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#1 ghoulrealm

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 06:43 AM

This is is just a few modifications to the lobster of set 7772, specifically of the head and claws.  The original wasn't bad, but I felt it could be much better.
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I still think the tail should curl under rather than upward, but that is an alteration for another time.

#2 exo attack

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:55 AM

Can you post instructions? I want to make mine like that

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 04:31 PM

Cool head and very impressive claws!  *y*

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:21 PM

View Postexo attack, on Jan 9 2007, 02:55 AM, said:

Can you post instructions? I want to make mine like that

I don't have a reliable access to a camera, but I'll see what i can do.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 10:26 PM

I really like your claws, but the bionicle mask, don't know (maybe because I hate this line...)

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:09 AM

View Postalex54, on Jan 9 2007, 04:26 PM, said:

I really like your claws, but the bionicle mask, don't know (maybe because I hate this line...)

Try to distance yourself as thinking of it as a bionicle element.  :-)

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:40 AM

Nice work! Personally, I think the Bionicle mask looks a tad bit strange, but the claw alterations definately improve the look. I assume you used the arm-guard from the posable figure Vladek as the lower claw part. Good work!

My rating: 6.5/10

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 04:57 AM

View Postpianodude2494, on Jan 11 2007, 09:40 PM, said:

Nice work! Personally, I think the Bionicle mask looks a tad bit strange, but the claw alterations definately improve the look. I assume you used the arm-guard from the posable figure Vladek as the lower claw part. Good work!

My rating: 6.5/10

The main claw parts are from "7705: Gate Assault" mech sholder armor,  and body armor from bionicle 8917 barraki called kalmah (2 toned red and black exoskeleton)

I curious to know your score for the original design.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:15 PM

i've been considering doing some moding to my lobster aswell !!!  i personally think there is too much black in LEGOs version.

though, your mod looks too bionicle for me  :'-(   i know it would help if i distanced myself from the idea that those are bionicle parts, but i just can do it in this situation, especially the head.  i like the fact that the aquaraiders monsters are brick built...  and not action figures (like bionicle).  personally, i would like to see that present in any modification.

i do admit, the claws look better, its just not my thing...  cause like i said, too reminicance of LEGO action figures.

are you planning on moding any other AR monsters ???  id like to see them !!!

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 07:54 AM

View PostBrick Miner, on Jan 12 2007, 12:15 PM, said:

are you planning on moding any other AR monsters ???  id like to see them !!!
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The mini sea opee is derived of the anglerfish here if you haven't seen it already.  As for others,  I have played around with the crab but nothing has come from it.  And I already have a shark I like better than the aquaraiders version.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 03:45 PM

yes, your shark is good and your opee is great !!!  seems you are on a kick with underwater creatures lately...  as i saw your horseshoe crab also (that one is really nice).

i am hoping to seem some mods on the squid from 7775...  its really nice with the victom in the stomach, but its almost too robotic looking...  id like to see someone mod it so the squid look more natural.

keep us posted on lobster updates (as this is my favorite AR animal/monster)

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:25 PM

Looks nice, but I'd like to see a little more work, mostly on the head.

I don't like Bionicle much, but I love what you did with the claws! the Bionicle might be juniorized and senceless but they can really make things look organic when you find the right usage.

As for the head, the eyes have to be more defined, so I don't think using this bionical peice works too well here.

I too agree that the lobster has the biggest moding potential, so why modify the crab or angler when it's already perfect? Keep up the good work, Ghoulrealm. *y*

View PostBrick Miner, on Jan 12 2007, 01:15 PM, said:

i personally think there is too much black in LEGOs version.
Remember, Lobsters are only bright red after being cooked, when they are alive in the ocean they are mostly black/dark brown.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 07:13 PM

View Postoo7, on Jan 13 2007, 11:25 AM, said:

Remember, Lobsters are only bright red after being cooked, when they are alive in the ocean they are mostly black/dark brown.
ya, i thought about that.  there is usually a little green in them too (at least the live ones i see in the grocery store do).

however, when has LEGO been realistic...  we have identified that lobsters are usually black, brown, and green...  no red.  the company rightfully goes for sterotypes and fantasy.  so if they are going for the easily identifiable red (which they did), why only make the thing half red ???

all that aside, i guess my biggest point is that the black and red don't mix in perfect visual harmony.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 12:11 AM

View Postoo7, on Jan 13 2007, 11:25 AM, said:

Remember, Lobsters are only bright red after being cooked, when they are alive in the ocean they are mostly black/dark brown.
The typical culinary lobsters at least here in the States are in fact naturally dark brown\greenish.
They are the american or maine lobster.

There are however several species that are dark and bright red
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a spiny or rock lobster

It is believed that the red color is a camouflage of sorts, since in the blue light of the sea, they appear black.

View Postoo7, on Jan 13 2007, 11:25 AM, said:

As for the head, the eyes have to be more defined, so I don't think using this bionical peice works too well here.
Yes,  I think the eyes are two little.  Not too short,  but definately too thin.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 02:48 AM

View Postoo7, on Jan 13 2007, 11:25 AM, said:

I too agree that the lobster has the biggest moding potential, so why modify the crab or angler when it's already perfect?
this sounds like a discussion all its own...  http://eurobricks.ho...?showtopic=7644

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View Postghoulrealm, on Jan 13 2007, 06:11 PM, said:

The typical culinary lobsters at least here in the States are in fact naturally dark brown\greenish.
They are the american or maine lobster.  There are however several species that are dark and bright red
hmmmm...  interesting ghoulrealm.  i've always believed the folklore that lobsters are only red after you cook 'em.

thanks for the enlightenment !!!

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 03:28 AM

Hmm, I'd think that mosty all clawed lobsters are mostly dark red if reddish at all. Do you know the name of that sub species of that American Lobster?

Apparently there is a rare blue American lobster that gets it's strange pigment from a genetic defect and a very rare yellow American lobster that gets it's strange pigment from a very rare genetic defect.

Wow, look at this excerpt from Wikipedia,

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On July 13, 2006 a Maine fisherman named Alan Robinson caught a half-and-half lobster, where the colors are perfectly divided on each side of the shell. He submitted the lobster to the local oceanarium which has only seen three lobsters of this kind in 35 years. The chance of finding one is estimated at 1 in 50 million. Lobster shells are usually a blend of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. The colors mix to form the greenish-brown color of most lobsters.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 09:14 AM

I don't know the suspecies name nor can I find some good internet sources on this subject.  I think this is an instance in which reference books can be easier\superior to the internet.  I need to go to the book store now!


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I've seen this before  8-

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 11:12 PM

are you saying you've seen that half/half lobster in really life ???  8-
if so where did you get such an opportunity ???

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BTW, don't lobster have 8 legs plus 2 claws....  LEGO only has 6 legs and 2 claws  *wacko*
i'd say that along with your tail modification ghoulrealm, that should be your next fix  ;-)

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 12:38 AM

View PostBrick Miner, on Jan 16 2007, 05:12 PM, said:

are you saying you've seen that half/half lobster in really life ???  8-
if so where did you get such an opportunity ???

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BTW, don't lobster have 8 legs plus 2 claws....  LEGO only has 6 legs and 2 claws  *wacko*
i'd say that along with your tail modification ghoulrealm, that should be your next fix  ;-)

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No  :-D  you misunderstand.   I meant I've seen this picture and an article about it.  It seems legitimate, but I'm still a bit skeptical.  
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Your'e right of course!  Lobsters\crustaceans are decapods (having ten legs).  The claws are considered modified legs.

Will I add them to my moc?  I'ld like to.  I also like red tail pieces as legs but they do fall out far too much.  I wouldn't mind sustituting a hinge plate configuration instead of the cylindrical hinges.  As long as I can keep the tail\legs.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:34 PM

View Postoo7, on Jan 14 2007, 04:28 AM, said:

Apparently there is a rare blue American lobster that gets it's strange pigment from a genetic defect.

I've seen it in a french TV report, it was in Canada. And that blue lobster looks very beautiful! This blue color gives it an extra magical touch...

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:15 AM

Here is a first rough atempt at an abdomen mod, along with the inner claw and head exposed.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:25 PM

What a beautiful tail! Well done.  *y*



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