73 Questions (Blog or Die! Entry #21)

Accepted entry for the “Interview” category.

Author: Cameron (-Primus-)

Word Count: 3,218

Judge’s Notes:

* This entry was submitted before the deadline (Mon, Jan 15, 2018 8:41 pm), but I didn’t have a chance to post it until today.  In fact, I somehow lost it and had to be reminded by the author himself earlier today.  My apologies good sir, I was asleep at the wheel!  The entry is valid and accepted for final consideration.

** This is the last official entry, the deadline has come and gone.  Formal reviews of each submission will follow throughout the week and final results will be posted no later than (Sun, Jan 21), in a dedicated article that will include every review for easy comparison.

*** To all the intrepid writers, interviewees and comic designers of the Blog or Die! contest I thank you for your participation, effort, skill, entertainment and patience. The Manifesto salutes you!

It’s en Vogue

 

Because I haven’t seen many (if any) entrants into the interview category, I figured I’d give it a go, constant reader. And what’s a better way to structure an interview than to parrot the style of a popular magazine (Vogue)? Or at least, I think it’s a popular magazine? IDK, my girlfriend reads it. As a forewarning, this is gonna be a long (but hopefully enjoyable) article, constant reader. It may even give Rutherford a run for his money.

Anyway, here’s 73 QUESTIONS, featuring the illustrious Jayfa.

  1. What’s your online handle? Jayfa
  2. What’s your IRL handle? Joss F. Woodyard
  3. What’s your age? 20
  4. What’s your location? Newcastle, Australia
  5. Are you in school/college right now? University Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle (University of Newcastle)
  6. What do you study? Bachelor of Music
  7. If I wanted to find your works, where would I look? @jayfa_mocs on Instagram; Jayfa on Flickr
  8. How long have you been building with LEGO? Probably since I was 5 years old or so. My parents tried getting me into Lego even earlier but I wasn’t interested until my older brother got a Bionicle for his birthday and I was like “I need that.” And from that point onward I’ve kinda been consistently into it.
  9. What’s your secret to taking Instagram by storm? Probably just posting frequently, responding to critiques, getting consistently better over the course of the year. There’s probably a bit more to it than that.
  10. What’s your favorite LEGO theme currently? Probably Elves, honestly. Like, I don’t buy it for the sets but the parts they come with are so, so good.
  11. What was your favorite Lego theme previously? I mean, that’s pretty obvious. It’s always been Bionicle whenever it’s out. I was so stoked when Bionicle came back in 2015. I bought ever single set over the course of the two years. That includes ones that weren’t even released in Australia.
  12. What’s your favorite MOC of yours? Um, it’s probably a tossup between Dagon & Dragonfly

 

  1. Why are they your favorite? Dagon it’s kind of just been my golden goose and everyone seems to have liked it. Dragonfly I feel like is one of my most solid and well-built MOCs in a long time. because it seems
  2. What’s your favorite MOC of someone else’s? One of my favorite MOCs I’ve ever seen is Kulgai by Brickthing. I thought that was so cool when I first saw it:

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  1. Why is it your favorite? It was like before I seriously got into MOCing that I saw it. Seeing his MOCs is what really pushed me to do more MOCing (I only just started posting to the Internet in 2016). What really impressed me was his parts usage, I thought it was cool that he used mermaid tails as leaves. Just really clever parts usage.
  2. What your favorite MOC of mine? Easily the Midnight Dragon

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  1. Why is it your favorite? It’s one that I remember seeing a very long time ago and I always thought it was so goddamn cool and I’ve always been a sucker for parts-spam MOCs. Like, before I knew Bricklink existed it was such a weird, foreign concept to me and like seeing someone do it was like really surreal. Also I just really love that old gold color.
  2. What’s one thing you’re looking to improve in 2018, MOC-wise? Mostly polish on my MOCs because a lot of the time this year I kinda rolled them out without sitting back, looking at it and thinking “OK, are there any last things I want to do this?” Which is why I’ve updated so many MOCs throughout the year as I wasn’t happy with their build.
  3. What’s one thing you’re looking to improve in 2018, not MOC-wise? Probably just being more committed at University.
  4. What’s one thing you’re looking to do less of in 2018? I can’t really think of anything for that, can’t think of any one thing I’m looking to do less of. Being lazy? Do less of being lazy?
  5. What’s one thing you’re looking to do more of in 2018? MOCing, honestly. I’m just going to be doing that all the time. It’s just so much fun. It’s a great escape from everything.
  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten about building? Honestly, COLOR BLOCKING. It was pretty late in the year that the concept of color blocking was made apparent to me and since then I feel like my builds have gotten incrementally substantially better.
  7. What’s the best advice you’ve ever given about building? Personally, it’s to be open to criticism and be receptive to it, even if you don’t listen to it to a T.
  8. How do you feel when people criticize your MOCS? I LOVE IT. I will take a really in-depth, harsh criticism any day over a “WOW, nice MOC!” I live for those critical comments so if you got them, please give them to me.
  9. Do you think criticism is helpful when it comes to MOCing? Without a doubt, yes.
  10. Why? There are just some things that you don’t pick up yourself, ya know? Like, there are some things that you overlook when you look at a MOC long enough, you just kinda get used to the way it is in front of you. It can be really really helpful when someone points out that the arms are too short or there is a gap that you might have missed.
  11. Do you often criticize other people’s MOCs? Hell yeah, ratblasting for the win.
  12. Do you think they appreciate it? Most people actually do, and I really like that about this community, especially the small community we have on Master Piece because a lot of the people there are really really open to criticism and are aware of how much it helps them, which I think is really good.
  13. Do you think criticism is healthy for the Bionicle community? I do, yes. I feel like more people should be open to it.
  14. Do you think that the best builders are ones who can take and give criticism? I don’t necessarily think you have to be good at giving criticism to be a good builder but definitely you need to be able to take it.
  15. Do you think that builders that actively ignore constructive criticism are shooting themselves in the foot?
  16. Why? Because it just hinders you as a MOCist. IT’s a barrier, if you will.
  17. Do you think I’m asking a lot of targeted questions? No comment
  18. It’s almost like I have an agenda, isn’t it? No comment,
  19. Do you think that the Bionicle community is more critical than the overall Lego community? Well, I can’t really say so because I’m not really that in with the overall Lego community. Most of the time though I only see the “WOW, Nice MOC!” comments that I talked about earlier, but I’m sure there are a lot of niche subsections where people can get good criticism.
  20. Why? I can’t really judge as I’m not that involved yet.
  21. As a relative newcomer to the community, what do you think has been the biggest boon on your building and why is it criticism? I remember when I first posted a MOC to the TTV message boards, which was the first place I had ever posted anything, it was my self-MOC, and I was like “This is the best thing I’ve ever made and probably ever will make, it’s so good” and when I posted it half the comments were about how certain parts of it looked like ass. At first I was pretty salty, but then I kept posting more and more MOCs and got more and more criticism and decided to finally start listening to some of it and I got better. I got better fast.
  22. Can you name a recent MOC of yours that I can feature it in this blog? I’m probably going to have my Queen Phosperantidae [note: I hope I didn’t butcher that spelling] posted by the time you post this entry so might as well plug that one. [additional note: at the time of this article’s writing he still has not posted the MOC, so the Keithlug audience is getting an exclusive sneak-peak]

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(Image credit: Jayfa)

  1. Please describe this MOC to me: That’s not really a question? Anyway, I bought Nocturn [At this point just assume all of the bracketed bits are notes: Nocturn is an old Bionicle set] about a year ago and it finally arrived before Christmas [shout out to the Australian Post] and when it got here I realized how much I fuckin love glow-in-the-dark pieces. So I decided I was going to order as many of them as I could find from one Bricklink seller. And then I decided I was going to build something with them and this was the result.
  2. What meaning do you derive from this MOC? That’s a weird question. What meaning do I derive from it? It’s a fun build using more old parts than usual.
  3. Do you think this was a successful MOC? I posted it in Master Piece and people seemed to like it there and I’ve posted it on Facebook and they absolutely adored it there, so I’m gonna say it’s been pretty successful so far. We’ll see how it goes when I post it to Instagram and Flickr.
  4. How do you define successful MOCs? Well, honestly, the amount of attention it gets on social media is kinda secondary to me as to what the people I respect as builders think of it. That’s like the biggest thing for me. If I can get someone that I really look up to and take lots of inspiration from to leave a comment on a MOC and say they really like how it turned out, that’s like, that’s what really means a lot to me.
  5. So then you think success is gained via respect of your peers and not through self-awarded accolades? Respect of your peers, easily. I don’t need other people to validate my success, but it sure helps.
  6. Who do you think are the 3 most successful Bionicle Builders in the past year (you can include yourself)? For starters, I suppose I wanna say Alex Park because he’s been whipping the last couple of months of 2017. He’s really starting to pull himself together and I really love the style of his builds recently. He’s been listening to a lot of good criticism, which is really important. I mean, obviously DJOKSON is up there as well, because like, he’s been around for a long time but he still posts so consistently and builds at such a consistent quality, which I really admire. And I can say the same about Red as well. I have been loving what Red has been putting out.
  7. Name a MOC of one of theirs that you’d like to discuss? Kinda leading off of that last question, I’d like to talk about Red’s Chaz Chokkuthruz the Greatspear of the Lizardfolk

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  1. Why did you pick this MOC? Just because it really embodies the use of retro parts. And it’s not even just Bionicle retro parts, there’s like a few really groovy System parts put in there. Like, all of the parts used are from the same era, and it feels so wholesomely representative of that time and yet it is so, so well done.
  2. Do you derive any worth from this MOC? I mean, yeah, I think it’s an inspiration. It’s very well done in concept and execution.
  3. Does it matter to you if this MOC has a storyline? Not really, honestly.
  4. Why? It’s kinda neat to see some kind of background to a MOC every now and then. I’ll be like “Oh that’s cool that they thought that out,” but it’s definitely not necessary for a good MOC. I consider it like two separate hobbies really. By all means if you like to write and you like to MOC then go for it, but I don’t think you need to have one to do the other.
  5. Does it matter to you if this MOC has more than one picture shown? Not really, I don’t mind if MOCs only have one photo as long as it’s a good photo.
  6. Why? I personally suck at doing that because I feel like I want to show off my MOC’s poseability, but if it is meant to be a statue, which is totally fine if it is, then it’s totally fine to have just one photo.
  7. Do you think that you have a distinct MOCing style? Not really, honestly. I can vary in styles a lot, mostly because when I build I tend not to mix System, CCBS, and Bioncle all at once. I kinda just pick two of them at a time, which I think can lead to very varied looking stuff. That’s just my opinion though, to others I might have a very distinct style.
  8. In 3 words or less, describe your MOCing style? I can’t say this without sounding like a pretentious asshole, but “Varied and Unique.”
  9. Do you think I have a distinct MOCing style? I think back in the day you kinda did, like if I look at your older stuff from the early 2010’s and older, it’s very clear you did. It’s really interesting to see how much your style has changed and you’ve been branching out with your past few MOCs, but I really like that. Nice to see more color usage too haha.
  10. In 3 words or less, describe my MOCing syle? Builds Black Robots
  11. Can you name a MOC of mine that you’d like to discuss? I’m just gonna say the teal TechnicFig dude with wheel feet

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  1. Why did you pick that MOC? I just thought it was so cool because it was the first time I’d seen TechnicFigs used in a Bionicle MOC and I just thought it was done really well.
  2. What stands out to you the most about that MOC? The proportions of it, the way you posed it is really dynamic, and I’m also a sucker for the teal pieces. Thank god that’s coming back.
  3. Do you think constructive criticism from my peers helped me while I made that MOC? I can’t speak for you but I’m guessing so, yes.
  4. Do you have any constructive criticism to give me for that MOC? It would have been good if you had edited out the technic cams you used to hold it up or used a clear piece instead.
  5. These are a lot of questions, aren’t they? YES, it certainly is.
  6. Why do you make so many serpent MOCs? I built the first one, it was successful and it was a lot of fun. And I feel like the elves pieces really helped it out. The second one I made was originally going to be a different creature but then the head worked out really well so I was like “yea, I’m going to make another one of these.” I’m probably going to make an orange one that’s a lot bigger at some point if I have the time and money.
  7. And when you’re not making serpents, why did you start doing the Plague Mech series? For the first Plague Mech, I took inspiration from Astorix’s Mizaka. It was an older MOC but the way the cheese slope pieces were used was really really cool and I wanted to try it out myself. I just started making a torso and it looked really cool and then I made some really gangly-ass robot limbs for it. I struggled with the head but eventually settled for this bug like head. And people really liked it. The second one kinda happened by accident and then I was like “You know what, I might as well start making more of these things because people tend to like them.”
  8. You wouldn’t happen to have a collage of the Plague Mechs would you? I do, I will send it you after the interview is done

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(Image Credit: Jayfa)

  1. Do you think you’ll be able to complete the whole series? I really hope so, and if I don’t do it myself I’m probably gonna do it with help from other people who will make contributions and stuff. Which I really like the idea of because a lot of people seem to be keen to givin it a shot for themselves.
  2. Do you think constructive criticism has helped you with the making of these MOCs? Abso-fuckin-loutely. Like, if you look at Dragonfly V1 versus his most recent interation, the difference is ridiculous, all because I listened to the criticism people gave me.

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  1. Do you plan to continue to listen to constructive criticism? Certainly do.
  2. Do you plan on still giving constructive criticism? Yeah, it’s fun, and very rewarding if you like come up with something someone else hadn’t seen in a MOC and they take it to heart and it makes their MOC a million times better, I’m all for that.
  3. What would you criticize about this interview? That it was early in the morning and I stayed up til a ridiculous hour last night so I’m a bit drowsy.
  4. What would you praise about this interview? Some good questions here, lots of thought provoking ones. And I’m enjoying the dig in on criticism.
  5. Do you think I’ll hit my minimum word count halfway through this interview? Probably. I hope so.
  6. Do you think you still need to prove yourself as a builder? Yes, honestly. There are a couple of “big dogs” in the community, if you will, that I feel like aren’t totally on board with me yet, which I totally understand. A lot of the people that are like, more well known in the community have been around for a very long time and it’s a very tight-knit community, so I think that will come with time.
  7. And finally, is there anything you want to say to the fans or friends out there reading this? To my friends, I just wanna say that I thank you all so much for the support that you’ve given me throughout this past year and just for being on board with this hobby of mine. As for the fans, thank you so much for actually liking my stuff and getting me to where I am now. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of you. I love you all very much.

So, there you have it, constant reader. Assuming you’ve made it this far (holy shit that word count), thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Also I have done my best to parse through his amazing accent in order to transcribe Joss faithfully.

 

 

40 thoughts on “73 Questions (Blog or Die! Entry #21)

  1. It’s the invasion of the Bionicle Builders! Since yours entries are now the bookends to this contest, I just want to say “Way to go!” on taking advantage of the opportunity to draw attention to the LEGO builders that leg godt on “that end of the parts spectrum”. You obviously struck a nerve and influenced a few others to join in as well. It would be interesting to read more from you in the future, about the latest Bionicle builder trends, collab projects, etc. Great stuff.

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  2. Fantastic article, and congrats on bringing the contest home! Loved the interview and the questions (as well as introducing me to another builder to follow). I feel I’ve got to echo what Ted has said and encourage you to keep writing! I reckon that keeping up with the various going-ons in the Bionicle community would be a great addition to this blog!

    Also, it’d be good to hear some more from Jayfa. Australian builders for the win!

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  3. That Neo-CyberSlam thing is a Bionicle MOC? Wha-how? Because it uses a few ball joints? The more I read these Bionicle articles the less I understand this sub-community.

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    1. Yeah, I kind of get the feeling that if a builder considers themselves a Bionicle builder than anything they build is considered a Bionicle model as long as it isn’t obviously a system castle. And I think technic parts are more considered Bionicle than system parts. I’m definitely more aware of Bionicle after reading all these articles, but some things are still a bit unclear.

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      1. It’s weird because I don’t think “system builders” so strongly identify as such. If someone who typically builds with system built something with mostly Bionicle parts, I don’t think they’d still call it a “system build.” And yeah Bionicle has always had a connection with Technic. CyberSlam can be seen as the precursor to Throwbots/Slizers, which in term were the precursors to the original Bionicle. And everyone throws Hero Factory in with Bionicle already.

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    2. It’s a robot that uses a pretty heavy amount of ccbs pieces, granted it’s one of my more system heavy mocs, so i feel like it could fall into either system or bionicle as a category. But in the end it’s all lego. So who cares right?

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    3. I didn’t even tag it with the bionicle tag on Flickr:

      It does use some bionicle parts but I don’t consider it a Bionicle MOC. However, Joss does, based on what he said in the interview. It could be interesting that since he considers me a Bionicle Builder that he also considers all of my stuff to be Bionicle? I can’t speak for him in that regard but maybe he can pipe up about it.

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  4. I think maybe this should have been 50 questions or less, some questions seemed like repeats, but a lot of good stuff and I’m now following Joss on Flickr. He has a lot of excellent models. Thanks for introducing him. And thanks Joss, for waking up early.

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  5. For its length, this was a fast-paced and surprisingly readable interview. Well done to both people involved. Joss, that Dragonfly is one of the best-composed bionicle MOCs I have seen. Not too many on this page (other than the one with teal) really catch my eye, but every so often I see a Bionicle MOC that makes me want to fly onto Bricklink and spend my Christmas money. With that being said, are there any recommendations for Bionicle sellers in the US? If this much of the Manifesto is fans of that system, I want to try it out.

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    1. As builders, I agree with my cohorts that the segregation of Bionicle vs system feels like a fabricated issue at this stage, but it definitely exists as far as resellers are concerned. To find the good Bionicle sellers on Bricklink, your best bet is to first identify a part you are interested in using, then sort the ‘buy’ list for the stores selling them in the highest quantities, and then check what else they are selling.

      For me, I am lucky enough to have a “Bricks and Minifigs” store 10 minutes from my house. They have bulk Bionicle table (now it’s a huge bin) where you can grab whatever parts you can find. I spend most of my time picking through that table than the ones filled with system bricks (it’s very evident in many of my recent builds).

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  6. I’m too bored with this to care by now, but the conversation with anaru on flickr (on dragonfly) is hilarious. Honestly at this point I’m not sure people have a problem with bionicle or with the members of the community and you guys are reading it the wrong way. :))

    Unrelated to this one, but most of the articles were about the same silly “war” between systems that I, for one, haven’t noticed. All I saw since I’m on flickr were people praising good bionicle builds and part uses, not this nonsense that bionicle is not lego. And the comments here followed the same path. Almost feels like those deluded people trying to find racism in everything.

    And the lame bullying that happened with Dave Foreman was one of the most pathetic things I’ve seen on the internets. No matter what the guy did to piss everyone off, what followed was a joke. That was a big stain on the community and some of the builders I admire in my eye.

    “And I think technic parts are more considered Bionicle than system parts”

    What in the world are you talking about? Until the liftarms, technic was pretty much system with holes. If anything, bio should be considered a subgenre of technic, not the other way around, as it uses parts and connections used in technic long before the theme existed.

    Bottom line is stop with this whiny entitled attitude and ridiculous demands about what people should like and just enjoy the damn hobby. On me, these articles had the opposite effect of what was intended, moving me from indifference to slight dislike. And it’s not bionicle that managed this feat.

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    1. Amen. I think the last time I heard someone shit on Bionicle’s place in the hobby was like 2009. Everyone’s way over it by now but maybe those “system” attitudes have become something of a fantasy among the Bionicle community. It’s like you guys are fighting an inferiority complex. Or a perceived superiority complex? I dunno, I’m not a psychologist. There may not be a lot of attention thrown at the average Bionicle builder, and maybe there is still some bias against those parts, but honestly the average Bionicle builder isn’t doing anything special or worthy of attention. A lot of it genuinely is crap. And no, that’s not something unique to Bionicle.

      Your guys’ own definitions of what counts as Bionicle leads me to believe you have a distorted view of the hobby as a whole. Many of you have built stuff that would be a huge stretch to call Bionicle in my mind. Maybe it feels good to you guys to put everything you build under the same umbrella because it’s a tight-knit community, but from an outsider’s point of view you’re doing the same thing as a lot of non-“Bionicle” builders and it seems corrosive to distance yourselves from them. All the systems work together and as I said in one of the other Bionicle articles (I forget now, there’s been so many) which parts you use is more a matter of style than genre.

      I’m gonna bring up Eero Okkonen here because he uses a lot of system and Bionicle parts and his MOCs seem to all lean heavily one way or the other, yet they all feel stylistically consistent. He exists in both sides of your forced duality simultaneously. He’s a character/figure builder just like Djokson. To call either of them a “Bionicle builder” would be an oversimplification and a disservice to their skills.

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      1. Yeah, this is also one of the things that bothered me about the articles – asking for bio to be put in the same pot as the others, saying how they’re all lego, yet at the same time trying to show how distinct and different it is and classifying builds under this and that tag. What is and what isn’t bionicle. Isn’t it counterproductive to show how different they really are when you’re actually trying to put them all under the same tag at the same time?

        From my point of view you guys approached this all wrong; instead of presenting us the wonderful world of bionicle and the possibilities the parts offer, you focused on these aspects nobody here disagreed with and the whole thing came of preachy and demanding instead of being intriguing and inviting.

        The guy in the other article was comparing character builds with castles ffs. “I don’t like this house because it isn’t a car”. I don’t even know what to make of that one

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      2. “Other article guy” that Vitreolum mentioned here. I replied more at length in the comments to my article, but to reply briefly here, what I wrote was intended to be satire, and not my exact thoughts on the matter. It seems I flubbed the delivery on that, but that’s what the intention was. Hence the strange analogies and dismissal of other categories.

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      1. Exactly. I specifically wrote this comment to come off this way, because I felt the same way reading the articles posted here, somehow being a mainly system builder I’m immediately thrown in the bio hater squad.

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    2. I’m not entirely sure how this relates directly to my interview with Joss but I feel like you raise a lot of good points that I’d like to tackle, Vitreolum.

      1. Maybe a lot more has changed than I have noticed since I’ve come back to the community, but the indifference towards Bionicle is definitely there, especially outside of Flickr. My article on Bionicle being lego comes from what I’ve read and seen on reddit as well as what I’ve experienced at a convention and what other builders that I know (including Djokson) have been told in person. The ignorance is there, and while some of the more well read AFOLs consider it good and silly to differentiate, it does exist. I can agree that I bet some of it is our fault or the fault of our peers but it is something that is said more than you see on Flickr.

      2. I don’t know the history with Dave (was inactive for most of his rise through the community), but I understand that he’s done a bit to earn the ire of most of those builders. Do I think lines have been crossed when talking to him? Yes. Again I agree that the response seems childish in comparison to his actions in the present day.

      3. I don’t see that line or remember that part of the interview? If anything, Bionicle is a subset of Technic just like Slizers before it. To consider it the other way around is silly.

      4. I definitely haven’t been trying to come across as whiny in any of my articles, so I’m sorry if it’s come across that way to you. I’m pissed off that people other than myself view them as separate! I totally agree that it should be considered regardless of the build. That’s mostly what I’m arguing for. Also I think I’ve said at the end of each of my articles that I don’t expect people to like Bionicle?

      I haven’t read Ballom’s article yet at all so I don’t know the tone of his at all.

      That being said, what did you think of the interview? Was there something I could have done better to present the information?

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      1. 1. Indifference/ignorance is a different fish than dismissal/”It’s not lego”/hate attitudes you were talking about. This is why I said you did it all wrong, focusing on these aspects and coming off as preachy, instead of trying to show us why we should stop being indifferent. Dazzle us and capture our interest if you so wish. Otherwise leave it be, indifference is everyone’s right; nobody is forced to like what you like.

        2. I don’t know everything either, nor do I wish to defend Dave. But whatever he did, acting like 5 year olds is not how you deal with things: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davethecaveman/

        Add to that the random comments and attacks I’ve read, it’s hard to go lower than this.

        3 + 4. Sorry, I made a mistake here; I didn’t state this wasn’t directed to you; it’s more of a general comment towards all the articles and comments I’ve read during this month related to bionicle. Jake wrote the technic part in the comments.

        This is the issue here, I don’t see the point of these articles. You don’t expect people to like bionicle, yet you try to show they’re not treating the theme right. What do you expect then? What were you trying to say, because I’m honestly lost.

        As for the interview, my only critique is that you asked too many questions requesting very short answers in between; you could have figured out a way to combine some and have longer answers. Like the ones in the begging, getting all that info about Joss in 1 or 2 questions would have been better.

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      2. To add a bit more to point 4:

        Some quotes from your previous article-

        “My verdict on this MOC? NOT BIONICLE. ”
        “My verdict on this MOC? DEFINITELY BIONICLE.”
        “and that the best Bionicle MOCs are ones that incorporate multiple Systems ”

        This is what you said, best BIONICLE mocs, not mocs in general. This is why I mentioned the part about viewing them as separate, that is what you were basically doing there, classifying mocs into bio/not bio.

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      3. Indifference might have been a poorly chosen word on my end. Everyone’s entitled to liking what they want.

        I think what gets to the Bionicle community is that people go out of their way to put that distinction on us. You and Chris talk about Djokson and Eero as guys who build characters. Djokson literally has MOCs in the Lego House. And yet he still gets regarded as a Bionicle Builder. People go and make that distinction for him, sometimes directly to his face. He is a Lego builder, but people want to pigeonhole him as a “Lego BIONICLE Builder.” And Djokson is far from the only one that gets that. To support my point, I’d like to show you parts of an exchange on Reddit:

        A wholesome start, someone pointing out one of Roa McToa’s Dragons as an awesome “Lego” model. All good and fine, gets up-voted a bunch so people like the model obviously. However, this is also one of the top comments:

        Someone else puts the distinction there that the MOC is a Lego Bionicle MOC, not a Lego MOC. Patrick Biggs (DViddy) decides to engage with this guy as he feels the distinction isn’t necessary:

        Pat makes the same argument, there shouldn’t be a divide between what bionicle is and what “normal lego” is. And he gets downvoted for that while the person saying that Bionicle isn’t “normal lego” gets up-voted.

        I don’t think you are the kind of guy I am complaining about in my other articles. You only care that the build is good and captures your interest. But there are people out there who aren’t like you and want to force that distinction on us, that our stuff is different because it is built with Bionicle (even when it sometimes isn’t) and that is where the ire comes from.

        Given that I’ve written the majority of the Bionicle related articles that’s why I thought it was directed at me. Only the one article I’ve written cares about the distinction? The other two highlight some collaborative builds and take the piss out of TBB while self promoting myself.

        Again I haven’t read Balloms article, so maybe that’s something I should go and do, as maybe he’s trying to make a different argument than I am.

        Thank you for the comments on the interview, I agree that they could have probably been condensed. The format seems to work better in a video series than as a blog post (and definitely takes a shorter time to process).

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      4. Also RE: your expansion on point 4:
        I think I muddied the waters of my argument in that article including that segment. It seems to be that I am also one of those guys that can force the distinction 😉

        I included that bit for 3 reasons mostly:
        1. I had disagreed with Dues’ assessment that he had made a Bionicle MOC. It’s a good MOC but I thought that him calling it a Bionicle MOC was a misnomer.
        2. I had wanted to showcase Jayfa.
        3. I wanted to bring up the Arcanine from Mike and that it wasn’t considered for a “Best Bionicle MOC,” when it is certainly one of the best.

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      5. The upvote – downvote crowd on reddit is not the type of people to take seriously. :)) First! And if that article is directed at them, you posted it in the wrong place – you won’t find them here. Fact is what happening there isn’t the norm, and it isn’t the norm for the community. It is not about the fact that I am not one of these people, it’s about the fact that WE as a community aren’t that. It’s not the norm, it’s the exception.

        You’ll find the same idiotic/elitst comments on any other subject in that kind of place; if you don’t believe me, search for comments on mocs (any kind).

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      6. Thanks for indulging me this far, I’m glad that you reinforced that I won’t (and so far have not) found that kinda attitude here. And based on the reception that my previous articles I kinda expected that Keithlug would be on board with the idea that Bionicle not being lego as a dumb concept. However, I wanted to vent about it and Reddit wasn’t throwing a contest with prizes so I took advantage of the platform instead.
        Glad to have had such a good discussion with ya, would buy you a beer if we ever run into each other 🍺

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      7. I’m more than willing to discuss the subject and find out more about it, but in a positive, unbiased light. What I wouldn’t give to be able to blend the parts in my builds the way others do, but I’m lost when it comes to it. I can’t just go ahead and order parts I like randomly on bl, because due to my lack of knowledge I end up imagining the parts different than they really are – the few times I did it I ended up with parts that were waaaay too big to integrate where I wanted, or had weird connection points (both hole and axle next to each other wtf?), or all sorts of protruding shapes in the back that stopped me from being able to connect them.

        Plenty of system tutorials and techniques around, but I haven’t seen bio ones. It’d be great to see that. Underrated or unknown models/builders? I’m game. And so on.

        This divide isn’t for anyone’s benefit, we each can learn things from the others. As different as the mediums are, luckily they’re compatible and usually the best results emerge from this marriage.

        Oh, and if you guys feel left out, imagine how belville or scala fans/builders must feel. Or customizers, now those guys would probably have things to complain about; doubt there’s another part of the hobby that gets more heat than them. 😀

        Cheers!

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  7. And it’s Primus at bat again!
    Hey man, I am all about multiple attacks on a single objective, and in that regard, your killing it man! I mean, none of your articles are what I would call “throw away efforts”. Your not just doing multiple articles to pad your numbers. Each of your offerings has been a thoughtful and illuminating look at a distinct aspect of your chosen area of focus. So right on! But…

    Seriously…. (no, for reals dude)… you should consider starting a column of your own in this grubby blog. A couple of reasons:
    1. Keith is always grubbing for material (and has like… ZERO standards!).
    2. You are, absolutely teaching me (and therefore others, I’m sure) about Bionical.
    3. Nobody else is addressing Bionical as a topic (No competition? That means you automatically dominate! )
    4. You know your stuff. Beyond refute. But… by writing a column, I predict that you will be surprised at how much more you learn! It’s amazing. You write on a topic because you think you know about it… but while preparing your offering… dam! You wind up learning even more (the implication here being that learning is inherently good).

    So really man… I hope you consider offering Keith more stuff in the long run. This site needs more voices, and your voice is excellent!

    Now… on to your actual interview:

    Yes! An interview. Least popular category. Cover it with anything… that’s just good basic tactics.

    Structure: Good! I have never done an interview, but I can see from the outset that as a writing endeavor, it does not fit into my perfect little square world. Choosing a format would boggle me for days if not weeks. But your chosen structure is painfully simple. Q and A. This makes the reading fly past. Jumping from one small topic to the next. Bang bang bang. Simple and informative. Right on.

    Choice of questions: OK. Some frivolity… and that is definitely a main stay on El Manifesto! Questions 66through 68 is just naked pandering to the cultural biases of your audience… which is a tried, tested and true path to influence. So right on.

    Bottom line: I think the interview accomplishes its intended purpose. It introduces us to another excellent Bionical builder, AND induces an unsympathetic audience to make a tiny bit more cognitive space for Bionical as a part of the hobby.

    I liked it.

    Attack!

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    1. Lost your marbles in LA or something? :)) Where is that unsympathetic audience? Where is that lack of space for it in the hobby, who contested that? I’ve only seen people here that either like the theme in general, or the parts or it’s not their cup of tea. The only disagreements are regarding ideas presented in the articles, not hate towards bionical.

      Never thought I’d criticize one of your comments, but the entire thing you wrote here feels like a standard and impersonal sales ad.

      Dig it. ‘tack!

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      1. Ah, the contrarian!
        Where is that unsympathetic audience? Dude, that’s you, me and most people on this blog. Unsympathetic doesn’t necessary mean “Cruel” or “Predisposed to condemn” It just means that this blog is not in the business of encouraging or promoting. An example of a sympathetic audience would be… the people at an AA meeting. They are there for exactly the same reason as the speaker, and therefore, one can realistically expect them to empathies (or sympathies) with the speaker. Or students. They are in the class in order to gain understanding of a topic, so a teacher who is speaking on that topic is working with a “sympathetic” audience. That same teacher, in that same class, in front of the same students may suddenly be working in front of a non-sympathetic audience when he or she departs from the topic of the class. Non-sympathetic only means: We have no specific reason to endorse or rebuff the offered message. The author stands before an un-invested audience who will evaluate their message completely on it’s own merits.

        But if that generic use of the term is unacceptable, lest try the more pejorative usage your looking for.

        “stop with this whiny entitled attitude and ridiculous demands about what people should like and just enjoy the damn hobby.”

        I’m going to classify this utterance as “unsympathetic” Not unforgiving, or unfriendly (well… actually it is a little unfriendly) but lets just go with “unsympathetic”. Admittedly, this is an example of “Unsympathetic” in a different sense than I meant… but I think it works here too! And that closing phrase: “Just enjoy the damn hobby” You don’t like what he says, and so you tell him to stop talking and instead… to just enjoy the hobby. Presumably in silence. On a blog dedicated to dialogue… you council silence. The dichotomy is vaguely amusing… but I find myself drifting in a “unsympathetic” direction… (in a pejorative sense, not an un-invested sense).

        Of course, I could also go with this example: “On me, these articles had the opposite effect of what was intended, moving me from indifference to slight dislike…. (dramatic pause inserted here by editor)… And it’s not bionicle that managed this feat.”

        Again, while it’s not how I used the word, I’m not uncomfortable classifying this second utterance as “Unsympathetic”. Don’t even get me started on the ramifications of the statement… that you now “dislike” a type of Lego because of what a person said about it? I have every faith in your ability to carry the mantle of “unsympathetic audience” all by yourself! In fact, if your comment were an XTC song it would be called “The Mayor of Unsympatheticton”

        Oh, an then the final dagger!

        “Dig it. ‘tack!”

        So derivative… so beneath you.

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      2. Correct, it’s unsympathetic, but not towards bionicle, that’s the point. It’s about the attitudes and ideas expressed in the articles. It’s about the people, not the craft.

        And just face it, that post was beneath you; it oozes with your lack of interest in the topic. 😛

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  8. Ah… I just read the rest of the comments. I usually try to avoid reading them before I comment, so that the “initial response” to the article is still my… initial… response. Then I go back and process the article and the discussion it inspires.

    That said… I’ll offer some observations which I will lable as facts, because I think they are “pretty much” agreed upon by most participants in this conversation. Copping to the fact that I am abusing the word “fact”…

    Fact: Bionical is a pretty tight knit community. I think this is apparent. The relevant question is “Why is Bionical a close knit community? Lego is usually an activity/medium/hobby that breeds groups, sub-groups, and loosely knit porous groups with rapidly shifting and overlapping populations. While many builders are not exclusively Bionical builders, I do think that as a group… they are pretty tight. Almost like the train heads. Why?

    Fact: Bionical has a LARGE NUMBER of unique parts, and many of those parts are not only unique, but really ODD LOOKING compared to other Lego. Unique is not unique… wait what? Lego train has lots of unique parts. Technic has unique parts. But what I mean is that Technic part (somebody just called them System with holes…) visually blend in with the rest of the Lego inventory. Many of the train parts visually blend with the System esthetic. Even the nice train canopies… the ICE looking white ones… blend into system builds (mostly… not entirely). But Bionical offers us lots of options that create visual departures from the system esthetic. The texturing, the colors, the shapes, that constant use of gold and silver metal flake (I’m forgetting the word here… damit!). And the observable reduction in connection points… all observable traits that can be used to objectively characterize “Bionical parts” as a separate and discrete category of part (beyond the axiomatic reality of the Lego labeling conventions). In other words, Bionical is “A thing” unique and discrete from other Lego themes for reasons that go well beyond the “because Lego says so” argument.

    Fact: Historically, Bionical is represented in multi-theme fan forums far less than other Lego themes. I’m already convinced of this, but don’t take my word for it. Go to the site of your choice. The Bros Brick is the hobby standard. Start there. Some Bionical… but not bloody much! So what? Maybe Bionical is not as popular, and so maybe it SHOULD NOT be as well covered as other Lego themes. Znaps and Galador don’t get much play either (and we can ALL agree that they shouldn’t!) Well, that’s logically appealing… but consider the next fact…

    Fact: Bionical has always sold like gang busters! Other Lego themes that have gone by the wayside (again, Znaps and Galador for example) never did sell well. They were commercial flops! But Bionical? NOT a flop! In fact, they sell very well! And that is an odd set of factors. Popularity at the checkout stand and with kids… but sort of a pariah within the hobby. I think that combination of like and dislike is unique to Bionical (and in this case, unique IS unique).

    Enough with the fact, fact, fact thing…

    Bionical has been treated like an ugly sister by most of the hobby. I’m not talking about “social justice” here… I’m not talking about weather or not anybody “should” or “should not” like Bionical. That’s a rabbit hole we need not explore (probably just find some stupid rabbits at the bottom). But…

    Dismissing the notion of an AFOL cultural bias against Bionical simply because that bias is not part of YOUR world view… is like denying the existence of racism simply because you are not racist.

    The Bionical builders are tight knit because of pressure. The pressure created by social isolation. It is quite apparent, and despite the emotionally charged parallels we might draw (racism, persecution, bla bla bla) the whole deal is actually quite mundane. People who do not enjoy high levels of external support develop stronger internal support systems. Groups, be they based on ethnic, political, economic, philosophical, gender, or any other discriminating factor you can name… will back one another MORE or BETTER (or mo-bettah!), when nobody else backs them. I don’t mean to equate the strife of the Bionical builder to the struggles of various persecuted groups from human history… but only to say that their behavior is determined by the same forces as all other groups.

    For all people, isolation begets self reliance. Cultural isolation begets cultural development.

    So, of course Bionical builders have developed a strong sense of cultural identity and “differentness”… it is a predictable response to a larger culture that turns its back on them (again… don’t get distracted by arguing about “should” or “should not” turn their back… that just is what it is).

    And again, to parallel this to larger cultural issues… in a vain pursuit of convincing you that this stuff is universal… when a larger culture moderates its view (an unspoken but shared view of many people… not your personal view) then that larger culture is often prone to downplaying the significance of the previous separation (because all cultures seek increasing levels of inclusion and cohesiveness). The larger culture is sort of in a hurry to put the old views behind them and get on with the new and less offensive integrated future! But the members of a previously disenfranchised minority will always “recall” that darker recent past in slightly more detail.

    In fact, when a smaller culture is successfully integrating deeper into a larger one… one of their defining themes will almost always be… how bad things were yesterday. Azemeth check: Talking about Bioical being held in low regard by other Lego builders (to a greater extent than garden variety “thats not my theme” level of disregard). Even though the members of the larger (or more orthodox) culture really could care less. Or, even more to the point, members of the larger culture deny that things were ever rally that bad. Again, there are parallels to weighty societal issues here… but only parallels… not replications! The plights of the Bionical enthusiast does not equal the plight of a persecuted ethnic or religious minority. Bionical builders are not suffering the same pain as the protestants under King Louis! Like a bb next to a bowling ball. Both spherical, both share many properties… but one is really really tiny, and the other is really really big.

    Break break.

    Specifics of this discussion:

    I haven’t seen the “it’s not even really Lego” argument for a while, but I have seen it. Early on, there was lots of back lash against these Bionical MOCs that kids were putting out… in and amongst all the town, train, space an calstle MOCs. It’s a very common behavior amongst people who lack substantive material on which to base there position. Lots of AFOLs didn’t like Bionical… for whatever reason. Fine reasons. Colors… shapes… visual styles… all sorts of subjective reasons. Subjective isn’t a bad or low type of reason. It just means reasons based on personal position. Taste. I don’t like red because… I don’t like red. The subjectivity of the reason doesn’t make it untrue… it does however mean that it’s relevance is limited to the speaker. I don’t like the red car… ONLY because I personally… don’t like red.

    But… in discussions of taste… many often feel (incorrectly) that they need to “legitimize” or “strengthen” there position by crossing the gap between subjective and objective. They want their positon to be “objective”. Appealing to any outside party based on universal logic (it’s a seductive appeal… largely overvalued… but there it is) Reasons that apply to not only themselves… but to others. I don’t like the red car because… red is one of the first colors lost to the human eye when it gets dark… and so red cars are dangerous. In this case, the jump from subjective to objective is legitimate… but many will make silly claims about products they don’t like in order to enjoy the “superiority” of an objective claim… I don’t like Bionical… because it’s not really even Lego. I bag on NASCAR when I say: It’s not really even a sport, because it’s not athletic. True? Meh… maybe. Maybe not. But I say it because I don’t like NASCAR, and I resent NASCASR advocates trying to “glom onto” the legitimacy of athletic competition.

    Maybe AFOL culture has shifted over time. It’s not like there is a bulletin board we can check. But the notion that Bionical is more excepted by the AFOL mainstream today than it has been in the past is not remotely unlikely. In fact, it would be in keeping with about a billion other cultural trends. All observable. All quite pedestrian.

    Fact: When first introduced, Bionical was more popular with younger builders than it was with older.
    Fact: Bionical builders age at the same rate as the rest of the AFOL population.
    Fact: With the passage of the years… Bionical “kids” aged into AFOLs.
    Fact: AFOLs give more credence to the words of other ARFOLs than they do younger builders.
    Fact: We are all listening MORE to Bionical builders today than at any time in the past.

    And now that they sit with us an peruse their artistic agenda with us, at the big boys table? We regard assertion that they have not always been welcome here as some kind of “complex” or as “whiny”? When the Bionical guys says: “This is what many Bionical guys mean when we say a MOC is Bionical” we question the utility of defining the limits of the theme?

    I rebuke these positions.

    While I don’t much care about Bionical… and while I don’t like Bionical (only because I don’t like it) I do think that the prejudice against the theme was tangible and was a larger deal than it is today. Further, I think that focused efforts like those of Primus are aggressive and constructive reactions to that bias. He’s not telling us to like stuff… he is showing us some excellent examples of stuff. He is educating us about a groups peculiar language, assumptions, and approaches to Lego.

    He is presuming to educate us about a subculture. And that is a presumption of the very best kind.

    Attack!

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    1. That’s the Rutherford spirit I was looking for, the one that makes me have to use notepad to form a reply! 😀

      “Bionical is a pretty tight knit community.”

      I noticed that, but it’s on them really. Maybe they have a false sense of being considered outcasts because of morons like the ones Cam mentioned from reddit, but as I said, it’s wrong to judge the community based on that. I’m willing to bet they’d be embraced in most lego related places that aren’t youtube, reddit and the likes (places that seem to attract morons and kiddies like flies), should they seek it.

      “Bionical has a LARGE NUMBER of unique parts…”

      True and false. There have been lots of weird themes tlg released over the years (scala, ben 10, galidor, blah blah). And they each have the same unique characterstics you mentioned, so in this respect it’s really not special. The difference is bionicle is one of the trinity when it comes to popularitiy.

      “Historically, Bionical is represented in multi-theme fan forums far less than other Lego themes.”

      Correct. Because many of those forums are oblivious to the possibilities the theme offer outside the fugly sets – mocs in general have a rather poor representation in those places compared to cardboard collectors and brickheadz lovers. Maybe the guys keeping to themselves is also a reason for this? They’re not there to represent it? As for bloggage, it’s natural for it not to be covered as others – because there’s nowhere near as much stuff to cover as the other 2. Look at Red, Djok, Eero and others that have most of their stuff blogged. And most importantly, is there a representative there for the theme to cover them? I sure as hell wouldn’t have a clue what lore based builds to cover as I’m not a fan, and it probably applies to most bloggers – but the accessible ones get the attention.

      “Bionical has always sold like gang busters! ”

      Answered this in Cam’s other article: “Oh, and the reason it sold like hot cakes? Maybe they sold so well because they were cheap as fuck and parents bought them seeing cheap as fuck legos? That would also explain the lame sales following the boom. People woke and and realized they were buying garbage. That’s what they’re really jealous of, getting those things when all they wanted was a little lightsaber.” Yup, I’m very proud of myself for coming up with this garbage. 😀

      “Bionical has been treated like an ugly sister by most of the hobby.”

      As a theme as it was pushed by tlg? Sure, and I’m in on the sentiment. I also dislike city, ninjago, ultra agents, blah bluh blih. But the mocs that don’t follow the lore? Nope, I don’t see it.

      “Dismissing the notion of an AFOL cultural bias against Bionical simply because that bias is not part of YOUR world view… is like denying the existence of racism simply because you are not racist.”

      But it’s not about me, it’s about what I’ve seen in the community since I’ve joined. I only see standout bio builds the be praised and covers. People like (here they come again) Djok, Eero, Mike N are some of the most popular builders on flickr. As I said, it’s not the norm. Maybe it was different when I wasn’t around, I don’t know, but if things changed, they need to change as well with the isolation part. And if I’m wrong, you won’t change people’s minds by hiding in a hole; get out and show the bastards what you can do. And let go of the past, just as racism-obsessed people should – It may be an issue, but it’s not everywhere and I don’t want to have it shoved in my face at every corner.

      “He is presuming to educate us about a subculture. And that is a presumption of the very best kind.”

      And I hope he keeps on doing that! But as I said before, by focusing on the bright side, not on the past or opinionated morons like the ones that sparked his anger. Doubt you’ll disagree with me on this point.

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      1. Vitreolum,

        “I noticed that, but it’s on them really. Maybe they have a false sense of being considered outcasts because of morons like the ones Cam mentioned from reddit, but as I said, it’s wrong to judge the community based on that. I’m willing to bet they’d be embraced in most lego related places that aren’t youtube, reddit and the like should they seek it.”

        I joined Builder’s Lounge in 2009ish. I was invited by Darkspawn (or maybe it was Thwaak?). I was one of 2 Bionicle guys in there at the time, before the forum shut down and shuffled off to Flickr and decentralized. I got to hang with guys like Tyler Clites, Nannan Zhang, Thwaak, Jordan Schwartz, Nolnet and Adrian Florea and it was super cool. I got to be pretty popular at the time, for a Bionicle guy. I went to Brickfair in 2010 and sat at the Bionicle table and got to meet Jordan and Jovian and a whole slew of people. I also watched as people just swung by my end table of the Bionicle Display and ignored the rest of the display, even though there were other builders there with good MOCs. I also saw when people just straight up ignored my stuff or ignored me, even guys I had talked to online. It’s one thing to hang with the giants and then get relegated to the kiddies table, all because your “theme” is apparently the kiddies table

        I don’t post these articles as a guy new to the overall AFOL community, finally crawling out of some Bionicle forum “rock.” Mike N is a contemporary of mine, we planned a (failed, I’ll admit) Brickfair collab together, Djok and Eero were starting out in the Bionicle community when I was nearing my end with it. I can still remmeber them as WARHEAD and Pare Keetongu. I’ve been in AFOL 16+ since I was 16. I even managed to make my way to Stajinaria, with Lee and Capt Underpants and Gambort before it apparently went belly up. I went out of my way to interact with as much of the AFOL community as I could. It is not that I have a “false sense” of being an outcast. I went through the work of integrating into the AFOL community more than most Bionicle Builders because the AFOL Community was smaller and harder to get into. And when I went dark, the community continued. Social media exploded, and the community decentralized and grew. I gave an example from reddit because it was an easy place to pull from and I knew it would fit my narrative. I’m sure if I look back I could find lack of embrace from my days back then. And I’m sure that it wouldn’t be hard for me to find other posts from now to reinforce it.

        I’ve noticed the community has changed. And maybe in our small little segments it’s nice and accepting, but it’s not all peachy, at least not yet.

        And I really like the reception I’ve gotten here since, but it’s going to take more than that to cross a divide that does exist.

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      2. I know you’re not new to this, but I am somewhat. I’m speaking as someone who wasn’t around at the time, but in the past 3-4 years I’ve been around I have not seen a single instance of this. Ignoring, sure, I’ve done my fair share of it. But that is all. Again, your comment comes off as a scream for attention. I get it, it sucks being ignored, but was anyone uncivil? Rude? Some people just don’t like the theme and that’s that, you can’t expect anything different. I got a lot of heat for posting my boobed models on mocpages, so fucking what? I’m still here, still doing the same thing and enjoying the hell out of it.

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      3. I feel like when someone you’ve directly interacted with online favorably ignores you directly when in person, I would take that as rude and uncivil. To be ignored after being noticed, that to me is rude and uncivil. You say I scream for attention, but I’ve had the attention. I had some great interactions in person, with Jovian especially, but I’ve had more worse interactions with people I otherwise thought I knew online. Dismissal and ignorance are rude when the person is standing in front of you.

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  9. Then I’d say read keith’s chronicle on bricks la. That’s just the ugly side of the human nature, not something to do with what you’re building

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  10. Let’s all just agree to agree that it doesn’t matter what theme the parts came from or what building system you use as long as you build a spaceship you’ve done good. Ok? 🙂

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  11. Official Contest Review
    Entry # 21
    Title: 73 Questions
    Author: Cameron (-Primus-)
    Views: 296 Comments: 39

    Favorite Question/answer: Q: “What meaning do you derive from this MOC?” A: “That’s a weird question. What meaning do I derive from it? It’s a fun build using more old parts than usual.”

    Favorite comment inspired by the entry: “What in the world are you talking about? Until the liftarms, technic was pretty much system with holes.”

    Single Sentence Summary: An interview with Joss F. Woodyard (Jayfa), an Australian Lego builder who enjoys the Bionicle theme.

    The Good:
    1. Brother, your interview clearly touched a nerve! Only one other entry had a greater number of comments but none of them had a greater intensity of comments. Maybe it was some kind of backlash against a perceived over-saturation of submissions devoted to Bionicle? I don’t really factor in the content of comments too much when it comes to final judgement, and the final number is irrelevant but it is noteworthy! My conspiracy theory is that some of the dissatisfaction was actually caused by the previous article but people decided to get out the torches and pitchforks here. It was awesome! I dig it when the readers get riled up, it’s a tiny spark against the threatening darkness of the echo chamber, if you can’t get our resident contrarian to drop an elbow on you, you’re just not trying. The conversation had an interesting turn about halfway through and became about something else entirely So kudos for conducting an interview that generated such a strong reaction, that means you asked good questions and your subject gave honest, occasionally provocative answers.

    2. Yes, pictures in an interview, and great pictures! You gave us cool models to look at, and in my particular case a new builder to follow. I hope it goes without saying that your choice of subject was a good one, not only is he skilled in the building action, he’s also got a strong opinion

    3. The questions were exhaustive, by the time the interview concluded I didn’t really have any follow ups in mind until I read some of the comments. I also liked the comedic throwaway questions too, it’s difficult to slip humor into the proceedings as an interviewer but you pulled it off. You even surprised me with this question: “What would you criticize about this interview?” Nobody else asked that question, it was an interesting choice.

    The Bad:
    1. I appreciate the fact that you were trying to go for a fashion magazine approach to the format, but I don’t think it worked very well. There was too much filler, you could have pared it down by as much as a third by combining or just deleting some of the questions entirely and the result would have been easier to digest There were simply too many short answers, that can work well on video or in person but it doesn’t play well on a blog.

    2. Although I generally give you high marks for your questions, some of them were downright goofy. Here is a smattering of my favorites: “Can you name a recent MOC of yours that I can feature it in this blog?”, “Do you derive any worth from this MOC?” and “In 3 words or less, describe my MOCing syle?”. The last one falls into the category of being so bad it’s actually good. I guess what I’m trying to say is that your humor is hit and miss, I kept trying to picture two guys having this conversation and it looked a lot like an episode of Monty Python. The trick is in the balance and I think your tone and therefore the entire interview was all over the place.

    3. I think enumerating the questions was a mistake. It might have been funnier to make people (including the judge) count them to see if there really were 73 questions. It certainly would have made me laugh. Count this as a missed opportunity rather than a mistake as enumeration certainly fits the style and title of the article.

    The Whatever:
    At the risk of sounding even more self-involved than usual, did you look at my TBB interviews before writing this entry? I ask because I used to always ask the subject which one of MY models was their favorite and why. It was a schtick of mine that poked fun on my tendency to shameless self promote whenever possible. Even if it wasn’t some kind of reference or tribute, that kind of humor always makes me laugh.

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