No Dark Side? No Problem! by Xccj, on Flickr
So this is my new last-minute BrickCon Project. I mentioned in my earlier entry that the Dark Side display, which is meant for black light MOCs and MOCs with lights that look better in the dark, has apparently been discontinued this year. I'm basing this on my observation of them removing it from their theme list on the website. (I had a few MOCs registered for it, and then they got moved to "uncategorized".)
In previous years, the display was a giant cover that went over roughly two tables, with some space in the back for people to sit. Black lights were strung up overhead and on the table, and while it was a far cry from true darkness, it was shaded enough to give lighted models a little bit of a boost. Thing was, hardly anybody would contribute MOCs. I have for the last couple of years (and never managed a trophy from them) but it helped make some of my stuff look cool. But, I guess from the lack of interest, or because the guy running it is too busy this year to contribute, it's not showing up.
So I could just put my models out there without special lighting... or just do the whole dang thing myself.
The above is my version. It's 16 x 20 x 16 inches, roughly. The frame is made of piping, and I actually ventured into a fabric store to get the covers, and then a black light is hung up on the top. And it works, almost better than the old display. There's less of an opening to let ambient light in, and the smaller space means the black light can be more concentrated. On the other hand, it's way too small to accommodate my SHIP, but it will give Gali a chance to shine. (That, plus I can get away with this extra display in Bionicle, but not so much at the Space table.)
So I made my own dark side, and I am keeping my cookies. (And if my deductions are wrong and there actually IS a Dark Side display this year... oh well, egg on my face.)
Speaking of the dark side, I just watched the first episode of Star Wars Rebels. I've read a little bit about it from FBTB, and it sounds like they absolutely loathe the idea. But I thought it was pretty good, and seems to capture the universe better than the Clone Wars cartoon (from what little I saw of that) and, let's just say, the prequels. In my opinion, obviously. I might have to follow this one, see if they can keep it up.
I AM GROOT.
That is all.
(Gosh now I need to buy The Milano Spaceship Rescue set)
The problem is... the original isn't finished.
And like, this is a story that I've been working on since... well, let's say 2000. The basic premise for it developed back then, and I didn't start typing it out until 2003, and it got expanded upon so much that it was one of my longer in-progress stories ever... until I lost most of it when my laptop was stolen in 2007. In 2009, I started the haunting task of rewriting it (to remove inconsistencies, and generally improve the writing.) I've had periods where I've worked on it ever since, but the last time I typed it up was last summer, and I haven't had time to progress on it since. And I'm only 80% finished with my rewrite of the original, which had only begun to reach the climax. I have the ideas of where I want it to go and the directions I want my characters to develop in, but I just haven't had the time and/or inspiration to sit down and type it out. (Having a job does that to you, I guess.)
TL/DR, I'm nowhere near to finishing this story even though I've been working on it for a long time.
So I should focus my efforts on the original and not the sequel (especially since I haven't worked on ANY of my stories since last summer) BUT instead I find myself jotting down plot points for the sequel. GAH.
In other news, I FINALLY got my LEGO Movie discs in. *grumbles about stupid amazon for delaying my order* And I guess it turns out if you want to watch the blu-ray movie, you need an actual blu-ray player, which my computer is apparently now. I got the EVERYTHING IS AWESOME set, so it also comes with the DVD, so I could watch that, but this DVD doesn't contain any of the special features, which I was looking forward to. (Okay, it does have commentary, but while I generally like watching a movie with commentary [see LotR] I was not overly impressed. The directors pointed out a few interesting bits, but mostly it was the voice actors just messing around.) Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to finally have it on a media where I can go frame-by-frame to catch back-ground things. But still kinda peeved that I can't enjoy the extra features yet. (Oh, or the 3D version, which I guess I need a 3D TV for.) But the young Vitruvius is great. (Yeah, so the cape isn't 100% movie accurate... it's still cool, get over yourselves.)
It was good. Very good. Lots of dragons, lots of good flight (and fight) scenes. Dang, it even got emotional, far more than the original. I mean, it didn't have the same awe inspiring scene like the first flight in the original... but that's a special scene, and they didn't try to replicate the first, but rather make an awesome second. I'm probably going to see it again. Yes indeed.
Not without issues. The music was great, but maybe it's because it's too much of the first? Which isn't bad, 'cause I loved the soundtrack for the original. And (I guess slightly spoilery warning) the movie was very Hiccup-centric, and most of the other kids were reduced to side characters who only got a few laughs each. Besides Astrid, I felt that they got downgraded from the first movie. But I am okay with this because the television series focused a lot on them, and their dragons. I mean, although the animation wasn't as top notch, I was very pleased with the television series, which did a good job at expanding the characters and setting of Berk.
But yeah, it was a good movie, and you should see it. And now I'm torn as to which animated feature is the best this year. I mean, TLM was great, but Dragons II is up there too. (Although if I had to choose between Dragons II and Frozen, I would definitely go with DreamWorks. There is a lyrical song in this movie, but I dunno if its catchy enough for all the kids to start singing.)
Anyways, my thoughts below, and some spoilers, I guess? Reader beware.
So I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I like the socially awkward princess; Disney needs more of them. I mean, I'm all for confident female leads and stuff, but there was a more realistic feel of Anne compared to others. (Or maybe I just never cared much for princess movies in the 90s... I was perhaps not the target audience either.) I do like how they criticized the "love at first sight" thing because I was all "CLICHE" when it first appeared but approved of it afterwards for debunking it. Anyway, the animation was good, some of the action scenes were fun (but nothing too over the top... and somehow the magic snow monsters don't qualify as over the top for me. Meh) The music was okay... but besides the main one, most of the songs are forgettable. (To be fair, the only Disney movie where I've enjoyed pretty much all the songs was Aladdin.) Still, this was a fun movie to watch and I can see why it got so much praise.
But also, goodness, it does have a strong X Men vibe to it. I've heard the comparison a couple of times before, so I was expecting it, but it was really quite there.
Also, SPOILER, everybody dies in the end. By freezing. Thus why it's called "Frozen." Kinda gruesome for a Disney film.
I took the time to enjoy some more details, and spotted some more figs and models. I saw Johnny Thunder a second time too!
Also, I bought the soundtrack and have been listening to it quite a lot. Not all the tracks are exactly like they are in the movie... there's some extensions and cuts and stuff, but the basic themes are the same. And OMG Benny's theme is awesome even if it's short; I'm thinking of making it my ringtone!
Way too excited about the idea of getting this on DVD and replaying it over and over again! (I watched the heck out of my HTTYD DVD, and the Lego Movie has so much more rewatch potential.)
Everybody: We’ve already seen it!
Okay, so much for just bragging. Anyway, I was planning to do a short review of how well the various sets were incorporated in the movie, since previous movie tie ins (Iron Man III) were pretty bad. But there were so many Lego Movie sets that some would surely get more screen time than others. Except. . . well, Brickset already posted an article on that. So instead here’s a not-exactly-comprehensive list of all the characters who appeared. Wow, that turned out to be quite long. . . Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, SPOILERS!
Anyway, it was indeed a good movie. Although if you were like me and watched each and every trailer, than the first half of the movie was kind of. . . reruns. (I did the same thing when The Legend Reborn came out. . . only that time the previews covered all the good parts. At least the second half of this movie was relatively unspoiled.) I did feel that there were some pacing issues in the beginning, but again that might’ve just been because of what I just mentioned.
I also bought the soundtrack (technically before I’d even seen the movie, although I didn’t listen to the full thing before I saw it.) It’s good, and I have bits of it stuck in my head, which is surprisingly not the “Everything is Awesome” song.
I do want to see it again, and I probably will. (Maybe a matinee 2D showing. . . I’m not sure 3D was really worth it.) And I will for sure by it when it comes out on DVD. Heck, maybe even preorder it and get whatever fig it comes with, since I never do that otherwise. But yeah, great movie, go see it if you haven’t already.
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