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Stickers Galore

Posted by xccj , Jan 20 2008 · 60 views
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Just because it happened, I had to take a screen shot as proof and a lasting memory of happiness.

Yes, I, Lego Online Club Member xccj01, did make it to the top ten sticker modules on MyLego.com. It is a grand honor to receive this recognition.

By the time I refreshed the page after having taken a screen shot, I was booted off and replaced by some dude who squeezed in a bunch of large, blurry stickers into one slot.

Yeah, I'm not quite sure what determines how you get on that page, but somehow I doubt its quality. I'm guessing its either "most clicks" or "random". Either way, by chance I did make it on there, so I feel happy.

Wanna see the winning sticker? Go check out my page, become my friend, and give me lots of clicks. laugh.gif




Many Levels Of Orange

Posted by xccj , Jan 19 2008 · 89 views
In my recent Pohatu Phantoka Nuva review, ChocolateFrogs asked a question concerning the shade of orange used. Well, I tried to PM him the question, but I'm not sure if it made it through. So I recently took a photo, and since I've uploaded it already, why not just make a blog out of it? Any complaints? No? *Can't Hear You* Okay, here we go.

Here are some pieces I happen to have in the various shades or orange / yellow.

First, we have classic yellow, used on the Throwbot Jet, McToran Jaller, and the Muaka (and a manas too, right?) I don't think it's appeared since, unless you count those Rhutoka spinner rods (I think those were yellow too).

Then we have the new shade of yellow, now commonly refered to as Keetongu orange (or keetongu yellow, as it could be called). It is darker shade of yellow, and is a pleasant blend or classic yellow and classic orange, in my humble opinion. However, seeing this color over and over again has made it appear somewhat dull, especially since it replaced brown in the stone sets for a while, but overall tis not bad. But it is very different from either classic yellow or classic orange.

Then we have classic orange, in the form of Nuparu's mask. Classic orange has seen its days as a secondary color to Ta sets all the way up to the Toa Nuva. It's also been in the Rahaga sets, a Visorak set, and in other various places I just can't remember at the moment. This color has stayed with us since the beginning, right up there were black, white, blue (now in the form of friction pins), and breakable lime green. But has it changed this year, just as it was becoming a primary color?

Well, kind of, but it's hard o tell. The final mask shown is Pohatu Phantoka Nuva's. It's more of a neon orange, a bit brighter or flashier than the original. Is this because the paint is new, or that my Nuparu mask has faded and isn't as shiny as the brand new mold? It's up to you to decide, because I can't, for the life of Mata-Nui, tell exactly what the difference is. Even in the picture above, the difference isn't notable. So this new shade of orange (if it is a new shade... I might just be being picky here) can probably be incorporated in with classic orange without too much disruption... not nearly as bad as when they switched the grays on us.

And, of course, we have the Hannah crab, but it just scurried into the picture at the last moment, so it can't really be considered a shade of orange in and of itself. (Or can it? unsure.gif )

Now, go build an MOC in orange! (Or black, red, blue, ext...)




Posted by xccj , Jan 18 2008 · 87 views
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I finally lose that absurd Rahaga head that's been hovering underneath my name for a year to be replaced by a golden Olmak. (Or I will, as soon as it updates.) I have reached my five year anniversary on BZP. It's been real, it's been fun, but nothing seems really special today? Hmm. Anyway, while the spinning Olmak may not be nearly as cool as previous spinnign Vahis and Avohkiis, but it beats that Rahaga head. Reminds me of a Rahkshi head... and associations with Makuta of Metru-Nui. Or it's just boring and red, maybe that's why. Anyway, a new spinny will be cool. I hope I get to stay around long enough to get more of these thingies.

On other notes, I went to the mall to buy a calculator. I looked for new 08 sets, but only found a few 08 Matoran, of which I decided I didn't want to buy yet. I'll probably wait until I go home and go shopping at a Fred Meyers... they always have good sales on LEGO Bricks. Unfortunately, the closest Fred Meyers ot me right now is an hour's bus ride away, with two transfers and a location i don't exactly know of. Too much work for a simple set, especially with school and it all.

One last 07 remake, and this one is cool.


Yes, that's where Kalmah's body went. There's a story behind this one, and I'll tell it to ya. Yeah, suffer, young listeners. tongue.gif

Ehlek was the first set I started to redesign. Like Hewkii, I thought Ehlek had alot of potential but it didn't necessarily all come out from his set. Sure, he has cool colors and awesome spikes, but his spindly form wasn't appealing. First, I experimented with his weapons... what would happen if I made them shoulder armor? To beef out his shoulders and make him look better, I put his limbs on Kalmah's body. (And, as you might notice, I switched the upper arm and upper leg connection rods, to make him more proportioned) It certainly have him a more masculine and muscular look, but he needed a weapon. I'm not sure how I came up with it, but I attached his spine to his arm and spun it around, creating this wicked clawed hand. Sure, there's no wrist articulation anymore, put I fully plan to use said design in future MOCs. Now, he doesn't just look buff, but dangerous too. Furthermore, to cover up the bare back of the Barraki, I added a few pieces that allowed me to attach Ehlek's third spine piece along his back, resembling a Piraka. (Only his spine piece is so much cooler.) It was mentioned before that my Carapar redesign showed him more as he was pre-pit... well, I think this resembles Ehlek better before the Pit claimed him.

The colors on this one are off, so of course I can't call him a true redesign of Ehlek. I'm sure I could've taken a few more pieces and made his scheme less messy, but I was lazy. I was going more for form here than color. On the downside... alot of him is still lime green. I thought my Ehlek had avoided the curse of the lime green, but as I was taking him apart, I noticed pretty much all of his limb pieces had cracks in them... not broken yet but I'm not going to MOCing in lime green anytime soon. I was kind of disappointed, because I have already MOCed with Ehlek's lime green pieces before and hadn't noticed any wear and tear, but I guess it just catches up with you. (Although he lasted longer than Hahli).

Be aware of this eel now... because he has claws and teeth and muscles and spikey shoulder armor. Enjoy.



Tough As Stone

Posted by xccj , Jan 17 2008 · 81 views
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Not me tonight. Uhg, my Wednesdays are so long... three lecture classes and a quiz section. Some of them are on the opposite end of the campus... which isn't that bad when it's not cold. The weather has taken a dip these last few days. Yeah, it's been nice and clear, but cold. And worst, the snow froze! ohmy.gif We got a light covering of snow the other day, about enough to make the untrodden ground white. But when the air cleared and the temperature dropped... the wet snow turned to clumpy ice on the sidewalks. Alot of the main pathways were salted, so the ice melted, but one I use is kinda out of the way, so it wasn't cleared off. Unfortunately, I learned of this when walking to class after hours.

Now I'm tired and ready to sleep... after some homework... and after I posted this. Second to last in my series of 07 remakes... and one of the better ones at that.


Hewkii was my favorite Mahri, although I was the first to admit that his set was lacking. But it was so unique and had so much potential... well, I've tried to bring out some of that potential here.

First of all, forget shot Hewkii. He got to be nice and tall as an Inika, he should stay that way as a Mahri. Thus, his arm and leg sockets were switched around, giving him better proportion. His Piraka body is flipped around so it's facing the correct side, although his head still had to be connected on the outside or else it doesn't work. With shorter shoulders comes a change in shoulder armor. Well, the spears on the side aren't gonna cut it this time around, so I ditched them. The Cordak holders are nice though, but don't fit with the arms... let's move them down to those bare legs (cause I ditched the spiked ball pieces as armor here). Now it's like Hewkii has ammo hanging off his belt as if he were in an old western movie... or something. It doesn't bulk his leg up at all, like regular knee armor should, but it gives a better feel than just bare sockets.

Now, back up to the arms. Well, let's just connect those Lego chains from his arms to his back, Inika style. Yeah, that works. But we still have those spiked ball pieces... how about lower body armor? I couldn't think of anyplace else to put them, so there works. They kind of restrict the hip joints, but it's not too unnatural. Now, for weapons. The Cordak is just fine where it is... as said before, Hewkii has the coolest connection ('cept for maybe the Hannah crab). Better yet, he can backhand people with that arm, turning that bulky blaster into an effective club. Hey, I had fun using it that way. Now, his other hand has that cool spear... but wait, we still have those shoulder spears. Hmm, when placed on either end of the hand, they resemble a bow. Now if only I had a long spear to be used as an arrow... but wait, I DO! Now Hewkii's got an underwater bow, which just looks completely awesome in my opinion. Sure, it doesn't work, and I don't even think it'll be too useful underwater, but it just looks soooo cool. So I'm keeping it. tongue.gif

I liked this remodel of Hewkii so much, I brought it to my dorm, to hang out with Pohatu Newva and Thok on my dresser. This is what I think the Mahri should've looked like... or something close to this. It's not a new and stunning Toa set, true, but it's better than the original. Best of all, this one is only uses pieces from the original... so you can recreate Hewkii like this if you have him at all, with no extra pieces necessary. Now I'd like to see the Barraki try and beat on him now. (Well, he's not that much more powerful, and looks don't always help in a battle, so maybe that's stretching it a bit too much.) So rebuild your Hewkii today! smile.gif

As a side note, the construction of his bow inspired me to include a bow and arrow option for Treglar's weapon in my latest epic. Since that option won, it'll be great to see just what a Toa of Stone can do with such a Toa tool.

One more tomorrow... who will it be? unsure.gif



Lego's Moc Gallery Works!

Posted by xccj , Jan 16 2008 · 121 views
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Randomly, I decided to upload one of my creations to my second account on Lego.com... just for something cool to put on my MyLego page because I have nothing better up. Unfortunately, all my current good picts have my username stapled onto them... and that wasn't the username I put it under. I was thinking to myself that it might be funny... people would think my creations were worth something to be ripped off! Yet, as luck would have it, the image never got approved... it broke Lego rules? Why? because it looked like I had stolen somebody's image! How's Lego suppose to know it was really me? It means they're actually putting some effort into stopping stolen MOCs from being posted.

Or, it proves that putting you name in big, bright letters on your MOC picts does actually work.

Want another MOC picture with my name attached to it in big, bright letters? Well, I've got another addition...


This is a Barraki on a diet... no more calamari for him. Nope... while he's kept his muscle in his arms and legs, his body has slimmed down to nearly a single bar (with armor, of course). Unfortunately, dieting doesn't exactly make him look any better, so he's thinking about going on one of those high-fat Matoran diets to gain a little bit of weight.

As I set, I thought it would be interesting to see what Kalmah would look like on Ehlek's body. Well, I've made worst sets, but this is up there. Now the question you have to ask yourself... what happened to Ehlek? unsure.gif

Two more rebuilds to go... and I've been saving the best for last. I mean, these are actually, genuine rebuilds. But, hey, you'll see them next time I blog.

Give me clicks!



The Mouse Is Dead!

Posted by xccj , Jan 14 2008 · 76 views
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I found that the homework I've been putting off is rather difficult. Worst, so is navigating on my computer without a mouse.

You see, I have a nice laptop, and to go along with it, I bought a cheap wireless mouse because I hate the touch pads (almost as much as I hate laptop keyboards) Well, my wired keyboard addition is great for typing and everything, and hooks directly to the computer, so no need for a battery. But the mouse is a different story. Earlier today, as I was starting to look up homework, the mouse started going weird on me. I though, ha, the battery is almost dead. Fear now, I have an charger that's stuffed with rechargeable batteries at the moment! The mouse will live again.

How was I suppose to know that every single battery was DEAD!

Now the charger's on the wall, charging the rechargeable batteries that I though were already charged... but alas, I have no spare battery to fit inside my mouse. It is dead, deceased, gone the way of the dodo. It is an ex mouse... until the batteries finish charging. Until then, I'm navigating between tricky keyboard methods and a touch pad on the laptop. It makes it quite a pain to try to do some of these pieces of online homework.

Later... seeing as I can't use a mouse very well, I'll post a new image of a redesigned 07 set next time.



The Sun Rises?

Posted by xccj , Jan 13 2008 · 126 views
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Who knew?

I am on the second day of a very, very bad habit I am falling into. Yesterday, I took an afternoon nap, and was up in the evening. Way past Midnight, I decided to go to bed, but couldn't sleep for various reason. So I bagged the whole idea and did some stuff on the computer. I stayed up pretty late... and the next thing I knew the sun was rising. So I went to the cafeteria just when it opened and got some relly good breakfast.

Then I went back to my room, and crashed. By the time I was getting up, the sun had gone back down.

Awe. sad.gif

And now I'm doing it again. It's probably a bad habit to stay up all night if I plan to do anything the next day... during daylight hours. But, on the other hand, I get to see the sunrise, which I never see otherwise. (LOL, it RHYMES!!) But, hey, I'm enjoying the weekends.

Speaking of the early bird...


He is not altered at all in this image... I just respotioned him in such a way that it's too uber cool! I always though Takadox was suppose to be some sort of insect like creature. But, really, he folds up nicely as a bird. His arms are like wings, and fold up against the body, and he can even perch on something and stare at you. Yeah, the jaws are still a little creepy, even for a Bionicle bird, but, hey, it's good to know that this creep from the deep can resemble [b]two[/i] types of animals, all without really switching a piece.

And when he's taking off... bye bye baby micy.



Just Some Random Updates...

Posted by xccj , Jan 12 2008 · 117 views
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I don't have anything big to blog about in particular, but I have some things that might interest you. So here goes...

Story: Well, in the review topic, I said that real life might get in the way of updates, but I never expected it to hit me so hard and so fast. A few days after I posted the first real chapter of my new epic, I got horribly sick, and I've been on the downside of it ever since. Thus, about three weeks of being sick, which only got worst when I went back to school. With all that, updating the story became too much of a head ache. But today, I finally sat down and started typing up on it. And, man, did I get a lot done. I thought the first chapter was lengthy... this one is worst. It's gonna be a lot of back story again, and explaining, introducing new characters, and the like. I'll get it posted tomorrow, when I feel like rechecking it for the inevitable spelling mistakes. Hey, if I go through it once, that cuts the amount of mistakes by a half, and people have more posting room to mention the groovy plot... or something like that. Anyway, update tomorrow.

Games: While playing the new Nuva / Makuta Phantoka game, I noticed if you do well you get this strange code thing at the end of the game. Weird. So I typed the code thing in the code typer area, and wa la, I suddenly got a power up! So far, the Toa and Makuta each have two power ups, which make you go faster and fire faster (as well as your blasts do more damage... one to take down a foe instead of three...) They make the game a lot easier. And once you got the power ups, if you click on the icons, they show images of prototypes of the sets. They're nifty!

School: Okay, here's my list this quarter. English: It's on the 1950s. Uhg. Well, I don't know too much about the fifties... only what s in that Billy Joel song. tongue.gif But the class is entitled "Scandalous Fifties" so I'm thinking the literature may not be the action=adventure I was hoping for. Drat, real life got me again! The teacher is kinda odd though... she laughs the loudest at the silliest things we come upon. Math: Yay, calc 2. Antiderivatives. Area under the curve. A TA who is Portuguese. Interesting. Challenging, but not over the top yet. (Emphasis on yet, I haven't started the homework for that class... yet.) Physics: The professor apparently knows what he's doing, as he has some sort of state of matter named after him? I don't understand it... but I wikipedia-ed him name, and that's what it came up as. Downside (besides the slight boringness and the fact that it's at the end of the day) is that he's Russian and has a thick accent. ohmy.gif Yay for linguistic diversity!

Indiana Stuff: Lego's Indy webpage has the teaser and a little loading bar telling us how long until the site is up. I noticed the loading bar retreated a bit, thus telling me it'll be an even longer wait. Bummer.

My Lego: Still collecting stuff. Need to grow some honey before I can really do anything else. Cool thing is I'm getting alot more interaction with other members now that newbies can join and everything. Much more fun than that stuck up crown that was the beta testers. tongue.gif J/K.

And, last but not exactly least...


I had to change this brutal Barraki around a little bit... mostly by connecting his leg armor differently so the things won't fall off every time he moves. I think I also made a stronger connection to his head, but I can't be sure if I did that in his altered for or when I rebuilt him to his original form. Then I switched his arms and legs, so the bigger limb piece is actually apart of the legs, which should be longer, rather than his arms. Makes him look better proportioned. Another big change was his claws... in their original form, they look terrible, but I added a little connector doohiki and now they look quite fierce. Not perfect, but it beats having them flop around on his hand. Since I didn't have enough to build him a second claw, I gave him a Rahkshi staff to make it seem like he was complete... he's too dull to realize that the staff is too short to really do anything and he'd be better off without it. Oh, yeah, and I gave him Hahli's wings... because I can. With Hahli kinda falling apart, as seen in the last image, I thought her wings should go on somebody else. I tried them on Carapar, and I must say I like the image. I'm not quite sure what it does for him, but it's cool. Can we agree on that? No, well tough luck, it's my blog, so I say he's cool. If you want to say otherwise, feel free... I'll just edit your reply and cross it out. tongue.gif

No, really, don't tempt me.



My Lego... And I'm Keeping It.

Posted by xccj , Jan 09 2008 · 98 views
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Well, the new version of My Lego is up, so I can start collecting again. This time, I will take precautions not to invite some friends over to my side of the board, 'cause so many of them just dropped me in the last version. If they want to be my friends, fine, but ask. Even in this new version, people are pig-headed enough to reject a request for a friend. This isn't like other social networks where somebody may find out who you are and begin to stalk you based on what you have in your account... but whatever, people just don't like the sly grin on my minifigure avatar. Those skull dudes are just so much more trustworthy.

I never got too far on the beta version... I got stuck needed a drone bee and nobody ever clicked on the module to challenge me for one. I asked plenty of people... even sent them the stuff they needed to challenge me. Pigheaded ones took the bee and ran... a few spared me a click or two on the wrong module. Only one person actually challenged me... and won, so I didn't get anything out of it. But this time I have a secret weapon that'll assure me at least one friend. It's called "MNOLG Account #2"... back when you could only play the game once per account. Account still exists, and now it's one of my friends. Any guesses which it is? sly.gif

Now I just have to wait a few days for my tree to start growing some red bricks, and then I'll be moving up in levels that I could never reach on the beta version. If you want to be my friend, my account is xccj01. I'll accept you and even give you clicks... but if you drop me for no good reason, don't expect to be comin' on back for more clickies.

In other news... and this is just as bad...

My gosh, and you thought you'd seen mutants before.

ToM just posted a great review on Hahli M., and he got one thing right. Those nasty limbs break real quick like. Her hands are now snapped, and her other limbs are cracking... if I try to disassemble her, she's going to blow. ohmy.gif Thus, she's turning into a rather pathetic model, as I don't have spare limbs to beef her up. So I did what I could. She can't hold her talon anymore with a hand, so I connected it to her arm in a similiar fashion as I did with Jaller... although I used rods instead of Cordak ammo for her. The other arm was boring, as her Cordak was in Dekar's hands. I was thinking about what to add to it when I tripped over Fenny's body. So now she's got Fenrakk's head on the end of her arm, and it'll gobble up any Barraki she comes upon.

The rest of her is unchanged, mostly because I didn't have enough pieces at the time to rebuild her. Sure, I could've tried, but I didn't.

Chew on that for now.



Shoot 'em Up!

Posted by xccj , Jan 08 2008 · 104 views
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Really, no good news. I'm doing this mostly for the sake of posting a new picture. It was the first day of winter classes, and I was bored, sleepy, and sick. Sick enough that I'm probably good enough to get out of taking a test... not that I'll have an option like that. Unfortunatly, my earliest class is also my smallest, so they take roll call. Bah.

Set wise, I have been looking at the Makutas and their respective Matoran. Mutron and Vican (that's the combination, correct? I'm pulling those names out of my head...) are a cool combination. Lime green and black... a great color scheme, just as long as the lime green doesn't break. Has the lime green of 08 been fragile too? I thought I was exempt from the problems, but both Hahli and Ehlek have cracked or cracking limb pieces... annoyed2.gif I'll get to that later... anyway, I also like Mutron's claw setup, with a ton of Mantax's claws. His Matoran assistant isn't that bad either, with claws galore. And the price is about $15, correct?

Wait, hold the press! $15? The regular Makuta are $10. Oh, well, Mutron's more expensive... but wait again, he has a Matoran set in addition to his great Makuta-ness. The Matoran are, what, $6? So $10 + $6 = ... $16? Maybe more depending on taxes and stuff. But Mutron and his pal are $15... and they're bigger with more pieces than their canister compatriots!! Thus, that set is a great deal with savings... it seems more expensive, but it's not. Now, I know it's hard to find, so that means it's a store exclusive... what store again? Because if I happen to come across that set... I'll buy it and forget about the other Makuta. The Phantoka Makuta sets are intriguing, but since I am focusing on Toa and trying to conserve cash, I think I might go with this titan.

For Toa, I think I'll pick up all six (eventually) and maybe one Matoran just for kicks? Any preference on the wittle Matoran... I'm thinking Tanma, unless he's got the "curse of the weak lime green plastic".

Now, for pictures...


Now, I always like the zamor, but not the way it attached to the Matoran Mahri. When put on their shoulders, it just doesn't look too good, and the stupid zamor (or solidified air sphere) kept falling out. First, I thought I'd remove the rejected zamor design (let's face it, the Midak are much cooler uses of zamor) and place a Cordak blaster on his shoulder. I attached it by snapping a socket joint on the back of Dekar's arm, and then using the ball joint on the Cordak to attach the weapon to Dekar. Well, he looked formidable with his spikes and shoulder Cordak blaster, but he was unbalanced. So, when his spikes went to Defilak, I just let him hold on tight to those Cordak. Now he can hold them, fire them easily, and swing them like clubs. (Batter Up!) Seeing his little design makes me think that maybe Kongu Mahri wasn't that bad after all, with his two Cordak blasters. (But not enough for me to want to get him) Now lets see even the mask of life heal something after Dekar has blasted it to smithereens. This is how the Matoran should've guarded Mahri-Nui.

Well, this whole thing seems kinda worthless, as nobody's replied in the last three days I've posted these, but I have the pictures so I'm going to continue posting them, whether you like it or not. Yes, I am totally willing to make you suffer if that's what the situation calls for. BURN! Hahah... hum. I think I'll go back to having a coughing fit now. glare.gif


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