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Collectibles Displays

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Dec 06 2014 · 141 views

I've been working on some displays to spice up my apartment, specifically of some of my Bionicle / Lego collectibles. (Side note, I am clearly not a normal person.) I got two finished up and wanted to share pictures. Yay!

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Kanohi-Collection by Xccj, on Flickr

This is a full set of the original 72 Kanohi, plus the gold and silver great masks. It doesn't include room for rare masks or misprints or Matoran masks or Rahi masks... I wanted the colors to match. I originally made a similar design and hung it up... and it lasted ten minutes before falling apart. I didn't know a way to reinforce it strength-wise without having to go through a lot of pieces, so instead I went a different route and used a bunch of points to hold it up, rather than just one. So yes, that is pretty much nailed to the wall. But so far it's held together!

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Slizer-Disc-Collection by Xccj, on Flickr

These are all the Slizer collectible discs. This one took some more effort.

I know I've posted about collecting these before, but I'll reiterate a little bit. The bottom four rows (not counting the Millennial column to the far right) were never released in sets and only came in limited availability disk packs, an idea which they later improved upon with Bionicle. I ended up BrickLinking most of these in the last couple of months. It was mildly easy; the disks are overpriced like Kanohi masks, so they were relatively cheap to get, but some were only available internationally. I think I made four orders from Germany to complete my collection. (In fact, I bought all the ones I needed from one store, and a few days later he restocked with the last disc I needed, so I made a second purchase!)

But when I got them all, I had to figure out the best way to display them. The problem is, the disc design never really fit securely into anything. The best fit would be Kanoka disc launchers (and even they're not super secure because, really, their point was to launch the discs). But I didn't want to buy 48+ Kanoka launchers and attach them to some technic framework. So I experimented around and found a system approach.

The discs would fit about a 5x5 stud area. So I took a 7x7 stud area and put round bricks on the corners, and the discs fit snugly in the middle. Then, to keep them from falling out the top, I put grilles on the round bricks, and right corner was enough to keep it in. Granted, the discs can rotate, but they won't pop out. So then I started to build rows and columns. I didn't have a spare baseplate, so I used 16x16 light azure plates I had gotten in a draft to build it out. I even had some space for the Millennial discs on the far right, where I'm displaying 6 of the 7 they came out with.

It's not exactly the ideal set up. The light azure background isn't the best neutral color, but I guess it fits with all the trans light blue round bricks I used. (Those were the only color they had of that mold on the pick-a-brick wall). But I did go out of my way to make sure the grille colors matched. I might eventually move it to an actual baseplate. The design is currently 32x48, so I could theoretically transition it to a 48x48 baseplate, and have some more empty space. (I couldn't do two smaller baseplates next to each other because they couldn't connect on the back.) As is, a 6x6 display would fit perfectly on a 32x32, but there are more Slizer discs than that. Potentially, if I enlarge it, I might try to add the Bionicle Tonhunga disks as well. (Would need to collect some more of those too.) Not so much with the Kanoka; their collectability aspect isn't exactly the best for display.

Maybe eventually I'll do a krana one... despite giving away a sizable portion of my krana collection years ago, I'm starting to build it back up again, and I'm a little over half way there. (Not including the Krana Kal at this point.) Not even going to think about the kraana... just, no.

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Potential Bionicle Convention Collaborative Project?

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Nov 28 2014 · 117 views

Well, I am now dedicated to going full time to Bricks Cascade since I'll be a theme coordinator (for steampunk.) So perhaps now it's time to start thinking about a collaborative project.

One idea is another Bionicle mosaic. I have a stand that can fit 4x4 baseplates, so 128x128 as studs. I'm thinking it would be easy to translate some scene from the new animations into a mosaic. Another idea is maybe a sculpture of the new island, now that we've gotten some better images.

Although it would be easier for people to attend the convention to bring stuff in, Bricks Cascade would be part of BZPower's 2015 MOC run, so it would be easy for people to send a portion in. It's always fun to do multiple person projects, cause they get very big and stand out over lots of other things. But it takes planning and coordination and when nobody else is interested it might not be worth it. So here, gaging the interest, would anybody want to be part of this?

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Collecting Slizer Disks

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Nov 03 2014 · 113 views

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The ORIGINAL Collectibles. For constraction figures, anyway. Cause they were kindof the first ones... never mind.

Anyway, a few key Bricklink purchases (including one from Germany) and my collection is filling up. Of course, I already had the top two rows, cause those are the ones that came with the sets... although I did buy a few extras because I had either lost the originals or deformed them. (There was a brief period of playing with my Throwbots next to a hot light... and that was when I learned how plastic reacts to heat.) But the bottom four rows were only available in disc packs, which I believe were limited in retail availability. (I know I never saw them advertised outside of the Lego catalog, otherwise I probably would've impulsively tried to buy them like I ended up doing with mask packs.)

The neat thing about these collectibles is that they tell a story... or well more of a story than was ever officially given for the Slizers. The artwork on each is really great... well, at least the idea, anyway, some of them are not as sharp as others, and the picture really blurred things too. I'm thinking of somehow mounting these. Since the connection for discs is kinda loose, I'm thinking about doing it without Lego, maybe even *GASP* gluing them to the poster-board so I can display them like a poster on the wall.

As you can probably tell, I'm still a few short. I have two more orders in that should mostly fill out these (both from Germany... I guess the Germans were the only ones who collected these discs too) but I'm still missing one disc. Particularly, this one for Granite. Like, most of the other discs were for sale in random German stores, but this one isn't on BrickLink at all, and there hasn't been a sale of it in the last 6 months. Obviously, if you have one that you'd be willing to sell / trade, let me know! (Also, I'm only focusing on the original 8 Slizers/Throwbots. The Millennium / Invader ones had discs, but not in a consistent color, so they're less appealing to display with these.)

So yeah, I guess this one would be hard to top as far as retro-ness is concerned. Unless somebody has a full set of roborider wheels in all the variations? (Was that even possible? There were like 16 designs and 6-7 colors, so that's approaching a krana-sized collection)

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Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 30 2014 · 111 views

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Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat by Xccj, on Flickr

A Victorian era time traveler is visiting a T-Rex, who is from an alternate dimension and is also dressed for the Victorian era and has time traveled, and together they share a cup of tea. (It makes more sense in context.)

This is for the ChronoCon 10,000BC theme being hosted by Brothers Brick at BrickCon 2014. And I mean, I think they've either done a lame job promoting it, or everybody else is keeping their designs close to their chest. Barely any interactions on Flickr where they're trying to run this, unless it's being planned out on some other (secret) forum that I'm unaware of cause I'm not one of the cool builders.

Anyway, I was hoping for my entry to be a bit unconventional, so it'll be very awkward if another T-Rex shows up wearing the same suit. :glare:

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Brick-Sash WIP

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Sep 28 2014 · 66 views

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I'm not taking credit for this idea, cause I know B6 has done the badges on a sash before, and I know there are people who've made wearable-MOCs before. And I know that this isn't even that large of a brick badge compared to some. But it's an idea that I've had for a while, and finally rushed it out to see how it'll work. (Cropped out the ugly tho, for everybody's sanity.)

It's a bit clunky, but it seems to fit alright, considering it's basically a strap of Hero factory joints. The brick section could potentially fall apart; I've tried to reinforce it but I don't know if it'll hold? But I'll probably end up wearing this at BrickCon next weekend. For part of the time anyway. (Life got in the way of working on my cos-play idea, so that's not happening. Maybe next time?)

I also figured that this would probably be uncomfortable to wear all the time, so I designed a mini badge that can hold up to 6 bricks that I can wear everywhere. Because you can't go to a Lego convention and not have bricks magnetized to your shirt at all times. This includes fancy dinner. Brick badges are fancy.

I also got a new MS Surface 2 tablet... and it's not working right, so turning around and bringing it back to the store tomorrow. :( I was looking forward to bringing it with me to BrickCon as a portable computing device... I'll see if I still get the chance.

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No Dark Side

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 25 2014 · 118 views

The theme for the black light display at BrickCon has been removed from their website.

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

What am I going to do with my two black-light MOCs now??

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Pay Your Respects

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 25 2014 · 102 views
BOW DOWN

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Temple of the Avohkii by Xccj, on Flickr

With Bionicle's return, we must make known our presence, less our human sacrifices been made in vain! (What, you think people left BZPower because they grew out of the theme? Get real.)

This is for a BrickCon project that somebody in Port-LUG said they wanted to put on. Since an email and a Flickr group a couple months ago, nothing more has been communication, so I assume it's still a thing. :shrugs:

I guess I'm also in a couple of contests. I got my game semi-finished in time and it's currently the one to beat in it's poll, which is honestly kinda a first for me. (Spoiler tho, they're beating it. Yay, go underdogs!)

I'm also in the art poll, but I'm losing and deservingly so.

I'm also in the Flickr BBC Contest and I can't tell you how I'm doing cause they're hiding the results. :glare:

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I Made a Mosaic!

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 20 2014 · 75 views

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Reiterating what I said there: it's not the best mosaic, but I made it relatively quickly with what I had on hand. (And I've officially used the last of my baseplates. I mean, seriously, I sent 4 of them to BrickFair and then made the lenticular cheese slope mosaic, I was lucky I had a spare to begin with.)

It's going to be at BrickCon. Not as exciting as previous Bionicle group mosaics we've put up, but nobody really seemed interested in collaborative projects this year, so I've got nothing else to contribute. (Generally I think most of BZP wrote off BrickCon, but at this point I don't care, it'll be fun to hang out with the usual crowd without any excess drama.)

(Although I realize that I don't have any ACTUAL new Bionicle MOCs built for the con, mostly mosaics and black light stuff.)

Also, I think I might have timed this just right when I posted it to Facebook this morning, right as all the members were geeking out over the announcement. Got more like on that then I normally get on... well, anything anywhere. My evil marketing scheme played off. Muhaha.

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Glowing Gali

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 14 2014 · 121 views
Gali, black-light

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Lookie, I posted another MOC.

I think I've been hinting at this one for a long time here. So that means two, maybe three people won't be surprised by this?

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Bionicle House

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 11 2014 · 97 views

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Bionicle House 01 by Xccj, on Flickr

A while back, somebody was complaining about the Bionicle system's limitations, and said something to the effect of "You can't build a house with it." To me, that meant, "Challenge Accepted!"

This is a fairly basic design made primarily using limb elements, with the interior supported with technic beams and such. I ran out of Rahkshi legs in dark bley, so I used some in classic dark gray as a stand in. I can't really tell the difference in person, but it shows up on camera. :shrugs: Funnily enough, I ordered some extra legs in bley... and they came in classic gray. >.< I was planning to add windows in addition to the door, but I didn't really have a way to fit them in.

It's not the most impressive model, but I think the concept gets across, especially with the elements I limited myself to. It could probably be more detailed at a larger size... but well I don't have that many limb pieces in the same color.

This is also my entry for the BZP September Flickr Contest. I had an earlier entry that was toeing the system ratio line and was photographed using a black light, both of which are apparently against the rules. (I mean, I get the system ratio, but the black light? I thought we were not allowed to edit the content of the MOC after the pictures were taken. Oh well.) But for this one, there's no way that anybody could claim it violates the system ratio. :P And that's why I'm entering this, cause it has no chance in Krazahni of actually winning.

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