Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to Night Vale: The Dog Park

"The City Council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Sommerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible that you will see hooded figures in the dog park. DO NOT APPROACH THEM. DO NOT APPROACH THE DOG PARK. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and, especially, do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you."

The Dog Park set is designed to resemble Night Vale's newest municipal asset. Obsidian columns support electrified barbed-wire fences. The set's baseplates are connected with hinges--as it opens, if you follow the right-hand fence for long enough, eventually you will arrive in a vast desert other-world populated by masked giants, warlike and distant.
The set includes 2 masked giants, 2 hooded figures, and Night Vale Community radio intern Dana Cardinal. I'm particularly proud of the brickbuilt giants Doug and Alicia, who have all the same articulation as a minifig, plus two ankle articulations. Dana's skin and hair are transparent blue to represent her deliberately ambiguous appearance--she's using a walkie-talkie to represent her cellphone, although a 1x2 flat tile may be preferable. The brown hooded figure glows in the dark. Since dogs are forbidden in the dog park, I decided not to add any dogs.

Detail of the entrance to the Dog Park.
 Detail of a fence column. Each fencepost is mounted on a turntable that allows them to rotate, so that the fences can be realigned to suit current play environment.

Like what we're doing here? Want to learn more about the mysterious radio show from the even more mysterious city of Night Vale? Click here to visit the page for the podcast.

Like this LEGO set and want to turn it into a reality? Click here to add your support to the DOG PARK Set. Want to see more Welcome to Night Vale sets?  Click here to visit the LEGO Ideas page and vote for my radio set!
And hey.
T h  a   n    k     s.

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