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Lego System MOC: Grayskayl by 3rdeye88 Lego System MOC: Grayskayl by 3rdeye88
About the MOC
Grayskayl was a MOC I just kinda made randomly by experimenting with my system elements(in lamens terms regular Legos). I noticed I had an abundance of dark grey and light grey from all the star Wars Sets and Bionicle playsets, so that's how the gradient color scheme came about. Its not the first time a gradient color scheme has been done, but its a first for me, and another box on the list checked off. :dance: Grayskayl is partly inspired by old 1950's style robots and Iron Giant The more I got this MOC built the more interesting it got, I knew that it could very easily go in a few different directions. I thought about making it a sad robot, with droopy shoulders and a frowning face, but I decided to go more towards more neutral or slightly on the happier side of neutral "disposition." Either way, it all seemed kinda cliche, or like its been done. The iron Giant was happy and playful which was what inspired me to make Grayskayl that way to. Then there's Marvin Who was hilariously depressed. Then one simply needs to recal terminators, The Matrix, or Battlestar Galactica or any slew of other things to find evil robots. Either way I could have portrayed him, its been done before, so I went with the one that seemed most suitable for him.
Grayskayl also marks my third major system oriented build after Matteonette and Hyde/Autumnales

Bio
GraySkayl Is an adventurous rebellious robot. Built as an analytical and mechanical operations unit, he worked in dull boring laboratories, assisting with experiments and maintaining and repairing equipment. He never realized how boring and dull his existence was since he never knew anything else outside of the facility. Grayskayl diligently performed his tasks, listened to every command and was a good little robot worker, until one day while in his recharging cycle, his sensors detected unregistered movement. A small green crab like creature had burrowed its way through the outer wall into the laboratory. Grayskayl's inherently programmed curiosity told him to investigate further, so a small burrowed hole became a gaping hole in the wall. Grayskayl had set himself free. Not knowing any other life forms besides the professor that built him, Grayskayl quickly befriended the little crab who had shown him the way out. They became the best of friends to. The little crab, which Grayskayl affectionately dubbed as "snip" from the auditory signals its claws made would show him new and interesting things for him to collect data on, and Grayskayl would protect snip from harmful entities in the world.
It wasn't long before the professor wanted his very valuable, very unique robot back. At first it was just a few men, but when these men failed to retrieve the robot because it had a clever little friend to help it get away, soon the professor sent another robot. A large red and black robot, that shot fire from its hands. This Robot was not like Grayskayl, it had no curiosity, no interest in small living things being its friend, It was only interested in achieving its objective, which was to find Grayskayl and bring it back home...

Yeah, I was going for a kind of kid's story on that one. Meh. .

MOCs featured in this Deviation:
Snip
And a mysterious red fire robot. :O
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As a quick header for this Critique, I want to say that I see too many rude critiques in the MOCing community and some that are very pleasant but don't help at all. This is MOCing, not painting. You may add paint to the master piece. Therefore I believe our feedback should be memos that are like new and useful bricks. With legos, help build; don't break.

I have not seen any toy-robot style MOC yet, and this one will definitely leave me with a all around good vision of what they should look like.

I feel that, 3rdeye, captured what he was looking for in this MOC and while he did not follow some aspects of the vintage robot, this one still resembles one, none the less. Having some real '30s-'50s robots my self, I have a couple of things that kick in: bright colors, disproportionate bodies, and wonky or obscured faces. Like Robby or Robot liliput. However you did tip your hat to a lot of other fictional automatons, so I don't nit-pick too much.

As I said in the opening, Originality is complete, in my opinion.
I just have not seen one yet.

As always, 3rdeye88's MOCs have got to be O.K. in their builds at the least. While I have seen some that are not my personal style, I thoroughly enjoy his technique. Now, I have to try not to be partial so, like a man works hard to get the last bit of tooth-paste out of the tube, I must mark some things that can be improved... Ah O.K., the pipes on the side of the wrists jut out just a tad too far, in my opinion. Perhaps connecting them farther up the arms would help? And maybe some piston over the joints?

Not a meteoroid to my MOCing experience, but a worthy addition to both the BionicleMOCersleague and 3rdeye88's gallery. I hope I have been helpful in some distant form.

This is Kakama-King signing out.

P.S: Could you check out my new Pohatu revamp? I would find your feedback useful.
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OddVibe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the Iron Giant~
And the gradience.

Liked the story you made between him and Snip.
:)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks OV :huggle:

Thanks again. I wanted to go for a light hearted more kids oriented story thing. He just seems like he'd have a light hearted but sad story.
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
second Iron Giant is the best Robot ever!!!!!!
and lastly: we going to see a "mysterious red fire robot" next? :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IKR That movie was so cool Loved that robot.
YOu already have silly. Hint look in my gallery. :P
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
:D il have to make a check thru!
Some time later...
When I bother turning my laptop on...
Maybe when my ankle quits hurting,..,.
Lol!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well have you bothered to look for the flaming robot yet? Or are you still being a lazy butt?
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
well i remember you having one...
inferno or something like that ..
i'm pretty sure it's already faved...
also im not being lazy i'm being busy
college and all that...
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was referring to Furnace in this description. :P
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
ok i have to make my usual informative comment
so FYI
LEGO is never spelled Lego
and is never used plural
i guess you could say LEGOs but i dont think thats proper either.
i think your just supposed to leave the "s" off and say "regular LEGO"
always all caps cause it stands for something, so its never lowercase
you can tell idk about spelling other wise, but i found that out while doing a research paper in high school so its kinda a pet peeve now!
ok im done! feel free to ignore me!
and yes i havnt read the rest of your description yet :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fuck that. I'll say legos cause that's what I feel like and fuck saying LEGO that doesn't seem right unless lego is actual an acronym which it isn't. Its a dutch contraction of Le got or somehting like that. Its late, I'm tired and don't wanna look it up. :(
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chorranthu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I believe it is "leg goht", meaning play well
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. it is Leg Goht" I left out the H. Its funny, I don't think most people realize Lego is Dutch. They always seem surprised when I tell them it is. Like my dad and grandmother were surprised to hear about that. Lego's are so huge that I think people think they're American or some other major country. But nope, little ol Denmark is responsible. :D
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chorranthu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I kno rite?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: Indeed.
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Lol! Dats what I read!
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Sandtrap Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Sorry I'm late. We must discuss this section by section and piece by piece over Skype, now that I've slept and slept again because I got busy yesterday.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well if your narrow ass was on skype other than at 3 Am, we could, but you never seem to be on unless its some ungodly hour.
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Neat how you managed to get a bionicle look with just system!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I wish this coulda counted for the theme switch challenge on MOC pages. I made a bionicle MOC with system. Not quite the theme switch they were suggesting I think. But it wasn't allowed I don't think. Oh well. I don't really have it in me to do a contest every month. Not against those MOCers. If I MOCcycled, sure, but Its not worth it to me.
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, theme switch meant use Bionicle to emulate a System theme. And it's tough, but that's not gonna stop me from getting 3rd overall >: D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, but it woulda been cool had they allowed system to emulate a bionicle theme. Oh well I was past the due date anyways, and I doubt I'd be able to compete all year in each challenge. I'm a slow MOCer, can't rush my process.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it but most of all how the arms and hands came out.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Greg. Why do you like the arms and hands so much?
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They look like they would be on a real robot made by scientist somewhere, i can see him walking around and picking things up.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I see thanks. Well that's kinda why I picked them, cause they look very roboty. Man I love droid Minifig arms these things are so useful. I never had enough to work with before I got this ebay auction.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see more like it. :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Greg.

When you gonna get back to some rendering or art of your own? You've been very inactive. You know what I'd like to see from you? I'd Like to see you actually invest some time on one thing. not just shell something out in a day or two, but actually muster up some patience and really work at something. I wanna see you pour some blood sweat and tears into a project and have that end result that is longer to get to, but much more satisfactory than the one offs you do.
I think that if you did that more often, you'd really grow as an artist and hone a skill to the level of those where we pick our jaws up off the floor at what an amazing job they did. You're a good graphic artist and I've seen you expand, but I don't think you've really grown as an artist in the time I've known you. You've dabbled in a few things here and there, though it seems like you're kind of stagnant in terms of what you do, when you do something at all(that we get to see). I see a lot of the same stuff from you. I think you have a lot of potential Greg, but you gotta push yourself to realize it. I hope you don't mind me saying all this, I'm just trying to give you a bit of that push. :)
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been wanting to but I had a bad fall and hurtz me arm and shoulder so I have been using my left side which aint no goods.

I have so many plans just cant do it yet.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh that sucks, what happened? :hug:

Well I hope you have a speedy recovery Greg. :icongetwellplz:
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R603 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quote-"Grayskayl quickly befriended the little crap who had shown him the way out."= ROFLMAO! XD [Notice the word crap.]

And now, on to the MOC! The overall look of this character is pretty awesome. I absolutely love the arms and torso. They just really have an appeal to me. The upper legs are pretty good as well.

Compared to the rest of the MOC in my opinion, I think the lower legs and feet take away from the rest of the MOC for not being even somewhat complex or greebled, as far as I could tell. I see where you were going with the head. As a head itself it isn't bad, but for some reason the face just creeps the hell out of me. I mean I literally had a shiver shoot up my spine as soon as I saw it, because it was so unnerving, lol.

Like I said overall this is a great MOC, and all that matters is whether or not you like it.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FAWK!:doh: K, fixed it. :lol:

Thanks Simeon. I absolutely love that torso. I'm so happy with how it came out and the over all look of it, even if it was a bitch and a half to work with.

You know I noticed that, and I figured it was alright. That happened as a result of working from the bottom up. As I got higher, he got progressively more complicated. But now I think if I added anything it'd just be useless clutter. I suppose I could go back and maybe mimic the lower arms withe lower legs between the rock raidder wheel and the knee. I've got those booster engine type parts in black. The feet and lower legs were done early on in the build before anything was really defined. I just knew at that point I was making a figure from system.
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R603 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol.

No prob, that torso was badass for a system one.!. :3

Whatever works for you man.:thumbsup:
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Gale-OneOfMany Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This guy, is awesome. I love the feel he has, and the all over look to him. I have only one nitpick, and that is that the knees seem unusually small... It's might just be me, but they seem out of place being so small. Maybe adding a tire around them would help? Beyond that though, I have no problems with this. It is great :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Gale. :D I knew You'd say that. or someone would. I Stuck a tire on there, and I just didn't like it, it didn't fit the overall aesthetic. So I just left it skinny since I had to for it to connect to the system part. That's one of those situations were it was more trouble to fix it than to just let it be. Plus it messed with the movement of the knee, couldn't bend back as far.
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Gale-OneOfMany Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. ;) Yes, I can see how that would mess with it. Those things considered, it looks fine without the tire :P Lol
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Gale.
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the Iron Giant, You could have also made him crazy like that one robot in Treasure Planet.
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Gale-OneOfMany Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just because I can, and I'm that much of a geek that I know, the robot you are thinking of was named Ben :)
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He was an interesting robot, you don't see many like him.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True. Pretty much ever personality has been displayed in robots at some point or another. Making him crazy looking woulda been easy to. Give him "googly eyes" would do it, maybe some asymmetry or wires sticking out of who knows where.
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was also thinking of doing something Kre-o thought up, lego Transformers. I could use some bionicle peices and some the Transformer heads from my current Kre-o sets (I only have Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Mirage).
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, I guess. If you could replicate the head using all lego, I think it'd be cooler. But I'm a purist. I wanna do everything under the confines of lego. If I gotta cheat and use non canon elements it just devalues the MOC for me. So maybe study the Kre-o sets, but do it all in lego(bionicle/technic/HF).
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ok, Maybe I'll start with Starscream. I can use the wings from the Kopaka Phantoka set.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. :)
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