TLoATDaE

New Arrival and Looking to post a MOC

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Greetings, kind builders!

I'm new here, and have just finished using the Lego Digital Designer to build my first ever file to share.

That said, I am wondering how I would do that, and what it takes to have something qualify as "Premium" so that I might get paid in some way (eventually).

So far, I have a single build of a B'Omarr Monk that might be of interest to some Star Wars fans out there, and don't want it to get "appropriated" by someone else as their own. After all, it could be worthy of entering into a contest, so I would like to be careful.

Helpful suggestions greatly appreciated!

 

Basic specs are as follows:

30 Bricks

Includes 1 "special" pre-printed tile that can easily be ignored.

Has 21 steps, but repeat building of the leg units is easy...

I have a "complete" .MHT file of the build instructions that includes the brick inventory, as well as the example "render" pics.

 

Hoping to not give everything away if there's a chance to earn decent points here somewhere.

 

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing where this goes!

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welcome, Have you checked the help section of the site there is a lot of information and getting started guide in there that can be useful for you, and more is added so it can be worth checking it once in a while.

30 bricks is a bit to small for a premium build imo. I don't think they have enforced the minimum size yet but there is a plan to restrict premium to a bit larger sets. with small sets like 30 bricks you have a 3D puzzle that can be solved with a picture and the inventory with some difficulty depending on how compact it is.

I think there is some things to consider before going premium. 

the first one is do the money really matter? I mean if it will end up just being pocket money for you should consider releasing it for free and allow donations. and let as many enjoy the fruit of your work. I a in this camp, there is so many better ways to earn money that I wouldn't charge for a model even if it took months to complete.

another reason to see if you actually have the potential support for a premium is to release the first few MOCS free to see how popular they are. if you put a paywall straight up your less likely to know the answer. and it can be a good idea to do a mix, Have some small free models available that might draw attention to the larger payed ones.

 

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Greetings, kind builder :)

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

100 bricks does not sound like a really hard limitation to me. For that reason, it's a good thing that Premium is to set a bar of expectations.

That said, I am hoping that my little MOC might be worth entering into a challenge that might get me a bit of recognition and maybe start my path towards making some money doing this.

Many (many) years ago, I played with my Legos as a kid and was inspired. Life has cut this away from me, and now I find I miss them, so.

Perhaps I am seeing this in a different light than many, but I am hoping that this is a start to something more therapeutic (if I'm use the word correctly here), and that it might be a way to help pay for itself.

Maybe I can post some of these MOCs and ask for donations of pieces to make them, photograph them, and perhaps sell them later?

I'll just toss the generated pic from the LDD program here for reference so there's a sense of what I have made and where I am coming from. Then people can decide and (hopefully) point me in a positive direction. Of note: the build does not include the minifigure shown. That's like the Ingur  "banana for scale". The generated image is purely form the default output of the LDD program. Still learning here, so it may be a bit rough.

 

Thanks again for the friendly feedback! It truly is appreciated, biodreamer :)

 

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I agree with biodreamer. You better release some instructions for free first. So people can look at them and know what kind of quality they can expect (how solid is the build, does the design capture the essence of its source material, does it come with easy to follow step by step building instructions in PDF format).

If you want to enter in competitions you better not publish models first elsewhere, most competitions don't allow to enter material that was published prior to the competition.

Also I would never ever pay any money for the instructions of a 30 piece MOC. Sorry if that sounds too negative but there really is no other way to put it.

The problem is I wouldn't pay for something I haven't seen. But once I've seen a picture of a model I can recreate what I've seen without problems. Only if the model is so complex and sophisticated that recreating the parts I don't see in the picture would take more effort than just paying for the instructions I would consider paying for it. (for example Technic models where the internals are important to make the functions work, or star wars ships where structures have to be connected in strange angles and you can't see from the outside how that was achieved.)

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