BrickLink NEWS

BrickLink MOC Shop

Primary Feature of BL2.0

by Alice Finch | 2014-03-04 EST

We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of the BrickLink MOC Shop in May. The MOC Shop is a place where members can create, share, collect, purchase, and even sell their own custom-built MOCs. The MOC Shop is being developed as a companion to the familiar parts and sets marketplace of Get ready to be inspired by the builders and designers that make up the BrickLink Community!

How It Works

Example A

Builders will be able to submit images and digital files of a MOC (My Own Creation) and once approved as appropriate and complete, it will be available to the BrickLink community. Members can 'like it', comment on it, and if it achieves a certain threshold of recognition from the community, it becomes a candidate. MOCs will be evaluated for parts availability and sourcing by existing BL sellers during the submission process. After it is approved, it will then be available for purchase as a BrickLink Original.

Other important factors to be considered are parts availability and cost. The submission process will include the identification of rare, old, or expensive parts, and the ability to exchange these parts for an alternative. For example, in this bumblebee model, the 4x4 yellow dish is not very common, but the 3x3 dish is. The designer could select this as an option since it doesn't seriously affect the aesthetics or function of the model.

Another feature will give the designer the option to designate parts where the color is irrelevant because they are not visible. In the bumblebee, the digital model uses orange interior bricks to help make the building instructions more clear, however the color is unimportant as the bricks are completely concealed. The designer can select a part (all 2x2 bricks) or a specific number of a part (2 of the 4 brackets) and designate them as color neutral.

A similar feature will allow parts to be grouped for color changing options. If, for example, you wanted to build a black and white striped bee, the designer could select only those yellow parts that are visible, group them, and identify them as the color changeable parts. The database will then identify other color options based on the types and number of the parts needed.

What happens if no single store has all the parts? Even small models of approximately 150 pieces or less may require parts from 2 stores. The goal is to have it sourced quickly, easily, and efficiently. For sourcing stores, there are a couple options. Stores will be able to tell what MOCs their inventory matches with the most. A seller will be able to see that they only have 94% of the parts required for the bee kit. They can choose to purchase those parts from another store, seek additional sets to part out to acquire that part, or list the item as 94% complete and available in their store. The remaining 6% of the parts could then be purchased from a different store. Stores will be shown with geographic sensitivity, so that if you live in Germany, German stores will be listed first. All stores can be viewed if you want to see all the options available.

Example B

Posting Designs

Once the model is successfully submitted, approved, and posted, it becomes part of your designer profile. (Your member profile will include many categories, not just buyer and seller, but more on that later.) Depending on their member profile levels, other members may leave comments either in the form of a simple 'like' or as text. Once the design has been picked up by the first seller, the parts list can no longer be modified. The designer can still make updates to the description or building instructions. In the bee example, after the bee was initially posted, a new eye piece became available. A different member, or the designer himself, might suggest in the description that the technic ball with the printed eye could be used as an alternative to the dish and dot combination.

BrickLink Original

When a BrickLink Original is sold, the designer receives a design fee of up to 5% of the base MOC price, which is determined by the cost of the parts. Buyers will see the base MOC price plus the design fee percentage, and when it is added to their cart, shipping and handling will be calculated and included in a new automated checkout process.

A group of several dozen skilled and creative designers have been invited to submit designs for the initial release of the MOC Shop, but eventually any member will be able submit a MOC. Because we are starting with smaller MOCs, we are featuring designers that have already demonstrated a knack for building creative, compact models.

Building Challenge Models

The monthly BL Building Challenges will also tie into the MOC Shop. Winners of the challenges will automatically become candidates for being turned into BrickLink Originals.

The MOC Shop is an important first step in the rejuvenation of BrickLink. It lays the foundation for the new look, new functionality, newly integrated automatic shipping, and is a non-invasive way of re-building BrickLink from the baseplate up.

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This News Has 24 Replies
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   AFOLbou(13)
wow great idea !!
(180 days ago, 2014-03-04, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   DagsBricks(584)
[...] Oh, like Cuusoo lite! [...] Srsly? 5%? When I sell a houseplan through a national vendor I get at least 40% of the sale plus 100% of the revision fees. Who owns the copyright on th...
(180 days ago, 2014-03-04, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   Miro78(881)
First of, very nice and definitely playing on Bricklink's strength of having the stores here participate more actively. Now the nitty-gritty details: 1) What are the criteria for submi...
(180 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   MonoNick(477)
[...] newly integrated automatic shipping [...] Could you please tell us a little more about that ? If it is that the shipping fees are automatically calculated at checkout, I have some more h...
(180 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   enig(675)
I see so many flaws and things that I dont like for one reason or another, that I dont even know where to begin. So I will only cover one point. What bothers me the most is that there already i...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   FigBits(1037)
[...] Great stuff! [...] I like this, though I wonder how it will work in practice. Does the potential buyer select the color scheme then, when searching for stores with the parts? [...] ...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   jamesuniverse(366)
[...] It seems I would much rather gather the parts myself and get more than 5%... But since MOCs are very hard to sell on here, this may be my only option. ~JU
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   bljesprop(667)
[...] Hi Alice, Thanks for letting us know about this. It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into revamping Bricklink and that suggests that the implementation of 2.0 will be very posit...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   piecemeal(1389)
The ideas here have a lot of potential. Lacking the time and wherewithal to MOC myself, I understand there are plenty that people see and "must have." Custom kits and instructions are nothing new...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   TheHawkins(2718)
What type and format will the instructions be in? Pictures, MLCad, LDD, hand drawn on computer or paper? David
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   mtronherokodiak(161)
great Idea! I will be using this feature!
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   goshe7(700)
Can you change the name from "BrickLink Original". If the rights to the MOC remain with the designer, the name is confusing as it implies an ownership that isn't there. What are the speci...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   unordained(82)
Are the following use-cases covered? - Buyer wants just the design / instructions (but is willing to pay to get customized instructions & parts-list for the desired color variant, etc.) ...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   RavenellBricks(14)
[...] I think the idea is incredible for giving people a chance to show their creativity and get it out there or others to see and even possibly purchase! It seems similar to CUUSOO, and overall...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   eileenkeeney(1156)
I really like the bumble bee.
(179 days ago, 2014-03-05, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   Ctbyrne(3241)
I'm excited to hear more about the automated checkout upgrades to the site. I know some sellers already have systems in place, but I find there to be too many variables to rely on them. A sig...
(179 days ago, 2014-03-06, to NEWS)
View Thread (Cancelled)   -   jannekoo(9)
(173 days ago, 2014-03-11, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   WonderboyDK(24)
Fantastic idea!!! [...]
(163 days ago, 2014-03-22, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   3rdeye88(13)
That's so awesome. I have a few small MOCs. I submitted one just now. This is a great opportunity. I hope many more "bioMOCers" submit their mini-MOCs and is featured in this new movement! Co...
(160 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   SnugWuls(5)
I took a peek at the "teaser" MOC shop webpage and it looked pretty good. All slick and very much Web 2.0-like. One thing worries me, though. Among the "official" screenshots featured on the p...
(159 days ago, 2014-03-25, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   Hardstone(62)
Are there any plans to add support for LDraw's LDR file format in regard to uploading project files to the MOC shop. I originally uploaded a small one man airboat. It has been several days an...
(157 days ago, 2014-03-27, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   sparrowhawk1234(24)
While I LOVE this idea, the current implementation is very annoying... I would like to be able to browse/search through the MOCs closer to how you browse/search on bricklink. The constant scrol...
(154 days ago, 2014-03-30, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   Duq(214)
It looks slick (Twitter Bootstrap?) but honestly, I couldn't care less. I won't be buying MOCs and I won't be selling MOCs. Core feature? Do something about the real core feat...
(143 days ago, 2014-04-10, to NEWS)
View Thread Re: BrickLink MOC Shop   -   Corellian_Egr(157)
(108 days ago, 2014-05-15, to NEWS)
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