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[LEGO Building] Bionicle Canonisation Contests, or; The Rise and Fall of Hoseryx : HobbyDrama

[LEGO Building] Bionicle Canonisation Contests, or; The Rise and Fall of Hoseryx : HobbyDrama

(For the sake of readability, people who find themselves lively contributors to the TTV Youtube Channel will probably be known as “TTV members” whereas people who find themselves simply on the TTV message boards will probably be known as “TTV customers”.)

(Additionally I have never made a put up this lengthy earlier than so forgive me if I get the formatting a bit improper.)

 

1) BIONICLE

Bionicle was a Lego theme produced from 2001 to 2010, and once more from 2015 to 2016, that eschewed the normal bricks, tiles, and studs in favour of an array of extra specialised components geared towards creating robotic-looking characters, primarily based on the Technic system.

Lego had been in one thing of a monetary rut on the time, and whereas they’d loved important success with the launch of Lego Star Wars in 1999, they had been having to pay a portion of that cash to Lucasfilm, and even right now, licensed units go for the next asking value than common ones. Lego had been eager to have their very own Star Wars, and in a then-unusual transfer for them, aimed for one thing comparable in tone to the franchise that impressed this transfer.

The consequence paid off, and Bionicle pulled Lego out of its rut, one thing that disgruntled Bionicle followers will regularly convey up each time they really feel that the theme is not being handled with the respect it deserves by Lego.

Going over precisely what Bionicle was and is would take hours. No, critically, there are two Bionicle lore retrospectives on Youtube that cowl (virtually) every little thing, that clock in at 5:19:09 and 6:24:27 respectively.

If you need a extra bite-sized protection of what made Bionicle so particular with a have a look at the toys themselves as effectively, then I would extremely suggest person Nick on Planet Ripple’s video on the subject, made because the grand finale to his Lego Rewind sequence that explored older Lego themes as a complete. It is nonetheless 1:19:21 lengthy, however that is simply what you get with Bionicle.

 

2) The Good Previous Days

I’d be remiss to undergo this entire rotten saga with out introducing the 2 titans of the unique Bionicle neighborhood: Biosector01 and BZPower.

Biosector01 is a fan-run wiki that may simply be one of the crucial complete wikis on the Web. All the things Bionicle-related is there, cited and linked to a thread or assertion by Lego or sequence predominant author Greg Farshtey. They delight themselves on accuracy, and are essentially the most helpful supply round for Bionicle.

BZPower was initially one in every of many Bionicle fan websites that popped up within the early 2000s, internet hosting information, set evaluations, and different Bionicle info for followers to seek out. By some means, they outcompeted just about everybody else, and the boards grew to become essentially the most lively a part of the fanbase, enjoying host to comics, fanfiction, movies, arguments, and most significantly, fan-made fashions. We’ll get to these.

BZPower was afforded outright legitimacy when Greg Farshtey joined the boards, and commenced answering followers’ questions concerning the story. This led to fan theories being each canonised and decanonised, the a lot memed-upon retconning of romantic emotions between characters from the 2001-2005 animated media, and a lot of bizarre particulars being enshrined in canon.

Fan opinion on this ranges wildly (I am personally of the opinion that Bionicle is significantly better in case you by no means learn any discussion board posts and follow the books, comics, and different media), and so they gained a kind of fame for being a thread the place you possibly can put up an elaborate headcanon and get Greg to enshrine it in lore with a easy “Certain”, however there is not any denying that it labored wonders for BZP. The “Ask Greg” matter was indescribably large, with tons of upon tons of of pages.

After which BZP suffered a sequence of huge cyber assaults that shut down the boards for six months and deleted just about all of the archives.

It occurred not lengthy after the unique 2010 cancellation, and it was a hammer blow to the Bionicle neighborhood as a complete. As I mentioned above, BZP had grow to be the hub for the fandom, and its boards going darkish for half a 12 months scattered the followers to the winds. They sought refuge throughout the Web, however even BZP’s revival did not actually convey them again collectively.

Worse, Lego had determined that they did not actually like Greg hanging round on different websites, and from then on his discussions with followers had been restricted to the Lego Message Boards, which skewed a lot youthful.

 

3) The Origin of the Canonisation Contests.

Bionicle is a Lego toy, and that implies that you are all however inspired to make your personal fashions with the items (Except for that interval from 2008 to 2010 the place all of the joints had been extraordinarily brittle for silly causes).

Within the Bionicle fandom’s case, this was extraordinarily well-liked, in all probability as a result of there’s numerous crossover with making OCs. There are builders on the market who create works of outright artwork, some who revamp canonical characters, individuals who make MOCs (My Personal Creations) that symbolize themselves (Self-MOCs), after which there are the contests.

MOC contests, as they’re known as, have been a function of Lego communities for in all probability so long as there have been Lego communities. However the Bionicle neighborhood can be supplied one thing greater than that: The prospect on your creations to grow to be official characters within the story.

In 2004, the March/April version of Lego Journal introduced the “Rahi constructing problem”, asking followers to design and construct Bionicle-based animals that might populate the universe. The successful entry, the Tahtorak, acquired an look in one in every of that 12 months’s comics, an additional look in one in every of subsequent 12 months’s books, and obtained to be on the duvet of the Bionicle: Rahi Beasts information, which additionally featured a good portion of the opposite entries, whom had been all given names and built-in into the universe by Greg.

This was adopted by a “Toa constructing problem” within the January 2005 Brickmaster journal. The purpose was to create a hero who as soon as lived within the then-current setting of Metru Nui, however vanished on a harmful mission, an outline befitting the legendary Toa Mangai who had been all fallen predecessors to the story’s modern heroes. The winner was promised an look within the upcoming novel Time Entice. The winner, Krakua, did certainly function within the e book, which has grow to be considered one in every of Bionicle’s finest tales, however his story was dramatically modified by Greg. The opposite entrants stay unknown, nevertheless.

Rounding out the unique trio was the Darkish Hunter Constructing Problem from the Could 2005 Lego Journal, this time asking followers to create members of the mysterious mercenary group that served as secondary antagonists throughout the 2004 and 2005 tales. Like with the Rahi, the entrants had been collated right into a information e book, however not like the earlier two, there was no definitive winner or bigger story position for them. The Darkish Hunter e book specifically is considerably notorious for having an array of poor-quality fashions, and others that had been misassembled by Lego’s photographers and thus regarded loads worse than they really had been.

There can be additional constructing contests run by Lego themselves, however 2008’s Makuta Constructing Problem can be an indication of issues to come back. Whereas the said objective was to create a member of the Brotherhood of Makuta to hitch that 12 months’s villains, Greg as a substitute dubbed the successful entry “Makuta Miserix”, the previous chief of the Brotherhood who was searching for vengeance on his successor, a brand new, non-toy character that had been making appearances in that 12 months’s on-line serials, with one overlaying the historical past of the Brotherhood by flashbacks and one other following a Suicide Squad-esque gaggle of previous villains searching for him out to assist within the struggle towards the Brotherhood.

See, because the sequence progressed, Greg started incorporating an increasing number of non-toy characters within the story. At first these had been simply random Matoran villagers, however Krakua up there opened up the floodgates for characters of some significance to start making appearances.

These characters largely featured in on-line serials, however as these the one media that was universally accessible for zero value, these characters grew to become very distinguished within the fandom, and lots of followers started making an attempt to construct them with their Bionicle items.

Nevertheless, Greg has freely admitted to not being a visible author. He struggles to image issues in his head and as such his descriptions of character design are usually missing. That is all effectively and good when a lot of the characters are toys that the target market in all probability has entry to, however not so good when creating new characters from entire fabric.

Nonetheless, it would not be lengthy earlier than BZPower and Biosector01 started internet hosting officially-recognised MOC contests of their very own, difficult followers with creating the looks of an in any other case appearanceless character. These contests acquired a typically higher-quality of entry than the Lego journal ones, largely as a result of they had been primarily the zone of the older on-line fandom. Artwork and writing contests additionally occurred, however these did not obtain practically the identical consideration because the constructing ones.

Nonetheless, with Greg being restricted to the LMBs, they ultimately petered out.

 

4) The TTV Boards

The ultimate piece of the puzzle is the brand new juggernaut of the Bionicle fandom, the inheritor obvious to BZP’s throne.

Beginning life as a Youtube channel known as The Three Virtues, named for one of many central ideas of Bionicle, TTV initially gave the impression to be late to the get together. They launched simply as Bionicle G1 ended, and their earliest distinguished sequence was Bionicle Post-mortem, a string of movies that explored why Bionicle had been cancelled. This was joined by the Recap Critiques, a long-running sequence the place TTV member Eljay reviewed each Bionicle set.

However in 2014, when the leaks for G2 started to appear, they exploded. BZP, in all probability determined to take care of what little relationship with Lego that they had left, banned dialogue of the leaks. However one other web site, European-centric Lego discussion board EuroBricks didn’t, and several other of TTV’s members had been lively customers there.

Their podcast swiftly started to concentrate on Bionicle G2 rumours and leaks, this catapulted them to the highest of the Bionicle Youtube scene.

They launched their very own discussion board throughout G2’s run, and it exploded too. Maybe the crowning achievement was that, after the Lego Message Boards ceased exercise, Greg joined TTV, and for the primary time since 2010, the components of the Bionicle fandom that skewed older had an Ask Greg thread to name residence once more.

 

5) The Bionicle Renaissance

In early 2019, issues regarded… fairly bleak for the Bionicle fandom. The sequence’ second probability at life had died virtually nonetheless within the beginning gate. Regardless of Lego’s continued statements that they had been pleased with G2’s efficiency, the truth that the choice to drag the plug was made after the discharge of the primary wave of units, and it had failed to achieve the anticipated three-year lifetime of a Lego theme.

Fan hypothesis as to why it died ran rampant, however the most probably offender is the entire lack of selling. Perhaps it simply could not compete with Lego’s personal Star Wars motion determine units. Perhaps Lego merely anticipated the older followers to promote it to newcomers. Perhaps it was all spent on these pointless 14 carat gold masks. Perhaps it was cannibalised for the relaunch of flagship successor Ninjago. Both manner, issues weren’t trying brilliant.

The previously-mentioned shuttering of the LMBs had additionally seemingly killed our final supply of story info, there have been no new units, and it appeared as if any future revivals can be colored extra by the failure of G2 than the success of G1. Lego had particularly terminated G1 when it was merely hitting a plateau fairly than outright dropping cash, in order that the toys would nonetheless be remembered fondly by retailers. Now G2 had seemingly blown that.

However but, hope springs everlasting. As talked about, Greg joined the TTV boards and commenced to talk to the older fandom once more. Furthermore, TTV person Sokoda submitted a mannequin to Lego Concepts that might pay tribute to Bionicle’s total run, with minifig representations of a number of key characters and builds depicting among the line’s most iconic scenes, and within the closing months of the 12 months, Bionicle followers started a widespread marketing campaign to help the mannequin, and get it over the brink wanted to get it into the overview stage.

To say it was an enormous success can be an understatement. The Bionicle diorama grew to become the fastest-ever set to hit the brink. Spirits had been excessive. We’d really get a brand new set!

Yeah, it did not occur. Lego dismissed it in favour of three different units primarily based on a typewriter, Dwelling Alone, and Seinfeld, and followers weren’t happy. However that did not occur till June of 2020 so for almost all of the brewing of the shitstorm, spirits had been nonetheless excessive.

 

6) I used to be promised drama, the place is it?

Okay, the preamble’s finished now. Promise.

On March fifth, TTV member Mesonak posted this thread, a ballot to find out whether or not the canonisation contests can be resumed for the primary time in a decade. One other person had requested Greg whether or not he can be okay with having extra, and he had answered “If the neighborhood was okay with this, I’d be keen to do it.

490 folks voted, and with a majority of 75%, it was determined that they might resume. I used to be a type of folks.

I’m sorry.

Behind the scenes, discussions had been had with each Greg and the admins of BS01, as they had been the arbiters of canon. The preliminary concept had been to throw the competition open to each MOCs and paintings on the identical time, however BS01 admin Dorek brought about points that led to it being break up right into a MOC contest first and artwork contest second.

Dorek’s “contributions” to the contests may very well be an r/hobbydrama put up in their very own proper, however to maintain it easy, with no new Bionicle items coming from Lego, followers took to creating their very own through 3D printing, particularly the all-important Kanohi masks which can be so iconic to Bionicle as a sequence, and Dorek refused outright to have any components that weren’t official Lego canonised on the wiki.

Thus, it was determined that first a mannequin can be constructed, after which artists can be challenged to interpret that mannequin to create the official, canon design of the character. The successful MOC and artwork piece would then be proven to Greg, who would give his approval to the design and announce it as canon.

3D printed components had been allowed, however solely on the situation that the those that made mentioned components authorized their use within the contests and made them accessible freed from cost.

And the primary character to obtain a contest can be Toa Helryx.

 

7) Who?

Helryx, in-universe, was the primary Toa ever constructed, and she or he led the mysterious Order of Mata Nui, a shadowy organisation devoted to defending the universe on behalf of resident god Mata Nui. She was a Toa of Water, and super-duper outdated.

Due to this, she was chosen to be the primary as much as the plate. Or fairly, the chopping block, as a result of her distinctive traits made her a goddamn nightmare for everybody concerned.

See, Helryx was one of many few characters to get any quantity of description, and she or he would not seem like a traditional Toa. Her superior age and millennia of fight had rendered her a frail-looking being with archaic armour that appears irregular to a extra modern Toa, and with Greg’s aforementioned weaknesses in describing characters visually, it appeared like everybody and their mom had sturdy opinions on what the descriptor “disturbingly frail” meant.

 

8) The place the rules are made up and the foundations do not exist.

So on June 1st, the thread for the Helryx contest went dwell, and for no matter purpose, TTV did not make precise guidelines for the entries. They’d guidelines for the way they had been to be entered, sure, however for what the consequence ought to seem like? Nope. Perhaps it was optimism. Perhaps it was inexperience. Perhaps it was simply plain incompetence. As a substitute that they had pointers.

Based mostly on this, your entry ought to:

-Be blue

-Be frail/skinny

-Have armor that might be unfamiliar to Takanuva

-Wield a mace and a protect.

Moreover, a press release by TTV was made that indicated that they wished the mannequin to scale with the units launched from 2006-2009, as Helryx made her first actual appearances in 2008.

And instantly, folks began disregarding what components of description had been current for Helryx and making regardless of the hell they wished.

Entrants stretched the boundaries of what may very well be known as a Toa. Builders straight-up disregarded the “Frail” half and constructed massively buff titans. Fashions twice as tall as any Toa however skinnier than any current ones had been submitted. A pair thought she ought to have wings. Boobs had been made*. And the which means of “disturbingly frail” was argued up and down the block.

  • (Toa are usually not mammals and no feminine Toa has ever been depicted with breasts. Regardless of this, Bionicle being geared toward boys means the fandom now performs host to numerous attractive individuals who thought it was actually essential that their robotic outdated women had been attractive)

Lots of people, apparently together with TTV themselves, took the interpretation that it meant she was very skinny, however others dug up a Greg quote that wasn’t included within the authentic put up that said she as as a substitute simply closely battle broken. Much less a really skinny particular person, extra a strolling corpse.

With the overwhelming majority of Greg posts being scattered throughout two defunct boards, TTV weren’t capable of get every little thing he’d ever mentioned about Helryx collated right into a single put up, which left much more room for interpretation.

Furthermore, among the Greg posts appeared to contradict the textual content. For instance, one steered that she ought to share a construct with the unique two waves of Toa, however the story textual content itself said that her armour can be unfamiliar to Takanuva, who himself used that construct in his authentic set. Additional complicating issues was that Greg tended to make use of “Armour” as an alternative to “Pores and skin” when referring to biomechanical characters, so the query of whether or not Helryx even had armour on was raised. It might later be answered by a single line from a post-cancellation 2010 serial that talked about her armour being delivered to life by a curse and attacking her, however this could offer you an concept of what the dialogue of Helryx’s look was trying like.

And it was into this mess that Hoseryx appeared.

 

9) Hoseryx, the Disturbingly Frail.

On June 21st, mere days earlier than the deadline for entries, TTV person Giratina posted Helryx, the Disturbingly Frail.

It is tough to explain this MOC with out insulting it, as a result of it seems to be extremely low-effort, and that was the purpose.

Giratina herself was mercurial about her intentions for the creation. Relying on when and why you requested her, it was both a joke, a “severe entry”, a significant satire of different contest entrants, or a parody of the competition course of as a complete.

Of these, solely the second might be dominated out definitively. Giratina was new to the TTV boards, however had posted extensively on Flickr earlier than and her output is mostly very top quality. She makes good things.

On-site, Giratina was adamant that the entry was not a joke. Off-site, it was positively a joke, however what the joke was about appeared to vary in line with her temper or her viewers.

The MOC was rapidly given the nickname “Hoseryx”, because it was envisioned that she’d transfer akin to a rubberhose animation character.

Nonetheless, the response was typically optimistic and sarcastic posts concerning the wonderful high quality of the MOC abounded. And for higher or worse, Hoseryx would grow to be the picture of the Helryx Contest.

 

10) Final Probability to Keep away from all that Nonsense

Inside an hour of Hoseryx being posted, TTV moderator Spiderus Prime disqualified it from the competition for being an apparent troll entry.

In a sane universe, our story would finish right here, and I would not be making a 5000-word put up about it on a drama subreddit. However we don’t dwell in a sane universe.

Eljay, as a significant member of TTV and the seeming arbiter of how the contests would run, stepped in. He felt that Spiderus should not have authority over the competition entries, and that it must be reserved for the senior admins.

He reinstated Hoseryx, and the wild experience really started.

 

11) The Voting

On June 23rd, the voting polls went up. Brackets had been detemined by RNG, and Hoseryx landed within the seventh, which was considered a reasonably weak bracket in a contest with a number of “Heats of Loss of life”.

There have been a couple of standouts, however with 4 MOCs progressing from this spherical, there was greater than sufficient room for a joke vote or two. Or 180, in reality. Hoseryx positioned second and was moved into Spherical 2, which turned out to be the Semi-Finals, and that is the place all of it obtained actually heated.

Hoseryx’s Semi-Last bracket was powerful. A number of MOCs that had been anticipated to be front-runners had been grouped collectively, together with one of many anticipated winners, which was nicknamed “Skyrim Helryx” or “Daedryx” for pretty apparent causes. I hope, anyway. I don’t play Bethesda video games.

And right here, the neighborhood divided into three teams. The primary had been followers of what are typically known as “Flickr MOCs”. These are builds which can be primarily showcased on Flickr, and are usually extra like delicate, creative sculptures than toys. They typically lack articulation and wrestle to face up on their very own. Nevertheless, they give the impression of being very nice. These followers have grow to be step by step extra disgruntled with the contests as they have an inclination to skew extra towards what matches the canon than what’s essentially the most advanced or creative.

The second had been those who had been extra searching for canon-accurate designs in spirit in addition to truth. That is the group that I fell into, and luckily (From my perspective), that is the course the contests appear to be headed.

The third had been the shitposters who simply actually wished Hoseryx to win. And so they had been by far essentially the most lively. Hoseryx obtained fanart, memes, movies, and other people began constructing their very own Hoseryxes.

And oh boy had been there arguments. I am in these threads, making a tit of myself over plastic robotic toys from the 2000s. It is a mess.

However little did any of us know, there was a fourth faction.

 

12) Any Ballot’s a Purpose

See, Hoseryx did not simply have enchantment with individuals who like joke entries.

She had enchantment to actually anybody who wished to rain on TTV’s parade.

That 16% of people that did not wish to have extra contests? Vote for Hoseryx, and TTV will probably be so embarrassed that they’re going to cancel the entire thing proper there.

Don’t love TTV? Vote for Hoseryx, that’ll make them cancel the contests and piss off everybody that voted in them!

Wish to troll people who find themselves manner too hooked up to their robotic toys? Vote for Hoseryx, she’s the Large the Cat of Bionicle MOCs!

Hoseryx was posted on /biog/, bringing the channers into the combo. She appeared in different components of 4chan too. A former Bionicle fan-turned NSFW Twitter artist promised free porn commissions if their followers pushed Hoseryx. Brigades had been incited.

TTV mentioned it wasn’t towards the foundations.

What was towards the foundations, although, was dupe accounts and bots, and oh boy had been these made. TTV made adjustments that might require a time funding and a few thread studying to have the ability to vote within the polls, within the hope that it could confuse bots and make voting an excessive amount of of a time funding for brigaders and vote stuffers.

After which, when the polls for Spherical 2 closed, it appeared just like the campaigns had failed, and Hoseryx was eradicated, dropping to 3rd in a spherical the place solely the highest 2 would progress. And for a day or two, it appeared prefer it was over.

 

13) A Chilly Mild Dawns

So Hoseryx gained its Semi-Last.

Seems that whereas Hoseryx had been the centre of a loud and really public marketing campaign to “rig” the ballot, its nearest opponents had been the centre of a a lot quieter one towards Hoseryx. After hours spent pouring over all of the votes submitted, people who had been deemed to be from dupe accounts and bots had been eliminated, and Hoseryx was vindicated.

Throughout the aisle, an in any other case unassuming MOC leapfrogged into second place. We’ll get to that later.

 

14) The Last Countdown [Kazoo solo]

So Hoseryx had made it to the finals, and reactions had been combined.

Clearly the supporters had been jubilant. Some even tried to sneakily declare the ethical excessive floor after the reveal of the counter-campaign’s vote stuffing, ignoring the vote stuffing in favour of Hoseryx that had additionally been discovered.

Others had been lower than happy. Even some that had been alongside for the experience when it was a joke had been beginning to realise that they could have created one thing they could not cease, and an intentionally-bad troll MOC was about to grow to be not solely the canon design of an essential character within the Bionicle story, however the winner of the primary canon contest in ten years.

However when the ultimate ballot went dwell on July 2nd, one thing had modified. Hoseryx obtained an early lead as anticipated, however one thing sudden was rising to fulfill it.

The MOC in query was merely titled “Helryx”, and was constructed by TheUnderscoredDouble, or simply Double to the neighborhood. It was that one I discussed on the finish of the earlier part. Seemingly defeated within the Semi-Finals, it jumped to second after the verification was finished. And now it was apparently the one rival to Hoseryx.

It rapidly grew to become obvious, nevertheless, that it was merely in the appropriate place on the proper time.

In earlier rounds, the voters that did not like Hoseryx had been scattered between different entries, and as such none of them had been sufficiently big to topple it. However now, when confronted with “oblivion”, folks started to vote tactically. Favourites had been deserted, as a strong 90% of the anti-Hoseryx a part of the neighborhood threw their full weight behind the second place MOC, keen take any various to it.

Double’s entry occurred to have gained an early lead on the others, and so the tactical voters flocked to it.

The race was shut. The lead appeared to vary a couple of instances, however on the finish of the voting course of, it appeared like Hoseryx was victorious. Even now, it stands enshrined because the obvious winner within the TTV thread.

 

15) “HOSERYX WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”

Hoseryx didn’t win.

It took virtually every week to comb by the votes to verify legitimacy. All however one of many six finalists obtained illegitimate votes, granting person Kingmarshy a weird sort of ethical victory. And on the finish of that course of, over 70 votes for Hoseryx had been discarded, handing the crown to TheUnderscoredDouble.

Instantly, in fact, there have been conspiracy theories. Some discovered the concept so many unhealthy votes can be made for the troll entry and so few for the others complicated, for some purpose. Others noticed TTV admins becoming a member of in with the tactical voting as proof that they’d rigged the ballot. Like most conspiracy theories, they had been improper, and the winner was chosen.

 

16) We gained, however at what value?

Virtually instantly, it appeared folks weren’t glad with the successful entry.

Entrants had been required to put up “breakdown pictures” of their entries that confirmed how they had been constructed. This was to make sure that they did not use unapproved or modified items of their construct. Nevertheless, it additionally served to permit folks to construct the entries for themselves.

Individuals constructing the champion rapidly reported that its articulation was restricted, and it was a really fragile mannequin that are inclined to disintegrate at a second’s discover. Greater than a bit irony was famous that these had been the identical criticisms that had been levelled on the “Flickr MOCs”, however whereas these are inclined to seem like artistic endeavors, Helryx regarded pretty common.

Extra choosy followers famous that Helryx was constructed to scale with the units from 2001, specifically the enduring Toa Mata units that launched the road. Whereas Helryx did work together with them a couple of instances in flashbacks, most of her scenes within the current had been with characters from later years, who had been a lot larger- Bionicle’s scale jumped up in 2004, after which elevated once more in 2006, so the Toa Mata are in some case shorter than the designated “small units” from 2008-2009.

Others nonetheless took problem together with her hunched look, citing it as a really distinct function that might’ve been famous if she had one, simply because the wings on some entries had been dismissed as one thing that might’ve caught out, had been they current.

 

17) The Hippo Video

So TheUnderscoredDouble is sort of a jerk.

Yeah, sadly this story would not actually have any heroes (Except for TTV Moderator Kini-Hawkeye, who deserves higher). Simply heaps of people that ought to know higher yelling at one another on the Web, myself included.

Through the contest course of, screenshots started to flow into displaying Double actively shit-talking different entrants and even outright bullying one particular opponent, Connor Hoffman, who constructed one of many aforementioned winged Helryxes. Virtually in a single day, his conduct went from one thing typically circulated round discord servers to broadly recognized on the TTV boards.

To not be outdone, Double eliminated his breakdown pictures following his victory and changed them with a video hyperlink, allegedly to a breakdown video. Predictably, it was not, however appeared the traditional Rickroll was too mature, as Double as a substitute selected a video of a farting hippo.

Nonetheless, the consequence was the consequence, and karma would come ultimately.

 

18) The Classes Realized…

This primary contest wasn’t simply to find out the looks of Toa Helryx, however was additionally the trial run for the brand new contests as a complete. It was the primary time one had been run in a decade, and the primary time TTV had run one generally. TTV had been fast to guarantee the fandom that steps can be taken to make sure a drama-free expertise within the following contests.

The Helryx MOC contest used a “First Previous the Submit” system, and late throughout the course of, vocal help arose for a ranked voting system, which was trialled within the artwork contest and has since grow to be the norm for all subsequent contests.

TTV instituted a brand new rule that might enable them disqualify any entry they judged to be “in unhealthy religion”, with the apparent objective of getting used to close out future troll entries. Whereas a “hose”-style entry or two had been submitted for the following contest, none made the beginning spherical of polls.

 

19) … And the Harm Carried out

For lots of followers, confidence within the contest course of was shaken. The arguments had been lengthy, vitriolic, and passionate, and other people had sturdy opinions that they hadn’t given up on simply because the battles had been over. A number of individuals who wished the contests to start with had modified their minds, and when dialogue of the following contest started, there was a small however nonetheless very current upswing within the variety of folks as a substitute saying that there must be no additional contests. For higher or worse, TTV largely ignored these folks.

On August 12th, the TTV Channel posted Episode 21 of the Nak and Jay podcast, the place Mesonak and Eljay went over every little thing that transpired throughout the contest from their perspective, together with the stress each endured from having to run it throughout their spare time whereas nonetheless working at their jobs. Particularly, they famous the dodgy conduct of Double and aired their frustrations of getting to take care of each him and Giratina, stating that they had been “tough”, however could not do something about it as a result of they stored themselves largely clear on-site.

Eljay and Mesonak can be largely absent from the working of the second contest, centred round creator demigod Artakha, leaving most of it to Kini-Hawkeye, and his expertise was equally onerous, though the competition ran a lot smoother and had much less arguing. Following this, they took a break from working the contests, and can resume within the new 12 months.

A second checklist of contest characters was rumoured throughout the hole between the primary two, however has did not materialise, and possibly will not for the foreseeable future.

Kini-Hawkeye later talked about that he was contemplating working a “Ought to the contests proceed” ballot after the fourth of fifth one.

 

20) Artwork, Aftermath and Artakha.

The artwork contest was a a lot quieter affair. Consumer Mister-N gained with an artwork piece that eliminated the controversial hunch and emulated the distinct artwork fashion of the 2001-2003 Bionicle comics. It is excellent. The ranked voting system labored completely and has since grow to be the usual.

Greg was proven each the champion and Hoseryx. He did not even acknowledge the latter, and confirmed low enthusiasm for Helryx herself, sparking the concept Greg cares considerably much less about this than we do.

On September 25th, the primary spherical of polls for the second contest went dwell. Giratina did not enter. Double entered with a weird skeletal creature apparently impressed by Aztec artwork. Individuals in contrast it to a plucked rooster and it bombed out in Spherical 1. And the entire thing was gained by none aside from Connor Hoffman, in a landslide victory.

Double’s early loss, and the competition being gained by Connor was taken by the fandom as karma for his poor conduct throughout the Helryx contest, significantly towards Connor himself. It was even famous as such throughout the far more celebratory Artakha episode of Nak and Jay.

The Artakha contest had some drama of its personal throughout the hole between the MOC and artwork rounds, largely referring to Dorek, however was a lot smoother as a complete, and the artwork piece that gained was a incredible piece by person Perp3tual, which obtained a way more excited response from Greg, who known as it “attractive”. Which, effectively, it’s.

For higher or worse, the success of Artakha has restored a big portion of the fandom’s religion within the contests after the dramatic trainwreck of Helryx.

 

21) They did not even get the color proper…

In early December, one other Greg quote about Helryx was discovered, during which he mentioned that Helryx’s armour was the darkish blue color worn by the blue units from 2004 to 2010.

This brought about a lot amusement, as a result of each the MOC entry and the artwork piece had depicted her with the lighter blue used from 2001-2003.

Whereas the element was briefly famous on Biosector01, it was finally eliminated, however the truth that Helryx had an official color that was retconned due to the extremely lax rules of the MOC contest that allowed folks to choose and select what components, if any, of her description to symbolize of their builds, stands as the right capstone to the cavalcade of chaos that was the competition.

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