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Rob Is Awesome

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jun 04 2012 · 180 views
Canadians only come in when stuff gets tough!



Now I See Bees I Won

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jun 03 2012 · 208 views

Palendrone from weird al's song Bob.

But anyway, I did surprisingly well at Bricks Cascade. Like, OMG-this-can't-be-right-well. I've only won a few trophies in previous conventions, and none of them were ever that spectacular. This time, I won four! :o

Bionicle: Best Toa "Moderator" for my Toa Pohatu. This was really cool, cause I worked really hard on Pohatu and I loved the way he turned out. Also, Pat's trophy for this one is completely epic! (We'll reveal other Bionicle winners soon me-thinks.)

Mecha: Best Supporting Role for my Collectible Minifig Daredevil Mech. Basically, this was for non-combat mechs, and again I don't think there were many... and I'm surprised it did well because it included a bunch of HF stuff.

Steampunk: Like A Sir for my Minifigure. Basically, best customized steampunk minifig. I made this one evil guy who won, but granted, there were only like a couple of MOCs for the whole theme, and some of them didn't even include custom figs! Lack of competition, really.

Technic: Best Technic Vehicle for my Gearbox moc. Okay, so it was supposed to be a Rahi thing, but technic didn't have any mocs in it, and this was mine that had a ton of gears in it, so I moved it over, and hey it won. Kakaru and I also made some last-minute technic models for this, but they weren't chosen. :(

Oh, and one of my MOCs won for a random prize draw. This isn't entirely surprising, because I entered 30+ mocs, which made up for about 10% of all the moc cards entered... yeah, I brought too much stuff this time. :P I was hoping for a random win here or there, but not this many. And it's not like any of my lackluster projects did well... I'm proud of all the ones that made it. But still, I like to see throphies spread to as many people as possible, and then I went and won four... so yeah, craziness.

Also, Velox + Kakaru + Russell + Swert + HH + Janus + B6 + Bink + Sumiki + Everybody Else = Really cool! It's been lots of fun, and it's not over yet. :D



Cascade Day 1

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jun 01 2012 · 146 views

Day 0: I picked up Swert and the Island.

Day 1: Kakaru and his brother Russell arrived in the morning. Some goofing off took place, so we didn't get to the convention super early, but we were the first Bionicle group there. Got the Mata Nui Island model set up. It's not perfect; besides the flaws I've already pointed out (one word: porportions) but Steven also wasn't able to bring down all the plant elements, so the forest isn't as wide-spread as it was last time. :( But we have masks for the Quarry (kinda) and the Kaukau waterfall added, not to mention the volcanoes interior. Plus, the island is on it's own set of tables in the center of the hall so everybody can walk around it and see it...it's pretty cool. We've already got a few good comments on it, so that's nice. (See, the AFOLs aren't big Bionicle fans and aren't as nit-picky about all the details... but see I am, and although I can't change it now, I am making plans for a revision in the future)

When we left, the hall seemed sadly empty... hopefully a ton of stuff will show up tomorrow. We have a ton of room at the Bionicle table... enough that I was able to spread out all my Thirty-Six Mask Rahi, Toa, and Matoran. It looks epic, and while they're not the best MOCs ever, I hope a few of the Rahi are in the running for a throphy. (But I've also seen some of the stuff people sent in, so I might not make it.)

Hopefully more cool stuff and more cool people will show up tomorrow. Also, Lego Store visit!



To Bs01 Staff

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 30 2012 · 287 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.



Moc Cards Sent In

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 26 2012 · 85 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.)



Game Plan

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions May 25 2012 · 128 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!



Next Week

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions May 22 2012 · 142 views

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






Job Conflicts

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 21 2012 · 152 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. :(



Job Hunt Disappointments

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 15 2012 · 94 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. :(



Aaron Is Awesome

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions May 12 2012 · 148 views
Mata Nui Island Project
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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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