Entry Eight: Pooper Scooper 
By: Sigrid, Nate, Jennifer

Use of Dirty (Unclean) Bricks
(out of 30)
Style and Panache
(Out of 30)
(Out of 30)
(Out of 10)
15 25 25 10 75
Jen's Comments: If the bricks weren't dirty before, they are now. Nice design, innovative use of parts, and it really, really works.

Entry Description:

Lack of opposable thumbs shouldn't keep Man's Best Friend from his or her rightful bling. Love your dog? Prove your love with our Personalized Pooper Scooper!

Dirty Bricks '06: Pooper Scooper

With room on the platform for your dog's name (embossed and highlighted with colored accents) and a replica of your dog's head on the pommel, all the other pet owners on your block will know the special place Fifi has in your heart.

Concept: Jennifer
Design and execution: Nate, Jennifer
Captions and Text: Sigrid, Nate, Jennifer

Here's the content of the Flickr set linked to above, for archival's sake:

Amblypygid and I made an entry for the Dirty Bricks '06 competition. The idea was entirely her's, but I helped quite a bit with the execution. I think the scariest part of the entire thing was mixing bricks from her collection and mine.

Our entry in the Dirty Bricks '06 competition. 
A full length view of the pooper scooper designed for the competition. 
We designed the pommel out of Technic bricks with some of the interesting specialty parts from a couple of Bionicle sets. I'm pretty happy with the tongue. The nose is an "engine block" part from a Technics Mobile Crane set. The insipiration for this particular part of the object actually came when I noticed that those parts, whatever you call them, would make perfect ears. 
Frontal view of the head. 
When we built the skull I decided that it was missing something. The solution was provided from one of the several Bionicle lids that Amblypygid had in her collection. They connect rather nicely from the inside via the single axle hole right in the center. 
The actual "scooping" platform. Built primarily from regular LEGO bricks, the floor is a 5in x 5in green baseplate that works very well because it is very thin. We also were not going to need to attach anything to the bottom and it makes for easier cleaning. Some additional "bling" was provided with translucent red studs for the dots on the i's. 
Technic parts were used for the length of the handle and then connected into the standard bricks at the bottom. Note the heavy duty engineering designed to accomodate large loads. 
Thanks to the plethora of available donors in Amblypygid's household there were many available targets. Toby, a Yorkie-Shi Tzu cross, was the source of this ideal specimen. 
Performing as designed. 



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