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    And Animorphs, Bionicle, and un-official (totally fake) martial arts... and eating. Can't forget that... and not working...

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  1. So we are now on the third wave of Collectible Minifigures featuring DC characters, only this time it's not branded as coming from The LEGO Batman movie. I'm personally a bigger fan of the generic CMFs so the increase in licensed themes isn't always to my tastes, but I'm a sucker for good figs so I wanted to collect some. Granted, I haven't had the most luck so far with these... LEGO Online order gave me two Green Lanterns and Joker (the latter who I did not want.) When I visited the LEGO Store, I mistook Mr. Miracle for Cyborg (stupid chain) and ended up getting two of him. I also traded with another AFOL who claimed he was handing me a Bumblebee, but he mis-felt the bag and it was actually Bat Mite (who I also don't care for). So I've had a pretty high miss rate on these so far; it doesn't help that the new stand element and jumper plates just add to the confusion while feeling. But I did open a few of them that I wanted so here's a little mini review First off, the new stand elements are pretty great. They do a good job at proving a new angle for fig displays, and they can connect together to form a fun chain or circle eight together to make a full octagon. Better yet, most figs come with two of them! I say most... but not those with capes. For whatever reason, the figs with capes have their parts double bagged, and the double bags do away with spare parts, so no extra stand element. I dunno if this applies to all batches, but so far it was that way for the caped figs I opened. Modestly disappointing. Stargirl: Very nice fig with lots of great printed details. The end of her staff is also a new sparkly trans orange element, one of the few new molds in this series. (Which kinda sucks, a price increase but few new molds... although I'm sure licensing costs contribute.) I've read some arguments that the hair piece is not fitting for the character. I guess it kind of works, but honestly it's not my favorite mold in general and I think it's overused. When feeling for her, she's the only one with a 4L bar. Metamorpho: I like the distinct coloring they've given to his various limbs made of different elements; I'm particularly a fan of the trans clear leg. The magenta fist is a cool element, and also the one to feel for, although it's a bit of an unusual shape to recognize. Green Lantern: Honestly, I'm not familiar with the Simon Baz version (I've been told he's missing his revolver), but another Green Lantern variant isn't so bad. The printed green ring tile attaches well to the hand clip piece, which is a better representation of the rings than with previous figures where they just held the tile flat. (Plus, you get two of em!) The new lantern element isn't bad either, with a few useful connection points. The big lantern, the 1x1 round tile, or the hand clip pieces are the ones to feel for... unfortunately SInestro has those exact same pieces too, and the only difference between the two is that Sinestro has the extra hair piece, making it challenging to tell them apart. Aquaman: This is apparently true to one of the comic versions of Aquaman, so props there. I particularly like the new mold they created for his hook hand, and a new fish in pale green's not so bad. (Although the hairpiece is new to me, apparently it was used on the Aquaman fig from the sets last year... whoops.) The fish is the piece to feel for, although the hair piece could get confused for Wonder Woman's or Huntress's. Mr. Miracle: Honestly I don't know anything about this character, but when I showed my co-workers the lineup of the series, they were all like "Mr. Miracle is in there? Awesome." He comes with lots of fancy printing and a cape... which means his parts are double bagged and you get no extra fig stand thing. He comes with a long chain and handcuffs (okay, he came with two handcuffs but not two stand elements... boo). Now, getting the chain wrapped around him like in the images is a bit challenging, but doable. When feeling, the chain is the piece to feel for, but since he has the cape he'll also have the bag within a bag, so that kinda helps narrow him down. (As I mentioned earlier, I mistook him for Cyborg, who also has a shorter chain but presumably no secondary bag.) Huntress: Honestly, of the figs I've gotten so far, she's my favorite. I really like the detailing with the cape, utility belt, and printing. Hair mold is a reuse but new in black. She also has the cape problem so no extra pieces, so feel for the crossbow in the bag within the bag. Yeah, not the easiest to figure out, and she's among the rarer ones too. Cheetah: I guess I'm not super big into the old comics, because I'm used to the CHeetah from the animated shows and now this version. She has a great cat costume with excellent cheetah patterns printed on her torso, legs, arms, tail, and hat. The bag is just a recolor, but the dollar sign print on it will make it useful for some displays. (Personally, I've never been a fan of this cumbersome bag piece, but whatevs.) I guess technically the hat with cat ears is a new piece, although it's very reminiscent of other CMF costume helmets. IMO Cheetah could easily pass off as a generic costume character, but I guess this works for her comic book variant too. The piece to feel for is probably that bulky bag element, but the tail is also a unique if tricky to identify piece. And maybe the hat if you can figure out the rounded ears. I'm still on the hunt for Bumblebee and Jay Gordon, and maybe on Batman and Cyborg. So far most stores in my area don't have this figs yet; they're still trying to sell off their S19 and Disney S2 figs. At the Lego store, I know I felt through nearly a whole box and didn't once come across Batman or Bumblebee, so they might be tricky ones to figure out. I don't want to collect the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, or Sinestro; I also don't want Joker or Bat Mite but I already have copies of them, so I'll keep their bags unopened for possible trades in the future. Overall, this is a good wave of figs but I'm still not motivated to get them all, so I guess I get to save a little bit of money, heh.
  2. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "Oh, no, it often-be like that," Triki shouts back to Tekmo, referring to his broken Hover Bike. "Will tweak-fix later. For now, need to seek-find Kanoka! Big rush."
  3. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "Awesome-sause!" Triki exclaims. With his pack of mechanic tools, Kanoka discs, and Chakram blade, he starts off towards the Great Temple.
  4. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru Triki looks between both Karista and Revamp as they have was seems to be a day-long staring contest, and decides to break the silence himself. "Toa disk-seeking would be use-good, but need-not for adventure-start! Already have idea-good of where to find disk-great. Great Temple already has lotsa pretty shiny things, great place to hide Kanoka beneath. Problem-be all the nosey-mean Vahki walk-patrolling around. Might need to parts-scrap them along way. Could be dangerous. Who wants in?"
  5. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "So long, crash-maker!" Triki calls out to Karista as she leaves. Then he looks around determining which direction he should head in. "If you were Kanoka-Great, where-be you hiding?" he wonders.
  6. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "Hey, don't up-mess my master work; it's very delicate!" Triki exclaims, pushing Revamp away from the bike. From what could be seen of the interior, the bike is barely holding together, with a lot of unusual techniques and designs and shoddy parts. By all accounts, the thing shouldn't work, but somehow he had been able to fly it moments earlier. "Ah, I see-sight the problem; pistons melt-bent and instead smash-blasting exhaust vent," Triki says. "Gonna need more Gukko wax to smooth-shine it together. Guess it can be parked here for now... adventure continue-be on foot now!" As he starts grabbing some of his equipment off the bike, he hears Revamp's request. "Sure be, fun-join companion on epic adventures to seek-find disc of legends! I hope-be it's Reconstruct at Random." It would appear to be that Triki is happy to have Revamp tag along, although it could be difficult to determine that based on his slang...
  7. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "Oh, I gets it, you understand-no chute speak," Triki says to Karista. "Is problem-no, most Matoran no-get my awesome-o lingo. It happens 'cause I'm too cool for school." He waves as the Ga-Matoran who was Revamp, apparently not confused by the unusual color scheme. "Heya, friend-folk. I'm fine-good, just need to quick-fix bike and then I can return to disc-searching!" He pats the wreckage of the Hover-Bike, causing a large panel to fall off the side. "Hmm, may require long-fix, actually."
  8. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru "Hey, watch-be where you walk-step!" Triki yells back at the pedestrian he had nearly rammed into. However, glancing back, he didn't see the parked chute loader; his Hover-Bike clipped it and sent him spinning around, which caused the engine to stall and forced the whole bike to drop to the ground. "Whoa, fun-crash," Triki said, trying to get his bearing as he tumbled off the bike. "Well, I've much-been in ever-worst. Looks like this will need a bit of fix-tinkering." He glances back at the alley where Karista had walked back into. "Hey, crash-maker, what-be you doing in this bike street-path?"
  9. IC: Triki, Ga-Metru Triki exited the chute station in Ga-Metru, cutting off a few chute loaders as he pulled his Hover Bike out of the magnetized protodermis. He looked around at the various ornate buildings surrounding him, and a mischievous grin spread across his mask. The Turaga had said something about finding discs, and Triki was always one for a treasure hunt. "This seem-be like a place-good to search-seek for shiny-pretty discs," he said to himself. Starting up his Hover Bike, he rose into the air and started to fly between the streets of Ga-Metru... OOC: I guess open to interactions.
  10. Name: Triki Species: Le-Matoran Faction: Metru-Nui Brief Description: Triki is best described as eccentric; he acts impulsively and his goals can change on a whim. He is often looking for ways to express his creativity and go on adventures, but often doesn't think of the consequences of his actions, and is prone to violent outbursts when provoked. He is a green Le-Matoran who wears a Great Kanohi Kakama (powerless). Background/Occupation: Triki is a mechanic in Le-Metru, specializing in flying vehicles. His designs are unconventional and hazard-prone, but often clever enough to work in the end. He likes to go exploring in areas where he shouldn’t, which has earned him the ire of the Vahki. He is intrigued by the idea of searching for the Great Kanoka, believing it would make for a fine adventure. Flaws: Triki’s crazy persona and chute-speak are often found off-putting to others, and his violent tendencies and shortsightedness often land him in trouble. Powers: Triki has innate elemental air abilities as a Le-Matoran, but is otherwise powerless. Equipment: Triki often has a pack of mechanic equipment with him, including wrenches, plyers, and a blow torch, so he can tinker with equipment he comes across. His primary ranged weapon is a Kanoka launcher, where he specializes in Reconstruct at Random Kanoka (and also Regeneration Kanoka to fix up his messes). He has a circular Chakram blade for close combat. He also has a customized flying Hover-Bike that he uses for travel, but often has to tinker with it to get it into working condition.
  11. It was an okay episode. I seem to recall them reiterating over and over the old AFOL complaint that Bionicle was not "real" Lego even tho it saved the company. In the end, I didn't really get much new info out of the episode, but then again it was probably aimed at normal people who don't immerse their lives in Lego news.
  12. My favorite is Kotahi; the use of the various gear pieces gives him an interesting texture. Well done.
  13. xccj

    Pohatu Nuva Minifig

    Bionicle Pens strike again! Black Six recently sent me a rare Bionicle Toa Nuva pen he found at BrickFair NJ this year. (Don't worry, I paid him back for it.) I've been able to track down the Toa Mata pens and their mini Toa masks, but the Nuva variants have been a bit harder to come by. Instead of a mask clipping over one of the beads, it has a pin attachment to a head shaped bead. Sadly the pin itself isn't compatible with Lego elements, so the mask only attached to the head bead. But the head bead itself can modestly attach to a minifig torso, so the implications were clear. It also came with a Toa tool, which had vaguely anti-stud connections on it. They're not the strongest, but it does allow him to hold only the stylized weapon as a fig. Horray! I'm not sure if the armor combination I put together is the best, but I didn't dig too much through my collection to find these so there's always room for improvement. The head placement does make the proportions seem a bit more awkward than the previous Toa figs I made, and its perhaps worse on Pohatu, who's normally supposed to be a hunchback. But hey, first try. Maybe eventually I'll get the pens for the other Toa Nuva and make yet another minifig team of Toa with obscure pen mask heads...
  14. I was going to make a joke that all these are just going to link back to Pat's MOC, but then I checked my prepared code and the URLs are all the same... well I guess I somehow did a find and replace...?
  15. I mean, I'm pessimistic, but I'm going to hazard a guess that it's more focused on Rebel Nature, and any relation to Bionicle is to troll us / get our attention and try to direct it to his new project. (Okay, he's probably not trolling us, but I'm sure its a clever marketing move to get fans of the old franchise interested in this new thing. I've already seen advertising for the Rebel Nature show pointing out it's roots to Bionicle, so I can see them trying to use it for all its worth.) But honestly the best bet would be to wait and see.
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