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  1. ChocolateFrogs


    Yeah, things are looking fancy. There's a dark mode now! Business as usual around here. Gosh, I haven't made a blog entry in forever. MOCing is still happening in small spurts.
  2. Correct! The next tricky bit is the Technic watch piece I used to attach them to the alternating joints. I've got instructions on my BrickShelf.
  3. ChocolateFrogs

    Sign Off

    Mosaics of BZP emoticons. That's a really good idea!
  4. #3. I have too many black shirts, and as B6 said, we've never had a purple shirt before.
  5. Are prototypes of sets that look nothing like the final design allowed as inspiration? I'd argue that falls under "these are the designs that didn't make it to the end." But all links to examples showed drawings and 2D art. These first came to mind, along with prototype Kanohi, when I read the topic: -CF
  6. Great entries here (especially 2 and 4), but I'll have to vote for #5.
  7. Every time I see this video it cracks me up!
  8. I love the watch and I love the colors. Plus great use of brick separators and thornax launchers on his back. I'm not thrilled with the Inika feet as armor. They sort of stick out, whereas the rest of the armor (especially the legs) is tight and fitting.
  9. I loved the sets. The theme of space-castle was amazing to me. The characters looked cool and each had a unique personality. The pieces were great. That said, I never watched too much of the animated videos. No time, and I was content building the sets, building some small MOCs, and enjoying it for what it was, simply. I wish it was never canceled though.
  10. Oh man. This is so fresh. The colors really pop, but the different parts usage and combos really blow me away.
  11. I really hope those dinosaur fossils pass through to become a set. Maybe a 5-in-1 design to cut costs but still show off all the different skeletons? For the upcoming set reveal, the Steamboat Mickey sounds like an instant money-grab, but LEGO already has the Disney license and I don't know how this falls into the current Ideas IP rules. The candy machine sounds like the most creative and cost-efficient route, sans candy to cut back from an IP, and maybe the LEGO stores could start selling M&Ms or Skittles at the counter.
  12. It's cool that we've gotten 100 LBR stores in the States! But at an average of 2 stores per state, it's unfortunate that some states don't have any.
  13. The Wolverine one looks great (as do all of them), but the Magneto and Beast masks really stood out to me. Great designs that match the characters.
  14. I don't see any indication that this is online too. There should be signs up, but be sure to mention it at the register as a reminder.
  15. The reason for this is obvious, isn't it? Most of the bricks in Juniors sets are bigger on average than in normal System sets, and many of them are printed bricks, complex molds, or both. This has an even bigger impact when you have giant molded, printed, pre-assembled elements like the T-Rex head, tail, and body in the mix, because parts like that tend to be be pricy even in normal System sets. It's basically all the reasons out there for why one brick might cost more than another except for the presence or absence of electronics. For comparison's sake, last year's Demolition Site set was $30, 175 pieces, and weighed 0.56kilograms. Manta Ray Bomber at $30, 341 bricks (nearly twice as many), and still weighed only 0.54 kilograms. Even without considering the other factors like printing or complex molds, it doesn't make sense to expect the same price per piece when the average part in the demolition site weighs more than twice as much as the average piece in the bomber. I realize Juniors have some pricier parts. Which is why I mentioned that, given a few larger pieces, $30 seems more reasonable for this 150 piece set.
  16. If tie-dye wins (#4), I'll buy a shirt. I'd also like to re-present DeeVee's comment about how we should not have the design be black on whatever color the shirt is. The white or orange designs look great and provide a fantastic contrast to the shirt colors!
  17. I'm definitely getting the Bat-Trike set for the Court of Owls figures alone. So glad they're in a set! (PS, That's Ace, the Bat-Hound!)
  18. I'll feel the bags and get every ball joint I can find. Multiple Puppycorns may yield me red and black ball joints along with the desired teal and blue, but that'll still get me those ears and inverted 1x3 bricks with peg hole in the bottom.
  19. Hey! Long time no blog. After a short hiatus, my BrickLink store is back open! Mention BZPower and get 10% off! More stock coming next week! -CF
  20. I've been able to use an XYZPrinter when hosting a Maker Faire at my job. It's pretty impressive. The software is easy to use, especially with adjusting files. I even printed out a few LEGO-like pieces which fit surprisingly well with real LEGO. It has it's issues, or I just need to learn more about the limits of 3D printing, but it's pretty neat for beginners or non-professional final product printing.
  21. I like the set, though admittedly it just stands on my desk looking cool. Also admittedly that's literally their entire job for 95% of their screen time.
  22. Coming soon: Ninjago Movie party at Chez ChocolateFrogs!
  23. ChocolateFrogs

    BrickCon 2017

    So cool to hear the Dinotopia books are still getting some love. And that BZP wasn't the only one making Nexo Knights MOCs this year. I remember my BrickCon where we actually left and toured Seattle during Saturday public hours. Maybe if they didn't put our MOCs up against a wall with no chairs...
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