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Hero Factory MOC: Camera Spider by Rahiden Hero Factory MOC: Camera Spider by Rahiden
This MOC is a tripod-mounted camera that can transform into an alienish spider. Please click here for a YouTube MOC review showing the transformation, or alternatively you can view a much shorter stopmotion animation here.

Most of the following was covered in the video, but I shall write it here as well:
- The concept was suggested by hydr0ph0en1x on Page 35 of my comic, Hero Faffory. The characters frequently break the fourth wall by referring to a black machine that follows them around, documenting their adventures! Whether or not hydr0ph0en1x intended it to be a transforMOC I don't know, but I made it so nonetheless.
- In case it's not clear, the transformation goes as follows: the flash (which is a Piraka eyepiece that can light up) flips down to form the eye; the camera body unfolds into two legs, the spider body and two fangs, with the lens acting as the spider's abdomen; each tripod leg splits into two spider legs. There is also a removable lens cap, pictured middle-bottom.
- Despite the lack of pistons, the structure is very stable in both forms. In Camera mode, each tripod leg is locked into a straight position thanks to the connections between the two spider legs; in Spider mode, the weight is balanced out very evenly.
- The proportions of the camera were based loosely on my Canon 550D, pictured at the top-right. Ideally the tripod legs would be more cylindrical in shape, but this was difficult to do when it had to split in half down the middle. I'll admit that parts of this MOC were rushed.
- There is one slight difference between the MOC shown in the video and the one pictured here. The two black legs should be positioned on either side of the lens above the Metru thigh armour, as above, so as to distribute the legs more evenly; the arrangement in the video was imbalanced.

I hope you like it!
Hero Factory (c) Lego
Desiging, building, photography (c) Rahiden
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ToaTom Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so very clever :D
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Jackson93 Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work! Btw, the middle bottom pic, is that Dash from Lego Alpha Team?
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Rahiden Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um... I'm not sure. Most of the minifigs that I use were thrown together from other minifig pieces.
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Jackson93 Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hmm *went 2 check* Yeah, that's really is Dash from Lego Alpha Team.
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:iconbionicles0scorpion:
Coooooooooollll!!!!
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:iconkrishacz:
I assume that these blades on the legs (between Nidhiki weapons) are Hewki mahri ones (www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.…?
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Rahiden Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, they're the ones from Hewkii Mahri.
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ethan-k793 Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is now my current favorite moc by you! nice work!
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Rahiden Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it :D
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:iconkatevunza:
That is the creepiest thing I have ever imagined stalking characters in a web comic. 

Once I did a sprite-based Bionicle web comic where it was revealed that a character based on my brother was following all the characters around and taking the pictures in the comic... and that character complained that he had never been named, even though he had been filming the comic since strip one... hmm, maybe that was because he had never actually appeared in the series because he was always behind the camera -- until, that is, one of the characters literally broke the fourth wall (or at least the camera itself) by flying straight into the poor guy, and almost the entire rest of that page was done in a totally different low-grade sprite set to simulate the scene being "digitally recreated."

Yeah, good times, good times. Wish I'd had time to complete that web comic, but since I insisted on making MY sprite comics actual "art," it took a heck of a lot longer than it probably would have been just to DRAW the silly things... and it's kind of late to pick up now, since the entire plot was built upon the kidnapping of a famous member of the BZPower forums that wound up banned ages ago, and I don't even go on BZPower any more myself. 

So, yeah, maybe I'll reuse my original characters from that comic sometime... heck with it, I just dug up my MOCs of them, which I've never disassembled since I built them. Ah, my old friends...

Forgive me for my rant; your MOC just brought up very pleasant memories of the olden days of my own Bionicle fandom. Sadly, I don't have much time to devote to MOCing anymore, but one never knows... maybe someday I'll have kids to pass my pieces on to.

Assuming I ever whip myself into being proper wife material...
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