Building Challenge – Red Dragon Alt Build

LUG members bought the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 set 31145 Red Dragon and used the pieces to build an original creation. Sometimes working with a limited parts pallet bring out unique ideas. Check out some of their creative MOCs!

Untitled by Bionic_

Untitled by Daler

Untitled by Daler

Lepidopter suspicio on Arbor aortii
Lepidopter suspicio on Arbor aortii by nu_montag
Toucan agonia
Toucan agonia by nu_montag
Cetus horribilis
Cetus horribilis by nu_montag

Untitled by davidskyroller

Red Dragon Bruiser by kanakalackin

Cuddly Monster by margits_mocs

Spider-Ham’s fan mech by Renzari

Building Challenge – CCBS Heads

Our most recent building challenge tasked members to use a character head from a CCBS set as a seed part to use in novel or unexpected ways. Check out the links below to see what they came up with.

Unnamed by Max

Unnamed by Magmafrost13

athoth
athoth by Cement Addiction

Depressed Troll Guy by Triple

Mosquitorb by Bionic_

Silly Little Blue Dude by Margit

Building Challenge – Mata Foot

To kick this year’s build challenges off, members chose the foot from the original Toa Mata sets as a seed part to use in novel or unexpected ways. Check out the links below to see what they came up with.

Created by Bionic_
Blue Rev
Blue Rev by dee
CARGO ELEVATOR #5
CARGO ELEVATOR #5 by donutsftw
Two Jagas Peaceful
Two Jagas Peaceful by Obsessionist

Leshen by cpt_thundra

Christmas Wreath by David Skyroller

“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.” by Margit

Buff Toa Onua by xccj

Building Challenge – Feed Me Seymour!

BioniLUG recently ran a building challenge to get people hyped for our 2024 Horror Garden collab, and here’s what they came up with!

Floral Fury
Floral Fury by Care Creations
Scarlet Snapper
Scarlet Snapper by Woomy World
The Lure Lotus by Bionic_
Graspberry
Graspberry by Obsessionist
The Green Gobbler by maxhowell
Cyatheales Carnivorous by Lord Oblivion
Wailing Flower
Wailing Flowers by Paleo

Carnivorous Transi Flora by Sarahtonin

Six-Faced Two-Sided Flower by NicePartsUsage

BioniLUG Collab 2024: The Horror Garden

Overview

Are you a botany buff? Does the Venus flytrap fascinate you? Do you really like Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors? Whatever your answer is, our 2024 theme is the theme for you!

Build something to plant in the Horror Garden and bring it to a convention or send it on the BZP Convention Circuit to participate! MOCs will be put on display 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.)

Theme

The Horror Garden is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a garden full of scary plants! Flowers with teeth, trees with claws, the possibilities are endless!

Typically, plants consist of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Use any plant-like features and horror components fuel your creative process and build something terrifyingly beautiful. Useful examples include:

Our garden will also need to be populated with structures and tourists! Archways, fences, benches, and pathways will all help the garden appear more robust. Tourists (and victims) should remain on the smaller side, to help give the plants a sense of threatening scale.

Sizing

  • Tourists should be no larger than a Voya-Nui Matoran.
  • Plant builds should be (at minimum) of comparable mass/density as 10281 Bonsai Tree.
  • Fencing should be capable of surrounding the area of a 32×32-stud baseplate.
  • Garden furniture and structures should be capable of accommodating a Voya-Nui Matoran.

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!

Bio-Cup 2023 is Here!

It’s that time of year, the time all the Bionicle and Constraction builders on the Internet look forward to: the Bio-Cup! Several BioniLUG members are running the event, with a lot of the heavy lifting being done by Lord Oblivion while dviddy and Buttloaf are assisting with judging. And of course I’m sure many of our members will be entering their builds in the preliminary round, which is underway!

Best of luck to everyone, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing some of the amazing creations in our monthly MOC recaps and all over social media. Get building!

BioniLUG Collab 2023: High Fantasy

Overview: Who isn’t a sucker for high fantasy? Elegant elves trained over centuries in fine bows and nimble blades. Dwarven craftsmen and warriors clad in heavy armor and heavier weaponry. Dragons, orcs, undead, the whole shebang. Maybe throw in a monster or two; Beholder, Gelatinous cube, Displacer Beast.

Build something in the high fantasy genre and bring it to a convention or send it on the BZP Convention Circuit to participate! MOCs will be put on display 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 High Fantasy: High fantasy is set in an alternative, fictional (“secondary”) world, rather than the “real” or “primary” world. This secondary world is usually internally consistent, but its rules differ from those of the primary world. By contrast, low fantasy is characterized by being set on Earth, the primary or real world, or a rational and familiar fictional world with the inclusion of magical elements. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fantasy)

Some notable examples include:

  • Terry Brooks’ Shannara
  • Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth
  • Robert Jordan’s and Brandon Sanderson’s The Wheel of Time
  • Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea
  • C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia
  • George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)
  • Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
  • R. A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms and The DemonWars Saga
  • J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Additional Requirements: All MOCs should be scaled to the Toa Metru (7 to 8”) – humans and elves should be about that size, dwarves and halflings should be a bit shorter, and monsters and enemies bigger or smaller as appropriate.

Other Considerations: This is high fantasy, and while there can be some overlap with other genres such as Gothic fiction, dark fantasy, and steampunk, try to stick with the classic high fantasy heroes and villains.

You can certainly build a MOC based on your favorite high fantasy media, like Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, or you can make it more generic. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s high fantasy!

Scenery: Heroes and monsters are pretty awesome on their own, but they look even better when they have a fantasy world to live in! 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, 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. Think castles, towers, thatched-roof inns, that sort of thing.
  • Other objects like trees, siege machines, barricades, and the like are more than welcome too!

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!

Building Challenge – MOC Overboard!

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!

The Great Barrier Steed (A literal Sea-horse) by Bionic_
Manta Ray by woomy_world
Hammerhead Shark Hammer by Xccj
Deep Seaflower by Aiden.Builds
Battle of Metru Nui by danny316p