IMPORTANT NOTE: 3D modelers of custom masks and weapons have until June 1st, 12:00 AM EDT, AKA the beginning of the Helryx contest, to either publicly grant or deny permission to use their 3D printed pieces. If a public statement hasn't been made by that date stating that your pieces are allowed to be used in contest entries, they will be presumed to NOT be allowed. Once the clock strikes that time, you won't be allowed to change your stance. We're not trying to be jerks with that, but we are trying to conduct ourselves in a consistent manner, and maintaining a clear message and ruleset is a part of that.
After having a poll up for slightly over a month, and further deliberating a slew of specifics with many of the heads of several BIONICLE communities and projects, we are finally ready to announce the beginning of the contests, which characters Greg Farshtey has approved of for contests, and the rules we have settled on.
Our criteria for which characters to pursue for visualizations for was simple: Characters that were named and had speaking roles. Obviously enough, we didn't pursue all of them that fit this criteria, and not every character on this list matches the aforementioned criteria, however we believe these to be the most important ones needing this treatment. We will certainly look into another list after this one, but that will only be after this list has been exhausted. This list was sent to and approved by Greg Farshtey.
Further, the order these characters are in is the order in which these contests will be held. After lengthy discussions with community leaders, it was decided that we would release this list ahead of any contests beginning so that everyone can start to focus on which character they'd like to work on instead of being blindsided by a short time frame that they'd have no clue as to the specifics of.
Gold Skinned Being
Rules (get used to seeing these, they will be posted in every contest topic):
This took the greatest amount of time and consideration. Meso and I spent a while discussing these with several heads of BIONICLE communities and projects to get perspectives on things we may not have considered. We're happy with the place they're at now, and we show them to you all at this time so we can address any concerns and garner any feedback, or anymore perspectives we may have missed. Feel free to ask us any questions in this topic and we'll work on getting back to you as soon as possible. The rules are subject to change, however we are happy with the state they are in now.
1. Entrants must be 13 years old or older.
1a. Entries may not be entered on behalf of someone younger than 13.
2. All entrants must abide by TTV Message Board rules and guidelines.
2a. If you are permanently banned during the course of the contest, your entry will be disqualified. Suspensions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
2b. Any member found to have a duplicate account will be permanently banned.
3. In order to enter, a new topic must be made for the creation with (Contest name) in the title. That topic must then be linked in a post in official contest topic made for the character in question.
3a. For any of these contests (with the exception of the Toa Hagah contest), only one entry may be entered per person.
3b. Winners of prior contests are allowed to enter additional contests.
4. A minimum of four (4) photos must be provided. Front, Side, Back, and an action pose.
4a. In addition to the 4 photos, you must provided a minimum of three (3) breakdown photos of the MOC.
4b. Photos can be hosted on Imgur, Flickr, Brickshelf, or uploaded to the MB.
4c. Your creation may not feature any contemporary war weapons. (I.e Tanks, fully automatic firearms, etc)
5. We encourage your entry to be recognizably within the BIONICLE world. Part of that involves the use of Constraction, however unlike past contests we will not enforce a ratio.
5a. Constraction includes BIONICLE (G1 and G2), Hero Factory, Galidor, Knights Kingdom II large figure pieces, Ben 10 large figure pieces, and all CCBS.
6. 3D printed pieces are allowed.
6a. 3D printed pieces are limited to masks and weapons, for a total allowance of four (4) 3D printed pieces.
6b. Only one (1) of the four (4) 3D printed pieces can be a mask.
6c. For any custom piece used, it must have one (1) point of compatibility with official LEGO pieces.
6d. At this time, the only 3D modelers who have expressly allowed the usage of their pieces are KingSidorak, Galva_, GX_05, KhingK, Vahki6 (for him, check this post).
6e. If an entry utilizes pieces from the aforementioned 3D modelers, they’ll need to provide a link to the free source for the piece. If one does not exist, the piece may not be used.
6f. If an entrant enters with a 3D piece they made themselves, they must provide a link to the 3D model file for free at the time of entry. If no link is included at the time of entry, and not included for three (3) days afterwards, the entry will be disqualified.
6g. By entering a 3D printed piece of their own creation, the entrant agrees that it will be freely available under a creative commons license for all time.
7. MOCs created in LDD and Stud.io are allowed, however they must abide by the same guidelines as physical MOCs in regards to 3D printed and custom models.
7a. Additionally, the LDD/Stud.io file for these creations must be posted along with the MOC, in similar fashion to custom pieces made by the entrant.
8. Rules on non-purism:
8a. Cut pieces and cut stickers are not allowed.
8b. Glued pieces and glued stickers are not allowed.
8c. Non-LEGO cloth, rubberbands, stickers, and strings are not allowed.
8d. Third-party or bootleg pieces not identical in mold to LEGO pieces (I.e: MegaBLOKS, bootleg constraction pieces) are not allowed.
8e. Painted and dyed pieces are allowed, however only monotone paint jobs are allowed. (I.e: A mask can not be painted/dyed with two colors)
8f. Replicas of the above will fall under their category of replication. (I.e: If a resin mold is made of a cut-and-glued mask, it will be considered a cut-and-glued mask and will not be permitted for use in an entry.)
8g. Pieces that only exist in printed varieties that have had the printing removed or have been painted are not allowed. However, if the pieces are not unique and have been released non-printed in other colors, they may have the printing removed or may be painted over.
8h. Illegal connections are allowed, however we encourage individuals to not use those that will damage pieces in long or short term.
9. MOCs/Artwork created before this contest can be submitted, provided they abide by these rules/guidelines. However, the creations must be entered by the creator of said MOC/Art.
9a. To expand on the last sentence, entries must be entered by the creator themselves. Any MOC entered on behalf of another person, new or otherwise, will be disqualified until submitted by the creator themself.
10. We encourage MOCs representing canister-sized figures to attempt to adhere to the standard canister set size as of 2009, which would be 9 inches, or 22.9 centimeters. To stress, this is a guideline, it is not a rule. You can make your entry however tall you want it to be.
How these contests will be run:
These contests will be run in a representative manner. An entry will be submitted to the contest during the entry period, of which will last for three weeks. At the end of the entry period, the entries will then go to be voted on. Once the polls end, the entry with the most votes will be sent to LEGO author Greg Farshtey to be signed off on as the canon representation of whichever character the entry is attempting to represent. We are currently unsure how long the voting period will last, that will be determined once they start as by that point we will know the volume of entries and how to best handle polling.
For characters with Kanohi of undetermined appearances (Helryx, Artahka, Tuyet):
These contests will be held in two parts. The first will be the MOC contest, which will design the character sans their mask and/or weapon. After one has been selected, a second contest will begin to illustrate the character in 2D or 3D* with a Kanohi mask and weapons (if no weapon had been included in the MOC). This second Kanohi contest will last for two weeks. The voting period is, again, unknown, however it is likely to be shorter than the voting period for the MOCs. This will be the representation sent to Greg Farshtey to be canonized, along with the MOC itself.
*Any entry that is a 3D model must abide by the standard 3D model rules.
Regarding the Hagah:
This contest will not be done in multiple parts. This will be an exception, as canonically the Hagah can wear a mask of any shape that has no bearing on the power. As such, the art and MOC portions will be hosted together. Any 3D pieces that follow the prior guidelines are allowed to be used in MOCs provided the source files are posted alongside the entry. Additionally, entrants may enter up to four (4) Toa Hagah, however there is no guarantee they will all be voted as the winning design. The polls will be divided up into four different topics, one for each remaining Hagah. The only strict guideline that must be adhered to is that the Hagah must wield a spear and a Hagah shield.
And that about does it. The first contest will be to decide the appearance of the first Toa ever made, Toa Helryx. The entry period begins June 1st, 12:00 AM EDT, and will end June 22nd, 11:59 PM EDT. Get to building whichever character you are aiming to represent!