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Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"


Enter Pharaoh's Labyrinth!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 20 2014 · 194 views
lego, mocs
A new collaborative display appeared at BrickFair VA 2012: The Pharaoh's Labyrinth! Led by a WAMALUG member, this display drew its inspiration from Indiana Jones and The Mummy (among other things I'm sure) as explorers led an adventure into the newly uncovered pyramid entrance that led them to a pharaoh's tomb, but not without first testing them with and endless amount of perils as they wound through the Pharaoh's Labyrinth!
I brought a small addition to last year's display, Pharaoh's Scuba Tank, but I'm working on some more additions for this year. Take a gander:
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Wrong destination!
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Lined up with another section.
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A work in progress, this large 32x32 stud display has since been filled up with tiles along the floor and will house something larger than minifig baddies for our fearless explorers when it goes to a smaller display in a few weeks! I have even bigger plans for this portion come BrickFair in August.
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Everything lined up at a LUG meeting yesterday.
Between this and a few other ideas, I'll be working on, and bringing, quite a few new MOCs to BrickFair this year!
-CF :kakama:


So Much Tan!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 13 2014 · 173 views
lego, bricks, tan
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What might I be building‽
(More to come.)
-CF :kakama:


Winter Soldier Easter Eggs

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 06 2014 · 274 views
marvel, captain america and 3 more...
Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was awesome! If you have any inclination to see what the best Marvel superhero movie put out (not counting The Avengers) looks like, you owe it to yourself to see it.
For those that have, I present some commentary:

-CF :kakama:


One Sentence Set Reviews

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 17 2014 · 254 views

Alright, let's get to it:
60006 Police ATV
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Because a getaway wheel-barrel is the best getaway vehicle.
76014 Spider-Trike vs. Electro
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Literally the only reason to buy this set is for Electro, for some reason; or if you haven't picked up a Spider-Man fig within the past ten years of Spidey sets, but even then the other sets are better.
2014 Hero Factory
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Three words: LEGO Pacific Rim
70128 Braptor’s Wing Striker
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That bat looks like a Ferengi.
(If you like these I'll think of more. Have any of your own?)
-CF :kakama:



Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 13 2014 · 282 views
DFTBA, nerdfighters
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-CF :kakama:
(I've been figuring out this entry for years. But, I've been watching the Vlogbrothers since April 2011 and John Green is one of my favorite authors. I figure that now they're better known, but I could be wrong.)


Micro Neo 90s Space Fleet

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 09 2014 · 468 views
space, lego, micro space and 2 more...
I'm a "90's Kid," so various LEGO themes from that decade are close to my heart. This most definitely includes the space themes, especially Exploriens. So without further ado, I give you my Exploriens Orion Class SHIP: The Exuberant.
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(Microspace. Minifigs would be so cramped in something like this.)

You'll notice it looks different on the other side:
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This Neo Exploriens ship was inspired by the Orion of Stargate Atlantis, and boasts a length of 103-studs and about $140 in BrickLink orders as well as use of my own pieces (a SHIP has to be over 100 studs long). At BrickFair 2011 I even lit it up:
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(It's just taken me three years to finally take photos, but even with these I think I'll try another shot at it at the end of the month.)
This currently resides at the LEGO Store at Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Virginia, in WAMALUG's Window to the Community display for March:
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(See more.)
You've seen the other Neo 90s Space ships I've posted these past few days, including Insectoids, Robo Force, UFO, and Ice Planet 2002. All of these Neo 90s MOCs pay homage to the original themes but explore building with pieces, colors, and techniques of the present.
While I've built various space ships between this big guy and now, it still remains as one of my best works and a source of inspiration for me, making me want to build another, and better, SHIP.
Those of you who knew this blog entry was long overdue, thanks for being patient. I hope everyone likes it!
I've made a topic in the forums, but I don't mind if you post here too/instead.
More pictures can be found on BrickShelf and Flickr.
-CF :kakama:


Neo Bugs and Dinos

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 02 2014 · 292 views

Two more Neo Micro Space MOCs for a display! I have fond memories of both Robo Force and Insectoids and couldn't resist making some advanced designs in micro scale for them! I still have an Insectoid mask hanging on my wall and the Robo Raider is (99%) still built!
So, joining my Neo Micro 90s Space fleet with Ice Planet and UFO are these two:
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And I assure you, there's bigger stuff coming!
-CF :kakama:
(Gosh how can I take better photos?  :()


Micro Neo-UFO

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Feb 25 2014 · 243 views
space, lego, micro space, ufo
Just like my Micro Neo-Ice Planet ship I made a few weeks ago, I have expanded my Neo-90s Space output with another starfighter: Neo-UFO!
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The goal of "Neo Space" is to create sci-fi designs (ships, rovers, etc) influenced by the shapes, colors and concepts of the old space theme being imitated while taking advantage of today's wider array of pieces, colors, and building techniques.
I'll take some 360-degree pix once I find my UFO 2x2 tile for the center.
Again, this is for an upcoming display of mine. I have a few more days free to build, so I'll be making some more revamped/updated 90s space themes in micro.
-CF :kakama:


Micro Neo-Ice Planet 2002

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Feb 14 2014 · 304 views
lego, space, ice planet
For a Micro Neo-90s Space display I'm working on:
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Have to take advantage of this snow before it melts, right?!
-CF :kakama:


LEGO Marvel Comic Covers

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Feb 11 2014 · 261 views
comics, lego, wolverine and 1 more...
Remember back at the end of summer I reported that Marvel was releasing various comics with variant covers featuring classic covers redone with LEGO figs? Turns out they were going to be ratio variants and thus rarer (and more expensive) than the usual cover price. (Ratio variants are sold one for every 25 normal covers a retailer orders, or whatever the ratio is. This makes them rare and acceptable for the retailer to sell them for a higher price.)
Well, go forward a few months to now, and I am now the proud owner of two of those! (For a significantly lower price than if I bought them for $20 each at my local comic shop.) The total for these two was $21. I was surprised, but happy, that they were less on Ebay.)
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I'm going to give one to BrickFair for the silent auction supporting the Slade Child Foundation, the question is, which one? Which one do you think would garner the highest bid amongst AFOLs?
Pros of the Spidey cover:
-Marvel's #1 poster-boy.
-Action scene.
-Including an arch-nemesis.
Pros of the Wolverine cover:
-Marvel's #2 poster-boy.
-Close-up with those claws.
-Better art (imo).
And then I'll probably frame the other one (once I get around to framing my other favorite covers too).
-CF :kakama:


Spaceships! Spaceships! Spaceships!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Feb 08 2014 · 212 views
lego, lego movie, benny and 2 more...
Look who I found hiding with some other figs on display on my shelf:
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Looking forward to seeing Benny, and all the other characters, on Sunday night. You know, when there is the lowest chance of little kids in the theater because school is the next day.*
-CF :kakama:
*Because a midnight showing or something at 10 PM wouldn't work for me.


Books To Be Read 2014

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Feb 06 2014 · 280 views
books, reading
I dropped the ball on posting this during the first week or so of the new year, but I've also dropped the ball on reading a bunch so far this year. Luckily a "year" is just a social construct of time and as long as I'm happy reading and getting things on my shelf completed it's ok if I need a moment to get my groove back.
I'm not going to list out all the books I want to read in 2014, especially because new books pop up and I read some of those and thus don't get around to a few others. But here are the ones I'm most looking forward to:
-Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest--I just started this steampunk adventure for a tumblr book club, and I already love the writing style! About time I read this (though luckily, I've only owned a copy for a year. Some of these are even older.)
-S. by J J Abrams--I'm 100 pages into this too. If you don't know, it is an adventure story of a man names S. who is piecing his life together, while at the same time written in the margins are two college students writing back and forth getting to know one another while also trying to figure out the mystery of the author's life (not Abrams, the author of the story).
-Garden of the Beasts, Devil in the White City, and Thunderstruck, by Erik Larson--I should have read these last year, since two are borrowed from my grandma and Devil has been recommended to me too often. There aren't too many other non-fiction books on this list.
-Quiet by Susan Cain--OK, another non-fiction book. I should have finished this by now, but regardless of that I'm quite looking forward to this book about introverts.
-Return of the King and the Hobbit--Because I should have read these by now. (I read the Hobbit for 9th grade, but want to again before the third movie. But first I need to read King; I just finished The Two Towers in December.)
-Good Omens by Neil Gaiman--I'm making my way through Neil Gaiman's bibliography, and I plan on reading this with a friend.
-Dresden Files--I should really start this series soon.
-Hitchhiker's Guide Books 5 and 6 (and Salmon of a Doubt)--Again, why haven't I read these?
-The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson--I own all three. Hopefully I'll read them all in one month. Soon.
-Game of Thrones--This was a gift, and I plan on starting it after I finish LOTR.
-The Harry Potter series--It's about time I reread these. I'll probably buy the movies and watch each one as I finish a volume. (I haven't read books 3, 4, or 5 again since they first came out.)
-Shada, a Fourth Doctor Doctor Who story by Douglas Adams--Should be wonderful!
-Snow Crash, Dune, Cloud Atlas, Windup Girl, The Warlords of Mars, some Sherlock Holmes, and Solar all make this list too, among others.
The goal now is to make enough time between work, other duties, socializing, sleep, comics, and tv.
Anything here pique your interest? What are you hoping to read this year?
-CF :kakama:


In His Element

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jan 26 2014 · 331 views
toa, ice, snow, element
I was inspired to go out into the snow today and take a picture of an Ice Toa in his natural environment:
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I built this guy about six years ago (as well as the rest of his team) and even wrote a short story around him (I was originally going to write an epic, and I built the Toa team central to it). Short story shorter: During an epic battle to save his land, after his other five Toa teammates have fallen, he releases a nova blast of ice, stopping the threat but being encased in a cocoon of ice. Now, millennia later, he has thawed (Captain America-style), only to have icy protrusions become a part of his armor, affirming his icy nature.
The team of six I built is not his original team that perished, but a new team he has become a part of. More details to follow when I finally take decent pictures of all six.
Is Koji a good name for a Toa? I seem to think so.

-CF :kakama:


Favorite Books 2013

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jan 04 2014 · 193 views
books, reading
2013 was a good year for me in reading. I only read about 20 or so novels, when I really wanted to read more than that, but I'm sure that was more than my four years of college combined (due to classwork), and was greatly stemmed from my realization after graduation that I suddenly had more time to read (and boy did I take advantage of that once the summer hit).
Here are my favorite reads of 2013:
-American Gods by Neil Gaiman: The most brilliantly-written books I've read. It's fantastic.
-The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: This is a book I would recommend for any avid reader, anyone who enjoys a good story.
-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Beautifully written, with some well-written characters and great scenery. Great imagination put into this.
-Redshirts by John Scalzi: Hilarious sci-fi parody.
-Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: An exhilarating action movie in book form. For fans of video games and virtual reality.
-Batman: Arkham Asylum (A Serious House on a Serious Earth) by Grant Morrison and, more importantly, art by Dave McKean
-I finsihed reading The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman: Best graphic novel series ever.
-Saga vol 1 by Brian K Vaughn: Described as a cross between Star Wars and A Song of Ice and Fire, it's pretty much awesome.
-Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (and, to a lesser extent, but still enjoyable, Fangirl). Both well-written in their own right, but I think I like Eleanor and Park more. I even met the author and had her sign an X-Men comic (a central prop in E&P).
-A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I got to meet the author at the National Book Festival!).
I also read a few duds (as well as just quit some partway through). IMO you'd be better off not reading The Cassandra Project, The Archived, or Best of All Possible World.
What does 2014 hold in store? I'll be posting about that next!
-CF :kakama:


Books! So Many Books

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Dec 29 2013 · 234 views
I have a small obsession with collecting books.* Working in a bookstore, my employee discount makes for tempting impulse-buys, leading to having about 100 books but having only read about 40% of those.** A full bookshelf looks nice. It's impressive. It's a finish line goal; me always knowing I'll have something to pick up immediately upon finishing a book.
But it does seem like I should slow down my book-buying until I actually finish a lot of these. Especially when a handful of these are borrowed or gifts.
Here's what my bookshelf looked like in August. (Oops, procrastination.) Today it's a little different, but I pretty much gained a lot of graphic novels and a few novels, and about 15 are lent to a friend. So this is still fairly accurate.
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(That last pic is my comics.)
And some LEGO on the other shelves:
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See anything you like? Have just as many (or more) books piling up as me?
In a few days I'll reflect on what gems are on this shelf I have read this year, and what next year holds for my reading anticipation.
-CF :kakama:
*I also have an affinity for hardcovers. Just look at this binding of The Night Circus! (The American Gods 10th anniversary edition has a beautiful binding too!)
**Surprisingly, a lot of these books aren't from work, but gifts or collected over the years. I've learned to stray away from impulse-buys, especially since I probably won't read it for a few months.

The Me Brick

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My BrickLink
Location: Northern Virginia
Favorite color: Guess
Favorite smell: Campfire
Interests: LEGO, Boy Scouts (Eagle), Geeking, Comics
First LEGO Set: Renegade Runner
Roman Catholic
Convention history: BrickFest '04, & '06
BrickFair VA '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14 & '15.
BrickCon '13.
Bricks Cascade '15.
BrickFair NJ '15.
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BḞ10: Mosaic

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