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Somewhere Over the Rainbow . Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas any more. . Welcome to Oz. "Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?" This moc is dedicated to all my buddies at VirtuaLUG. I love you guys. As most of you probably know, VirtuaLUG's collaborative layout for this year's Brickworld Chicago was "The Wizard of Oz", based on and inspired by the 1939 film. They blew people's minds with that unbelievable feat and took out first prize for best group layout (again!) You can find examples of it here and here along with heaps of blogs, videos etc that can be found by just googling it. My contribution, which I was very excited about, was Munchkinland. I designed the little houses and made some Bricklink orders, but alas, life does not always work out as planned and instead of having a fun trip to America and hanging with all my best friends in the world I decided it might be more fun to get a cancer diagnosis instead… In case you were wondering why I sort of slipped off the face of the earth for a bit this year, that’s why. Forced to stay at home and sick from all the chemo I knew I couldn't make it to Chicago and could not commit to building the scene. So Chris Phipson, the legend he is, took up my section and created his glorious and beautiful Munchkinland. Thanks Chris, you’re the man. But I knew before the year was out I just had to build it. It's what I was supposed to do this year. So with two operations and 6 months of chemo behind me I now give you my vision of Munchkinland. I have been slowly plodding away at this for the last month and a half. Dorothy and Glinda are of my own design, but I could not pass up the opportunity to use Hans Dendauw’s cutest little Toto in a basket design, which featured throughout the Vlug layout. Dorothy’s house, a bit sick looking after its journey over the rainbow inside the twister. “Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch at last is dead!” In completing the dio, it was obvious it would be too crowded if I populated it with heaps of munchkins, so I chose the moment when they are all hiding right after Dorothy arrives and Glinda beckons them to come out. “It’s alright; you may all come out and thank her.” “Come out come out, wherever you are. And meet the young lady who fell from a star.” The town hall, with my favourite munchkin, the mayor. The centre piece of the town, the flower that in the movie Dorothy and Glinda stand under. I’d love to try keep this up for next year’s Christchurch Brick Show and maybe for Auckland too, but it’s quite large and my place is quite small and I’m bound to need some of those bricks at some point in the near future so to those who plan to attend these shows I can’t promise it will survive… I put this frog here in honour of Dave Kaleta, it represents the superior maturity and dedication he showed in leading the unruly coyotes to victory. Sorry Dave, I’m sure you’d probably much rather be represented by a bat, but the frog just worked better for the scene you know ;) (Oh, and please, I ask you all to comment only on the moc and not that other silly thing I mentioned, k?)

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