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  1. Just hit ten years a few days ago, so I've been here almost half my life. I was 12 when I joined. The Short Stories subforum was like 60% songfics and I don't think anybody writes those anymore. That's probably the most drastic change, other than various rule loosenings. It's funny, but I tend to use joining this site as a turning point in the chronology of my life, and oftentimes find myself dating various events as "x years before/after BZP."


    Since joining, I've become an obsessive musician and realized that everyone, myself included, was totally wrong about what gender I am for two decades. Those are about the only major changes I've undergone.

  2. 3/5 symphonic metal generally is not my thing -- the operatic chanting at the beginning caught my attention, so I was a little disappointed when all the singing wasn't like that. There was so much going on, though, so it held my curiosity all the way through.


    4/5 The flugelhorn wasn't to my liking, but man do I love banjo music.

    well you get 5/5 for recognizing a flugelhorn when you see one, and bonus for not hesitating at the sight of banjos :lol:


  3. 5/5 this is part of a very specific subset of music that I never deliberately seek out and only ever encounter very late at night. if it were any other time of day I would not be into it. I also just love long songs that are interesting enough to actually work as long songs and this is one of those


  4. I love the water Toa's unconventional limbs -- she actually looks very watery in places, and the agori heads look really cool as hips. She also looks like a tank, which is awesome.


    I also love the fire Toa's sword. He and the iron Toa could probably use larger feet, though -- with the short, stocky proportions of the team, the smaller Protector feet look a little disproportionate. The iron Toa's lower legs, however, are fabulous.


    To be honest, I don't understand your naming of the characters. White/Orange in canon is Plasma


    Don't you mean Plasma?

    Not quite right, friends. Plasma colors are orange and white; the ice Toa is white and orange ;) And orange being his secondary color makes perfect sense -- he's very obviously inspired by Ice Planet 2002 :P

  5. It's a toss-up. I'm partially inclined to say Adventurers; I remember getting these three sets for Christmas of 1998, and then this one for my sixth birthday a couple months later.


    However, I never actually understood the theme. I recall that I simply referred to Johnny Thunder as the "Scorpion Tracker man" for several weeks, until one of my friends, having a more extensive knowledge (and collection) of LEGO kindly informed me that the minifig in the Scorpion Tracker was Johnny Thunder, and that the identical minfig in the Oasis Ambush set was his twin brother Jacky Thunder. It was another year before I realized that there is no Jacky Thunder and that my friend was making stuff up :P


    those biplanes, though :rolleyes:


    It's probably fairer to say that the first theme I was really and truly a fan of was Life on Mars. It also remains the only theme which I collected in entirety, beginning with Red Planet Cruiser for my birthday in February 2001 and concluding with Worker Robot and Jet Scooter discovered by chance at a store in Waltham, Massachusetts which sold nothing but building toys (sadly, now a thing of the past) in December 2002.

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  6. If you ask me, she's female -- and so are the Protectors of Stone and Jungle.


    (i honeslty like to inject "it's a girl" at every possible chance, but this would also be a good time for, i dunno, some less... binary, thinking? o: )

    For what it's worth, I like to imagine that the PoI's gender is ambiguous, indeterminable, and possibly nonexistent. They refrain from ever speaking so as not to give any hints or provoke any speculation ^_^
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    Matoro appearing to use his Akaku (the reason that eyepieces are now confirmed by canon to be add-ons)


    Technically he isn't using its power, because that's x-ray vision and he's only shown zooming in (though there's no explanation for how he does that). Matoran definitely aren't shown using mask powers at any other point.


    I know he's not. That was literally my point.


    Furthermore, there is a canon explanation for how he did that. Reread the bolded part of my post.

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  8. Dopey teenagers can still be dignified warriors. It's all about in-combat/out-combat mindsets. A general can be cool-headed and authoritative in the theater, and aggressive and flustered at home.

    I'm not necessarily claiming the two are mutually exclusive; what I'm getting at is that the mannerisms and speech patterns of Templar!Takua&Jaller are at odds with those of MoL!Takua&Jaller. The Templar animations showed us Jaller both in the theater and at home, and he seems to conduct himself similarly in both contexts. Here's one of his lines from the first Kal episode: "The fires of Ta-Koro are near, yet there is a strange chill in the air." Now try to imagine MoL!Jaller talking like that. Possible, but not quite a match for his mannerisms in the film.


    My vague theory is that most of us holding MNOG as a brilliant piece of story only played it retrospectively, months or even years after the time and it depicted. We can't claim g2 to be a slowthought, half made mush when we look at g1 as a whole or even the first year retrospectively. What was the state of G1 in March '01?

    So does this make me a counterexample, or the exception that proves your rule? Because although I didn't start playing when the first chapter was released (as I wasn't aware of Bionicle's existence until summer 2001 -- in March of 2001, Bionicle had only been released in Europe so far, to answer your last question -- and unaware of MNOG until around late September), it would be a stretch to say I played it retrospectively -- it was still very definitely current story material when I began. And my experience of the Bohrok episodes in 2002-03 was unambiguously current.

  9. I started playing MNOG1 late in 2001, probably around the time the final chapters were released. All I know for sure is that the first time I completed it was a few months before the option to restart your game even existed :P



    some of the events, challenges, and character traits are explicitly non-canon, unfortunately.


    Could you provide some examples? I do know that Greg included a reference to the Po-Koro plague in one of the serials.


    Mainly details like Lewa getting his Golden Mask from the inside of his Suva, the presence of more than two Manas/the implication that the Manas are machines, Matoro appearing to use his Akaku (the reason that eyepieces are now confirmed by canon to be add-ons). Small things like that. If we expand the category to include the Bohrok and Bohrok-Kal episodes, we can also include failing to portray Jaller and Takua as dopey teenagers like MoL did and instead presenting them as bold and dignified warriors. Like, what even?

  10. -snip-

    FINALLY somebody else thinks there's something very wrong about grown men going nuts over pink cartoon ponies.

    It's no more wrong than, oh I dunno let's say, adult men going nuts over colorful plastic buildable action figures OH WAIT LOOK WHAT'S THIS WEBSITE YOU'RE ON

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    No, he's not.

    A Toa of the Green is something that exists in G1 universe. In G2 universe there is no such thing as a Green element or power, so far, at least.

    That being said, it would sure be nice if the current Masters come back into some evolved form next year, although I wouldn't want them to be called Toa Nuva. Some other title, perhaps. Or maybe no title, just a transformation/upgrade, or merely a different form they can switch to - and from which switch back to the original - whenever they like/need to.


    *points to Lewa Master of Jungle box*


    I think it was pretty clear that Millennium was just saying the specific name of "the Green" does not exist in the reboot, not the powers. And he is right.


    Millenium's also right because Lewa doesn't have the same powers as a Toa of The Green. While we still haven't seen exactly what it means that Lewa can "commune with the wind," it certainly does not sound like anything a g1 Toa of The Green could do.


    So yes, despite being the Master of Jungle, Lewa is not a Toa of The Green, not by the definition established in g1.

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  12. It was hardest to choose a wave of small sets, as they've always been my favorite. The Voyatoran would've been perfect if they'd had some recolored masks; the McToran have the most nostalgia value, but only one function and basically only two points of articulation; the Mahritoran had the most solid, impressive-looking build, but there weren't enough of them. I almost voted for the Rahaga for introducing Y-joints and Rahkshi heads in Metru colors, but at the last minute changed my mind in favor of the Kohlitoran -- despite their egregious omission of Le- and Onu-Matoran, I remember they were the line I was most excited for (although now that I thionk back, the 04 Matoran won me over just as thoroughly at the time)


    Heroes were also tricky, because I've never really been too crazy about any of them. I had to go with the Inika, just because they were the only canister wave of which I collected more than half. So I must have liked them, right? I mean, the repeating Zamor launchers were pretty much the best projectile weapons we ever got, and it's easy to forget these days just how exciting it was to finally get figures with 13 points of fully unrestricted articulation. The masks were weird as heck, though, so that's a point against them.


    Villains were easy. I have always loved the Vahki. I will always love the Vahki. I can't actually explain why. Hail Hapori Dume

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