Recently we gave our members the prompt to, “build something you would not expect to find underwater, but with an underwater theme,” and here’s what they came up with!
Several BioniLUG members are celebrating the holidays with some unique MOCs to mark the season. Check them out!
Overview: Build either a Mecha or a Kaiju and send it on the BZP Convention Circuit to participate! MOCs will be put on display fighting at multiple conventions and perks will be given to those who participate in the collab including free sets and raffle entries! (Note: in order to receive the perks, you will have to ensure you sign up for the circuit.)
What is a Mecha/Kaiju: Mecha are giant piloted robots popularized in anime (like Gundam) and movies (like Pacific Rim). Kaiju are giant monsters popularized in movies (like Godzilla and Pacific Rim) and television (like Kamen Rider or Power Rangers). Build your coolest mechs and beasts so they can fight it out across North America!
Additional Requirements: All MOCs should be scaled to the Hero Factory Invasion From Below (HF IFB) series minifigs. Those minifigs’ dimensions are approx. 7x4x2 studs (tall x wide x deep) as shown in picture below:
MOCs are not required to have a figure, but it would be cool for some of them to be piloted by the HF figs! To keep MOCs in this scale and to scale with one another, please follow the below height rubric:
Other Considerations: As more of a general guideline, Mecha should be more angular and mechanical while Kaiju should be more organic in nature. Kaiju are giant monsters, after all, so they should have some sort of claws/fangs/spikes. Mecha should have more mechanical detailing and armoring as well as weaponry. They have to fight the Kaiju somehow, but how they can fight is up to you.
Scenery: Mecha and Kaiju are pretty awesome on their own, but they look even better when they’re laying waste to a city! In addition to building awesome robots and monsters, we’re looking for people to make buildings and other scenery to spread around the display to give it some scale. The good thing is, since they’re not the main focal point and they’re there to be destroyed, they don’t have to be super-detailed or even look finished. Some things we’d like to see:
- Buildings scaled roughly to 10 bricks per floor – they don’t need to have windows or even four sides, but they should be free-standing
- The preferred color scheme is light-grey to allow the mecha and kaiju to stand out from the scenery, but you can use your discretion
- Other minifig-scaled objects like vehicles for the mecha and kaiju to stomp on
Also, these MOCs will need to be shipped and displayed so, while not required, please take into consideration stability and durability when making your MOCs. It makes it easier on everyone involved!
The following were BioniLUG events in 2018:
- BrickFair AL 2018 – February 1-4, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
On December 9th, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, BioniLUG will have a display at the Baltimore Toy & Collectible Show at The Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD. Look for our original creations and familiar faces in the lobby outside the show, then enjoy the vendors on the show floor, including AFOL convention mainstay Classic Plastic Bricks. There should be plenty of great non-LEGO toys available at this event too, but you’re guaranteed to be able to see the LUG exhibit and a few LEGO deals inside.
The following were BioniLUG events in 2017:
- BrickFair AL 2017 – January 12-15, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
- NoVa Maker Faire 2017 – March 19, Reston, Virginia, USA
- BrickFair NE 2017 – May 4-7, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
- BrickFair VA 2017 – August 1-6, Chantilly, Virginia, USA
- BrickFair NJ 2017 – September 21-24, Edison, New Jersey, USA
- Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire 2017 – November 12, Pikesville, Maryland, USA
- Baltimore Toy & Collectible Show – December 9th, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, USA
Under our current definition, the following were BioniLUG events in 2013:
The following were BioniLUG events in 2015:
- BrickFair AL 2015 – January 15th-18th, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
- Bricks Cascade 2015 – March 12th-15th, Portland, Oregon, USA
- BrickUniverse Raleigh 2015 – March 26th-29th, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (Wrapup Part 1)
- BrickFair New England 2015 – April 30th-May 3rd, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA (Wrapup)
- Scouting for Bricks 2015 – May 29th-31st, Leesburg, Virginia, USA (Wrapup)
- Brickworld Chicago 2015 – June 18th-21st, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
- BrickFete Toronto 2015 – July 2nd-5th, Toronto, Canada (Wrapup)
- BrickFair Virginia 2015 – July 29th-August 2nd, Chantilly, Virginia, USA
- BrickCon 2015 – October 1st-4th, Seattle, Washington, USA
- BrickFair New Jersey 2015 – October 29th-November 1st, Somerset, New Jersey, USA
- BrickUniverse Dallas 2015 – November 13th-15th, Dallas, Texas, USA