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BBC Contest 68

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jun 11 2014 · 101 views

I find it ironic that not only have I created some mechs, but I've already sent one to BrickFair! I would almost argue that it's valid, because even though it's been on the front page for three different convention photo steams, I haven't actually posted any finalized pictures of it on the forum. (But as it stands, I DID post WIP pictures in my blog, so it doesn't qualify.) Just thought it was kinda funny how that worked out. And I probably won't be able to enter because most of my Bionicle pieces and I are in a long distance relationship. (Read: I haven't actually brought them over to my apartment yet.) So sorry folks, there'll be no lousy throw-away entry to lose to your model from me.

Also it appears that Randall Munroe must be a big Animorphs fan. He's thrown in a few references to the series before, but yeah, guess I'm not the only still remember this great story. (I guess for reference, when Animorphs ended, I got hooked on Bionicle.)

Also spent my last two days off primarily playing LEGO LotR. Some would say that's two days completely gone to waste. But I'd remind them that I did manage to defeat Sauron, although I just have half of the actual game play completed. (This game is quite long, isn't it?)



Frosticon Mixels

Posted by xccj , in News, Review Jun 07 2014 · 108 views

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I have to say, out of all the Mixels out so far, I think I like the Frosticons best. It's not just their cool designs that are full of character, but also the good color scheme and especially all those medium azure pieces!

I have a habit of reviewing sets that I really like. Maybe I should start reviewing sets I dislike? Except I don't buy those sets cause I dislike them... and yes, these Mixels were purchased and not freebees. (And this review may have been delayed by a few weeks because of a freebee set that got reviews...)

BUT FROSTICON MIXELS YAY! Nothing against the others (except Jawg) but they can't all be my favorites.



Cheesy Count

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jun 05 2014 · 72 views

So for the last two hours or so, I sorted and tallied how many 1x1 and 1x2 cheese slopes I have. I've been separating them for a while from the rest of my collection, and I've done a count years ago, but this is in need of updating. And I thought I'd post my statistics, just because.

This isn't quite everything I own. I have a bucket full of MOCs and sets that are using a fair amount, including models like Helms Deep and Temple of Doom. Plus, I used most of my dark green cheese slopes on my jungle mosaic that I sent to BrickFair (seen the pictures of that 2x3 baseplate jungle mosaic... I made 4x of em!) I'm also not counting my trans cheese slopes; solid colors only.

(First number is for 1x1 slopes; if there's a second number, it's for 1x2 cheese slopes)

Dark Blue - 3
Blue - 8 - 6
Medium Blue - 3
Medium Azure - 15
Light Pink - 2 - 16
Medium Lavender - 0 - 16
Purple - 17 - 4
Green - 7
Bright Green - 1
Dark Green - 8
Lime - 27 - 4
Yellow - 32 - 4
Keetongu Yellow - 35 - 3
Orange - 20
Gold - 98
Tan - 32 - 7
Brown - 32
Dark Brown - 7
Red - 35 - 3
Dark Red - 22
White - 84 - 29
Light Gray - 77 - 11
Dark Gray - 84 - 16
Black - 50 - 29
Olive Green - 306

That's 1005 of the 1x1s and 148 of the 1x2s, or a total of 1301 studs that can be covered by cheese slopes. This is still quite shy of the 4608 I would need if I want to create this cheese slope mosaic I have in mind, and that's nothing to say of getting the colors right. (The mosaic is here. It's a before-and-after of Mt. St. Helens. I initially wanted to keep quiet about this design, but it's not gonna get built any time soon, so might as well show it off. Besides, this rough concept has been live on my brickshelf for two years now.)

I have a good supply of blacks, whites, and grays, which will be added to since I know I have more in those colors elsewhere. Olive green is a fake-out because that's the one solid-color cheese slope you can find in pick a brick walls in Lego stores, and my collection is probably minor compared to what others have taken. I also have a surprising amount of gold... I don't quite know why? I also have a healthy amount of dark green, but as I mentioned earlier, a bunch are on the mosaic I sent (roughly 50).

For my mosaic, I'll need more earthy colors. Ideally tan and/or dark tan, but I think I can substitute in gold and olive green to help it out. I also require a lot of dark green, more than I currently have. There are some purple high lights, and I got a bunch of medium lavender out of a draft that could prove useful. I'll probably need some more white for the sky, but what I really need more of is blue; my mosaic will require a ton of it, and I hardly have any. I might pick up some more of the Mixel Flurr to get more of the medium azure, but I'm gonna need a lot more if I want to complete this.

So if you're looking to get rid of cheese slopes, you can dump them off on me! :D (What, nobody interested?)



Facts About Penguins

Posted by xccj , in News May 27 2014 · 175 views
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I don't know if everybody watched my review on the Friends polybag set Penguin's Playground... because they should.  But instead of potentially having to deal with music that Youtube claims has some sort of copyright to it (did you know that some random band apparently owns some of the mnolg music, because when I put that in red flags went up) I decided to cover the build section with some interesting facts about penguins.  Because everybody needs to know more about penguins.
Unfortunately, I had too many facts and not a long enough build, so some of them had to be cut.  Instead, I'll provide the rest of them here for you to enjoy.
  • All penguins are found in the southern hemosphere, but not all of them hang out in Antarctica.  The Galapagos Penguins hang out around the Galapagos Islands, which is near the equator and in a much warmer climate.  Of course, this is only possible because of a cold water current around the islands, but still they're adapted to the tropical climate.
  • In general, the penguins who live in colder climates (read Antarctica) are larger in size than those that live in warmer climates.  This is apparently Bergmann's rule, but although it applies today, in the past there were giant penguins living in warmer places, so who knows what they were up to back then. Not Bergmann, that's for sure!
  • Penguins can drink salt water! They have a glad that pretty much removed the extra salt from their blood and drips it out their nose/beak. I bet people from the dry coastal areas of California wish they had that ability!
  • Penguins have really good hearing, and a mother can locate her chick in a crowded colony based on its chirps.
  • Although that hasn't stopped some mother penguins from trying to steal other chicks if they lose their own.
  • Spoiler alert: penguins cannot fly. Bet that surprised you!!
  • But they can swim; their wings and bodies are now more adapted for moving in the water.
  • Sometimes penguins will gather on the shoreline and randomly knock one of their members into the water. This isn't some sort of prank, but rather to see if there's a predator beneath the waves waiting for them.  If their comrade survives, it's safe.  If he doesn't... well, they know not to go swimming there!
  • The movie "March of the Penguins" was not actually about a penguin marching band.  This is due to the penguin's inability to play woodwind instruments, among other things.
  • Only about six species of penguins actually breed in Antarctica, with the Emperor penguins being the only ones to do it during the winter!
  • After the female Emperor penguin lays her egg, she returns to the sea to eat and re-nourish herself.  The male penguins then keep the egg insolated on their feet.  And, remember, these silly birds are doing this during the winter, so it's reeeeeeally cold when they're attempting this.
  • Lots of penguins practice tobogganing, but so far none have been able to obtain a medal at the Winter Olympics.
  • In the game Zoo Tycoon, if a penguin and an elephant got in a fight, the penguin would win due to its predator instincts.  True fact!
  • Penguins are cool.  Nuff said.
This has been facts about penguins!


Cool Co-Workers

Posted by xccj , in News May 17 2014 · 91 views

I've been at my current job for over 6 months now, which is the longest I've held a paying position.  I have some pretty great co-workers too, so I really lucked out.  (Even if I'm still not quite sure on the best way to describe my job outside of "computery-stuff.")
But one of my co-workers is a toy collector too.  He isn't exclusively into LEGO, but he collects them too.  And he's into it enough that when I mentioned BZPower's new member raffle to him, he signed up right away!
Now the question is, does he know about my blog?  :lookaround:


May Stuff I Got

Posted by xccj , in News May 15 2014 · 127 views

I've made a few nice purchases recently.  I went ahead and preordered the Lego Movie EVERYTHING IS AWESOME pack with Vitruvius and everything.  Not that I need Vitruvius; I got President Business's Evil Lair, and then I took the figs from that and put them on top of my computer at work.  So now I have Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman (2012 verson), Vitruvius, Business Kitty, Bad Copy, and President Business hanging out with me at work.  :D  Back to the movie preorder... I also threw in the Lego LotR and Marvel PC video games into my Amazon preorder... but it turns out those other two won't ship until the movie does.  Oh well. :shrugs:
I also spent some money on sets in store today, where they had the new Mixels.  I grabbed the orange Tentro for his pieces and the blue Flurr, and I totally plan on snagging the rest of the blue ones soon.  They also had a BOGO Free deal on Hero Factory, so I got the Furno and Stormer mechs.
As for other major purchases... I got an apartment, with insurance, electricity, and internet.  Well, it took a while to get internet, which is partially why I haven't been super active recently.  I also bought some furnature and a bed and food and cleaning stuff for it, and ant killer.  Because OMG there were so many ants in my room last week when the weather got really hot all of the sudden.  And althought I'm watching over my parent's place for the week, it got really hot again, so I dunno if my room was crawling with bugs again.  :(
My lease also says I have a roommate but I cannot confirm that yet.  (Well, I guess somebody else had to have put up all the posters, but I haven't seen them much, so it could just be a decorating ghost.)


I Watched Frozen Last Night

Posted by xccj , in TV Apr 19 2014 · 257 views

And stayed up too late watching it cause I had to be in to work today, gut jeeze traffic was mucked up and made my evening commute 2.5 hours so I had to stay up late to watch it anyway.
Anyways, my thoughts below, and some spoilers, I guess? Reader beware.
So I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I like the socially awkward princess; Disney needs more of them. I mean, I'm all for confident female leads and stuff, but there was a more realistic feel of Anne compared to others. (Or maybe I just never cared much for princess movies in the 90s... I was perhaps not the target audience either.) I do like how they criticized the "love at first sight" thing because I was all "CLICHE" when it first appeared but approved of it afterwards for debunking it. Anyway, the animation was good, some of the action scenes were fun (but nothing too over the top... and somehow the magic snow monsters don't qualify as over the top for me. Meh) The music was okay... but besides the main one, most of the songs are forgettable. (To be fair, the only Disney movie where I've enjoyed pretty much all the songs was Aladdin.) Still, this was a fun movie to watch and I can see why it got so much praise.
But also, goodness, it does have a strong X Men vibe to it. I've heard the comparison a couple of times before, so I was expecting it, but it was really quite there.
Also, SPOILER, everybody dies in the end. By freezing. Thus why it's called "Frozen." Kinda gruesome for a Disney film.


So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Apr 08 2014 · 115 views

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Lord Business' Evil Lair...

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 03 2014 · 148 views

Is Backordered!!??!
It's like everbody wants to get it just for Business Kitty and Vitruvius.  (And double VIP points.)
Oh well, I'll have to wait, but at least it tipped me over the limit for free shipping.  I also made the presumed online order after visiting the Lego Store, where not only did they not have the Business Kitty set, but they had also already sold out of the Friends animal sets... in ONE day!!  I mean, first they delay the US release by 3 months and then sell out ultra fast...
I also picked up last year's Hobbit spider set... mostly for the figs, but I've been eyeing that one all year and I should probably snag it before it goes away.  Also, a Lizaru / Ninjago snake person keychain for 98 cents.  (It was on sale.)
Also the Technic set I want (42021 Snowmobile) is apparently availible in Europe but not in the States...?  They seem to be delaying everything for the US of A this year.  I guess we got the movie first?  But besides the snowmobile having that awesome 3L 2-rod-1-axle piece, it has some unique connectors including a 3-way-mini-ball-joint-connection piece that is lovely and hasn't been released yet and will likely work well with the Mixel sockets.  :sly:


BZPower Roommate

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 01 2014 · 156 views
So I know lots of y'all have already heard about this, but I'm just going to officially say it.  Kakaru recently moved to the Portland area, and we're going to move into an apartment next week to share rent and stuff.  Our rooms will be full of Lego... and not much else because we spent all our money on Lego.

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