Battlestar Galactica: Make Your Own Cylon and Win Prizes
Battlestar Galactica: Make Your Own Cylon and Win Prizes
I've seen a lot of strange and challenging contests in my day, but few compare to the "Make a Cylon" contest that recently kicked off to promote the new season of Battlestar Galactica., MAKE Magazine, and are partnering to give fans the opportunity to create, or recreate, their own Cylons.  Fans of the series know that the mechanical race can appear as toaster-like automatons, human-looking androids, or even fighter planes.  The goal of the contest is to either mod something, or create something from scratch, and make it look like a Cylon.  Battlestar Galactica stars Grace Park and Tricia Helfer will be judging the contest, and whoever creates the most interesting Cylon can win a bunch of fun prizes.

How do you get started with this tough task?  The first step is to create your own Cylon.  The press release states, "Use whatever you like:  blinking lights for eyes, metal armor as a costume, toasters. . .anything to show the world that you're a Cylon maker.  The only caveat is that it has to be something physical (no Photoshop/art entries).  Your Cylon can be of the humanoid or robotic variety, real or abstract, or anything else you can think of. We'll also accept entries for creations in the general Battlestar universe (ships, devices, etc.), although our preference is for Cylons."

If you manage to create your deadly robot without Sarah Connor coming to kick your butt, the next step is to make sure people see your work.  You can upload pictures or video of your creation to Flickr or YouTube using the tag "dvicemakecylon," or you can add it to the MAKE magazine Flickr photo pool by clicking here.  You can enter as many times as you like

Grace Park and Tricia Helfer will be judging the entries, and the best of the bunch will actually appear on the Sci Fi Channel.  Other prizes include DVD box sets of the first three seasons of Battlestar Galactica, as well as BSG t-shirts, posters, and other awesome swag.

For more information on the contest, check out  Just make sure that the robots you create don't end up wiping out the human race.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of the Sci Fi Channel)