10 comments on “Take Cover!!!

  1. Catsy

    I interpreted the first comment as not recognizing the Bionicle element for what it was.

    But if it’s referring to the custom fig accessories, I have no idea how to respond to that. I thought we’d gotten past looking down our noses at that stuff.

  2. Josh Post author

    I can’t tell if the first comment is serious or not, so I have to assume it is.

    There is a huge difference between clone brands that compete with Lego and the Custom Companies that supplement it. The clone brands copy Lego, for the most part. The Customs makers come out with new items.

    Most of the time that clone bricks are used, its a shortcut, in my opinion. Like in that Buzz Lightyear MOC. The Custom Companies (like Brickarms, Brickforge, etc) are filling gaps in the Lego product line. They are fans themselves. The better Lego does, the better they do. I’m sure the executives at Mega Brands, on the other hand, want to grab as much of Lego’s market share as possible.

    This is merely my opinion. You are entitled to your own. However, I have debated this topic ad infinitum (and ad nauseum) with many people and in many venues. I don’t think we need to do it again now.

  3. Josh Post author

    ^I knew what you were talking about. I referenced it in my reply.

    As far as your “fanboy” accusation goes….whatever. Not even worth my time to go there.

  4. Catsy

    Not to stir things up, Josh, but Marc has a point. It’s one he could’ve made without the antagonism and fanboy verbiage, but it’s a valid point nonetheless. When you first posted the Buzz MOC, you were judging it on nothing more than the fact that it was a skilled creation that was aesthetically pleasing–the criteria on which we should all aspire to be judged. You didn’t even notice the clone elements until someone pointed them out, and they weren’t even any kind of structural shortcut.

    In other words, your opinion about a MOC changed not because of any aesthetic or structural quality of the MOC, but because of the inclusion of non-Lego elements that you didn’t even notice at first. It’s absolutely correct to point out that your opinion was altered by realizing that there were non-Lego elements, and not by any artistic or engineering aspect of the creation.

    Given that this is a Lego blog and we’re all Lego fans, that’s a reasonable line to draw in the sand. But let’s at least be honest about the fact that it’s a judgment based on brand loyalty rather than artistic merit.

  5. Josh Post author

    ^No problem, Catsy. I don’t mind. In the original post, my intent was to provoke discussion, so you don’t have to worry about stirring the pot. However, I do think you are mistaken. I think I have been very honest. I never said that my opinion changed based on an aesthetic or structural critique. It was the use of MegaBloks that I hated. I said that in my edit of the Buzz post. The reason I felt it cheapened the MOC was that the same effect could have been done with Lego. I thought it HAD been done with Lego. The use of MegaBloks was not a “Nice Parts Use” but a shortcut instead. I asked what other people thought and several seem to have taken that personally. Why I don’t know.

    Honestly, I don’t understand why my opinion on this is such a big deal. I’m not insisting that anyone else agree with me. I merely stated my opinion and asked what others thought. However it seems that Marc is very bothered by this, since he couldn’t let it go and felt compelled to bring it back up in this unrelated post.

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