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The LEGO MOC Challenge – Part 3

(Written by Chi-bacca)

Welcome to Part 3 of the little series Iโ€™m doing where I share an experiment of giving myself a LEGO building challenge. If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can find them here: The LEGO MOC Challenge โ€“ Part 1 and The LEGO MOC Challenge – Part 2. This time I used normal LEGO bricks instead of LEGO Hero Factory and Bionicle elements, and unlike in the previous two challenges I didn’t give myself a time limit; I have made these LEGO creations in the span of a few days. So here is what I got! ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO MOC Challenge

Let’s start with the largest of all, a LEGO mech, that I purposely made a bit rough around the edges, as it suppose to be a junk robot. The top of the legs use ball-joints for mobility, but they look a bit off in my opinion. For the arms I used the same techniques found in the Rock King from the now retired LEGO Power Miners series. Finally, there is a feature that you wouldnโ€™t notice unless I tell you about it; part of the mech’s torso pulls out to reveal the pilot. The section locks in place with a clip at the waist, and the Star Wars separatists symbol is the handle to pull it out of its slot.

LEGO MOC Challenge - Mech

Next, we have a LEGO starfighter that has an auto-leveling cockpit that rotates to stay level with the ground, but only has 180 degrees of movement. The rotation can also be controlled via a handle at the back.

LEGO MOC Challenge - Star Fighter

Then comes my pride and joy; a small LEGO battle mech! It is not much taller than a regular LEGO minifigure, and came together when I was just messing around with some parts and unusual building techniques. I’m very happy with this little guy.

LEGO MOC Challenge - Battle Mech

The next LEGO MOC I was working on is a mining area. This came about after reading Geneva’s post Building With LEGO: Beautiful Landscaping. It is basically a bunch of gray LEGO pieces placed together in a way that makes them look almost like a real random rock formation, but what you donโ€™t know is that I included an explosion feature that fires part of the rocks across half a room! No flick is needed, itโ€™s just a push mechanism. This model is now taken apart and the parts are used in my Lord of the Rings Orcs’ hangout MOC that includes the exact same firing mechanism, as it worked so well the first time.

LEGO MOC Challenge - Mine

Then we have a pirate’s tree. This LEGO MOC is also now dismantled, and the parts have been re-used in my aforementioned Orcs’ hangout and another Lord of the Rings creation based on the Gandalf arrives scene. The tree has a chair-like place on top for the pirate to look around, and the branch sticking out at the side is for the pirate to be able to swing into battle. The tree doesn’t have much greenery left as it has been modified and improved upon many times to make the perfect hideout place. ๐Ÿ™„

LEGO MOC Challenge - Pirate Tree

Lastly, we have a LEGO sewer. But this isnโ€™t just any sewer – it is radioactive! Hence the zombie swimming towards my custom Hazmat guy (I couldnโ€™t find my Collectible Minifigs Series 4 Hazmat Guy) The sewer has a control panel and protective screen on one side, and on the other side the sewage flow made with multicolored pieces to make it look radioactive. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

LEGO MOC Challenge - Sewer

So, what do you think? How do you like the LEGO creations I shared with you? Which one do you like the best? Any ideas or suggestions for improvement? Have you been giving yourself MOC challenges? And would you like me to continue this series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, if you would like me to share my Orcs’ hangout and Gandalf arrives MOCs, let me know! Iโ€™m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO)ย and this is my fifth article here. You can check out my previous posts below. Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • HP September 26, 2013, 10:34 AM

    Nice job Chi-Bacca, i should practice MOC-ing more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • chi-bacca September 26, 2013, 11:09 AM

      thanks ๐Ÿ˜€
      MOC-ing results in some awesome stuff!!!!

  • HP September 26, 2013, 10:43 AM

    Admin, sent you an email, i think i’m back in business ๐Ÿ™‚

  • DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) September 26, 2013, 11:12 AM

    the blue robot looks so cool!

    • chi-bacca September 26, 2013, 12:27 PM

      yes I am quite proud with him ๐Ÿ˜€ he turned out rather well and took numerous attempts.

  • legostuff71 September 26, 2013, 11:55 AM

    I like it. Some people think they should make a large LEGO MOC display. When it doesn’t have to be. I have few LEGO MOC displays my self but, I don’t have the equipment to put it on a web page. I can tell you what I made. 1) Luke’s home ( moisture farm) complete with Aunt Baru and Uncle Own. Its not a big set.2) A Hobbit hole ( a little bit bigger than the one that has come out). It has a stove and a fireplace.

    • chi-bacca September 26, 2013, 12:26 PM

      yes it is true ๐Ÿ˜€
      sounds like some cool MOC’s there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ninja of stealth September 26, 2013, 12:42 PM

    I really like the fifth one. then again. for some reason I like LEGO trees. it’s strange. ๐Ÿ˜• but cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Brick Boy September 26, 2013, 1:47 PM

    No offense..but I don’t come here to look at MOCs. The place for things like these is Brickshelf, MOCpages, and Flickr. I bared with this for a while but now it’s just annoying! I’m tired of seeing this kid try to pull of creations! I want news on what’s happening, not what someone built over the weekend. Please just take this into consideration before Part 4 of this!
    -Brick Boy

    • admin September 26, 2013, 2:06 PM

      Brick Boy, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your honesty is appreciated. Please note that TBB is a blog, not a news site. We do attempt to cover all the important news items that get revealed, but we are not Eurobricks with all the rumors. Here our goal is to share a variety of inspirational and educational materials with LEGO fans by LEGO fans. Especially to encourage beginners. This includes news, reviews, tutorials, etc.

      Chi-bacca’s goal with his MOC-challenges is not to promote his own MOC’s but to share his thought-process when creating MOC’s, and inspire others to also challenge themselves. Those of us who have been building with LEGO all our lives MOC-ing is second nature; we just assume it is easy and that everybody does it. But there are a lot of LEGO fans who never attempted MOC-ing and for them to see how to create on their own, and then give it a try, is a big step.

      If you like, you are also welcome to contribute and share your own angle on what you feel is most beneficial for readers. We can all learn from each other on this awesome journey of creativity. There is just so much to talk about! Play well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Chi-bacca September 26, 2013, 2:45 PM

      And none taken. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and that is yours which I will take into consideration. I have already written and sent part 4 about a week ago when I had a writing frenzy ๐Ÿ˜€
      If there is anything I can do to improve these posts please tell me! If you don’t like them for a small reason then I can fix that just so you know. Should I focus more on building techniques? Again thanks for letting me know.

      • Brick Boy September 26, 2013, 3:28 PM

        Thank you for asking. I think if you focused on techniques and building styles rather than just what you build the series would improve very much. Like on your self-leveling cockpit, if you explained how you made it…instead of just showing it. These are the kinds of things that could be improved.
        Thanks for listening!
        -Brick Boy

        • admin September 26, 2013, 4:51 PM

          Nice suggestions, Brick Boy. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Chi-bacca September 27, 2013, 2:25 AM

          Yes, of course I will try and do that ๐Ÿ˜€
          Should I rewrite part 4 today and resend it with the changes?

          • admin September 27, 2013, 9:12 AM

            If you wish, you can re-write it, just make sure you let me know so I don’t start working on it. It won’t be published until probably the second part on next week anyway, so you do have time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • legostuff71 September 26, 2013, 4:25 PM

    The nice thing about MOC is that you make it yourself and you don’t have to wait for LEGO to come up with it.( I do hope that LEGO takes notice of the creations that are made here.) It’s good to step out of the LEGO box and create your own Ideas. In fact LEGO encourages it. How else are they going to come up with the next cool sets but, by the ideas and the interests of fans.

    • Chi-bacca September 27, 2013, 2:28 AM

      That’s very true ๐Ÿ˜€
      Even from the early stages of building you are I fact making MOC’s without even knowing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • D.B. Bricks September 26, 2013, 4:42 PM

    Awesome Starfighter Chi-Bacca! I am actually making a Star Wars Octuppera, but can’t figure out the head ๐Ÿ™ (Note to Chi-Bacca: You should put the picture of chewbacca and the stormtrooper as your gravatar)

    • ~EliteBrick~ September 26, 2013, 5:42 PM

      Hey guys just wanted to tell you I’m ~EliteBrick~ instead of D.B. Bricks

  • Ike September 26, 2013, 5:30 PM

    Love the mini-mech! I’m gonna build a few of my own!

    • Chi-bacca September 27, 2013, 2:27 AM

      Yes he is awesome! Do you perhaps want building instructions?

      • Fikko3107 September 27, 2013, 3:51 AM

        Ooh, Mechs!

        I like the smaller bot more than the larger one, frankly. I’m an avid robot MOCer, as you might know, and a post of 10 robot MOCs by me is coming up. Yup, 10! They all also have thick backstories. As a MOCer, especially for the robots, I could give some constructive criticism if you like, some tips of maybe how to improve some aspects. Of course, if you don’t want to, I won’t push it. But if you do, don’t take offense in my reasons of disliking the models.

        • Chi-bacca September 27, 2013, 10:50 AM

          Yeah sure whatever you think I could do to improve tell me ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Bohrok Tru September 28, 2013, 8:12 PM

            sweet mech maaann!! odly enough it has almost the axact shape of one of my bionicle training drones =D

  • Matthew Oh October 8, 2013, 9:46 PM

    Lovely mocs! You made a lot in a few days!

    (P.S. Check out my mocs, see which you like! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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