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Battle for the Gold Mask Competition: Entry Submission Topic Please post all submissions for the Battle for the Gold Mask Competition here. Make sure you've read the official rules and FAQ before entering! If you have any questions, please ask them in the contest discussion topic. Please enter by posting a link to your entry picture and gallery (if applicable), as well as the entry's name. If you have new entries to submit, please make a new post instead of editing them into an earlier post. Any entries edited into an earlier post may be overlooked.
Battle for the Gold Mask Competition: Frequently Asked Questions The Battle for the Gold Mask is underway, and there have been a LOT of questions so far, not just on BZPower but on the other five sites as well. This topic will serve as a compendium for as many of the questions as we can keep track of. Be sure to read the official BZP contest topic as well as the OFFICIAL RULES (complete with legal jargon). There's a good chance the answer to your question is in there somewhere already. General Questions Q: Where is the contest being held? A: The contest is being hosted simultaneously on six sites:ReBrickBZPowerEurobricksRusBionicleBionifigsPockylandQ: Where do I enter the contest? A: You can submit your entry right here! Q: Do I need a ReBrick account to enter? A: You need to have an account on at least one of the participating sites to enter. If you already have a BZPower account then you're set! Entry Questions Q: Can I enter multiple villains? Is there a limit? A: You can submit multiple separate entries, but each entry can only contain one villain. Q: Do I submit an entry picture or should it be a gallery? A: You should submit a single entry photo, but you may link to a gallery. Q: Am I allowed to put another, smaller figure in the picture to show scale? A: Please just include your entry in the photo. Q: Am I allowed to edit my entry picture? For example, can I crop out the background and set the villain into a CG environment or adjust the lighting? A: Yes. Q: Do the entry images have to be taken fresh for this contest? A: No. Q: Do I still need to have the model built and available at the conclusion of this contest? A: No. You will not need to send your models to LEGO if you win. Q: If I am submitting an old creation, should I make a new topic or use the old one? A: You do not need to create a topic to enter, but feel free to link to the old one. Topics that are past the revival date can not be revived. Q: Once I have submitted an entry, am I allowed to make a MOC topic about it in BBC? A: Yes, as long as one does not already exist. Q: Can I enter a creation that I've already posted on the same site? A: Yes, it can be something you've already posted on BZPower (or any other site). Q: Can I enter the same entry on two different sites? A: Yes, you can enter on all six sites that are participating. Note that this does not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Q: If I enter several MOCs, is the one that does best my 'official entry,' and the others are in effect disqualified? A: The judges will look at all of the entries, but only one entry per person can become a finalist. What you think is 'best' and what the judges think is 'best' may be different though, so it doesn't hurt to enter multiple MOCs if you have the time. Q: Can my entry picture include multiple images of my model from different angles? A: Yes. You're also allowed to include a link to your entry's gallery. Q: Where can I host my entry image or images? A: You can use whatever image hosting service you prefer. Q: Will creating a background story help improve my chances of winning? A: I will certainly be reading the stories people create (as long as they're not too long!). But keep in mind the judges are from all over the world and English is not always their native language. So while the story can't hurt, don't make your MOC rely on it. Q: Can I post a video with my entry showcasing a function? A: Absolutely. MOC Questions Q: Is [insert piece here] System, Technic, or Constraction? A: We'll have to answer these on a case-by-case basis, but if the part was first used in a Bionicle, Hero Factory, or Technic set, it should count as Constraction/Technic. A general rule of thumb is if the pieces have appeared in a Constraction set (whether Bionicle, HF, Chima, etc.) then they count as Constraction. Q: Can I use custom fabric for a cape or wings? A: No. You many only use unmodified fabric pieces from LEGO sets. This includes Vezon and Furno XL's capes, among others. Q: Can I cut flex-tubing and ribbed hoses to specific lengths? A: No. This is considered modifying the pieces. Q: What is a Constraction piece? A: Constraction pieces are elements from any of LEGO's buildable action figure lines, including, but not limited to, Bionicle, Throwbots, Hero Factory, Ben 10, and Marvel, DC, and Chima ultra-builds. Q: Would pieces that have been slightly chewed on be counted as modified if they don't effect color or connections? A: No. Those pieces would be fine. Keep in mind though that your entries are being judged and you want the best presentation possible. Q: Would multiple figures, i.e. a steed and its rider be acceptable as one entry? A: Yes. Q: Can I incorporate parts of official packaging (such as canister lids)? A: Yes. Q: Can my creation be a revamp of an existing character, or does it have to be an original one? A: Yes, it can be your take on an existing character. Keep in mind though that entries will be judged on originality. Q: Can my creation be a revamp of a MOC I made before? A: Yes. Q: Am I allowed to post a MOC for critique before submitting a final version? A: Yes, as long as you're not posting it in the entry topic. Q: Are pieces obtained from NYCC allowed? A: Yes. Q: Can I create a name and backstory for my villain? A: Absolutely, but it is not required. Q: What are the limits on "contemporary weapons"? A: If it's modeled after anything from 1950 and onwards it would be off limits. Any weapons or tools from existing Bionicle and Hero Factory sets are clearly fantasy-based and would not have problems with this rule. Q: Can I collaborate with another person on a single entry? A: No, entries must be created by a single person. Q:Does the villain in question have to fit into the Bionicle universe stylistically or can it be an orginal character? A:As long as it doesn't violate any of the items in the rules, original characters should be just fine. Q:Are ridiculous sci-fi laser rifle things allowed? A:Ridiculous sci-fi creations are okay; it's weapons that bear a resemblance to real military hardware that aren't allowed. Q:Can I use prototype parts in my MOC? A:Yes. Q:Can one villain be two smaller villains? Like a villainous duo? A:No. Each entry should consist of only one villain. Q:Can my MOC be based off a movie/book/comic/videogame/etc character? A:No. This violates the intellectual property rules of the contest. Q: Can I use rubber bands in my creation? A: Yes, as long as they are LEGO rubber bands from LEGO sets. Q: Can I use printed parts in my creation? A: Yes. Q: Can I use stickers in my creation? A: Yes, as long as they are official LEGO stickers. Q: Can I use LEDs, motors, and power supplies from Technic sets? A: Yes. Q: Is the Technic-to-System parts ratio related to the number of pieces or the size of the pieces? A: The 75/25 ratio is a rule of thumb designed to have entries be more or less equal in order to allow the judges to compare the entries in a fair manner. We will not be counting pieces per se, but again, use your good judgement. Q: Can I include scenery or a backdrop? Does that count toward the ratio? A: You can create a background. It will not count in the 75/25 ratio. But keep in mind that it's your MOC that is being judged. Q: Should I design my MOC to be like a set you might find on store shelves? A: The rules state that you should "build the baddest villain you can imagine." Make the most impressive MOC that you are capable of. There is a 14k gold mask at stake, so you should pull out all the stops. Its ability to be turned into a set is not part of the judging. Q: Can I use a part that is no longer made in my creation? A: Yes, you can use any official LEGO piece. Q: Can I use Galidor and DUPLO pieces in my creation? A: Yes, they count towards the System ration. LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) Questions Q: If I'm making a LDD model, can I use parts in colors that don't exist? A: Modified or painted elements aren't allowed for physical entries, so in fairness digital entries should be limited to pre-existing colors as well. Q: Can I use external software, such as Maya, to render and light my LDD model? A: Yes. Q: Do I just submit a screenshot of my LDD model? A: No. LDD submissions should not have the 'grid line' background. They should be clear images of the model on a clean background (although, as mentioned elsewhere, you are free to edit the background and your image). If you need help doing that you should ask your fellow members or search around online. Q: How do I render my LDD entry? A: Here is a tutorial for rendering LDD creations, courtesy of Eurobricks. Q: Can I use LDD Extended Mode to create my MOC as long as the parts have been released in those colors in LEGO sets beforehand? A: If the piece has been produced in that color you can use it in your LDD model. Prize Questions Q: Which gold mask is being given away? A: LEGO has not yet revealed which mask is the grand prize. Q: When the prizes say "Bionicle heroes," does it mean the masters? A: I believe it will be the Toa, but there is no more clarity than what the rules state. Q: Does the gold mask come with the stand seen in the picture? A: The stand is made of materials that are not approved for children; product safety flat turned down a glass bell on top of it. If they get an approved version before it's time to send it out, there will be a stand, but as of right now, it will come nestled in a little velvet-lined box from the jeweler who made it. Other Questions Q: If I win, will my model be used in any way by LEGO? A: LEGO reserves the rights to do so, but have not announced any plans to. Q: Why can't people in Quebec enter? A: This is a legal issue. Please see this site for more information. Q: Can judges enter the contest? A: No they cannot. Q: How will finalists be contacted if they win? A: The five finalists for BZPower will be contacted through the site to gather any information LEGO requests. Q: A:
Bionicle's back! Well, it's not "on-the-shelves" back yet, perhaps. There's still a couple months to look over all that gorgeous concept art and watch some masks get made and read up on just who these heroes are. You've got your sleepy hulkster, your warrior-joker, your speedster trying to outrun the dark... You've got almost everything, but for one element: you don't have your villain yet. And what do we do when there's a gap to be filled? We build! Your latest mission, bestowed by none other than LEGO, is to build a villain. Build them mean, build them wicked, and build them like you've never built before: this party doesn't stop at the edge of BZPower. Judges will select the semi-finalists and finalists from BZPower and the five other sites in the contest (RusBionicle, ReBrick, Eurobricks, Le Club Bionifigs, and Pockyland), and the top entry from each site will be in the running for a 14k gold Bionicle mask! Make sure to read the official contest rules carefully. Some rules may look familiar, but don't make any costly assumptions. If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask. You've got until December 1 to enter the contest. Get to it! SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES HERE! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Multi-Site LEGO® Bionicle® Battle for the Gold Mask Competition - OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY WILL ENTER; FEW WILL WIN A PRIZE. Overview To celebrate the coming relaunch of LEGO® Bionicle®, The LEGO Group is teaming up with BZPower, RusBionicle, Bionifigs, Pockyland, EuroBricks and our own LEGO ReBrick to conduct an epic building competition where the winner from each site will go head-to-head for the grand prize of a 14k gold Bionicle mask! We invite you to build the baddest villain you can imagine! The winner on each site will win a set of the 6 new Bionicle heroes, signed by the designer. 2nd prize on each site will be 3 sets and 3rd prize will be one set. The competition will begin October 20, 2014, 12 p.m. CEST and ends December 1, 2014, 12 p.m. CET. If you’re not sure what time zone you’re in, here’s a time zone converter. How to enter To enter, you have to create a villain using a minimum of 75% LEGO® Constraction/Technic bricks and no more than 25% System bricks. You submit photos of your villain to the site where you wish to enter. It is allowed to submit your creation to multiple sites. It is also allowed to submit multiple entries. You may build in LDD, but we will only accept rendered versions of the LDD files. You must be a member of the site on which you enter and you must sign up according to the individual terms and conditions of that site. Entries cannot be revised or altered once submitted, so give us your very best photography right from the start. How to win Anyone can submit multiple entries to the challenge, but only one (1) entry per person will be considered when the final winners are selected. Each site will have 5 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be chosen from all entries by a jury of judges, including one representative from each community. These semi-finalist judges are:Sara Moore, LEGO ReBrick.comAlexander (VBBN), EuroBricksEddy (Exo 6), Le Club BionifigsRack, Pockylandtahu_nuva, RusBionicleBlack Six, BZPowerAll semi-finalists will be sent for judging by the LEGO jury, which will chose first, second and third place winners for each site. . The LEGO Group reserves the right to add additional submissions of their choosing from each site. Then, from among the first place winners on each site, the LEGO jury will choose the overall winner. The jury will consist of Lead Designer for Bionicle Cerim Manovi, Assistant Marketing Manager Kari Vinther Nielsen and Junior Designer Nicolaas Vás. The winning entries will be judged by the jury upon:Overall coolness and creativityInspired originalityUniquenessCreative use of partsWe want you to make your villain as amazing as possible. However, you need to consider the following when creating your villain:Villains containing or depicting contemporary military vehicles or weapons will not be eligible for the competitionVillains containing defamatory or degrading elements will not be eligible for the competitionCopies of/or in other ways infringements relating to any existing third party property or any other intellectual property right will not be eligible for the competitionUse of any toy parts not produced by the LEGO Group will result in your villain being disqualifiedEntry villains should show your creation only, and should not show recognizable features of any person or any commercial product other than LEGO ProductsEntries that are obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, lewd, derogatory, inappropriate, or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by the LEGO Group in their sole discretion, will not be eligible for the competitionYou can enter something you’ve published elsewhere before the start of the contest, but we encourage you to build a new MOC worthy of a gold maskEntries must not contain LEGO elements which have been modified from their original form (this includes painted elements)Your entry must be least 75% Constraction/Technic and a maximum of 25% System elementsAny cheating or harassment of other participates will result in disqualification from the competitionEntries must be made by the user submitting the entryThe judging will begin December 1, 2014 and the winners will be announced on each site before December 25, and the overall grand prizewinner of the gold mask will be announced by January 12, 2015. The odds of winning will depend on the skill and talent of the entrant, and on the number of eligible contest entries received during each contest period. The winners on each site and the overall winner will be contacted directly by The LEGO Group and TLG will provide the prizes for all sites. The original, long-form rules which reside on LEGO ReBrick are the official rules and will supersede all other versions of the rules found on any of the participating sites. Prize Details Prizes will be awarded as follows: On each site: 1st prize – 6 new Bionicle heroes, signed by the designer 2nd prize – 3 selected Bionicle heroes 3rd prize – 1 selected Bionicle hero The overall winner, chosen from among the 6 winners. will receive a unique 14 karat gold Bionicle mask, only available through this competition. Who May Participate The Competition is international and open to entrants worldwide, except as noted below, who are 13 years of age or older at the time their Entry is submitted. The Challenge is not open to residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Myanmar/Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, any other U.S. sanctioned country and where prohibited or restricted by law. The Competition is not open to residents of the Canadian province of Quebec. Employees, officers, and directors of the LEGO Group of Companies, and their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household, are not eligible to participate.