A Dragon-Building Contest

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    Well, after having gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback to my idea to hold a Dragon-Building Contest, I’ve decided to go ahead with the thing! Hooray!

    Like the image up there says, your task is pretty simple: build your best, most imposing, most awe-inspiring dragon. I’m really excited to see the cast of draconian characters that’s gonna come out of this, and I look forward to learning a thing or two from all of you about dragon-building!

    So, a few rules:

    1) Your dragon can be built however you want.
    Feel free to follow or totally disregard the Build and Style Guides I recently posted; they’re there to help those of you who might be looking for a little bit of structure to start out your build, and for people looking to create dragons in my style. I'll give no preference in my judging to dragons built in my style, but I can tell you I appreciate quality/ingenuity over size.
    Custom elements, like non-LEGO cloth/string, second-party minifigure accessories, painted or cut LEGO pieces, and the like are allowed.

    2) Please submit creations that have NOT been published online before.
    I won’t be checking every entry against all the myriad of LEGO forums and sites out there to make sure, so this is mostly an honor system thing (though, of course, if I DO recognize your dragon from before, I’ll disqualify it!). The point of the contest is for all of us to have fun making new dragons together, so build a new one!

    3) Only ONE (1) entry per person will be considered competitively.
    If you get so caught up in the dragon-building fervor that you can’t stop, and you end up with three new dragons built, that’s awesome! But I’ll only be judging one entry per person: the one I deem the best out of what you’ve got.

    4) One dragon = one entry.
    The exception to this I wish I could include might be a flock of smaller dragons… but since “smaller” is such a relative word, I’ve decided to keep this rule simple for fairness’ sake.

    5) Your entry may include a setting, and/or multiple minifigures.
    If you feel that a setting, minifigures, or other extraneous elements would help to showcase your dragon, you can include them. I’ll still be judging the dragon primarily on its own merit, and you still only get one dragon per entry, but I appreciate that some dragons just look better surrounded by little soldiers, or up against a siege engine, or next to a castle.

    6) Contest ends on FRIDAY MAY 8 @ MIDNIGHT (Pacific Standard Time).
    I figured a month and a half ought to be enough time for you guys to make some impressive dragons.

    7) I reserve the right to disqualify your entry for any reason.
    But I’ll only do this if your entry breaks one or more of the above rules, and/or if you’re being rude to other entrants, or something like that, which I’m sure you won’t do.

    Enough rules, though: what do you stand to WIN, other than my undying admiration?

    Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and there will also be a prize for “Best Minifigure;” so make sure your dragon rider or whomever you decide to include along with your entry is as cool as the dragon!

    1st Place Prize: Morlac Ultimate Dragon
    2nd Place Prize: Radgha Trophy
    3rd Place Prize: 5006472 Zombie Ambush
    Best Minifigure Prize: 5006470 Prince Vorash

    TO SUBMIT to the contest, post your entry photo(s) in this group:
    Please include on your photo a brief (1-3 sentence) description of your dragon.

    If you’ve got any questions, please ask them in the comments below, and I’ll do what I can to answer them. Happy building!

    Dead Frog inc., The Mugbearer, and 31 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. David FNJ 42 months ago | reply

      Sounds cool! Don't know if I'll enter, but I'll definitely enjoy the entries :D

    2. ...The Chosen One... 42 months ago | reply

      You are the only one, who judge and choose winners, am I right?
      Sounds interesting for me, I wanted to create dragon for a long time, so it's a good sign to start doing this. :D
      +1 for you for allowing custom pieces.

    3. ToaLeewan 42 months ago | reply

      That's very generous from you to give prizes from your own collection. Good luck to everybody !

    4. -TTROOPER- 42 months ago | reply

      just a suggestion, it might be easier to create a group than have people comment on this photo

    5. bruce n h 42 months ago | reply

      This sounds really cool. I posted it on the front page of Classic-Castle so hopefully some more castle builders will see the announcement. I also posted it on ContestBricks.

    6. UmarakTheHunter 42 months ago | reply

      Why may 8th? Just curious.

    7. Nuju Metru 42 months ago | reply

      Leonid An Yeah, I'm the only judge. I may reach out to my LEGO Designer friend Corvin for some second opinions, but the final decisions are still gonna rest with me.
      -TTROOPER- Good idea! I've made a group, and added the link into the rules above. Entries should now be added to that group to be considered.
      bruce n h Thanks for the awesome publicity!
      UmarakTheHunter It's just a date I chose, about a month and a half away. If I feel the need to extend the deadline, I will.

    8. Sir Valiant ~ 42 months ago | reply

      This is great Nuju. I have really enjoyed your dragon builds and have wanted to build one of my own. Hopefully I will get an entry in.

    9. burningblocks 41 months ago | reply

      Yay it's on!!! Can't wait to build and see what dragons people come up with!

      One question though: how many pictures can we post for one build?

    10. Nuju Metru 41 months ago | reply

      Charis Stella As many as you want. I'll still count it as one entry if it's the same build. But you only need to post one photo; if I feel the need to see more of the creation, I'll be able to explore it in your photostream, after all.

    11. burningblocks 41 months ago | reply

      Aaron Newman Alrighty then :) Thanks for answering!

    12. DanielBrickSon 41 months ago | reply

      So, if the majority of it is bionicle/technic, that would be fine? cause that's kinda what I'm going with, otherwise I'll do a brick built.

    13. Nuju Metru 41 months ago | reply

      DanielBrickSon You can build your dragon with whatever ratio of System-vs-Technic/BIONICLE you want.

    14. DanielBrickSon 41 months ago | reply

      Sweet, cool. I'm in

    15. SpartanBricks 41 months ago | reply

      Hmmmmmm, this is interesting, I might enter, but I might not. We'll see what happens. Are HF parts allowed?

    16. Nuju Metru 41 months ago | reply

      amuck beginner Virtual entries are acceptable. SpartanBricks Yes, HF/CCBS parts are allowed- I use some myself on my own dragons, and don't discriminate.

    17. W. Navarre 41 months ago | reply

      I got a question: What exactly qualifies as a dragon? Are wings necessary? Could it be a dinosaur?

    18. Dead Frog inc. 41 months ago | reply

      W. Navarre well, if you look at japanese Dragons, the mostly got no wings...

    19. Nuju Metru 41 months ago | reply

      W. Navarre My definition's pretty inclusive, but dinosaurs aren't in it. :P Enter whatever you'd like. If you think it's a dragon, odds are pretty good that it is.

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