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[CONTEST] The Infamous Steve

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For years this minifigure was simply known as “The Merchant” who came sailing into the Imperial Trading Post onboard “The Cutter” and then later, mysteriously appeared among Captain Redbeard’s crew on the Skulls Eye Schooner.

Steve's adventures have never been published in official media like catalogues, box stories or magazines so we know little of his backstory – let’s change that!

Also, this comprehensive article chronicles everything we know about Steve.

Build a MOC depicting Steve’s past… present… or future
Or Creatively Critique the Building Entry Submissions.

Where does Steve come from?  Are there more merchants who use the same insignia on their flags and sails? Do these merchant also have ships? 
Larger ships than Steve?

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How did Steve find himself onboard the Skulls Eye Schooner? And why has The Cutter been commandeered by Soldiers at the newly renovated Eldoardo Fortress?

Has Steve's adventures taken him to Distant Waters? Perhaps he was kidnapped by Barbary Corsairs and rescued by pirates of the South China Sea. Or maybe he's stayed in the Caribbean the entire time.

You decide!

Including the Steve minifigure is NOT mandatory, nor will including the cutter ship.  Steve can depicted at any age, wearing any clothes… on any ship or location… maybe when older he has a grey beard… or no beard at all…

 

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Prizes

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Small Building Category Prizes

Build a MOC depicting Steve's adventures using 25 - 200 Pieces.

  • First place winner will receive a set of their choice  to the value of 35€
  • Second place winner will receive a set of their choice  to the value of 20€

Please ensure you've read and understood the Building Category Voting Rules and Prize Rules.

 

Large Building Category Prizes

Build a MOC depicting Steve's adventures using more than 200 Pieces - no maximum limit!

  • First place winner will receive 10320 Eldorado Fortress (or prize pool equivalent of 215€ value)
  • Second place winner will receive a set of their choice to the value of 70€
  • Third place winner will receive a set of their choice  to the value of 35€

Please ensure you've read and understood the Building Category Voting Rules and Prize Rules.

 

Creative Critic

NOW with THREE different ways to WIN PRIZES!

Learn more about the Creative Critic.

First place winner will receive 10320 Eldorado Fortress (or prize pool equivalent of 215€ value)

Please ensure you've read and understood the Creative Critic Nomination Rules and Prize Rules.

 

Participation Prizes

First to 25

  • The first Creative Critic to write 25 Replies on Building Entry Topics will WIN a 25€ LEGO set of their choosing.
  • The first Building Entrant to attract 25 Replies to one of their Building Category Entry Topics will WIN a 25€ LEGO set of their choosing.

Please ensure you've read and understood the Participation Prize Rules.

 

Voting & Nominating

WIN prizes for helping to select the WINNERS!

  • Everyone who Votes goes into the draw to WIN a 25€ LEGO set
    (this includes Building Entrants who Vote).
  • Everyone who nominates a Creative Critic goes into the draw to WIN a 25€ LEGO set
    (including Creative Critics who Nominate).

Please ensure you've read and understood the Building Entry Voting Rules, Creative Critic Nomination Rules and  Participation Prize Rules.

 

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NOW: Discuss the contest

Ask Your Questions in this Topic and Creative Critic Registrations
 

Submit Building Entries & Creative Critic

Jun 15 - Aug 17

  • Submit your Building Category Entries
  • Creatively Critique the Building Category Entries
     

Vote for the Winners & Creative Critic Nominations

Aug 18 - Aug 31

  • Vote for the Building Category winners
  • Nominate the Creative Critic winner

 

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How to Enter
You will need a Eurobricks account to enter this contest.

First build a MOC meeting the criteria of the briefing.

Create a topic in the Pirate MOC Forum using the prefix [ENTRY] then [SMALL] OR [LARGE] AND then the name of your creation in the Topic Title.

For example:
"[ENTRY][SMALL] Steve escapes the Portuguese Caravel"

Inside that topic post as many images and supporting information as possible.

Be sure to check back regularly and reply to anyone who posts in your topic.

Remember, the more activity your entry topics receive, the longer they stay at the top of the forum and more likely to be seen!
 

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Voting & Nomination Requirements

You will a Eurobricks account to Vote,  Nominate and enter Participation Prize Draws.

You DO NOT require the below to submit Building Entries or enter the Creative Critic.

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To Vote, Nominate or enter Participation Prize Draws your Eurobricks account must:

  • have accumulated 10 valid Posts prior to 18/08/24.
  • be registered before the commencement of Voting and Nominations on 18/07/24.

But you DO NOT require the above to submit Building Entries or enter the Creative Critic.

Please ensure you've read and understood the full Voting & Nomination Rules.

 

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FAQ: Building Categories

Do my entries have be pirate themed?

Yes, but they may depict pirates from any part of the world providing the time frame is around the 16th-17th centuries

Steve is not a time traveler nor can he teleport to other dimensions.  He is also saving his encounters with pirates from popular culture for a future contest.

You may use relevant parts from other themes, but no entries focused on Castle/medieval, Vikings, Adventurers, steampunk, modern pirates, space pirates, etc. or even cross-overs.


How do I post images in the LEGO Pirates Forum/Eurobricks?

We recommended hosting your images externally and linking them in your Entry Topics.

Popular image hosting platforms among AFOL builders include:

If you require further assistance, please contact Eurobricks staff.
 

Can I update my entry after it's been posted?
Yes.

In fact, you may wish to action feedback provided by Creative Critics to improve your entry further.
 

Can I include a story along with my Entries?
Yes.

Feel free to include a description or short story to explain what's happening in your MOC.

But don't make it too long because you're being judged on your building skills, not the story.


Can I share my entries on social media?
Yes.

The more people you can attract to your entry, the more votes you're likely to get.

But remember, Votes and Replies only count if they're submitted to the Entry Topic posted in the LEGO Pirates Forum.

Also, be sure not to violate the spam policy or appropriate conduct policy of any social platforms you share your links.
 

Can I build digitally?
Yes. Your entries can be designed in CAD software like Bricklink Studio or physically built using real LEGO.

Just ensure your renders are well presented with clear, high resolution images.

However, AI generated LEGO creations are not permitted.

 

Do minfigures and their accessories contribute to the piece count?
No.

 

What's the Piece Count for the Small Category?
Minimum of 25 Pieces and a maximum of 200 Pieces.

 

What's the Piece Count for the Large Category?
Minimum of 201 Pieces but no maximum - so go crazy!

 

Can I Enter the same Creation into both the Small and Large Categories?
No.

Your Small and Large Building Entries must be entirely different builds.

For example:
If you enter a 200 Piece build into the Small Building Category, you won't be able to enter it into the Large Building Category by simply adding a few more pieces.


Can I make my own custom elements like sails, flags, torso designs, etc.?
Yes.


Can I  use non-authentic LEGO components?
Since the contest prizes are provided by The LEGO Group ye best avoid counterfeit products!


Can I enter in both Small and Larger Categories?
Yes.

  • Providing your Submissions meet the criteria for each Building Category.
  • They are not different versions of the same build with the Piece Count adjusted to suit the Category.


Can I submit multiple Building Entries?
Yes, however:

  • There is a limit of 3 Building Entries per Category (maximum of 6 Building Entries for the entire contest)
  • You'll need to create a separate topic for each of entry.


Can I submit an Entry on behalf a my children?
Yes.

But this will contribute to your 3 entries per Category limit.


Can I enter creations I've already built?
No.

You will be disqualified if we find evidence your of entry's prior existence.

 

Can I submit Entries before June 15?
No. You can certainly start building your Entries prior to that date but please don't submit them before.

 

Can I submit Small Entries after August 18?
No. Entries close August 18 and Voting/Nominating begins August 19.

 

Can I submit a minifgure or parts pack?
No. The emphasis is on creating a new design.
 

Can I submit a micro build?
Yes. 


Does my Entry need to look like an official LEGO set?
No. You may adopt your preferred building style.


Can I submit a Duplo, Technic, 4+/, Friends, etc. build?
Yes.  If you think you can compete using Duplo or Friends against regular entries, then good luck to ye!


Can I win two or more Prizes?

  • You may only win one Prize in each Building Category.
  • There is no limit to how many Participation Prizes you may min.


How will the Winners be selected?
Please read the Building Category Voting Rules.


Can I also enter the Creative Critic category?
Yes. Please read the Creative Critic information - how the winner is determined has substantially changed.

 

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Terms & Conditions

The Terms & Conditions can be found in the Participation Rules & FAQ and Terms & Conditions topic.

All links to LEGO.com are official affiliate links provided for your convenience.

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    Ask Your Questions:

    Do you require further clarification? Did we miss something important? Do you have feedback to provide?

    Please create a new post in this topic clearing detailing your question or feedback...

    Please note these are preliminary rules which may be revised prior to commencement of the contest.

     

     

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    1 hour ago, SevenDeadlyStreamers said:

    Is there a minimum and maximum piece count for the Small Build Category?

    Minimum of 25 pieces

    Maximum of 200 pieces

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    On 5/17/2024 at 7:54 AM, Mister Phes said:

    Can I submit a Duplo, Technic, 4+/, Friends, etc. build?
    Yes.  If you think you can compete using Duplo or Friends against regular entries, then good luck to ye!

    Excellent, I can use the 4Juniors Pirates legally this time!

    Not sure if I'll be able to build something for this contest.  I would like to to, but my free time is limited, and energy to build is almost non existent these days. and I have many other projects on the go. but we shall see. I'll try to squeeze something in.

    EKnight

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    19 minutes ago, Elephant Knight said:

    Not sure if I'll be able to build something for this contest.  I would like to to, but my free time is limited, and energy to build is almost non existent these days. and I have many other projects on the go. but we shall see. I'll try to squeeze something in. 

    Aye, life be like that sometimes!

    But hopefully you'll find time for one small entry.

    4 hours ago, CaptainDarkNStormy said:

    Oooooh I actually have an original Steve from the Imperial Trading Post. I gotta start brainstorming ideas!

    How exciting!  Can't wait to see what you come up with! :pir-triumph:

    Will yer youngin' be submitting a entry this time?

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    8 hours ago, Mister Phes said:

    How exciting!  Can't wait to see what you come up with! :pir-triumph:

    Will yer youngin' be submitting a entry this time?

    Thanks, I’m pumped too. I’ll have to ask ‘lil Stormy. He just got into Star Wars so I’m not sure about him. We’ve got til August though and tastes change quickly at his age.

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    Great! Looking forward to this. The last challenge was amazing. I am sure this contest and all the entries will blow our minds. Again, very thankful to the pirate moderators for setting this up.

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    1 hour ago, Fraunces said:

    Great! Looking forward to this. The last challenge was amazing. I am sure this contest and all the entries will blow our minds. Again, very thankful to the pirate moderators for setting this up.

    Concur. Thanks to @Mister Phes and his crew!

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    Need to dig into this @Mister Phes, if i may... :pir-classic:

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    Do my entries have be pirate themed?

    Yes, but they may depict pirates from any part of the world providing the time frame is around the 16th-17th centuries

    Not sure about that strict time-frame, as Steve uses 18 century and late 18/ early19 century hats even in Your welcome post :pir-huzzah2: And Soldiers in Lego Pirate world use napoleonic shakos and uniforms. But i guess we all know that, and maybe a gremlin typed wrong era into the first sentence? :pir-yoda: So if we could maybe clear it up, to avoid confusion. I mean Lego Pirates is clearly set somewhere in the fairytailish version of pirates Golden Age, with elements from other eras used as well, and i guess it wont be a problem for Builders to stick with those centuries and no one will introduce American Revolution or any later napoleonic/victiorian/belle epoque/wild west elements... still, wanted to be sure if we can actually use those classic 18/19 century elements, even if they are in the wrong time period :pir-wink: Cause maybe they are banned for the duration of Steve's Contest and we may use only proper 16-17 century elements :pir-cry_happy:

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    On 6/4/2024 at 11:54 PM, Mazin said:

    Not sure about that strict time-frame, as Steve uses 18 century and late 18/ early19

    The tricorn was introduced in the 17th century, and according to the Fashion History Timeline website, 1690 to be precise.

     

    On 6/4/2024 at 11:32 PM, Mazin said:

    Not sure if I'll be able to participate as efficiently as the last time - can't believe it's been one year already!

    There are more ways to win this time!

    Try the First 25 Challenge  - the first Creative Critic to write 25 Posts (which meet the prerequisite) will WIN a 25€ LEGO set of their choice!

    So no need to stick round for the long haul this time because you can win prizes along the way.

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    5 minutes ago, scuotter said:

    May we add some lines to better explain the MOC or the title must suffice?

    By all means include some lines to explain your MOC... or even a short story to go along with it.

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    This contest looks very fun and I hope to see all the wonderful Mocs that come from it. Is the requirement of ten posts ten different threads or is it including replies as well? For example I have only posted 2 times but I have 30 different replies and such. I would love if this could be clarified.

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    6 hours ago, CollinsAnimationStudio said:

    This contest looks very fun and I hope to see all the wonderful Mocs that come from it.

    Thank ye for your enthusiam!  Let's make it a great one! :pir-huzzah2:

     

    6 hours ago, CollinsAnimationStudio said:

    Is the requirement of ten posts ten different threads or is it including replies as well?

    Yes, it includes replies.  These replies can be made to any thread.

    On desktop, the number you see below your Username is what we use to determine your Post Count:

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    On Mobile; the number you see below your Username and to the right of the Post Date is what we use to determine your Post Count:

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    You've made 30 Posts so you well and truly meet the requirements.

     

    6 hours ago, CollinsAnimationStudio said:

    Is the requirement of ten posts ten different threads

    And to further clarify for anyone who is wondering...

    You DO NOT require 10 Posts to submit a Building Entry or participate in the Creative Critic.

    This Minimum Requirement only applies to Voting and Nominating which takes place after 17 August.

    You can submit Building Entries or participate in the Creative Critic with Zero Posts.

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