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For reference, this is the building system that is present in all of the Hero Factory action figure models and the constraction figure lines of the Legends of Chima. Because of that, I think this topic goes here. (Also because it's general Lego themed and there's a new constraction figure line coming in 2015, etc. ) What do you think of the Character and Creature Building System in general? How do you think Lego has been making use of it? What new things would you like to see out of it? Personally I think the CCBS has been, up to now, largely underutilized. While Lego should not do everything the CCBS has to offer - IMO there should be room for MOCs, after all - mostly I've seen a large amount of humanoid sets come out of it. I think there is a lot of potential for large models that hasn't been tested. (I haven't had the time and the parts/money to test it, much as I want to.) To a degree I feel that the CCBS has been an excuse for releasing multiple waves of generic humanoids (I applaud IFB for stepping out of the mold). But I don't think there's anything wrong with the building system itself. I was able to sit down with a lower-price-point HF set and get like 5 MoCs out of it, so I think it's an innovative step that TLG definitely should have gone for. I also think that the system has great potential for Technic integration that so far hasn't been touched, even with existing parts (although I complain that the ball joints can be annoying in this regard). But the way they use it in the snap together format almost makes using Technic feel like using illegal connections, even though the torsos and some of the limbs notoriously have Technic pinholes (and some sets even use them). Anyway, enough rambling from me. What do you think?
I was Googling the name of LEGO Hero Factory designer Cerim Manovi, one of the designers featured on the "Explaining the Character and Creature Building System" videos on the Hero Factory website, and I happened to find two patents by the three designers featured on those videos. The first patent is for the skeleton elements of the building system itself, the second for articulated figures (action figures) based on that building system.http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2012052509http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2012052475I thought some people here on BZPower might appreciate the way these patents are phrased. I feel it truly demonstrates how unique the building system is that it could be patented. It also emphasizes how system is the defining characteristic of this building style-- all the parts are designed to go together in a very particular fashion that allows for the greatest versatility. Click the "Description" tab for the second patent to see a very detailed analysis of why this building system is uniquely advantageous.The "Documents" tab on each page lets you view PDF versions of the patents, which is useful to see the full range of illustrations. They offer some very good insights about the considerations that went into creating this building system!