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Fixes To The Mata Nui Island Model

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Jun 08 2012 · 645 views

So last weekend, we finally got to show our giant Mata Nui Island Model off at Bricks Cascade. In general, we recieved some nice comments about it. Well, except from the BZPower Staff, where the general consesus was that they felt sick every time they saw the island. (Does that count as constructive critisism?) And, as I kind of expected, it didn't win any awards. But it was there, people got to see it, and overall I'm glad I got to show it off. :)

But there were a few things to fix. Porportions, blandness of color, lack of a giant robot head underneith it. Since the island was up at Swert's place for the last few months, I was unable to help make any changes. (And so was Steven, apparently.) But there was one thing I could correct, based off the many, many complaints we recieved.

I could add in the Ga-Koro Kaukau Waterfall.

(Oh, and the Quarry while I'm at it.)

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Okay, so they're not perfectly porportioned. The Quary is alongside a cliff, and not inside its own special carved out mesa. The waterfall appears out of a small cliffside randomly. And the details were gained through a cheat; decals. Tough luck. :P

The decals, as I've mentioned before, were created by Nuju Metru, and they were awesome! Maybe most of the public and other AFOLs didn't appreciate this little detail, but I'm sure Bionicle fans do. I know I do.

And as always, the convention was a blast, and was over too soon. But this is not the last you've seen of the Mata Nui Island! It will appear again at BrickCon 2012, so if you're attending that, you'll get a chance to check this out!

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Aaron Is Awesome

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions May 12 2012 · 110 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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No Raptors

Posted by xccj , in MOCs May 11 2012 · 95 views

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Say no to raptors at Bricks Cascade in Portland, OR.

And bring better xkcd mocs, cause I got nothing new except this.

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Building Backwards

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions May 11 2012 · 69 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 · 122 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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Mini Fig Stands

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Apr 24 2012 · 75 views

I think I've blogged about this before... even posted a picture. But anyway, updates.

So yeah I built a couple of minifig stands for display purposes. But instead of lengthy descriptions, I'll let the images show off most of them.

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I redid all of the layers and did a better job color-coordinating them and spacing out the standing areas for the figs. I arranged it so I can squeeze 11 figs on each layer, with 5 distinct layers. The top one is still a little bare to allow for future figs... either more collectibles or some Super Heroes I might pick up. (And as you can guess, I decided not to arrange them based on collectible series... the only real organized group is the Star Wars one, which got updated when I traded a bunch of figs from Dan Parker, Swert's boss.)

Also, Crab-fig on motorcycle. Boo-Yah!

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Here is my Ninjago stand. Basically, I used the Blacksmith Shop and added two levels beneath it. I have the Ninjas in their traditional garb on the bottom level, 3 of em in their ZX uniforms (missing Cole, will get him this summer), and then the four of them in their traditional garb but with hair. (I used a HP black hairpiece for Cole cause I haven't purchased the actual one yet.) Oh, and Nya and Samurai X are included. I need Sensei Wu, and I suppose I could work on the levels and allow for some of the Skeletons / Snakes, even tho I don't have many of them.

Oh, and there's a special Kohrok ontop of everything. Sure, it's not Ninjago-storyline accurate, but the Bohrok has a prototype clear head plate plus glow in the dark eyes. So it's there to stay.

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Finally, a stand showing off some characters from one of my stories. Basically, the top is the main characters, the mid level is the secondary characters, and the bottom is mostly miscellaneous baddies. It makes sense to me anyway, and since I've had most of these figs customized for years and I don't want to tear them apart, it's cooler to have them on display instead of in storage.

Anyway, took some pictures between studying. Will probably post some more soon. Also need to get back to posting my 36 Mask Rahi so that they get some publicity online before they show up at the convention.

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

Posted by xccj , in News, MOCs Mar 21 2012 · 52 views
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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 · 180 views
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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 · 91 views
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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 · 93 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. ;) )

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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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