$29,99 - 350 to 385g - including 2 to 4 minifigures
Grandpappy – Barracuda's Revenge – (460g) – Sorry Nathan but it was part of the competition to fall in-between the weight guides, turning it back on us to fit it in somewhere is not putting your brick where your mouth is, as a LEGO Designer I often have to cut down a model I like, remove something to make it fit the inside price limit, it's by far the toughest part of the job. The idea is to give the entrants a taste of this. The Lancer mecha I would have kept the same – Barracuda's speeder I can see ways to keep a similar volume craft but with a lot less pieces, maybe just two (or even one) technic shooters) – the landing platform maybe just reduced to the ladder and a single robot. You've kind of failed to see the point of the competition!
Okay, harshness over, if we had a $40 category this would be perfect, it's a very, very nice entry, You have two very differentiated factions both in terms of vehicle colours and minifigures, lots of nice play features (more technic shooters then I expected) and it looks amazing. That Mecha is very clean with a central stripe of tan and lots of nice dark blue all with good colour blocking. The speeder is good for a named character, not too small and with a big punch, great playbility with the shooters too. The landing platform, technician and robots all add to this. (But because of your weight breaking I will not be including them in my score, sorry.)
S.B.P.D. - S6310 Trolls Tantrum – (360g) – Opening hatch and opening rear add good playabilty. The colour choices make it hard to see if the artillery crew are on the same side as the ship and the colour blocking on the ship itself kind of adds to it's boxy appearance rather then distracts from it. I can imagine kids having fun with the ship and the gun platform though, it lends itself to play scenarios and there are enough figures to keep it interesting.
Looks very buildable with a standard studs up construction, I'm a bit cautious about the stability of the wings and the guns under the wings but these are pretty minor points in what looks like an easy to handle model. Cool.
t cory – Gorilla MTTC and Barracuda APC – (386g) – Nice looking police vehicles, both vehicles are police vehicles so not as much playability as there could be with a bad guy vehicle. Interesting use of hero Factory elements on MTTC giving it some cool posing possibilities. Interesting use of parts throughout in fact leading to some interesting shaping, but perhaps creating some weaknesses during play? Hard to tell without handling it, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt. I really like the look if these too, they have a Japanese feel to me, kinda Manga inspired, or like Suzuki concept vehicles or something, I like them.
$59.99 - 800 to 900g - including 3 to 5 minifigures
legosammy – Space Scavengers (827g) – Nice looking six wheeler. Cool idea for a theme too. Lacking a bit of colour and more photographs would have been appreciated. On MOCPages you only have two pictures, both from the same front high angle – a rear angle and maybe a low dramatic shot would have helped. It is very grey, some highlights or accent colour would have helped lift it, though I admit it does make the aliens really stand out! Good playable function, a search and discover play feature and a chunky looking mining vehicle that fits the theme idea very well. Good MOCing!
lego-maniac – The Invasion Begins – (440g) – First, nice video. But like Nathan (Grandpappy) in the $29 dollar category you have missed the point of put your brick where your mouth is. You have a very nice set idea here, but it doesn't fit any of the price points you have available, so it needs to get much bigger, or it needs to come with another model included, or it needs to get smaller. That's why our weight limits had gaps between them. Instead you enter it as it is. Points lost! Sorry.
In fact I'm very sorry as this is an incredibly playable little set, the pop out holding pod and power core idea is great and the ship itself is an excellent shape with lots of nice opening sections. I'm not sure how well the hinges on the doors would hold up to a seven year old (clip joints would be a better choice) but that's a quick and minor rebuild. The base/science platform seem a bit or a waste of elements though, it could be smaller and you could include a ground vehicle or add the weight of those elements to an opposing forces model. So close to great, if only you'd fit the weight better.
Lego Monster guy – Art Bell, The Frantic Area51 Caller (691g) – You too missed the point. I like the radio station, the phone box and MIB car, but would you pay $60 for this? Maybe $30? So, you would have to get the weight below 385g... that was the challenge. This should have had either parts removed or parts added. I had no idea who Art Bell was either, I had to look it up. LEGO normally only go for internationally known licenses!
I think as it is a science fiction competition, you could have included a UFO or a top secret aircraft and still have come in under the weight limit. I do like what you have made, I see a lot of playability with the car, the head sucker, the cool radio station. Looks pretty easy to build too, all studs up but still with a lot of detail, probably a 5+ rather than the 8+ (or higher) that most MOCs are, and this is a compliment, to get this level of detail in an easy to build model is a skill of it's own, very well done.
Spacie – Dropship and Lifeform – (about 500g) – It's easy to build $40-ish dollar models, most of the sketch models we make at LEGO would probably fall into this range, and that's one reason I asked for a gap in this area, the aim of the competition is to give you a bit of a taste of what it's like to be a Designer, to have to either boost or shrink a model to fit the price point you are aiming for. It's weird so many people have ended up in this category by default.
I wish there were more pictures in your Flickr of this, I really like the lines of the ship I see in the video, it looks really swooshable. The playability, the functions, the colours and the details are excellent. The figures seem a little bit unpolished but they are interesting choices and the caterpillar creature is great. It all looks reasonably easy to build, stable and a lot of fun to play with. Good job.
$89,99 - 1100 to 1250g - including 5 to 9 minifigures
Grandpappy – Extended Range Recon Vehicle – (950g) – Okay, you're quite a way underweight, I could launch into another rant about missing the point, but these are pretty expensive tyres so it's much closer to realistic then not. But with the range we gave you, you could have added at least three more figs – maybe added some troops to the Tarantula's side, I just feel it's so damn close to perfect why not just take the time to push it to the rules limit! But these are minor things. This is en excellent entry, lovely looking MOCs with clear factions, massive amounts of playability, from extra vehicles (that then transform again), tools, robots and the ever popular technic shooter! The colour scheme is excellent, the background is just enough and the walker feels intimidating and slightly scary, like a potential bad guy should. Just wonderful, even if there were other entries in this category this would have scored very high and been tough to beat.