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Hey everyone! This is the topic for my all-new "theme" of MOCs, a series of creations designed to emulate LEGO's official set style. I'm excited because it represents quite a stylistic/genre shift from my last project like this, Dragon Lands, which was a fantasy series. Welcome to "Body Battlers," a retro-futuristic sci-fi adventure set inside the human body! Two 1950s teens—Roy and Tara—have been shrunk down to microscopic size to help a body's white blood cells fight off a dangerous infection, led by the evil disease Infekto. In this (openly pseudo-scientific) imagination of the fight that occurs constantly inside all of us, germs and antibodies are armed for battle, piloting cool machines and bouncing from one organ system to the next in their struggle. It's all ray-guns, pulse lasers, and niftyness! I really enjoyed playing around in a new genre, exploring the intersection between 1950s pop culture, retro-futurism, and human biology. MOCing in vibrant/"rare" colors, trying to create curved lines and distinctive silhouettes, and coming up with satisfactory set concepts were my most engaging challenges. Clicking the pictures below will link you to their larger versions. If you'd like to also see play feature videos, check out my Flickr stream. 52016 Gastro’s Diner 712 Pieces Resist the evil Infekto at Gastro’s Diner! In his wicked quest to sicken everything, Infekto has decided to corrupt the stomach, so he and Symnella have attacked Gastro’s diner, where honest cells go to get their glucose. They’ve taken the joint hostage, and have even coerced Tara into waitressing… But Tara has learned some of the old diner’s secrets! Can she and the Antibody Officer save Gastro’s and free the stomach? Includes 5 minifigures. Includes 5 minifigures: Tara, Gastro, an Antibody Officer, Infekto, and Symnella. Features a 1950s-style diner complete with tiled floors, padded vinyl seating, a jukebox, a sleek counter, and a fully stocked kitchen. Also includes a viral spore cannon and a stylized roadside sign. Change the marquis on top of the diner from neon print to a working six-shot defense cannon. Hide weapons inside the jukebox and the fuse box. Send the booth and table tumbling by pressing the lever. Shoot the viral spore cannon at the diner. Cover the diner in infection, or remove the infection bits. Open up the diner to change from rectangular to linear orientation. Weapons and accessories include two double-barrel pulse pistols, a Sanitize Launcher, a viral spore launcher, an electric drill, a nausea zapper, a sniper laser, a serving tray, two milkshakes, and two plates of glucose. Diner measures more than 14” (36cm) wide, 5” (14cm) deep, and 6” (15cm) tall. 52015 DNA Defense 458 Pieces Defend the DNA from capture! The wicked Infekto has donned a gargantuan suit of robot armor, intent on stealing the body’s very blueprints, its DNA. If Infekto takes the DNA, antibody cell production will become corrupted… and the W.B.C. aren’t about to let that happen! Armed to the teeth with jetpacks, sanitize snipers, and an experimental new weapon—the “Cure Blaster”—Captain Vaccius, Antibonnie, and Roy have come ready for a final battle. Will they be able to put a stop to Infekto? Includes 4 minifigures. Includes 4 minifigures: Roy, Antibonnie, Vaccius, and Infekto. Features a giant suit of robot battle armor, featuring retro-stylized design, hefty weapon arms, and an opening pilot area. Also includes a large DNA protection bubble, a DNA observation bubble, and a mitosis facilitator. Launch the giant infection ball from the robot’s projectile arm. Fire off viral spores from the robot’s projectile arm. Turn the bar to make the robot’s fierce drill activate. Store Infekto’s pistols and arms on the robot while he operates its controls. Robot armor is fully poseable, with 11 points of articulation including a turning waist. Turn the knob at the DNA protection bubble’s base to make the genetic material inside rotate. Weapons and accessories include the Cure Blaster, two double-barrel pulse pistols, an electric drill, a nausea zapper, two sniper lasers, two jetpacks, and a cell undergoing mitosis. Robot measures more than 8” (21cm) tall, 7” (19cm) wide, and 3” (8cm) deep. DNA protection bubble measures more than 4” (11cm) tall, 3” (7cm) wide, and 4” (11cm) deep. 52014 Chevrolac Cruise Convertible 454 Pieces Patrol the bloodstream in Roy's slick Chevrolac Cruise Convertible! With oversize bubble wheels that can change between ground and flight modes, a spacious four-seat interior, and wicked cool teal paneling, this car is an ultimate vehicle for traversing the bloodstream. That's why Infekto's minion, Flooz, is so intent to take it down! Will the Chevrolac’s hidden cannon be enough to fend off the germ speeder? Includes 3 minifigures. Includes 3 minifigures: Roy, Tara, and Flooz. Features a cool 50s-style car with four-seat interior, detailed dashboard, and sleek coloring. Also includes a germ speeder and a bloodstream fuel pump. Push down the lever to convert the Chevrolac from rolling to flying, and back. Lift the Chevrolac’s hidden spring-loaded cannon to open the rear into battle mode. Open the hood to see the car's engine. Fire infection bolts from the germ speeder. Weapons and accessories include a double-barrelled pulse pistol and a raygun. Car measures more than 8” (20cm) long, 3” (8cm) wide and 2” (5cm) tall. 52013 Betrayal at the Ole Factory 317 Pieces Survive a devious betrayal at the Ole Factory! Mucus Millionaire, boss of the Ole Factory smell processing plant, believes mucus profits will increase in a germ takeover… so he’s concocted a plan to betray the rest of the body! But Roy—muckraking in the truest sense—overhears the slimy plot and copies it down on his trusty typewriter. Will Roy escape to warn the others, or will Mucus Millionaire and his Minion send him to a smelly end? Includes 3 minifigures. Includes 3 minifigures: Roy, Mucus Millionaire, and Mucus Minion. Features a functional assembly line featuring industrial greebling, cilia on the ground, and a fully positional robot arm. Also includes a catapult disguised as a stack of discarded boxes. Turn the wheel to make the conveyor belts move and the blades spin. Scan the smells with a laser powered by a light brick. Move boxes along the track to receive newly processed smells. Launch smells, the typewriter, or even Roy from the box catapult. Fire sticky vials from Mucus Millionaire’s snot-thrower. Weapons and accessories include a ray-gun, a typewriter, a wrench, a hammer, a snot-thrower with extra vial, and four captured smells. Ole Factory measures more than 11” (27cm) long, 6” (14cm) wide and 4” (11cm) tall. 52012 Nervous Break-In 213 Pieces Protect the neuron from a nervous break-in! Typhax has broken into a sensory cluster, and he’s intent on capturing a neuron, one of the body’s receptor—or is it reception?—cells. Even the resourceful Tara, armed with her best ray-gun, won’t be enough to stop him. So Tara signals for help, and Antibonnie of the W.B.C. rushes over in her nifty, decked-out patrol speeder! Can these two spiffy ladies save the neuron from Typhax’s illness? Includes 3 minifigures. Includes 3 minifigures: Tara, Antibonnie, and Typhax. Features a cool retro patrol craft with police lights, oversize engines and a bubble canopy. Also includes a neuron desk with telephone for signaling back to the brain, and a protected emergency button. Fire sanitize bolts near the patroller’s engines. Break off the patroller’s engines to simulate a crash or battle damage. Eject Antibonnie from the vehicle and engage her flying jetpack. Fold down the patroller’s landing gear. Fire the viral spores from Typhax’s laucher. Flip up the protective cover over the red button. Weapons and accessories include a viral spore launcher, a ray-gun, and a sniper laser. Patroller measures more than 6” (15cm) wide, 4” (11cm) long and 2” (5cm) tall. 52011 Phagebot Attack 92 Pieces Watch out for the fearsome Phagebot’s attack! Armed with viral spore launchers and sharp spider legs, the Phagebot is an ideal machine to abet Symnella in her devious mission to infect muscle tissue. An Antibody Officer gets dispatched to the scene— will his Santize Launcher be enough to stop the germs in their tracks, or will he be imprisoned within the Phagebot and his DNA taken hostage? Includes 2 minifigures. Includes 2 minifigures: Symnella and an Antibody Officer. Features a sinister gigantic bacteriophage-style robot, with spiderlike legs, cool spotted patterning, and a DNA prison bubble. Also includes a piece of infected tissue. Launch the viral spores at the Phagebot’s side. Turn the knob at the base to reposition the spore guns. Capture the Antibody Officer in the DNA prison bubble. Fire the Sanitize Launcher. Weapons and accessories include a Sanitize Launcher, a high-speed drill and extra viral spores. Phagebot measures more than 5” (13cm) tall and 5” (14cm) wide. _____________________________________________________________________ Thank you for looking! I'd love to hear any/all commentary you have.