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The Songs of Distant Earth


If New Bionicle ever connects back to Original Bionicle

Posted by Lyichir , Oct 14 2014 · 240 views
Bionicle, 2015, Lego
I hope it's in some postmodern metatextual sense, in which the Toa discover that there are an infinite number of universes, with their own Toa on their own adventures.

I'd rather the universes NOT influence each other even if there is a tenuous connection, but if they ever do Lego might as well go full Neil Gaiman with it.


My Bionicle 2015 figure!

Posted by Lyichir , Oct 11 2014 · 310 views
Bionicle, 2015, NYCC, Lego
Alright, since a lot of folks have shown interest, I took some quick pictures of the figure I built at the Lego Store building event at Comic Con. Once I get home I can get better pictures, including pictures of his individual parts, but for now what I have is going to have to do.

Close-up on the gearbox (for those who were interested)

Any questions? I have a long train trip ahead of me this afternoon so I'll be all ears!


BIONICLE announcement coming Friday

Posted by Lyichir , Sep 15 2014 · 340 views

A Brickset user discovered that the Google+ post by LEGO has the original file name as the image URL, which is "Bionicle-4-new.jpg". See here: http://brickset.com/article/12344

Source: Exciting LEGO Announcement Coming Friday

I think that eliminates any doubt.

(Thanks, Meiko!)


Repeating my mistakes

Posted by Lyichir , Sep 04 2014 · 369 views

Welp. It seems I just don't learn. Recently I confessed to a friend that I had romantic feelings for them. I did it because they had been expressing feelings of loneliness on their social media, but also because keeping it secret had been weighing on me. Anyway, she hasn't taken it well.

I should have known better, because I've made the same exact mistake two other times. I've just been lucky enough the other times to be able to recover from them—the first time, my crush's girlfriend took pity on my awkward teenage romantic notions and helped me to atone for my mistake, and the second time my crush was a good enough friend already that it was water under the bridge afterward.

But it's not like that this time. My friend is now even more anxious than ever and I don't know if things will ever go back to the way they were. And all because I was too selfish to consider all the possible effects my confession could have on her, too impatient to wait for her to be in a situation where she wouldn't be so emotionally compromised, and stupid enough to let myself think one of my few good friendships might be better as something more.


BrickFair 2014

Posted by Lyichir , Aug 04 2014 · 255 views
BrickFair, BZPower, BronyCon and 1 more...
This past week has been a whirlwind so I figured it would be worth summarizing it both so that people who didn't make it could have an idea of what it was like and so that my experience can be recorded for future reference.

This year, unlike past years, Brickfair started on Wednesday. Apart from setting up MOCs, greeting other BZPower members, and attending the opening ceremonies and bingo, not much happened that day. I did pick up and build the set I won in one of the BZP anniversary raffles, and bought some things from some of the vendors as well.

On Thursday I attended Mariann Asanuma's Mini-Con panel and found out about what that was all about. Having a Mini-Con at the center of the convention is a wonderful idea and I'll have to plan better to create mini versions of my MOCs (and myself) next year. I had planned to attend Zatth's "How Lego Impacts Our Lives" panel but ended up leaving before it started due to uneasiness with some of the attendees. I hear it was good, though, and wish I had stuck around.

On Friday I attended Peter Espersen's panel about Lego Ideas and the Exo-Suit, which was okay but didn't tell us a lot that we didn't already know from posts about the project as well as the Cuusoo panel from the year before. I also managed to buy the parts to make a mini version of our Atlantis submarine MOC for the Mini-Con as well as a bunch of other useful parts. That night was the World of Lights event. We had missed most of the practice the previous night but we made up for it by purchasing a tiny blacklight which made our submarine look amazing once the lights went out.

On Saturday I went through with my plans to attend BronyCon for a day... and they didn't turn out that great. My train to Baltimore was delayed, so by the time I arrived at the convention center the Voice Actor Q & A had already started. Bummed, I proceeded to awkwardly meander around the vendor hall for a while as I waited for the two panels I wanted to attend in the afternoon. I got a small amount of merch and a ridiculous number of StreetPasses. But when I finally headed up to the site of the other two panels I had planned to attend, I found out that those two panels were only for young kids and their parents. Frustrated, I took an earlier train back to BrickFair and managed to make it to the tail end of The Lego Movie, which was a nice pick-me-up after a day gone awry. Looking back my time at BronyCon wasn't abysmal, but it wasn't worth the expense I had taken to follow through with those plans, and unless the two events are different dates next year I'll be sticking with BrickFair.

Sunday was fairly uneventful, as the public days usually are, but I had a good time regardless. I spent most of the day alternating between checking StreetPass and demonstrating the features of our submarine MOC to attendees. At 2:00 I finally managed to contribute a hat to the BZP hatpile, having missed it every other year. Right before closing I managed to pick up Benny's Spaceship for a good price from one of the vendors. After Brickfair closed I went to the BZPower fancy dinner, but the service was abysmal (with an hour-long wait, slow service, a substitution in my order that I didn't okay, and only a half-apology and subsequent rudeness from the manager) and I ended up leaving early since I didn't want my frustration to cast a shadow over everyone else's evening. My mom picked me up and took me back to the restaurant at the Holiday Inn, which is better than that Longhorn Steakhouse will probably ever be. The manager there (an amazingly friendly guy who I had met earlier that weekend) got me a free drink, appetizer and dessert, no questions asked.

All in all, it was far from a perfect weekend, but I still enjoyed myself and left with some decent loot. I hope next year's BrickFair is even better.



Posted by Lyichir , Jul 13 2014 · 306 views
Bionicle, BZPower, Kevin Hinkle
It just occurred to me that Kevin Hinkle proposed a "Bring Back Bionicle" design for this year's BZPower T-shirt contest. And now evidence is mounting that Bionicle will return next year.

Kevin KNEW, man. He KNEW and did that just to mess with us.

It's a shame he won't be at BrickFair to interrogate about Bionicle's return (along with 2015 Monorails, which are totally a thing that has leaked and not something I'm making up out of the blue, no sirree).


Could Collectible Masks Return? An Analysis

Posted by Lyichir , Jul 06 2014 · 405 views
One suggestion I've seen a lot regarding a potential Bionicle return is the return of mask packs. I would normally be quick to dismiss such a notion given the utter failure of the original collectibles packs. But given some thought, and comparison with modern Lego lines, I think a similar product might actually have the potential for success.

The original Bionicle mask packs were a failure largely because they didn't offer much play potential on their own. A mask is just a mask (albeit usually with a head piece and axle to go with it). There is no play potential without an accompanying Bionicle set. Later series of Collectibles tried to fix this by offering ammunition for some sort of launcher, along with the launcher itself (to allow for independent play). But these were far less attractive than the masks, due to the fact that they were largely interchangeable. They lacked the distinctiveness of differently-shaped masks.

Lego has had more success with blind-packaged products since then with the Collectible Minifigures, which offer a clear advantage in that they are each a complete product. Even if you have nothing but a Minifigure (no other Lego), they are still a poseable figure with personality and charm.

So perhaps by including a figure of some sort, you could make a diverse range of collectibles a success! Matoran are the obvious option—while they were completely underpopulated in previous Bionicle waves, perhaps by randomizing them you could allow for as much diversity as shown in media like the Mata Nui Online Game.

Unfortunately, that introduces another issue. How many Matoran would people be willing to buy? If they're all the same build, just in different colors and with different masks, they'd be far less appealing than the diverse waves of Collectible Minifigures. And Matoran would be a building toy by any definition, which would prevent them, legally, from having any differences in part count, limiting the potential for diversity. The Minifigures, on the other hand, qualify only as figures, even though they require minor assembly. For those wondering, this is the same reason why individual Star Wars minifigures can't be sold—they would occupy the same legal definition as action figures, and the trademark for Star Wars action figures is held exclusively by Hasbro.

So something's got to give. The first option I considered was to include some sort of accessory. But that wouldn't be enough, I think, to make Matoran appealing despite being recolors—especially if they were randomized. Moreover, any substitute for mask packs would have to include at least 30 varieties: six shapes in five colors (omitting the six "natural" masks of your given Toa team). And to make distribution fair, all thirty-six would have to be included in a given shipment, which would be nigh impossible given that a Matoran-sized blindbag would inevitably occupy more space than a Minifigure bag. Then it hit me—what if randomization itself wasn't necessary?

Collectible Minifigures, after all, are not the only impulse-sized sets that could replace the mask packs. Enter the Mixels. This year, there are three waves of nine Mixels each—27 sets in all. Each one is distinct, having a unique appearance and personality. And they can do this because they're not blindbagged figures, but rather individually marked building sets. 27 sets is much closer to the 30 mask varieties you'd need. Perhaps the Mixels business model would be a better one than the CMFs.

So what I ended up with isn't mask packs, but the end result is similar. With three waves of 10 Matoran-sized figures, you could both create a full range of masks over the course of a year, and as a bonus, create a diverse population for your Toa to protect. Online, each Matoran could include a bio to help flesh out the world, and you wouldn't even have to guess to get the mask of your choice in the color of your choice.


The reason I'm not posting this in any of the existing topics about a Bionicle return is that it's both unlikely, and not fleshed out enough to be practical. Realistically, we'd see more than six new masks in a year—after all, we'd be likely to see villain sets as well, and in fact if the sets follow release patterns from the past nine years, the villain sets will likely be interspersed with the hero sets. The release schedule I've proposed is buggy as well—the second series of sets would end up having to include mask shapes and colors from the summer wave of "canister" sets before that wave is even released, which could easily harm the sales of those characters who were in a sense, "pre-empted" by small, impulse sets. I certainly don't see this happening if the theme comes back next year.

So why post it at all? Because I put a lot of work into brainstorming it. And because, even if only hypothetically, it shows that a diverse range of masks (and with it, a more robust variety of cheaply-priced Matoran) may be more practical than I might have previously considered.


Bionicle Return Woes

Posted by Lyichir , Jul 02 2014 · 264 views

Ugh... Ever since we first had hints of a Bionicle return I've been dreading this. Now that leaks are in the wild, newbies are posting them everywhere they can, including BZP, despite the rules forbidding it and the fact that the leaker could lose their job for such a critical breach of contract. At the same time, I've seen a lot of people dismissing them because they "look shopped" despite the alleged source of these leaks involving what would be a photoshopped image even if it were real (in that case, it would be shopped by THE LEGO GROUP). Personally? I think the leaks are real (given that faking them would require a great deal of work including poorly photoshopping well-designed graphics as well as faking more than a year of non-trolling interaction, not to mention making legit Hero Factory leaks in previous years), but I also want to try to inhibit their spread. So I end up trying to play both sides, explaining the rules to passionate newcomers but also trying to explain to friends that maybe they'll look a little silly if they nitpick leaks that may well turn out to be real.

And this is only the start—if the leaks ARE real, I'm due for a long period of dealing with Bionicle fans eager to dance on Hero Factory's grave, smear people like myself who tried to temper people's high hopes or evidence-free predictions for five long years, or at the very least view Bionicle's return as "destiny". Not to mention the folks who are furious when they find out that the new sets use the Hero Factory building system. It's gonna be interesting. I might end up withdrawing from BZP again if the level of discourse gets as bad as it did five years ago, when Bionicle itself ended.


Or maybe BronyCon after all

Posted by Lyichir , Jun 30 2014 · 183 views

Why? Well, on top of the fact that it might not be the best use of my money (since BrickFair will itself be plenty of fun, and I've already PAID for five days of that), a new expense has recently shown up on my radar. That being... Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions! That's right: the Pokémon Facebook page just announced an orchestral concert featuring music from the Pokémon series. I had a great time at The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses two years ago, and this concert will be premiering in D.C. a few weeks after BrickFair, so there's no way I can afford to miss that.

In other news pertaining to expenses, BrickFair AND this concert, I finally found a place that I can send my 3DS to to have it repaired. My 3DS has had a few issues lately, most significantly an R button that doesn't function reliably and a charging port that only charges when pressure is applied to the AC adapter. The repair facility I found seems less expensive than sending the system to Nintendo themselves, and less risky (since Nintendo warns that if they can't repair the system they might replace it, which could endanger all my save data). As a bonus, the site I found (which I have used before, with my older DS) promises to have the system repaired quickly, so that I can have it back in time to soak up all those delicious Streetpasses at BrickFair!

EDIT: Looks like I will go through with my BronyCon plans after all. I had forgotten that my family would be at Family Camp during the time that concert would be in D.C.

I'll have to catch that concert at another stop on the tour. Oh well, BronyCon will be fun too!

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