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Lego MOC Explained for Newbies (A Quick Start Guide)

Lego MOC Explained for Newbies (A Quick Start Guide)

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Ever wondered if those Lego bricks lying around could transform into something extraordinary?

Well, you're not alone. Let's explore the world of Lego MOCs.

a lego build of mainstreet america

 

What on Earth is a Lego MOC?

A Lego MOC stands for "My Own Creation." It's the brainchild of passionate Lego fans and the broader Lego community. 

While official Lego sets offer a structured building experience with clear instructions, MOCs are where the real magic happens. 

 

a mosaic screenshot of instagram, displayed are various Lego custom builds

source image: instagram legomoc hashtag page

 

It's the realm where Lego aficionados see beyond the confines of a box and view Lego bricks as tools to bring their wildest imaginations to life. 

Think of it as the difference between following a recipe and going full-on MasterChef with whatever's in your fridge.

a mosaic of a space invader made from lego bricks

 

 

MOC vs Regular Lego Set: What's the Deal?

Imagine buying a puzzle. 

A regular Lego set is like a puzzle with a picture on the box. You know exactly what you're getting, and you have clear steps to get there. 

A MOC, on the other hand, is like being handed puzzle pieces without the box. It's all you, baby! 

While a regular Lego set is a paint-by-numbers, a MOC is a blank canvas, waiting for your creative touch.

 

Do I Need a Special Set of Bricks for My Masterpiece?

Short answer: Nope! 

Your existing Lego sets are treasure troves waiting to be tapped. Of course, if you're aiming for the Sistine Chapel of Lego MOCs, you might want some specific pieces. 

But hey, that's what online shopping is for, right?

 

Where to Buy MOC Instructions and Those Elusive Bricks

The internet is your oyster! 

Platforms galore offer MOC instructions, some for free and others paid.

Here are some of our favorite places to buy MOC instructions:

 

And for those bricks that are playing hard to get? BrickLink or BrickOwl are your best pals. 

 

💎 Looking for rare pieces? Visit our Studbee Bricklink store with over 1 million pieces!

an assortment of lego bricks of all colors and sizes organized neatly into bins

 

Some shops even bundle the instructions with the bricks. It's like getting a gourmet meal kit delivered to your door, but for Lego.

 

🧱 Want a hassle-free MOC experience? Check out our Studbee Custom Kit sets — building instructions and bricks included.

 

Share, Flaunt, and Gawk at MOCs Online

If you've built it, they will come. Or at least, they'll 'like' and 'comment'. 

Platforms like Flickr, Instagram, and Lego forums are buzzing with MOC enthusiasts just like you. Share your creations, get feedback, and let the world see your art.

 

Here are some popular instagram hashtags to follow for inspiration:

 

Alternative Bricks? Say What?

Beware. There are unique Lego-looking sets out in the internet, but these are imitation bricks. And almost always of inferior quality. When it comes to Lego bricks, accept no substitutions.

But remember, in the world of MOCs, authentic Lego bricks are the gold standard. It's like comparing a designer handbag to a knockoff.

Sure, they might look similar, but we all know which one you'd rather show off.

 

Ready to Go Pro with Your MOC?

Instagram is the best place to showcase your creations. 

Once you feel comfortable venturing out into the wild, there's a whole world of Lego conventions and contests out there. 

Some of the most popular Lego conventions you should attend:

 

Level Up Your MOC Game

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a killer MOC. 

Start small, dream big, and keep building. Dive into online communities, soak up feedback like a sponge, and study the masters. Before you know it, you'll be the Michelangelo of MOCs.

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