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Bionicle Toa Lewa And Toa Onua Pens

I mentioned my interest in getting some of these pens for the masks. Well, I managed to purchase two, and they finally got in. (I’m still not done with my search… four more to go.) Since I have them, I’m going to make it into a review! (Can’t go on the front page tho. Something about an 11 year old, rare-to-begin-with product that’s super hard to find even nowadays...)     First off, the packaging for this is very neat. I believe it follows the standard design for Lego pens back in the day; i

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My Thoughts on Arguing

So I guess there’s another blog war going on. Oh boy. But a few bits of it have annoyed me, and despite myself, I’m going to add in my words. (And to be fair, I've only read a few entries on this issue, and I’m not going to pretend to be some sort of expert or anything. Please hear me out before replying.)   So, to get to the bone of it, there’s a discussion over LGTBQA+ rights. I should say something along the lines of “I’m a neutral party” but I’m just going to come out and say it. I am

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Kai's Blade Cycle

(Click for link)   Yayz another 2012 set review, this time Ninjago. However, I've been seeing a bunch of 2012 sets pop up all over the place. 2012 Ninjago sets at Target, 2012 Ninja booster packs at Fred Meyers, Super Hero, City (Police and other), and Black Phantom (yuck) at another FMs, and then a small selection of Friends sets at a third Freddies! (Strangely, the third one had a super small Lego collection that was made up of 4 Friends sets, Waspix, and Rockah XL. Not the best Lego selec

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Fixes To The Mata Nui Island Model

So last weekend, we finally got to show our giant Mata Nui Island Model off at Bricks Cascade. In general, we recieved some nice comments about it. Well, except from the BZPower Staff, where the general consesus was that they felt sick every time they saw the island. (Does that count as constructive critisism?) And, as I kind of expected, it didn't win any awards. But it was there, people got to see it, and overall I'm glad I got to show it off.   But there were a few things to fix. Porp

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Review: Allegra from Galidor

Hah, bet you weren’t expecting this one! (I dunno, is there any expectation really? “Oh look, he’s blogging again about some set he likes. Better keep scrolling.”)     Anyway, last month I was in a BrickLink store and saw they had like half the pieces to this set, which was one I’ve considered for a while (out of Galidor sets.) But then I found a store that was selling the original set for less than buying all the parts individually, so I just went with that. And even though we know the theme f

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Wanna Be in a BZP Story?

EDIT: I've started on this, so any new entries will not be major characters.   I have an idea for a new story to celebrate the return of Bionicle. Specifically, a story featuring members of BZ-Koro, the virtual village where Bionicle fans hang out. (An analogy for BZPower, obviously.) I planning to use a few story tricks I’ve done previously, and one of those is to have members submit their names to become major characters!   All you’d have to do is fill out a short entry form in this blog and I

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Kanohi Nuva @ Brick Fair

I wanna try and get rid of a few of my Kanohi Nuva, so what a better place that at BrickFair? There is even a buy/trade session, I believe, so maybe I can get some good stuff for them.   Anyway, here's an image of my complete Kanohi Nuva collection. (Minus the red Hau Nuva... I do not know where it is. I must've rebuild Tahu Nuva and he's hiding in the bottom of my bin)     The ones in a purple box are ones that I am unwilling to trade for... so unless I get a good offer, I won't be parti

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Improved Toa Figs

Search back through my blog, you're probably find plenty of entries where I talked about my plans to make Toa minifigures.   Here's the basic idea. In 2001, they released Lego pens that came with mini Toa masks. It's possible to attach the masks (via a bead) to the top of a standard minifig torso. It's a little bulky, but it works.   However, while I was able to get the colors of the minifig parts relatively right, the plain torsos looked a bit off. So I wanted to fix that.   So I made a dea

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The B Z P Blog Story

Presenting...     Have you ever seen those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? Instead of being a linear read, each chapter ends by giving giving you options. Thus, instead of one storyline, you have a book that can take you on a dozen different journeys.   That's what this story is supposed to be. You start off in the same place, but at the end of each chapter, you get to choose which path you'll take, and then see where the story leads you. There are over a dozen different endings, and a full

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Review: Lasha's Bite Cycle

(Click For Link)   Yay, another Ninjago Review! Last one from me (for this year at least.) Unless somebody wants to send me the Ultimate 4-Headed Dragon Battle set to review (and keep.) That is such an epic set and I want it but I don't really have money and if I do buy a large set this year it's going to be Helms Deep.   Also, with this set I now have Cole ZX, which means that I have a complete set of Ninja. (Well, missing the green one, if you count him, but I'll grab his spinner pack when

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Review 70751: Temple of Airjitzu

To take a break from official front page reviews, I’m going to do a couple of blog review. Mostly these were sets that I was planning to review, but for one reason or another they didn’t end up making it to the front page. (In this case, the Airjitzu Temple was just too large.) So here are some thoughts but without all the super details and pictures and video. (I mean, some pictures, but they’re not great quality cause I already had this on display and I wasn’t going to move it just for a photo

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Review: Rattlecopter

(Click for link) Actually don't because it's broken right now.   Anyway, cool Ninjago set! It's a snake helicopter that looks like a fish! Awesome designs. And I even took lots of pictures! You'll see them when the database gets fixed, I'm sure of it!  

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New BrickCon MOCs

Okay, I want to show off some of the things I've been working on for BrickCon next week.   Angled Mosaic     Okay, I've blogged about this one a lot. I don't have enough cheese slopes to create something big enough to fit a 32x32 baseplate. (Much less a really massive one.) So I've made a deal with Dan Parker (thru Swert) to use his collection of cheese slopes to produce a 32x32 mosaic in this style. However, he wasn't as enthusiastic about the Hau / Krana idea, so instead I'm doing a clas

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Gali Mistika

It's that time again. Time for summer set reviews, by yours truly.   Anyway, I got a good deal on three Mistika, so I'm reviewing them now. First up is that ever lovable...     Before you continue, be warned; these are my opinions on the set. I've seen alot of controversy over it, so if you have a problem about my views, keep it to yourself. (Unless you're just here to point out that, despite my constant assurances of the opposite, the Metru and Vahki limbs are the same length)   Okay

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Next Word Game Challenge

Name a character whose name doesn't have vowels (A, E, I, O, U) or the letters T, N, S, H, R. The letter Y can be in the name, but it cannot be the second letter or the last letter.   The character doesn't necessarily have to be Bionicle.   Go!  

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Emmet and Wyldstyle Mechs

So here are some MOCs I'm working on. These are WIPs at the moment, for the most part. Theoretically, they might go in a display at a movie theater that Port Lug might put up, but I don't know if they'll make it to that, so instead maybe I'll aim for Bricks Cascade.   The Wyldstyle mech is supposed to be based on her outfit color, but instead of dark purple and dark azure, I went old school Nui Jaga and utilized purple and medium blue, mixed in over a solid black design. A majority of it is t

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Tunneler Beast

Click here for full review   I know this shouldn't be the most interesting part of the review, but I'm proudest of throwing in the word "spelunking" in the intro.   Also, I tried using gray baseplates as a background, to give it a more Lego-y feel. I think it works, but I could potentially see it as being too busy. Thoughts? Or lack thereof.   I also expect to get a lot of flak about my hatred of the hand design, but I stand by my opinion that they're terrible. Okay, I might not have worded my

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Review: Arctic Helicrane

And now I continue on with my non-official front page reviews that take much less time to make...   Some people were excited to see the return of Arctic sets this year. Arctic was one of the last system themes I got really excited about back in 2000, right before I got consumed by Bionicle for the next 7 years. The explorers and parkas and snowmobiles and polar bears... it was a great theme. I only ever got two sets from it, but the mobile outpost one was definately a highlight. With that said,

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System Bionicle 2015 Mask Connection Method

I just came across a new method for connection Bionicle 2015 masks to 2x2 round bricks.     The new style of Bionicle masks that came out this year had an odd connection that allowed for them to be flipped off the head as part of an action feature, but this made their connection point rather loose. The heads were less than ideal to squeeze them on, and while you could fit them on technic axle or rod holes, they were often weak or loose.   This new method uses a 2x2 round bricls, which slides in

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Lego Moana

So I spent 8+ hours yesterday trying to sort my loose Lego pieces post-convention, and I decided to play the new Moana movie in the background. And then thus I was inspired to write this post.   I don't think it was very apparent (because I wasn't blogging much) but I really liked the movie after I saw it last year. I had been working on one of my own stories that involved the Hawaiian goddess Madam Pele, and I was curious to see if she was references in the new movie. (She wasn't, I think they

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Baseplate Punch

Be mindful of the 500 kB filesize limit, young Padawan. ~Valenti   I punched it so hard. And then used the Force to pull it back up. Obviously.  

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Lego Animorphs?

Hah, talk about a Cuusoo idea guaranteed to fail. (Like, seriously, how would you even start. Buildable animals and figs and aliens and spaceships would be cool, but there's no good way to incorporate morphing into a toy. They did transformers Animorph toys back in the 90s, and while they worked, they looked pretty bad.)   But I digress.   I'm talking more about Animorph characters digitized in Lego form. I've had the figs designed in LDD for a while, but I decided to try and pursue some dra

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Hit Right on Target

I'd been hearing some reports about Bionicle showing up in Target, so I decided to swing by my local one... and found some.     For Bionicle, they only had the two protectors, so I grabbed both. Oddly enough, the cashier was really excited to see they had them in and was bummer when I said there were only a few left. (And then seemed reluctant to sell me the ones I picked up... I assume it was all part of an act.) In addition to Bionicle, they had some other 2015 stuff from other themes, includ

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I Just Can’t Help Myself: Jaller And Hahli Review

Okay, so here’s the deal. There was a special trip for UW students to go to a Fred Meyers and buy last minute college supplies. I already had all I really needed, and then some more (I’m sure). But I went anyway… I wanted some dry erase markers, and they’d be cheaper at some big retail store than the local bookstore… I think.   Anyway, Fred Meyers is also the place where I find my best Lego deals, and I’ve only grabbed Hewkii this summer. So, you know, if I happened to find a good sale…  

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Kiina And Berix

(Original Post date September 21st)     So the newest additions to my Bionicle collection come straight from the new movie... well, not quite, but they both have roles in it, with some of the more annoying lines too, I might add. Oh, and they're both blue. So let this be a duel set review! I'll start off with the bigger of the two..   Kiina   Kiina, the only female set of the year. She's a major character in the movie, even if her voice made me cringe through most of the previews. (T

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