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Bionicle Double-Decker Couch

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 05 2015 · 161 views

I haven't blogged much lately, so I'm gonna start out with a new MOC I've been working on for a while...

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I have yet to see a Double-Decker Couch built out of Bionicle elements yet, so I went ahead and built one myself. Granted, it's a little messy and not very stable, especially since the characters are just barely attached to it. But I think it comes off well.

That is a new Matoran design, and while I'd like to say it's mostly Bionicle, that's kinda untrue. The torsos are primarily system built, with lots of curved slope action going on. The hips are that one Hero Factory piece that just managed to fit into some technic bricks, and then of course the limbs are just HF CCBS elements. Still, I was able to make it work in a variety of colors to get the Bionicle characters I wanted.

If you've followed my stories in the past, you might recognize these characters. And since probably none of you have, I'll just name em off. Top row is Kulagi (Kanoka Maker), Sufina (Chemist) and Triki (Eccentric crazy peron.) Kulagi and Sufina are a pair, BTW. Bottom is Gragu (Gang Matoran, technically a baddie), Tuili (Okay, he never actually made it into my stories), Vakama (Mask Maker... you might know of him), and Huaju (Traveler).

The TV is also mostly system with a frame of CCBS pieces. Yes, I'm aware that TVs don't actually operate by having little piece inside of them act out the shows, but that seems a decent way to pull off the model. Later I might also add some accessories for the Matoran, like food and drinks and a remote control.

I have more pictures, but I'm too lazy to edit them, so I'll upload em later. And then I'll post like an actual topic for this, with more shots of the Matoran in poses. (I'm actually really happy with the design.) But wanted to share something, so here it is!



Okoto Socket Mosaic

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jan 20 2015 · 102 views

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Okoto Socket Mosaic by Xccj, on Flickr

Not going to talk much about this; it's a concept idea I had, a mix between a sculpture and a mosaic of the new Okoto island. Maybe it's just me, but the shape just doesn't seem iconic or anything, so it's kinda hard to tell if I matched it well enough? Now I want to do the Mata Nui island in the same style... but all my sockets got used here, for the most part.

I tried some new things here. I flipped every other column to mix things up, although this made it a huge pain when I tried to take sections apart to adjust coloring. I also have it fully secured in the back using liftarms, so this one won't just be held together by duct tape. (It's still slightly warped. I dunno how these socket mosaics get so warped, must be some design aspect of the piece.) Finally, I added some layering effects, where the sockets are stacked two or three high, in the mountainous regions. This also allowed for the creation of some pits in the earth region and some trans orange parts with an orange backing in the fire region.

Anyway, yeah, here it is.



Final Gali Masters Mosaic Design

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Jan 18 2015 · 293 views
So I made some changes based on suggestions by some members (ironically ones who probably won't participate) and now we have this design:

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People who've remarked interest:

Xccj: Pieces 05, 08, and 09
Chocolate Frogs: 10
Black Six: 01, 02
Letagi: 03, 06
Kayru: 07
Based Goomy: 12
Danny316p: 11

List of sections with difficulty and color requirements:

Piece 01: (Medium) Black Six Claimed. Requires dark green, lime, black, lgt gray, white
Piece 02: (Easy) Black Six Claimed. Little bit of dark green and green, then black, white, lgt gray.
Piece 03: (Medium) Letagi Claimed. Blue, Dark Blue, dk gray, lgt Gray, Tan, lots of White
Piece 04: (Easy) Dark green, Lime, Green, lots of white and lgt gray, Pending Xccj Claim
Piece 05: (Hard) Xccj Claimed. (Yellow, orange, dk tan, sand blue, dk azure, dk blue)
Piece 06: (Medium) Letagi Claimed. A few medium blue, one purple, some tan, redish-brown, dark blue, blue, black, both grays, white
Piece 07: (Medium) Kayr Claimed. A few dark azure and medium blue, some dark blue, blue, black, dk gray, lots of white and lgt gray
Piece 8: (Hard) Xccj Claimed. (Dk Azure, Dk Blue, Med. Blue, Sand Blue, Purple, Blue, Black)
Piece 9: (Hard) Xccj Claimed. (Dk Azure, Dk Blue, Blue, Med Blue, Yellow)
Piece 10: (Easy) CF Claimed. (Dk Blue, blue, Dk Gray, Lgt Gray, White)
Piece 11: (Hard) Dany316p Claimed. Dk Azure, Medium Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, Tan, Black, Dk Gray, Lgt Gray, White
Piece 12: (Easy) Based Goomy Claimed. Some medium blue, dark blue, tan, dk gray, black, then lgt gray, blue, lots of white.

Claim your piece now and bring it to Bricks Cascade!

(And if we can't make it to twelve baseplates, we might need to tweak this down to a 96x96 stud mosaic. But hopefully we can pull it off!)

We would have some standards. This is going to be a studs up mosaic, with a brick's depth. (This means you can stack three plates and only the top one has to be the right color!) We want solid studs on top, so any regular plate or brick will work, but bricks with hollow studs, like technic bricks, are out. Let me know if you have any questions about colors or whatnot; I'm not against making small tweaks here and there. I also claimed most of the pieces with rare colors, which I'm pretty sure I can cover with my collection. If you feel you can cover one of the pieces I've claimed, I'll be happy to give it up, but I figured most people who'd want to participate might not have been collecting as much dark azure, dark purple, or sand blue as me. :P

This is meant for Bricks Cascade, but since that convention is on the official BZP MOC Convention Circuit, pieces could theoretically be sent in too.

Thanks again, and claim your piece(s) today!



Potential Toa Masters Mosaics?

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Jan 12 2015 · 177 views
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These are, of course, raw versions that I just threw through Pic-to-Brick's mosaic generator once. (Oh, I got that to work for me again, turns out I didn't have Java installed. Huh.) Anyway, things would definitely get tweaked to stay with more consistent coloring. Particularly, the backgrounds would probably get changed to grayscale, although I'd probably keep the styling instead of making it a solid background. Adds some extra flair, if just for shades of gray.

I myself am partial to the Gali pose (which is 96x128 studs, the other two being 96x96) however Pohatu's did turn out to be the sharpest. I looked at Kopaka and Lewa and didn't really see any nice action scenes that would translate to mosaics well. Tahu might have some, yes, but he moves too fast and I don't like the video device they have on Bionicle.com, makes it hard to go frame-by-frame. :shrugs:

Opinions? I'd consider other suggestions too.



Collectibles Displays

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Dec 06 2014 · 209 views

I've been working on some displays to spice up my apartment, specifically of some of my Bionicle / Lego collectibles. (Side note, I am clearly not a normal person.) I got two finished up and wanted to share pictures. Yay!

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Kanohi-Collection by Xccj, on Flickr

This is a full set of the original 72 Kanohi, plus the gold and silver great masks. It doesn't include room for rare masks or misprints or Matoran masks or Rahi masks... I wanted the colors to match. I originally made a similar design and hung it up... and it lasted ten minutes before falling apart. I didn't know a way to reinforce it strength-wise without having to go through a lot of pieces, so instead I went a different route and used a bunch of points to hold it up, rather than just one. So yes, that is pretty much nailed to the wall. But so far it's held together!

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Slizer-Disc-Collection by Xccj, on Flickr

These are all the Slizer collectible discs. This one took some more effort.

I know I've posted about collecting these before, but I'll reiterate a little bit. The bottom four rows (not counting the Millennial column to the far right) were never released in sets and only came in limited availability disk packs, an idea which they later improved upon with Bionicle. I ended up BrickLinking most of these in the last couple of months. It was mildly easy; the disks are overpriced like Kanohi masks, so they were relatively cheap to get, but some were only available internationally. I think I made four orders from Germany to complete my collection. (In fact, I bought all the ones I needed from one store, and a few days later he restocked with the last disc I needed, so I made a second purchase!)

But when I got them all, I had to figure out the best way to display them. The problem is, the disc design never really fit securely into anything. The best fit would be Kanoka disc launchers (and even they're not super secure because, really, their point was to launch the discs). But I didn't want to buy 48+ Kanoka launchers and attach them to some technic framework. So I experimented around and found a system approach.

The discs would fit about a 5x5 stud area. So I took a 7x7 stud area and put round bricks on the corners, and the discs fit snugly in the middle. Then, to keep them from falling out the top, I put grilles on the round bricks, and right corner was enough to keep it in. Granted, the discs can rotate, but they won't pop out. So then I started to build rows and columns. I didn't have a spare baseplate, so I used 16x16 light azure plates I had gotten in a draft to build it out. I even had some space for the Millennial discs on the far right, where I'm displaying 6 of the 7 they came out with.

It's not exactly the ideal set up. The light azure background isn't the best neutral color, but I guess it fits with all the trans light blue round bricks I used. (Those were the only color they had of that mold on the pick-a-brick wall). But I did go out of my way to make sure the grille colors matched. I might eventually move it to an actual baseplate. The design is currently 32x48, so I could theoretically transition it to a 48x48 baseplate, and have some more empty space. (I couldn't do two smaller baseplates next to each other because they couldn't connect on the back.) As is, a 6x6 display would fit perfectly on a 32x32, but there are more Slizer discs than that. Potentially, if I enlarge it, I might try to add the Bionicle Tonhunga disks as well. (Would need to collect some more of those too.) Not so much with the Kanoka; their collectability aspect isn't exactly the best for display.

Maybe eventually I'll do a krana one... despite giving away a sizable portion of my krana collection years ago, I'm starting to build it back up again, and I'm a little over half way there. (Not including the Krana Kal at this point.) Not even going to think about the kraana... just, no.



Potential Bionicle Convention Collaborative Project?

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Nov 28 2014 · 216 views

Well, I am now dedicated to going full time to Bricks Cascade since I'll be a theme coordinator (for steampunk.) So perhaps now it's time to start thinking about a collaborative project.

One idea is another Bionicle mosaic. I have a stand that can fit 4x4 baseplates, so 128x128 as studs. I'm thinking it would be easy to translate some scene from the new animations into a mosaic. Another idea is maybe a sculpture of the new island, now that we've gotten some better images.

Although it would be easier for people to attend the convention to bring stuff in, Bricks Cascade would be part of BZPower's 2015 MOC run, so it would be easy for people to send a portion in. It's always fun to do multiple person projects, cause they get very big and stand out over lots of other things. But it takes planning and coordination and when nobody else is interested it might not be worth it. So here, gaging the interest, would anybody want to be part of this?



Collecting Slizer Disks

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Nov 03 2014 · 174 views

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The ORIGINAL Collectibles. For constraction figures, anyway. Cause they were kindof the first ones... never mind.

Anyway, a few key Bricklink purchases (including one from Germany) and my collection is filling up. Of course, I already had the top two rows, cause those are the ones that came with the sets... although I did buy a few extras because I had either lost the originals or deformed them. (There was a brief period of playing with my Throwbots next to a hot light... and that was when I learned how plastic reacts to heat.) But the bottom four rows were only available in disc packs, which I believe were limited in retail availability. (I know I never saw them advertised outside of the Lego catalog, otherwise I probably would've impulsively tried to buy them like I ended up doing with mask packs.)

The neat thing about these collectibles is that they tell a story... or well more of a story than was ever officially given for the Slizers. The artwork on each is really great... well, at least the idea, anyway, some of them are not as sharp as others, and the picture really blurred things too. I'm thinking of somehow mounting these. Since the connection for discs is kinda loose, I'm thinking about doing it without Lego, maybe even *GASP* gluing them to the poster-board so I can display them like a poster on the wall.

As you can probably tell, I'm still a few short. I have two more orders in that should mostly fill out these (both from Germany... I guess the Germans were the only ones who collected these discs too) but I'm still missing one disc. Particularly, this one for Granite. Like, most of the other discs were for sale in random German stores, but this one isn't on BrickLink at all, and there hasn't been a sale of it in the last 6 months. Obviously, if you have one that you'd be willing to sell / trade, let me know! (Also, I'm only focusing on the original 8 Slizers/Throwbots. The Millennium / Invader ones had discs, but not in a consistent color, so they're less appealing to display with these.)

So yeah, I guess this one would be hard to top as far as retro-ness is concerned. Unless somebody has a full set of roborider wheels in all the variations? (Was that even possible? There were like 16 designs and 6-7 colors, so that's approaching a krana-sized collection)



Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 30 2014 · 166 views

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Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat by Xccj, on Flickr

A Victorian era time traveler is visiting a T-Rex, who is from an alternate dimension and is also dressed for the Victorian era and has time traveled, and together they share a cup of tea. (It makes more sense in context.)

This is for the ChronoCon 10,000BC theme being hosted by Brothers Brick at BrickCon 2014. And I mean, I think they've either done a lame job promoting it, or everybody else is keeping their designs close to their chest. Barely any interactions on Flickr where they're trying to run this, unless it's being planned out on some other (secret) forum that I'm unaware of cause I'm not one of the cool builders.

Anyway, I was hoping for my entry to be a bit unconventional, so it'll be very awkward if another T-Rex shows up wearing the same suit. :glare:



Brick-Sash WIP

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Sep 28 2014 · 93 views

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I'm not taking credit for this idea, cause I know B6 has done the badges on a sash before, and I know there are people who've made wearable-MOCs before. And I know that this isn't even that large of a brick badge compared to some. But it's an idea that I've had for a while, and finally rushed it out to see how it'll work. (Cropped out the ugly tho, for everybody's sanity.)

It's a bit clunky, but it seems to fit alright, considering it's basically a strap of Hero factory joints. The brick section could potentially fall apart; I've tried to reinforce it but I don't know if it'll hold? But I'll probably end up wearing this at BrickCon next weekend. For part of the time anyway. (Life got in the way of working on my cos-play idea, so that's not happening. Maybe next time?)

I also figured that this would probably be uncomfortable to wear all the time, so I designed a mini badge that can hold up to 6 bricks that I can wear everywhere. Because you can't go to a Lego convention and not have bricks magnetized to your shirt at all times. This includes fancy dinner. Brick badges are fancy.

I also got a new MS Surface 2 tablet... and it's not working right, so turning around and bringing it back to the store tomorrow. :( I was looking forward to bringing it with me to BrickCon as a portable computing device... I'll see if I still get the chance.



No Dark Side

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 25 2014 · 159 views

The theme for the black light display at BrickCon has been removed from their website.


What am I going to do with my two black-light MOCs now??


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