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~Legoman~

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About ~Legoman~

Year 12
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  • Birthday 07/09/1996

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    Vermont, U.S.A.
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    Skiing, soccer, tennis, mountain biking, building and collecting LEGO bricks. Mostly skiing and Lego.

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  1. Whoops, forgot to reply to these. I used to agree with you, but as I MOCed more I kept using more and more illegal/exotic connections because they simply allow so much more to be done with the parts. After the photo shoot, I don't handle my MOCs until it's time to part them out, so aesthetics are king to me. It just has to look good in pictures and on my shelf. And I may have exaggerated the fragility, there's only a couple parts that you really need to be careful about which are easy to avoid once you know how to handle her. The bigger issue is stability while posing which is a combination of being a fairly tall and heavy MOC with only single-jointed knees, ankles, and hips, and the small contact surface area of the feet. Plus I was trying to pose her with her feet close together, which didn't help with the balance. As for the knee caps, in general I think they improve flow, especially when she's standing straight. I think it would help if the larger HF armor on the shins were orange, as well. I think I'd need to order one more of those, though, so for now it's a no-go. I would have liked to make the entire lower leg and foot orange, but some parts don't exist in orange. Thanks. Not luck, just skill Thank you.
  2. Brickshelf Gallery Apparently It's been five years since I first put together the feet. Although she has been finished for about a year now, I just never got around to taking pictures. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more illegal connections than legal, and I'm not entirely kidding when I say that. As a result, and also due to her size and unstable foot design, posing her was somewhat challenging. And when I say "somewhat" I mean "very." This is probably my last MOC for a while, so I hope you enjoy it.
  3. Thanks. I won't comment on the financial situation of my family, but I will mention that this house was built up to its current state over the course of 25 years, largely personally by my father's own hands. That's part of the reason why this house is particularly special to my family. Haha, thanks. The issue is that the vast majority of my collection is Bionicle sets, so I don't have much system to work with. Every part of this house was specifically bought for this model. I would like to build up more of a system collection to get into more architectural and spaceship MOCs when I have a bit more time and money to blow on this hobby. My dad would love to have his house compared to Wright, thanks.
  4. I think this is my first foray into the system-based creations forum. I don't do much of the system thing. I'll just go ahead and copy/paste what I wrote up on Flickr below the pictures because it's pretty long and I think it covers just about everything. The pictures link to their Flickr pages, and there's a couple more pictures in my photostream there, and there's even more pictures in the linked Brickshelf gallery once it goes public. Many many years ago (middle school, I think), I decided I wanted to build my [parents'] house out of Lego. I put it together in LDD, but that version, built over about 5 years, was about three times the size of what you're looking at here with a full interior. Unfortunately, I forgot to back up that particular folder when I upgraded my computer and lost it. This past summer I decided I wanted to give it another go, but I wanted to build it for real. So I spent my summer designing this in LDD at a scale that I thought would be more doable as a poor college student. Still ended up a bit on the large side, though, so I asked my brother if he would help fund this project as a Christmas present for my parents. He agreed, so I spent another couple weeks designing some proper foundations for it and figuring out the most economical way to build it. Ordered parts in early October (cleaned out the dark orange plates and black 2x4 brick lots of a few Bricklink shops), and finished building it sometime in November. Some parts used for the roof don't exist in dark brown, so we committed heresy and spray painted the whole roof. Turned out pretty well. A few minor adjustments were also made after these pictures were taken to make some parts sit better, so those sagging planks on the upper deck don't sag anymore, and same goes for the roof ridge on the highest roof. You'll also have to forgive the bed sheet background. I would have cut it out completely, but those folds in front would make that a bit awkward looking. The roof hips on the eastern wing unfortunately do not mesh together as well as intended because I failed to account for the pretty significant bending that apparently happens when you put a bunch of 1x2 tiles on a single layer of plates (probably not helped by the paint). You'll have to cut me some slack on that; I'm new to system MOCing. Still looks okay, I think. You can see how they were supposed to come together in the renders in the Brickshelf gallery. The most inaccurate part is the extension onto the deck on the eastern wing which is supposed to be a screen porch, but is as yet unfinished on the real house. Only the floor has been framed, so I just went ahead and did my best estimation within the limits of the parts. I think I've rambled enough, so I'll end by saying that I'm pretty pleased considering it's my first proper system build since elementary school, and my parents seemed to really enjoy it. They just need to figure out where to put it. Brickshelf gallery with a couple more pictures, WIP shots, and a few of the renders I used when proposing the design to my brother. Specs: I haven't gotten the exact number yet, but the total part count came in right around 5,000 parts. Dimensions of 17.5 in x 15.5 in x 8 in (44.7 cm x 39.1 cm x 20.5 cm). Scale is 1:72.6 (1 stud = 2 ft). I think that just about covers it, let me know what you think.
  5. Well, I can't say I've been active for the last few years, but it's still kind of a bummer. The 2015 Toa were awesome, even convincing me to pick up a couple despite my current lack of MOCing time just because they were so well done. However, I've disliked pretty much every set not part of that first wave and I haven't kept up with the story, so it's not that disappointing to me. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the team behind it for all the effort they put into trying to bring back the magic of Bionicle. I mentioned the first wave was fantastic (probably one of the best Bionicle waves ever, nostalgia notwithstanding) and I quite liked the art direction of the animated story last year and the return to its simple "magic robots on a mysterious tropical island" roots (not that I hated the complexity of G1, it grew with me, but there was a lot of unnecessary and questionable stuff there and nostalgia is a heck of a drug). They unfortunately never really recaptured the mystery and spiritual nature of it entirely and the sets plummeted in quality after the first wave, so I'm not too surprised it failed to recapture the sales figures of G1. It seemed like, at least at first, they fixed a lot of my gripes with where G1 ended up going, and that was great to see, but they weren't able to keep it up. I guess I'm now old enough to have seen my favorite childhood toy line be born, grow up, die, get revived, and die again. Almost depressing to think of it that way. I'll be retreating back to my dark age now.
  6. Man, the timing almost couldn't be worse on this one. My winter break starts the 18th. Maybe I'll do a marathon build session to get something in, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish. Either way, I'm pumped for Star Wars, so this should be fun. Good luck to everyone.
  7. We'll see iif this is answered in time. By 12:00 PM, I assume that means noon rather than midnight?
  8. I haven't been active on the forums in the years since Bionicle ended, and probably never will be again, but I must agree with pretty much all the previous responses in this thread regarding the future of BZP as a community. The front page needs an update pretty badly (it has needed an update for a while now) and the community needs to avoid the kind of irrationally aggressive schism that formed after HF replaced Bionicle. The forums weren't the most pleasant place to be during that time and we don't want that turning future members away. I wouldn't be surprised if much of the old guard will prefer the original line due to nostalgia at the very least (I probably will), but keeping the discussion civil needs to be a priority. And if I do come back here even as a lurker, I want to see this place in good condition; I have a lot of good memories of BZP.
  9. No, the spinner doesn't work. I briefly considered how to make it work, but what it comes down to is that this was a bit of a rush build and I am one of those that really doesn't care about functionality; I'm all about aesthetics with maybe some effort put into poseability (which ends up being aesthetics because I want to achieve good looking poses). To go into detail: Accommodating the launching mechanism would be slightly more complicated and would not look as good, especially from the bottom. The Bohrok bodies would have to be separated by a unit, and as a result the Rahkshi back curve wouldn't be quite as pretty. And the underside armor wouldn't be as snug because it would have to account for the ripcord. Everyone else, thanks.
  10. This was first built in October of last year, but I recently got around to taking some proper pictures of it, so I decided it's time to post it. Picture links to a bigger picture. Front Side Top Back Gallery (when public)
  11. I definitely like the smooth style you have. The torso looks a bit big, though, proportion wise. The legs in particular look a bit small for it. Also, while talking about the legs, I'm not sold on the thighs. Putting two HF armor pieces end to end like that doesn't really work for me; the shapes just don't jive. You made it work as well as you could, but it's not super pretty. Lastly, and this is a small thing, the right arm looks a bit skimpy in general. Besides that, this is pretty slick and shiny. Very nice job.
  12. HF first because I MOC with it, though I don't know anything about the story. I picked City as second because that seems to be the closest thing to the Modular Bbuildings and Architecture and those are pretty much the only non-HF sets I have bought recently.
  13. Voted for myself 'cause that's just what I do, but the Terror Bird is the clear winner here. Probably my favorite in the contest, actually.
  14. Thanks. These two pictures should satisfy your curiosity about the underbelly. I've updated the entry pic now, and the gallery has more pictures as well, once it goes public. About the beak: I see what you're saying, but it's one of the least flimsy connections in the head, to be honest. I really didn't want to attach it on the bottom as well because that would make the head to thick/tall, and this is just a simpler construction in general. In the end, there are many other parts of the MOC that you should be much more worried about in terms of flimsiness.
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