Itís Ben Cossy, the Lord of Blue (and sometimes purple) Flames!
Recently, Iíve been bugging the heck out of Ben Cossy, and I mean a lot. Iíve been commenting on creations here, poking fun at his stuff on Flickr, and cracking wise on his YouTube videos. I donít know why, but for some reason I gravitated toward everything he has been doing. So as a groupie, Iíve decided to make the ultimate tribute and get a tattoo, except that costs money, so I did the next best thing and recreated his Self-MOC, but that is all made of constraction parts, so I made it out of system instead.
But in all seriousness, I really have enjoyed all that Ben has been doing lately for the LEGO community as a whole, and his Bionicle Inspiration Series is great. Even if you donít build with constraction, I highly recommend it because you get to see some awesome MOCs made by other people you may have never heard of, and you might just *gasp* get inspired to build something. And I also thank him for putting up with me.
Alright, the introduction is truly over, now letís get to checking out this MOC!
First, some rotations
The wings were actually the impetus for the whole build. Part of me wanted to make a Cossy MOC, but how was I going to do the wings? And then I thought about these wing pieces that I never thought Iíd use. I donít have 100 of those flame pieces like he does, but I have three of these guys, and they look like fire, so Iím even happier that I picked up Naidaís Water Dragon.
Oh, and in the video review, I said that Ben does have images without his wings all flame-oníd and then I edited in saying that was a lie, except itís not because how do you explain this? The answer is that he took the whole assembly with the flames off and left part of the wings. I knew I had seen it somewhere but didnít see them on MOCpages and thatís because those images are on Flickr. Do I really want to export the whole video again? No, the answer is equivocally no. But YouTube is stupid and got rid of annotations for me to correct my misinformation. The answer is still no, and it will stay that way.
But now itís time for some closeups.
The head was a pretty decent challenge, and you may notice that it is not completely purist. As Aaron Eckhart so elegantly put it, ďYou either die a purist, or you live long enough to see yourself color a piece of paper, cut it in the shape of a thong, and make it Ben Cossyís face.Ē His words, not mine. Theyíre very specific, but they are true.
The torso has a decent amount of articulation, and you will see that in some of the following photos. One thing I wanted to do was kind of emulate Benís proportions so the Torso may be a little long, however, I also made it a bit more broad so as to make it seem a little more proportional to an actual being. And because this is system, Iím trying to get as many important details as I can from the shapes of the constraction pieces. This will be reflected more apparently in the limbs. Thereís also a nice little handy connection for his primary weapon.
I took a bit of creative liberty on the shoulders,
but the blue on the sides turned out pretty well in my opinion. The forearm is where things are really nice. That CCBS shell translates well into tiles, and I imagine that is because CCBS is a Character and Creature Building System and its proportions and aesthetic are very much similar to system pieces. And with the hands I was able to get some thumb articulation with that new 1x1 bar plate, except I never took advantage of it. Still, I like that I have the option.
So I normally rag on Ben for having his thighs look really short, and the femur is the longest bone in the body, but even when I made this the longest limb section of the whole MOC, it still looks short. Maybe itís because of the CCBS shell, it gives a very slimming look. And Iím showing some of the back of the legs, too. Amazingly, there is no image of Cossyís back, so I kind of just had to make up what was back there, but I could still see a few things.
So for the butt, I could see that this piece was being used, and I replicated it in system in a way.
But now we get to the real meat of the MOC, and when I say meat, I mean meat. Cossy is the King of Cankles. I mean, look at how beefy they are! But jokes aside, we have some more replication of parts. Two system versions of Bionicle feet. The classic foot with its piston and big toe with a gap below, and the spiky Inika foot. Also, I just want to add that ever since I discovered the nipple technique on King Kong, I am loving these studs between just three surrounding ones. (Thatís a very odd sentence when taken out of context.)
Okay, now on to some fun images.
This Fire Ax is actually a secondary weapon. After Cossy already had a slew of other weapons at his disposal, a notable one he was missing was an Ax. It was an afterthought mostly since loads of weapons are the thing a lot of Self-MOCs haveÖ Or hadÖ Iím really not sure. It might be a generational thing where you had to be an angsty teen that just wanted to watch the world burn, but like, a fantasy world, not the actual worldÖ That would be horrifying.
Also, can you believe that this piece Iím using for the blade was actually an extra piece? Exactly why? Itís huge! And itís not like Iím the only one that got an extra, itís standard! Bricklink confirms it!
The primary weapon is a lighstaber! Benís a big Star Wars fan, and it only felt fitting to give him one since this is a Self-MOC. I didnít want to make just a strait copy of his primary broadsword, but the hilt does have some crossguards as a subtle reference to it.
But notice how it isnít a normal lightsaber, itís more of a freaky lightsaber. The core is actually purple. In a weird way, itís almost like a blacklight lightsaber, which is super freaky indeed.
And thereís also the purple tip for continuity. I actually did try a blue one, but it looked awful.
Dual weapon action!
And finally, here are some fun shots with Studbot as a reference for scale.
Except not really, because what scale is Studbot? Itís a little more obvious since heís covered in studs, but you know, itís not totally obvious since I neglected to throw a minifigure in there. The general skeleton is about the same, but Iíve stretched the proportions.
And thatís that!
Except not really, because I also have this video. This post just never ends, does it?
Quoting Toa Jaton
Wow,this is a very different take on making other's self-MOCs.As a long-time Ben Cossy fan,I congratulate you on an excellent MOC!
I have such an appreciation for the Bionicle and Constraction community, but I don't have the types of parts like everyone else does, but I knew I could do something with System. Thanks for the comment.
Quoting Dark Destroyer
Great job! And yes, you are now officially a Bio-MOCist. ;)
I mean, technically, it's not my first attempt. I did "make" this back in 2010: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/215694 I've mixed and matched pieces of Raanu and Metus that a friend of mine owned. If he ever posted them to MOCpages, the images were lost in a crash. And I did combine the parts of Klaak and Click into some dragon monstrosity that I don't even remember taking pictures of, but if I did, I never shared them on MOCpages. And I've also combined the 2015 and 2016 Onua and partner sets respectively over on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/rzje5z , https://flic.kr/p/rkcMAG , and https://flic.kr/p/GmK4Hu So in some sense, I've been one for awhile, but Cossy would cement it, for sure. XD