Anyway, that BIONICLE reference made me very happy. I know a few people on here are complaining about how small the reference was, but I was just bowled over that it existed at all, seeing as the line's been dead for four years now. (Plus the image they used was from 2001. The implication being that there's a Mata Nui in existence somewhere in the film's world!)
See that System MOC in the lower right corner, though? That's the subject of this entry. It's the latest iteration of my longest-running Star Wars MOC, the Star Sword.
(Oh gross an arm)
As kids, my friends and I would all build starfighters and live out adventures through the Jedi within—this MOC's current form was built probably three years ago, but its ancestors go back all the way to fourth or fifth grade. Each version featured the same color scheme, the same general shape, and the name "Star Sword." (As you can probably tell, the droid is the most recent edition, and was added without any other changes.)
The astromech has direct access to the engine-y bits:
We've got a trunk in the back for you to stow your lightsaber blade:
Lots of little control greeblies in the cockpit, because it's such a complicated ship:
When my friends and I would play Star Wars together, my character's story was always that he was a human raised on Kamino by a Kaminoan Jedi. His ship reflects this in its boat-like hull, which allows it to double as a speedboat:
Ready for action:
But seriously, it feels weird being able to type out words like "Facebook" and "YouTube" on here—I keep getting the impulse to stop myself. But now I get to share all the things I've been keeping from you for so long. These BZP regulations have driven a wedge between us for years.
My art tumblr
My YouTube is mostly redundant, but I'll include my most-viewed video, in celebration of today's landmark:
In other news:
I'm feeling nostalgic. After I heard they were deleting the archives, I went back and re-read a bunch of ancient posts. People debating whether or not the Rahkshi were dark Toa, people arguing about whether 2004 would take place in the future or the past—stuff like that. We need to get some BIONICLE action going around here again.
I felt nostalgic after spotting a comment by Bundalings on an unrelated website (EDIT: it was Cracked, you guys. It was Cracked), so I decided to pop in for a spell. I just got accepted to Laguna College of Art and Design, where I'll be studying animation. Here's some expression sheets I did for my portfolio:
I was thinking of posting some of my figure drawings, but I don't know how BZP feels about Hot Nudes™.You can google that name in the pictures if you wanna see my other art, though.
I always thought it would be so cool to be one of these guys, making masks, taking names, and now that's within anyone's reach at a site like [Don't link to sites with forums. -Shine].
SOMEBODY MAKE ME ONE OF THESE RIGHT NOW OR I'LL HIT YOU
I'LL TRACK YOU DOWN
AND I'LL HIT YOU
On the subject of Greg's writing abilities...
I would say that he's a very uneven writer, but not a bad one. When he's writing in an elevated style, he's fantastic. The main problem with Greg is that he can be self-limiting; he'll write in jokes and one-liners where they don't belong, and it comes across as lacking in confidence. (Think the embarrassing Wizard of Oz references in "Brothers in Arms.".) When he treats the story with appropriate dignity and really gives it room to breathe, however, he can produce some great stuff.
His 2001-2003 comics kept a straight face, and allowed you to take them seriously. Same thing with the first half of the 2006 novels, before they degenerated into monotonous action sequences; those Karzhani and Voya Nui scenes were wonderful, and contributed to some of the best worldbuilding since 2001. Parts of the 2008 books were very good as well—Krika had some great character moments, and I was a big fan of the ending. Makuta's appearance in the stars was as dramatic a moment as anything from 2001, and in a sense it re-deified him. He was suddenly Nothing and Everything—a god of destruction not seen since the MNOLG.
Greg's biggest problem is that he'd always let too many mundanities seep into the story. The worst example I can think of is the way he handled the big reveal of Mata Nui's true form. Watching Mata Nui awaken in that CGI animation was awe-inspiring: what WE saw was a towering god, his head reaching into the clouds, rising from an endless sea. His body contains the entire universe that we've explored for years. All-encompassing.
But what did Greg call him? A giant robot.
Well, jeez, I guess. Technically speaking, yeah, sure he's a giant robot. But isn't he a bit more than that? I mean, he's alive, he's full of living things—is he really any more of a robot than, say, Tahu? What a shockingly boring way to talk about something so grand! Now, for contrast, let's look at a quote from Makuta's Guide to the Universe. Narrated by Makuta himself, Greg adopts an elevated style:
The heroic Toa returned to Metru Nui, even as the Great Spirit Mata Nui began to rise. Of course, no one but I truly knew what that meant. I had been to places no one else had ever seen. I have learned the ultimate truth - that Mata Nui did not rule the universe of the Matoran - he was the universe. The Great Spirit was a vast being of metal, a thing of armored power, within whom dwelled the Toa, Matoran, Makuta, Vortixx, Skakdi, Zyglak, and every other species. The land masses we dwelled upon were but parts of Mata Nui's substance, existing to keep him functioning. We had looked to the heavens for our Great Spirit, when he was truly all around us.
That's what I'm talking about! Grand, eloquent, mythological... Effective! Why did Greg have to refer to him as a "Giant Robot" every other time when he's clearly capable of writing stuff that captures the grandeur of BIONICLE? Why did he have to hold back and give us mundane one-liners and comic book action when he could write so much more? I think it's a shame, because he really can be a great writer when he pushes himself. Even his simpler stuff can be great when he handles it without a sense of irony; look at Journey of Takanuva. It's a wonderful little book that quickly establishes a vivid world and mysterious tone, and it works as well as anything from 2001. And to boot, it's a story about parallel dimensions, which I've always hated in BIONICLE... But it makes it work.
Anyway, I think it's unfair to say that Greg is a bad writer. He's produced so much that I sincerely love, and beyond that he's also a great, hardworking guy. His main flaw is that he often chickens out and fails to live up to his potential.
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