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  • Much, much more!
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What You Want is Now



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Prep

Posted by DeeVee , in MOCs, Life Feb 19 2013 · 269 views
Cascade, MOCs, LEGO, Broken stuff
I've a small yet growing contingent of MOCs that I take with me to conventions. I take the same ones every year to every convention plus whatever I've built since the last time, so I've a pretty good sampling of MOCs of mine from 2008 to now. It's kind of crazy to look at all of them and see how different they all are from each other, and to see obvious design growth and whatnot.
 
Anyway, at the end of every convention, they go back into plastic bags, and don't normally come out until the next convention. Unfortunately, this is not the most humane way to ship and store these things, and things break over the years. The last two or so years every time I open them I go "before the next convention I'm going to take these all out and replace all the broken parts and make small adjustments to each of these to make them sturdier." And every year I haven't done it.
 
Until now! I spent the last two days taking each MOC (with two exceptions*) and finding the broken parts on each, and swapping those broken parts out for fresh parts. It's crazy how much better clutch is on new parts compared to snapped and cracked parts. Not to mention how much easier it is to pose!
 
Here's what I saw when I was done:
 
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Not a pretty sight! (Also, I think white parts are just less sturdy. Look how many of these are white!)
 
Of course, this sight made that one a little better:
 
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Some of these MOCs were made in 2008. One was made in 2012. One was made in 2005! (Stupid spider.)
 
On another note, I got a new camera. Upgraded from a Nikon d3000 to a d7000. It's a huge difference. Like massive difference. It's almost like jumping from a point-and-shoot to a dSLR again.
 
*Exceptions: The Vayland Dragon II and the Lion. The dragon is getting another drastic redesign, and the Lion has never been fully finished, just a glorified WIP I showed at conventions and always meant to go back and work on more.


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Coffee Mug

Posted by DeeVee , in Life, MOCs Feb 09 2013 · 390 views
MOC, COFFEE!
We did a secret santa thing at work, and one of my supervisors rigged it so I'd get her name, because she wanted me to build her a gift out of LEGO. So, I made her a coffee mug (since we work at Starbucks, you see). It took awhile, mostly because I had to wait for two Bricklink orders in order to finish it.
 
Anyway, this is it:
 
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TYPING FURRYOUSLY

Posted by DeeVee , in MOCs, BZPower Feb 02 2013 · 384 views
BBCC64, Contest, OH YEAH, CHIMA
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WHAT COULD THIS MEAN


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In other con news

Posted by DeeVee , in Musings, MOCs, BZPower Jan 28 2013 · 252 views
Brickfair, cons
So because we found a crazy good deal ($285 roundtrip each), Nukaya and I bought airline tickets for Brickfair VA today.
 
I really can't believe how cheap those are. They were $531 roundtrip the first time we looked, when I started my weekly trip-checker emails.
 
We highly doubt they'll get much cheaper, and booked immediately. That's cheaper than the Greyhound we've been taking the last three years, too! Plus this way we don't have to ask for four to six extra days off from work for travel!
 
This is good stuff, folks!
 
Also, I am building a Samus Aran MOC.


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[S] CASCADE

Posted by DeeVee , in MOCs, BZPower Jan 27 2013 · 210 views
BricksCascade, Cons
This year Bricks Cascade is in March! That is really soon!
 
Take a look at this news story! And for background info, this entry from last year!
 
We're doing something similar this year. First, if you mailed in MOCs to BFAlabama, they are being shipped up here to me for Cascade this week, from what I understand. Those will be on display at Cascade, and then I believe I will be mailing them up to Andrew for BFNew England, and he'll drive them down to the real Brickfair in VA.
 
If you didn't mail MOCs in to BFAlabama, well, please consider mailing them in to Cascade! It's a second-year convention, and they still don't think BIONICLE or Hero Factory are entirely legitimate (though since joining PortLUG, and showing my MOCs, I've helped change that impression a bit). I want to have a display that kills our display last year. I've got a few more MOCs of my own, but not much else! I know a few who had MOCs last year won't be able to attend this year, so we need your help!
 
If you'd like to mail us stuff and become my BFFFFFFF4LYFE, send them to me here:
 
Patrick Biggs
230 NE 99th Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
USA

 
MOCs MUST be received by Wednesday, March 6th.
 
Please mail us MOCs! We have perks!
 
This is the trophy list for the BIONICLE section at BricksCascade:

- Best Overall BIONICLE MOC- For the best overall BIONICLE MOC. This is going to be the one that is the most visually impressive.
- Best Toa "Moderator"- For the best of the large and always-existent simple Toa/Hero Factory MOCs. And yes, the trophy will say "Moderator", not the shortened version of "Modification".
- Best Rahi- For the best non-humanoid MOC
- Best Use of Pieces- For the MOC that has the most innovative use of parts or techniques

Same as last year, these trophies are going to be given out to MOCs that aren't mine. I'm not in the running for them!
 
Also, from the news story:
 

Perks

  • For each event your MOCs appear at, you get one prototype part
  • If your MOCs appear at two or more events, you get a Proto boost
  • If your MOCs appear at three or more events, you get a custom rank title of your choice (to be approved by the Administration)
  • If your MOCs appear at four or more events, you get a free six month Premier Membership (No longer available except to those who shipped their MOCs to BrickFair Alabama.)
  • Your MOCs will be seen by tens of thousands of people, inspiring children and adults around the country
  • Many awesome pictures will be taken of your MOCs by BZPower staff and members and will appear on the front page
  • We will try to get other goodies to return with your MOCs if we can - who doesn't like surprises?
But wait, there's more!
Blog Assistant Nukaya has volunteered her time and talent to take professional studio-quality pictures of your MOCs if you send them to three or more events. Here's the scoop:
  • You can have up to three pictures taken. The pictures can be of three different MOCs, the same MOC in three different poses, or some combination therof.
  • If she has the time/is feeling generous, you might get more pictures.
  • Pictures can be standard photographs (Example) or fancy (Example).
  • Only one MOC can be in each photo. No group shots of multiple MOCs will be taken.
  • PM Nukaya to let her know which MOCs you want pictures of and if you want standard or fancy.
  • Any questions about the process can be directed to Nukaya as well.
Please note, the above perks stack, so if you send MOCs to all four events, you will get four prototype parts, a Proto boost, custom rank title, professional photographs, and a Premier Membership. Pretty cool, right?

 






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