Friday Night Fights [Round 43]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another cup check edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of Shrute Farms, with keys to the Trans-Am and several bushels of premium beets on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the plastic shores of Denmark, It’s Lasse “The Vampire” Vestergård and his “Rasmus Klump15740618984_11859f38ce_o

And fighting out of the blue corner, from Instagram on Avon, it’s Iain “Heavy HandsHeath and his “Battlestar Galactica“.

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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.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was a self-selected battle battle of Order Lepidoptra, with access to several well stocked walk-in closets and immunity to bug-lights on the line. In the end, the bout was scored a dismal tie with 4 votes cast for each competitor.  Both Stephen “The JuggernautJuby and Mitsuru “The Big NastyNikaido established records of 0-0-1.  This is truly a dark day for the long running feature and everyone involved in last week’s debacle should feel ashamed of themselves.

In case you’re not quite tracking on the theme of tonight’s match-up, I will refer you to the following video.

 

22 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 43]

  1. Bears out of principle. Ian’s build is technically fine but it represents everything wrong about this hobby, that the only things worth building, sharing, and blogging are “lol nerd pop culture so randum xD”.

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  2. Easy win for the Lasse. Better shaping and technique, plus the figures are actually posed together in a scene with expressions that add emotion.

    Ian’s isn’t even worth considering.

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  3. Heath’s builds are always technically very good, but as others have noted, they are almost always motivated by whatever the current pop culture trend is, and that has been a bit of a turn-off for me. On the contrary, I love the expressions on the faces of the characters in Lasse’s scene. Tally another vote for the Da Bearz.

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    1. I can’t agree about the “technically very good” looking at Starbuck’s arms there. That’s how you give up on life. And no pancakes.

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      1. Damn, I just looked at the upload date and from the techniques in that build I assumed it was much, much older. Ian hasn’t gotten much better in 4 years either…

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      2. Chris,

        The Battlestar Galactica is from roughly 2010. If you look at his stream, there’s a 2018 summary. And some of the builds are fine and definitely improved, like the distracted guy meme and the “This is America” build (which would have been a stronger competitor for this Friday Night Fight). But it’s almost exclusively pop culture and internet memes, and that’s just not my style.

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      3. Ah, that makes more sense. Still, I was thinking 2005 old, not 2010 old. Those arms are still atrocious for the time and I’ve never been a fan of how Ian does faces.

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  4. Not joining the Iain hate here, the guy’s one of the best in the genre and was a big influence on me. As for his subjects, really? That’s what you guys find to be a negative? When 95% of the hobby is castle and spaceships, this is bloody fresh and unique.

    As for the pairing, I dunno, if I vote based on when the builds were made, I’d go with Iain easily; if I vote based on how well they aged, it’s Lasse. Since I can’t make up my mind, I’m going to give Iain the vote to stop a flawless victory. 😀

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    1. In my opinion, your builds are consistently better than Iain’s. Even the ones that you consider to be “misses” are better than most of his stuff. I can’t think of any Lego builders who do a better job in the scale in which you usually work (builders like Eero Okkonen are producing mind-blowingly amazing character builds as well, but at a somewhat larger scale).

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      1. Iain built jewels like this long before Eero and I built anything worth a glance. I don’t know how much of his older stuff you’ve seen, but I like them better than what he built lately. Here’s some of my favorites:

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        His style is a bit unique, somewhere between the classic building style Lasse used here and a polished style; I can see how it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

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      2. Not sure what you linked, but for me he nails any cartoon/animated subject to perfection (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Bronys, that angry yellow Japanese tanuki or whatever…). In turn, I think he could have nailed Muffit from the original Battlestar Galactica too… We all have our hits and misses… Just glad we all can agree that pancakes rule (maybe Iain can do a build if Adventure Time’s Jake “makin’ bacon pancakes” for the rematch…)

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    2. It’s not the subject matter itself, it’s that that’s all his builds have going for them. He capitalizes on whatever the meme of the week is, blogs himself on TBB, and then everyone forgets his builds a week later once they’ve forgotten the meme because he doesn’t do a particularly good job in technique, shaping, and most importantly expression. The only merit his builds have is timing.

      He’s far from the best in the genre. Scroll through a group or gallery of character builds on Flickr and you can find a dozen people better than him in five minutes easily. And I’m not just talking about new blood. I can’t recall a period in the community when he wasn’t completely outclassed in the character build game. If he was such a big influence on you, then I have no clue how you became as good as you are.

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      1. Blogging himself is annoying, sure, but it’s something they all do. Just one of the many lame bits of the blog. They could at least blog each other, it’d still be lame, but a bit less obvious. But they’re not even trying.

        As for his subjects, I doubt they’re forgotten. Most of the time I have no idea what the hell he’s referencing, as I don’t follow whatever social media viral crap is trendy, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the builds and how different they are from the daily offering.

        But those are not his best usually, it’s the movie and people ones that are the stand-outs. As I said in the previous comment, his style is certainly different from anyone else, so the techniques and shaping are stylized – but as far posing and expression goes, I always found his stuff to be fantastic (even if the cost of that posing is fugly arms or gaps). He also has a talent for making his characters resemble his subject really well. And I’m sure at least his Doom diorama will stand the test of time.

        You’ve been at this longer than me, but the only people that were doing outstanding character builds regularly (sure, there were one shots that were amazing) when I joined were ‘haulic, Mayos, Moko and Iain. I’m probably forgetting some people, but the offering was definitely low. I would guess it was even more limited before that.

        Anyways, enough defending Iain; if you guys don’t like what he’s doing, it’d be idiotic of me to shove it in your face and shout “You gotta like this!!!”. It just seems to me like there’s a certain dislike towards the man himself, his attitude and subject choices, which sort of leads to an indifference and dismissal of his work more than anything.

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      2. I don’t take a vote for someone as necessarily being a vote against the other. Iain’s made some interesting and funny creations, he’s even spread out of his comfort zone with that Doom build well past its fifteen minutes. The fight night here as a bit imbalanced regardless of the times of execution, and I share your limited exposure to builders over the past five or six years (we pretty much entered the scene at the same time and primarily on Mocpages well into its decline.) The Iain hate train is full with or without justification, but on a strict judgment call on what’s directly in front of me, pancakes all the way. The only idiotic thing for you to do would be to NOT defend something you like. I did it with the brick buddies until all arguments were exhausted and depleted, and as a minimalist statement I still think they’re more engaging than Brickheadz. And on that note, if the fight were Iain’s against ANY brick buddie or Brickhead, I’d likely judge in favor of Iain.

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  5. These probably would be a couple builds that Dwight would create if he was into LEGO, and maybe a sword and ninja stars to go with them. I’m going to have to go with the Vestergard’s bears in a close one. I’ve never seen his photostream before now. He has some pretty impressive builds. He must have completely raided Bricklink’s supply of 1×3 technic plates for that Amager Resource Center. Thanks for the introduction Keith.

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