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  1. Love the colour scheme, the proportions, and the torso design. The only things that irks me are the forearms and lower legs; they seem too bulky compared to the rest of the figure. Still, well done.
  2. This film is dazzling. There is nothing I can compare it to.The story required a bit of suspension of disbelief. The use of canon characters in decidedly non-canon contexts was at first jarring. I will admit that I didn't feel much attachment to any of the characters -- though I was a bit bothered when Nokama and Flora Nui carried Hydraxon away while escaping the throne room, but just left Vakama there -- but the story was well-written and well-thought out. You score some nostalgia appeal for portraying Makuta and Mata Nui as intangible presences.Most of the mocs left quite a bit to be desired, in my opinion. However, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts -- no pun intended.The animation may not be the most lifelike that I've seen, but it is nevertheless mostly smooth and believable enough, and the editing of the masks to show speech and facial expressions lent a unique type of life to the characters, which I have never seen in any other Bionicle stop-motion film. There were a couple places where the animation seemed slightly jerky, particularly the underwater scene with the Gadunka, but this just brought to mind old monster movies and their use of stop-motion and puppetry, thereby adding to the appeal of this film. Also, as a person with no knowledge of French (aside from basic phonics and the phrase 'Allons-y'), watching it with the English subtitles felt very much like watching the old Templar animations from 2001-03. More nostalgia appeal there.The scenery was amazing; I won't even ask how much editing that required. Every shot was beautiful. Even in the hypothetical absence of the story, I would still easily be able to believe in the world it portrayed. Another great touch was the use of creative and unconventional angles, such as the first-person view when Vakama falls into the ocean, and again while he is fighting the Barraki clones in the city. I think it was this, the visuals, that I appreciated most of all.Lastly, despite the serious tone of the story, I was amused multiple times. The Matoran playing frisbee with a rhotuka, Nokama's line about being one foot tall, the spring popping out of the Barraki's eye socket, and the Matoran playing the violin at the end all made me smile.The bottom line is that The Legend of Ignaqua is a work of absolute beauty, which I immensely enjoyed. I doubt there will ever be another film quite like it.
  3. Thought I'd give this a go, just because why not. Used my original Matoran character from six years ago, and also a newish one based on a recent moc. CHARACTER 1: Cohrii » Click to show Spoiler - click again to hide... «Who are you? What's in a name? -Does the character share the Author's/Player's name? (This can be their first name, middle name, or the name they go by in chat or an online forum.) 10 Points. Yes, 10 Points. This is actually pretty mild; most Mary Sue litmus tests will automatically flunk a character for this. I admit I'm tempted to do the same.) Tricky one here. My first display name here was Cohrii; however, it was named AFTER the character, not vice-versa; the character was created several months prior to when I joined BZP. I'm going to leave this up in the air until somebody with experience can answer this. Is your character the leader of a major organization? Nope. What is your character? -A Matoran? (0 Points. If he has Toa powers count him as a Toa) What's your character's origin? (Choose all that apply.) -The usual, I guess; nothing to write home about (0 Points) Does your character undergo any physical or metaphysical transformation in the story or back-story? (i.e., was he something else before?) Not even once. What do you do? Tell me, what is your day job? -Fight Evil (1 Point) As a member of the Ta-Koro Guard, this is probably the closest match. Does your character use some kind of weapon to fight? (Multiple weapons are cumulative.) -My own two fists (0 Points) -A spear, mace, flail, morning star, or some other kind of medieval weapon that is not a sword (3 points) As all the Ta-Koro Guardsmen wield spears, I'm not sure why that should merit so many points, but whatevs. From here to there. How does your character move about? -Walks? (0 Points) -Takes a Boat/Airship? (1 Point) Take half Points if you're a Role Player for this next section. All in a day's work -Does the character save other character(s)? (1 Point.) In the job description, no? Has contributed to saving the Koro, but never done so singlehandedly, so I'm not counting that Why do you do it? Tell me about your parents. -Does your character have a "dark past"? (1 Point) Hunted kraata in the Charred Forest without anyone's knowledge -Have people close to the character died? (1 Point per death. By close I mean something like a good friend, not an acquaintance) As he's a member of the Guard, I wouldn't be surprised if he lost some comrades. Why would you do something like that? -Because some things just need to be done. (3 Points) Well yeah, it's his job. Where did you learn to do that? -I was taught by an expert in the field over many years (0 Points) What other kinds of relationships does your character have with established characters, if any? Add the Points up for each character who qualifies. Nothing to speak of, really. I fought my rival, and: -I won (1 Point) If kraata count as rivals, then yeah. TOTAL: 12 points (or 22 if the name thing counts despite the chronological differences) ------------- CHARACTER 2: Vert » Click to show Spoiler - click again to hide... «Who are you? What's in a name? -Does the character have a really cool name, like Hunter, Killer, or Death? (2 Points. 4 Points if the name sounds like an AOL user name or a fourteen-year-old wannabe hacker's handle.) More like 'kinda cool than 'really cool.' "Vert" is short for "vertical," as he's pretty darn good at climbing. 1 point sound fair? Is your character the leader of a major organization? Nein, danke. What is your character? -A some other species (Krekka, Vortixx, etc.) (1 Point) Vaguely reptilian. Could possibly be a runt of a male Vortixx with clawed feet and triple jointed legs due to a birth defect. Idunnolol. What's your character's origin? (Choose all that apply.) -The usual, I guess; nothing to write home about (0 Points) Grew up in homeland, left to do other stuff, you know the drill. What do you do? Tell me, what is your day job? -Travel the world as a wanderer? (1 Point) Vagrant burglar-for-hire. Seemed to be the closest match Does your character use some kind of weapon to fight? (Multiple weapons are cumulative.) -My own two fists (0 Points) -A knife(1 Point) Again, closest match I could find. It's really just a climbing hook with a sharp, pointy tip. Because there's nothing cooler than shooting fire from your fingers. -Does your Toa being control a traditional power? (Fire, Earth, Rock, Wind, Water, Ice) (0 Points) Low-level Fire powers - enough to heat things up and cast a bit of light, but no shooting fireballs from hands or making stuff explode. From here to there. How does your character move about? -Walks? (0 Points) -Takes a Boat/Airship? (1 Point) All in a day's work -Does the character save other character(s)? (1 point) On occasion Why do you do it? Tell me about your parents. -Does/Did your character work for the Dark Hunters? (1 Point) For a while, back in the day. Why would you do something like that? -Because I feel like it (3 Points) Or "Needs something to do." Where did you learn to do that? -I taught myself after years and years of hard practice. (2 Point) What other kinds of relationships does your character have with established characters, if any? None I fought my rival, and: -I lost, but it was a long time ago (1 Point) Hasn't done much fighting for the past few centuries TOTAL: 13
  4. There needs to be a section for semi-enemies. The premise of the books is actually not half bad, but it's ruined by the fact that the books are poorly written and the movies are even worse. I used to be a hater, but these days I try to tone down the hate because my best friend is a huge fan of the series, and she gets pretty ticked off when I start ranting about how Meyer ruined both vampires and werewolves, or how none of the characters have any depth at all (Bella's not a protagonist, she's a flippin' plot device), or such stuff as that. So...I guess you can put me in the Neutral category.
  5. Meh. Maybe you ought to count your blessings. I was never chased in that manner. Not even in elementary school.
  6. Thiessen is orange? Pretty cool. It was a bit disconcerting how none of the girls in the animation had hair, though...
  7. ...Slight non sequitor much? Are you saying that on a Sunday, they have more opportunity to chase you?
  8. I'm sorry, I kinda fail to see what the problem is. If you're a churchgoer at a church where such a holiday is frowned upon, there's always the afternoon.
  9. Well then, you have a lot to look forward to. I guess I just got lucky when they showed up in my home city.
  10. ARGH YOU HAS NEW ALBUM *is jealous* I went to one of their shows, just two days before the release date. I had to get a t-shirt instead. But it was still awesome
  11. I believe I will sign up at the end of the current task.
  12. I might hop on the bandwagon here, as long as the banners aren't compulsory. I have no intentions of getting rid of the Discworld.
  13. I've heard that officially, it's twenty-ten, but this was from the same people who claimed that the new decade doesn't actually start until 2011. I like the sound of twenty-ten better, though.
  14. Jacks

    Altruistic Love

    Bravo. You have hit the nail on the head in every conceivable way.
  15. Jacks

    Bring Back Teal!

    Count me in! Teal is just awesome.
  16. That sort of reminds me of the "Insanity Test." I watched it for 400 seconds, but I had to stop because the song was wedging itself into in my head, where it is now stuck, playing over and over and over... I'm gonna go find out if listening to Relient K for several hours will get it out. EDIT: Did anyone else notice that the animation is a fraction of a second off tempo with the song?
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