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Glowing Gali

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 14 2014 · 66 views
Gali, black-light

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Lookie, I posted another MOC.

I think I've been hinting at this one for a long time here. So that means two, maybe three people won't be surprised by this?

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Recent Things I've Paid For

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 11 2014 · 75 views

  • Rent
  • Utilities
Those two don't count.

Onto the real list:
  • Universal Studios Two Day pass. See my entry on Florida trip. But man that park was expensive!
  • Multiple BrickLink Orders... I should probably stop
  • Chima Phoenix Temple. Got the classic space guy free set out of it too. Still haven't had the chance to build it, sadly.
  • Captain America II Blu Ray. First real purchase of a Marvel movie, but I just really liked the action in this one.
  • Randall Munroe's "What If" book. I suppose it's kind of a let down that I've already read more than half the content, and he doesn't include alt text for every picture. But some of the new content is great too, and my favorite ones are included anyway.
  • Paying back debts to parents and certain BZP admins who won't ship my MOCs back otherwise. :P
  • That gym membership that I am totally underutilizing... for the past three months.
Planned big future purchases
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • At least $100 worth of Lego for the next two-three months. Eh, I have my eye on some pricey sets, (Ninjago temple, Smaug) and for once actually have an income I can blow on my one and only hobby. B-) Just don't want to get them all at once, so I'll stagger em. (And/or come to my senses and not buy everything.)
  • BrickCon... in general.
  • A Windows Tablet. My desktop is great, but so very non-mobile. My laptop is basically a paperweight and my phone is severely limited by touch screen, and I really like the features I've seen for the Surface 2.
  • A new smart phone... when my plan allows me to upgrade in December.
  • Food. Likely to include Goldfish.
  • Medical bills for a sleep study to see if I have health issues that are preventing me from sleeping well. (Hmm, this one should probably be a higher priority than Lego sets, but it isn't.)
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Bionicle House

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 11 2014 · 64 views

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Bionicle House 01 by Xccj, on Flickr

A while back, somebody was complaining about the Bionicle system's limitations, and said something to the effect of "You can't build a house with it." To me, that meant, "Challenge Accepted!"

This is a fairly basic design made primarily using limb elements, with the interior supported with technic beams and such. I ran out of Rahkshi legs in dark bley, so I used some in classic dark gray as a stand in. I can't really tell the difference in person, but it shows up on camera. :shrugs: Funnily enough, I ordered some extra legs in bley... and they came in classic gray. >.< I was planning to add windows in addition to the door, but I didn't really have a way to fit them in.

It's not the most impressive model, but I think the concept gets across, especially with the elements I limited myself to. It could probably be more detailed at a larger size... but well I don't have that many limb pieces in the same color.

This is also my entry for the BZP September Flickr Contest. I had an earlier entry that was toeing the system ratio line and was photographed using a black light, both of which are apparently against the rules. (I mean, I get the system ratio, but the black light? I thought we were not allowed to edit the content of the MOC after the pictures were taken. Oh well.) But for this one, there's no way that anybody could claim it violates the system ratio. :P And that's why I'm entering this, cause it has no chance in Krazahni of actually winning.

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SHIPtember 2014 WIP: Radioactive Pitchfork

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 08 2014 · 49 views

I guess at this point, it's less of a WIP and more of a "I'm pretty much finished with it but I might tweak a few things before the final photo shoot."

And black light.

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Radioactive Pitchfork - WIP Black Light by Xccj, on Flickr

Comments welcome. Like I said, I might still tweak a few things, like antenna placement and such.

On a somewhat related note, did you know using black light will get you disqualified in BBC Contests? Guess just part of the rules I never considered until now. :shrugs:

Working on other various MOCs to in preparation for BrickCon. (Assuming I can go, still ambiguous about if I can get time off work.)


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Florida Trip

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 04 2014 · 62 views
IT WAS SO HOT, IN A BAD WAY
Last weekend I went on a trip. Maybe not a vacation cause it was not exactly relaxing. But it was super fun. I got to hang out with two of my friends from my internship 1.5 years ago that I haven't seen since. It's kind of a big deal for me since I don't really have any friends locally that I can hang out with. Now I'm tempted to fly out and meet them more... too bad I won't be able to get time off work to do so. (Funny, it was a pretty instantaneous shift from having time but no money to having money but no time.)

Anyway, although I traveled a lot during my internship, I never actually got to Florida, so this was my first time there. I flew into Orlando, and for two days we went to the Universal Studios parks, then I drove up to one of my friend's campus (the other had to fly back after Universal Studios) in Daytona Beach and visited the Daytona racetrack. Then we drove down and visited the Kennedy Space Center. There were also visits to the beach, where I can say I truly swam in the Atlantic. (And a few months ago I was in the Pacific, so yay for two oceans in one summer!)

I had a great time. I spent a lot of money, but not quite as much as I anticipated. I was super burned out by the end of it, and there was also the HEAT AND HUMIDITY that was absolutely terrible. I know I'm a cold weather person and can't handle any kind of heat, but it was just killer, and I know it wasn't just me cause my friend, who has lived in Florida and India, was also complaining. (Not saying it was abnormal for Florida, but it was more than I can stand.) But the take-away was that I got to hang out with some really good friends and I already miss em.

Now back to work where I'm bound to receive flak for not being there. Next trip: BrickCon... if I can get the weekend off. (I dunno, I've requested it but it might be asking for a bit much.)

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Florida Bound

Posted by xccj , in News Aug 28 2014 · 64 views

Yay a summer vacation! And people at work are only mildly annoyed that I'm taking time off!

So this weekend I'm going to be flying to Florida to meet up with some of my friends from my Southwest Internship. It's going to be a long flight; basically if you at a map of the continental US, I'm in the upper left hand corner and I'm headed to the lower right hand corner.

When I had the chance to get free flights, I visited a lot of the country, but never made it to Florida. Based on what I know of it, it will be full of hurricanes, old people (riding crocodiles), and burned spies blowing everything up. I'm sure that it all totally accurate too. One thing I do know is that it's supposed to be super hot this weekend. Or at least five degree hotter than it is in Oregon right now. :annoyed: Seriously, the problem is more of why are temperatures in Portland so close to those in Florida? See map reference again.

I guess the other bit of news is that my phone's starting to act up, so I'm going to pretty much keep it turned off during the day. I might check things online on it at night, but going to be unreachable during the day. (Not that BZPower members need to ever reach me, so really I should be sending this to my coworkers.) Oh well, if you point out some fallacy in my arguments and wonder why I'm not responding to your genius (or lack thereof) now you know why! :P

(Also I don't think we'll be visiting LEGOLAND Florida. Sad face.)

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Spikels Mixels Video Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 27 2014 · 42 views

What is this?

Totally not just a video rehash of what I said in the review, plus a little bit of song and dance thrown in.

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Exo Suit Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 26 2014 · 89 views

I wanted to review the Exo Suit from Lego Ideas for a while, especially after the hassle it took for me to get it. But alas, Black Six beat me to the punch and posted his review. (And to be fair, I didn't really vocalize my desire to review this, cause I've been busy with other stuff.) So instead this will get the less-than-stellar treatment of a blog review! Yay!

To start off, I should probably give my history on this model, or rather lack thereof. I was not familiar with Peter's Exo Suit before Cuusoo, nor did I really vote for it (because it looked way too specialized and fragile, didn't think it would translate well into a set.) I guess the main thing that won me over was the green space men/women. But I'm approaching this review more from a constraction MOCist point of view, and not a nostalgic Lego space fan. Heck, I'm not even a classic space fan; that was before me time, and I guess some of the space themes of the late 90s were a little too "out there" for classic space fans or something?

(Pictures to come when Majhost stops being stupid and comes back online)
A lot of nice pieces here, including those T bars, the plunger piece in light gray, and the round 2x2 tiles with holes in the center. Most of it is light or dark grey, but I like the splashes of trans yellow, and the green space figs are lovely as ever. I can't really compare them based on the nostalgia factor, because aside from Benny, these are the first classic space figs I've ever owned. But GREEN! I like colored suits, and my favorite color is green. Therefore, MUST HAVE. I also appreciate that we get a male and female. And while we're on the extras, the little turtle bot is a great, compact design.

And here's the Exo Suit. I am glad it's not mono-colored like the original; a little shading is a good thing. The design does seem to be a bit different than the original, to make it legal by Lego's standard, which was a given. Of the ten main articulation points, eight are ball joints, which I think help land this mech in constraction territory.

The body design is quite decent, with lots of SNOT all over the place. (SNOT= studs not on top, just to be clear.) I especially like how the extensions from the legs use the nozzle piece to connect to the cockpit; that was a connection that caught me by surprise and probably goes a long way in adding stability. There's room for a minifig to stand inside... as long as they don't move their arms forward. It's a little tight in there, but I suppose it works.

The limbs... um, yeah. The legs are a basic design that uses liftarms and socket pieces and ball joints to create a leg with a knee. I think it's kind of a simple and lackluster design; I say this because it's a concept I utilize a lot in MOCs, so clearly it must be underwhelming. There's some greeble added on, but it feel just like that: slapped on. There's no real function to it; it's just there to add "flair" or whatever. And it still leaves some gaps that would get mocked in the BBC. To be fair, I guess it's not supposed organic like Bionicle, but that's just how I view constraction / technic limbs.

The feel have a lovely, compact but technical design. The problem is that they attach to the legs via a friction pin. This is bad. For a brand new piece, it serves to hold the model up, and I know with time that will weaken. Since the base of the foot is only 1 stud wide, I don't know how this could be fixed. My solution would be to make the foot 2 studs wide, and use a brick with an axle hole for a firm connection. But alas, that's not what's going on here. It can balance on one leg, but just barely.

The arm design is kind of cool, because instead of a balljoint at the elbow, it uses a rod, and makes excellent use of the 2x2 round tiles with a hole in the center to fill out the space. I know lots of people complained about the barrels, but combined with the two plunger pieces, I think they make a great arm. The hand concept is okay, but one we've seen before, both officially and unofficially. But the shoulder armor... ugh, worst part of the set. The old space arm element has always been weak, but I feel like mine were pre-worn, because they could hardly stay on a stud new out of box. It's just something with the design of the piece. If they had a bar to go through them to help stabilize them, then maybe. But as it, this piece of armor shatters with ease, which takes away any "cool" factor it could possibly have.

In conclusion, this model has it's ups and downs. Sometimes they've used real innovative methods to connect things, and other times they've used techniques that seem rather odd or downright dumb. The greeble on the body and feet is excellent, but it does not translate over to the limbs quite as well. It has decent mobility, but the fragile armor and weak ankle hurt it. I suppose it makes for an impressive display piece, which is what a bunch of people are probably after. And really, why worry about what the kids think when playing with it: based on the sales history, none of those kids will probably ever get their hands on it, and the entire inventory will remain with adult collectors, nostalgic for the theme from decades past. :P

So, honestly, while it's a nice set, it's not a must have. Unless you want green space men and women. Then IT MUST BE BOUGHT! Oh, and robo space turtle is cool too. It has good parts as well, although it's a little much to be considered purely a parts pack. :shrugs: And really, at this point, if you wanted it, you already bought it, and if you haven't, you're out of luck (until the next release, anyway. I swear they underestimated the response to their "it will be a 1 production run only" comment.)

Now to build the female scientist Research Institute, which I did vote for and have expectations that will probably not be met either!

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Cosplay Question!

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 24 2014 · 125 views

I'm contemplating doing a President Business outfit for BrickCon, but I don't quite know what to do for headgear. The evil helmet is a little too over the top, but the brick-shaped hair? Not going to happen with my short hair, sorry. But I have an idea to make it into a kind of hat. But where would I find a hat that I could easily glue stuff to? Also preferably one that won't turn into an oven cause that convention center doesn't stay cool when packed full of people. I've tried looking at a few different places but all I can find are the usual sports hats. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!

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Korra Season Three Finale

Posted by xccj , in TV Aug 22 2014 · 123 views

Spoiler: It was good. I was kinda annoyed cause I saw other blog entries pop up while I was at work and I couldn't watch this until the afternoon... but I guess that's what you get for being a responsible adult, can't watch cartoons whenever.

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