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To Bs01 Staff

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 30 2012 · 259 views

I have kidnapped your precious Swert. If you ever want to see your web-site owner again, please send a payment of $150 to Xccj at Bricks Cascade. (Okay, it may be a bit much, so I'm willing to haggle.)

You have until Saturday at public hours to pay, or else I feed him to the Bionicle-hating AFOLs.

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Moc Cards Sent In

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 26 2012 · 77 views

Well, you know, digitally added to the site and whatnot.

I'm bringing a ton of stuff to Bricks Cascade next week. (Heck, even though I live in the area, I'll be driving 12+ hours just to make sure the Mata Nui Island model gets there. And with Washington State Gas prices being the 4th highest in the country right now, that's dedication.) I have 4 space ships, 6 mechs, 2 steampunk airships, some xkcd models, and a handful of vignettes (mostly using collectible minifigures). And I also have the 50+ Bionicle MOCs, although I only 12 individually. Overall, that's 36 MOC cards they'll be printing for me. (I wonder if they'll be the nice buisness-card quality ones like BrickFair or the cheaper printed colored paper like BrickCon.) Now the only thing to do is get them all set up. (And also transport the plethora of members who're coming around... but that's okay, I did kind of bribe them all into showing up anyway. :P )

And I kept worrying that a potential job might get in the way, but I have made sure that I have remained unemployed! That's dedication!!

Also, another cool thing. Go to the Bricks Cascade website. See the news bulleton about a Lego video? That's mine. :D (And let me tell you, it's gotten a ton more views than any of my other stuff ever has!) But really, I'm honored that my vid about Lego in the Community got featured on the Bricks Cascade website. :) (I just haven't bragged about it yet.)

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Game Plan

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions May 25 2012 · 122 views

Dude, I know what I'll do next weekend!!

I'll pull out my "Bionicle: Quest for the Masks" board game and we can all play as the Toa and fight Nui Rama, Nui Jaga, and Muaka, and then fight Makuta and save the day, while building up the island as we go!

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Next Week

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 22 2012 · 119 views

I've blogged a lot about Bricks Cascade lately, but now it's time to get down to the important stuff.

*ahem* BRICKS CASCADE IS NEXT WEEK. SOO EXCITED.

I'M GOING TO HAVE THE MATA NUI ISLAND ON DISPLAY. AND OVER 50 RAHI, MATORAN, AND TOA MOCS. AND MECHS AND SPACE SHIPS.

AND THERE'S LIKE A TON OF COOL PEOPLE COMING AND WE'LL ALL GET TO HANG OUT AND IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME!!!!

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Job Conflicts

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 21 2012 · 132 views

So I got an interview for a position at a new movie theater they're opening next month, which could offer a nice summer job. (Yes, Ben, I totally stole the idea from you. :P ) They had this big thing where we could go meet with somebody there and fill out applications and such. But there was one conflict.

Their training sessions for the jobs is the same week as Bricks Cascade. >.<

It's a bummer, but hopefully I can work around it. At the very least, I can ditch the convention mid-day and go to the training sessions... if I get the job. So here's hoping. (I also hav a handful of other internships that I'm still waiting to hear back from.)

Looking for employment is just no fun. :(

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Job Hunt Disappointments

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 15 2012 · 86 views

Man, today has not been my best day. So I'm gonna gripe in my blog.

First off, I've been applying to some local stores, including Lowes, since I need a summer job. Lowes has seasonal positions, and I've applied for a dozen in the last couple of weeks, including like 4 this weekend. Monday morning (1 AM) I get four emails that all say "You aren't accepted." Then my sister comes home from school, applies for one position online Sunday night, and BOOM she has an interview the next day. What the heck?

Granted, I did sign up for a college student online job finder thingy... which has lots of technical jobs in the local area. Most of them aren't the temporary summer stuff I'm interested in, but I've applied for a couple, and I did get an email from one of them asking for some writing samples, which I assume is a good sign.

I've also been building quite a bit; got a few mechs and space ships designed for Bricks Cascade, in addition to the many Bionicle MOCs I've made. (Seriously, my Bionicle stuff isn't the best, but there's enough that it can fill up some table space if we don't get a lot of Bionicle MOCs on display... but that's not gonna happen cause you're all going to bring / send stuff in, right. :P ) Another snag was hit today when I went to register some of my MOCs and realized I didn't remember my password for my Bricks Cascade account. :o Luckily, I was able to email them and got it back... it would be nice if there was some sort of "recover password" feature, but I suppose people could also attempt to [i]NOT]/i] forget their passwords too...

Oh, and vehicle transportation for the convention has become a slight issue. I'll probably be bringing around 4 other people around, but my car only fits 5 and the trunk space isn't unlimited. (I thought I would have access to our Explorer, but now the rest of my family is planning to flee from the area come Lego convention season, and they're gonna take the big car with the dog, so I'm stuck with the smaller car.) There will be just enough seats for everybody, but since I'm planning to move a lot of MOCs around, trunk space might become an issue. Also, if my sister steals the car for her job, I might have no way to get to downtown Portland for any of the positions I'm applying for... :(

Also my dog ran out of control today on her walk, and I got reminded multiple times that I am A: Unemployed and B: Pursuing a degree that doesn't have a high demand in the job market (and isn't engineering.) And some other stuff made the day less-than-pleasant.

Also, I need to decided what Bionicle MOCs to register. I have 50, and that's too many, and some are clearly just filler MOCs. So I need to decide which ones to register to have them in the running for trophies and everything. (Granted, I read that trophies can be given to unregistered MOCs, but only registered MOCs are eligible for some secret "random winnings" and I must say I'm intrigued so I'll prolly register some of my best Rahi and let the rest just show up.)

On the upside, the weather broke an all-time high today, after all the rain we've been getting lately. Oh wait, I don't like hot days either... I miss the cool rain. :(

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Aaron Is Awesome

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions May 12 2012 · 130 views
Mata Nui Island Project
And this is why:

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So for our Mata Nui Island Project, people kept complaining that we didn't end up including the Kaukau waterfall. My original idea was to use a Kaukau mask, but that would've been far too large. Next was to use a mini mask from the old Bionicle Pens, but those were hard to get ahold of. (Update tho, Swert did come across a complete collection, so there is a future project coming out of that.) Besides, the pen masks wouldn't have blended in with the landscape as well.

So this is where Nuju Metru came in.

Aaron's like totally famous for his customized LotR sets, and he helped us with the short story contest prizes by adding some decals to the fig prizes. They were amazing. So I paid him in Collectible Minifigures to apply some decals to some 1x2x2 tan bricks and create mask statues that can be added to our island. And they turned out wonderfully! I can't wait to add them into the designs, so that we can realistically have a Kaukau waterfall and a full Quarry setup on our island!

(I also bribed him into putting on some decals for his Eowyn fig, which can be seen here, That's why he's doubly awesome. But I did send him all the bricks and everything... only one he traded me for was the Hermione head.)

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Building Backwards

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions May 11 2012 · 77 views

Turns out being unemployed (and having school out) offers me a lot of time to build. Yay!

So taking picts of stuff and uploading them tonight. Might post a few here in the blog. Yeah.

But anyway, I have 5 mechas and 3 space ships built, but I made a miscalculation. The Space theme is has an award for best homage to a past theme, and Mecha has an award for best Friend's oriented MOC. But I made two spaceships for Friends characters and one Aquanaut-themed Mecha. I got it backwards! >.<

Also a couple of vignettes, a mini mosaic, and 50+ Bionicle mocs (mostly Rahi, with some Toa and Matoran... see Thirty-Six Masks Project. :P )

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Miru And Kakama Rahi

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions May 08 2012 · 143 views
Thirty-Six Masks Project
So summer break has officially begun for me, and since my job from last year fell through, I'm unemployed. But that has given me time to finish taking pictures of my Thirty-Six Masks Project Rahi and uploading them.

So right now I have two BBC topics: One for the Mriu Rahi and one for the Kakama Rahi. I still have three mask sets left to post, but I have a month left before Bricks Cascade, so I'll hold off posting them all right now.

Miru Rahi Topic
Kakama Rahi Topic

Also, bonus material! When I originally showed off my new Toa Mata, both Lewa and Tahu relied heavily on Hero Factory style builds. Well, after some parts orders, they've been revamped!

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Their limbs are basically the same design in different colors. It's also the same design I used on Gali, Kopaka, and Pohatu. But both bodies are customized in their respective colors. I'm pleased with how they turned out, especially compared to my previous chubby Lewa and short Tahu. Now my Toa team looks much better!

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Lego In The Community

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 04 2012 · 125 views
School Work
I can embed Vimeo in the blogs, right? Oh well, doing so anyway. :P

So as I've blogged about constantly this last month, I've been working on a Lego movie for my Video Journalism class. I finally have a polished version (or as polished as it's going to get for now) so I thought I might as well share it on the place where I interact most with the Lego community: AKA BZPower. So, without further ado...



Keep in mind this is for a general audience, so I had to introduce the basic concepts about Lego, AFOLs, ext. I got some great interview footage from both Dan Parker of City Blocks (Guy who let us build the giant Mata Nui Island in his Lego Art Studio) and Thomas Prill of Bricklandia (the guys running Bricks Cascade in Portland, Oregon next month.) I also managed to sneak in some BZP interviews with Jedi Master J, Kakaru, and Fivey, and I'd like to publicly thank them for their help with this! (Even Fivey, who complained about my interview questions and whose video quality wasn't the best. :P )

I also ended up using a lot of my personal pictures (and one borrowed from KopakaNui) from my experiences at BrickCon and BrickFair. As such, most of the AFOLs who appear in the video are BZPower members, including cameos of prominent members like Nuju Metru, Black Six, ToM, and even Bink! Plus I have a couple of group shots from BrickFair and BrickCon with lots of members in them... so many that I can't even think of all the member names off the top of my head. I'm not sure what other AFOLs would think if they realized they were all being represented by Bionicle Fans here, but hey they're all cool people.

But yeah, this has been my big project for the last few weeks. I'd post it on the front page, but I'm not that big-headed yet. So in my blog it goes. :D

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