*Is Very Excited*
*Is Very Excited*
First of all, I love the body design. Itís made from those +00+ boards that I use to build custom Matoran (seen here). Plus, the new weapons are uniqueÖ think about it, a new weapon mold for a Matoran set! I can see future uses of them in MOCs. And then thereís a new mask. I never got Toa Norik, so this oneís new for meÖ and in a new color too. The maskís structure is not completely like the Toa Metruís maskÖ the plastic is a bit more flimsy.
Some bad partsÖ well, the head. Itís the same Metru head that was seen with the Matoran last year. Only this timeÖ plenty of room for eyes. But do we see eyesÖ no? Címon, Lego, is it that hard to include glowing eyes for the smaller sets? You did it with the Matoran MetruÖ Also, thereís the re-use of the zamour launcher. Itís cool compared to the Pirakaís, but after the Inika, I canít handle a zamour launcher without a magazine. (Although the shoulder attachment device is startlingly simple yet effectiveÖ) For further review, Ill compare this little guy to some other well known sets.
Dekar and Toa Onua Mata.
Did I say little? This guy is nearly as tall as Onua! Heís about one mask shorter, but still, heís not the little Matoran looking up to the big Toa. That was something I always looked for in MatoranÖ is their size reasonable to the Toaís size. While Dekar is smaller than the Toa Inika, I sure hope he doesnít encounter the Nuva, or else theyíll mistake him for some obese Matoran. J/K. Anyway, another nifty comparison is the price. This guy was $5.99. The Toa Mata were, what, $6.99, or was it $7.99? Anyway, the little sets back them (Turaga) were simply $2.99. Thatís a major price increase, in my humble opinion. That the ďsmallĒ sets are now as costly as the older canister sets is kinda freaky. And hear this. Dekar is made up of 36 pieces. Onua was only made of 30. One thing thatís happening with the little sets is that theyíre becoming more complicated than the older canister setsÖ now is that a good thing or a bad thing? Price wise, Iíd say bad. (Even though Lego has legitimate reasons to raise the price, Iím sure). Piece wise- not so bad. There are some pieces I could use in my collecting with Dekar.
Dekar and the Voya-Nui Matoran
Well, in case you forgot, heís slightly taller. But hereís the main thing I want to note here. The Matoran of Voya-Nui all had about 9 points of articulation (Ďcept Kazi, but his build was cool). Dekar has only 7 (one up on Onua Mata). The lack of moveable hands is gone with this guy, which makes arm movements tacky at times. (And the arm with the zamour launcherÖ itís a nightmare for him to move that one and retain a good launching position). So I wonít see Dekar doing any funny hand-stands this yearÖ weíll have to leave that to Garan and the gang (who continue to hold the record for most points of articulation for a smaller set). And then there are the boxes they came in. Pictured above was Dekarís box compared to Onuaís canister. Theyíre the same height, if you take off the canisterís top, and that makeís Dekarís box tall. I didnít have one to compare it too, but Iím sure his box was massive compared to the Voya-Nui Matoran, in height and width. Thatís more shelf-space itís taking up.
In conclusion, Iíd say Dekar is the beefed up Matoran. More pieces, larger pieces, larger size, larger box, larger price. What this guy lacks is articulation (in some ways) and general Matoran-ness. This guy couldíve been taken as a Toa a couple years ago. Iíd rate him third in the Matoran series, behind the Voya-Nui Matoran and the Metru-Nui MatoranÖ but he is better than the 03 Matoran, Bohrok Va, and RahagaÖ
And thatís it. But Iíll probably buy is Matoran partner anyway. You know, for the pieces. And Because Iím totally obsessed with Bionicle and will likely buy all sets that I can.
But, yeah, I am now up to date with the latest in Bionicle stuff, and Lego now has a good portion of my Christmas moneys. (Seriously, these things are getting costly now...)
Anyway, if you have a spare moment and want to look at MOCs of mine, please check out this topic. It's the Matoran Prophesier, for BBC 40: Prudence. (At first, I put it under Temperence, but then I realized I got the words mixed around and switched it... and had to redo a bunch of my picts. Uhg). Anyway, it's a small but solid Matoran design I came up with a while back. It's actually a mix between two Matoran MOCs... one I used the color sceme and the other I used the design. I like the purple / blue combo (Nui-Jaga, anybody?) and the little tubing in the Ruru mask. I think this qualifies as a well thought-out MOC, although I'm sure many would disagree. I gotta remember, people do not tend to like my designs often. Or, if they do, it won't work with the specific word. (Because the theme for this contest is so obvious that everybody can see the connections between word and MOC).
On the other hand, I've got the cuteness factor. That's got me votes in the past...
Well, I'm prejused against the reviewing of / voting for MOC habits in BBC contests, but that doesn't stop me from entering every time. And out of twenty entries, I've only made a fool out of myself five or six times. I do say, that's pretty good. (Do NOT ask for examples)
Now to go waste the rest of the night in front of the... uh, schoolbooks. Yeah.
Then there's when the whole thing freezes, usually around the Reidak and Zaktan levels. It starts loading, and then just stops.
The game is difficult and all, but if the game would load correctly and/or faster, I'm sure I could finish it. I think that, maybe next year, Lego should have downloadable versions of Piraka Attack, Matoran Escape, Inika Assult... so that the loading (while playing the game) won't be so bad.
And I really want to get to that Zaktan level... only made it there once, and I had only one life, and i died and ended the game. I guess if I ever have more than two lives when I get that far up, the game freezes. Whatever it is, I don't like it.
Even though I could be doing something more productive than playing games.
It's funny. It feels like it's the middle of Janurary already- I just seem to have so much going on. But really, its only the third day of the year. I have a feeling this month is going to be very long and tedious...
And the Bionicle books won't come out for a little while more.
First of all, the Bionicle toy line was amazing this year. Other people may not agree, but I think it is the best story line since the Toa Mata. The Piraka and Toa Inika sets were all great, still relatively similar but with enough differences to make them not clones. The Voya-Nui Matoran were also amazing builds. I bought all the canister sets this year, an improvement (for Lego sales people, I guess) over last year, where I only picked up a few canister sets at my leisure. The storyline was great, and I think it was because I finally went out and bought all the books. If books sales went down, thatís too bad, but the story I got to read was very exciting. There was the Nuva again in Bionicle Legends 1, Jaller and his Matoran friends in BL2, who then turned into Toa for Bionicle Legends 3 and Bionicle Legends 5. The Piraka turned into the most interesting set of villains in Bionicle, for their unique personalities (all treacherous and mean, but different) and vast array of powers. Then you have the Titans and Matoran, and the story was full of material. Iíve come up with a couple different fan fiction ideas from 2006, which is more than I can say for 2005. All in all, I think 2006 was a success. Voya-Nui for the gold!
My third year on BZPower went well too. I entered a total of 6 BBC Contest, and made into the Semi-Finals once (but it was from lack of competition, seriously). More importantly, I entered Epic Contest #5, Short Story Contest #4, and Storyline and Theory Contest #2, and placed well in all of them. I got honorably mentioned in the first two, and made it to the Semis in the third (which was, again, through lack of competition.)
In Epics, I began the year by finishing strong with Kulagiís Kanoka. In the summer, I revived Slivers on Mata-Nui to enter Epics Contest #5. I advanced the story a good number of chapter (I think 10) but then I ran out of inspiration and dropped the epic again. Worst, my sequel to Kulagiís Kanoka, Kanoka Makers of Metru-Nui, was a flop that I havenít continued yet, and the sequel to Time Disruption has died before itís even been posted (loss of inspiration). My other Short Stories and Comedies Iíve posted this year havenít been big either.
Iíve come to recognize that I am no longer with the in-group of epic writers (probably never was, actually). Gone are the days of reading the works of Crisis, Daikaiju King, Golden Krana, or Gali Nuvaís Shadow, and I only seem to get reviews through Kumata Nuva (who is still working on his epic, so thatís one not lost). The only person I recognize in the Epic forums is GaliGee, and even she is working on her last epic. Most of the great storywriters I knew a couple of years ago have moved on and I may just be loitering around after them. I have school work and real life to begin worrying about, and I have considerably less time to write and even less inspiration for the majority of my works. Most people spend their time on BZP for a few years and then split, leaving an opening for incoming members. I have refused to give up BZPower, but if I canít even post any work, why even stay so active?
Anyway, Iíve had some changes in my real life as well this past year. I was the Senior Patrol Leader for my Scout Troop, I finished my Eagle Project, I entered my High School senior year, and I turned 18. And in a year, I hope to be attending a university with intensive studies. If I really want to start my life up, Iíll probably have to leave BZPower eventually, or become considerably less active.
So, this is not an announcement of my departure, because Iíll probably continue to check up on BZP every day for the next couple of months. But it is announcement to not expect any work from me. My two-three epics that are out there that are unfinished will probably stay unfinished. I might post a short story or comedy every now and then, but then hardly anybody ever reviews them so why bother?
What do I have to look forward to in 2007? Well, obviously, Iím going to pay close attention to the Bionicle storyline. Mahri-Nui sounds interesting, the sets look cool, and those next chapter books are going to be mine. Iíll stick to BZP to reply in random topics in GD. Mostly, though, Iíll probably update this blog with random thoughts that enter my head. If nobody wants to listen to my ramblings, then thatís their problem. Just make sure not to view the topic, because I might get excited if that number counter goes up.
Anyway, have a happy new year, and hereís to 2006.
Anyway, I'm back on BZP. The holidays are over. I now have all the Toa Inika (got Matoro for Christmas) and I have some funds that I can use to pick up a few Matoran Mahri later on. Mostly, I got a bunch of candy (and I had no cavities before Christmas... maybe that's changed) but I also got some books. My cousins gave me "Eragon", which was an interesting read but doesn't end... turns out the whole things a trilogy. Trilogies are good when you have all three books and you can read through them in one go. Lord of the Rings worked, as did Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the 5 book trilogy) becuase I read through all the books, without having to wait for the publication of the next. Now, if I want to continue reaidng the adventures of Eragon, I have to buy two more books, one which isn't even out yet. And I didn't even get the Lego Star Wars game... I got a game that doesn't work on our computer. Oh joy.
And now that Christmas is over, I have only a few days before I'm back in school. That means working for my Comparative World Government class, Calculus class, English class, and probably Spanish, along with my Senor Project. On the bright side, when school starts again I get to start on the next musical... that should be fun.
And I have nothing new to add on BZPower. My storywriting career is at a null... I have no inspiration to write anything, be it Bionicle or otherwise. I have a few MOCs I made, but I'm sure they all suck (all mine do) and probably won't qualify for the next BBC (too bad. ). So, thus, I only stay on BZP to update my blog and to comment in a few topics. So, yeah.
Happy holidays, and have a grand ol' New Year.
Bio: Christmas Time has fallen on the Matoran of Mata-Nui, and for once the holiday can be celebrated in peace, as the Toa Nuva have defeated all foes. The Toa Santa arrives as legends said, and he planned to bring each Matoran a special present. However, his journey is cut short when an evil Rahi known as the Grinch shows up and steals his essence.
With no Toa Santa, the Matoran's unity is on the brink of destruction. Even worst, the Grinch runs loose, stealing the essence of all who feel the touch of its blade. Even the Toa Nuva cannot stand against it for long. Now, Kapura and his two Po-Matoran friends, Tunaka and Huaju, can save the day. They must find three stones and summon the Toa Santa before Christmas Day, or else the Matoran's unity shall shatter!
Any further reading may lead to spoilers, so beware, all ye who have not yet read it.
Thoughts: Well, for starters, this is a classic cliche'. Ever watched TV shows with "So-And-So saves Christmas". This was my version of "Kapura Saves Christmas". I tried to use many of the traditions of the season in this epic. Mind you... marketing traditions. This has very little to do with the whole religious meaning of the holiday, and focuses more on the family/friends aspect. But I've includes such details as Christmas trees, flying Mahi (yes, Mahi) and a chubby Toa that goes "Ho ho ho." Plus, at one point, Kapura wears a Santa hat. Hey, it looked good in the cover pict I made.
This story is fairly well written. It surely is better than my first few epics, but the grammar may not be up to scratch (just reread it this year, and I caught numerous spelling mistakes). Plus, some of the descriptions are repetitive and sometimes wacky. Ahg, it turns out I actually have learning some things in AP English... who knew?
The Grinch was an interesting character. First of all, he was based of this swamp MOC I made when I first got a Toa... the MOC sucked, but it had a claw and a chainsaw blade. The name has nothing to do with Dr. Seuse's (sp?) character, besides that it wants to get rid of Christmas (or the Toa Santa). The Grinch was just this massive Rahi, with unimaginable powers. I always have fun writing battles against things that just don't die, and the Grinch was one of them. On the bright side, and following traditional Bionicle methods, the Grinch did not die from brutal strikes from it's foes (Kopaka wishes) but in a unique, "he so deserved that!", way. On the bad side, it's constant revivals got lame and repetitive. That was before I even knew what the Rule of Three meant, so I'm sure the Grinch got frozen like 7 times.
Not to say that I didn't have some ingenious plans interwoven in the story. The Grinch's demise was rather ingenious, if I do say so myself. Plus, Kapura's last "trick" came from something I placed in the story near the beginning... following the techniques in the "Harry Potter" series. And I spent the last chapter tying up the loose ends of the stories... mostly questions I had from the review topic.
The characterizations were numerous too. The Toa Nuva were fun to write about, and I think this is my best epic depicting them (after all, TD mostly involved the Toa Mata). Strangely enough, the heroic Toa was Kopaka... and I'm not big fan of Kopaka, but he was the likely one to avoid death until the very end. The other Toa (Tahu, Gali, Pohatu) had only a short time to show their characters, with Lewa and Onua lasting a bit longer. I liked some of Lewa's treespeech, which was rapid and consistent, but understandable. But, yeah, Lewa only lasted like 3 chapters, so...
The Matoran were fun too. This was the epic where I took Kapura for all he was worth. I was worried at first for choosing him- after all, his aloofness was something new for me to write about. I thought I did rather well at applying Kapura's odd logic to his adventuring. I also included my two famous Po-Matoran characters: Tunaka, who I borrowed from Time Disruption; and Huaju, who I reused for Kulagi's Kanoka. They provided most of the comic relief for the story, as well as a reality check at times. They represented the majority of the Matoran, who were too timid to take up the challenge, but still tried their best.
All in all, this isn't my best story. The plot is very amazing and all, but the descriptions are sometimes bland and the grammar is often off. The worst part of it, though, was the alternate ending I added a year after I finished writing it. It was supposed to make a point at how important the victory was, as it depicted what would happen if Kapura lost in the end. But, in all truth, it was a marketing gimmick to try and get some new reviewers to read the story.
And, in the end, that's what this is too.
Anyway, I highly advice you to read it (or any of my other work... don't worry, I'm very biased. ). I think it's actually an interesting holiday story, and it'll bring you back to the good old days of Mata-Nui. Plus, it exibits enough of the Bionicle morals that it certainly fits in this forum. Plus, it's only 12 chapters long... easily read in a hour or two... and take some good breaks, to add up the suspense.
Review A Bionicle Christmas. And happy holidays, whatever you celebrate.
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I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
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Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
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On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
But even the sun sets in paradise
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Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
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So make now your ally, and leap before you look
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I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
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Just believe in far away, ikiru tame ni sore wa
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Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
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I now control your mind.