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General Bacon Controtion

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jun 17 2014 · 350 views
lego, brickfair
This post has nothing to do with bacon.

I've started something big:
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And it'll be finished by BrickFair even if I'm pulling all nighters at the end of July!
-CF :kakama:


Shiny Buttons!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jun 14 2014 · 252 views
nerd, geek, buttons
If you've seen me walking around with one of my two messenger bags (probably at a convention) then you know of all the buttons in my collection. But since I probably only have one bag with me, you haven't seen all of them! And if you haven't met me then you're missing out on this spectacle. The collection started with buttons for sale from anime conventions' Artist Alleys, and have expanded thanks to comic shops and other events.
I've got a pretty nifty button collection:
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And that's not everything! I also have a handful of buttons on my lanyard at work (Barnes and Noble) featuring things we sell, like a LEGO pin, "Don't Panic," Ravenclaw crest, TFIOS clouds, and a TARDIS button.
Not to mention that my old computer is decked out with all kinds of stickers (Relient K, Hogwarts crest, LEGO logo, and even a Stargate SG-1 patch). The only reason I haven't put new stickers on my new laptop is because I've been collecting so many that now they won't all fit!
The buttons are always a conversation starter and I'm always looking for more. In fact, I already have a couple of new ones! SO MANY!
Yes, I'll be at BrickFair so you can ogle at a bag (and donate to its contents ;) ).
-CF :kakama:


Desiring Five High Fives

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , May 03 2014 · 318 views
lego, display
Hanging out with 55555 today and tomorrow! There's a small LEGO display going on called Scouting for Bricks in Leesburg, VA, where AFOLs (and kids) display the MOCs and the money from the public visiting fee supports the local boy scout troop putting it on! I was pleasantly surprised to see Fivey was there and made me realize I really should have coordinated with him to see if he was going to a local thing.
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We've been having some fun (like going to Free Comic Book Day during lunch), not to mention displaying the only quality Bionicle MOCs there.
Of course, I couldn't leave BZP out:
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(Not to mention my BZP staff shirt!)
Haven't seen Fivey since BrickCon. I should hang out with local BZPers more often.
If you're in the NOVA area and want to see some neat MOCs and meet some BZPers, plus support a good cause, come on by Sunday!
-CF :kakama:
(These photos were uploaded from my phone. I hadn't used the Flickr app yet, but it was useful. The filter I used for improving the lighting/colors gave it the weird curve on the edges, making me roll my eyes like one does at such phone filters.)


Assembling the Heroes

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 29 2014 · 415 views
lego, superheroes, minifigs
When it's time to call in the heroes, you assemble a few extras from your collection to amass a grand team.
What does that include? Cyborg, Supergirl, Aquaman, the Superior Spider-Man*, Agent Venom, Namor, Maria Hill, Wasp, Ant-Man, and Rogue!
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And a little revisioning to War Machine?

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Finally, a WIP of Hawkman:
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The mace is from Brick Forge. They're awesome.
Coming soon: Green Arrow, Iceman (actually just Electro. Maybe I'll find some white hair.), and some new Doctor Who minifigs. I've got the official Flash fig (and Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter), but if only I could get some sort of Green Lantern fig...

-CF :kakama:
*Still a WIP


Enter Pharaoh's Labyrinth!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 20 2014 · 218 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 · 198 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 · 319 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 · 303 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 · 313 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 · 548 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 · 337 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 · 292 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 · 351 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 · 299 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 · 243 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.

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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