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A wild LION appears!

Posted by DeeVee , in Musings, MOCs Apr 10 2013 · 273 views
LION, MOC, POKEMON and 1 more...
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Bricks Cascade 2013!

Posted by DeeVee , in BZPower, MOCs, Life Mar 26 2013 · 529 views
Cascade, Portland, Photography and 1 more...
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So first things first, Rob (Janus), Becca (Hahli Husky), Micah (Kakaru), Maddison (Nukaya), Myself (DeeVee), and Doug (Doug), won the speed build. By a lot. This is our victory image.
 
Greatest Hits: BEST BIONICLE trophy, BEST TOA "MODERATOR" trophy, BEST USE OF PARTS trophy, and BEST RAHI trophy.
 
Cascade was a lot of fun. I went to work at 4:30am that Thursday, clocked out at 9:45am, and then picked Micah up from the airport around 11:30am. We went to downtown Portland, saw some sights, picked up lunch at some food carts, and then went to Powell's City of Books where Rob and Becca met us when they got in. We got some Starbucks (multiple times, because I work there and because I love it), and then we went and picked Maddison up from work!
 
Then we ate dinner, and hit up the Convention Center. We unloaded some stuff, set it all up, and then came home and hung out.
 
Friday we did more set-up, hung out, bought stuff, and hung out with Kevin Hinkle. We won the speed build, and that was awesome. Maddison and I finished second in the blind couple speed build. That was also cool!
 
We got some Red Robin (yum!) with Kevin. That was fun.
 
Also, Tomaku sent me a Spider-Man comic from Sweden! His name is Spindelmannen over there! It is probably one of the coolest things ever. Oh man it makes me so happy. You guys don't even know.
 
Saturday was the first public day, and that was awesome. The closing ceremonies were a bit of a rough patch, as an extremely inappropriate and unfortunate placing of a "keynote speaker" ruined it for most of the attendees. Seriously, if you want to give a lecture on how you build MOCs, it needs to be a talk during the convention hours like all the other seminar speakers. I lost track of how many attendees came up to me to complain about it the next day.
 
Saturday night we grabbed some pizza with Kevin Hinkle, and then said adios as he had to fly back to Connecticut Sunday morning.
 
Sunday we finished it all up, got more free stuff, bought more random LEGO stuff, and watched one of the organizers rig the final prize giveaway so she'd win the $1000 LEGO jewelery prize. Seriously, Cascade has some wrinkles to iron out still.
 
We went to the LEGO store after that, where Maddie and I bought some Iron Man 3 sets. That was cool. Then Rob and Becca drove back to Canada.
 
The next day Micah and I hung around Portland, got some sandwiches from a place with a name I can't mention on BZP, met Maddison for lunch, and then I dropped him off at the airport and went back to my normal life.
 
Also, I got promoted at work that week too. The world is crazy.


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FURRYOUS POLLING

Posted by DeeVee , in BZPower, MOCs Feb 22 2013 · 326 views
BBCC64, FURRYOUS FIGHTERS and 3 more...
OMG LOOK AT THESE POLLS
 
Also, some of the names had to get shortened (some by a lot) because with the URL and IMG tags in the field, the field exceeded the allowed number of characters, so I had to make cuts where I could, which, considering the others were links and tags, were solely in the names. Sorry!
 
Also, next contest? Everyone is required to submit a thumbnail too. Yeesh.


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Contest 64

Posted by DeeVee , in BZPower, MOCs Feb 21 2013 · 359 views
Polls, BBCC, FURRYOUS FIGHTERS
Polls will be up tomorrow. Too much real life stuff to do today. Sorry!


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Prep

Posted by DeeVee , in MOCs, Life Feb 19 2013 · 493 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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