Mixels competition winners

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After much deliberation, the seven judges have made their decision. The winners of the Mixels series three building competition are...

1st place: The LEGO House, BR minifig and Dareth polybag

Purple Parrot by theaface22. All of the judges had this model at either first or second place on their lists and it won by a very large margin.

  • DrDave: "Small and simple, but still beautiful and elegant. I love this one."
  • SirKevbags: "I could see this little chap sitting on my shoulder! Very clean design and perfectly proportioned."
  • Rocao: "Elegant and effective design produces a model that has the kind of beautiful lines and the abundance of personality you'd expect from Pixar movie character."
  • Huw: "Such a simple but effective model, and a perfect use for that feather piece."
  • LostInTranslation "Very simply done but immediately recognisable as a parrot, with a clear personality and the perch just finishes the model off perfectly."

2nd place: The LEGO House

Wiztastics Peacock by Krzysztof Pusz. This was my personal favourite, and it picked up points from many of the other judges, too.

  • Huw: "It's a model that looks to have used most of the available parts. I love the head and the tail feathers. It looks almost cuddly, like something out of a toddlers TV programme."
  • LostInTranslation "So much detail, I love how the plumage has been created. "


Joint 3rd place: BR minifig and Dareth polybag, plus other polys

Scruffy Lion Cub by Alan Hornberger.

  • DrDave says "My heart melted the moment I saw this one - so cute!
  • Rocao: "The facial characteristics and body proportions all contribute to the high cute factor. The entry I'd most like to pose and play with."


Joint 3rd place: BR minifig and Dareth polybag, plus other polys

ED 209 Camo by Donna Liem

  • Rocao: "Clever use of elements to achieve a faithful reproduction of one of sci-fi's all-time best robots."
  • DrDave: "Stood out in a sea of more 'organic' creations. Superb."
  • SirKevbags: "I'm usually drawn to character based models but I can't help but enjoy the power on display with Camo."


5th place: Brickset minifig

Owl by wizardofnoz1

  • LostInTranslation "Another great rendition of a feathered friend. The big eyes are just put to brilliant use here."
  • SirKevbags "The most inquisitive entry in my opinion with the colour scheme blending well."
  • DrDave "A small but perfectly-formed creation. This one was my son Ben's favourite!"


Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who took part. I'll contact the winners via flickr mail, or feel free to contact me with your address so I can get the prizes off to you.

Let's do it all again next year!

 

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36 comments on this article

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By in Singapore,

1st price is very nice!

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By in Indonesia,

congratulations for all the winners! :)

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By in Italy,

First of all congratulations to the winners for their fantastic models , the parrot is really fantastic and the others are gorgeous.
but at this point I wonder if in fact they can be considered models " Mixel Max" ...
the goal is to build up a Mixel MAx model , not the best model with the pieces of a Mixel tribe.
Or am i wrong?
(or maybe I'm just jealous ;) )

Congratulations again to the winners!

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By in United Kingdom,

:O Wow, thank you lovely judging panel, and thank you Huw for arranging this competition! This has absolutely made my day!

I really think Mixels are one of the best things LEGO has done in years. It's great fun not only to mess about and create things myself, but also to regularly scour the Flickr page and see some of the amazing creations other people have come up with. As the competition pool proves, a full set of one Mixel tribe provides an unbelievably versatile set of parts for a mere £9.

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By in Italy,

Fantastic models, but the parrot is not a mixel max. It would make a perfect Creator polybag, but the contest was about "building a Mixels 'Max' monster", not "anything you can do with the piece selection". The other entries can be considered mixels with some stretching, but the first one..

Not that it would have made any difference, i'm not talented enought to came up with something so clever and nice :P But the rules were clear

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By in United Kingdom,

nicola80, is a Mixel Max not a creation made from the parts of all 3 Mixels of a single tribe? If so, all of the entries, parrot included, meet the brief. Even LEGO's own suggested Mixel MAX models do not use all the parts of a single tribe.

Outside of the very clear rule that requires entrants to state which models were used to create an entry, I'm not sure what more you would want? An arbiturary minimum piece count? That doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun. For me personally, I thought 'iamkritch' had some of the best/cutest/most inventive entries and they had, by and large, the smallest piece count.

If your concern is about the resemblance to a real life animal, again, where do you draw the line? I recall seeing amazing designs including turtles, frogs, ostriches, artists, pirates, robots and so on. All of which could strictly not be considered monsters, however each of which had its own unique style and was hardly a life-like representation of the thing they were based on.

I think the only thing we agree on is that the rules were clear, but that's led us to two very different conclusions.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not going to enter into any correspondence (as also stated in the rules) but ultimately the winners will be whatever catches the judges' eye as they browse thorough the entries. I admit we do not think "does this qualify as a 'Max' or not?" when viewing them. However, the definition of a 'Max' is not set in stone in any case.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations. Well done to the winners.

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By in United Kingdom,

I give up with these competitions - even someone my skill level can't beat some of these creations, no matter how many fragile and illegal techniques I shove into my builds, or how many puns I put into their names. I think I'm going to have to stick to entering pure constraction building competitions and shoving a load of fragile and illegal techniques into them ;-P

And the way I see "build a Max monster" is simply make a character or creature model using parts from selected sets. Or in case of one of the winners, a robot model (I honestly wasn't expecting that). I'll say it now, I've built some of the official Max monsters, and sometimes even they only use half the available parts (the S1 Maxes are especially guilty of this). Just putting it out there.

But honestly, well done to the winners. Judges, how on earth do you pick from 300 great entries? I can't imagine it to be easy and I am always too impartial, so why do you think me and a friend got Peter Reid to judge the NCS building comp in the forum in the summer? ;-)

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By in Italy,

theaface, first off, mine was just a lighthearted critique, i still love all the winners and the competition etc :) And i'm ok with the judge decision, the parrot is fantastic just as you said.

Since the comp was about building a "mixel max monster", we should define that. I don't think the definition "a creation made from the parts of all 3 Mixels of a single tribe" you gave is valid. Why it should be? If i build a fridge, or a microscale spaceship, or a pirate ship, is that a mixel monster?
You can get an idea of what a mixel max is by looking at the official ones. I think to qualify, and entry should be:
(per rule) formed by 2 or 3 sets of the same tribe (so if not exacly "big", at least not smaller than a single one?); somewhat monstery (you can define it as freely as sensible, but a "realistic" parrot is not a monster).

So that's it, i'm not angry or anything, maybe the next competition i'll know i can take some more freedom for building things, and of course not winning anyway becouse there are plenty of models better than mine :P

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By in United States,

It WAS very hard to judge all the entries. These winners deserved it, though. Purple Parrot is my personal favorite, so I had to vote for it.

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By in United States,

The LEGO Mixel website has defined a Max: "Combine all three characters of each tribe and they become a MAX – a giant mega-Mixel who has all their powers combined!"

A Mix is when you use two Mixels from one tribe. If you use Mixels from different tribes, you do not get a Max, but instead a Murp.

So, the official rules are faulted stating: "To enter, simply build a Mixels 'Max' monster, from two or three (different) purple, tan or green Mixels from series three and post your entry to the Brickset competition pool on Flickr."

A Max cannot be made from two Mixels nor should a Max be able to be described as "small" based on the definition on the Mixel website.

I am not knocking the winner or the choose of winners, because the parrot is a fantastic build and it would be hard not to choose it as the winner. My criticism is the lack of research into the use of LEGO terms for this contest.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree the parrot is a bit small, but if there are no real rules as to what Max means, then it is a worthy winner.

I would have though Max would have referred to using most of the parts, but clearly that isn't the case.

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By in Indonesia,

Nice designs! Congratulation!

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By in United States,

Whoa... I love that battle mech. I'm surprised there are no Glorp Corp in here, though. Good stuff in those.

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By in Poland,

I think that 2nd place is better than the 1st place, but that's my opinion - all works are great . Congratulations! :D

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By in Hong Kong,

"the top three and runners up in fourth and fifth place will each receive a Brickset minifigure." So, may we know which builds are in fourth and fifth place?

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By in United States,

I love that parrot! Good job winners!

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By in Slovakia,

Congratulations to all the winners!
Btw, I was also wondering about the 4th and 5th place...

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats to all the winners, the parrot stood out to me when I scrolled through a while back, it's in another league, so elegant!
That mech is brilliant too, I think DrDave has it spot on, it really stands out.

Shame there is this question over the max-ness of the parrot, I agree it's small, but how much has been achieved with so little is part of its charm. I'd say we should all applaud theaface22 for this sheer genius, and maybe tighten up the definitions for next time.

Oh, and where was that incredible tree frog? I'm surprised it didn't make the top 3(+1). :)

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By in Canada,

All gorgeous models. Special congratulations to the winner though, his/hers is simply perfect. I'll definitely try to reproduce and display it! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Good point about 4th and 5th place! Given there are two third places, I'll just have a 5th place, and send all five winners a fig with their prizes.

So, 5th place will be added to the post above in a minute.

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By in United States,

Purple Parrot is amazing! I couldn't suppress the 'Woah' that came out of my mouth when I first saw it moments ago.

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By in United Kingdom,

Whilst the winning models are all extremely well done, I don't see how any of them can be considered monsters. Since when have things like parrots and owls been monsters to anything but sunflower seeds and mice.
The rules seemed quite clear;

"Entries will be judged primarily on the appearance of the monster -- how cool, scary, weird, whacky, inventive, imaginative it is -- but we will also be on the look-out for interesting building techniques and use of parts."

I think the spirit of a Mixels Monster competition has gone a little astray. If this is the type of results people want then maybe a Creator competition should be held instead.

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By in United States,

I agree with some of the comments here, and built my own entries on the assumption I was entering in to a contest for larger Mixel-type creations, instead of a general "build whatever you can with parts from 2-3 Mixel sets from the same tribe". In my opinion, only the Peacock and Lion Cub seem to fit the criteria specified. I do agree the winning entries are all awesome creations, but they do not all evoke a "Mixel Monster" vibe. So for what it's worth, I'm just posting this as feedback in the hopes it will be helpful to make the rules for future competitions more clear and defined, that's all.

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By in United States,

To be honest I'm not into Mixels, but I do like these Mixel bird sets. All very nice!

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By in Netherlands,

Congratulations to the winners, those are awesome! Nice parts usage with the beak of the purple parrot.
As for those questioning wether it's a monster: what scale is it anyway? Is it micro scale (run for the giant!) or larger than life (attack of the mini-birds!?). And I've never seen a purple, googly eyed 'parrot' before, so in a sense it is a monster. Just think of cookie monster, people.

Nevertheless, there were many brilliant entries. For that, you can only respect the judges for viewing them all, right?

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By in United Kingdom,

So beautiful! What fantastic work. I'm awe! Congrats people!

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By in United States,

Well deserved winners, the standard keeps going up. Purple Parrot and ED 209 were my favourites. Thanks @Huw and the BrickSet team for hosting the competition. I love taking part in these. please keep them coming!

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By in Germany,

I love the parrot. It's really cute. But the peacock is the real winner. It deserved the first place, because it's a real mixel max. The parrot should have gotten an extra price for creativity or such...

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By in United States,

I liked the purple mantis a bunch. Probably forgot to tag my entries...probably was DQ'd. :) these are great - and apart from my first entry falling down all the time cuz it was 8" tall I had a great time. These entries rock. I don't think my wife ever uploaded her purple ballet ninja (trans purple cheese slope skirt with the octagon piece). But our photography (rexflight) was pretty poor anyway. Hope there's more competition! I enjoyed the high stakes.

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By in Turkey,

ED 209 Camo was awesome.I was surprised to see such a beautiful mecha built out of mostly "organic" pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done to the winners. There are some very nice creations there.

I would agree with some other comments though.
A Mixel, Maxel contest should really have Mixel, Maxel monster winners.

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By in United States,

What we need is a peoples choice award!

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By in United States,

Well done, lots of fantastic entries. Congrats to the winners!

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By in United States,

Can you post a page of all the runners up like on the Second Mixels Competition? That would be great! Also, congrats to all the winners!

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