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Feeling Strange [Name Change]

Posted by Ektris , in BZPower Dec 10 2014 · 131 views
Names
I sense a disturbance...

Something's not quite right, but I can't put my finger on it...

~|ET|~



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How To Be a Fan of Problematic Things

Posted by Ektris , in BZPower Nov 09 2014 · 246 views
Big Bang Theory, LEGO, Ideas
So I was going to quote and cite an older article that shares this entry's name, before I did a reread (been a while since I had heh) and noticed all of the language in it. It's still a good read and would be helpful context of course, so go ahead and check it out yourself if you want.

Since I'm usually the one asking this, here's what this is directly about: The Big Bang Theory. More specifically, the vitriol I've been seeing directed towards it and the upcoming Ideas set.

A set I can't wait to have.

I understand that it is not perfect, but nothing is. Everything has its faults and could somehow rub somebody the wrong way.

But the way people are acting is really making me feel bad as a fan. You're basically saying I'm scum because I find enjoyment in something that is otherwise harmless and generally innocuous. Not always, no, but not in its entirety like is being implied.

I guess I'm sorry I found something that my girlfriend and I can watch endless reruns of. That we can relax during and share a laugh, even if its poking fun of a trait one of us has. (Because you have to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes... and it is in no way different than any situational comedy before it.) I guess I'm sorry too for having nothing but excitement over this because hey, maybe I'll finally be able to share my love of LEGO with her by building this together. Maybe, just maybe we could and I'd feel comfortable with my collecting hobby for once... Sure seemed interested enough when I told her...

Yet the way others are acting, it's as if because they don't like something, then nobody should (even recognizing its faults) and we should have a witch hunt for anybody that does.

So what I'm truly sorry about, is that I simply cannot and will not ever share that sentiment.

I will support this. I had not expected it to happen, but for different reasons. Yet it is. So as both a fan of the show and in the interest of continuing to support Ideas projects, I will get this one way or another. It's far, far from the worst thing ever (although I do have some reservations of how good of a set they can actually come up with).

~|ET|~



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From: Set Review: 21107 The End

Posted by Ektris , in Collecting, BZPower Nov 02 2014 · 101 views
Minecraft
Little late getting the set, but still ended up doing a review like promised. ^_^

Presentation
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.






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The box for The End is an obsidian block. I was at first confused by this, as I usually associate obsidian with going to the Nether and expected an end stone block instead. But then I remembered there's all those obsidian towers in The End and it's just a more recognizable block overall, so I guess it does make sense. Either way it still looks cool and is another neat design to have lined up on a shelf with the other boxes.

Inside the box are two instruction booklets, a handy brick separator, and five bags of parts.

Building
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?



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The End sees a somewhat disappointing return to the norm for the Minecraft Micro World sets that The Nether temporarily broke. It is a standard build of creating an underground portion on a plate, a little bit of aboveground scenery on a plate, stacking them, and repeating four times.

It's really rather disappointing, made worse by the fact that The End's really just a boring place. It should truthfully all be in just one color to truly replicate end stone, which is all that there is in that dimension, but fortunately the designers thought to break that up by introducing other shades amongst the bricks. I am more than okay with this because it makes it slightly less boring - but only slightly. On only the second portion, I had tired already of such an incredibly repetitive build. All the other micro world sets varied in many ways what was going on both above and below ground, but The End does not even remotely do so (not that the source allowed that, granted).

But you what to know what's the worst part of all during the entire build? How scattered the pieces are amongst the bags! Some are available in relatively extremely low quantities, like those to the Ender Dragon and Endermen. Finding them, which is supposed to be done first according to the instructions, was a genuine pain. One would think that because so many pieces in the exact same tan color that finding anything else would be easy, but it was quite the opposite.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here



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Remember before how I've complained about wanting more of the mobs out of these micro world sets? Well, The End at least fixed that. We get four Endermen, who I find to be a generally cool design and as expected feature unique printed pieces to replicate their eyes. The only downside I really see to them is that they can't turn their heads and have their arms raised, but that's the kind of sacrifices expected at such a small scale.

The Ender Dragon is really cool. The only thing really keeping it from being perfect in my eyes is the lack of a mouth. A wide, gaping jaw is just something any dragon needs.

The main island is, as I've said, quite boring. I'm glad that some color variance was introduced into the end stone to add something to look at, but… Well, The End was always a bit of a disappointment when it comes to cool factor, so it wouldn't be fair to blame the designers here of course. They did recreate the island pretty faithfully in the 3D world.


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The top of The End at least has some interesting things to look at. A big End Portal takes up a quarter of the area, complete with a dragon egg. Which is a bit contradictory since this shouldn't appear if the dragon's still around... oh well. It still looks nice. Dotted all around are the obsidian towers, and they even have Ender Crystals on top! These are my favorite part. Literally. I have never seen these smooth round plates before, but I do love them. And the translucent purple color they're cast in is gorgeous.

Playability
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?



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What may come as a bit of a surprise for the micro world line, The End actually has a degree of playability! The Ender Dragon has articulated wings and an articulated neck, so you can mix up how it looks. Plus it's a dragon. Everyone wants to whoosh a dragon around in the air.

The Endermen can also kind of do things. You can slide a brick in-between their arms to emulate them stealing a block, but of course they do slide out easily. Because of how they're designed, you cannot plug a plate in sideways either, so all you can do is wedge them.

As for the rest of The End... Eh. If you have a Steve from the original CuusooIdeas set, I suppose you could have him exploring or mining. But nobody seriously does that in Minecraft proper because, yes, it is boring.

Final Thoughts
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?


Pros
What's to like?
  • Plentiful mobs
  • Ender Dragon is a fun build
  • More beautiful trans purple
Cons
What's not to like?
  • Boring to look at
  • Build is far too repetitive
  • Just boring
(Yay giant mini mob army!)


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So it seems my predication way back when The Village and The Nether first came out of The End being next came true. Unfortunately, I also completely called how utterly boring a set devoted to just it would be. That's the real shame here. No, there wasn't much they could have done with just The End itself. It's an uninspired place even within the Minecraft game, and this set does recapture it to a fault. As a standalone set, I advise passing, and even for those who got the others, it might be a questionable buy.

Perhaps it is best that the future of Minecraft LEGO lies in the minifig scale, which already looks like it will be having some pretty unique and varied sets. I still love these micro world sets for the little diorama pieces that they are (and would still buy additional biomes for sure). The End certainly delivers there. It's just a disappointing sendoff, if that is what it really is.


Source: Set Review: 21107 The End


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Avatar Query & Things

Posted by Ektris , in BZPower Oct 23 2014 · 107 views
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I really do need a new avatar; it's been too long that I've been staring at pony Luffy (not that he isn't incredible still). But just can't decide anything that screams me... ya know? Thoughts, suggestions?

Also, I realized I never put back up my Pokémon Y logs... I really should do that. I plan to again write one for Omega Ruby (including one for the demo within the next few days), so might as well get them here since I still have it saved.

Have my Minecraft Micro World reviews saved and also never posted back up... Maybe I'll write one for The End and get them all back up in one fell swoop.

Plus photo shoots I keep meaning to do or post...

Man I need to stop being so lazy with my spare time. :lol:

~|ET|~



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Confirmed: Bionicle Reboot Incoming

Posted by Ektris , in BZPower Oct 09 2014 · 136 views
BIONICLE
Looks like it is indeed a total reboot, based on what's coming out of NYCC today.

It's really weird how accepting of this when the last beloved franchise of mine to do this, Star Wars, still has me bitter over it...

A few things indicate a massive simplification of things, like labeling Tahu's mask... Tahu's Mask, and not a Hau (could change) and the new Makuta seeking a "Mask of Ultimate Power." But we'll see what it's really like in time, I guess.

~|ET|~







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