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About Arcee

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  • Birthday 04/15/1993

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    Bionicle, Transformers, Wario Land 4
  1. hey yall! I'm home sick today so i did what any grown woman would do when faced with boredom. i played with bionicles! i had half a skrall, most of a protector of ice, and change lying around so i made this lil friend (also its eyes match my hair) i dunno what this lil buddy does but it's an elephant with two legs and it shoots lasers from its tail. I'm not made of bricks!
  2. It's cool to see an interview with Sayger after all this time, he's always been my favorite of the Bionicle illustrators. Always thought he was super underrated. Brought a really unique, really his-own style to Bionicle comics, and a unique take is really wonderful to see in comics about robots, who most artists will try to keep as on-model as possible at all times (it's what I love about Sarah Stone's and Alex Milne's Transformers books, is how unique and expressive their styles are...) And really, that origin story of sorts at the beginning of the interview was great to read. I always figured he was a relatively unknown artist before Bionicle, but I didn't know it was, like, his first comics job outside self-published stuff. Looking at his site now it looks like he's gone on to do some other smaller-scale comic books, it's good to see. Of course thanks @ Stuart, ChocolateFrogs, and 55555 for this, I'm genuinely happy to read stuff like this.
  3. I really want to update my premier membership, I really miss having a blog on here again :-P Anyway though some quick updates been thinking of getting back into Bionicle fanfics! I've tried doing some Kopaka/Pohatu shipping oneshot things but it's been so long that I don't know the characters as well as I once did :-( ive been getting super into Transformers comics lol (hence the username change...I can't believe Arcee was up for grabs!). Super loving MTMTE and RID so far, I'm so pleased to see Rattrap in a context outside Beast Wars :Y speaking of Transformers I've been getting into drawing them, and my little ponies, and sometimes ponies as bots and sometimes bots as ponies Here, have some Kohatu WIP
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  5. I haven't read any of the novels or comics so I can't say for sure, but from what I gather from the '15 animations and JtO, Kopaka is a huge lovable goof. So, Kopaka for sure.
  6. Haha, what a wild question. I think the blinking in movies serves the same purpose as Bionicle eyebrows and the like: it humanizes the characters, it makes them more relatable, and in the process it makes them less spooky than a character who doesn't blink might be. The same goes for the metal on the masks bending to make facial expressions. It doesn't make much sense but if it were realistic there would be either no emoting at all or it'd look like Bayformers. I like the explanation that Bionicle eyelids exist for purposes like blocking out harsh light rather than blinking. I think that the blinking in movies could be considered a non-canon artistic liberty, again, for relatability purposes. But like, canon gets weird when we start analyzing toy robot biology, y'know? Maybe stuff like this is better suited for a "they blink if it's convenient for them to blink in this particular medium" kinda deal.
  7. Hey I made that assumption too! Well, I thought Krekka was one of Lhikan's teammates at least. And then I thought Sidorak and Roodaka were transformed members of that team when they were released... I wasn't too well-versed in any lore that didn't appear in the comics back then. The thought of non-Matoran species was just so inconceivable back in '05 that everything had to be a Matoran/Toa/Turaga or a mutation of them.
  8. I just picked up a lot at Goodwill with all the canister sets from 2009/2010 (at $20 in mint condition too! Crazy bargain!) so I've finally gotten a chance to see those sets up close after never owning any besides Pohatu '08 and Atakus. I am really impressed with Krika's anatomy. Plus, those blended red/white parts are super creepy. Despite his overall bareness, I think Krika is one of the coolest Bionicle sets I've ever owned. '07-'09 had a lot of experimentation in builds, which sometimes failed or wasn't all that exciting, but I think Krika's paid off really well, even if he followed the Inika build pretty close. Some titans might be impressive in size alone, but I think very few sets capture the personality of the character as well as Krika does. His simplicity knocks him down a few pegs IMO--there's very few Technic elements, not even any armor on his limbs--but he still manages to look cool.
  9. I took this poll when I saw it on Tumblr earlier and had a thought... How detailed does Strawpoll let you get with the data you collect? It might be cool if there were some variant options--what site you spend most of your time discussing Bionicle on, what you do most in terms of Bionicle discussion... Seeing whether or not people like G2 compared to G1 is cool, but it might be even cooler to see how opinions stack up on BZPower vs Eurobricks vs Tumblr, or how MOCists vs G1 story theorists vs fanfic writers vs collectors see things! Maybe if Strawpoll can't do this stuff I'll look into making a similar poll with Google Forms because I'm curious now. Anyway though, I love G2's sets and its story is alright IMO, so I said I like G2 overall.
  10. Financially, I don't think Lego would take that kind of risk. I'm actually really surprised to hear the Ninjago movie is gonna be released theatrically, a single story-focused theme seems like far more of a risk than running with sort of a novel idea based on brand recognition (cmon, who wouldn't be interested in a movie just called "THE LEGO MOVIE"). On the other side of things though I think a theatrical film based on Bionicle would work as a movie. Mask of Light hasn't aged terribly well but I think it's the kind of animated movie people go to see in theaters. Bionicle (either generation IMO, all you really need to build a good story off of is a good backdrop) has more than enough potential to fill two hours with a self-sustained storyline. The thing is it's probably safer and a better marketing strategy to put those two hours of story into a simple Netflix miniseries instead of going bigger than Mask of Light.
  11. The Uniter torsos are a bit.............much, I'll agree with everyone. They're a lot much. My biggest problem with the greebles though is how mismatched they sometimes look... I wish they'd toned down the mechanical look if they were gonna try making the Uniters look techno-organic or whatever through the textures/greebles alone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Making the Uniters get closer to nature or whatever was alright but if next year is the final incarnation of these Toa that we're getting, I'd like to see something more like a return to the emphasis on mechanical parts. Maybe just.......like, if they could do the sets with a dozen fewer molded-on pistons it'd be nice.
  12. Re:recolors Personally, I like the thought of gold Tahu or orange Tahu, but I think the Uniters didn't do recoloring very well. Keeping the mask colors for characters (e.g. Tahu, Pohatu) who had little of that color elsewhere was a move that was a little too "safe" IMO. Recolors are a nice way to avoid the "why are we just getting the same heroes over and over?" complaint. It's seen with alt modes/redecoes in Transformers sometimes and is even reflected in the story occasionally (e.g. Prime Beast Hunters Bumblebee). So, a predominantly gold or orange Tahu would've been cool I thnk, but they played it so safe that it didn't work (that is, a red mask, an orange body, an overabundance of gold). Assuming we get the same old Toa next year, I'm really hoping for some experimentation that's a bit more bold than this year's was.
  13. I think the closest Lego will ever come to this is Uniters: animal friends who become armor. A small set which has no playability and exists only to augment bigger sets goes against the "impulse purchase" nature of the small sets I think.
  14. Old Bionicle promo material is all so cool to look back on. So much glow! Everyone sure was liberal with their Photoshop filters back then, weren't they. The best IMO were always in the comics though. As a kid with no access to the internet but a thorough knowledge of the Matoran alphabet, I remember waiting in absolute awe when I saw the end of this comic. Like, "why the heck does it say Vakama?" and "is this guy the new Toa?" Dumb kid that I was, I thought the Kanoka shooter was a new version of Turaga Vakama, sitting on this guy's shoulder. Just, no clue at all that this shadowy guy was Vakama.
  15. I'm pretty excited for the new Umarak and Flame Beast, but I'd like to get Umarak the Hunter, Gali, and Uxar before even touching the Summer wave.
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