MOCingbird is the author of Lego Ideas’ Basement and Sewer
Congratulations to the author of Basements and Sewers MOCingbird!Have you ever wondered where the waste water from Lego buildings goes?Or what the basement beneath a Lego building would look like?Today, let’s listen to fan designer MOCingbird at Lego Ideas.About yourself. What’s your name?MOCingbird.Where are you from?Berlin, Germany.How old are you?I’m in my thirties.4. Have you ever created a Lego MOCs that you’re particularly proud of?Which one, and why does it make you proud?Do you have any photos to show us?To me personally, MOCing is a process of creation (in the sense of invention), not design, as can be seen in the literal “C” (creation) of “MOC.”I’ve been trying to find ideas that have never been built before, rather than doing something known in a different way.At the same time, the unique idea has to be highly functional and visually appealing, it’s not enough just to be unique.That’s why I’m very proud of the basement and sewer, because it contains all these qualities.5. What’s your favorite Lego theme (recent or previous)?Why is that?Are there any themes that have inspired your patchwork style or preference?Creative master and Ideas are my favorite topics.I don’t think having a theme has really had a big impact on my own creativity.As far as creating unique Ideas projects, I think it’s more of an advantage.6. What’s your favorite official Lego set?Why is that?21301 Bird Suit.This set proves that birds can indeed succeed in the Lego Ideas review.7. What’s your favorite Lego element?Why is that?Red 2×4 bricks.Because it’s not just a brick, it’s a symbol.8. Are there any Lego designers (official or fan) that you are inspired by and look up to?Who and why?Lego Ideas fan designer Manfredt submitted several great projects that deserve more attention — from flying cars to animal skeletons, there’s amazing diversity in his portfolio.I also really like the creative work of Grumblebricks, who is another very talented fan designer (and a brilliant author, by the way).9. Are there any Lego-related websites (not the official Lego website) that you visit regularly or are inspired by?I watch a lot of Lego related videos on YouTube and particularly like Bricks Go WILD, an Austrian Lego YouTube blogger. Another personal recommendation is the German account Brickstory.About your work 1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?When I was again thinking of new building or city-related ideas for Lego fans, the concept of this model naturally came to mind, which no one had built before, but many builders and collectors would want to own once they knew about it.As far as I know, the underworld of the city hasn’t really been explored in lego’s world — not just the underworld of buildings, but the underworld of the rest of the city.So I’m asking myself these questions.Why is it that no street view building has a proper basement, whereas every real house has one?If the water doesn’t run off there, then why do we need all those drains on the pavement of every streetscape building?Why is it in real life that lego City has so much stuff under the floor and nothing under yours?Not just the vital infrastructure and the people who work underground, but all sorts of interesting or mysterious stories that might have been happening there all along.I knew right away that I could really build on this idea.But I also realized that the model had to be visually appealing at first sight, and the sewer cutaway seemed like the perfect idea.Because I wanted the model to be accessible to as many Lego fans as possible, I designed it as a stand-alone suit, as well as as an underground extension to modular buildings and urban layouts, which also has great potential for customization.Also, it should be for all ages, so I wanted to make sure it was good for both display and play.2. How long did it take to make this project, and what did you research?What stages of preparation, research and design did you go through to complete your creation?From the initial idea to the final finished Ideas model, I think it took about half a year.I spent all my time making every room look realistic and have great display details, while also making everything fun to play with.I did a lot of research on the sewers and the equipment inside the machine room.After the initial build was done, I built the model from scratch (thus dismantling the first model) to see if I still liked all the decisions I made during the first build.After seeing the finished first version, I changed what I didn’t like and added some last-minute improvements in many areas.3. Did you have any particular challenges when creating this model?What do you think was the hardest part to recreate?Creating the model itself is never frustrating.However, taking photos of the Ideas project page did give me a bit of a headache when I realized it was impossible to capture the entire content of the model from one Angle.Because it has two main perspectives.One from the front, one from the top.In hindsight, I’m really grateful that the original cover image was rejected by the Ideas team the first time it was uploaded.Seriously, if the project had used the original master chart, I think the 10,000 vote goal would never have happened.4. If you could have a conversation with yourself before starting this project, what would you tell him or her?Is there anything you wish you’d known?I’d give myself a list of sporting scores for the next few months, and what harm would it do to give myself a little information about the future – maybe I could place a few bets……Just kidding, of course.If I had known which direction 10,000 supporters would come from, I would have changed the focus of my campaign from the beginning to reach 10,000 more quickly.Feedback and support from the Lego community has been great from the start, it seems that many Lego fans have been waiting for this model, and of course it introduces a unique new idea — it has been a great experience to witness how open the community has been to this new concept.But what really surprised me was how quickly I also received amazing feedback from different professional groups, all of whom could relate to my model for their own reasons.But it’s clear that not only do Lego fans love this model, but I’ve also created a must-have kit for a lot of professionals who work with underground infrastructure, as the sewer part of my model reveals.More and more professionals began to vote for the project on social media and the Ideas page, saying they were happy to have their work recognized and recognized through my understanding and expression of sewers.But it is not only sewer workers and professionals from the water/wastewater industry who have responded so positively to the scenes revealed by the previous section.Engineers, especially civil engineers, told me they were thrilled to see this lifelike sewer infrastructure (designed by them in real life) in Lego models and soon standing on their desks, which will also raise public awareness of their profession.Next came sewer restorers, plumbers, and even architects and geologists.Just like every branch of the industry involved in some way in planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining critical parts of the city’s infrastructure is very happy and thankful to finally see such a Lego set that pays tribute to their work.More importantly, the model also teaches children about the subject matter and all the important, but often “invisible,” work in a playable way.5. How long did it take to finish the model?Did you do it quickly or did it take a long time?And how would you compare the amount of time you put together with the amount of time you spent promoting your “product idea” to reach 10,000 votes?In December 2020, a large UK civil engineering professional association published an article about my project, and word of the model and vote slowly began to spread across the different industries I mentioned above.It took some time, but after a few months, professionals from all over the world, a big wave feedback and support is mainly realized through LinkedIn, the project received more than 2000 “like” and different post — let hundreds of comments on the basement and sewers has experienced an alarming the final sprint, eventually within 7 days from 9 to 10 k k.Even now, I’m still surprised by the enthusiastic response my project has received on LinkedIn, which shows that there is a great demand for this piece from people outside the Lego community.What I mean is that the civil engineering and water/sewage treatment industry association, big companies, all over the world dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) the theme of the organization, industry journals, prominent business leaders are published posts on this project or press the likes and comments – just a bit hard to understand that they are really talking about what I built.6. How did you feel when you reached the amazing 10,000 votes, and how long did it take you to get there?It took less than 11 months to reach 10,000 votes.It’s been a real roller coaster ride in terms of the speed at which new supporters come on board.While going from 8K to 10,000 tickets in just 26 days was like flying with a jetpack, going from 4K to 6K was like marching through the desert, lasting 134 days.I remember that the long journey was the most difficult part of the whole campaign.7. Approximately how many Lego blocks did you use to make your model?During the long construction process mentioned above, there were times when I lost track of how many parts I used.The model weighs 1,890 grams, including human figures and objects.Guesses for the number of parts range from 1,900 to 2,800, based on known weights.So I think the actual number is somewhere in between.8. What are your favorite piecing techniques or parts/parts used in your work?A hidden contraption in the basement wall that opens the janitor’s trophy cabinet under the stairs is my favorite feature.It worked so flawlessly and the stairs ejected so smoothly that I could press the button all day.About Lego Ideas1. Do you have any tips on how to create a successful Lego Ideas project?I really can’t make any general recommendations for creating a successful project.It depends a lot on the builder’s creative philosophy, style, preferred model type, etc.2. What appeals to you about the Ideas platform?What advice would you give to someone who is considering uploading an idea?As for recommendations, this also depends very much on the builder and the model.In my opinion, there is no “secret to success”.What works for one project may fail completely on another.3. Do you plan to submit other product ideas in the future?If so, can you give us a hint of what it might be?I have created a new project that is 100% complete, including a description of it and all the pictures.According to my research, this is another unique idea.I thought, this is something that no one has ever built, but a lot of Lego fans will love it.However, for some reason, I’m still hesitant about how to handle it and when to submit it.