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09 January 2021

LEGO® Chinese Festival 80106 & 80107: new parts & Lee's alternate builds

Lee (cityson) finished his reviews of the 2021 LEGO® Chinese Traditional Festival lineup and got straight onto designing his own MOCs with the parts! Buying this set? Consider using our affiliate links: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. New Elementary may get a commission. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.


After a close examination of sets 80106 Story of Nian and 80107 Spring Lantern Festival on their own, it is time to take them apart and make something new with the awesome selection of LEGO® parts - as the festive banner suggested, “Out with the old, in with the new” (辭舊迎新)! However, before diving into the MOCs I created, let’s have a comprehensive look at all the noteworthy parts in these two incredible sets.

LEGO parts in 80106 Story of Nian


Here is an overview of all the pieces in 80106 Story of Nian, in case anyone is interested in the colour distribution in the set.

We already published a preview article back in early November covering the new parts we could spot from promotional images, however we missed a few! So if you don’t feel like scrolling through the parts we previously mentioned, you can skip ahead to the parts we missed.

Recolours 

  • 1x Exclusive Ox Hat in Dark Orange (6331385 | 73120)
  • 10x Bar Holder with Clip in Bright Red/ Red (6328911 | 11090)
  • 3x Fence 1 x 4 x 2 W/ Shaft No 1 in Red (6309044 | 32932)
  • 2x Weapon Hilt Symmetric in Black (6331084 | 66909)
  • 12x Brick Curved 1 x 1 x 2/3 Double Curved Top in Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray (6333129 | 49307)
  • 17x Gold Ingot in Dark Bluish Gray (6331866 | 99563)

 

  • 2x Mop Head  in Bright Green (6334134 | 24085)
  • 4x Banana in Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise (6331854 | 33085)
  • 1x Plate Special 1 x 4 Offset in Dark Turquoise (6331855 | 4590)
  • 3x Flat Tile 2 x 3 W/ Angle in Dark Turquoise (6328050 | 35341) 
  • 3x Wedge Sloped 45° 3 x 3 in Sand Yellow/ Dark Tan Left (6331863 | 42862) and Right (6331861 | 48165) each

 

  • 3x 1 x 6 Tile in Gold Ink/ Metallic Gold (6332144 | 6636)
  • 2x Plate Round 1 x 1 with Hole and Horizontal Bar in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold (6335111 | 32828)
  • 2x Ice Crystal in Transparent Fluorescent Reddish Orange/ Trans-Neon Orange (6334135 | 42409)
 

Other Interesting Parts 

  • 3x Elephant Tail/Trunk in Dark Orange (6327544 | 28959), which only appeared once in the promotional polybag 40474 Build your own Monkey King, and this set has 3 of this rare piece (which is quite expensive on the aftermarket too, at the moment).
  • 6x Wedge Sloped 45° 2 x 2 Corner in Dark Tan (6186256 | 13548) returns after its limited appearance in 2 sets from 2017 to 2018.
  • 6x Brick Curved 2 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top in White (6299937 | 67810), which only appeared in 21324 123 Sesame Street and 10274 LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 so far.
  • 2x Minifig Bandana in Pearl Gold (6253219 | 44740) only appeared once in the Overwatch set 75971 Hanzo vs. Genji .
  • 1x Wedge 4 x 3 Open with Cutout and Four Studs [Wheel Arch] in Pearl Gold (6116007 | 47755) returns after its exclusive appearance in 2015’s Ninjago set 70734 Master Wu Dragon.

 

Parts we missed last time

As mentioned, there are elements we didn't spot in the preview imagery.

  • 2x Minifig Shield Rectangular with 4 Studs in Reddish Brown (6328480 | 30166) is an exclusive recolour.
  • 3x Brick Special 1 x 2 Palisade in Dark Turquoise (6325980 | 30136) is a 2021 recolour.
  • 1x Plate 2 x 10  in Dark Turquoise (6249538 | 3832) only appeared in 3 other sets so far. 
  • 1x Brick Round 2 x 2 Sphere with Stud in White (6221773 | 20953) is a 2020 recolour and has appeared in 2 other sets so far.
  • 2x 1 x 2 Rounded Plate in Dark Red (6212040 | 35480), surprisingly, has only appeared in 2018’s Marvel set 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (and only one is in that set). Hopefully it will be used more in future sets by the designers, as I think it is such a useful colour for this piece.

LEGO parts in 80107 Spring Lantern Festival


Here is an overview of all the pieces in 80107 Spring Lantern Festival and again you can skip ahead to check out all the interesting parts we missed in the preview article.

 

Recolours 


As mentioned before, this set is a goldmine for Earth Blue/ Dark Blue fans and there are 7 new recolours in total:

  • 12x Candle (6337523 | 37762) 
  • 1x Technic Ball Joint (6337523 | 32474) 
  • 6x Banana (6337522 | 33085)
  • 1x Brick Round 2 x 2 Sphere with Stud (6337530 | 37837) 
  • 6x Bar Holder with Clip (tbc | 11090)
  • 6x Wedge Plate 2 x 4 27° Right (6337529 | 65426)
  • 6x Wedge Plate 2 x 4 27° Left (6337527 | 65429)

 

  • 4x 1/4 Arch Brick 5X5 W/Cut Out in White (6334179 | 24599) 
  • 7x Weapon Hilt Symmetric in Black (6331084 | 66909) 
  • 1x Wedge Plate 6 x 3 in Dark Green/ Green Left (6328332 | 54384) and Right (6328329 | 54383) each
  • 4x Plate Special 4 x 4 with Curved Cutout in Dark Tan (6328338 | 35044) 
  • 2x Fence 1X4X2 W/ Shaft No 1 in Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (6328334 | 32932) 
  • 16x Candle in Bright Green (6328327 | 37762) 
  • 6x Cone 1 x 1 Inverted W. Shaft in Bright Green (6331087 | 11610) 
  • 6x Technic Axle Connector Smooth in Dark Red (6331093 | 59443)
  • 6x Cylinder 1 x 5 1/2 with Handle in Dark Red (6331092 | 87617)  

 

Other Interesting Parts 

  • 1x Plate Round 4 x 4 with 2 x 2 Hole in Red (6314067 | 11833) only appeared in this year’s LEGO House exclusive set 40501 The Wooden Duck. A rare piece from a rare set (especially so given the current travel bans around the world)!
  • 1x Tile Round 3 x 3 in White (6300017 | 67095), another piece that was just introduced in 21324 123 Sesame Street.
  • 1x  Minifig Bowl in White (6198979 | 34172), as mentioned in the article, has only shown up in the exclusive polybag 40394 LEGO House Chef this year.
  • 4x Black Weapon Sword Hilt with Dragon Head in Black (6315915 | 36017) makes its second appearance since the recent 75978 Diagon Alley, with a total of 4 included.
  • 1x Dish 4 x 4 Inverted with Open Stud in Transparent Red/ Trans-Red (6252269 | 35394) only appeared once before in last year’s 70684 Spinjitzu Slam - Kai vs. Samurai.

 


  • 3x  Wedge Plate 4 x 2 in Dark Tan Left (6338985 | 41770) and Right (6328445 | 41769) each returned after a decade since their limited run across 4 sets from 2010 to 2011.
  • 1x Dish 3 x 3 Inverted in Dark Blue (6309134 | 43898) returned earlier this year since its last appearance in 2013 (or 2012 if you don’t count the highly exclusive Yoda Chronicles Promotional Set given away to the press at the New York premiere of The Yoda Chronicles). The only current set with this piece is 75283 Armored Assault Tank.
  • 6x Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Bar Handle (6298944 | 26047) in Dark Turquoise is back for its second appearance since this year’s 80104 Lion Dance.
  • 5x Rounded Plate 1 x 2 in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime (6264062 | 35480) appeared only in this year’s Modular 10270 Bookshop and 31095 Fairground Carousel before.
  • 10x Bamboo Leaves 3 x 3 in Lime (6175572 | 30176), which would be the biggest appearance of this 2020 recolour in a single set. It has only appeared in 5 sets before, most of them Friends or Disney Princess sets.
  • 1x Leaves 6 x 5 in Lavender (6097450 | 2417), a 2020 recolour, appeared only in 3 Trolls: World Tour sets and 1 Disney Princess set and is still relatively rare and expensive on the aftermarket.
  • 5x Fence 1 x 4 x 2 in Dark Red (6295360 | 3185) was first introduced for 80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair and only appeared once afterwards in 21324 123 Sesame Street

Parts we missed

  • 2x Plate Special 2 x 4 with Groove and Two Center Studs in White (6315024 | 65509) is an exclusive recolour.
  • 6x Wedge Plate 6 x 6 Cut Corner in Green (6328330 | 6106) has only appeared once in 4174 Max Goes Flying from 2001.
  • 6x Wedge Plate 4 x 6 in Dark Blue (6337751 | 47407) has only appeared in 3 sets 2014 to 2017, and returns with a new EID.
  • 13x Wedge Plate 3 x 3 Cut Corner in Earth Green/ Dark Green (6328333 | 2450) has only appeared in 2012’s 9498 Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter.

Alternate builds with parts from 80106 and 80107 

To be honest I was a bit skeptical regarding the idea of making alternate builds from such large sets. To say the least, I had never tried it before. It didn’t sound too exciting to me as there are so many pieces at your disposal, but I was soon proven wrong. Not only was this extremely fun, it wasn’t easy at all when you take into account the types, colours and (most importantly) quantity of each element available. Foolishly, I even set myself up an extra challenge to make all my alternate builds related to Chinese culture. More challenges always mean more fun, right?

Penjing (盆景)


Like many LEGO fans, I am extremely excited about the Botanical Collection sets. Since I am yet to get my hands on them, what could be a better option than to build one with your own bricks? 

Now I imagine some of you may be wondering, isn’t this called Bonsai and isn’t it supposed to be a Japanese art? Bonsai is indeed Japanese, but this art form actually originated from China around 700 AD, as a common gift item among the upper class. However, over the course of history, this art has developed steadily in Japan and eventually made famous outside Asia by the Japanese, and hence its English name “bonsai” is also Japanese. 


The word bonsai is a loanword from its original Chinese name penzai (盆栽) but nowadays in Chinese it is given the more specific name penjing (盆景). The character pen (盆) refers to the shallow basins these peculiar plants grow in, and while the word zai (栽) refers to the plant itself, jing (景) means scenery, which in my opinion better describes these miniature landscapes. 

In terms of my alternate build, the goal was to utilise the new Reddish Brown Rectangular Minifig Shield as the soil. It was quite a challenge to hide or blend the protruding handlebar at first, but eventually I came up with this rather clean solution that utilises the new Black Symmetric Weapon Hilts in combination with the Minifig Handlebars to lock the shield in place.


Just like the upcoming set, I have created an alternative version of the tree that can be easily swapped, also with the parts from the two sets. It may not be very realistic, but I find this colour scheme to be quite pleasant. Another fun fact for those who are interested, the style of tree I tried to replicate here is the semi-cascade style, which are trees that can be found naturally on cliffs and riverbanks.

Chinese Antique Furniture


I seldom build at minifig scale but all the intriguing small parts really got me inspired. I originally built the vase along with the penjing as a response to the Flower Bouquet in the Botanical Collection, but their scales don't seem to line up. I think it fits in perfectly here with these delicate items of furniture.


The more famous Chinese antique furniture is mostly from the Ming and Qing dynasties, beautifully crafted with top quality hardwood by masters excelling at the mortise-and-tenon technique. In the case of my LEGO representation here, it would be the clip-and-bar connections. 

The chair on the left was mainly built to utilise the Dark Blue Bananas but to be honest, I kind of wish I could have come up with a more creative use for them. Regardless, I think the result looks decent enough, and I am glad that I managed to sneak in 2 Plate Special 1 x 2 with Racers Car Grill in Dark Blue (6176709 | 50949).


I am more satisfied with the chair on the right personally. It all started from the Black Paint Roller Brush Handle (6192778 | 12885), which works perfectly as the armrests. I am quite pleased to have incorporated the Black Dragon Head Hilt and the Black Symmetric Weapon Hilts again. I was also pleasantly surprised how well the seemingly fragile structure holds together, and even more surprised that the minifigure fits in so perfectly.


The vase is very simplistic but I really like the silhouette created by the simple combination of the 2 x 2 Round Sphere with Stud and a plain Minifig Bowl in White. Less is more sometimes - builds don’t always have to be very complex to be elegant.

Four Treasures of the Study (文房四寶)


The Four Treasures of the Study was the first thing that popped into my head when I was making my list of alternate model ideas. They are such iconic objects in Chinese culture as they are the basis of not only calligraphy, but also Chinese literature and paintings. The four 'treasures' are paper (紙), brush (筆), ink (墨), and inkstone (硯).

Paper


Apart from being a member of the Four Treasures of the Study, paper is also one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China, and it played a crucial role in the spread of knowledge, culture and wisdom. Before the invention of paper, ancient Chinese used things like bones, tortoise shells and metal plates to record information. Not only were those heavy to carry around, they do not facilitate the art of writing, so paper was really key to the rise of many other Chinese art forms. 

In terms of the build, instead of a plain piece of paper or a random painting, I thought it may be more meaningful to make a portrait of the gorgeous Moon Watching Pavilion from the set 80107. I am very happy with the result, particularly the fact that I managed to make use of a number of interesting parts here like the White 3 x 3 Round Tile for the Moon, the Dark Blue Wedge Plate 2 x 4 27° for the roof and the Dark Red 1 x 2 Rounded Plate to represent the 1 x 4 x 2 Fence.


I have always been a big fan of brick-built calligraphy, so I decided to give it a go myself despite the limitation in scale here. If you look at this from a distance and try to be very imaginative, you can see my efforts in replicating the Chinese name of the pavilion, 望月亭. Given that this is an alternate build, I will give myself a pass on this.

Brush


The earliest historical record of a writing brush in China dates back to around 1000 BCE, making it the oldest member of the Four Treasures. Interestingly, the alternate build also started from the idea of using the Dark Blue and Bright Green Candles as the handles of the brushes, so it was also the “oldest” member of the build. Not to mention, bamboo is also the most commonly used material for the brush handles, but perhaps not as bright a shade of green in reality.


Writing brushes are generally made with hair from animals like goats, black rabbits and yellow weasels… sometimes even the very soft first hair of a baby’s head, as it is believed to bring good fortune. Different types of hair have different levels of ink capacity and hence lead to the distinct brush strokes they produce. Therefore, it is common for a professional to carry different types of brushes in his toolkit for different purposes. I tried to replicate that a bit here too with different combinations of parts to create different brush sizes. 


While completely unnecessary, I thought a brush rack would make the collection more complete, and it allowed me to make use of more interesting parts in this alternate build, such as the Dark Red 1 x 4 x 2 Fences for decoration as well as connective tissue, the Pearl Gold 1 x 1 Round Plate with Hole and Horizontal Bar to “hang” the two spare brushes, and the Black Dragon Head Hilt again for decoration.


One of my biggest struggles with this MOC was building up the considerable height for the brushes to hang from. The Dark Red Cylinders 1 x 5 1/2 with Handle were really helpful but the protruding handle bar gave me a bit of a headache at first, I eventually came up with the two solutions you see above: hiding it with a gold leaf ornament and using it as part of the structure. As you will see later in this article, the same issue came up again in another alternate build. 

Ink and Inkstone


Traditionally, ink comes in the form of an ink stick which you have to grind into a fine powder on the inkstone and mix with water to make ink. While I have practiced calligraphy for a while when I was a kid, I have to confess that I have never used this type of ink – I always just bought ink in a bottle, ready-made in liquid form.

Just like most objects from ancient China, the inkstones are often very well decorated but at this limited scale, I could only try my best and use the underside of the plates to mimic the decorative details.

Seal


While it isn’t a formal member of the Four Treasures, it is very common for the Chinese artist to carry a personal seal to leave their signature on their art piece. These seals too often have many decorative elements, either carved onto the body or appearing as a mini-sculpture on the top of the seal. Here, I tried to replicate the famous Chinese lion sculpture by simply stacking the Light Bluish Gray Roller Skates (6217791 | 11253). Again, you will need to be very imaginative; look at the two wheels on top as being its eyes and the four below as its legs… are you still not able to see it? Let me enlarge it for you then.

Lion Jade Seal


My fourth alternate build is a large version of the lion jade seal. 


If you remember, I also made a Chinese rock lion as an alternate build for 40424 Winter Snowball Fight in my first New E article, but I think it is always fun to revisit the same topics and try to do them differently. This one is slightly smaller and a bit more intricate, and I can’t really put my finger on which one I prefer.


Perhaps more importantly, I can finally represent the actual stamp in the bottom at this scale. Here I made use of the Red 1 x 4 x 2 Fence recolour from set 80106. I think it works quite perfectly, in the sense that it does resemble some elements from a Chinese character.

The Monkey King


I can’t even describe the excitement I felt the moment when I finished this alternate model. It was one of those projects that is very exciting as an idea, but super-intimidating to realise. I questioned myself countless times during the process if it would be possible, but I am glad that I didn’t give up. This MOC is a tribute to designer Justin Ramsden, who designed not only the marvellous 80107 Spring Lantern Festival, but the incredible Monkie Kid 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech earlier this year.


The Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong (孫悟空), is the famous legendary character from the classic novel, Journey to the West (西遊記). As most of you have at least heard of a certain adaptation of the character (like the Monkie Kid theme maybe?) I won’t spend time introducing him. As you see from the above photos, this is also a model that can be viewed from any angle.


I always start with the head for character builds, because if I fail with the head it doesn’t really matter how gorgeous the rest of the character looks. 


Here, the Black Symmetric Weapon Hilt once again proved its usefulness. I am also very happy with how the Pearl Gold Ornament with Bar (6172437 | 28870) is connected at an angle to the Minifig Shield with the help of the Red Bar Holder with Clip. Together with the two attached sideways and the two Pearl Gold Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud, it forms the golden crown Monkey King wears, which his master can use to restrain him with the Crown-tightening Spell (禁箍咒). I have also chosen the Trans-Orange Light Cover (6171764 | 58176) for his eyes to represent his “Golden Gaze Fiery Eyes”(火眼金睛), which enable him to see the hidden demons and evils.


The back of the head is once again connected via a Minifig Shield, and I am also pleased with the way I recreated his nose and mouth with the simple combination of a Hinge Brick and a Brick Curved 2 x 2 x 2/3 Two Studs and Curved Slope End in White (4494474 | 47457). You can also see here how the Pearl Gold Ornament with Bar helps seal the top of the head perfectly along the wedge plate.


The abundant hinge bricks from the roof of the Northern Chinese residence in 80106 really came in handy when I was shaping up the torso of Monkey King. With the limited amount of plates with ball cup available, I had to make use of this substitute connection I first learnt from 10242 MINI Cooper, with the Tile Special 2 x 3 with 2 Clips (30350) connected to a small towball. It doesn’t create as much friction as a proper ball cup, but it works just fine to hold the shoulders up at an angle here.


Here I encountered the “handle issue” again with the Dark Red Cylinders 1 x 5 1/2 with Handle. I think adding any ornament to cover it up would really ruin the look of the Golden-banded Staff (如意金箍棒), so instead I decided to make the handle a connection point hidden in the hands. As a compromise for this, I gave up my original plan of giving Monkey King a more dynamic pose, but I think the end result isn’t too bad.


One last thing I would like to point out is the usefulness of the Plate Special 1 x 4 Offset (4590). I wasn’t too sure what to do with them at first, but surprisingly I ended up using both of them in this build; I find them quite useful in filling up gaps with angles.

Conclusion


The aspect to these alternate builds that I am perhaps most proud of is that none of them required me to re-use parts from the other ones, so by the end of my 2-day intensive building session, I was left with this whole collection of lovely Chinese-themed MOCs on my desk... along with quite a big pile of wonderful pieces from the two amazing sets that I still hadn’t used. This proves just how amazing the part selections of these sets are. And now imagine the possibility these new pieces offer when you use them along with your own bricks, or when you purchase them in bulk.

Following my close examination of these two sets, they have surpassed my high expectations so it is only logical for me to recommend all builders getting them to start off their new year. 80106 Story of Nian and 80107 Spring Lantern Festival are now available on LEGO.com. If you enjoyed our articles please consider using our affiliate links: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. New Elementary may get a commission.



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10 comments:

  1. I really appreciated this article. This takes alternative builds to a new level, staying on-theme and also extending the lesson on Chinese culture.

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    1. Thanks! I wasn't even sure if I could pull it off at first, but I tried my best. I seldom get too excited with my builds, but the moment I finished off the Monkey King, I was jumping up and down in my chair haha! Glad you appreciate it! :)

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    2. Monkey King is no doubt awesome. But What I think I like the most is the paper painting set - that's something I wouldn't have thought of at all and it looks spot on, down to the painted symbols. Simply excellent!

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    3. Thanks Kristof! That was actually the first thing that came to my mind, I really wanted to build a painting of the pavilion from the set, as I love that build so so much!

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  2. The "Minifig Shield Rectangular with 4 Studs in Reddish Brown (6328480 | 30166)" is also in 10281 - Bonsai.

    Those alternate builds are incredible

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    1. Thanks for pointing this out! I drafted the part list before the Bonsai set was out, I will definitely double check with these facts for my future articles... And glad to hear that you enjoyed my alternate builds!

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  3. It appears that with what little I know of the differences between the two cultures, I was correct in surmising that there would be similar differences in the styles of bonsai and penjing. I kinda got a hint of that with the penjing vase, which looks a bit too busy for bonsai.

    And it might be weird, but my first instinct when you mentioned an adaptation of JttW was to think of Into the Badlands from AMC. We never did find out who all the characters matched up with. Bajie was easy to figure out because he actually used the same name, but there was a lot of disagreement on who represented Sun Wukong. Many thought it was Sunny because of the similarity in their names, but the producers revealed that M.K. stands for Monkey King, while Sunny is supposed to be Tang Sanzang. We never did find out who corresponded with Sha Wujing, though.

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    1. I must confess that I didn't have enough knowledge regarding bonsai/penjing to discuss the precise difference between them, which was why I only lightly touch on it here. From what I read though, your assumption might be correct as a lot of the penjing I have seen tend to create a micro landscape instead of focusing on just the tree... but then again, I am no expert in this so I welcome any correction.

      Haven't seen the Into the Badlands before and I just looked it up now, might give it a try later :)

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    2. Wikipedia lists three different classes of Penjing, with Shumu Penjing sounding the closest to traditional Bonsai. Shanshui Penjing is similar to a Japanese art form called Saikei, both of which focus on creating an entire natural landscape. Then there's Shuijan Penjing, which does the same, but incorporating figures (not sure if these are just humans, or if animals are included) and manmade structures. But it sounds like the most basic form of Penjing uses more ornate containers, and focuses less on deliberately shaping the trees involved.

      Into the Badlands was a pretty cool show, but didn't have nearly the viewership that AMC had received with Mad Men, Breaking Bad (both produced by outside companies), or The Walking Dead (their first in-house original series). It only lasted three seasons, and left off in a way that drew the show to a conclusion, but felt like maybe they hadn't planned that to be their final season. The fight choreography is definitely rooted in eastern film tradition, with tons of wirework and strong elements of mysticism. Motor vehicles exist, but aren't common, and firearms have long been outlawed, which gives the whole thing a fairly unique post-apocalyptic spin.

      On other thing I forgot to touch on before is the reason why trees grow like your model. Extreme wind can force a tree to grow in an abnormal pattern (see Slope Point in New Zealand), but erosion is the most common means by which trees end up with horizontal orientation. Except plants have a defense against this. They produce a hormone called "auxin", which gravity causes to settle out on the low side of horizontal growth. It causes opposing reactions in roots and shoots. In a root, it inhibits the growth, causing the low side to grow more slowly than the high side, and this uneven grown forces the root to turn downwards. In a shoot, it stimulates growth, causing the low side to speed up growth compared to the high side, which similarly causes the shoot to curl upwards. The horizontal section of the plant won't straighten up completely, leaving a permanent S-curve, but the plant as a whole does right itself over time. This is easily witnessed in sprouting seeds. They have a built-in orientation (the shoots will burst forth from the same point on every seed, as will the tap root), but are statistically unlikely to end up germinating in an "upright" orientation, so this reaction self-rights the plant as soon as it starts to grow. We just don't normally witness it because it's taking place underground, and secondary growth eventually conceals it until it looks like the plant started out with perfectly vertical orientation.

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    3. Wow! Thanks for your knowledgeable and detailed reply, Purple Dave! Always enjoy learning more from you and a few other commenters, who actively keep the comment section just as interesting as the articles!

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