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Hero Factory MOC: Stego by Rahiden Hero Factory MOC: Stego by Rahiden
Stego is a biomechanical stegosaurus-like creature with solar panels on its back for absorbing sunlight. This is one of my new favourite MOCs! While it may be the third gunmetal-and-silver quadruped that I've made, I think I've got it right this time.

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
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:iconisaacalbert:
Wow. No critiques yet?! Crazy. That also means I get to be first :3
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!
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Loved this MOC. This is my second critique so rahiden i love your work and i have been wanting to suggest this since i have become a member 2 days or 3-30-14: Please make an insect-like MOC. This looks EXTREMELY fortified and must have taken at least 120 peices.
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!
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dshayatopkmn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I had just started the body for an anthropomorphic bionicle stegosaurus using guitar picks as the spikes, and I see this 5 minutes later while looking for design ideas for the arms.
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dshayatopkmn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, the height on his spines make him look a little more like a spinosaurus than a stegosaurus
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, but it looks like the spinosaurus had more of a sail rather than distinct plates on its back. In any case, Stego was never meant to be an exact replica of any particular dinosaur - it was just the concept of solar panels on a living creature that appealed to me :)
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cooool and it really has a good, bulky built that really fits a stegosaur.
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 !
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks very much! :D It's the whole 'I really want to do something with these pieces' mindset that inspired the whole MOC, really.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You welcome.
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.
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Prhymus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really impressive and solid build. The parts usage is superb. I knew what this was supposed to be from the thumbnail. I kinda wish that you would have been able to carry the spikes down the tail in decreasing size, but that is a very minor gripe. Seriously good job on this! 
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! It's a shame that there aren't any other pieces in the same colour and/or texture as the Gorast wings, otherwise I would've certainly used them.
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.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing Rahi from you is always refreshing!
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 ^^;
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment, Alex! The last proper Rahi I made was the Hedgehog revamp in June, so it really has been far too long. I'm definitely not as active as I used to be here on deviantArt, but I'm glad that I'm keeping things up - the only ongoing project I have now is my Cantablogger journal series, and that's not too demanding. I have enough Bionicle pieces with me, certainly, but I just don't have enough time to devote to it these days. They're there if I need them! It's good that you still post the occasional MOC too.

Oh, and I'm not sure if you've seen this already, but speaking of my MOCing life at university: rahiden.deviantart.com/journal…
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