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Frosticon Mixels

Posted by xccj , in News, Review Jun 07 2014 · 121 views

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I have to say, out of all the Mixels out so far, I think I like the Frosticons best. It's not just their cool designs that are full of character, but also the good color scheme and especially all those medium azure pieces!

I have a habit of reviewing sets that I really like. Maybe I should start reviewing sets I dislike? Except I don't buy those sets cause I dislike them... and yes, these Mixels were purchased and not freebees. (And this review may have been delayed by a few weeks because of a freebee set that got reviews...)

BUT FROSTICON MIXELS YAY! Nothing against the others (except Jawg) but they can't all be my favorites.



Facts About Penguins

Posted by xccj , in News May 27 2014 · 194 views
penguins, these are all true and 1 more...
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I don't know if everybody watched my review on the Friends polybag set Penguin's Playground... because they should.  But instead of potentially having to deal with music that Youtube claims has some sort of copyright to it (did you know that some random band apparently owns some of the mnolg music, because when I put that in red flags went up) I decided to cover the build section with some interesting facts about penguins.  Because everybody needs to know more about penguins.
Unfortunately, I had too many facts and not a long enough build, so some of them had to be cut.  Instead, I'll provide the rest of them here for you to enjoy.
  • All penguins are found in the southern hemosphere, but not all of them hang out in Antarctica.  The Galapagos Penguins hang out around the Galapagos Islands, which is near the equator and in a much warmer climate.  Of course, this is only possible because of a cold water current around the islands, but still they're adapted to the tropical climate.
  • In general, the penguins who live in colder climates (read Antarctica) are larger in size than those that live in warmer climates.  This is apparently Bergmann's rule, but although it applies today, in the past there were giant penguins living in warmer places, so who knows what they were up to back then. Not Bergmann, that's for sure!
  • Penguins can drink salt water! They have a glad that pretty much removed the extra salt from their blood and drips it out their nose/beak. I bet people from the dry coastal areas of California wish they had that ability!
  • Penguins have really good hearing, and a mother can locate her chick in a crowded colony based on its chirps.
  • Although that hasn't stopped some mother penguins from trying to steal other chicks if they lose their own.
  • Spoiler alert: penguins cannot fly. Bet that surprised you!!
  • But they can swim; their wings and bodies are now more adapted for moving in the water.
  • Sometimes penguins will gather on the shoreline and randomly knock one of their members into the water. This isn't some sort of prank, but rather to see if there's a predator beneath the waves waiting for them.  If their comrade survives, it's safe.  If he doesn't... well, they know not to go swimming there!
  • The movie "March of the Penguins" was not actually about a penguin marching band.  This is due to the penguin's inability to play woodwind instruments, among other things.
  • Only about six species of penguins actually breed in Antarctica, with the Emperor penguins being the only ones to do it during the winter!
  • After the female Emperor penguin lays her egg, she returns to the sea to eat and re-nourish herself.  The male penguins then keep the egg insolated on their feet.  And, remember, these silly birds are doing this during the winter, so it's reeeeeeally cold when they're attempting this.
  • Lots of penguins practice tobogganing, but so far none have been able to obtain a medal at the Winter Olympics.
  • In the game Zoo Tycoon, if a penguin and an elephant got in a fight, the penguin would win due to its predator instincts.  True fact!
  • Penguins are cool.  Nuff said.
This has been facts about penguins!


Cool Co-Workers

Posted by xccj , in News May 17 2014 · 102 views

I've been at my current job for over 6 months now, which is the longest I've held a paying position.  I have some pretty great co-workers too, so I really lucked out.  (Even if I'm still not quite sure on the best way to describe my job outside of "computery-stuff.")
But one of my co-workers is a toy collector too.  He isn't exclusively into LEGO, but he collects them too.  And he's into it enough that when I mentioned BZPower's new member raffle to him, he signed up right away!
Now the question is, does he know about my blog?  :lookaround:


May Stuff I Got

Posted by xccj , in News May 15 2014 · 145 views

I've made a few nice purchases recently.  I went ahead and preordered the Lego Movie EVERYTHING IS AWESOME pack with Vitruvius and everything.  Not that I need Vitruvius; I got President Business's Evil Lair, and then I took the figs from that and put them on top of my computer at work.  So now I have Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman (2012 verson), Vitruvius, Business Kitty, Bad Copy, and President Business hanging out with me at work.  :D  Back to the movie preorder... I also threw in the Lego LotR and Marvel PC video games into my Amazon preorder... but it turns out those other two won't ship until the movie does.  Oh well. :shrugs:
I also spent some money on sets in store today, where they had the new Mixels.  I grabbed the orange Tentro for his pieces and the blue Flurr, and I totally plan on snagging the rest of the blue ones soon.  They also had a BOGO Free deal on Hero Factory, so I got the Furno and Stormer mechs.
As for other major purchases... I got an apartment, with insurance, electricity, and internet.  Well, it took a while to get internet, which is partially why I haven't been super active recently.  I also bought some furnature and a bed and food and cleaning stuff for it, and ant killer.  Because OMG there were so many ants in my room last week when the weather got really hot all of the sudden.  And althought I'm watching over my parent's place for the week, it got really hot again, so I dunno if my room was crawling with bugs again.  :(
My lease also says I have a roommate but I cannot confirm that yet.  (Well, I guess somebody else had to have put up all the posters, but I haven't seen them much, so it could just be a decorating ghost.)


Lord Business' Evil Lair...

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 03 2014 · 164 views

Is Backordered!!??!
It's like everbody wants to get it just for Business Kitty and Vitruvius.  (And double VIP points.)
Oh well, I'll have to wait, but at least it tipped me over the limit for free shipping.  I also made the presumed online order after visiting the Lego Store, where not only did they not have the Business Kitty set, but they had also already sold out of the Friends animal sets... in ONE day!!  I mean, first they delay the US release by 3 months and then sell out ultra fast...
I also picked up last year's Hobbit spider set... mostly for the figs, but I've been eyeing that one all year and I should probably snag it before it goes away.  Also, a Lizaru / Ninjago snake person keychain for 98 cents.  (It was on sale.)
Also the Technic set I want (42021 Snowmobile) is apparently availible in Europe but not in the States...?  They seem to be delaying everything for the US of A this year.  I guess we got the movie first?  But besides the snowmobile having that awesome 3L 2-rod-1-axle piece, it has some unique connectors including a 3-way-mini-ball-joint-connection piece that is lovely and hasn't been released yet and will likely work well with the Mixel sockets.  :sly:


BZPower Roommate

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 01 2014 · 166 views
So I know lots of y'all have already heard about this, but I'm just going to officially say it.  Kakaru recently moved to the Portland area, and we're going to move into an apartment next week to share rent and stuff.  Our rooms will be full of Lego... and not much else because we spent all our money on Lego.


Evo Walker Building Challenge

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 26 2014 · 115 views

So I got the Evo Walker.  Mostly for the mini Kaiju, but there are some other pieces.  But then I thought, what if I could make this build more of a challenge?  Is that even possible?
The answer is YES.
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You can totes do this.  A big pain is that there's a little bag inside the big one with small parts, so you have to open that one inside the big bag.  And for me, anyway, it kept getting stuck on the model.  But yeah, if you want a challenge, build your Evo Walker in a set.  Better yet, also build your Mixels in their bags (the clear ones, not the main polybags they came in.) The red guy was a little tough because when you added the flames he took up almost too much space in the bag.


New Apartment

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 09 2014 · 184 views

A lot went on at Bricks Cascade this weekend, but it's not over yet so I'll blog about that later.  For now, I have other news; I'm moving into a new apartment.
I've been commuting to my job in down town Portland from my parent's house, which is 1 hour one-way on a no-traffic day.  Basically, it's a pain, so I looked into moving closer.  I found a place that's reletively affordable (assuming I don't blow all my income on lego) and also close to the MAX line (light rail public transportation), so it'll be an easy commute in.  Not nessessarily that much faster, but a 30-40 minute train ride beats a 60-90 minute car ride (or a 30 minute car ride followed by a 40 minute train ride, which is one option I've used.)  Still, it'll be a little easier to commute daily, even tho I will lose access to my parent's car.  And I'll have to pay rent and utilities and all that stuff, which is sometimes ridiculasly expensive.  Oh well.
I am splitting the cost with a roommate.  I met him online, and he seems okay enough, but he is new to the city, so hopefully he won't get too confused by real civilization.  As long as he pays rent, doesn't burn the place down, and tolerates my Lego collecting, I'm sure it'll work out.  (I've had worse roommates in the past anyway.)
So with any luck, I'll be moving in mid-April.  Yay.  Unfortunately, having to pay for rent has kinda pushed back my plans to buy a new computer, since my current one is merely limping along.  I may still get one, but it would be like two months worth of rent to buy, so I'm cautious about the idea.  (Besides, I need to save up for lego too.  :P )


Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads... Just FAA Flight Regulations

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 03 2014 · 188 views

So I visited the LEGO Store today and made some purchases, in which I got a Martian Manhunter fig.  The fig itself isn't that interesting to me (I'm not that big a fan of MM) but I figure there'll be others out there clamoring for him, so I could trade him for another rare figure that I would want.
But the highlight of my purchase was the 21103 Cuusoo Back to the Future Delorean.  I finally committed on my purchase after I voted for that model... what, two-three years ago?  I've been keeping an eye out for it in stores but never saw it, and I never really wanted to pay shipping for it, so I never got it online.  But today I was ready for the purchase (having a gift card and VIP points) and was delighted to find two left in stock.  And it's a good thing I grabbed it too, since the other one got snagged minutes later.
As for the model, it's delightful, with some very fun designs.  My model does come with the misspelled brick, but whatevs.  The only thing I don't like about it (which has been mentioned in like EVERY review I've read on this) is that Marty and Doc can sit inside together, and there's no easy modification to remedy this.  But either way, this is going on my desk at work for display first thing tomorrow!
The other set of interest, surprisingly, was the Friends Life Guard stand.  (I wanted the penguin set, but they didn't have any in stock.)  It comes with some nice colors, from medium lavender (my new favorite Friends color) and trans medium blue cheese slopes (the color that glows well under a blacklight!!)  But the dolphin is such an excelent mold.  Like all Friends animals, it has a pin hole on the top of its head for bows and whatnot, but the hole is perfectly placed for a blow-hole, which is super amazing.  (And borderline animal cruelty by putting a bow piece there.)  It has a stud connection in it's belly which is a little weird, but what I wasn't expecting was the stud connection on its tail, so it can be placed over the blue plates in mid-leap.  Such a great animal mold... now I want more to create my own pod!
I didn't get any Hero Factory tho, but not thru lack of trying.  Their selection was rather sparse; they had a few of the humanoid mechs (I already got one), the Splitter beast and flying beast (not interested) and the Evo XL Machine (too expensive for me.)  And, with the exception of the flying beast, there were only a few left, and absolutely none of the purple beast, which I wanted.  I talked to one of the store employees, who said that they've been selling pretty well, and the purple ones just flew off the shelves.  (I went to a retail store later in the evening and they were also out of all Hero Factory models too.)  So say what you want about Hero Factory, but this is not a dud theme by any means, since people are buying it out.  Maybe I'll go back in April, when they'll have double points, and see if their selection is any better.
Also MIXELS but that's another blog entry...


Worst Weekend Ever

Posted by xccj , in News Feb 09 2014 · 134 views

Because The Lego Movie came out and I can't see it because the entire city froze and all the theaters seemed to have closed down.  Stupid snow storm and freezing rain.
Oh, and I lost my phone.  But tracked it down, and a co-worker picked it up for me.  So it's not that distressful of a situation anymore.

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