I have been reading this the last couple weeks and Felt I would chime in Finally. What do I define as a custom??? I use the base definition As andhe pointed out;
"tr.v. cus·tom·ized, cus·tom·iz·ing, cus·tom·iz·es. To make or alter to individual for personal specifications: customize a van.
"modify (something) to suit a particular individual or task."
" make partial or minor changes to (something)."
"change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.
: made to fit the needs or requirements of a particular person
: doing work that fits the needs or requirements of a particular person
Now by definition, Altering a piece or minifig to fit a specific need is customizing. Weather the parts are modified by cutting, painting or just swapping parts that were not originally used in the model as intended by the creator.
Now I can tell you being involved in the Auto world via clubs, organizations, shows, etc... It is extremely difficult to determine what category or class something goes in. thus the need for rules and guidelines. this is mostly due to the fact of what is playing out in this thread. Every being on this planet interprets definitions in there own way. For Example:
Person A: has a Honda Civic, lowers it and slaps some 20" rims on it tints the windows and they think they have a custom car. an Quite honestly they do because the car has been altered from the way it was delivered from the factory.
Person B: Has the same style car. They gut the car, put a Body kit on the car, Spend innumerable hours on a paint job, Puts flashy rims, installs Lambo door hinges, changes motor size and location, installs roll cage, installs a $30,000 stereo, Installs Lexan windows, Etc... Is this car a custom, Yes. By definition this car is also a custom.
Now both people go to a car show, both cars get entered into the same class, "Custom" Person B walks away with the trophy for class and best of show awards for the day. Now Person A is going to throw a fit because he didn't win, cause there was no way he could win as soon as this other car rolls off of the trailer.
This is why so many times there are classes in the Automotive world. Usually something like Stock, Mild, Wild, Extreme. this is to please the masses as much as you can. There is no pleasing everyone 100% of the time but If you can please 95-98% then your doing great!
Now all this opens up the can of worms, If it isn't bad enough already, that is known as factory Custom.
My wife owns such a beast. She has A 1968 International C-1000 pickup. It was Built at the factory as a Custom order. The original owner put a bed size on the truck that is between a short bed ( 6 foot ) and a Long Bed ( 8 foot ). They called it a bonus load Bed (7 1/4 foot ) They also Put Junior Kingsize Mirrors, and a few other things on this truck. Now is it a custom? Yes and No, Yes because it had to be ordered and built specially for the customer to fit there specific need. And No because it was delivered from the factory with these modifications so by most all governing rules the truck is considered factory stock.
So as you can see it gets just as complicated in other hobbies as well. The only way to keep most people happy is to define the limits to a set category an go from there. As jordan has pointed out at what point do we draw the line from Lego customizer and go in to the ranks of Lego sculptor? I think that, that is what we are trying to hash out here.
Rules for the categories need to be laid out because taking a jaundiced fleshy figure and changing out head and hands to a more normal, less nightmare inducing, Yellow "IS" by definition Customizing said figure. But so is taking said figure slicing, dicing, painting, sculpting, and Gluing to make a figure fit the needs of the person creating it.
So I hereby propose that we make categories similar to the auto world along the lines of;
Stock Custom, Mild Custom, Wild Custom, and Extreme Custom. And put in place a set of rules to Govern each category. Just my 2 Cents,
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