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Saturday, February 22, 2014

My custom LEGO Zoo & aquarium is complete!


This has been a long time coming, but finally yesterday I unveiled my completed (for now) zoo.

Shockingly, in less than 24 hours, it has already become one of my top 5* most "liked" videos (over all time cumulatively, not just for the first day).  I never in a million years would have imagined this sort of reception for the thing.  When I look at it, myself, I see all of the flaws, all of the things that could be improved, all of the compromises.  I guess I've just been looking at it for too long, and for that reason, I'm glad I decided to force myself to call it "done" (again, for now) and make it official.

Take a step back in time and check out the November 2013 zoo update.  Back then (and most of the stops along the way since) about half of commenters were telling me what I "should" do or what all was "wrong" with what was already "done."  I hope folks who have followed along since the start can now see the major lessons of the whole series of work-in-progress posts & videos:
  • A good plan can sometimes take months (or even years) to execute, what with the rest of everything in life continuing along the way.
  • MOC-making is a process, and creations don't start out looking complete & polished!  
  • A little bit of patience and dedication can go a long way!
* Update: Two days later, it's #1.

10 comments:

  1. Aww Yeah! I remember you first talking about making a plan for your Lego City, and now a big part is complete! Sweet!

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  2. Hi Jang! It's Joe again! I absolutely LOVE your zoo!!! Just today (February 22) did I finish my own moc, a spaceship. It has dual rear escape pods, and seats two minifigs. It also has wing-mounted dual laser cannons! Your mocs really inspire me and I'll be there to watch when your new videos are uploaded! Thanks for the inspiration.
    -Joe, your number 1 fan

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  3. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL JANG! I don't know how to elaborate my impression of it any further, no words will do this masterpiece justice. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STUNNING STUFF. / LEGOholicDAN (with some MOCs coming to a site near you soon!)

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  4. I realy enjoy your zoo, Jang, although not to be like everyone else along the way like you said, but I think that it would make more sense if instead of an open roof it had a large skylight,but thats just me,and transparent peices are expensive. Overall this moc is amazing, and like anything anyone builds with LEGO, it can be made better.

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  5. I don't like this zoo.

    I LOVE IT!

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  6. Nice job I love it Jang.

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  7. I really wish LEGO made a zoo set for CITY just like this one. I'd buy it in an instant.

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  8. Where can one find the clear pieces you used for the bird cage?

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  9. Great structure although i think some of the animals need eyes for example the lion

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  10. Can you share the building instructions??/where can I find them?

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