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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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:iconemix2:
Emix2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the Spider-cam, perfect for spying on and creeping out your family members. or if you wanna just sit it there on your shelf that's  fine too (not as fun though)
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:iconmrkillzo:
mrkillzo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
spyder
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Web-cam
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undeadhead65 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
whaaaaaaaaaaaaa..............u now that makes a lot of seance for reason
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ToaTom Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so very clever :D
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:iconjackson93:
Jackson93 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work! Btw, the middle bottom pic, is that Dash from Lego Alpha Team?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner 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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:iconjackson93:
Jackson93 Featured By Owner 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:
Bionicles0scorpion Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Coooooooooollll!!!!
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:iconkrishacz:
KrishaCZ Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I assume that these blades on the legs (between Nidhiki weapons) are Hewki mahri ones (www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.…?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, they're the ones from Hewkii Mahri.
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:iconethan-k793:
ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is now my current favorite moc by you! nice work!
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it :D
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KateVunza Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
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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Rahiden Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, that fourth wall breaking does sound fun! It's always the ones behind the camera who get forgotten. Are any of these sprite comics online? Or any of your MOCs, for that matter? I'd be intruiged to have a look, particularly the latter. (The rhyming was unintentional.)
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KateVunza Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
They're online, but I'm a bit loath to link to my old Brickshelf account since they'd be embarrassing to my brother, who doesn't want anyone online to know the two of us are related for security reasons.
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay. I guess that's reasonable.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional
so cool
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ValkenhaynDornez Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy.....
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R603 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spider Camera Spider Camera, does whatever a Spider Camera does. Can it swing from a web? No, but it's got your head, because it's a Spider Camera! XDD

I absolutely love the details that you've put into this!

Aand, based on how both the decoy and body look it seems that it can see from both its face and its arse! |D
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I think the Flash bit is my favourite. I do wonder about the 'character' itself, though - would the camera actually work as a camera, as it would for a Transformer, or is it simply a spider who has disguised itself as a household object? Hrrmmm.
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Pahrak-Kal Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AWSUM
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:iconst3vethesquid:
st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool! Nice tire+bioniclepiecethingy combo, I'll have to remember that!
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you referring to the dome piece? Yes, it was quite a happy outcome that those two fit together so seamlessly. I just wish I had a black Kopaka shield to use as a lens cap, but the Nuhvok piece shall have to do!
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hydr0ph0en1x Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
EEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Consider me a happy bunny.  c:3


>w<
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! Out of interest, what was the intent behind your original suggestion? Or did you leave it deliberately open to interpretation? :D
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:iconhydr0ph0en1x:
hydr0ph0en1x Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I think my original idea was to have a spidery legged thing which you would put your actual camera on, but I think this is better! 
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. My camera would be far too heavy for eight spindly legs to carry, so I guess it's for the better ;)
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hydr0ph0en1x Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Mm, agreed.
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Barrelex Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
This is fast becoming one of my personal favourites that you've made yet! Accurate to that camera in detail and the spider is just awesome.  I'm gonna go find the vid review to see this thing proper now :D
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! One issue about doing video reviews is that I talk about the flaws at greater length, so hopefully that doesn't taint your opinion of it ;)
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Lewanut Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
That's a very effective spider, in that it gives me the willies. (Which means it unnerves me. I don't know if you Brits use the phrase "gives me the willies," but it has nothing to do with any other uses you guys may have for the word willy.)
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We do use that particular phrase on occasion. There's something about the asymmetrical mono-eye that is rather off-putting...
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Ironclad00 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!

Heh, I love it!  I would have gone with "shutterbug" personally, but I know you wouldn't be able to live with yourself then.
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think 'shutterbug' sounds a little too fun for this creepy arachnid =P Glad you like it!
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bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconpoisondragongirl13:
poisonDragongirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist
did you just make a transformer?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Either my third or my fourth, depending on the definition of 'transformer'. This one's my favourite, though!
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:iconpoisondragongirl13:
poisonDragongirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist
you...made..a spider robot that transforms in to a cam! 
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You wrote a comment on this deviation!
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:iconpoisondragongirl13:
poisonDragongirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Artist
I KNOW! XD

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:iconkrishacz:
KrishaCZ Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Second one...
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:iconpoisondragongirl13:
poisonDragongirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist
XD
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Sora-the-Bisharp Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Awesome job! Pretty neat idea to make a transforming camera. So how's this going to be involved with hero faffory?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Given that I built this specifically for Hero Faffory, I'd imagine that a non-transforming one would be pretty dull storyline-wise. It'd be, like, a decoy at best. As for its involvement in the comic, just wait and see!
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:iconsora-the-bisharp:
Sora-the-Bisharp Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Commence all the moc tripping over a camera?
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:iconaidypie80pi:
aidypie80pi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Seriously, man, why are you so brilliant?!
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Gale-OneOfMany Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks pretty cool. I like the idea of it becoming a spider/alien thing. A nice idea that :)
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
That is some incredibly clever work there, many kudos.
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:iconprincessarien:
princessarien Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
That's awesome :D It should totally be "the black machine" following your characters around now =P haha. This is really awesome looking.
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