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The Evolution of a Fan

Posted by Sumiki , in Rants, Not Essays!, MOCing, Life, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO Nov 18 2012 · 222 views

(Sumiki continues the Rants, Not Essays! series after failing to open a pickle jar. He had a tomato instead.)

I used to be a hardcore completist.

Somehow, every year that BIONICLE existed, I was able to get every set from every wave. Once I had gotten every 2002 set, every 2001 set (they still sold 'em in '02) then got every 2003 set, it took on a life of its own. I felt as if I had gotten too far into the collection to turn away, past a point of no return. In the world of business, this is a phenomenon known as "escalation of commitment." If BIONICLE was still going, I'd still probably be a completist.

It wasn't just the sets, though; I was enthralled with the story as well. I'd memorize every new bit of story I could get my hands on. I remember thinking about how so incredibly epic the Rahkshi were (*gasp* knee articulation!) and wondering how they could possibly make the story any cooler. Whether or not they succeeded is a point of contention amongst fans, but I found 2004 to be a pinnacle of awesomeness when it arrived. (*gasp* Elbow articulation!)

At some point, subconsciously at least, it became something I did simply because I did it, and the sheer inertia of the tradition was enough impetus for me to continue doing so, year after year. It became a game. I waited until the sets went on sale and scrounged them up. 2009 was especially like this, and marked a sea-change in my time as a LEGO fan. I still enjoyed building the sets, no doubt about it, but I began a transformation. For the most part, I avoided the Bara Magna story. I simply had no interest in learning it like I had learned the story of previous years. It wasn't an active avoidance, not at first - I just lost interest, plain and simple. I still watched TLR and figured out that Metus was the traitor, but I never got myself into any other '09 story.

Then 2010 came along, and with it came confirmation of the dreaded rumors surrounding the end of BIONICLE as we knew it - and I felt fine. Of course, I felt an obligatory twinge of sadness at the loss of something that had been a constant throughout most of my life, but I recognized what I unconsciously had for so long: I had lost interest in the BIONICLE story to the point where I didn't care what direction it went in. What I was a fan of transformed from story to the building system. I cared about the parts in the sets, not the sets or story. That's why it makes no difference to me what LEGO decides to call their main constraction line. Hero Factory's sets are the natural continuation of BIONICLE's sets. I couldn't care less about the story.

The MOCs that I built, beginning in 2004, became the single most defining aspect of BIONICLE, its constraction line cousins, and LEGO in general. As I drifted away from the story, it was replaced by a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the LEGO system of building, the virtues of which I must extol in another entry, for it is too long and tangential to put here.

Oddly, I'm not particularly nostalgic for those olden times when story and sets mattered significantly to me. Greg's recent story revelations failed send the expected waves of nostalgia over me. I view it as closure, and I'm certainly glad we have it, but I don't want BIONICLE back. Let's face it, ladies and gentlemen: BIONICLE's return would most likely suck, as it would be a continuation of the downhill trend it exhibited in its waning years. It would be like Hero Factory all the way around: similar sets, simplistic story, etc. (Well, maybe it'd be like Ninjago a bit ... but that's another entry.)

My evolution as a fan of LEGO is, statistically speaking, rather stark: I haven't purchased a constraction set since 2010, when I got most of the first Hero Factory wave. Despite the interesting parts, I was unimpressed, and I swore off completeism - not like I really had to or anything. Since then, I've gone completely cold turkey on official sets. I've certainly gotten my fair share of parts from both part orders and BrickFair vendors, but I really have no interest in the new sets themselves. When new LEGO catalogs arrive, I'll only nonchalantly flip through them if I have nothing else better to do. Many times, I'll just recycle them.

Can LEGO get back to those olden days? I don't know. We'll just have to see.

But even if they do, I don't expect to return to my old days of completeism ever again.





Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Insane Online Convos, Other Stuff Aug 24 2012 · 395 views

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Spink's Favorite Shoe

Posted by Sumiki , in Insane Online Convos, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO, Other Stuff Aug 23 2012 · 226 views

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in other news, I killed a spider with an e-mail


Things That Actually Happened at BrickFair

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Life, MOCing, Other Stuff, twiggy Aug 23 2012 · 330 views

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And might I present what was first presented to me by Sisen ... the Zuzumiki:

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(this didn't actually happen)


Various Pictures from BrickFair

Posted by Sumiki , in Other Stuff, MOCing, Life, Horrible Jokes, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Aug 09 2012 · 650 views


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Xaeraz hugs the "Sumikube" - the official BrickFair 2012 mascot. Consisting of a Companion Cube Plushie with a hat and huge sunglasses, it was a big hit at the tables, especially during the public hours.

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The Sumikube sits amongst my MOCs.

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Zatth poses with the Sumikube.

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When Avohkah Tamer showed up, I just had to stick my panda/fez/shades combo on him. I have pictures of others doing this, but AT's was probably the best.

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On the second day, we ran into -Windrider- as we were perusing the other tables. So what did we do?


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Xaeraz sticks his head into the camera. This is one of the most disturbing images ever.

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Windeh is sexeh with two hats

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On the third day, Black Six grabbed my fez and donned it, rightly proclaiming that they are cool.

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MOCs, MOCs everywhere ...

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On the last day, the King of All Hatpiles was created. I'm not sure how many I was balancing, but it was awesome.

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GROUP SHOT (after I convinced ChocolateFrogs to aim the camera right-side up)

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Dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. We tried in vain to get a good group shot but none of them really turned out. In this one, Avohkah Tamer is a blur and only half of Spink's head can be seen.

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In this one, everyone's a tad blurry and Sisen is staring at something that is most definitely not the camera. Also, Spink is pulling the Steve Jobs face.

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All of the teal. ALL OF IT.


The Unused Colors Society

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, MOCing, Projects Aug 09 2012 · 468 views

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As one of the final steps in my quest for reorganization and restructuring of this blog, I have reformed the old "Bring Back Teal Club" into a new club: The Unused Colors Society. The mission of the UCS is to promote the use of underutilized and/or discontinued LEGO colors, such as teal, old purple, or metallic blue.

All of the 130 members of the old BBTC are automatically members of the UCS - and anyone who wishes to join can do so in this entry!


Erm ... so, BrickFair

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Horrible Jokes, Life, MOCing, Other Stuff Aug 05 2012 · 348 views

So I've been getting back to my hotel room usually somewhere near midnight. Of course, everyone else had gotten a head start and thus I had nothing original to blog about.

Not tonight, however.

In no particular order:

- I apparently talk in Palatino
- Papyrus is worse than Comic Sans
- Hat towers are cool
- Zatth's GIFs will be hilarious when I download/convert them
- He is the human GIF
- Ballom came back during the dreaded PUBLIC HOURS from the vendors and showed us a bag full of cool parts and rare '01 masks. I immediately asked him where he got it and he told me - apparently one of the vendors had refilled their gigantic BIONICLE tub. So Daiker, Cholie, and I sliced through the crowd and got more delicious loot
- Meiko gave me some teal parts
- Meiko is pretty cool, though he's quite literally the human troll. He kept trying to steal my BZP Staff brick off my badge
- I kept trying to think of classical music jokes when I was around Windrider, but whenever I got near him my mind suddenly went blank
- We sang "Happy Birthday" to Black Six, who then threatened to ban everyone who sung
- Black Six slapped Takuma's hat off of his head, sending the light clip that was on it shattering into its constituent parts. While we were able to piece it back together, I'm not sure if anyone ever got it to work
- After public hours, we planned a last-minute vendor raid, but Architect and I didn't run into anything interesting on sale
- Kothra and Waffles both made their appearance known via laggy and blurry videocalls
- Malignus showed up again today and showed everyone his technique for attaching Kopaka Mata's shield to his feet
- Xaeraz cobbled together a Toxic Waste Bunny and walked the Dinosaur
- Cholie and I barked at each other
- InnerRayg remarked that our dancing should supply the front page for at least five days
- We looked at pictures on Zatth's iPad, watched videos from last year's 'Fair, and made dumb jokes and puns
- Takuma's cousin won a door prize at the closing ceremonies
- Afterwards, Brickeens, Takuma, his cousin, Avohkah Tamer, Bionicle Raptor, Zatth, Disky, Spink, Sisen, and I went out to eat dinner, where much hilarity ensued - specifically, pun zingers in the conversation between Zatth and me.
- My mom took a group shot of us all, but half of Spink's head was behind Sisen, so another picture was taken. Everyone looked strange, so a third attempt was made ... but everyone turned out blurry. After Sisen messed with the camera, we finally got a good group picture and all was right with the world again
- Zatth, after having a lunch of Skittles and a second lunch of nachos, was out of money because his parents didn't want him to squander it at BrickFair. He ended up eating a side of macaroni and cheese from someone else's plate
- A few set designers who did a BrickFair seminar were eating at the same place we were, so they came over and said hi
- Unfortunately I had to go so I missed whatever hilarity is going on in Takuma's hotel room as I type this, but I have to get up early tomorrow morning so Brickeens, Zatth, and I can tour Washington

I miss BrickFair already - but hey, it's only 361 more days until it all happens again.


To-Do List

Posted by Sumiki , in twiggy, MOCing, Life, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Jul 31 2012 · 281 views

- Pack up MOCs
- Add more twiggies to Brickeens's blog
- Get to BrickFair
- Have lots of fun
- Rescue Laughin'Man
- Hats
- Hats

- Hats
- Hats
- Hats
- Hats
- Hats
- Hats
- Hats
- Rummaging in part bins for two hours
- Have Brickeens build with my pants
- Hats
- Big Sunglasses


Countdown to BrickFair

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Life, MOCing, Other Stuff Jul 21 2012 · 197 views

Is it wrong that I'm constantly calculating how long it is until BrickFair?

There are 12 days to go.

That's 288 hours.

Or 17,280 minutes.

Or 1,036,800 seconds.






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He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life

How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six

[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker

Sumiki is magic. - Cholie

Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles

Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo

"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker


Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva

BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex

What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus

I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh


Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok

Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker

He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist

I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens

I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig

I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk

I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome

Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex

Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz

10/10, would Sumiki again. - Bfahome


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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.

10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith

11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)


1/3/12 - Daiker
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/13 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi
8/27/13 - 8/5/14 - None
8/12/14 - Another Chro Original
8/19/14 - Kanohi Zatth
8/26/14 - Miniland Hatpile
9/2/14 - S. S. Starfish
9/9/14 - Special - Claude Hairgel
9/16/14 - Green Flame


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Formerly known as the Bring Back Teal Club, the Unused Colors Society is a club that serves to promote colors that are little-used or discontinued, such as teal, old purple, or metallic blue.




ToM Dracone
-Toa Lhikevikk-
Dirk Strider
Toa Flappy
Lime Paradox
Toa Robert
The X
Dave Strider
Akuna Toa of Sonics
Commander Helios
Popup2: The Camel
~Shadow Kurahk~
~System Of A Down~
Kohrak Kal17
Jackson Lake
Thunder on the Mountain
Ackar's Follower
Bitter Cold
Doc Scratch
Mendicant Bias
Darth Eryzeth
Toa of Vahi
Makuta GigaDon
~Toa Drokonas~
Progenitus Worldsoul
Toa Kuhrii Avohkii
Bohrok Kal
Toa Neya 2011 Edition
~prisma son of dawn~
.: WoLVeRINe :.
Alternate Velika
Schnee 1
Brickeens (again!?)
The Great Forgetter
Thomas the Tank Engine
Jonah Falcon
Oh my miru
Element lord Of Milk.
Lexuk Toa Of Insanity
Michael J. Caboose
knuckles chaotix
The Bean
Lord Kaitan de Storms
Toa of Dancing
Toa Arzaki
The Oncoming Storm
Lego Obsessionist
Toa of Pumpkin
Teal Armada
Toa Zehvor Blackout
Mr. M
Mylo Xyloto
Lord of Ice
Gamzee Makara
Zarayna: The Quiet Light



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Toa of Smooth Jazz



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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle

so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra

You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.

It's a long story.


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