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Lord Business' Evil Lair...

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 03 2014 · 143 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 · 154 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.


Evo Walker Building Challenge

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 26 2014 · 83 views

So I got the Evo Walker.  Mostly for the mini Kaiju, but there are some other pieces.  But then I thought, what if I could make this build more of a challenge?  Is that even possible?
The answer is YES.
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You can totes do this.  A big pain is that there's a little bag inside the big one with small parts, so you have to open that one inside the big bag.  And for me, anyway, it kept getting stuck on the model.  But yeah, if you want a challenge, build your Evo Walker in a set.  Better yet, also build your Mixels in their bags (the clear ones, not the main polybags they came in.) The red guy was a little tough because when you added the flames he took up almost too much space in the bag.



Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Mar 16 2014 · 188 views

Black Six: Hey
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New Apartment

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 09 2014 · 173 views

A lot went on at Bricks Cascade this weekend, but it's not over yet so I'll blog about that later.  For now, I have other news; I'm moving into a new apartment.
I've been commuting to my job in down town Portland from my parent's house, which is 1 hour one-way on a no-traffic day.  Basically, it's a pain, so I looked into moving closer.  I found a place that's reletively affordable (assuming I don't blow all my income on lego) and also close to the MAX line (light rail public transportation), so it'll be an easy commute in.  Not nessessarily that much faster, but a 30-40 minute train ride beats a 60-90 minute car ride (or a 30 minute car ride followed by a 40 minute train ride, which is one option I've used.)  Still, it'll be a little easier to commute daily, even tho I will lose access to my parent's car.  And I'll have to pay rent and utilities and all that stuff, which is sometimes ridiculasly expensive.  Oh well.
I am splitting the cost with a roommate.  I met him online, and he seems okay enough, but he is new to the city, so hopefully he won't get too confused by real civilization.  As long as he pays rent, doesn't burn the place down, and tolerates my Lego collecting, I'm sure it'll work out.  (I've had worse roommates in the past anyway.)
So with any luck, I'll be moving in mid-April.  Yay.  Unfortunately, having to pay for rent has kinda pushed back my plans to buy a new computer, since my current one is merely limping along.  I may still get one, but it would be like two months worth of rent to buy, so I'm cautious about the idea.  (Besides, I need to save up for lego too.  :P )


Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads... Just FAA Flight Regulations

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 03 2014 · 171 views

So I visited the LEGO Store today and made some purchases, in which I got a Martian Manhunter fig.  The fig itself isn't that interesting to me (I'm not that big a fan of MM) but I figure there'll be others out there clamoring for him, so I could trade him for another rare figure that I would want.
But the highlight of my purchase was the 21103 Cuusoo Back to the Future Delorean.  I finally committed on my purchase after I voted for that model... what, two-three years ago?  I've been keeping an eye out for it in stores but never saw it, and I never really wanted to pay shipping for it, so I never got it online.  But today I was ready for the purchase (having a gift card and VIP points) and was delighted to find two left in stock.  And it's a good thing I grabbed it too, since the other one got snagged minutes later.
As for the model, it's delightful, with some very fun designs.  My model does come with the misspelled brick, but whatevs.  The only thing I don't like about it (which has been mentioned in like EVERY review I've read on this) is that Marty and Doc can sit inside together, and there's no easy modification to remedy this.  But either way, this is going on my desk at work for display first thing tomorrow!
The other set of interest, surprisingly, was the Friends Life Guard stand.  (I wanted the penguin set, but they didn't have any in stock.)  It comes with some nice colors, from medium lavender (my new favorite Friends color) and trans medium blue cheese slopes (the color that glows well under a blacklight!!)  But the dolphin is such an excelent mold.  Like all Friends animals, it has a pin hole on the top of its head for bows and whatnot, but the hole is perfectly placed for a blow-hole, which is super amazing.  (And borderline animal cruelty by putting a bow piece there.)  It has a stud connection in it's belly which is a little weird, but what I wasn't expecting was the stud connection on its tail, so it can be placed over the blue plates in mid-leap.  Such a great animal mold... now I want more to create my own pod!
I didn't get any Hero Factory tho, but not thru lack of trying.  Their selection was rather sparse; they had a few of the humanoid mechs (I already got one), the Splitter beast and flying beast (not interested) and the Evo XL Machine (too expensive for me.)  And, with the exception of the flying beast, there were only a few left, and absolutely none of the purple beast, which I wanted.  I talked to one of the store employees, who said that they've been selling pretty well, and the purple ones just flew off the shelves.  (I went to a retail store later in the evening and they were also out of all Hero Factory models too.)  So say what you want about Hero Factory, but this is not a dud theme by any means, since people are buying it out.  Maybe I'll go back in April, when they'll have double points, and see if their selection is any better.
Also MIXELS but that's another blog entry...


MOCing Spree

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Feb 27 2014 · 108 views
BRICKSCASCADE and 1 more...
So with the convention looming in the near future, I had to think about what models I was bringing.
For Bionicle, I don't have a lot of new stuff.  I've got the remnants of my Rahi project and Takanuva.  I also built a few Bionicle trees for the BioniLug display, and I have this new Pohatu Phantoka model that I've been working on for a while, but not a lot new.
For Space, I have my modular ships (which I'm keeping track of in a sidebar.)  I have 8 completed, but six more colors that I want to make... in theory.  Each ship is only about 10 studs long, but I've been working in rare colors and experimenting with odd designs, so each section has taken a lot of time to put together, and I don't know if I'll have the chance to finish any more before the convention.
But what I did finish today was an actual SHIP model.  I dunno if I've posted it here or not (I showed it off at PortLug once) but I built a long octagonal nose for the ship (60 studs) in black and trans neon green.  Well, today I built up the engine to make it full SHIP length.  (Well, to my annoyance, the body measured to like 96 studs... and it's too interlocked to take it apart and add the extra lengths... so I put an extra beam on the nose to lengthen it instead.)  And since it's all black and trans neon green, it looks ultra rad under a black light, and will do great in BrickCon's Dark Side this year.
I also took the chance and built another mini ship using all my trans medium blue elements, including some of the Bionicle socket and visor pieces.  The rest of it is black, and IMO it looks even cooler under a black light!  (Maybe it's because trans medium blue is rarer than neon green that I say this.  I am, however, continuously disappointed that all the trans blue elements this year are seemingly trans light blue, which doesn't do anything with a black light.)
For art, I have this nifty little sculpture from the Lego Movie that I'm gonna show off.  Also, hopefully we can redisplay the Hau/Krana mosaic this year?  Maybe.
For Mecha, I have three Lego Movie models; a Hero Factory built Micro Manager, a Wyldstyle Mech, and an Emmet Mech.  (I think I posted these here, or at least WIPs)  I was going to display them opening weekend for the movie, but then Portland got snowed it, so that didn't happen.  Now they'll show up at BricksCascade.  Also, I have a crazy bunny mech that I keep bringing back.
I also built something for steampunk!  And it's piloted by a Pohatu Minifig!  (Cause I just secured a Pohatu pen, so now I have mini masks for all the Toa!)  But even if it has some Bionicle flavoring, it's still steampunk-y.  With gears.
I also have a list of other models I want to build... but now I'm back to work (on the weekends now) so I won't really have time to build.  I'll get some days off next weekend before the con, but I'll probably be busy with other stuff.  I'm planning to move into an apartment closer to Portland soon, so there's lots of details to work out with that.  Meanwhile, I also want to photograph some of my models too... so much to do, so little time.
And yet I still wrote this lengthy blog entry that nobody will read... kay, night all!


Lego Movie Round II

Posted by xccj , in TV Feb 24 2014 · 127 views
Bad Cop, Your Car Is A and 1 more...
I saw it in 2D this time, and honestly, I think it might have been better.  Some of Wyldstyle's scenes where she's jumping around seemed too fast and jarring when I saw it in 3D, and they seemed more natural or something this time around.  I swear, 3D just never works for me; maybe my brain just can't process that extra dimension.
I took the time to enjoy some more details, and spotted some more figs and models.  I saw Johnny Thunder a second time too!

Also, I bought the soundtrack and have been listening to it quite a lot.  Not all the tracks are exactly like they are in the movie... there's some extensions and cuts and stuff, but the basic themes are the same.  And OMG Benny's theme is awesome even if it's short; I'm thinking of making it my ringtone!

Way too excited about the idea of getting this on DVD and replaying it over and over again!  (I watched the heck out of my HTTYD DVD, and the Lego Movie has so much more rewatch potential.)


The LEGO Movie: Characters

Posted by xccj , in TV, Review Feb 12 2014 · 140 views

Hey guys so yesterday I finally saw The LEGO Movie!
Everybody: We’ve already seen it!
Okay, so much for just bragging.  Anyway, I was planning to do a short review of how well the various sets were incorporated in the movie, since previous movie tie ins (Iron Man III) were pretty bad.  But there were so many Lego Movie sets that some would surely get more screen time than others.  Except. . . well, Brickset already posted an article on that.  So instead here’s a not-exactly-comprehensive list of all the characters who appeared.  Wow, that turned out to be quite long. . .  Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, SPOILERS!

Anyway, it was indeed a good movie.  Although if you were like me and watched each and every trailer, than the first half of the movie was kind of. . . reruns.  (I did the same thing when The Legend Reborn came out. . . only that time the previews covered all the good parts.  At least the second half of this movie was relatively unspoiled.)  I did feel that there were some pacing issues in the beginning, but again that might’ve just been because of what I just mentioned.  :shrugs:
I also bought the soundtrack (technically before I’d even seen the movie, although I didn’t listen to the full thing before I saw it.)  It’s good, and I have bits of it stuck in my head, which is surprisingly not the “Everything is Awesome” song.
I do want to see it again, and I probably will.  (Maybe a matinee 2D showing. . . I’m not sure 3D was really worth it.)  And I will for sure by it when it comes out on DVD.  Heck, maybe even preorder it and get whatever fig it comes with, since I never do that otherwise.  But yeah, great movie, go see it if you haven’t already.


Worst Weekend Ever

Posted by xccj , in News Feb 09 2014 · 123 views

Because The Lego Movie came out and I can't see it because the entire city froze and all the theaters seemed to have closed down.  Stupid snow storm and freezing rain.
Oh, and I lost my phone.  But tracked it down, and a co-worker picked it up for me.  So it's not that distressful of a situation anymore.

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