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Set Review: Evo

Posted by Voltex , in Reviews Jun 03 2012 · 77 views

Several months late (I wrote this back in January) comes the second set review on this blog- look for the review on Rocka by tomorrow.

Presentation
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

Evo doesn’t really come in a box as much as he comes in a bag. A re-sealable bag nonetheless, but still just a bag. I miss the canisters. Also, it looks like he’s trying to catch up with the Savage Planet heroes. It’s a little late for that, but we’ll let Evo be and he’ll be happy just the same. I actually think that, compared to some of the other bags this time around (like Jawblade), Evo’s is a little bland.

Building
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

Evo is built just like the 2.0 and Savage Planet heroes, with a touch of 2010 thrown in for good measure. Although the build is one I’ve done several times before, I did find building the weapon arm (seconds long as it was) to be enjoyable.
Considering Evo is one of the small sets, one cannot expect much of a difference from the past. In this case that is okay, though.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

The set contains plenty of cool pieces.
The pieces I found to be of interest, or are otherwise new. I love the gunmetal feet (as well as all the gunmetal on Evo) except for that this probably means we might not get a gunmetal hero as I want. The gunmetal feet are sweet anyway. The new helmet I really like. Lego has made a helmet that looks like his 2.0 helmet but manages to add some personality, making it more like the 2010 helmets. And that’s a good thing. The new core I wish came in a color other than white, but it is okay as it is, I guess. The new body armour I think still would’ve worked with the 2.0 chest plate over top, and I’m not sure I like the new Thornax launcher. Without the pin hole it’s not as flexible, and must be re-adjusted every time I fire it. Sigh. The new round add-on armour piece is far better looking than I expected, however. That’s a plus.

Overall Evo looks very nice. The all gunmetal tank arm looks very good, as do the legs. To my surprise, the smaller body piece actually works fairly well for Evo; for the first time, I don’t feel like replacing it with a larger one. That’s automatically plus five points there.

Playability
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

Playability wise, Evo’s like a 2.0 version of 2010 Bulk, Stringer, or Stormer. His tank arm can’t bend past certain points and can be a little hard to pose well, but if you can get him in the right pose Evo looks very good.
I don’t really like the handcuffs, however. I think they would have been better as one big, rubbery piece like the spikes that came with Evo 2.0 myself.

Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
Pros
What's to like?
  • 2010 style helmet is win
  • Gunmetal feet!
  • Tank arm
  • Flows nicely
  • GUNMETAL
Cons
What's not to like?
  • Is tiny compared to Furno, Breez, and Rocka
  • No purple?
  • Orange head instead of blue or purple?
  • Lack of 2.0 chest plate
  • Seriously where’s the purple
  • Handcuffs don’t really work
Evo would be the one breakout hero that I would recommend. Furno and Breez both look slapped together with all that white and mata red (in Breez’s case), Surge has too much lime green and doesn’t really add anything new, and Rocka has several issues in piece choices. Evo, however, is good as he is.

Final Score: 9/10


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The Hacks Again

Posted by Voltex , in Life Jun 02 2012 · 84 views

After March 3, 2012, it was thought that the hacks would never be seen again. But then I brought a whole bunch more to the party June 1, 2012 and let's just say Vinylstep almost died far earlier.

11:33 PM - ibrow: do you mean...
11:33 PM - ibrow: My Little Hack?
11:33 PM - Vinylstep: Or just Baby Cakes
11:33 PM - ibrow: My Little Hack: Friendship is Hacking
11:33 PM - Vinylstep: ....
11:33 PM - ibrow: > :D
11:33 PM - Vinylstep: ...
11:33 PM - ibrow: BZHack
11:33 PM - Vinylstep: ...
11:34 PM - ibrow: How to Be a Hack
11:34 PM - Vinylstep: It's time to break out the 40K quotes apparently...
11:34 PM - ibrow: Day Hack: The Garden
11:34 PM - Vinylstep: ..
11:34 PM - Vinylstep: You forced this on yourself
11:34 PM - ibrow: Transformers: Hack of the Fallen
11:34 PM - ibrow: Transformers: Hack of the Moon
11:35 PM - ibrow: Orge Hack 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
11:35 PM - ibrow: Super Mario Sunhack
11:35 PM - ibrow: Men in Hack
11:35 PM - Vinylstep: ....
11:35 PM - ibrow: Men in Hack II
Vinylstep is now Offline.
Vinylstep is currently offline, message cannot be sent.
Vinylstep is now Online.
11:35 PM - ibrow: Men in Hack III
Vinylstep is now Offline.
Vinylstep is currently offline, message cannot be sent.
Vinylstep is now Online.
11:36 PM - ibrow: now don't go leaving midway through... you did you little son of a cracker
11:37 PM - ibrow: DON'T DO THAT TO ME AGAIN >:(
11:38 PM - Vinylstep: DESPAIR FOR YOUR END IS NEAR! NOW FEEL THE WRATH OF CHAOS!!
11:38 PM - Vinylstep: SKULL, SKULL, SKULL! *smashes in skull*
11:38 PM - Vinylstep: ...
11:41 PM - Vinylstep: DIE TRAITOROUS SCUM!
11:42 PM - ibrow: I'm going to overwhelm you with the last load ever of all time in five minutes
11:42 PM - ibrow: I need to finish the list tho
11:42 PM - ibrow: Castlevania II: Simon’s Hack
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Hack
Creativity is the Air of Hackicity
Transformers: Hack
Hackmin
Hackmin 2
Luigi’s Hack
Super Mario Hackshine
Super Hack Bros.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Hacks
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Hack
Super Mario Hack 2: 6 Golden Hacks
Super Mario Hack 3: Wario Hack
Wario Hack: Shake It!!
Mike Tyson’s Hack-Out!!
Resident Hack: Operation Raccoon Hack
Mario Hack 7
Mega Hack X
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate Hack-Stars
Super Street Fighter IV Hack Edition
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Hack
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Hack’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Hack’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Hacks
11:42 PM - ibrow: I'm done now
11:42 PM - ibrow: muahaha
11:43 PM - Vinylstep: ...
11:43 PM - Vinylstep: I WILL HAVE MY VENGEANCE!!
11:43 PM - Vinylstep: I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!!!
11:43 PM - ibrow: nope.avi
11:44 PM - ibrow: You never will
...
11:48 PM - Vinylstep: I hate you for this.




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A Quick Teaser

Posted by Voltex , Jun 01 2012 · 68 views

INT. LOBBY – DAY


How many of you know what that means?




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Warning Points

Posted by Voltex , in BZPower Jun 01 2012 · 115 views

If I understand correctly, they're just how much proto I have? So 2 warning points equals 2 proto?

I hope so. :P


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Name Change Already?

Posted by Voltex , in BZPower Jun 01 2012 · 73 views

You know what, I honestly have no idea, but I guess I changed to "ibrow" way back on like, April 14. So I suppose I can probably change my name again... but should I?

You decide. Suggest names if so. Preferably names will include "ibrow" or some variation in some way.


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Squishy Penguins

Posted by Voltex , in To Disney May 30 2012 · 100 views

To Disney, Day 8: Squishy Penguins
Short one here as I’ll probably have to post this with Day 9 later; however, I revisited Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom today.
  • I bought the squishy penguin. It’s Wheezy from Toy Story 2.
  • My brothers did Padawan training. One nearly failed and was about to be kicked back into the crowd (the oldest), one was typical like everyone else (the youngest) and then my ten year old brother was wicked and really got into it- when he fought Darth Vader, it looked like a real lightsaber duel.
  • Saw the Stunt Car show- it was wicked.
  • Cue two thunder storms.
  • Cue magic travel to Magic Kingdom to park hop
  • Monsters Inc. laugh floor was very well done.
  • I got the best girl ever driving our boat for the jungle cruise.
  • Cue getting a coffee float.

And Day 9... sooo much driving, though I worked again on *SECRET STUFF* and also the Hero Factory RPG.


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Storm Troopers Party Rocking

Posted by Voltex , in To Disney May 27 2012 · 100 views

To Disney, Day 7: Storm Troopers Party Rocking
We went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, and it was definitely my favourite park of the four. The big points will be listed below, but we did catch the Star Wars weekend, and that was awesome.
  • We walked into the park and two storm troopers were on the roof, chatting comedy about us all- it was hilarious. :P
  • The Indiana Jones stunt show was spectacular, and I wish it could’ve lasted longer.
  • Star Tours was seriously awesome and the store was pretty sweet.
  • In that same store I built myself a purple lightsaber, and my brothers each built one of the other colours. I’m hoping if we return tomorrow to maybe work together to get a dual bladed lightsaber, since that would be sweet to use.
  • Muppets 3D Vision was very funny, and I thought the fountain in front was pretty cool.
  • We missed the Chewbacca photo, but I did get a picture of me riding the speeder that was set up there.
  • We went on the Backlot Studio tour, where we saw more special effects. I liked it.
  • I waited in line for an hour to get a picture with Darth Vader. It was awesome.
  • We went on the Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and they were both very fun rides (although the roller coaster was far too short).
  • MY PARENTS AND BROTHERS WERE SO IMPATIENT ABOUT WAITING IN LINES AND WAITING FOR DINNER THAT WE MISSED JANGO FETT, BOBA FETT, THREE STORM TROOPERS, R2-D2, C3PO, LUKE SKYWALKER, DARTH MAUL, CHEWBACCA, A TUSKEN RAIDER, AND OTHER STAR WARS CHARACTERS FOR PHOTOS... WHYYYYYYYYY
  • Went into the Darth’s Mall that was set up for Star Wars weekend and I got a Darth Maul/Darth Duck vs. Obi Wan Kenobi/Mickey Mouse t-shirt, and it is the best shirt ever. I also got a picture with Princess Leia.
  • I had pizza at Pizza Planet for dinner.
  • I learned how to draw Goofy, but my drawing was too stubby.
  • I caught the last five minutes of a massive Star Wars dance performance at the Fantasia Sorcerer’s Hat stage, which I’ll be uploading to the web as soon as possible. You know where to look- I’ll call it “Star Wars Danceoff”, and it’ll be by some guy called ibrow. Go figure. Also, storm troopers were party rocking at the end along with jedi, bounty hunters, and Darth Maul.
  • Got pictures with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and let me tell you, they were pretty chill. I’m considering giving them the moniker of “seriously awesome”.
  • Went on the Greatest Movies tour ride to finish the night, and I enjoyed it.
  • Also, I saw squeaky fluffy penguin toys of the Penguin guy from Toy Story 2. Should I buy it?



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The Hippopotamus Pool

Posted by Voltex , in To Disney May 26 2012 · 63 views

To Disney, Day 6: The Hippopotamus Pool

So today we went to Animal Kingdom, and let me tell you, I’m fairly certain you were all lying to me all along. :P That is to say, I think Animal Kingdom might have been my favourite park. Is it worth a second visit? Probably not. Anyway, key points of the day:
  • I went on Expedition Everest five times throughout the day, four of them being in a row. That roller coaster is wicked.
  • The river raft thingy ride was pretty sweet and I did it twice; the first time I got completely soaked and was thus wet the entire day. As soon as I got dry I did it again.
  • The Dinosaur time travel ride was awesome, but I only did it once. Still, Disney once again worked their technology magic.
  • I got a bunch of character photos today, so my time here is officially complete- I got Pluto, Goofy, Donald (!!!!!!!!!), Goofy again, Daisy, Mickey, and Rafiki. It was pretty sweet.
Anyway, that’s the day in short- Hollywood Studios tomorrow!


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The Hippopotamus Pool

Posted by Voltex , in To Disney May 26 2012 · 54 views

To Disney, Day 6: The Hippopotamus Pool

So today we went to Animal Kingdom, and let me tell you, I’m fairly certain you were all lying to me all along. :P That is to say, I think Animal Kingdom might have been my favourite park. Is it worth a second visit? Probably not. Anyway, key points of the day:
  • I went on Expedition Everest five times throughout the day, four of them being in a row. That roller coaster is wicked.
  • The river raft thingy ride was pretty sweet and I did it twice; the first time I got completely soaked and was thus wet the entire day. As soon as I got dry I did it again.
  • The Dinosaur time travel ride was awesome, but I only did it once. Still, Disney once again worked their technology magic.
  • I got a bunch of character photos today, so my time here is officially complete- I got Pluto, Goofy, Donald (!!!!!!!!!), Goofy again, Daisy, Mickey, and Rafiki. It was pretty sweet.
Anyway, that’s the day in short- Hollywood Studios tomorrow!


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I Screamed Down A Tunnel With Sharks

Posted by Voltex , in To Disney May 26 2012 · 129 views

To Disney, Day 5: I Screamed Down a Tunnel with Sharks

Today we had a day off from the amusement parks, so we went to Typhoon Lagoon. I feel kind of bad saying I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the parks, since it wasn’t even in our original game plan, but I just felt that the parks had too much walking for how many rides we did. I don’t mind waiting in line, but having to walk fifteen minutes to get to a ride is too much.

That said, I went in the wave pool off the bat and it was pretty nice. After that I went to the right of the entrance, and did all three of the Storm Slides. Middle one with the tunnel be the best.

After that I actually did something I’ve never done before, which was the Humunga Kowabunga- I will say that the first time I screamed. That’s heightophobia or whatever it’s called for you. I did it twice more though, and each time was better than the last.

I did the Castaway Creek to return to the wave pool for a quick snack, before going over to the Shark Reef- that was totally wicked! I’ve never done anything like that before either. There was a giant salt water Angelfish at one point that swam up right beside me from behind, which freaked me out a little. XD

I did the Crush ‘n’ Gusher three times (once each slide) before it was time to leave- as such I missed all three of the “Falls” rides. However, the Crush ‘n’ Gusher was good too.

It was definitely the best time I had, although I’m attributing most of that to being able to hop in pools of water while it was scorching outside.






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We're not teaching university science classes here, we're playing a text based fighting game where the objective is to beat your opponents into oblivion.

Get back in your grave, you.

*Slaps with tombstone*

Also, what pay are you gonna get as iBrow's slave?

Chro suddenly developed arachnophobia.

explain it with a convoluted quadruple negative.

Although everyone should go sign up for that game now.
And tell your friends.
And your moms.
Maybe not that last bit.