And the winner is...
This is just a quick post to announce the well-deserved winner of our create-a-transformer competition - Helios, the hot rod, engineered by Jennyfer Ultsch.
Jennyfer, AKA 23-yr old Peruvian student Fatima, scooped the winner-takes-all L$250,000 prize after a panel of judges including CC Chapman and Cybergrrl Oh decided that Helios had the moves and the menace to have the beating of competition including a transforming trash can called Oscar.
Boximus Prim and Oscar
Boximus Prim - a transforming... prim - was declared honorary runner-up, on the strength of how well the concept and execution expressed the unique fusion of Transformers and Second Life itself. Oh, and everybody LOVED Tinybot, who was just so damn cute.
The concept for Helios, transforming from a flame-licked hot rod into an imposing female decepticon, came to Jennyfer in a dream while she was suffering from a particularly severe cold, shortly after she heard about the competition. She worked for 18 hours a day for 4 days to create the avatar, which will now be made freely available to visitors to the Sector 7 sim. Jennyfer, who has only been a resident of SL for 4 months, plans to use her winnings to pay for her continuing university studies.
Thank you to judges CC, Cybergrrl, Liam, Sachi and the audience for making today such good fun, but the biggest thanks must go to everybody who took the time to design, build and enter a Transformer. All the losing finalists were immensely gracious in defeat, and seemed to have genuinely enjoyed taking part in the competition.
Left to right: Helios, Oscar, Boximus Prim, Tinybot, Mirage, Dannyboy Lightfoot, Cybergrrl Oh, CC Chapman
Bring on the sequel!