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Project: Build Mata Nui Poll (Of Sorts)

Posted by Swert , Oct 21 2011 · 90 views
Project: Build Mata Nui
So, my boss (Dan Parker, if you're new to my blog) asks a valid question, one I feel we should address to you all.

The island is now looking to be 10 feet (120 inches, 12 32x32 baseplates) in length, from Po-Wahi to Le-Wahi and all its surrounding islands. We're anticipating the width will be 5 feet (60 inches, 6 baseplates) or so, and he was going to design little block figure Toa and Matoran, averaging about 2 inches for Toa, one inch for Matoran. A few friends have suggested I'm exaggerating details quite a bit on many things, including these figures.

So now I ask you: Should we design 2 inch Toa for a 10 foot island of Mata Nui, -or- should we just focus on the island itself?

Another question: I'm expecting to be able to use real Bionicle elements (such as a Gold Kaukau for the waterfall, and gold masks for the statues in Po-Wahi) but people suggested those are WAAAAY too big for this scale. So do we want to exaggerate the size there in those (thus allowing you all to submit) or do we just skip them?

Also, though I won't be taking any model submissions yet, how about we compile a list of the MNOLG and MNOLGII locations and landmarks we can include. I want this to be a mindblowing creation, so big and effective that Mata Nui himself would pop his eyes out (and crush 5 blocks each). However, I want to know what you see when we build Mata Nui the island. Do you want to just see one landmark per location? Maybe 3 per? Do we want to add a cutaway to see Onu-Koro? I'd honestly like to hear your input.

And finally, one last question. This one is a short one, I promise. What do you expect to see other than this model? Do we want to try and create other things towards it, like maybe larger Suvas, or even a large mask? Do we need any of that?

All of this and more down the line will help me better prepare for the task upcoming. I'm honestly looking forward to it. Except the volcano, that'll be a big task :P


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Upcoming Project: Build Mata Nui (In Lego System)

Posted by Swert , Oct 20 2011 · 182 views
Swert, Xccj, LEGO and 1 more...
So, I mentioned before in my ignored blog post that I wanted to build Mata Nui the island. Xccj and I discussed it, Dan Parker and I discussed it, and we're ALL on the same page to get this done...

in March.

Now why do you, the reader, care?

Cause at some point, we will be asking for fan-submitted Mata Nui System-Based locations. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MAIL ANYTHING TO US. We are going to have as much material as we can muster for this project, and so long as you provide good photos or instructions, we can rebuild it. If you are like me, with limited material -at home-, feel free to use LDD Extended. We don't need it immediately, we're nowhere near ready for anything at all yet. The scale we're looking at in total (for now) is 10 32x32 stud baseplates in length, 6 baseplates in width, and maybe 2 plates in height from the baseplate up (this figure is flexible for now). It'll be a sculpture, not a mosaic.

When we do ask for models (Feel free to build a few now) we'll tell you. Meantime, the following are already taken by either myself, Xccj, Dan Parker or someone I have asked:
  • Ga-Koro Naho Falls (with the Kaukau mask, Gali's)
  • Po-Wahi's Six Toa mask statues
  • Mangai (We'll handle it :P)
  • Toa figures (Dan has an idea for them, we'll most likely have a few models.)
Now, the earliest we can even begin to plan this is November. I myself can't even begin to build towards it in the shop until January, maybe December of this year. We also have plans for Kini-Nui, but will welcome all suggestions :P



Please, we ask if you do build in LDD Extended, build using known actual parts. For example, if it's tan in your photo, but no tan exists, we can't use it. Also, if it's a premium part with a premium color, assume we may not have it. That's sad, but we can adapt it. (Example: Dark Red may look nice in Ta-Koro, but we can use regular red too.)

I hope to have more information for you all soon, but for now keep it in mind.


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There Be No Ponies Here

Posted by Swert , Oct 17 2011 · 102 views

No seriously, there aren't.

Sorry.

... But I do have something else nostalgic to show you!

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Moc Ideas

Posted by Swert , Oct 17 2011 · 95 views

Xccj had his, so now I should keep a log of what I want.

1) Weighted Storage/Companion Cube
If I make a WSC, I'd make it light up. If I make WCC, it'd just be standard. I can find enough plate to make the stripes light up.

2) Microcity scale anything
I am fascinated by micro, being that I personally have limited parts in system. I can envision a whole table layout, using 8x8 plate as my base, either baseplate or regular plate. Nearly anybody could submit an 8x8 plate of any standard color, and we could just combine them. Imagine a playground made by fifteen different people, or even a 16x16 Dome building.

3) Sounders FC on a soccer pitch
I could make all XI starter players of the 2011 Sounders FC team. Pipe dream, but I think it'd doable.

4) Mata Nui stone
I think I could generate one similar to my cube, it'd be simple and unique.

5) Mata Nui island (collab. project)
As you might be able to tell by now, I'm a -huge- System builder. Not in popularity, but in preferred building style. My boss, Dan Parker, suggested to me at BrickCon 2010 he wished to build the island of Mata Nui as a sculpture. The size he wanted was outrageously large, TOO large. For his idea to work, we would need at MINIMUM 90 15x15 baseplates, in length alone. We want to build much smaller than that.

It may happen this year, it may happen next year, it may happen in 2013 assuming we all live, but it's -going- to be built. It's too awesome not to be.

And yes, that'll be a huge project, regardless of its scale.


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Kasey Keller Day

Posted by Swert , Oct 15 2011 · 98 views

If you're a Washingtonian, then happy Kasey Keller Day : D

Since the majority of you are not, let me explain.

Kasey Keller is the Goalkeeper of the Seattle Sounders FC, the Major League Soccer franchise in Seattle, WA. He is actually playing his final home game of his career tonight in Seattle, as he is retiring at the end of the season. At last count, over 60,000 supporters will be going to CenturyLink Field (our home stadium, shared with the Seahawks) to watch. We cap the stadium at around 30,000 on normal games. Both the Seattle mayor and the Governor of Washington declared today Kasey Keller Day in the city of Seattle and the state of Washington.

Kasey Keller was born in Olympia, WA. He is a veteren of the game, playing for nearly 24 years around the world. He was also the United States Olympic team GK in 1996 (knocked out in the group stage), was a part of the US Men's National Team from 1990–2007 (making 102 apperances for them), and has served for nine seperate football (soccer) clubs. Awards include the CONCACAF Gold Cup (3 total: 2002, 2005 and 2007), the Football League Cup (one, 1996-97), and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (3, 2009, 2010 and 2011).

It's with pride to know that a 3-year franchise, the Sounders FC, started with such an honored player of the game. It is with deep regret the Sounders fans let him go, but at least he can go out with a bang.

And at least the Timbers aren't getting him.


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I Love My Job

Posted by Swert , Oct 14 2011 · 96 views

Have you ever gone to work, set up a laptop, sat for a few minutes to wake up, then get to work on building a sculpture in LEGO?

There -is- a drawback... sifted through an old construction toy collection for cleaning... and there was 50% Mega Bloks. o_o bbl dyingofcancer.


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From: Exclusive Artwork: Merrick Fortis 3.0

Posted by Swert , Oct 14 2011 · 425 views

Hey guys, got something great for all the Hero Factory fans out there. While BZPower was getting its forums upgraded, we had a chance to contact Elmer Damaso to have him draw a particular "expanded universe" character. As you know, Mr. Damaso is the artist of the Hero Factory comics found in the LEGO Magazines and online. Having him draw a character who doesn't have a comic form was pretty exciting, especially for those at HS01. While he was drawing this character, we got contact details from Mr. Damaso about the group that colors for the Hero Factory comics, Digital Art Chefs. After obtaining the final version from Mr. Damaso, we commissioned DAC to color the artwork.

Now, on behalf of the HS01 Staff, I would like to present Merrick Fortis 3.0:

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Source: Exclusive Artwork: Merrick Fortis 3.0


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Boredom

Posted by Swert , Oct 13 2011 · 78 views
Life
Isn't it ironic...

Now that BZP is back, there's hardly anything to do?

... HINT HINT.


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Ohai

Posted by Swert , Oct 13 2011 · 110 views

Looks like we're all back to normal.

Sort of. Kinda still got nothing to blog about yet XD


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Watch Out Minnesota

Posted by Swert , Apr 26 2011 · 50 views
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Cause there's a Swert coming your way soon!

(May 10th to the 13th, not set in stone yet, but it's planned.)

Probably avoiding anything major, but you never know.






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