Ever since Build Fighters started, an idea has been growing in the back of my head, slowly at first, then quicker with the announcement of the KA group build. The Newtype ideals of finding peace through a mutual understanding were amusingly turned on their side to accommodate the show’s Gunpla-centric focus, but I began to wonder: How would we go about gaining a better understanding of our fellow board members? I had some ideas about the approach, but they weren’t finalized until the show’s final episode: Fellini and Mao give up parts of their kits to Sei so that the Star Build Strike can have its final fight with the Amazing Exia, a major sign of trust and respect for their fellow builder.
I pitched the idea of a group build to some members and a mod or two already , and it was met with favorable opinion. But I’m a realist and a bit of a cynic, so I had to pose the very real question of how to go about pitching a trust-based group build on the internet – a place where trust is destroyed in such a large scale that it could probably be measured in second-spaced intervals. The answer was surprisingly simple: We show you how awesome this could potentially be.
That’s right, I said we. I’ve been in communication with Dlinker, and we have agreed to embark on what will essentially be a dry run of this potential group project, which will be tracked on this very thread. If this proves to be successful, and we get enough people interested, hopefully we can do this again on a larger scale.
So what exactly does this challenge entail? As we speak, Dlinker and I have already mailed each other one of our kits. Since this a test run, we decided to send kits that were not new, but are instead old kits in our backlog that for one reason or another we started and never got around to finishing. Neither of us have any clue as to which kit the other has sent, so it will be a complete surprise when we open our packages. Included with our kits is a note containing two itemized details:
[ul][li] The primary color that the kit must be.
[/li][li] An additional requirement that must be addressed in the final version of the build (i.e. “Must be a sniper”, or “Must have battle damage”, etc.). [/ul]
Apart from these two conditions, it is builder’s discretion from beginning to end. We are trusting each other to give our “A” game and hopefully be able to convey our own personal building style in what will be a unique kit that other will keep. Apart from a few posting guidelines that the two of us have discussed, we will not see the final product of our efforts until the kits are mailed back, again, sight unseen.
TL;DR: This is Trading Spaces, Extreme Gunpla Edition
The next posts Dlinker and I make will be about the kits and challenges we’ve received, so I hope you all stick around to see what happens!