7 December 2017

Contest: Kill Teal (Volume 2)

25 February 2018 
ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED. All received entries will be published on the blog in a few days' time.

After a long absence, in 2018 The LEGO® Group will be reintroducing teal-coloured LEGO elements (Bright Bluish Green [TLG]/ Dark Turquoise [BL]) and the team here at New Elementary are so excited, we're running a competition!

You may recall the 'Mark Stafford Killed Teal' story (if not, it is reproduced below) which inspired Elspeth De Montes to create this LEGO model recently...

Elspeth's creation provoked quite a funny reaction. When New E contributor Jeremy Williams saw it he began to wonder about other ways that Mark Stafford might have killed teal, and suggested this contest to me. And when Mark Stafford it on Twitter, it raised strange anxieties in him:

So that's what we want you to build for this competition:
How might Mark Stafford kill teal again?

How to enter

  • Build us a scene showing an original way of 'killing' teal LEGO pieces
  • You can build with real LEGO bricks or digital LEGO bricks
  • You don't need to own teal bricks; you can use another colour to represent teal e.g. Medium Azure. Also okay to change it to teal in Photoshop 
  • Mark does not have to be featured
  • You may only send us ONE image per entry
  • You may enter as many times as you wish
  • Closing date HAS NOW PASSED


There will be two Grand Prize winners and one Runner-Up prize.
  • Both Grand Prize winners will each receive one copy of the new Modular building, 10260 Downtown Diner
  • The Runner-Up prize winner will receive 3 sets: a copy of 21039 Shanghai41155 Elsa’s Market Adventure and 41332 Emma’s Art Stand

The story of teal's death (Volume 1)

The ‘Mark Stafford Killed Teal’ legend is a true story. Having graduated from being a mere LEGO fan builder to real LEGO designer in 2006, Mark’s first set was the Exo-Force set 8115 Dark Panther. According to Mark, he was given four colour choices; red, orange, purple or teal. However this was the era of TLG culling their excessive colour palette and so he was told that if he chose teal, then the colour purple would be deleted, and vice versa. Choosing orange or red would have led to both purple and teal being deleted, so in the end Mark chose purple, despite genuinely loving teal. Years later, Mark described his traumatic decision to fellow LEGO fans on an online forum, but the first reply merely said, “So… you basically killed teal?”

Ironically, had he chose to kill purple, it would have been brought back almost immediately as it was needed for the Harry Potter Knight Bus. So Mark's difficult decision was ultimately, utterly pointless.

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  1. WOOHOO Time to dig out my Teal parts! I know EXACTLY how I'm killing Teal this time. Lol

  2. What a great story and great idea for a competition! :) I'm firing up MLCad as i write...

  3. Wonder how many entrants will be Kill Bill parodies...

  4. I LOVE Jeremy's Idea...great competition! I am looking forwards to seeing some fun entries :-)

  5. Hmm...I guess my entry cannot be entered. I was going to upload it after I got home from work. The deadline states end of February 22nd. It's 7:08 pm February 22, 2018 as I write this. I guess I am out of luck. Best of luck to the rest of the entrants.

    1. Oops! Sorry Miro I have reopened it for Friday and Saturday please try now.

  6. For some reason the entry form is closed even though it is still 11:33 EST where I am... I have sent a Flickrmail message to Elspeth, so please check out my entry!

    1. Oops! Sorry Reese I have reopened it for Friday and Saturday please try now.

  7. Where and when can we check entries for this contest?

    1. Hi Joh, we will start publishing all the entries here on the blog in a few days' time.