The MOC itself is pretty half-and-half between Hero Factory and Bionicle. I ensured that Stego's belly was purely the newer, darker shade of silver, and I avoided using black when I had the piece in grey. There is also a line of silver spikes on either side of the main panels; you can't see them terribly well in these photos, I realise, so here's another view: sta.sh/01n605kcr3yq
I admit that there are some anatomical inconsistencies between Stego and actual stegosauruses. Stegosauruses tend to have more arched backs, have two lines of plates instead of one, and have a far larger tail than Stego here. My response is that, firstly, there is a lot of anatomy variation between stegosaurus species, and secondly, I think that these proportions look more visually appealing even if they're incorrect. I doubt I'd have enough pieces to create an arched back and larger tail while maintaining the quality anyway. I hope you like it!
Hero Factory (c) Lego
Designing, building, photography (c) Rahiden
So... to the critique.
My first thought when I saw this was "power rangers!". Makes sense, because its a very nice mech MOC. The only thing that I didn't entirely get was the wing pieces on the back. They don't seem quite... spikish. I give it a 4 for Vision.
As far as originality... Rahiden is one of those guys that makes something and you're just like, "whoa. that is genius." Plus, I don't see many dinosaur MOCs, let alone good ones. 5 for originality!
Technique... hm. I see mostly Hero Factory pieces, but a few good ol' Bionicle pieces mixed in. They blend well together, and overall it still looks very much Hero factory. 3.5 for technique. The head bugs me. More specifically, the lower jaw. I am curious to see how it looks closed...
Impact? Hm. I'd say 4. I really do like this MOC, and I know its something I couldn't create myself. The feet, I like the feet. Same with the tail!
Once again, a great MOC by Rahiden!
i have made many heavily fortified bionicles like this and i will publish some TODAY i only have 22 more words to write so i will just do this:
Love mix of hero fac. and bionicle all in all BLISTERING BLUE BARNICLES (quote from tintin the comic and movie) GREAT PEICE!
Also, neat use of those Gorast wing pieces, I have a bunch of those and dont known what to do with them other than just use them as wings or swords !
Yea, I also have that whole ALL FREAKING TIME, and I really want to do many MOC'S, the only probleme is that most of my pieces are frome the 2001-2003 period and very few upper arm/leg pieces, and I don't really have enough money for Bricklink or Ebay, but I'm still able to do some very neat and cool looking MOC'S, even with HF pieces, which are quit useful, especially for large armor plates that give a really solid look.
Oh by the way, is it obvious that the Gorast wings aren't all exactly the same colour? I have six in total (from one Gorast and two Thornraxx) but strangely two of them were more opaque than the others, so I placed them in positions 2 and 4 for the sake of symmetry.
The first thing I noticed was actually the head! It works wonderful carries a lot of emotion. Normally it is difficult to build an emotional face/head I'd say, because the parts meant to be neutral and look robot-like, but here the combnation of the parts which form the mouth really do the trick for me!
The way the back as formed by the HF chest armor is nice! Although I'd say it should be a little more cuved, the back does look a little straight to me, but I don't actually have any clear idea about how the anatomy of such a dinisaur should look, so maybe I'm wrong.
Furthermore the different proportions of the front- and hint legs are very well made, their shape also works out quite well from what I can see.
The backplates are quite interesting as well, they do seem a little too thin for the actual dinosaur, but it is neverthe less a nice part use and works well for a bionicle MOC!
Hope to see more of such works from you in the future!
How are you able to handle MOCing at the moment? You do seem to be a little less active than before, but maybe that's just me being less active as well
Oh, and I'm not sure if you've seen this already, but speaking of my MOCing life at university: rahiden.deviantart.com/journal…
I'm not really able to come to dA very often now, so I have tons of missed messages when I come only, so I'm sometimes missing a few things
I don't get to come online so often anymore, so I often have tons of new messages and sometimes, I'm missing a few things xD
Though the Steg-o sounds masculine to me, as does the colour and general bulk...
Well, your Stego is also a taildragger, while a a real one would hold it above the ground.
But since it is a Mecha, it does not need to be a perfect replica.