Microscale competition winners

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The judges have finished deliberating and I can now announce the winners of our microscale building competition.

Among the over 200 entries on Flickr and Instagram were microscale versions of sets from the 1960s, 1970s and every other decade right up to 2018. There was even a microscale entry of the microscale 40290 60 Years of the LEGO Brick that inspired the competition!

The standard of the entries was very high, perhaps more so than in any other competition we've run, so the judges had a particularly hard time choosing the winners.

So, before I announce the results I'd like to thank them for taking the time to help and also thank everyone who entered. The gallery of images of your superb entries will serve as inspiration for microscale builders for years to come.

The winners are...


1st: Caterham Seven 620R by Victor

Victor wins a signed copy of 21310 Old Fishing Store

View image at flickr

What the judges said:

  • Very clever parts usage and unorthodox building techniques come together to create a perfect micro-scale Caterham Seven!
  • All of the parts line up so perfectly that there are no gaps anywhere, which is really hard to do, especially at that scale. He chose a great inspiration model, and his turned out to be an exact replica, just scaled down significantly. Well done, Victor.
  • Innovative use of elements is vital to a successful mini model and Victor has demonstrated exceptional skill in this model of 21307 Caterham Seven 620R. Headphones have been ingeniously used for the roll bar behind the seats and I like the batarang dashboard too.
  • Impressively maintains the distinctive shape and style of the Caterham Seven at microscale with carefully considered parts usage.
  • Very hard to replicate at this scale, but done amazingly well! A favorite of the Ideas line.


Joint 2nd: Sentai Headquarters by Marius Herrmann

View image at flickr

What the judges said:

  • The details are so intricate and distinct on every aspect of the build that it is hard not to place it, but by far my favorite part usage would be the Haz-Mats gun used as the cannon for the blue mech, it was ingenious.
  • Marius Hermann's miniature rendition of 7709 Sentai Headquarters is perfect. I love the bold use of colour which really stands out at this scale and the intricate building techniques are thoroughly impressive, particularly where the tiny mechs are concerned!
  • Loved the rocky base and the interesting piece usage. So clean and crisp! A rendition of a beloved action-theme mech base.
  • I just love the use of carrots in the towers! It demonstrates how parts that are designed as something else become something completely different at microscale


Joint 2nd: Super Hero Airport Battle by Okay Yaramanoglu

View image at flickr

What the judges said:

  • Very impressed how you can with not that many pieces make a mini-version of another set, even including the boxes and car;
  • Loved the ant man usage to make him look giant. The quinjet is fun, too.
  • The depiction of the set has been executed perfectly, with the Quinjet proportioned so well, as well as the genius use of just the Ant-Man minifigure for the giant fig in the set. It was done, IMO, the best that could have ever been done for scaling down the set.
  • Great attention to detail - good use of a minifigure
  • Great all around. Original Quinjet looks nice. Giant Man nicely represented!


Congratulations to the three of you! We'll be in touch to arrange to get your prizes sent to you.

 

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37 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations!

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By in Australia,

I think I would've picked the Sentai headquarters as first, but worthy winners all. Those are gorgeous.

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By in Canada,

Congratulations Victor, that Caterham is splendid!
There were so many incredible builds for this competition, I'm glad I wasn't judging it :-O

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By in United States,

Would love to see official sets like the Super Hero Airport Battle. It would be a great way to get Minifigures we wouldn't normally get, or fit in with the movie sets. Might just be a way around the no action figures sets for certain themes.

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By in Canada,

Kind of disappointed that you chose the model of a car over that beautiful Sentai Headquarters build. I mean, it's barely a recreation of a Lego set, more a recreation of the car itself. For me, it's absolutely no competition: the Headquarters should have won.

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By in Germany,

Well done everybody. Some great constructions have happened here :0)

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By in Indonesia,

Congrats to everyone :D

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By in United States,

Congratualtions! I’m so happy to see the micro Caterham & Sentai Fortresss make it into the winner’s circle! Thanks for hosting such an awesome competition.

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By in United States,

That Exo-force model brings back so much nostalgia. Well deserved!

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By in United Arab Emirates,

Awesome

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with the choice of winner! ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Great entries. Well done to the winners.

Personally would have liked to see something older than 12 years in the top three for a '60years of the brick' contest but realise that wasn't part of the judging criteria.

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By in United States,

Agree with some of the comments above, the headquarters should have won.

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By in United States,

Some really great submissions and congratulations to the winners, and thanks for assisting with my work avoidance Brickset all the participants! I think there are a few entries which deserve an "Honorable Mention" award, which my picks would be Michael Cerone's version of 6987 and Travis Brickle's version of Captain Metal Beard's Seacow. I also loved woo224's version of 10184 Town Plan Microscale as that is a great depiction of a "Holy Grail" set I've long longed for. I also feel there should be a special award for Logey Bear's version of Micro Nick Bluetooth Deluxe, perhaps a "The Spawn of Nightmares" award?... that thing will truly haunt me, thanks a lot for that Logey Bear.

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazing competition,congratulations for the winners!I am so happy that I also took part and entered with my model.There were so many great builds (the one that I liked the most did not won however). Very very entertaining!

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally, I'd call using a premade mini-fig as a large portion of your entry cheating... But hey, I'm not a judge. *shrugs*

Also surprised several entries didn't do better, the Sea Cow and the Blacktron bases for instance, certainly deserves to be an honourable mention section.

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By in United States,

That sentai fortress is amazing. Congrats to all the winners!

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By in United States,

These are all worthy top-three, though I would have maybe shuffled the order a bit. Reducing Ant-man *back* to a minifig is brilliant and the rest of the microscale work on that model really stands out. The Sentai Fortress looks nice, but without the black platform and the fact that it's so big (relatively speaking) I don't think it actually fits the theme. The Caterham also looks wonderful, but it doesn't really stand out to me as a clear winner above the Ant-man model.

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By in United States,

All amazing—I would have chosen Sentai Fortress as first place, though—I love it.

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By in United States,

I don't see how the Blacktron base wasn't a winner. That set was amazing.

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By in Russian Federation,

IMHO, only Antman sticks as an award-winning material.

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By in United States,

Lego should bring exo-force back.

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By in United States,

And thus is why my Ninjago City didn't stood a chance, well done to the winners.

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By in United States,

I would've submitted my own version of the 2018 Destiny's Bounty, but I didn't have the parts..
But then again these models are a million times better than what I came up with! Congrats to all!!

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By in United Kingdom,

All superb! Amazing work. Congratulations

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By in United States,

There were some awesome builds! I am also a little disappointed that none of the winners were older sets, still beautiful builds! A very fun competition!

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By in United States,

Fantastic works! Love them.
So many great ones. I'd buy these mini-sets if Lego EVER does any one of these.

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By in United States,

Surprised the modulars I saw on Flickr didn't make it - those were incredible (I feel like I shouldn't call out who made them exactly). Congrats to the winners though! The Sentai Headquarters is my favorite.

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By in Canada,

May the best win. It depends a little on who the judge is. I looked at the "likes" on the pictures at flickr . And most of the 70's models did not have very many likes, but they appeal the most to me.

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By in United States,

@LegoSolo77 You're welcome Mr. Solo, there will be a lot more nightmare fuel where that came from.

My two cents, one of SimonNH's architectural models and one of Marion's Technic vehicles should have been in the top three along with Sentai HQ.

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By in Germany,

I am very disappointed with the selected winners. 40290 contains 4 iconic sets that everyone knows and are among the best sets ever released.

The Caterham is well built and fits in size to 40290, but is it already iconic, after 1 year?

Sentai Headquarters is also well built, but far from iconic and too big to compare with 40290.

Super Hero Airport Battle: do you have to know that?

Where are the classic city sets (Fire Brigade and Police)? Classic Space? Castle (6090, 6085)? Train? Paradisa? Fabuland? Lego technic (Supercar, Chassis, Space Shuttle, Control Center)? Model Team (Black Cat)?
I would have expected real iconic sets of the 70s to 90s.

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By in United Kingdom,

The 'iconicity' of the models was not judged. What's iconic to you might not be to others.

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By in United States,

I was personally quite proud of my Galaxy Explorer, but I wholeheartedly agree with the winners.

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By in United States,

Sentai Headquarters is fantastic! It was certainly a centerpiece of EXO-Force, and it has been recreated perfectly (especially considering how many extra models there are compared to the others.)

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By in Canada,

The great thing about (and challenge of) microscale is that "less is more".
Congratulations to all the winners. And to the judges - job well done.
There were so many wonderful entries but these three were all ones that I remember being impressed by when I was browsing entries a while back.

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By in United States,

I agree with a lot of the others here, Sentai Headquarters should have gotten first.

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By in United States,

I love Sentai HQ. I thought about using the technique used on the mechs for Toa Lhikan and the Kikanalo but I never got around to doing it. Great job

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