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The Broken Joints Graveyard

Spent half an hour fishing broken joints from my Bionicle drawers, took some photos.   Here is the whole pile of broken joints. May they rest in pieces.   Most of them just had small, unexciting cracks, so I picked out all the horribly disfigured parts and took some glamour shots.     The obligatory 2007 lime green comparison. I was actually surprised to have so many still in tact, but I've probably never MOCed with those pieces since they're so fragile.   To be honest though, I think this is t

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20-Piece Keetongu

There's a contest on Reddit to build a Bionicle MOC with twenty pieces or less, so inspired by BBCC 69 I built a CCBS Keetongu.     I made it for lulz, but I know some people here really want a CCBS Keetongu so there you go!

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PREVIEW: Creatures of Okoto

Creatures of Okoto (...Preview.)   I'm moving pretty soon, and starting to work, and having to leave some stuff behind, and probably taking a little hiatus from Bionicle, at least to some degree. I'll still log on here and do This Month in Bionicle, but MOCs will probably be difficult, so Creatures of Okoto is being postponed. But, since I have a handful of combiners already, I'm going to share what I've got, rather than just sitting on them.   So, these are all made with the 2016 sets, and

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Packing

I'm moving in ten days. I'll probably make a post about that later, but right now I'm starting to gather my things, and decide what to bring, what to leave here, and what to toss (since I really can't leave much here in storage).   So I guess it's time to say goodbye to the ol' LEGO Magazine collection: Guess it's not a big deal, since I never read them anyway. I think I'll just keep a few for memories' sake.   I'm also going to throw away a bunch of my Bionicle canisters: Mostly, I'm going to

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3D Okoto screens

Just thought I'd give an update to the 3D Okoto project I shared the other day! I'll link the images in here to high-res versions.   The camera will start by looking down at the island, the way it appears in the Okoto map from bionicle.com:     In the animation, those clouds are drifting toward the north-west.   Then, it will swoop down, past the clouds:     The difference between those two images is subtle, but it looks really cool to actually see the clouds spread apart as they fly by. They

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Nervous stuttering

I've got an interview for a job tonight. This'll be my first interview. Just had it scheduled half an hour ago when I called to follow up on my application.  

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McDonald's Shenanigans

It's been over a month since I started working at McDonalds, and it's been going well. I seem to be doing better than some of the kids that work there. I've also been living with a friend, and I'm really excited to move into my own apartment. It'll be fantastic to finally have a space for my cat, and to once again have my own room. Getting sick and tired of living in other people's places.   But personal space issues aside, living with the roommate is overall a lot of fun. You know those Monop

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Last day in FL

Well, not quite. I'm moving in about 36 hours.   Going back to Alabama! Neither Florida nor Alabama have really felt like the right place for me, but I am excited to move back to my hometown. A wonderful friend is giving me a place to stay while I get settled...It's gonna be sweet.

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What to do with your Gold Masks

Are your 2015 Gold Masks sitting at the side of your desk serving no purpose whatsoever? Perhaps you should build this simple rack out of common pieces to put them on display!   Front Back   Posting this here since I don't think it belongs in BBC. The bonus with this is that they have eyes, and you can pretty much use any color you'd like!

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Mask of Horror

Just finished up my second (and final) entry for #BionicleMaskMaker.     Mask Power: Instills fear into the opponents of its wearer.   Here's the full gallery.

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What's your favorite font?

Recently I've been sifting through different fonts, trying to find the right one. I've settled for a font called Avenir:     Isn't that just the loveliest font you've ever seen?   Are there any fonts you're partial to?

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3D Okoto [Test Render]

This has been sitting on my hard drive for a while so I'll just go ahead and share it.     It's a test-render of the 3D Okoto I teased a while ago. If I'm able to resume working on Creatures of Okoto, the render of the island will be longer (probably like 60 seconds), with an introduction to the project. And the title will look nicer.   I've got some other animations I'd like to share (the region animations). If I don't get back to developing the combiner project then I'll share them as well.

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The Creature that never was.

I've been building some Creatures with the new sets for my next combiner series, and here's an alternate for Melum...that I can't finish.     Isn't it such a cute little snow turtle thing? There aren't any good parts left for a head. Poor adorable little snow critter doesn't get to be in the project.

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Those little "I'm an adult now" revelations

Recently I've been wanting some pumpkin pie. Just, I don't know, I love pumpkin pie, and I want to have some. Well as it turns out, I've been lied to, for you see pumpkin pie is in fact not seasonal. I always thought you could only get it on Thanksgiving, since that was the only time my family ever served this particular treat.   Delighted, I picked up a can of pumpkin, and the ingredients from the recipe on the back - evaporated milk, seasonings, pie shell, all that good stuff - and just ten mi

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Childhood Bionicle Projects

When I was a kid, my family travelled a lot. I actually spent very little time in the States from '04 till '09, so I missed out on a lot of Bionicle - but I never forgot about it, and I missed it the entire time I was out of the country. In fact, the first thing I did when we returned to the US in 2006 was buy a Bionicle set (Hewkii Inika). I also managed to compile a massive collection of bulk parts, which I would haul around from country-to-country in an enormous hiker's backpack for years to

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Magma Tahu

I just had to build something with that pretty transparent Mask of Fire. In my head this is just "trans-fluorescent-orange lava Toa," but officially he's a Tahu remake. For the most part there are no new tricks with this build, but I am extremely happy with those upper-arms (even if they are a major hassle to pose).   Anyway, hope you like it, here's the topic in BBC.   On a totally unrelated note, I've been producing a lot of music for the past few days, and I'm going to share one of the songs

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Mask of Murk

I've got another thing to share.     I felt like an idiot photographing that   Two of October's contests down, two to go. I'd still like to build something for the Halloween BBCC, and also for /r/bioniclelego's Technic-function contest.

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Playing with the new Technic parts

Those 90 degree axle pieces are new to me, and I've been itching to do something interesting with them. Here's what I came up with.     It's really easy to build, and works wonderfully - the claws snap open and closed, and have enough force to lift medium-weight Bionicle parts.

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Glomp

I was at Walmart today and the Minecraft sets caught my eye. If they had Snow Hideout I probably would have caved in and bought it...fortunately they didn't, but they did have a bunch of $5 Mixels, so I decided to finally buy one.     Mixels are pretty great. It was a tough choice between this guy and the purple wizard, in the end I made a snap decision and went with Glomp. I like his mustache.

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Spaceships

If you could travel through space on any spaceship from any movie or TV show, which would you choose?

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Bringing Okoto to life with animation

If you read my previous entry, you know that I'm creating a third Wildlife Combiner installment, this time with a video. Well I've been creating some 3D scenes for each of the regions, by dissecting each regions' art into layers and creating short animations that show the art in motion. They're really cool (and a lot of fun to make!) and I'm excited to share them next year.   But while I wait for the new sets, I'm also creating an animation of the island itself. So right now, I'm working on a

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CCBS Warrior Guy

The figure itself doesn't use any creative techniques or anything, I just wanted to share the shield design.   Building this made me wish we got mask packs. I get why they're not a thing, but it sucks being forced to work gold into so many MOCs just so I can use different masks.

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One year of MOCs

I've been busy as a Bohrok this year in my MOC building, so here's a little review of everything I made in 2015. Life is starting to speed up through January and February, so I don't know how active I can be in 2016, but I'll still be here on BZP. I know I couldn't live with myself if I faded away from the Bionicle reboot.   Speaking of which, I'll be heading to the store soon, since the local Target supposedly has some 2016 Bionicle sets in stock. Time to spend that Christmas money.

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Tuning out of a story at the very end

This should be a criminal offense...maybe then I'd stop doing it.   Still haven't finished Death Note. I was really into that show, made it to the second-to-last episode, really wanted to see how it ended - then three years passed and I still haven't finished it.   Star Trek: The Next Generation. Freaking loved the show, watched all seven seasons, but still haven't watched the last episode. Been putting that off for months.   Now I'm re-reading Harry Potter, and I'm at the very end of the fourth

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