March 15, 2013
American muscle helps Russian Boss make it to the very top
Here at the LEGO Technic blog, we recently caught up with Egor Karshiev, the newly crowned winner of the 2012 Technic Challenge.
Here’s what he had to say about his approach to the competition; his first experiences with LEGO, and his return from the Dark Ages, after becoming a father!
To have any chance of winning, Egor decided that he had to have a plan. He came up with the following 4-point strategy:
1. Build to surprise
2. Build something never seen before
3. Build a great looking vehicle
4. Build something that would sell in major markets
“I guess the hardest part was coming up with the idea! Pickup themes appeared to be the most popular. Yet these big models were not stable enough, due to the high centre of gravity of the 4 x 4 Crawler chassis.”
What to do?
“I started to look into lighter, lower cars. I found pictures of US muscle cars from 60-70s, on off-road chassis. These impressed and inspired me, and created the basis for my winning design”.
Remarkably, Egor already had one entry in the competition. “My first model, Brutal, although nicely made and in a single colour scheme, was not that different from the other competitors’ models”.
Thinking that the new competition would be like previous events, Egor had also spent 14 months building a scale model Toyota Land Cruiser!
However, with the TC deadline fast approaching, time was now of the essence.
7 weeks intense body building!
“I made Boss pretty fast – in 7 weeks. It was November and only two months before the competition deadline, and I had to finish the build and get enough votes. I downloaded loads of images of 60s American cars, bought lots of black coloured parts and testing many various designs, until I was happy with the final model, which I’m proud to say features a motorised winch, working headlights and a low centre of gravity.”
“Boss went online 23 December, just one week before the deadline. Although initially rejected by the competition moderators, it was approved and garnered sufficient votes to get into the Top 100.”
Going for gold!
“My goal was to win outright. I thought that my main competitors would be famous model builders. Somehow they did not make it to the finals, but I had to compete with a genius builder “crazy_1993”.”
“I decided I needed to do some serious selling, so I uploaded a whole range of Boss variations online – light, off-road and extreme. A very important part was making a video to demonstrate the design’s technical capabilities as well its excellent stability – people really like to see how models actually perform! So I made several videos, using different wheels, to show exactly what my design could do.”
Boss out muscles the competition!
Egor’s creation amassed over 50% of the vote on its way to claiming top spot. Given the incredible amount of hard work he put in, we can only say it was – and remains – a well-deserved victory!
From Russia with lots of LEGO love!
“I first discovered LEGO in 1994, when my friend was given a number of small LEGO System sets, including model number 6669. At that time a new TV show had started – LEGO-Go. I saw every episode and I loved all the LEGO ads shown during the show, as I really got to see everything in close-up detail. The sets were very expensive, but I enjoyed building even the smallest models – and I was good at mixing and rebuilding what I had to make new creations. I found different models I could build by looking in the LEGO catalogues, which of course were free!”
“With LEGO as my new favourite toy, I started to take notes and design my own models. My first complete set was LEGO System 6533 Police jeep, which had 59 parts. Two years later I got my first LEGO Technic set, 8042, which featured a working pneumatic system! The last set I got as a kid was LEGO Technic 8858, with real suspension, huge wheels and working pistons! After 8858 I only ever built Technic cars – no cranes, excavators or bulldozers!”
Out of the Dark Ages
“The first part of my life with LEGO lasted from 1995 until 2000, when I went off to university. I returned to LEGO in 2011, when my son was just one year-old, as I wanted a hobby that we could enjoy together!”
All we can say is that we’re very happy that you reignited your passion, Egor!
Egor Karshiev (Rm8) is 29 years-old and an economist. He lives with his wife and son in his hometown of Izhevsk, Russia. Although he works in the corporate banking sector and has a non-technical education, he has always been fascinated by technology, not least cars and everything to do with them. He enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife and son and he would like to see the world together with his family! He thinks that the best job you can have is being paid to do your hobby (something we can all agree with here at LEGO Technic!). Egor would like LEGO to work closely with and listen to LEGO communities everywhere. He would also like to see increased customer service in his home country and, not least, Egor would like us to run more of the type of competition that he recently so deservedly won!