Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Kill Teal 2 - Building Competition

Welcome to my blog post. Today it is all about LEGO. Yes, it is not the usual quilting related fare but there is nothing like a bit of healthy cross-proliferation of interests. Hands up who else has got other hobbies than quilting. There you go. Thought so. =)

Kill Teal 2, New Elementary, LEGO building competiton, MOC,


What is this about then? The colour ‘Teal’, its demise and resurrection as zombie ‘Teal’. In 2008 the LEGO company decided to reduce their colour palette. One of their designers or master builders Mark Stafford designed a Exo-Force set (8115 Dark Panther) and was given several options colour wise. However the colours he did not use would get struck from the LEGO palette forever and ever. Thus choosing ‘Purple’ and ‘Orange’ over ‘Teal’ the later was killed by Mark, more or less inadvertently. As it turns out his decision didn't kill teal at all but merely put it into a ten year hibernation, because it is finally back in 2018 in sets like the lovely 10260 Downtown Diner. I love it! The diner and ‘Teal’ too. 

To celebrate the blog ‘New Elementary’ - A blog about new LEGO® parts with set reviews, building techniques and brick model ideas – announced a contest to kill ‘Teal’ – again. 

Kill Teal 2


The task was to build a scene or else depicting how ‘Teal’ was going to be killed the second time round. One entry in form of one picture per person. 

Kill Teal 2, New Elementary, LEGO building competiton, MOC,


It did sound so much fun that I wanted to give it a try. Therefore, this little scene got made. We are on a factory floor and the minifigures working there have to wear protective gear to be safe from the unwanted ‘Teal’. Being rounded up and shipped to the facility to be dumped on a conveyor belt and molten into black little lumps. ‘Peach’ and ‘Chartreuse’ are already gone and others surely will follow. Yes, the premises are somewhat sinister but can I be blamed in the current political climate where diversity and inclusion, reason and plurality of opinion are shouted down by politicians claiming ‘There is but one truth! Who isn’t with me, is against me’. Blech! 

Kill Teal 2, New Elementary, LEGO building competiton, MOC,


Having emerged from what LEGO fans call the ‘dark ages’ – the lost years from when you played with LEGO as a child and the moment you re-discovered it as an adult - last September , I do not have an extensive collection of LEGO bricks. In fact I have so few, that I could not even put up proper walls for my factory floor. Instead I used the base plates of one of the two rather boring childhood sets I owned. One was a park deck with gas station (if you could only see me rolling my eyes) and the other a container ship. Not exactly fun for a young girl. Or to say it differently, these sets could have been fun, had I also owned a simple box of basic bricks to actually build something else and to expand on the themes. As it was, the pieces contained in the sets were so few that you could hardly do anything. I asked for more LEGO but was told I already had some and that would have to do. This is how my LEGO collection stopped at two sets exactly.

This current scene was build with bits and bobs I bought on ebay since September.

Kill Teal 2, New Elementary, LEGO building competiton, MOC,


Back to the scene. There is a rotating arm with a gripper in case any teal parts break loose and need collecting and also to empty the fire pit of the charred brick remains. On the other side of the room behind the conveyer belt is the control room, where a bespectacled scientist sits at the controls. The parts are also being scanned while they are transported from the maximum security storage facility to their doom on the factory floor. Judged by the meter on the wall the destruction of ‘Teal’ is well on its way. There is a second person standing by at the emergency controls on the factory floor itself in case something goes ‘teal’ nay - wrong. 

Kill Teal 2, New Elementary, LEGO building competiton, MOC,


I build the scene on top of the light box that I purchased for foundation paper piecing (see there is quilting referenced in this post). That allowed me to light up the glowing melting pit from below, which contains a dark orange trans clear panel to create that orange glow. It also lit up every other nook and crany which was a bit of an unwanted side effect but it is what it is this first time round. Since I did not own any parts in ‘Teal’ when I made this, I substituted the parts with another blue and fiddled with the colours in an editing program afterwards. 

I wanted to record my effort somewhere and while technically my sewing blog is not quite the place to do it, I will park the post here, whilst making up my mind whether or not to start a second blog on my LEGO adventures. ‘New Elementary’ will choose the contest winner in February when I will get to see the other entries as well. I am looking forward to finding out how everyone else killed ‘Teal’.




4 comments:

  1. Lol, love it Katrin (although I hope they don’t kill off teal again)! My 6 year old grandson is a Lego fanatic so I have been reintroduced to them as an adult too. Good luck on the contest!

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  2. I am 100% glad you posted this here! I love LEGOS! I only had a basic set growing up so I never had the cool pieces that come with the more specialized sets, so I feel your pain. I have to say I found myself going "no not TEAL!) but if it has to go, this is a pretty cool way :) Very clever lighting up the fire pit furnace! I hope you submit it on their site. This is AWESOME!

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  3. You are cracking me up! I love how you "killed teal" though I am hoping they will reconsider. It is such a beautiful color and YES to the "more diversity" side comment! Best of luck.

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  4. This is awesome. I'm glad I found this post which passed me by the first time. I was probably cleaning an apartment in Toronto. I'm not a Lego fan per se but I do like Teal.

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