desert road trip

if you've ever driven through the Arizona desert on I-10, you've probably seen about a dozen signs that say, "THE THING?" or "What is THE THING?" This is my own LEGO Tribute to that long stretch of road.


several covers in this moc:

cactus is something brickpoor saw at brickworld, teardrop camper by Bill Ward, and Willy jeep by Mike Psiaki.

  • Tony Sava 6y

    You know when you see a sign that says "See 'The Thing' 900 Miles" you're in for a long, long trip.
  • Mdrn~Mrvls 6y

    That's incredible.
  • Tony Sava 6y

    And who can forget the sign "Touch a real Indian!" No, I'm not making it up. And somewhere past the continental divide on I-10 is a rock in the middle of nowhere near the side of the road that's been tagged in white spraypaint "Fraggle Rock".
  • Jordan Schwartz 6y

    Great cacti.
  • Karf Oohlu 6y

    Very nicely done all over.
  • Matt Wagner 6y

    thanks for the great comments everyone.

    Sounds like you've driven that stretch before, Sava! it seems like as soon as you get out of El Paso headed west you start seeing those dang signs. Very effective marketing, though, cause there's nothing else to do but wonder, what the heck is "THE THING?!" for hundreds of miles. Haven't seen the "touch a real Indian" sign, that sounds hilarious. I'll make sure I look for it next time.
  • Tony Sava 6y

    Yeah, one of the great adventures of my life. My college buddies and I decided that on my final Spring Break we'd all drive down to Vegas to witness another buddy and his girlfriend get married (they're far from traditional people so they were perfectly happy with a vegas wedding). The happy couple flew in, the rest of us decided to make it a road trip, so we all piled in to a friend's SUV and drove from College Station, Texas to Vegas, just about 24 total drive hours.

    We didn't stop to see "The Thing!", but we took note of all the signs. We did stop at a few places, though. Lot's of nice, genuine folks out that way, but I guess when you live in the desert being honest and generous is the only way to live.
  • Dirkus Diggler 6y

    Been to AZ several times but never seen "The Thing?" signs. Excellent image, the cactus and Bill Ward's camper look perfect rendered.
  • Tony Sava 6y

    "The Thing" is located in deep southeast Arizona, east of Tucson. If you've never been south of Phoenix or on I-10 I wouldn't be surprised.
  • Kristian.Stenslie 6y

    Great job!
  • Mariann Asanuma 6y

    Man, I've seen those signs WAY too many times! I stopped once at the place with The Thing, but never checked it out. My dad did though, from the pictures, you're not missing much if you don't stop. ;)
  • Ricardo Silva 6y

    I have a moc that is very similar to this one, but mine is more apocaliptic and this one is just beautiful!
  • scarthehellfish 6y

    you laugh at the frist one. but you see the one that says you passed it. and you gotta go back. and its never really worth it. not one stud out of place.
  • Stephen 趙(Chao) 6y

    Very realistic!!
  • MotorHolio 6y

    Having visited The Thing, I can truly say this is a great rendition.....
  • Becheman 5y

    Is this POV-Ray? It looks much cleaner than anything I've seen so far... Nice work!
  • Matt Wagner 5y

    Yep, it's POV-Ray, that's why it looks so clean and shiny. thanks!
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