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Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Staff » Mon May 09, 2016 10:59 pm


Back in March when we posted the info for Star Wars Days, you may have noticed "Themed Speeder Bikes" among the build categories, and anyone registering MOCs for the event would have seen a note that we were planning a contest... which for various reasons we've put off longer than planned. But procrastination be damned, it's time to get this show on the road! Just to be clear, this contest isn't limited to Star Wars Days attendees, it's open to everyone as with all our contests - but we welcome you to bring your bikes down to Carlsbad next month if you have the opportunity.

The Challenge: Pick a pair of non-Star Wars minifigs and build them some themed speeder bikes.

That's right, we're opening this up to any other existing Lego theme besides Star Wars, licensed or otherwise. Choose two related figures (minifigures and bigfigs welcome, you can even use a creature too so long as your second rider is a standard minifig) and build each of them a custom speeder bike. They can be a team or rivals, but they have to be from the same theme and their bikes must be distinct.

And as another twist, you can submit up to three separate entries this time (three pairs of bikes). But you can only win once, so if you happen to sweep the ranks you'll just get the top prize you've earned and the next contestant(s) after yours will be bumped up.

Speeder bike design requirements:


  • A pair of steering/control vanes.

  • Handlebars for the rider.

  • A rider.


That's it. We're loosely basing this off the classic bikes in Return of the Jedi but there are plenty of other variations within the Star Wars canon like swoop bike Anakin borrowed in Attack of the Clones and the BARC speeders from Revenge of the Sith and Clone Wars,  so don't feel tied down to one design. As long as you abide by the design requirements above and it feels like a speeder bike, you're good to go. Maul's speeder from The Phantom Menace, for example, lacked control vanes so it wouldn't pass for this contest. Rey's bike skirts that rule, but I've convinced Ace that the "rear stabilizer vanes" count as control surfaces. So just be sure to make yours obvious and you won't have to worry. We're looking for creative ideas, not just a bunch of recolored  74-Zs.

To clarify the "vane" requirement, here are some official sets that would qualify:

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Those circled features are important. Everyone understand now? OK. Happy building.

Standard Contest Restrictions:

  • No unofficial or modified parts allowed.

  • No pre-existing or virtual models.

  • No changes allowed after the deadline.

  • Do not base your models on any official sets.


How to Enter:

Post your entry in the contest thread before the deadline, which is 11:59PM PDT Monday June 6th 2016. That's exactly four weeks from now (assuming the post is scheduled correctly).

The first photo in your submission needs to show both bikes with riders, because that will be the image used in the polls. You can include up to four other photos in the post and a link to a gallery with more if you wish.

You must use Flickr to host your entry pictures because we rely on the built in image resizing feature. If you do not have an account you can sign up for free, or ask a friend with a Flickr  account to host them for you. Once uploaded you will need to embed your photos in the forum. Here’s a quick visual guide on how to copy the correct code for the forum. Follow that, then paste it into your reply and do not add any more forum tags to the Flickr code. It works as is. Preview your post to verify that it worked before submitting it. If it didn’t work, PM Solo.

Please do not post any non-entry photos to the contest thread, and remove any embedded images if  you quote a submission to avoid cluttering the thread. You must have a forum account to enter. Entries by proxy will be not be allowed.

Photography note: be sure to submit the best pictures possible. Color and contrast correction is recommended if necessary. The only other image enhancement allowed is replacing the background with either a solid color or simple gradient. Your photos cannot be altered in any other way. For example; no composite views, special effects, text, graphics, or scenery will be permitted. Remember, the contest is about the models – not your image manipulation prowess. If you wind up submitting your model to Lego Ideas after the poll has ended, you’re obviously welcome to further enhance your photos however you wish.

Winners will be determined in a single week long poll following the deadline.

Prizes:

The top three entries will each receive a polybag The Force Awakens C3PO minifig, and the number one ranked entry will get a 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium because it's sort of related since they went to Endor in it and there were speeder bikes on Endor and there aren't any good sets with speeder bikes to use as a prize right now. Yeah.

Also, if you happen to build a Power Miners themed pair and they make it into the top three, Ace will make it worth your while. Depending on the turnout we may throw in a few more surprise goodies along the way, so stay tuned.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Gingerbeard Man » Tue May 10, 2016 3:38 am

Just to clarify - "minifigures and bigfigs" includes Friends, Elves and Disney Princess(es)..? Even Jack Stone and Fabuland should be ok based on their classification at Bricklink and Brickset.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Quag-Daddy » Tue May 10, 2016 6:18 am

Marvel-ous Speeders!!! - - - Fun sounding contest.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby banthafodder » Tue May 10, 2016 6:23 am

What about brick built big figs like giant man, groot, or sentinel?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby SVidas » Tue May 10, 2016 6:24 am

What exactly are control vanes? :lol:
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby crazybirdman » Tue May 10, 2016 9:04 am

Awesome contest!
are micro/game figures allowed? Are Duplo figures or parts allowed?

Can you use 2 different versions of the same figure for one entry?

Do skeletons count for any theme? Or just ones they actually appeared in?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Whovian Zorker » Tue May 10, 2016 9:57 am

The top three entries will each receive a polybag The Force Awakens C3PO minifig, and the number one ranked entry will get a 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium because it's sort of related since they went to Endor in it and there were speeder bikes on Endor and there aren't any good sets with speeder bikes to use as a prize right now. Yeah.


:shock: What are you talking about?!? The Ewok Village is a great set! And it has...waitaminute...oh, it only has one speeder bike, not multiples. :facepalm: Dang it....
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby dWhisper » Tue May 10, 2016 11:02 am

SVidas wrote:What exactly are control vanes? :lol:


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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby sparkart » Tue May 10, 2016 11:48 am

Do Daleks count as a mini-figure? Bricklink categorizes them as mini-figures...but more importantly for this contest, does FBTB consider them mini-figures?

And we're just sticking with LEGO Themes, no taking a Lone Ranger masked head and a black two-piece suit body and making a Kill Bill Crazy 88 figure, right?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby dWhisper » Tue May 10, 2016 2:22 pm

That's right, we're opening this up to any other existing Lego theme besides Star Wars, licensed or otherwise. Choose two related figures (minifigures and bigfigs welcome, you can even use a creature too so long as your second rider is a standard minifig) and build each of them a custom speeder bike. They can be a team or rivals, but they have to be from the same theme and their bikes must be distinct.


Bikes are limited to an existing LEGO theme, so Kill Bill would get shot down on that front. As for the brick-built figures, droids, mechs, Minidolls (the technical name for Friends figures)... I'm going to punt that one to Solo, but my impression would be that it it was included in a set as a character, probably... yes?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Solo » Tue May 10, 2016 7:01 pm

Gingerbeard Man wrote:Just to clarify - "minifigures and bigfigs" includes Friends, Elves and Disney Princess(es)..? Even Jack Stone and Fabuland should be ok based on their classification at Bricklink and Brickset.

Technically those sites classify these as minifigs too, so, do you really want to play that card? We'll give minidolls a pass since they make up multiple current sister themes to System sets, but no Junior figuress like Jack Stone, nor Fabuland, Duplo, Technic, Galidor, Hero Factory, etc.

banthafodder wrote:What about brick built big figs like giant man, groot, or sentinel?

Am I wrong in thinking "bigfigs" refers to the large molded figures in system sets, like the Hulk? I apologize for the confusion, I thought that's what those were called, and those are what we planned on including. Not giant brick built figures. That misses the minifig target by too wide a margin. Sorry Groot. Lego should have made a better version of you.

SVidas wrote:What exactly are control vanes? :lol:

They're vanes... that help the rider control the speeder bike... on the schematic dwhisper posted they're labeled "directional steering vanes". It's just a term for one of the defining features in most speeder bike designs. I thought that would be pretty obvious. My bad.

crazybirdman wrote:are micro/game figures allowed? Are Duplo figures or parts allowed?
Can you use 2 different versions of the same figure for one entry?
Do skeletons count for any theme? Or just ones they actually appeared in?

No to the Duplo figures, but parts are parts. Use what you need to make your bikes look good. I'm not sure I follow the second question. You need a pair of riders that make sense together, so they shouldn't be the same character, right? Unless it's some generic minifig like the Toy Story Army Men, but your bikes still need to be distinct. Clarify your idea here for a better answer. As for the skeletons, they're are fine as long as they fit the theme you've picked, even if that theme didn't feature any skeletons.

sparkart wrote:Do Daleks count as a mini-figure? Bricklink categorizes them as mini-figures...but more importantly for this contest, does FBTB consider them mini-figures?
And we're just sticking with LEGO Themes, no taking a Lone Ranger masked head and a black two-piece suit body and making a Kill Bill Crazy 88 figure, right?
Lego considers Unikitty a minifigure even though she's brick built, but oddly not Daleks. I don't know why. Minifig sized brick built characters will be allowed. But like dwhisper figured, only if it was included in a set as a character. And he was right about the themes too. No making up your own themes for this contest. Existing Lego themes only. You just aren't restricted to licensed themes like usual with our contests.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby banthafodder » Tue May 10, 2016 8:03 pm

Do the collectible minifigs fit into the theme idea and if a minifig doesn't have a counterpart can we build one?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Solo » Tue May 10, 2016 9:19 pm

Collectible minifigs are welcome and not all of them have a suitable counterpart so yes, you'll have to get creative.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby crazybirdman » Wed May 11, 2016 7:34 am

Solo wrote:
crazybirdman wrote:Can you use 2 different versions of the same figure for one entry?
Do skeletons count for any theme? Or just ones they actually appeared in?

You need a pair of riders that make sense together, so they shouldn't be the same character, right? Unless it's some generic minifig like the Toy Story Army Men, but your bikes still need to be distinct. Clarify your idea here for a better answer.

Sorry for the confusion, I was thinking along the lines of Gollum & Smeagol, or Master Wu & Evil Wu, or Spider0Man and Iron Spider. Would something like that be alright?

Also, for themes that have been around for a long time, (space, town, castle, etc.) any of those figures count for being in the same theme right?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby Solo » Wed May 11, 2016 9:14 am

OK yeah I get it now, those examples are fine.

Old themes are fair game, and you don't have to stick to one faction. For example, Space Police with Blacktron or Forestmen and Black Falcons work because they're rivals, but a space figure with a castle figure wouldn't make sense together. Make sense? Don't dwell too much on the theme itself, worry about the figures you're building for. Elaborating on my previous post above about CMFs, something like a monkey from the Pirates line paired with the dude in a banana suit would totally work.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby dWhisper » Wed May 11, 2016 10:47 am

Solo wrote:something like a monkey from the Pirates line paired with the dude in a banana suit would totally work.


I can't wait to see some Peanut Butter Jelly Time bikes...
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby crazybirdman » Wed May 11, 2016 12:23 pm

Also, if you happen to build a Power Miners themed pair and they make it into the top three, Ace will make it worth your while.


How does he feel about Angry Birds? XD
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby onions » Wed May 11, 2016 11:51 pm

crazybirdman wrote:
Also, if you happen to build a Power Miners themed pair and they make it into the top three, Ace will make it worth your while.


How does he feel about Angry Birds? XD


i actually wouldn't mind seeing something done with this theme.
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby halfangel » Fri May 13, 2016 1:40 pm

Is it possible to side 2 characters on one bike and 2 others on the other (like Luke and Leia when they shared their bike on Endor) ?
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Re: Themed Speeder Bikes Contest Announcement

Postby DrMerlock » Fri May 13, 2016 3:50 pm

Can I build a speeder bike for Iron man's Hulk-buster considering that technically it would be a speeder bike for Iron man?
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