Tuesday, July 26, 2011
A good evening of LEGO Hero Factory MOC-making
What you see above is the skeleton of one of my first LEGO Hero Factory Savage Planet series villains. I made three villains this evening, plus two more 3.0 heroes. The point of this is not to focus on this one skeleton or the MOC that was built around it, nor to invite impatient demands of details of the completed creation (just wait for it already). What I really want to note here is that I feel that like LEGO's set designers, I'm becoming more comfortable with the ball-and-socket building system. When this system was first introduced, I really had trouble wrapping my head around how to build within its physical constraints without experiencing creative constraint. I was quick to fall back on Technic parts and Bionicle style building techniques. I think I'm starting to "get it" now, as I'm no longer looking at each individual part in the light of its original intent.
The structure above was built using, if I counted correctly, 34 (don't hassle me if I'm off by 1) of LEGO's Hero Factory skeletal pieces and very few other things. I ended up using some old Bionicle parts for the head, but that was just by choice, to make something extra unique (I actually started with the head, then built the skeleton). Most of the remaining parts that turn this stick figure into a Quatros-native creature are Hero Factory armor & accessory items.
I think it's similar to that moment of enlightenment new Bionicle MOC-makers used to experience the first time they discovered how a foot could make a good armor piece, or even the core of a torso. Once you look at the parts as just shapes, not representations of specific objects, the fun can truly begin!
PS: Looks like a bat skeleton, doesn't it? I didn't notice that until I took this picture. I can assure you the end result is absolutely nothing like a bat, though.
PPS: Please don't hassle me about when my next MOC video will be posted. As I repeat like a broken record, Lego MOC videos are not my life. Today, for instance, I rendered & uploaded 39 videos for one of my other YouTube channels! Thank you for your patience and understanding.