I understand why there are rules for Neo-Classic Space, they exist so that the range of Neo-Classic Space MOCs out there can be displayed together and look like a cohesive theme, so what do you do when you want to build a Neo-Classic Space MOC but you disagree with some of the established ‘rules’?
When planning and building my Neo-Classic Space MOC A-38 Exploration Base I did a lot of research into what was out there, I joined all the Facebook groups and read everything I could in terms of what the established conventions were. One day I came across a set of ‘rules’ for Neo-Classic Space MOCs on NeoClassicSpace.com and whilst a lot of the rules made sense to me, some of them seemed pretty strange, or at least based on one person’s personal choice with no justifiable reason why they would be that way (and certainly no basis in the original Classic Space sets).
I have been a member of various LEGO Facebook pages and groups and am aware of the spectrum of views on LEGO canon and how LEGO ‘should’ be done. I came to the decision that as I was setting out to build a MOC for my own enjoyment I didn’t really need to adhere to these rules if I disagreed with them, after all as a child I never asked anyone how to correctly play with LEGO, so why would I start doing it now?
I do believe that a set of guidelines can be important in creating cohesion and consistency if you are going to display your MOCs together with someone else’s work, however I think it can be just as valuable to come up with your own rules for the world within your own MOCs… this is the direction I chose to go in.
I have listed below the ‘rules’ from NeoClassicSpace.com that I disagree with and why, but I guess what I am trying to get across is that you definitely can and should make up your own rules.