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Life in the Swert lane


Stepping into the Future: Swert has a Next Gen console (finally)

Posted by Swert , Nov 05 2014 · 188 views

One guess.

So given Microsoft just lowered the price of the Xbox One back on Saturday, I decided to pick up an Assassin's Creed Unity Kinect-less bundle, $350. It didn't occur to me when I got it they also planned to give me AC4 as a bonus, which given I already had it on the 360 was a nice plus.

I then proceeded to buy Fibbage for $6 and Minecraft XBO edition for $5.

... So basically, I spent almost $400 (with tax) on a brand new console, 4 games, and basically a multipurpose controller (I found I could use my phone charging cable to connect it to my laptop, so YAY BORDERLANDS CONTROLLER <3) and I still have Lego Batman 3 coming in next week.

... Aaand an almost booked solid two months of work, of which I won't see much time in any of these games much before the weekends anyway. Sigh.


It is done; Kanohi 2001 Collection (and rarities)

Posted by Swert , Oct 15 2014 · 460 views

It is done.

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1) Yes, I know I'm missing misprints and other rarities. Most notably missing is the European Copper Huna and more premium items (24k Gold Hau for example).

2) Also of note, I have some 02-03 masks in this list, including the gold Avohkii, Nuparu's orange Pakari, the gold Vahi, the MEK and Kraahkan, but they're in my collection so I count them.

3) I don't currently have plans to go get Kanohi Nuva, Krana or Kraata; I might consider the Kanoka, but those are super hard to get just right.

So yeah, that's 2 months' work. Just in time, too.


I have a Tahu Mask

Posted by Swert , Oct 13 2014 · 237 views

Though not one you guys might consider "real."

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Basically, I'm getting questions about it on BS01; "Will there be vector logos of the new masks? What about the logo?"

So I figure to try my hand and see what I thought. I'm quite happy with it, I think. The watermark's to preserve it until I decide what else to do with it.

Thoughts are welcome, and I do plan to finish the other 5, the Protectors masks, and the two legendary masks.


BS01 Beta skin

Posted by Swert , Sep 21 2014 · 208 views

So, if you didn't already notice from the other day when we set it to the default skin, BS01 has a new skin in the works: http://biosector01.c...eskin=metrolook

I'm still tinkering with it, I have suggestions and I know of at least a mile long list of corrections to be made as we go. At least I fixed the search button (it originally went to a search page, similar to Wikia; it now goes to the page you typed in, with a search being the redundant fallback if no page exists).

Basically, it's a WIP which I will attempt to solve before Bionicle is announ-

"Bionicle 2015!"

... before 2015 :P



MakutaFest 2014 Grand Prize Vahi Instructions

Posted by Swert , Aug 16 2014 · 292 views

During MakutaFest 2014, we had a grand prize giveaway of a Lego sculpture modeled after the Legend of Metru-Nui Vahi. The winner was, of course, VoxuChro.

When I posted the topic for signup, I mentioned I could only ship to North America, due to cost and insurance. However, to make up for this limitation to our non-NA listeners, I agreed to release the instructions to the public so anybody, regardless of country of origin, could get one of they so chose to make one. Therefore, today I publically announce the download link for the Vahi, including a parts list.

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I look forward to seeing photos of anybody's attempt at it, and if you can find improvements on the concept I welcome it :) (I get the feeling I'll be seeing a few dozen gold-recolored LDD models in the next few days, though. Bring it on, I say 8D)

Build on.


The Collecting of Masks

Posted by Swert , Aug 13 2014 · 267 views

About 2 weeks ago, my boss' son came to the studio with about 3 bins in hand. Each one filled to the top with Bionicle.

"What's that," I asked.

"I'm selling my Bionicle to my dad," he replies. "I'll give you first dibs, though." He knows me too well.

So I sift through the first bin, and I notice a pattern. There's -plenty- of Kanohi in here. We're talking A LOT.

It was in this moment I elected to go ahead and buy all the Kanohi from him. Literally every one I could find. So I did.

And then I talked with Toa Lhikan Hordika, who sent me his spare Kanohi as well.

And then I got permission to check the other overstock Bionicle in the shop we had left over, to find more masks I needed. I was left needing only 25 more.

I then checked Bricklink. I found every single mask I needed.


A stupid Red Miru. Nobody on Bricklink is selling it. Figures.

So I'll probably track it down via friends first, then if that falls through I'll come here to BST. Once I secure that one, I'll probably move to buying whatever I need left off of Bricklink, though I bet I could buy more from my list of needs here more than I could there.

Anyway, rant over basically. Worth mentioning, I have no current desire to track down Krana, Kraata, Kanohi Nuva, or Kanoka. Likewise no misprints or prototypes. Strictly 01 Mata Great and Noble. That may eventually change, but I'm a simple man who is more than satisfied with the simplest collection known to Bionicle fandom.


Status on the MakutaFest Vahi Grand Prize

Posted by Swert , Jul 27 2014 · 196 views

Alright, so if you were part of the randomness that was MakutaFest 2014, you would recall I mentioned something about a grand prize. That grand prize was, of course, a Vahi that was practically life-sized, based on the movie-edition, and made of Lego.

It took me ~1 hour to build from scratch in the studio I work at, and took me all of 30 minutes in LDD to build and pose. I then took it into another program to make instructions of it, so others can build it at home. The only difference between the winner (Voxumo, if you didn't catch that at the show) and yourself is he gets it for free. Sadly you will have to locate parts yourself to build it, but at least I used common enough parts. I didn't price this out on BrickLink and/or PAB yet, so I don't know what the overall cost will be, so if it turns out to be too expensive I am sorry.

Once I mail the prize to Voxumo and receive confirmation that it arrived safely, I will be releasing the Vahi instructions and parts list for all to use. I had fun designing and building it, and I look forward to 2015 where I probably won't be building a Vahi again :P


In Brightest Da- LEGO GREEN LANTERN <3

Posted by Swert , Jul 23 2014 · 192 views

AAAAAAAA I'm looking forward to Jan. 2015 now.

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Seriously, 20 bucks? That's the best win right there.


Let me be clear for a second...

Posted by Swert , Jul 14 2014 · 255 views

Until this sunday, the Vahi is -MINE.-

I shall cherish it for as long as it is in my household.

But I do hope someone wins it. MAYBE IT CAN BE YOU! YES YOU! Enter by clicking the Vahi image:

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On the subject of targeted ads (and how it relates to me)

Posted by Swert , Jul 11 2014 · 266 views

So, I can safely say that despite my best efforts, Google AdSense still found a way to find SOMETHING relevant to me, either through Facebook or basic Amazon searches. Regardless, it found something to advertise that I may have been interested in: Buying tickets to go to the EMP Museum in Seattle to see the Block by Block exhibit they have there. Sounds interesting!

Now I will first start by saying by all means, if you're in the great Pacific Northwest, go see it. Like seriously, go. Why do I advise this? Well, that leads to the next part of the humor of this entry: I had my hand in all 10 buildings featured there. Basically, what I'm saying is I'm indirectly paying for myself by viewing these ads. Also of note, of every ad I've seen of it so far, every one features a building I was lead on. So not only did they pick the wrong audience to advertise to, but they use my own suggested buildings.

... Well, I thought it was funny, anyway :| And by the way, yes BZP also had one of these ads when I signed on today. I've uploaded all three kinds of banner ads I saw to BS01 to share what I see practically daily now. Square ad Tall ad Wide ad

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