Lego technic challenge 2012
Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:53 AM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:18 PM
There are several things to consider when thinking about possible entries in this Lego Technic Challenge:
A) From this Eurobricks topic ("For the Model or the Parts?"), almost all Technic AFOLs buy sets FOR THE PARTS. So, your MOC entry should contain INTERESTING, DESIRABLE PARTS that people will want to buy in an official Lego Technic set. Would you like more colors offered in a Technic set besides the usual Red and Yellow?
B) Recall the third of three articles that appeared on the LEGO CUUSOO Blog:
Article 3 (May 30, 2012): "Tips for increasing your project’s chances of passing the LEGO Review with flying colors!"
There were 8 tips in that Lego CUUSOO article, but these 3 tips in particular could apply to models submitted for the Lego Technic Challenge also:
"Your model can actually be too good for CUUSOO. What? Blasphemy! Actually, some advanced building techniques common in the AFOL community aren’t used on official products because it’s too complex for the builder following instructions—even on large models for ages 16+. If your model is a particularly tricky build, our end product could look significantly different—or not pass review at all. LEGO CUUSOO isn’t a place to canonize the best MOCs as official sets, instead, building your CUUSOO model closer to how we design LEGO sets will make it easier to turn your concept into reality. Need help knowing what techniques aren’t allowed? Re-create your model using LEGO Digital Designer."
"Consider your model size and potential cost. While we're known for building large models, not every large model is practical for us to produce from a business perspective. We will not rule out a large model initially, but it might run into trouble when we build a business case."
"Suggesting a new license introduces factors outside of our control. Understand if your idea is for us to produce a new licensed item, you’re introducing factors into the review process that can diminish your chances. Most licenses are owned by large corporations, so striking an agreement requires many stakeholders and legal complexity. Also, some licenses can be exclusive or can forbid us from working with competing brands. Note that if a license doesn’t work out, we will not produce a project as an unlicensed version, since the supporters would have been gained because of the license. While your chances are slim, if your licensed project succeeds you’ll be a hero to fans of your favorite brand!" SO, instead of making a 4x4 model of a Toyota Hilux (for example), recommend making a GENERIC-looking model. The Lego Group does not have a license agreement with Toyota.
C) Lessons Learned from the 9398 4x4 Crawler's Design: The Lego Technic DIFFERENTIALS used in the model reduced its ability to crawl over obstacles. Recommend that your MOC entry use 32072 Knob Wheels (or something similar), instead of Differentials.
The 54120 Balloon tires provided in the 9398 4x4 Crawler set are not as good in "crawling" as the 22969 "Power Puller" wheel + 32298 "Power Puller" tire. So, if you want to see Power Puller wheels/tires offered again in an official Technic set, consider including them in your MOC entry. They are "interesting and desirable" too.
D) Can your model be made into an alternate "B-Model"? These recent Lego Technic sets all have B-Model building instructions, which make the sets more desirable than models which only have one "A-Model" construction.
E) The winning entry may have to be mailed to The Lego Group to be studied and deconstructed for Building Instructions. Although Blakbird and a few other talented AFOLs have the ability to create Building Instructions from just a few photographs, remember that past Lego Technic Challenges have had a single, tiny photo (or photo composite) submitted for voting. Hopefully, TLG will post LARGER images than the tiny ones used in past Lego Technic Challenges:
Edited by DLuders, 07 September 2012 - 07:53 PM.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:50 PM
Edited by allanp, 07 September 2012 - 04:50 PM.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:50 PM
I don't think DLuders has any special inside information about the contest that the rest of us don't have. His post was just his suggestions for what he feels will have a good chance of winning the contest. So don't assume the PP tires will be allowed. I would guess that any out of production parts will not be allowed, but maybe we will be able to suggest current parts in new colors.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:20 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:25 PM
I think that your chassis wins the contest, if the rules are free, but like you already said it's will be too expensive.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:29 PM
But what's the point of making another crawler [using the very same parts as 9398], when 9398 has just been released?
Using different tires (larger, smaller) could suggest TLG to make a new tire, if not resurrecting some old part.
Edited by mescalinum, 07 September 2012 - 09:30 PM.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:37 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:15 PM
I think Jorge and hope olso you have right, that whe olny can juse the parts off the 9398 and TLG make a 3 model off it.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:24 PM
I don´t think it is so limited, that would force future contestants to buy a 9398 and that won´t happen in my case, ugly colors and poor model (in my opinion). I think that will give total freedom, then if you make a 16 wheels crawler will not come Elected and ready .
Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:14 AM
Edited by efferman, 08 September 2012 - 11:16 AM.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:42 AM
Totally agree, if you build a great MOC and it breaks the rules you still have a great moc .
Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:30 PM
Edited by DLuders, 08 September 2012 - 02:32 PM.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:52 PM
Edited by sama, 08 September 2012 - 03:53 PM.
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