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Bionicle Collaborative Mosaics: A History

xccj

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I’ve been involved with a lot of awesome Bionicle Collaborative Mosaic projects that’s wowed the public at various conventions. (Or so I’d like to hope.) So I’ve decided to compile a list of em, with their size, where they showed up, and who helped make them. (I’m seeing a lot of repeated names too.) I've included some images, where I can find them. The first is the final design image that I got from the Mosaic Makers. (I still use Pic-to-Brick.) The second image is the finish mosaic at the convention. I’ll try to keep this post updated for future projects as well.

 

 

Kopaka Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BrickFair 2010

 

Size: 96 x 96 studs

 

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This is the first BZPower Bionicle Mosaic, organized by Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya. (Well, I did some of the initial design work.) Kopaka was selected because of his neutral color scheme, which was easy to convert into a mosaic. Arpy made the largest contribution to this one, with the 64x64 upper right corner all being his.

 

Contributors:

Letagi

Xccj

Arpy

Kohila Piraka*

Jedi Master J

Black Six

 

 

Onua Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BrickFair 2010

 

Size: 96 x 96 studs

 

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When the Kopaka mosaic got filled up, we pushed harder and came up with a second mosaic. Onua was selected because he also had a neutral color scheme with blacks and grays. This was again organized by Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya, and I provided the initial design.

 

Contributors:

Nukaya

Jedi Master J

Chocolate Frogs

Xccj

Black Six

Toa of Dancing*

Mr. Fibbles*

Sisen

 

 

Toa Mata Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BrickFair 2011

 

Size: 192 x 64 studs

 

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The following year, Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya went all out and organized a brilliant mosaic with all six Toa Mata. (This time, I did nearly all the design work.) Even with all the awesome Bionicle creations that year, this mosaic was the highlight, IMO. Plus, this had most contributors so far!

 

Contributors:

Arpy

Letagi

Xccj

Jedi Master J

Black Six

Sisen

Chocolate Frogs

Kakaru

Razlak*

Nukaya

Disky

 

Kaukau Waterfall Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BrickCon 2012

 

Size: 96 x 96 studs

 

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This year I helped put together a mosaic based off a classic scene from the MNOLG. This one was a bit more challenging with the dithering pattern on the cliffs. Although for some reason I never got a full shot of the mosaic on its own, but luckily we did take a group shot.

 

Contributors:

Kopakanui

Xccj

Kakaru

Razlak*

Swert

Letagi

 

 

Lewa Protodermis Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BrickCon 2013

 

Size: 128 x 96 studs

 

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This year I designed a mosaic based off a classic Lewa promotional image from 2002.

 

Contributors:

Xccj

Chocolate Frogs

Kakaru

Brickthing

Swert

Razlak*

Kopakanui

55555 (I think... otherwise why'd we let him in the group picture?)

 

 

Gali Masters Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BricksCascade 2015, BrickUniverse 2015, BrickFair 2015, BrickCon 2015

 

Size: 96x128 studs

 

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I put together a new mosaic to celebrate the reboot of Bionicle, featuring the new Gali design taken from the animations. This one was interesting because I tried to include the dark azure color, which is still fairly rare. I did end up building nearly half of this mosaic myself, but it is also the first of our collaborative mosaics to show up at multiple conventions.

 

Contributors:

Xccj

Chocolate Frogs

Black Six

Kayru

Razlak*

Danny316

 

Pohatu Masters Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BZPower 2015 - 2016 Convention MOC Circuit

 

Size: 64x64 studs

 

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This was a leftover design that got voted out against the above Gali design for the main mosaic of the year. But then Danny316 and I decided to throw this together at the last minute. The biggest change here is the use of side brick design for the mask, as opposed to the studs-out view of the rest of the mosaic, which gave it extra detail at a smaller scale.

 

Contributors:

Xccj

Danny316

 

 

BioniLUG Lenticular Toa Mosaics

 

Size: Four mosaics at 96x128

 

Displayed at: BZPower 2016 - 2019 Convention MOC Circuit

 

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This was easily the most daunting mosaic project I’ve been a part of. I had been contemplating the idea of making a Bionicle themed lenticular mosaic for a while. (These mosaics would have two designs that would change based on the angle they’re viewed from.) Because the number of cheese slopes required would be quite expensive, I never truly considered it, but then Black Six suggest utilizing LEGO’s RLUG Project Support Program to get all the elements we’d need. But the program had some requirements, so we had to think big for this!

 

The basic idea was arrived at fairly easily; the lenticular mosaics would showcase the classic Toa in their 2001 Toa Mata forms and their 2015 Masters forms. We selected the four brightly colored Toa: Gali, Lewa, Pohatu, and Tahu. (Unfortunately, Kopaka and Onua didn’t make the cut with their blander color pallets.) I designed 8 mosaics with contrasting backgrounds, with some input from other members. Even with RLUG Support, we still spent over $1000, but we bought nearly all the available colors of cheese slopes available at the time.

 

Black Six hosted some builds at his place, but we were still constructing these during BrickFair Virginia 2016! (I was lucky enough to attend that year and actually got to help build these, having spent months on the design process.) We got them completed just in time for the public event, and they’ve shown up to nearly every Lego Convention BZPower has been a part of ever since. There has been some discussion about dismantling them and making something new, but we’re not quite there yet!

 

Overall, it was a probably the most ambitious project BioniLUG has done, but we rose to the occasion and got these ordered and pieced together! (And my design and parts inventory helped quite a bit too, if I do say so myself.) It was awesome to finally see these in person, and even more awesome watching the public’s reactions when they realized that the images were changing.

 

Contributors: Too many people to count! We had a good number of BioniLUG members who provided the funding required to pay for the pieces, and then we had multiple members building the sections both before and during BrickFair Virginia 2016. And Black Six has continued to display them at various Lego conventions ever since.

 

 

Onua Uniters Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BZPower 2016 Convention MOC Circuit

 

Size: 96x96

 

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I wanted to complete a classic mosaic featuring the current (and ultimately final) line of Toa. We ended up selecting Onua, Uniter of Earth, with Terak, Creature of Earth, who had a significant purple presence. This has been the last big group mosaic we’ve put together.

 

Contributors:

Xccj

Black Six

Danny316p

Valendale

Shilo

 

 

Kurahk Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BZPower 2016 Convention MOC Circuit

 

Size: 64x64

 

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Chocolate Frogs and I decided to continue making smaller Bionicle mosaics, and CF wanted to focus on one of the Rahkshi. We eventually landed on this menacing design of Kurahk, the Rahkshi of Anger, with a contrasting blue background.

 

Contributors:

Chocolate Frogs

Xccj

 

 

Thok Mosaic

 

Displayed at: BZPower 2018 Convention MOC Circuit

 

Size: 64x64

 

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After a year’s break, Chocolate Frogs and I tackled another classic white Bionicle character. This time we chose an image of the Piraka, Thok, with a striking red background.

 

Contributors:

Chocolate Frogs

Xccj

 

 

*Names have changed since then, but this is what I had listed in my blog entries.



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My favorite is the Toa Mata panorama, since it's so classic and vibrant. But these are all fantastic!

Good job everyone!

 

(And thank you Jason for doing the hardest part since the beginning!)

 

-CF

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Going to multiple events definitely kicks it up a notch - in retrospect it feels funny that most of these were only used once after the effort was put in to design and build them.

 

I'd update the convention lists on the travelling ones: Gali Masters appeared at two 2015 BrickFairs (New England and Virginia) as well as at Scouting For Bricks 2015 (not technically a convention but it probably should count for these purposes). Pohatu Masters was also at BrickFair Alabama.

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Updated with the Onua Uniters, Kurahk, and Thok mosaics. Oh, and also a summery of the massive undertaking we did for the Lenticular Toa mosaics!

 

So far the only years we haven't had a colab mosaic of some sort is 2014 and 2017, with 2016 being an insane year. (Although the last couple of years have been smaller designs between CF and me.) The two of us do have something planned for 2019 too, so I'll have to update this blog post again eventually.

 

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