Friday Night Fights [Round 19]

*This special edition of Friday Night Fights is brought to you by constant reader Christopher Hoffman who volunteered his services as match-maker for Round 19.  The selection has the added benefit of giving W. Navarre another shot this week, with a model that was not designed in a rush for a contest that he wasn’t completely satisfied with.  If you have a suggestion for a future match-up don’t hesitate to reach out to me through the comments, the contact form here on the blog, or Flickrmail.

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another rope-a-dope edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is a Mesoamerican throw-down with political control of Tenochtitlan and a small fortune in cacao beans on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the point of no return, it’s “Nitro” W. Navarre and his “Chinampa“.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from the blood-stained shores of Lake Texcoco, it’s Tirrell “The Bludgeon” Brown and his “Chinampa“.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner before announcing the next bout.

Last week, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of the used record store, as influential bands went toe-to-toe to determine the best album cover.  In the end,  Anthony “The Wookie” Wilson and his “OK Computer“. roundly thrashed his opponent to the tune of an 8-2 victory over  “Nitro” W. Navarre and his “Kansas Album Cover“.  Mr. Wilson records his first win and improves his record to (1-0) while Mr. Navarre falls to (0-1).


12 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 19]

  1. After googling what the heck a Chinampa is, Tirell’s build does what it says on the label, while the other’s a hut. So my vote goes to Tirrell.


    1. Dang it, now I feel stupid for not bothering to look that up myself. I’m not going to change my vote, but if accuracy was a heavier factor for me I would probably turn around and favor Tirrell too. It was close this round.


  2. I’m going to go with Navarre’s. His has a very clean and balanced look to it that also manages to stay semi-chaotic with all the chickens running around and plants growing naturally alongside purposely-cultivated ones.
    Tirrell’s is even cleaner and I love the focus on the shape. It’s as if a block of lake water was magically cut out in a perfect offset around the rectangular farming platform, but I think what keeps it from triumphing over Navarre’s is that that concept wasn’t taken as far as it could have.
    It would have been very cool to see a slightly taller, more three-dimensional block of lake, with clear walls and fish swimming around inside or poking through the walls. That’s definitely a tall order, but in my opinion that’s what it would have taken to have a definitive edge over Mr. Navarre.

    Notwithstanding, both contestants did excellent using very different styles, and I have to applaud them for tackling a very often overlooked theme. Lego doesn’t provide the best selection of minifig garments to clothe the people of Mesoamerica, but Navarre and Tirrell made do anyway and the results are quite convincing.


  3. This was a tough one. It’s hard to go against W. Navarre, but I’m going with Tirrell here too. It just seemed more interesting on the whole. It has that “Ooh, what’s that? I want to learn more” cache to it. He nailed the submerged look, with the canals surrounding. Great execution on the tree too.

    Navarre set a great scene. His boat looks better to me, but perhaps it’s the photo angle. Tirrell’s tree looks more organic though, so that went against him too. The hut is top notch, and a perfect use for those aged white bricks… but I knew it was a hut. It just didn’t leave me searching for more.


  4. I’m going Nitro here. I like the scene as a whole better. As said prior, love the use of the dirty white bricks. Also, I really want to know what’s in the hut. Even if the builder didn’t build an interior, the fact that I want to know sells it for me.


  5. I vote Tirrell because it’s not just a Lego model; it’s a museum model. The squareness and framing of everything is straight out of an exhibit and the posing of the figs makes one wonder about how those people actually lived. The decision to go with fleshies rather than standard yellow figs has a hand in this, of course. Navarre’s is a well-built MOC—that roof design is gorgeous—but it doesn’t go that extra mile for me the way Tirrell’s does.


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