Congratulations to Mark Cheever of Chesterbrook, PA for winning the Lemax 2017 "You Name It. We Create It" Halloween contest.
Mark's entry of "The Cursed Cuckoo Haus" hit a home run with the judges for it's unique and creative idea for a cuckoo clock. From a shriveled up old witch to mischievous spirits and demonic wild boars, this piece will surely be a one-of-a-kind that will compliment any Spooky Town Village; ...or maybe by itself hanging on a wall??
Entry Title: The Cursed Cuckoo Haus
Description: Straight from the spookiest corner of the Black Forest, comes this wicked twist on the traditional cuckoo clock! But, instead of the classic bird , this 'Haus' (German for house) is home to a shriveled up old witch who--every thirty seconds or so--opens the carved wooden door above the clock face, leans out and gives a terrifying cackle to visitors below! Imagine the classic cuckoo clock--a sloping, A-frame roof covered in thick, rounded shingles. The outer walls are covered in foreboding wood carvings inspired by the forest setting --oak leaves, skulls, mischievous spirits and demonic wild boars--and all are lit from below with green and purple lighting. The possessed clock hands move very slowly in opposite directions, either never stopping or stopping periodically. The main door at ground level (below the clock face) is closed but eerie lights can be seen coming through the door's small window. Optional: on each side of the small witches door (near the top of the A frame) are two additional doorways which are always open. Within the shadowy arches lurk two grim reapers (one on each side) which--like in the traditional cuckoo clock--pass through the archways on the hour (or every 30 seconds ;))
Other adornments could include: large pine trees on each side of the house (eluding to the forest surroundings), a wolf lurking in the shadows, glowing jack o lanterns, ravens, and a bat weathervane on the roof. A whimsical chimney and gingerbread-style windows round out the design.
The Lemax "You Name It. We Create It" 2017 Halloween design contest is about to make childhood dreams come true as collectors and fans are challenged to come up with a new Halloween animated building. This inspiring contest was first introduced in 2013 where Cassie Hancock was the winner with her entry of Banshee's Boo-B-Traps. And now her spooky nightmare is a dream-come-true.
All entries must include the following:
1) Name of their product.
2) A high-level brief design concept between 150 - 200 words of your creation. Please include in your design the following:
Description of how it works. What moves, What does not.
What sounds does it make.
Use of colors and lights
What inspired you to think of this concept and design
The contest starts on September 29th, 2017 and closes on November 15th, 2017. So get to work!
Content Guidelines - (These are not rules.)
Your design concept entry will be judged on:
- Unique - Artistic - Creativity
- Degree of difficulty in design and manufacturing
- Unique piece that complements the Lemax Spooky Town Collection
Please keep in mind your creation must be easy to design and manufacture. Meaning: The more moving parts you have and the cost of creating the piece becomes too high. Or: Fragile and sharp pieces become a safety concern.
Fans can vote on their favorite concept and building name however the winning entry will be hand picked by members of the Lemax Marketing Team. Votes are taken into consideration so please be sure to vote on your favorite entry.
What’s in it for You? Prize!
The grand prize winner will receive the first production piece of their design a long with a special letter from Lemax. Bragging rights are sure to be high on the list.
How to Enter
Do you think you have what it takes? Able to think outside the casket! Submit your concept / idea within 150 to 200 words. This contest is open world wide. One entry per person. Please read Contest Entry Rules shown below.