Bruce N H wrote:Hey,
I guess I'm somewhere in between EKnight and Overload. I'm pretty purist, so I don't really use third party parts, but I don't know if I'd call something a 'custom fig' if you just took a normal fig and had him hold a BrickArms sword or whatever.
I wouldn't call using 'illegal' build techniques (where that means those techniques that aren't used in official instructions because they stress the bricks) customization. I'd just call that AFOL MOCcing.
I don't call the cutting of strings or flex tubing customization, because that's been used in official instructions in the past.
How about using official stickers in ways that weren't called for in the instructions? I've seen people add great details to MOCs (often space ships and trains) using official stickers, so they were still 'purist'.
For that matter, how about using things produced by LEGO that aren't actually bricks? I've seen people stay 'purist' but use things like parts of set boxes, the sprues that small parts are attached to, LEGO bags, gear, pens, etc.
I think the bottom line is that there are several definitions, and it isn't fair to tell someone that what they've done isn't "customizing" just because it doesn't fit your own narrow definition.
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