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Lego Shaun Of The Dead

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Mar 31 2012 · 40 views

One of the neat ideas I've supported on Lego Cuusoo was Lego Shaun of the Dead. The model itself is nicely designed, although it is probably out of my price range. All the same, it was the 4th model I supported back when I first signed on to Cuusoo. And it was doing okay, but wasn't one of the top hits or whatever.

Then it got mentioned on Conan's show. And this week votes have been flooding in, and it's raced to the top. (Not as fast as Minecraft, I bet, but pretty darn fast.)

Tonight I'm refreshing the page and watching it creep close to 10,000. There's really no need for you to rush in and add support; by the time you read this, it will have probably reached the limit. ;)

It's cool to see a decent project get recognition like this, and IMO it's better than some of the Minecraft ideas. Still, I am sad that the Back to the Future proposal hasn't taken off like this. But it's been slowly but surely rising towards the 10,000 limit, so I'm confident that a BttF set will appear in the near future.

Still, it is fun to watch a project reach 10,000 votes PRACTICALLY IN REAL TIME. (As of this blog entry, it only has 30 more to go, and it had 200 to go when I first logged in tonight.)

Cool stuff.

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Presentation On Brick Cascade

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, News Mar 30 2012 · 47 views

For my video journalism class, I am totally trying to do my final project on Lego. First, I thought a job profile on Dan Parker would be awesome. And it would, but the prof wants me to focus more on a story. Instead I thought maybe Lego in the community, because then I could include Dan Parker and interview some of the people who also use Lego in my general area, including a specialized store and the organizers for Bricks Cascade. After talking more with my prof, I am instead going to focus more on the convention, including history on the toy bricks, the building styles, and the extensive community. Since the community included BZPower ;) I'm totally going to try and incorporate it into this. Anyone have any good ideas for video footage I could use for the community?

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Rene Drinks The Milkshake

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 26 2012 · 55 views
He drinks it all up
Saw Hunger Games tonight. I've never read the books or paid much attention to the previews; I just knew it was about kids who kill each other.

The beginning was kinda weird, and now I know why people kept commenting on the costumes. The actual fights weren't quite as bloody as I first thought, although the first scene was kinda on the edge. Overall, it was an interesting watch. I wouldn't say 'greatest movie ever' but still work it. And I guess there's gonna be more... because the books are a trilogy? Maybe. (But anyway, no extra scene after the credits, so you don't need to stick around and wait.)

Also, my dog wants to steal Emperor Whenua's crocodile that he's taking to Hawaii. (And he owes me half a Shari's milkshake.)

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Hey Check Out That Big, Long M O C Topic!

Posted by xccj , in News, MOCs Mar 21 2012 · 43 views
Mata Nui Island Project
A Topic for our Mata Nui Island Project MOC.

And while we're at it, here's the Brickshelf, Flickr, and ReBrick (when public) links for the project. Yes, I'm posting it everywhere.

Comments / likes / shares / views on various platforms appreciated. :)

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Mata Nui Island Project: Completed

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 20 2012 · 159 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Seriously, I've been blogging about this for the past week, you should know about it by now. :P

Anyway, no need to extra jabbering: pictures!


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So, if you have any questions, or parts of the island you want to see in more detail, let me know! (I may have picts of it already, and if I don't, then I can send Swert to take more detailed images.)

Big thanks to Dan Parker for letting us use all his bricks and build this. :D

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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 6

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 17 2012 · 74 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Blah blah blah building a Mata Nui Island model, blah blah at City Blocks Lego Art Studio blah blah more blogging.

Day 6

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Oh hey, look at this, the island is finished!

We started today off early. I built the Hura Mafu river area, while Swert finally got the desert completed. (He cheated and used an exposed tan baseplate.) Then we added some hills in Ga-Wahi, and covered the jungle with trees. (Or specifically, the spikey flower elements that look good for foliage. Dan had a huge bag full of them, and I used them all... and still didn't finish covering the Le-Wahi area. Bummer.) Then we cleaned up and put bricks away. Unfortunately, both Swert and I forgot to bring in our cameras today, so we borrowed his boss's to take these picts. I'll be dropping in tomorrow to take some decent pictures before heading home.

As for the island as a whole, I'm very impressed with it. 6 baseplates by 12 baseplates, and the mountain itself is probably a couple of feet tall too. I might have mentioned this before, but the island is a little disproportionate compared to official pictures. The volcano turned out to be much larger than I anticipated, and thus the jungle gut shrunk down by nearly a baseplate. Potentially fixing this would require a complete redesign of the volcano... which alone I think it still pretty awesome. The mountain itself is also super huge, and the slopes cover a very large portion of the island. And we still added a ton of little details to this thing, including various villages and even a few masks that blend into the landscape. ;)

More detailed picts tomorrow. As for when you can see it in person, it will be on display at BrickCon this year in Seattle. We're still discussing the potential to bring it to Bricks Cascade in Portland. (And yes, DV, it'll probably go into the sculpture area... it's also big enough to warrant it's own table. We'll make arrangements if we do decide to bring it down.)

Anyway, more detailed pictures tomorrow.

(Also, I did a minifig trade with Dan and got 4 Star Wars figs fresh out of the massive Death Star playset. :D I got Vader, Han, Leia, and Jedi Luke. I had to extra pay for Luke, and so I thought maybe the classic Luke would be cheaper... turns out he was more pricey. And traded Swert for a Chewy. And thus I have the main Star Wars figs I wanted in one swoop!)

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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 5

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 16 2012 · 83 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma. (And by 'Swert and I' I mean me because Swert took most of the day off. Okay, to be fair, he helped Dan with an after school program, and he even shot some footage for me since I couldn't be there... but he didn't contribute a full day to the island today. ;) )

Day 5



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Got lots done today. First, what you can't see; Papa Niho Reef got completed behind the mountain, and I also finished the mountain's northern slopes. I also added hills to the Le-Wahi area to give it more depth. Next will be to add some foliage, although we might not finish that this week. (This is because the pieces tend to fall off, so most likely they'll be put on at the location we bring this.) Another big one I did today was finish the Ta-Wahi area along the coast, and had the lava flow reach the sea. (Oh, and I guess I did the volcano's southern slope this morning, which had to be completed before the hills in Le-Wahi.)

Tomorrow will probably be my last day, but it'll be a long one as long as I can wake up early enough... Anyway, the major pieces to make are Ga-Wahi and Po-Wahi. Ga-Wahi will require me to make the Hura Mafu River that flows between the edge of the mountain and volcano, which is the last bit of slopes that needs to be completed. And we still have to make the desert, which we've been putting off for some time. But yeah, one final day to go.

Additionally, I forgot to mention this last night, but I paid for Bricks Cascade registration. So I am so totally going to be there. The whole island that I'm working on here might not make it in full... we might just bring the mountain down, or just the volcano and have a giant red MOC rise out of it. ;) Besides, I have plenty of other cool MOCs to bring in anyway.

So until tomorrow.

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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 4

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 16 2012 · 59 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma. (And I'm getting tired of commuting so far. Luckily I have a wonderful aunt and uncle [who now have a link to this very blog] who have let me stay at their place for the week, so at least I'm not in a hotel / tent / under a freeway overpass / commuting 3 hours from home daily.)

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So I got the two things I wanted done: I made the Kini Nui area and Ta-Koro. The Kini Nui area is right where the volcano, mountain, and jungle meet, so it was interesting to combine the colors and levels correctly. Sure, it isn't quite the same little crater in the center of the island that the MNOLG portrayed, but that location was one the game really did mess up on anyway, and this was the most workable way. (Now, we discussed the obscure path the Chronicler's Company took to get there, which led them through almost all the environments and was pretty clearly the 'long way round.' Really, they should've just descended from Ko-Koro.) Ta-Koro was also fun to integrate. The biggest issue was just that we were running low on dark grey / bley bricks, so I used a healthy supply of slopes, plates, and cliff elements. It will probably need some tweaking.

(Also, don't get me started on the way they describe bricks at this studio. Baseplates are described in inches rather than studs. They differentiate between the different kind of technic liftarms, and all the cliff elements are called Burps for some strange reason. Why can't we all conform to the Bricklink standard, since that's the one I follow? :P )

Swert had some ideas for the desert today, but I think he was just slacking because not much gone done on that. But then he finally got to it and placed bricks down for the entire jungle portion of the island, so that was awesome.

Tomorrow my goal is to finish working on the sides of the volcano / mountains. I have some cool plans for the Hura Mafu river, which unfortunately won't end in a waterfall. (I'd love to use the small Kaukau mask found on the old pens... but I need to get my hands on one. Anybody willing to sell / trade [at decent prices] let me know!) You can also see an unnamed river running off the mountain on the west side, and I'll do about the same thing but longer for Hura Mafu. I'm also going to add some more hills to Le-Wahi, and hopefully we'll be able to cover large portions of it with foliage too. Still don't know what Swerts gonna do with the desert, so I guess I'll leave that up to him. :)

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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 3

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 15 2012 · 52 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma. (Oh yes, my blog entries this week are all gonna be related.)

Day 3

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The first part of the day involved tracing out the rest of the island in red. In doing this I made a few tweaks. Le-Wahi now seems so much smaller than originally planned... mostly due to the volcano and mountain turning out to be bigger than planned, and thus the jungle gets squeezed down. And for whatever ungodly reason we thought Ga-Wahi would be a large enough region to include a Kaukau waterfall... but it's far too small, so not gonna happen.

We did some other stuff. I worked on more of the western coast next to the mountain. Swert started working on the Leva Bay peninsula, and also started on some of the Papa Niho Reef islands. (We hid a few Easter eggs in these. ;) ) Unfortunately, those are all on the north end and mostly obscured by the mountain, so you can't quite see all the progress. We did rearrange some of the baseplates so that we could move the blue ones out to the ocean. So thus instead of needing like 15 more blue baseplates, we don't need any. Yay.

What also cut on our productivity today was that we hung out with the boss, Dan. I got to interview him for a school video documentary project, and I hope to get a few more shots in the next few days.

For tomorrow, I want to finish two things. 1: I want to work on the area where the mountain, jungle, and volcano all meet... where coincidentally I'll be placing the Kini Nui. I also want to work on the lava flow from the mountain, where I'll include a lava lake with Ta-Koro in the middle. Steven's working on the Po-Wahi desert, because he has an idea that he can't seem to describe well enough for me to understand, so he'll just have to demonstrate by example. :P

So shout out to BZP peeps in the Seattle - Tacoma area. Come down to City Blocks in Freighthouse Square and help us out! :D I think I'll be working there until at least Saturday. So expect more blog entries until that point in time. ;)

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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 2

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 13 2012 · 61 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma.

Day 2

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What we spent the most time on was the mountain and volcano (again.) I managed to add a peak to the mountain in white. While you can't see it from this angle, the Ko-Koro Sanctum is included. ;) Dan, the guy who runs the studio, didn't like the mountain and forced me to revamp it twice, but I think it's finally looking good and natural. Swert finally finished the volcano, although I helped tweak it to add in a lava falls. Ta-Koro is the next thing to add. (You can see a preview of it on the side, along with the Kini Nui.)

The next part of the project to work on is the coast line. You can't see it, but I got one portion behind the mountain finished. I also started outlining the west coast in red bricks, but we got kicked out before I could finish. That will be tomorrow's thing to do, and then we can start building them up.

Most of our problems so far include making organic landscape shapes, having enough time and stamina to build everything, and having enough bricks. Sure, it seems like Dan has a ton of amazing bricks in every color, but we don't have access to most of them. I believe I've already used up everything larger than a 2x4 brick in light grey...

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