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Animorphs Movie?

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 11 2015 · 385 views

I thought it was just hype (and some extremely wishful thinking on some fan's part) but apparently it's a real thing that might happen. I'm trying to not let myself get excited, because I don't know how well they could pull it off with a single movie since the series was quite extensive... but all the same it's something to look forward to. (And hey, suddenly my Lego models seem a little more relevant.)



Work Related Injuries

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 05 2015 · 438 views
Im not dead yet and 2 more...
I may or may not have passed out at work today.

At one moment, I'm standing up and then start laughing at a hilarious joke a coworker said. The next moment I'm on the floor. I honestly don't know what happened.

If its fatal, at least I could say I died as I lived... laughing hard at an offensive joke. :D

Also finished my collection of series 14 figs, got some Star Wars buildable figures, bought a frickin' car... the usual.



October Double VIP Points

Posted by xccj , in News Aug 29 2015 · 436 views

Every year, Lego has a promotion in October for double VIP points on purchases from the Lego Store and online and such. This year is no different... except instead of lasting for the full month, it's only lasting the first FOUR days.

So I guess they felt they were too generous with their promotion earlier, so they had to reaaaaaally cut down the timeframe for it. (I guess losing 10% to crazy AFOLs who spend like crazy all month must've hurt their sales too much?) Plus, now it doesn't coinside with any of their other October promotions. But I guess they are doing the double VIP point deal at other times of the year more often now, so it might seem natural that october loses it for the full month.

Luckily, those four days fall on BrickCon, so we won't be skipping our regular trips to the Lynnwood or Bellevue Lego Stores. I hope they still have the Ninjago temple set by then...



System Bionicle 2015 Mask Connection Method

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News Aug 26 2015 · 525 views
I just came across a new method for connection Bionicle 2015 masks to 2x2 round bricks.

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The new style of Bionicle masks that came out this year had an odd connection that allowed for them to be flipped off the head as part of an action feature, but this made their connection point rather loose. The heads were less than ideal to squeeze them on, and while you could fit them on technic axle or rod holes, they were often weak or loose.

This new method uses a 2x2 round bricls, which slides in between the two prongs on the back of the mask. And the fit is quite snug, like they were made for each other. The little bumps on the prongs align with the curved edges of the round bring just right. Works with both a smooth round brick and one with ridges. (The one with ridges kind of does a better job locking it radially, so it won't rotate as easily.) On some of the masks, you can also use standard plates to "lock" it in, so it won't slide up or down.

So far, this method works on all the masks, including the six Toa masks, the protector masks, the three villain masks (Skull Spider, Scorpio, and Grinder), as well as the Mask of Creation. The round brick will fit in to all of them, although some have less room to fit in the locking standard plates that I used in the picture above, so some modifications have to be made.

Still, this new method is quite strong, and allows now for easy integration into system. (Plus, the round bricks have axle holes through them, so they can be integrated into CCBS models too.) And when you use transparent round bricks, they shine through as eyes quite well, almost better than the original heads. Plus, there's a larger selection of trans colors to choose from. I have a basic mask stand that relies on socket pieces, but I may need to redesign it to utilize this new method with system bricks.

Anyway, that's what I've got to share for now. (Or maybe I'm just really late to the game on this. I haven't seen this method before, but I'm not following Bionicle MOCs that closely, so maybe I just missed it?)



Lego Store August 2015 Visit

Posted by xccj , in News Aug 01 2015 · 339 views

Summer sets are out, so it was time for a visit to the local Lego Store to check out their new sets.

Bionicle was there in force. The shelves weren't completely empty, but they were getting picked through. I talked with one of the employees, and he said that while Bionicle isn't the best seller, it's still moving. It'll be interesting to see how Bionicle G2 did compared to Hero factory, but suffice to say that it's moderately popular.

They had Scooby Doo sets, but only some of the cheaper ones left, which I take it means the larger models sold out today. They also had only the cheaper Jurassic World set, with the other ones still being sold out. So say what you will about the mediocrity of the line, it's selling. Ninjago was selling; the Morro Dragon was gone, and the other sets were starting to look picked thru. The employee said that Ninjago is doing real well, especially the new spinners, which I thought was interesting. (I have a couple that I've been meaning to review.) Surprisingly, they had plenty of the Big Bang Ideas set, so glad availability isn't an issue with that one. (Great figs, lousy build IMO.) Apparently the one set they've been selling out of regularly is the big Ferrari model. But yeah, it was quite interesting to see what was going quickly on the first(ish) day of the summer release.

Of course, I ended up buying a bit, probably more than I needed (but is that really a thing that can happen?) I got Mask Maker vs Skull Grinder of course, a must buy. I'll probably pick up the other Skull baddies at regular stores when I see em on sale or something... need some fodder to keep me interested for the rest of the year! And although it wasn't new, I grabbed the Hulkbuster set, because this is the first time I've seen it on Lego store shelves. (I've seen it overpriced at Target and TRU, so at least this time I earned VIP points.) (Also now I have all the Avengers except Quicksilver.) And I bought the two new Ninjago cycles. I've reviewed all of the larger Ninjago motorcycles so far, so gotta keep up with that trend. (I have a couple other sets that I want to review, it's just kinda troublesome to do it when my apartment is boiling in this heat. I'll probably get to them eventually.) And I qualified for that Pirates exclusive set thing... not that interested in it, might just keep it unopened as a memento. :shrugs:

Oh, and I updated my BZ-Koro story after, like, four months. IT'S NOT DEAD YET FOLKS!



Today is Just Too Hot

Posted by xccj , in News Jul 01 2015 · 400 views

I'll just preface this in saying that I have no heat tolerance.

So, I spent all of last summer in an apartment with no Air Conditioning and it was terrible. I decided to get ahead of the curve and got an (expensive) portable AC unit a few months ago. But its loud and is constantly filling up with water that needs to be changed every 40 minutes when its on, but as needy as it was, it did provide cool air for a bit.

But it's been in the upper 90s here this week, and then the bloody interior fan decided to break, causing it to make a really irksome high pitch whine while running. So, yeah, not working. I am not very pleased with this at all, and it is still way too hot out. Man, summers suck. At least I can take comfort is knowing that I have full AC at work... yay.

Also, I guess a lot of people liked my last review of Skull SLICAHR! But apparently I also upset a bunch of other people, to the point where a few are asking me to never review anything again. So, YAY, I upset Youtube Trolls!! But there are still some out there, so I will continue to post sub quality reviews until I hath angered every last one of em. Muhahaha.

Curse the heat.



Reverse Engineering Contest IV: Thoughts On It

Posted by xccj , in News Jun 06 2015 · 185 views

So for the past 10 weeks I have been partaking in the Reverse Engineering Contest IV on Flickr. It's been my first real Flickr contest, and it's been interesting to interact with a different community of builders. Anyway, the idea was the host would post some small, convoluted Lego design and we would have to show how it was built. Lots of odd dimensions, from 1/2 plates to 1/4 plates to mind-numbing 1/8 plates. Not a lot of room for technic, mostly system. But it's been fun. There would be two challenges a week, although a couple of times five were squeezed in.

I initially started it just to see how well I could do, but I managed to get all the main challenges, but I lost in the second round of the tie breaker, so I'm officially out as far as prizes are concerned. But I've learned a few new techniques and such, and now to see if I can use any (of the legal ones) in some MOCs...

While I can't blame this contest for all my inactivity from the last couple of months, it is a big reason why I haven't MOCed much. :sly:



Let the Hunt Begin!

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 31 2015 · 305 views
After reading about the contest this morning, I took some time on my lunch break to wander around downtown Portland and look for some interesting faces in thing. And I dusted off my old twitter account... which I haven't used for three years. (I mean, I could use FB but I'm a little unsure of how to get it tagged in, and I'm not on instagram, so Twitter it is!)

I posted a couple of shots, including an interesting angle from a boat, a ladder, some markings on a tree, an interesting bit of broken masonry, and the joints of the light rail trains. And I plan to keep looking for more as I can, and hopefully can get some other good ones up. (Since Twitter is stupid and apparently won't let me BBCode link to each pict individually, here's a general link.

I am curious as to just what they're looking for. I was trying to find something that naturally looked like a face. But can we arrange things, using different mediums of artwork to create a mask? (Rearrange stones / sticks on the ground or something? I'm assuming anything made out of actual Lego would be a no-no, which is kind of unusual for a Lego contest...)



Fredies Comes Through Again

Posted by xccj , in News Feb 17 2015 · 264 views

After having no new sets all through January (except the Series 4 Mixels), Fred Meyers has come back strong with a bunch of new sets in store, including City, Chima, Bionicle (but only Kopaka, Onua, and LoSS), Ultra Agents, and (most excitedly) Elves and Ninjago. I'm planning to save a couple of purchases for the double VIP points from Lego stores in March, but I couldn't resist and purchased a two of the three new Ninjago sets right away. (They didn't have them all there.) Expect reviews shortly.

Also, my complaint to Kumata Nuva. I keep automatically saying "Tournament of Shadows" when I mean "Tournament of Elements" as seen in the Ninjago television series. Kumata, your Epic / RPG has got that name engrained into my head!



Oh Hey, It's The 17th

Posted by xccj , in News Jan 18 2015 · 246 views

What is that now, Furno's spinning head?

Anyway, this is my... (2015-2003) ... twelfth BZP anniversary. You can try to get rid of me, but I just won't leave.

And since I might as well update something... in regards to my BZP story, no I have not forgotten about it, I've just been focusing on a bunch of other projects (some voluntarily, others not so much.) But it will continue!

Anybody care? No. Oh well. Also, Gali mosaic for Bricks Cascade! I'll do a quick update of it (eventually) and then piece claiming can begin! And with this rush, we'll see if it does get done in time!


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