Friday Night Fights [Round 23]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for a belated Halloween edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of the pumpkin patch, with untold children’s souls on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the basement bar of the WackLUG headquarters in Los Angeles, Andrew “ChromeLee and his “Happy Halloween“.24216896708_4c06866404_h.jpg

And fighting out of the blue corner, from the distant shores of Mata Nui, it’s Anthony “The WolverineWilson and his “The Wanderer.


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 time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the clash of the dioramas with discount Pancake House coupons on the line.  In the end, “Fabulous” Fabio Maiorana and “The Red Room” scored a highly contested 8-5 victory over “Relentless” Revan New and his “Abandoned Factory.  Fabio records his first win (1-0) , while Revan starts his fighting career in the hole at (0-1).


20 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 23]

  1. Wanderer. I don’t really like the head, but everything else comes together so well. Although I have to wonder if I’d go the same route if it wasn’t for the edit.


  2. Wanderer. That buckled garb look reads well, the leather coat feel seems to be suited to good effect with those Bionicle parts. The only failing is the expression, just too damn happy. I keep wanting this to be like Pumpkinhead. This is like his younger cousin, Errol, who has been away at boarding school. But aside from that, the presentation is great. Andrew’s feels a bit rushed, like “oh shit, tomorrow’s Halloween. I said I’d build a giant mecha pumpkin. fuuuuck. Where’d I put all my dark green?!”


    1. “like ‘oh shit, tomorrow’s Halloween. I said I’d build a giant mecha pumpkin. fuuuuck. Where’d I put all my dark green?!'”


      I am for real laughing my ass off right now because that is pretty much exactly right, except Andrew knows exactly where his dark green is.


  3. I was going to vote for Andrew’s from the strong distance read, but then I clicked through to see details on the Wanderer. And boy, there are some great non-bionicle bits mixed in there with brilliance and care. So — another for the Wanderer.


  4. Definite vote for the wanderer for me. The head is pretty impressive for the parts and scale it’s executed at, and I’m a sucker for cool coats like that. The other build has a decent idea, but the random studs in weird places make it feel rushed to me.


  5. My vote is also for the Wanderer. Just some fantastic shaping and design work that’s gone into the body. I’ve always loved when bionicle builders manage to incorporate clothing into the design, and this is no exception. The head is also some great NPU for the pumpkin shape.


  6. I’m going to go against the grain and vote for Happy Halloween. I’ve never cared for constraction figures or photoshop manipulation. I do think though that there was a missed opportunity for a Peanuts joke,


  7. While I feel that “Happy Halloween” is a more original concept, the overall execution of “The Wanderer” gives it the win, in a split decision.


  8. “The Wanderer” has more advanced techniques, smoother shaping, cleverer part usage, and sharper editing. And I don’t give a shit. It feels like a couple of unrelated WIPs slapped together. You’ve got a cool jacket, so throw a pumpkin head on it and give it a vague name so no one notices and you have fave fodder. Is it a man cursed to live the rest of his life with a goofy pumpkin head? Or just some dude in a cheesy mask? I like when MOCs make me wonder about a backstory, but “The Wanderer” isn’t eliciting an interesting one from my mind. But with “Happy Halloween” I can easily imagine how the whole scene went: giant vegetable suddenly comes to life and scares the shit out of some poor pumpkin patch pedestrian. Cute idea, inoffensive execution. Chrome had a clear plan even if it was rushed as Rowntree suggests. It may be rough around the edges, but I feel more comfortable giving my vote to Chrome since I’m not particularly taken with either combatant this week and would rather not see “The Wanderer” win by a landslide. Call me contrarian.


  9. I’ll go with “Happy Halloween” in this battle… mainly because it looks like it will make the better tasting pumpkin pie in the aftermath (and I’ve got Thanksgiving on my mind)….

    The “wanderer’s” head looks too much like one of those sad, deflated puppets from H.R. Pufnstuf (and I always hated seeing that show on TV Saturday mornings, as it meant the cartoons were over). The stiff legs also makes it look like he’s walking around like Kramer in that one Seinfield episode when he wore the tight pants… The build does have good technique usage and editing, but on the other hand there are definitely areas he settled too (a little variety in the headstones would have been good…)

    As for mega-pumpkin, I would have liked the head tilted downward to make it look like it was focused on the girl, or the eyes angled towards her in some other way. That would have been more menacing to me. The tentacle fingers were a ‘miss’ for me (as the gray hinges showing, would have tried to do in black), since the rest of the build is block-style.

    Now then, pass the cranberry sauce…


  10. I vote “Lee”.

    I really like Wilsons “Wanderer” better… but the light is probably not Lego, the mist definitely is not Lego, and I find the head stones woefully undersized an oddly positioned. Next to that excellent figure, the grave markers look more like corny seasonal yard decorations purchased on clearance at Home Depot and positioned moments before the PIC was taken. Now, that’s all pretty Haloweeny… in a cheesy sort of way… but it clashes with that genuinely creepy figure. This lack of tonal continuity distracts me.

    Lees giant pumpkin, silly though it may be, offers a more consistent visual tone (al be it, consistently silly) and of course exploits no non-brick built gimmicks (mist and lighting).

    As always, excellent choices proffered by our host. And to both builders, I say “right on”.



  11. I vote for Andrew’s giant orange skull thing. The Wanderer’s coat is daaaaaamn fine. Damn fine. Did I consider burning my homie Chrome for a sec? Ehhh get outta here. Doesn’t matter, upon further lookage my feelings about some of the other elements (head, mist, legs, the five identical tombstones) echoed those critiques above.

    Cards on table, this is total cronyism. Why not? I hang with some good builders.


  12. I like aspects of both; ultimately I’m really not a fan of the contraction fig legs. Also, Chrome is a homie. +1 for the Baked Pumpkin, that thing is stoned out of its gourd.


  13. It’s hard to dress Lego figures convincingly, but Wanderer has me sold. How come they don’t put freaky pumpkin heads on mannequins? I could see a life-sized version of that thing selling dozens of brown jackets the night before Halloween! Well done.


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