Today is Star Wars Day – May The 4th be with you – but tonight’s episode of LEGO Masters is not the Star Wars episode. Somebody at Channel 9 really stuffed up the schedule. If you are angry enough to switch off I understand. If not stick around while I recap tonight’s episode.
Tonight is another elimination episode so another team is heading home.
Damian and Andrew decide not to play their golden brick.
The teams are ushered to stand at their desks. Immediately they all notice that there are large baseplates fixed to the top and edge but surprise there are also baseplates attached to the underside of the table.
Tonight’s challenge is called Above and Below. The build time is 12 hours.
Andrew and Damian are given the chance to use their Jordon brick and it’s finally time. Perfect time for it I think as it means they don’t have to keep getting up off the floor to race to the brick pit.
The teams take a little while to come up with some ideas.
And this episode is pretty long and we’ve been promised a twist somewhere so I am going to jump ahead to the finished builds rather than give a play-by-play this time around.
Here’s the results of 12 hours of above and below building…
Jackson and Alex
These two have created a giant mutated earthworm attack. It’s a great concept that fits the brief really well. The decision to make this a retro aesthetic adds a lot of character to the build. There’s a clear story here and all of the little touches tell it well. I like the way they did things like a basement and subway to add extra underneath. There’s a lot of motion to the build too.
Trent and Josh
Another great build from these two. They are kicking some serious goals in the last few episodes and this one is another killer. The story is really fun and has a classic cartoon quality to it. The farmers arms seem to be a bit long but that’s really the only thing I can fault. The farmer’s face is amazing.
Jen & Jodie
I really liked the idea behind an underground Santa workshop but honestly the execution here is not amazing. The launch countdown thing doesn’t really make sense just tacked on to the side of the build and neither do the giant nutcrackers. They are just kind of there. I think it would have been much better if the workshop underground was all industrial looking to contrast the snow on top. These two are probably going to be bottom two again tonight.
Tim and Danni
This build is great. They did an awesome job of building up above ground but also having a lot happening below. I like the way they did the massive hole down to the underground by using black tiles. It works well. The pterodactyl is also really good. The dinosaurs living in underground caverns is a classic sci-fi trope and they’ve executed it well.
Damian and Andrew
This was a really fun idea with one fatal flaw I think. Everything underneath is right at the front, to the point where its attached to the sides. They have great forced perspective above and if they had done a similar thing down below then this could have been a winner. Maybe have some various sizes of fish. Their character work is outstanding. I don’t think they’ll go home but they are probably going to be bottom two.
Firstly here are the top two – Jackson & Alex and Trent & Josh. Jackson and Alex take it out. I think this is a fair call. I really liked this build.
The bottom two are – Damian & Andrew and Jen & Jodie. Unfortunately Jen & Jodie are the ones going home. Brickman chokes up at the announcement.
BUT WAIT HERE’S THE TWIST…
Jay and Stani are back! It’s a build off to see who gets to win their way back in to the competition.
But wait a damn minute. Brickman was just choking up when he announced that Jen and Jodie were going? HAS HE BEEN FAKE CRYING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS?!
This will be interesting for anybody unhappy with last nights elimination.
The challenge is called Retro Rebuild. The teams have to rebuild a retro item in 1:1 scale. There’s so interesting stuff in the mix including an old rotary phone and a walkman.
There is 3 hours to build. The winning team is back in the competition.
Jen and Jodie pick the Polaroid camera. Jay and Stani pick the Gameboy.
The other teams are up on an elevated platform watching on. Yes they acknowledge that they stole the idea from Masterchef.
The camera has a lot of angles. It could be tricky to get the slopes all correct.
The gameboy is hard because it has a lot to get in to a fairly thin build.
Jay creates a fairly faithful recreation of the gameboy screen both in terms of colour and depth. Their model is a little thick though.
There’s 30 minutes left and the teams are fiddling to get their models exact.
Here’s the end results…
Jen and Jodie – They have done a really good job with this camera. The one thing that I don’t like is the back. By using the pyramid of slope bricks they’ve given it a stepped look rather than smooth sides. Also the top part with the flash seems to be a little shorter than the original.
Jay and Stani – Another great job here. They’ve got all of the details you’d expect to see on the gameboy. The usage of the hats for buttons is some good parts usage. The only issue I can see here is that this is too thick.
This is going to be a tough call. Honestly not sure which way I would have gone. I think the biggest issue here is that in a head-to-head building the judging should be blind. They should have kept Ryan out the back and then got him to pick the winner without knowing who built what, or keep the other teams out and get them to vote. I am not calling in to question Brickman’s integrity but I think it would be more fair if it was blind.
At the end of the day Jen and Jodie win it. They are back in the comp.
On Sunday we are back with Star Wars.