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Hit Right on Target

Posted by xccj , in News Dec 21 2014 · 675 views

I'd been hearing some reports about Bionicle showing up in Target, so I decided to swing by my local one... and found some.

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For Bionicle, they only had the two protectors, so I grabbed both. Oddly enough, the cashier was really excited to see they had them in and was bummer when I said there were only a few left. (And then seemed reluctant to sell me the ones I picked up... I assume it was all part of an act.) In addition to Bionicle, they had some other 2015 stuff from other themes, including Disney Princesses, the battle packs (Lions and Bears) from Chima, the Double Decker Couch from the Lego Movie (pictured above), and a bunch of Friends sets, some of which I don't even remember seeing online.

Well, I could just brag about my find... or I could help you with your search!

Yesterday, The Brick Fan posted a bit on how you could track Target's inventory if you had their DCPI number. It wasn't 100% accurate, but it would show you the stock stores nearby had. Unfortunately, the article only gave the DCPI number for the Frozen Princess set, and I couldn't find one for Bionicle... until I went to the store.

The DCPI number for the Protectors is 204 00 1009. This number seemed to be shared between both protectors, so Target doesn't seem to currently be distinguishing between color for them... yet.

And just for grins, the DCPI number for the Lego Movie set is 204 00 1476. In general, if they have one of the new sets in stock, they probably have the rest, given the inventory described above. I know I selected my specific Target cause it had the Frozen castle (had, it was sold out by the time I showed up) but it seemed to be a good indicator.

Happy toy hunting. And if you can't find it... well, wait a few weeks and I'm sure they'll be everywhere. Besides, NYCC goers have already had these for months, so there's not much to brag about getting them early, now is there.



Collectible Minifigures Series 13

Posted by xccj , in News Dec 15 2014 · 290 views

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Fred Meyers has let again released a series of collectible minifigures earlier than anybody else. They did it with Series 3, they did it with the Lego Movie batch, and they're doing it again with Series 13. Granted, I had to go through three stores to find one that had em in stock (and now I'm kicking myself for not just buying the whole crew). If I can make a future trip and secure the rest, I might do another full review, but for now, some quick notes!
  • Unicorn Girl: Eh, kinda bland, at least from the front. Although most images don't show it, the back of the neck and the tail have some nice lavender fur. But with the positioning of the horn, she's gotta be one of the tallest figs around. The tail is nice, ala Rocket Raccoon.
  • Hot Dog Guy: Wow, that hot dog suit is ridiculously easy to feel for. He's supposedly very rare, so being easy to feel for and probably popular will likely make him hard to find at all. (I did feel two, but I think I was going through a new box.)
  • Disc Gal: Wow, psychedelic printing on her arms and legs. Plus, puffy hair in dark brown!
  • Goblin: Not bad. Better than some of the LotR/Hobbit ones IMO.
  • Egyptian: Nice design, like the shield printing.
  • Samurai: Hey, it's like Nya grown up! It's an interesting choice to make a female samurai, but no complaining from me. Descent female robe printing on the torso too!
  • Carpenter: Like the new saw piece. His hat is the same as Emmet's (hard hat with hair) but each in new colors, so that's a plus.
  • Paleontologist: Really digging the fossil tile! The helmet comes with an oddly shaped ponytail that kind of forces it to be a little off center, and also means that mold won't work well for a male variant. Oh well. Still, she's miles ahead of the other paleontologist in the Research Institution, and she's totally going to replace her too!
  • Alien Squid: Very cool new head design. Also nice dark azure color scheme, he'll fit right in with some of the latest space themes. (I assume since he's in blue, he's a good guy.) (I'm also still waiting for non-printed dark azure legs.)
  • Lady Cyclops: Pretty much a female version of the old Cyclops, only in sand blue. She has lipstick on her head piece, but I think that piece is ugly anyway, and really like the expressions printed on the minifig head. I also like they they gave her a more roundish belly, to show that not all bloodthirsty female monsters have to maintain an unnatural thin waistline!

Some other notes from feeling around for other figs
  • I was 9 out of 10 in my first round of feeling. I did initially mistake the goblin's sword for that of the king's. I was able to figure it out before I opened the pack, but that was after I'd already bought it.
  • The fencer seemed to be super common in the box I went through, because I seemed to keep coming across it and the pointy foil sword. Then it turns out it's actually one of the rare ones! I guess it's probably the least appealing of this batch.
  • I noticed the artwork on the checklist has changed a bit. Instead of each character printed above a background, the rows are lined up with a shelf, almost like they're on display in the printout. Plus, the numbered checkboxes moved from the top of the figs to the bottom.
  • Also, the instructions all comes with a code that we can enter online to win. Guess I'm keeping all of them now instead of keeping a few and tossing the rest.
I'll have to see if I can get the last six soon and post a decent review. It might help, cause I already got most of the rares... but then again, while the store had three boxes out today, those might be gone soon, especially with all the holiday shoppers.



Korra Game

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 30 2014 · 392 views

So the first thing I do when I get Internet? It's not work on the projects I said I would. It was download the new Legend of Korra game off Steam and play it. (I only recently downloaded Steam when it wouldn't let me download Lego Marvel without it. I got a couple of games at the beginning of the summer but I've been so swamps with stuff in the last few... months, that I've hardly done any actual "gaming".)

Anyway, the Korra game is fun. Decent animation and voice acting, which is cool since they got the original actors to do it, I believe. A basic story to go by, nothing fantastic (would expect better from the show) but still good for what it's for. I'm actually rather fond of the gameplay of going around and beating on things. There are some good combos to use with the bending, eventually, when you earn them. The Mecha Tank bosses can be really tough tho.

My biggest gripe has to be the controls. Since I'm doing this over PC, Steam only seems to allow me to use keyboard and mouse. Nevermind that I have a Logitech game controller collected that works on other games; none of the games I've gotten from Steam seem to recognize it. Worse yet, I don't seem to have the ability to change the keyboard controls for the Korra game, which is kind of a pain when all the buttons are in one general area. Would work so much better with a controller. :(

Not that I've beaten it yet; still stuck on the final level, second round of bosses, methinks. I kinda wish it was longer and spanned more areas (it covers Republic City, Air Temple Island, the South Pole, and the Spirit World, and I think it ends there.) I also wish some more characters were included, but while they're referenced, this seems to be a Korra-only game. (With the exception of Naga, and I guess Mako and Bolin appear in the Pro-Bending bit that I have yet to unlock...)

Um, yeah, that's what I've done with my time. Also tried to build a table when I realized that it required a specialized tool that I don't have to work, and disassembled my fan to try and fix it but now it won't go back together. So really the gaming is the more productive thing I've done.



Moving Tomorrow

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 21 2014 · 226 views


Want to punch things.

Stupid adult responsibilities.

Also no internet.



No Internet... Again

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 20 2014 · 265 views

I'm moving on Tuesday and today I finally got around to calling about the Internet. (I was putting it off cause I always get put on hold. Last time I did it I was on the phone for over an hour going over details. This time, it only took 20 minutes... but still!)

Anyway, I'm currently in a lousy place where I can only get 6 MBPS (which they never really advertised to me... but I've only really recorded 2 MBPS so that estimate was off anyway.) And where I'm moving to can boost me all the way up to 30 MBPS (or advertised as such.) Still, it'll be nice to get a faster connection. The sad thing is, it'll require an installation, which means I have to wait another week before it gets installed... yet again. Well, still, I guess better than last time where it took like two weeks for them... to hook up my neighbor's place accidentally and then switch over to mine.

And I'm sticking with this company despite all the issues cause they're the only ones offering Internet at the price I can afford. The other ones might (maybe sorta) offer better service, but it would come bundled with cable and cost and arm and a leg (and maybe an appendix) so that's not gonna happen. Still, kinda annoying, but not like I was posting much of anything. Will still be able to check in at work and on my phone.



Pending Ninjago Entry

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 22 2014 · 199 views

I've been working on a Ninjago flash game for the last... two weeks. (Idea's been in my head since they announced the contest.) But I've still got some issues to tweak out, which I hope to get up in time for the contest's deadline... which is tonight. >.< So yeah, if I don't get it entered I will be a little upset.

Might also grab some artwork from the game that I made and enter it in as, y'know, art. I don't think that's cheating? :P (I mean, it's not like it's actually going to win, but still all the same, it'll be something to pass over for the winner.)

Anyway, something for you to look forward to tonight? Maybe? Hopefully.



Went For Broke With My VIP Card

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 18 2014 · 216 views

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Yeah, this happened.

I got this card when the VIP program initially began a while back. So in some ways, the design is pretty vintage, and it's kinda cool to have been a part of something from the beginning that's generally gotten better over the years. (Or maybe it was always the same but now I just have a bigger budget to utilize it with.) But recently (AKA past year) I've been noticing that the card wasn't aging well. The barcode on the back is starting to fade... which is to be expected because most of the rest of the text has already faded out completely. I can still read the card number, and it's a relatively low number, thus proving that I got it early on. :D

But now that the card is physically broken, I think it's time to replace it. At some point I was given a number to call where they'll send me a new card that will still be linked to my old account, but I'll miss this card, for however much you can miss a card that's been in your wallet for almost a decade.

Um, and in other news, I'm moving again. :annoyed: I blame Kakaru.



Recent Things I've Paid For

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 11 2014 · 278 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.)


Florida Trip

Posted by xccj , in News Sep 04 2014 · 295 views
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.)



Florida Bound

Posted by xccj , in News Aug 28 2014 · 285 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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