Well... I've gone from winner in 2009 to contender in 2010 to nothing in 2011. I'm guess I'm going to have to think a bit bigger in 2012 to get back in the game. A lot of great castles this year. Scale & Quality. Permalink
StoveTop on the SoapBox...didn't know where else to put this. :)
I’ve got a question for you. Are any of you as disturbed as I am about the degree of violence in the wording, names and builds of Bionicles?( My feelings about this were stated on my MOCpage from day one.) Yet I received an invitation from one of the BioCup group Admins to join their competition? I can only assume that someone from that camp had viewed the one Bionicle I had ever made either on my own page or on the MOCie Awards page. I had put mine up on your site when I joined at the group’s invitation. But why I was asked to join BioCup I do not know…I would never have joined it. Anyway, I’m game so I did. I threw together something and decided to just go for it…so I entered as the 7th entry...the teacher in me saying if I get lambasted at least some other contestants might learn from it. Well, the judges didn’t like it…big surprise! Anyway, what I have learned from this is that I still do not like the violence aspect of that whole Bionicle thing. I see kids(and AFOL’s) naming creations using words such as assassin, etc. Yet to be logical about it…assassins operate in stealth…so would never be armored the way their creators build them (sorry that is the left-brained part of me talking). I understand that the Bionicle phenomenon may be viewed as role-playing to release violence…whatever. But the shear volume of plastic devoted to this is troubling to me. And yet, there are some very talented builders within the Bionicle community. There are some who build with bricks too. There are some who build less violent builds. (I have termed this Reformed Building Style). But there are a great many that only build violent builds. Anyway I approached my BioCup experience like a scientist…observing and experimenting and reaching and developing another hypothesis.
I was somewhat amused when about 6-7 Bionicle types(some who were BioCup judges) all descended on MOCie Awards page suggesting a Bionicle category for next year’s Award. Yet not one of them put up one of their creations. If they wanted to get your attention they should have all done so… and to impress ALL your builders…a Bionicle of Reformed Building Styl.e. I also realize the shear number of that community support the existence of MOCpages.com! Well, I had my say. Thanks to your group’s Admin people for allowing members not in the competition to post one on their designs. Thanks for people like you who do this…it really helps newbies see all the talent out there in one location! Permalink