middle. The second is a 2x2 plate that only has two studs so I picture it as half plate half tile half awesome. Both have lots of great potential applications in general and are used well in the build.
I don’t believe they’re new but the quarter circle 1x1 tile are a neat piece used across the set.
There’s also a stud with a bar coming off its side… which I can imagine being incredibly useful in builds going forward.
There was a lot of usage of some tougher to find colors including (these are not official color terms) bright orange, very light yellow, shades of non standard blue, sand green, and more.

Fun parts! Not all new, like I said, but great colors too.

Playability:
I suspect the playability is pretty infinite here. There are so many rooms, buildings, shops, corridors, platforms, ladders, etc. that minifigs can be placed in a shocking number of spots making the build seem empty with the large count of provided figs when evenly spread around. The various levels are relatively easy to separate and are pretty sturdy, though they tend to have some stuff hanging off which could be problematic for placing them on an even surface. The moving features are also fantastic. The key features include a sushi conveyor belt, an elevator that stays where you leave it but still easily slides up and down, an ATM that spits cash satisfyingly, and a crab grill that flips for swapping between a “raw” and “cooked” crab. Finally, there’s several sliding doors that are really intelligently built.

The elevator.

Value:
I can’t describe how happy I am with this set… the build quality and detail work, along with great parts and techniques… combined with the excellent price per part (~$0.06) makes for a truly worthy purchase. So save up all your moneys and get to a Lego Store to pick up your copy today!

Look how big it is!

A better review:
For a more in depth review please check out the great brothers brick article here!

-Doug Hughes, Main Editor, Set Reviewer

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INTERVIEW

Hello there, I am a new interviewer for the MOCpages news, and this week the questioned builder is TMNS 5097. Hope you enjoy!

Ty S: What is your favorite aspect about Lego?
TMNS: Maybe just the huge amount of things that I can create/do with it.

Ty S:How long have you been a MOCer?
TMNS: I have been playing with LEGO since I was 3 years old, but I didn't start building seriously until I was about 9, when LEGO released the LoTR/Hobbit sets, that's when it really started.

Ty S: What is your favorite genre to build in, and why?
TMNS: Medieval or Micro-scale. It's a toss-up. I like Medieval because of the texture I can put in it, and the more natural color schemes. I like Micro-scale because of the challenges it presents when trying to create in such a small scale.

Ty S:What is your favorite model you have made?
TMNS: The next one.

Ty S: What keeps you motivated to build? How do you get inspired?
TMNS: Maybe the things I see, if I watch LoTR's, I'm probably going to build something Medieval, or if I see an interesting piece, then I build something around it.

Ty S: Is there a specific builder/group of people that gets you inspired?
TMNS: I get really inspired by John and Isaac Snyder, I really like their building style, and techniques.

Ty S: What set or theme would you like Lego to make next?
TMNS: Either Star Trek, or reboot the LoTR/Hobbit theme. They would both be great.

Ty S: Thanks for letting me talk with you! It’s been a pleasure!
TMNS: Thanks for having me!

-Ty S, Interviewer

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FORGOTTEN GEMS

Hello everyone! Sam K here with the weeks ‘Forgotten gems’ section. I read the comments and have responded by working out how to add pictures and, well, doing so. So, I give you ‘Forgotten gems’!


#1 ‘Interdictor class star destroyer’ By Yay Paul



Now, the interdictor class star destroyer is always an interesting build, an its always fun to see how builders achieve the ‘domes’ (gravity well generators if I remember correctly) on the top and underside of the ship. In this case, Yay has gone for 6x6 discs, which work very well for the scale. Its also worth noting that he has managed to pull off the angled top superbly, managing to give the ship a nice, sleek, look.


#2 ‘Custom General Grievous’ by Jack Campbell



Next, we have a custom General grievous. Most Grievous customs I see use the old 2006 head, probably because its easier to connect to the body. Its rare and astounding to see someone who has, not only used the new Grievous head, but has been able to pull it off well. The Jack has certainly done justice to the cyborg general, managing to give him excellent legs, which, at this scale, are a struggle to build. The build also gives off quite a menacing aura when stood upright, which certainly does justice to grievous who, in legends, was frickin’ terrifying.


#3 'Irnakk revised’ by Lucky leprechaun



This Irnakk design is certainly blinged out, what with the gold and all. It’s a good combination of bionicle, hero factory and lego parts that have been used well to give Irnakk his size, measuring up an impressive 27cm. The design for the feet is awesome, mainly because the builder has been able to thicken up the ankles, which I always struggled with.


#4 ‘Black Mech #2’ by Erik Sandh



Mech’s are fun, mainly because of all the detail that builders manage o fit in such small builds. In this case, Erik has succeeded with cramming detail into a small build, particularly the head, which is my favourite part of the build. Looking at the build, I think we can all agree that the T joint is, to say the least, a blessing, as it allows for easy attachments for arms and legs, as well as giving builds such as this increased range of movement. One of the things I find most impressive about this build is the fact that, from the looks of it, it has all the movement of an actual person. Truly impressive!

-Sam K, Forgotten Gems Writer

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END OF PAPER AND CLOSING COMMENTS

Short paper today folks, life can get busy and this ends up taking the back burner...sorry about that. I think we had some great content anyways, Doug's set review was helpful, and interviews are always informative! Thanks to Choco Taco, Doug Hughes, Ty S, and Sam K for their work on this ish! :)

Thanks for reading y'all!

~Jonathan Demers, Group Founder




Comments

 I like it 
  September 18, 2017
Glad to see this up and running again. Keep up the good work!
 I like it 
  September 17, 2017
Wow! I never realized General Grievous would be in here... I guess it is pretty unique and i thought it was cool, but I guess it is better!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2017
Dang, I didn't write my section did I? Sorry everybody, will definitely get that done next week. Issue looks great though, great job guys!
  September 13, 2017
Quoting TMNS 5097 Great work guys! Keep it up!
Dang man, you don't mess around. That was one of the most direct interviews I've read. Question; answer, question; answer, question; answer. Where's the fluff and all the tangents? :)
  September 12, 2017
Great work guys! Keep it up!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Good issues! You can add the news about the beginning of a new interesting competition, held in the MOCer Games Summer 2017: http://moc-pages.com/group_conversation.php?id=26096&topicid=106693
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Love this issue! Thanks for the in depth analysis of the Ninjago set!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Boy what a great set review! ;) Great to see another issue released!
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  September 12, 2017
Wrong football!
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  September 12, 2017
Another great issue! But where are the contests?!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Erm... why isn't my contest news in there?
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Great issue guys! My bit should be ready for next issue!
 
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