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Force Awakens Thoughts

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Jan 13 2016 · 315 views

Things to discuss about the latest Star Wars movie.


And that has been my random thoughts about nitpicky things in Force Awakens. Until next time / I think of more.



End of Year Entry: 2016

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jan 01 2016 · 285 views
This is the part where I normally type some self depressing rant about how the year sucked and why I hate myself. (You'd think there'd be some positivity for the coming year, but there usually isn't.)

But 2015 wasn't a terrible year. It was not a great year, but now I'm angry at outside forces instead of myself, so yay progress. Plus, y'know, we have the Toa reappear as sets; always a plus.

So here's to 2016; I hope the world doesn't come crashing to a horrible and devastating end where we all die painfully. Cheers.



How the Force Awoke

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Dec 20 2015 · 347 views
Not Spoilers
In the time before time, the Force united all peoples in the universe, and all was well. But the Force's brothers, the Sith, grew jealous of the people's devotion to it, so they cast a spell that made the Force sleep. And then the Sith were free to spread their darkness.

The people of the universe suffered greatly at the hands of the Sith, until one day when six a hero known as a Jedi appeared. He challenged the Sith's darkness, and began a quest to reawaken the Force.

After many years (three of which were prequels) the Jedi accomplished this task, and the Force awoke. But alas, this was all part of the Sith's master plan, and before the Force's spirit could return to it's body (which was the entire universe) the leader of the Sith slipped in and took control of it. The Force was then expelled from the universe, landing on a distant desert planet of Jakku. Now mostly powerless, the Force must help the war torn locals and learn how to become a true Hero.

That is the tale of the Star Wars.



Hero Factory Story Idea

Posted by xccj , in Stories, Thoughts Nov 10 2015 · 320 views

Okay, I’ll lead up with this idea is not entirely original, but somehow I got it out of the end of a dream I had this morning and although the rest of the dream was kinda something else entirely, I remember this specific idea and thought it might be cool to expand on and now I’m working out the story in my head and all that stuff...


The basic premise: The main Hero characters are somehow defeated and only their cores remain. Throw in some cross-dimensional rifts and stuff. They end up on earth. A human picks up the hero core. Hero is summoned. Run around world finding other Heroes. Yay!

The premise is kind of campy. Like, I can name at least three Anime I’ve seen that do this; something is trapped inside some small, carry-able object and can be released to do battle. (And to my credit, Pokemon is like the third one I thought of.) But none of those Anime have been particularly intriguing to me, so I can’t help but think this plot point might be a little too market-y, gotta-collect-them-all type of a thing. But I have some ideas that would let me explore the Heroes as characters (something the tv show only did moderately well in the first season) and also play around with maybe a few human characters I haven’t really tried before. (One problem is, some of those ideas I want to try may be a bit to “adult” for BZPower.)

I dunno, I might try it out and post it here, just to do something differently. I haven’t posted a whole lot of “real world” stories on BZP before, mostly Bionicle. This would be a “Hero Factory characters in the real world” but still counts.



Color Names

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Sep 13 2015 · 599 views

You see, it's not Teal or Dark Turquoise, or even Bright Bluish Green.


Any argument to the contrary is wrong.

(I will also accept Kongu Blue.)



Skull Scorpio Draft?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions Sep 06 2015 · 487 views

Proposed idea for BrickCon?

Skull Scorpio doesn't have the most intriguing build, but he has some nice pieces, plus the infected mask of stone. So what if we drafted that set. Everybody keeps the mask(s?) but we split out the other pieces? (I mean, I think he has the most parts of the medium sized Skull Villians.) Thoughts?

Also, I apparently generated more dicussion with my selection of the thumbnail pict than the rest of my review... so yay? I dunno if that is good or bad.



SDCC Exclusives

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 28 2015 · 377 views

The funny thing is I didn't go to the event at all! In fact, the entire time I was in my office at work because, y'know, weekend shift and all.

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So these are the two SDCC Exclusives I was able to get ahold of. Sam Wilson Captain America was actually a win from Lego's Twitter raffle, which was very cool! (Like yeah, I tried reporting more on that for a reason.) I wasn't the only winner... I think they gave out 10 each of the figs and the masks over Twitter, but still a little mind boggling that I won.

The Skull Scorpio mask was bought off ebay for like $35. Which is I guess relatively cheap, but that's the most I've ever paid for a Bionicle mask. (Previous high was $25 for trans light blue Kaukau.) The Skull design is okay, although it would've been nicer to have one of the Toa's mask instead. (Mask of Jungle, anyone??) Still, looks rad under a black light, so I need to make a decent TNG MOC to use this one on.

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Cap Sam Wilson is super detailed, with great printing on the front and back. And those legs aren't just printed red; they're two toned, so the entire lower leg is red, even on the back. I wonder if they'll put that level of detail into future mass production figs. He doesn't have his wings, but I did buy the regular Falcon, so they can swap out and Cap Sam Wilson can take to the skies. Overall, a highly detailed fig and a great example of an exclusive (AKA one you can live without but gosh it does look really cool in hand.)

Okay, I'm done with my bragging. (Although I guess winning also caused the Lego twitter to start following my twitter account... which, to be fair, has primarily been used on Lego contests in the last year. I did post a ton of picts for the Bionicle mask hunt.)



Earthquake in the PNW

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 15 2015 · 361 views
So I guess the other day was "Massive Earthquake awareness in the Pacific Northwest Day" due to an article posted by the NewYorker detailing the chances and consequences of a massive 9.0+ quake in the region. I knew most of the science behind it, but I didn't quite realize how woefully unprepared we are. Like, best estimates, we won't get electricity back for three weeks, running water for two months! Come on, my life it totally online, I don't know how I'd manage that! (I mean, I've done extended camping trips, but this would be a pain...)

I also reflected on how I'd fair in such a quake. At work... well I'm in the top floor of an older brick building, AKA the ones sure to go down. At home, I'm on the third floor of an apartment building, which probably wouldn't stand because what landlords are cheap. (Maybe, I don't know for sure? More importantly, would my Lego collection be salvageable?) Commuting to work, at least I don't cross any major bridges anymore... but I do spend 20+ minutes a day in the train tunnel, which is probably like a terrible place to be.

So yeah, just been thinking about natural disasters and whatnot, and now everybody else is too, so when I'm online reading questions about various scenarios, I'm like "Hey I already know about that 'cause I researched it before." Because, honestly, natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis and volcanoes and stuff are scary as Karzahni, and understanding them and how to avoid them helps but there's no avoiding this and when this hits WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE. (Maybe, probably.)

But hey it will probably take care of the hipster population in Portland. And might also wipe out the people who complain about hipsters, who are just as bad. B-)

In other news, PLUTO! SO COOL!



Lego Slingshot

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts May 22 2015 · 371 views

I finally managed to track down some Collectible Minifigures: Simpsons Series Two, and got the only one that I really wanted: Bartman. Even then I don't care much for the fig itself, since I have a generally negative view of the Simpson figs. However, he does come with a slingshot accessory, which is the first time Lego had produced one. (Although they've been printed on torsos before, my self fig torso has one printed on it.) (I'm also annoyed that, while the Lego Hobbit game gave Ori the Dwarf a unique slingshot ability, he did not get one in the set.)

The reason I am so interested in this slingshot element is that it's for a story I've written. I've minifigure-ized most of the characters, and I tried to give them Lego weapons based off the story. That works when the weapons are standard, like a sword or bow, but one of the characters uses a slingshot, and until now I haven't had an accurate assessor to give him. (I've used one of the fork-like Bionicle minifig weapons from back in the day instead.) So now his character is now properly armed. Yay.

Granted, two characters are still unrepresented. I need Lego to make minifig-sized accessories of a boomerang (preferably black, but dark brown seems like a natural choice) and a yoyo. Why does one of my characters use a yoyo as a weapon? IT SEEMS LIKE A COOL IDEA AT THE TIME, KAY! And it still is; it's like a metal ball you throw at people and then draw back cause it's attached to a string you're holding, what's not to like? (Oh, in the story the yoyo can also emit a blinding light to use against your enemies, but that doesn't need to be represented in Lego necessarily.)



Wait... Do Kanoka glow in the dark in the story?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Apr 05 2015 · 578 views

The Kanoka discs in set form glow in the dark, but was that ever canon-ized?

I found I sudddenly need to know this but have never considered the idea before. I guess.


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Is that the light at the far end of the tunnel, or just the train.
~ Owl City

Lisztomania, think less but see it grow. Like a riot, like a riot, Oh.
~ Phoenix

I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
~ Foster the People

Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
~ Oh Land

On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
~ Train

But even the sun sets in paradise
~ Maroon 5

Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
~ Train (Again?)

So make now your ally, and leap before you look
~ Nothing's Carved In Stone

I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
~ Passion Pit

Just believe in far away, ikiru tame ni sore wa
~ Song Rider

Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
~ One Republic

I live my life in shackles, but I'm borderline-free.
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