Competition: Build Huwbot!

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Huwbot is my automated alter-ego who dwells inside the Brickset server running background tasks, choosing the random set of the day and making sure that everything works as it should.

However, little is known about him and he's never actually emerged from the server so we can only imagine what he looks like, assuming he possesses any physical form!

That's where you come in. We want you to build a model of Huwbot that we can use to illustrate his articles.

He could be humanoid, a tentacled being with one eye, or nothing more than a box with flashing lights. It's up to you to depict him as you wish!

Your entry can be any shape or size but should be imbued with personality, just like Peter Reid's Keko robot here, and we will be judging primarily on that.

Find out how to enter after the break.


Rules:

  • Models can be any shape or size but bigger does not necessarily mean better.
  • Entries shall be built from real bricks: no virtual submissions will be accepted.


Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Personality! We want be charmed, surprised, amused and impressed!
  • Building techniques and parts usage: make every piece count!
  • Suitability for use as a Huwbot 'mascot' at Brickset.com.
  • Adherence to the rules.


How to enter:

  • Upload a maximum of two images of your entry to the Brickset Flickr group set up for this competition, or post your entry on Instagram using the hashtag #BricksetHuwbotCompetition.
  • Your models should be new and unseen prior to this competition. Significantly updated models are permitted.
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • Virtual creations in LDD, stud.io or other CAD program are NOT permitted. All submissions should be built with real bricks.


Prizes:

A photograph of the winning entry will be used to illustrate Huwbot articles at Brickset. We may ask you to provide more photos of your model so we can build it ourselves.

And, of course, LEGO prizes will be awarded for first, second and third placed entries. The prize pool will be announced soon.


Other information:

  • Please do not include any references to sex, drugs, alcohol etc. in your entry.
  • Custom and non-LEGO components are not permitted.
  • Although we will not be judging your photographic skills, please try to light your models evenly and photograph them against a clean background.
  • Please do not enter if you are not happy for your design to be used in the way described above.
  • Please upload your entries by 23:59 BST on Wednesday 31st July 2019
  • The winners will be announced shortly after.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


We will answer any questions you might have in the comments.

Good luck!

49 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

>> entries must incorporate at least one clikit element.

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By in United Kingdom,

cool

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By in Australia,

I was just going to say, if there's no Clikit pieces involved, it's an automatic fail.

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By in United Kingdom,

Whatever he looks like, there’s going to have to be some clikits in there

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By in Poland,

A reason to bricklink all those Clickits now.

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By in Netherlands,

Just one question: where do I get such a cool Brickset custom printed tile?

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By in Hungary,

Oh, time to fetch my tools.

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By in United States,

This is probably the coolest idea Brickset has ever had.

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By in Spain,

GREAT IDEA!! I am not very good at making robots, but I will try!! However, I do not have any Clikit elements...

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By in United States,

Cool idea! I will try to enter, although I'm focusing on entering the Summer Joust competition right now.

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By in Sweden,

Cool! I think I will submit a contribution. However I only collect Friends so it might be fun challange not making it too pink.

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By in United States,

There’s almost no way I win this, but I might give it a shot depending on the prizes.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ same

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By in Brazil,

I suggest you to include that the winner have to give you the rights to use their images and creation and have to share the instructions with you.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Not their images, but the design, yes.

> where do I get such a cool Brickset custom printed tile?

That tile was one of the first things I had printed with a logo some 10 years ago. I only have a few left now. Nowadays we do 1x8 bricks to go with name/event badges. The winners of this competition will receive one.

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By in United States,

I'm useless with MOCs, but I love this idea! Can't wait to see what people come up with.

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By in Australia,

@fitbyemmaha

Given Huwbot's taste in Lego sets, if you only have Friends sets to draw from, that might very well give you a significant advantage.

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By in Hungary,

I wanted to add some joke about Clikits, but there are enough of them..

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By in Spain,

Nice contest, Huwbot is the best finding obscure sets and one if the reasons I visit brickset on a daily basis

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By in United States,

I'm envisioning an epic mech; HuwBot 2000: The Dreadful Destroyer of all Non-Clickits.

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By in United States,

Not to unduly pile on to the preceding jokes, but this would also be a genius way to drive up demand for Clikit parts! Is there any chance Huwbot has been secretly buying up stock over the last few months in preparation for this? Was this always his pla...

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By in United States,

Great idea for a contest! I might try to enter

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By in United States,

Wow, that's sad. I feel like you chose this competition just so that I wouldn't do it. I can't build robots... :(

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By in Canada,

Oh, “huw” sweet that robot!

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By in United States,

I woukd love to enter but I unfotrunately don't have any Clikets parts...

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By in Singapore,

Something I can actually take a stab at for once! I'll see what I can come up with.

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By in United States,

@BearsyWearsy I'm sure Scala is a passable substitute...

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By in United States,

I am so in.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmm.. not normally a MoC builder, but may raid my bits box to see what I can come up with.

Awesome contest idea Brickset.

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By in France,

Everything is awesome!

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By in United States,

Probably not going to enter, but that robot in the thumbnail picture looks amazing!

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By in Canada,

Wonder how a Huwbot would do in the Ideas program

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By in Israel,

The Brickset contests are always the best! Thank you all who work at the best Lego-fan website!

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By in Russian Federation,

Yeah, I wanted to MOC a robot, but never put myself into. And now I have no clickets. I hope some flowers will do...

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By in United States,

@Crow T. Robot

It's by Pete Reid, of course it looks good.

This sounds interesting.

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By in Ireland,

Won't be able to take part in this but this is undoubtedly one of the best ideas for a building competition, excited to see what people come up with

Good luck to everyone!

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By in United Kingdom,

Is flickr the only way i can enter?

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By in United Kingdom,

No. Instagram too.

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By in New Zealand,

Hope no one models it on a Dinosaur...

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By in Germany,

This article almost made me fall off my chair laughing.
This is such a great idea!
Imho Huwbot should be built ENTIRELY from Clikits ;-)

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By in United States,

Hey, huw. I have a youtube channel where I TRY(most of the time it gets done) to upload a video. Would it be fine if I built entries for this contest but also posted the entries on my channel. It would make it easier. Otherwise I would need to build something for my channel and still build for this contest. The videos would most likely be uploaded BEFORE the contest ends. Would this be okay?

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By in United States,

So illegal connections are not against the rules?
My current design isn't stressing any elements but some parts are really unsturdy/ held in by friction.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Yes, that's fine

^ Not necessarily, but discouraged.

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By in Netherlands,

@BearsyWearsy Lego bricks are usually held in by friction :-)

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By in United States,

I meant not snapped in, just sitting between other pieces. In any case, I'll try to find an alternate solution.

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By in United States,

I'd love to compete, but I don't know if I can build it with my own bricks... It would certainly be easier on LDD.

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