In late August, Kim Thomsen from the LEGO CEE Community Support team contacted myself and the Eurobricks team with a challenge. They are impressed with the database of alternate build MOCs that Rebrickable has accumulated and wanted to see what the community could come up with under some quite restricted conditions. These conditions just so happened to be similar to those forced on internal LEGO designers :)
Create an alternate build from a single City themed set:
- City themed alt build
- Designed in LDD (quite a challenge for noobs!)
- Buildable in real like (to ensure it is structurally stable)
- Target audience of 7-10 year olds
The requirement to use LDD was quite purposeful. Everyone who has used it knows that it is quite restrictive with the type of joins you can use - basically only rather simple designs are possible. Which is exactly what LEGO are looking for to target 7-10 year olds.
What was a little different to the normal alt build submissions on Rebrickable is that the MOC could not use any spare parts, only the parts from the printed inventory. I guess an admission that the spare parts can not be guaranteed, or maybe just leaving room for lost parts :)
A number of Rebrickable and Eurobricks MOC designers were picked at short notice (based on their past submissions/experience with LDD and alt builds), and each received a random City 2014 themed set. They had less than one month (depending on delivery timeframes which were quite painful in some cases) to design, build, photograph, render, and submit their entries.
At this time, not all of them have been submitted as MOCs to Rebrickable but they will come in due course.
A big thank you to Kim, if you are reading this, for thinking up this challenge and including Rebrickable!
Just a few samples...