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Be warned: a MANIFESTO of sorts - not a MOC!!!

- I am being particular here. If you want to move on, please feel free. You need not agree with me, but since this is my style, I wanted a place to explain it.

I have come to personally dislike SNOT creations that take SNOT as an excuse for not being (or feeling) solid. I think they are "form over essence", and they essentially betray LEGO®'s primary function of toy. When making a vignette, I like the feeling that the vignette could survive being moved, or shaken, without losing its meaning: this means there should not be any loose bits, as these would just move away if the thing is moved, making the vignette lose its beauty.

You need not agree, of course, but that's the way I want to work right now.

I adhered to the "Make 'em stick" initiative in my latest vignettes (this and this. To prove this, in these two last vignettes, I took (and posted) a picture of the vignette upside-down.

However, Photoshop does exist. For this, I have built a "stick-o-meter", something that will stick to the vignette, and hang down, proving (at least a little more) that the vignette actually is upside down.

This is my stick-o-meter. I know more efficient designs may be available, but for now, that's it. If you see a more-or-less upside-down vignette with this thingie hanging down (more or less like this), that's to prove "I made 'em stick"!

I don't want this to be mistaken as an anti-SNOT inititive: double kudos to everyone that can make pure SNOT stuff that can survive being moved, in fact!

Later edit:
Thanks to everyone who left a comment / review below. Some notes:

  1. I value _all_ feedback. As someone said, "It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils." - so, thank you. Really.

  2. This said, this is a purely personal initiative - I am not asking anyone to agree or adhere to it. Making them stick is just the way I like to do things right now. It's a personal manifesto, if you want to keep the art metaphor (but see point 4. below).

  3. My (temporary?) aversion to "unsticky" SNOT is probably caused by many factors, including:
    1. my inability to do better SNOT - when I improve, I may become less intransigent.

    2. my lack of bricks - I used to have many brittle spaceships from the '80es - but they got lost in one of my moves (not that they would have helped make SNOT stuff). I think it's called envy, or pride. Do challenging stuff with less tools.

  4. To the point that Ngeok mentioned about art - I don't have the pretense of creating art, right now - just a few funny (stupid?) vignettes (and, with this, please understand that _you_ are perfectly free to create LEGO art, SNOT or not - again, this is just about me)

  5. and, just to reiterate again: this is not against SNOT as a whole - I do like SNOT as a concept. This is a challenge to myself - For now, I want to improve my building skills, but keep adhering to this guideline. That's it.

  6. BTW, to Alpha Squad Commando 15: I didn't use real bricks to do the main image, because it's supposed to be a logo, not a MOC. The MOC is the stickometer. And, of course, I don't have the bricks to do it in reality... ^__^

    Thanks again to everyone...


Lord Gianguglielmo Pappadhum
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Heather LEGO Girl
  October 23, 2008
Okay, so Chris Phipson said if I can pronounce your name, I can get an ice cream cone. So I'm going to give it a try. Is it Gee-un-gyairmo Papa-dem? Let me know if I'm even close. I just had to give it a try. :)
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Dave Shaddix
  May 15, 2008
I agree with ya. I like the artsy side of the LEGOs. Whatever MOC you make is an expression as is how you make it. That being said, LEGOs are toys - first and foremost. I build for and with my children. EVERYTHING that I build is meant for them to use. A MOC needs to be playable and it needs to look cool (so kids will wanna play with it). Build em tough, build em with cool little features and have fun doing it!
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  May 15, 2008
Nice. I LOVE SNOT, and currently have a super SNOT Mech in the works. I do think that things should be for the most part sturdy. Nannon's stuff, and I think Brian's Halo stuff, looks great, but if you breath on them, they break! Good job on bringing it out there.
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Bradley DeBildt
  April 28, 2008
Nice I like the idea. Many people should use these in their MOCs. Sometimes I think there are exceptions like giant mocs because I wouldn't risk turning it over if its like 1000 pieces or something.
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  April 24, 2008
Yes! I wholely agree with you. A+. MOCs should be able to hold together under strain, not fall apart at a breeze. At least that's what I think.
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  April 24, 2008
Life is better. When it sticks
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  April 23, 2008
You should come up with a cool SNOT-type acronym for your "make em stick" style. MESS?: Make em stick stupide? (Make em schtick???) he he
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  April 23, 2008
We could sit here and go back and forth about who's right and who's wrong yadda yadda yadda but, as was stated, this is Pappadhum's OPINION! Me... I don't care if a creation is SNOT/not/studdy or whatever. The point is that those of us who use this TOY for EXPRESSION need to realize that it's a TOY! Do what you want with it whoever you are and if you don't like the way someone else uses it... then don't look at there stuff. Nice work Lord G. and for the record... I like your stuff! Later ~ Chris.
  April 23, 2008
Here's another: use real bricks! And many times, SNOT work doesn't look as good when they do stick.
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