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  1. I don't remember where I saw it (it was probably here, like five years ago), but I remember someone had come up with a pretty simple, effective mechanism (consisting of LEGO) that could pop them out easily. Based on that (and the fact that many other people have been changing them out for a while), I'd say they're probably fine as long as there isn't, like, a visual defect after disconnecting them.
  2. Oh geez, I forgot to post here for a while. Since my last post, I've read: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Candide by Voltaire Hamlet by Shakespeare Durarara!! Vol. 2 by Ryohgo Narita I enjoyed all of them, but some more than others. Candide is absolutely hilarious and twisted, The Left Hand of Darkness is beautiful and closer to a holy text than a simple novel, and the Durarara!! series is fantastic as always. Skylark is an amusing (and surprisingly deep) little semi-comedic, semi-depressing book, which I chose mostly because I have a bit of an obsession with Hungary. Things Fall Apart and Persepolis are both great stories that offer views into worlds that not many people would get, but they rank a bit lower because both of their protagonists are rather intolerable (to varying degrees, Okonkwo is an alcoholic wifebeater, whereas Marjane is just an obnoxious and incredibly egocentric kid) which takes away from the experience. And Shakespeare is, well, Shakespeare. Hilarious, insightful, and poetic. I also read a bunch of short stories (as part of the World Literature course, which was why I read a number of these). The Lady With the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov (one of my favorite short story writers), Nice and Mild by Gunnhild Øyehaug, The Sun, the Moon, the Stars by Junot Díaz, After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town by Ha Jin (my favorite of the lot, an absolutely amazing look into the clash between eastern and western business practices, among many other things, I could rave about it for hours), and Interpreter of Maladies and A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri. Not sure why some of the text is weird here, but I can't fix it so whatever.
  3. It's been a while since I read them, but I would probably say Tales of the Toa. I had been into Bionicle for a while, but didn't have any of the sets from 2001-2002. This was around Metru Nui, maybe Hordika era. I saw Tales of the Toa for sale at a book store, and golly gee but I sure wanted to get Tahu after that. If I remember correctly, I showed it to my mom and said something like "I'd sell my soul for that set", at which she was appropriately horrified. (I was like maybe eight or nine at the time.) As it happened, I found a huge lot of Bionicle sets for sale at a nearby thrift store for $20 shortly after that, and I think there were two Tahu sets in it. Maybe I did sell my soul that day and just didn't realize it.
  4. In my response, I'm going off the assumption that you're saying that City of Legends seems better than B:TG in terms of gameplay (it being a platformer), not graphics quality ("looks"). If that's incorrect, just let me know. I've played a lot of Bionicle: The Game. It was one of the very few video games I had access to as a kid (and I was an older kid at that point), so I played the heck out of it. And certain levels seem quite similar to the gameplay of City of Legends. It seems like each "room" is a bit bigger in City of Legends, but I would guess that's just because the newer technology allowed for it. A lot of the levels in B:TG (as in, different Toa) are unique, beyond just being different environments. Pohatu Nuva's level is a minecart ride thing, in Kopaka's you're going down mountains on his shield and fighting Bohrok, and in Tahu Nuva's you're lavasurfing. But Gali Nuva's, Onua Nuva's, and Lewa Nuva's (and *maybe* Tahu's, but to a lesser extent) levels are very platforming-based, in a way that seems quite similar to the gameplay in City of Legends. I see B:TG get a bad rap a lot of the time (which is somewhat warranted), but wanted to give my two cents as someone who has probably played more of the game than 95% of the people in the Bionicle community. The controls are janky, the graphics are pretty bad (even for the time), and it's a bit more difficult than it probably should have been for its target audience (although that's due, in large part, to the bad controls). But it's a fun game and there are a lot of unique elements in it that I think a lot of people don't recognize, and show a lot of creativity in the team that made it. (also the soundtrack is 10/10)
  5. I saw a user on BZpower claim he found the demo on that old Lego Harry Potter PC game from 2002. Listen, I don't know why everyone has latched onto this Harry Potter thing, but I can guarantee you it isn't real.I’ve never played that Harry Potter game but I read about it on the Harry Potter wiki. The Wiki lists all the features in the game but it doesn’t list game demos. So yeah I agree this probably isn’t real. Yeah, they didn't get the alpha from the CD. They said they can't say exactly where and how they got it, but it was from a (possibly former) LEGO employee. I've heard the LEGO Harry Potter thing come up a few times (I hadn't actually heard about that game before), and while it's possible that there was a promo video or even possibly a short demo on it, there definitely wouldn't have been the full alpha version of the game on the disk.
  6. They just made an article about it today, actually. I was wondering the same.
  7. who is "they"? I'm not familiar with everyone there, but Vahkiti and JrMasterModelBuilder were on the stream. There was also someone, a regular of that channel I think, named Josie. Other than that, I don't really know. They have a YouTube channel of let's plays, though.
  8. They haven't said much about how they got it, since they don't want to incriminate anyone, but it sounds like they got it via email from a LEGO employee.
  9. No, they'll be releasing it (somewhere, probably BMP) after the stream. They'll also be releasing the full soundtrack.
  10. If you haven't heard of it before, Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui is a long-sought unreleased Bionicle game from 2001. There have been a few bits found of it here and there, but nothing really "complete" in any way. That has now changed, and The Beaverhouse is streaming it on Twitch right now! You can watch it right here. Watch it! (It's Twitch, so there's bound to be some profanity in chat/in the stream. But this is just such a momentous event in the Bionicle community that I knew I needed to share it here.)
  11. Oh my word, that was twelve years ago? I remember seeing the teaser for the Inika in back of one of the comics and being so hyped about it for the six months or whatever until they were released. Anyway, I would probably stick with 2001-era-style music, a mix of electronic (like the "Bionicle Music" 3-track CD) and orchestral-ish stuff (like the MNOG soundtrack). I still do really love the lyrical tracks they did for Bionicle as well (Hero, Face Me, and anything by Cryoshell, specifically), but I sort of feel like they don't fit into the atmosphere of Bionicle as well.
  12. Oh yeah, I forgot that Return of the King was done by Rankin/Bass as well, my mistake. I think it was overshadowed by the bizarre choice of rotoscoping in the animated LotR. edit: Just finished Agamemnon, translated by Robert Fagles. Nice, brutal little revenge story. edit 2: And I finished Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney. I had read Beowulf before, a long time ago, and remembered enjoying it a lot. This translation is great.
  13. -snip I find all others look different mentally That's actually one major - albeit subjective and personal and pretty minor overall - reason I disliked the movies. I had a specific mental image about how every character looked and acted and spoke and all, and the movies ruined that for me. Especially for Aragorn, the actor for that did a great job with it in the movie but it was completely different from how I imagined him in the books and it kind of ruined his character for me. Anyway, I just finished (as in, five minutes ago) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. It was a very good book, not really my kind of book, but a good book regardless. It's about emigration, basically. There's this weird scifi element to it that didn't really seem to fit into it (admittedly, it's debatable whether or not it's literal or just metaphor, but it seems like it's literal), but I think I understand why he used it. edit: Oh yeah, about the music of LotR: if you haven't seen them before, you might want to check out the animated movies. The Hobbit is amazing visually (except for the character designs for hobbits and dwarves), and it has a lot of music. It was long ago that I read the books, so I can't remember if they're the same songs or not, but they're pretty fun. The second and third animated movies aren't very good (made by a different company and the visuals are way worse), but they still feature a lot of music.
  14. Have you seen the movies yet? I'd be curious to hear what you think of the movie version of Fellowship compared with the book. I'm not a huge fan of the movies, but especially dislike the Fellowship of the Ring movie because it left out almost all of the best parts of the book. Fellowship is almost entirely just travel, and that's what makes it so good. The Mines of Moria was by far my favorite part of the book (and probably the series as a whole) for how it showed just how long they were in there, how bleak and terrifying and mazelike it was, with the threat of enemies always in the back of their minds. In the movie it was pretty much just reduced to an action sequence, which was a huge letdown. And it didn't include Tom Bombadil!
  15. Re-re-releases it, actually, since there are now three versions of the song. Anyway, this is awesome. Especially awesome for me, since Budapest is my favorite city.
  16. That's a great series. I'm not really into fantasy as much nowadays, but I read a couple of those (and owned all of them) back when I was. I mean, those books are good enough to have a dictionary at the back of each of them.
  17. Finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I have a lot of criticisms of Harry Potter as a whole, including this book, but I'd say this is my second-favorite book, after Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone. A lot of exposition, but I think the exposition was pretty well done. "Sectumsempra" was by far my favorite chapter, and my favorite chapter in all of Harry Potter. Served to excellently flesh out Snape, Draco, and even Harry without much exposition. Wrapped that up just in time to start my World Literature class. A lot of good books to read there, but we're starting with Exit West. Started that today and it seems pretty good so far, actually reminds me a bit of my writing style. A lot of run-on sentences, though.
  18. Tying in with the origin of Christmas, maybe something like when the first Toa (of whatever island) first arrived. I'm not sure of the exact time each "part" of the Bionicle story took up (as in, Mata Nui from 2001-2003, etc), but I could see something like the anniversary of the Toa Mata arriving being celebrated each year.
  19. I need to reread the LotR books. I read them all once a long time ago, but don't remember them (particularly The Return of the King) very well. I have read The Hobbit at least once, though, and really enjoy that one. It's definitely targeted more at kids than the later books, but that gives it a somewhat more lighthearted, fun feel. Have you read The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien? If you haven't, I'd highly recommend reading it, especially given the season we're in right now. It's a quite short book consisting of letters that Tolkien wrote (acting as Father Christmas) to his children each year, and the illustrations they contained (lots of illustrations). It starts out simply enough, but by the end it has created this whole world, caves with ancient drawings that Father Christmas discovers and, if I remember correctly, even some sort of runic language. It's a very fun read.
  20. I'm sure to get an Amazon gift card for Christmas, and I'll probably use that to get this. Can't wait to hear a clean, official version of the soundtrack.
  21. The Yellow Wallpaper is probably my favorite short story of all time. Fantastically written and horrifically accurate. I hated him because of The Scarlet Letter, but I recently read Young Goodman Brown and that improved my opinion of Nathaniel Hawthorne. A great pre-gothic American horror story. I read The Dead by James Joyce. I'd recommend it (especially around this time of year, it's a Christmas story), not much "happens" for a lot of the story (most of it just takes place at a Christmas party) but the ending is really dense.
  22. I wouldn't have expected that in a million years; if he hadn't published them before Bionicle ended, I wouldn't have though he'd publish them after. But, regardless, this is super exciting and I hope to get them.
  23. That's a great series. It's been many years since I read it, but I remember loving them, especially The High King. If you haven't read it before, I'd highly recommend the Dark is Rising series. I'm not really sure why, but I sort of link that series and the Prydain series. The Dark is Rising is a bit darker/more serious in tone, and it has a really cool kind of "contemporary fantasy" setting.
  24. Read a bunch of stories by Anton Chekhov, from A Doctor's Visit (which is edited and with an introduction by Tobias Wolff, who wrote Bullet in the Brain, another great short story). I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Chekhov's stories, my favorite of which is A Doctor's Visit (which the collection is named after). Fantastic story, I'd highly recommend it to anyone (it's also quite short).
  25. This is amazing and very convenient. I've downloaded them all and hope to start reading them soon. It's been a while since I've really read much Bionicle-related stuff, and this will be an easy way to get back into it.
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