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Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"


BF14 Loot

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Aug 07 2014 · 548 views
lego, brickfair
I strayed away from vendors most of the time (though next year I'm going to consciously allot some funds for sifting through parts bins for chunks of colors), but bought a few things that were on my mind and a few other things that popped out at the Yard Sale (non-vendors selling their stuff one/two evening(s)).

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Some of that was free, some of that was traded, and some of that was bought. Not a bad deal there though, and I'm happy with my yield.

The crazy ax on the left is from Crazy Bricks' Munchkin stuff, as a prototype. Winners of my Munchkin card games Thursday afternoon also won a grey prototype piece! The specialty weapons are either from BrickArms (they have some cool sci-fi guns if you look past the young kids fawning over the military stuff), BrickForge, or BrickWarriors.

I also got a Star Wars planet for a dollar, for another hot air balloon. I was also able to get a pack of the Studs trading cards which included a few favorite builders of mine, so that was a win!

I don't know where that white smiley minifig head is from (help!), but I'm sure it's worth more than I paid for it.

More BrickFair stuff to come!

-CF :kakama:


10 BrickFair Themes

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Aug 03 2014 · 384 views

This year I've managed to build for ten different BrickFair themes. I was hoping for more, but time got the better of me.

Still, I like my ten:
-Wind/ Air (this year's theme)
-Pop Culture
-Pharaoh's Labyrinth
-Great Ball Contraption

That said, my GBC module still has some kinks to work out and was not displayed. I'll continue to work on that, as well as some things for themes like Castle and Mosaic to display in even more themes next year!

I better get building, but first I have some sorting to do.

-CF :kakama:


Hungry Hungry Hippos GBC!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 30 2014 · 439 views
lego, gbc, technic
I've been ambiguously revealing my progress on this for the past few weeks, but here it is, my completed Great Ball Contraption module:

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Unfortunately it still has some kinks to work out. Luckily the GBC coordinator is a WAMALUG friend and very enthusiastic about the GBC, so is more that happy to help me and anyone else fix up their modules before the public arrives on Saturday. Will we get it fixed? I hope so, but at this point I wouldn't be surprised if we keep it hidden until next year. It's just caused me so much stress the past week trying to figure it all out, I've just stopped caring at this point and want to enjoy the Fair without dedicating my time to this. (I should have done something less ambitious for my first year.) But hey, who knows? Maybe he'll have the magic touch and help me fix it.

-CF :kakama:


Generous Basket Condradiction

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 27 2014 · 278 views
lego, brickfair
Ug, it just keeps getting more challenging to make this thing work.

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But that's the point, isn't it?

-CF :kakama:


LEGO Movie Voiceover!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 25 2014 · 290 views
lego, lego movie, brickfair
Now, everyone else is bringing their copies of The LEGO Movie, therefore I don't have to, right?

What we should do is play the movie on silent and then we do all the voices (and sound effects)! Though I think I'd need to watch it a few more times before to be able to do so. (Someone print out the scripts!)

-CF :kakama:


Greatly Boisterous Conundrums

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 17 2014 · 348 views
lego, brickfair
Except not? (That title actually kind of works now that I've written my entry.)

Progress on what is to come:

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But man, I turned it on the other night and everything flew apart (not everything). I've still got work to do!

But I took a quick break from this to build two other small things weighing me down as "I have to get this done before BrickFair too!" so now almost all my focus is on this. (Almost all, because I still have all kinds of things I want to make.)

-CF :kakama:


The Plastic Prison

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 14 2014 · 334 views
That's the ultimate question: Take it out or leave it in the case?

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I received this awesome Aquaman ArtFX figure (statue?) at work because Barnes and Noble is doing some cool "Get Pop-Cultured" events starting this coming weekend (including giveaways like $45 ArtFX figures for costume and trivia contests), and I know that's something many of us geeks here might be interested in (including Batman/DC days, Marvel Day, TMNT Day, and others). Right now I'm just racking my brain for cool trivia queries and figuring out my own cosplay to join in on the fun. If you're lucky there might even be some LEGO activities (probably for the little kids).

But here's my dilemma: Take Aquaman out and play with him or leave him in the box gaining value? Especially since I think I might just give it to my brother at Christmas, seeing as I already have not one but two Aquaman minifigures on my shelf. (Except my brother thinks I'm crazy for not taking him out and posing him.)

Such is the question of an avid fan.

In the meantime, go to B&N, have fun at the events, and pick up DC's the New 52 Aquaman graphic novels because those are some of the best things DC is putting out right now!

-CF :kakama:


BrickCon or BricksCascade?

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 10 2014 · 553 views
LEGO, conventions, life
Or both? (I don't think both is a responsible option.)

Last year I went to BrickCon for the first time, and it was awesome. I saw friends I hadn't seen for years, met new friends, experienced a convention on the other coast and got to visit Seattle again after too long away. I even got to visit Oregon for the first time through Portland which was also really cool. I had been planning on going back, even getting a rewards credit card for redeeming a portion of a plane flight bill.

But friends had been calling me to BricksCascade in March as well, in Portland. Slightly smaller, lots of prizes and free LEGO giveaways, plus the chance to visit another convention. It all sounds like great as to be expected.

But with all the tugging, I haven't chosen a direction (aside from West and slightly North). Help!

I am also considering skipping any of the plane travel and heading up to New York Comic Con in October. It sounds awesome, I know Sisen is going, and it'll be great to be engaged with all the LEGO stuff TLG has put there.

-CF :kakama:
The other option is sticking on this coast and going to BrickFair in October, or BrickFair in January. Decisions decisions.


General Bacon Controtion

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jun 17 2014 · 459 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 · 356 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 · 513 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 · 1,332 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 · 453 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 · 336 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 · 520 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:

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.
:flagusa: :kakama:


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Mosaic 2011

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(Thanks to everyone who helped!)

BḞ10: Mosaic

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^News Coverage^
Special thanks to Nukaya and xccj for getting this off the ground and making it work!

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