Well, that was… fun? I wish I had started building him earlier. I actually didn’t start building him until this week. Because, it seems that my luck in this contest so far had gone to my head. So, I was just thinking, “Oh, I got this in the bag.” Needless to say, once I started building this I just thought, “I’m so screwed.” It’s been fun thus far. Good luck to my opponent. And, please, go easy on me judges XP
There is always the peculiar misconception of what a Chimera looks like. Most people take the classic Greek combinations and leave it at that. You have taken the modern spin on things, using the generalist definition of a an animal created from an amalgamation of other animals. The vividly contrasting colours hearken back to the Japanese Robot combiners. The problem is that, aside from the defined heads, the other various coloured limbs hold no definition to their origin. It is designed nicely with creative use of the pieces, 5/5 undoubtedly, but I will have to side with your opponent.
As much as I like that you didn't exactly went with 'the' chimera, as you oponent did, I must say I'm a bit underwhelmed.. Apart from the tail head, it looks like made of different robots, rather than creatures. And not so much exciting robots as well. Gee, it looks more like a robot than both actually robot-themed ones! That, and in overall it really could use some polishment, by cleaning up the legs a bit as well as maybe adding some substance to the body. Overall, not a bad MOC, but not quite the one either. My vote goes to you opponent here.
It was rather unexpected for both entries to take this path. As such the comparison becomes a lot more direct than it could've been if the category had been embraced to a whole new level. While Margdyr displays unique features with the utilisation of HF pieces and asymmetry, it doesn't go as far as "The Chimera" did, which displays a higher, more complex and organic feeling level of details. As such my vote belongs to Toa Phosphorus.
A few points to focus on: I liked the differentiated limbs (to show each 'contributor' bio-organism), and the even the chunky, irregular silhouette. Sorta evocative of the exaggerated features of a Poke- or Digimon-style, a nice look. While it served the silhouette well, it left much of the underside looking unfinished and spare, though. I liked the inventive use of the KK and HF parts to help cover some problems with likely Parts Attrition, but that said, I still feel like Phos' Chimera was a more complete Ideal; more filled limbs and understructure, and far more detailed in execution. Still very good work, especially under the challenges imposed by the Contest. ~Cheers~
When I wrote this category, I kept in mind that most of your collections were growing thin, so with this it would be possible to use different colors for different areas of the bodies, depending on which and how many beasts you decided to fuse together. What I couldn't imagine, is that both of you would take a shot at building "the" chimera(or something at thay effect) instead of "a" chimera, so the match ended up being a bit boring. Phosphorous' entry, though, i's a bionicle masterpiece with hardly any weak point, so my vote goes to him. Well done, and best of luck!
Should have built a squidhead :^) The body feels lazy to me, probably because of my predisposition to bonkle parts. Regardless, it looks, and more importantly, feels alive. You pulled off the "mesh mess" idea excellently, as evidenced by the fact that I can see how it moves, walks, etc. Very good. Now to go and look at Phos's entry...
I really like how this has two different heads made of completely different parts which still look so similar. Excellent work all round! I'm not too convinced by the plethora of Ultrabuild armour parts over its back though. Looks too simple.
I waited for Phosporus to post his entry before I'd comment here, as I mean to compare your two entries.
Gotta say, Phos'is pretty impressive, and the picture taking is alot more spectacular. His mix of a dragon, lion, goat and twin work really well together, but here's the thing..
Your looks much more creative to me. It has more differently orientated colours throughout its entire body and the base v=creature itself is alot more original than a frame on four paws to me. I think you can win this one dear Trav, for daring to be different. It's gonna be a close call methinks though....
Best of luck bro, hope I'll see ya in the finals.
I was expecting something different... Though this is cool too! At first sight it may look like a bunch of parts throw together, but after looking carefully one can see the detail and work of the creature. Also, I find it really contrasting with Bushido: beast/humanoid, colorful/white, irregular/clean designs, jaws/claws... Opposites fight! Good idea, indeed. Love every single limb/body/heads of it, but I would give you the prize for: a) the way you covered the body using only HF torso plates, and b) the awesome head with Jawblade head. Love it, dear! Original and well-done; maybe a risky bet but that's for the judges to decide. Good luck, dear! <3