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You Will Be Missed

It is apalling that the 2008 sets topic has been closed. This is a blow from which I am not apt to recover anytime soon, given that my schedule rarely allows the casual browsing of forums.   The 2008 sets topic was amazingly useful because it was all-inclusive. Thus, it was a very active topic, receiving many relevant posts in a day even if spam posts proved common as well. I could go there and I would immediately have access to all the in-progress debates concerning this year's sets. Thereby I

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Wisdom Teeth, The Sandman, And Mars Mission

Got them out today. All fours. It honestly wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be-- in fact, once it began it was inexplicably thrilling, perhaps because of the inherent knowledge that all of that surgical poking and prodding was for the sake of "fixing my mouth". So yes-- fairly exciting.   Before and after the operation, I spent time reading the remaining two The Sandman graphic novels (a wonderful DC Comic series by Neil Gaiman), and once I was back home I eventually went to work on

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Why I Prefer Keetorange For Mata Nui

Let's begin with a quote:   "What happened next was a sight no one present would ever forget. From the depths of the ice rose a creature unlike any they had seen before. His armor looked as though it had been forged from the sun, and his very presence radiated power." --BIONICLE Adventures #9: Web of Shadows   2009 is not the first year in which that shade of yellow-orange which MOCists and other BIONICLE fans tend to call Keetorange was used to depict what might have been imagined in gold. T

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Why are certain themes perceived as "childish"?

(cross-posted from Brickset)   This is just something I've been thinking about lately. When #70751 Temple of Airjitzu was announced, a question that seemed to be on a lot of people's minds is "how many AFOLs will be interested in buying a Ninjago set?" (or conversely, "how many Ninjago fans are even old enough for a set this size?") This is something that I see a lot of in the AFOL community — themes like Ninjago being perceived as "too childish" for most adults to take a serious interest in.  

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What Will Tomorrow Hold?

Not only on this site, but on the Lemony Snicket official site. (I am forbidden to post the address, since it has links to sites with forums, but shame on you if you can't guess.)   Here's what I got last year in an email from those delightful folks at HarperCollins: So who knows what tomorrow might hold!   With all due respect, Aanchir: Rachira of Time

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What Not To Ask A Set Designer

Do NOT ask why we have fewer new pieces than we used to, because we don't. Toa Mata had 21 new parts, Bohrok had 24 (and only if you count every type of Krana, which not even a full set of six Bohrok will get you), Bohrok Kal had... 6, Rahkshi had 27, Toa Metru had 22 (in the US), Vahki had 12 (again, in the US), Toa Hordika had 23 (in the US), Visorak had 15 (you know the drill), Piraka had 22, Toa Inika had 24, Barraki had 25, Toa Mahri had 22, Phantoka had 24, and Mistika had 22. Clearly peop

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What I Want To See In Summer...

I may come up with more later, but here goes for now... A new Zamor launcher for the Toa. It would make sense if the new launcher has the same ammo as the Skyblasters, but they'd better not have called them Skyblasters if they planned to use them for the summer sets, which will NOT be sky-oriented. Colors as follows: Tahu in red or dark red (since he practically looked dark red in the movie, anyway), Gali in Mata blue, and Onua in-- what else?-- black. A Makuta in dark green, simply because I'd

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What Fun!

Tomorrow's my birthday! Which means tomorrow's Lyichir's birthday as well!   I really am not doing much to celebrate, although I am going to Rome over spring break. But as of right now, I should be available tomorrow.   Just thought I'd keep you informed, since I'm such a new member.   -

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Volumes Frequently Described

Post and tell me if you share my interest in these authors: -William Sleator (Wrote Interstellar Pig, Singularity, House of Stairs, The Boxes, Marco's Millions, and much more) -Lemony Snicket / Daniel Handler (Wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events, all of its companions, and some other book I'm too lazy to look up) -Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Wrote The Little Prince, an ingenious allegory which I suggest that everyone read) -Louis Sachar (Wrote the Wayside School trilogy, Holes, Small Steps, a

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Vicious Facial Displays

Dear Reader, If you have paid attention to the world around you over the course of your life, you are probably well aware that certain unpleasant characteristics are to be found on the faces of many people, just as they are to be found on many people's left ankles. The Baudelaire orphans were exempt from many of these conditions, having inherited their mother's pleasant facial features, but sadly, there are many who do suffer from such unfortunate facial features. Shiny eyes, for instance, are

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Very Unfortunate

Dear Readers, What could be more unfortunate than Aanchir submitting an ASOUE-related artwork for AC13? I'll tell you... Aanchir not submitting an ASOUE-related artwork for AC13. Yes, I realize that I turned down the chance to celebrate everyone's favorite unlucky number, but Lyichir and I have just been unable to pull ourselves together and finish our entry. With any luck , which does not come frequently in the life of a volunteer, I will be able to complete an artwork with this contest's conc

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Verification Finally Delivered!

I got my premier membership in the same evening in which I applied! I didn't know that could happen! What better way to celebrate than with a BLOG?!   First person to figure out where I got my blog title gets a brownie point.   With all due respect, Aanchir, Rachira of Time   P.S. I'm not totally obsessed with volunteership, I just couldn't think of a better name for my blog.

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Verbose Finale Description

Dear Readers, Yesterday, on that day of misfortune we call Friday the Thirteenth, even more adversity came upon us in the form of a Volume Favorably Discouraged known only as The End. To be succinct, which here means "short and sweet, as this book definitely isn't," this book is an unpleasant novel that you good people should spare yourselves the agony of reading. To be verbose, a word which here means "long, wordy, and likely to cause strife or agony, as this book is," Lemony Snicket's most re

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Various Fascinating Discoveries

Yesterday afternoon I found out from a friend that the 5th Artemis Fowl book was out. On Mom's way home, Lyichir called her to ask if she could pick up a copy at Borders. She couldn't find it, but she did find another book off our wish list: The Beatrice Letters.   The book is arranged like a two pocket portfolio, one pocket for "Letters" and another for "Letters". In the "Letters" pocket is the book itself, whereas the "Letters" pocket contains a folder that may be indispensible, a word which

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Vagaries Fairly Decent

Dear Reader, The word "vagary," which here means "an erratic or unpredictable action or notion," can be used to describe many things in A Series of Unfortunate Events, but is here used to describe the miserable songs performed in "The Tragic Treasury," an album of ASOUE-related songs composed by a most misfortunate group known as "The Gothic Archies." I recently acquired this album while in the midst of my research, and made a monetary offering in exchange for the secrets within. The band is a

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Ummm... Shine? Anyone?

The files on the WoS disk aren't compatible with Windows Movie Maker. Any advice?   Sorry for troubling you. If anyone else has answers, feel free to post them here. That's why I made this a blog entry and not a PM. All I need is the video footage.   With all due respect, Aanchir: Rachira of Time

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Tunneler Beast and related musings

Earlier I was looking at how this year's Hero Factory sets compare to similarly-priced BIONICLE sets in terms of complexity. Turns out they fare rather well. Let's look at one in particular: 44024 Tunneler Beast.     Tunneler Beast is a $9.99 set coming out this summer (as such, it's at the lowest price point for this year's sets). It boasts 59 pieces (45 if you don't include the minifigure or his accessories) and 20 points of articulation (15 if you don't include the jaw and fingers, which onl

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Too Bad.

It appears I won't be entering this BBC contest either. Ever since Dad cleaned the basement (that's where we keep all of our LEGO stuff), the box where we keep Bionicle armor has been missing. Of course, I have plenty in my room, but not enough to make the MOC I was intending to make, a Toa Metru Kaita. I've made one before that was pretty good, so I was confident in my ability to make another, but as it is, it seems very unlikely that it will be ready for this contest.   This is the third offi

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Toa Nuva Mocs...

...are far too often nothing like the Nuva.   Quite a few lately have been "improved" versions of the new Toa Nuva, which regrettably are every bit as bad as the "improved versions" we see on Brickshelf from 2001 and 2002. Essentially, a clutter of armor thrown onto either the original set or some blocky framework meant to somehow look like a Toa. Search "Pohatu Nuva" on Brickshelf and you'll scarcely find a decent MOC. I've seen about one so far.   And what ever happened to color scheme? MOCs

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Toa Nuva in retrospect

Can we talk for a minute about how awesome the Toa Nuva's double-function weapons were? Looking back I think that might have been one of the coolest features they brought to the table. Swords that turn into a surfboard! Blades that turn into ice skates! Axes that turn into flippers! Chainsaws that turn into caterpillar tracks!   You saw a bit of this with the Toa Metru designs as well (Vakama's launcher/jetpack, Nuju's spikes/snowshoes, and Matau's swords/wings), but I don't know if it was quite

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Toa Mata Nui Revealed!

From the new PICTURE REVIEW IN THE SETS FORUM (No link! Quick, everyone, make haste!), the titan-sized Mata Nui met all of my expectations. Overall decent color scheme (except the gold, which seems from pics to irredeemably clash with everything else), BEAUTIFUL build (except the shoulders, which would have been questionable on Takanuva and are really pathetic here), and an ingenious piston style.   But as I predicted, the gold is possibly the set's biggest flaw. I wish so dearly that the Ignik

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To All Of Those Artists Out There

I need some advice. I have recently made another attempt at making a permanent Human-styled Bionicle topic. However, it is not doing so well, since it is already on the second page and I, being the last poster, can not bring it back to the first page when I upload new art. My question is how do you make a permanent artwork topic? Lady Kopaka, Brave Dragon, and Nikira each have compiled their artwork in topics that do amazingly welll at staying alive, as have many other members. If you have a per

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This Is Not A Drill!

Okay, I've seen this done before, so I guess I'll take a shot at it.   *ahem*   LADY K, CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX!   -

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Things Hero Factory did right

A lot of people are bothered by the differences between Hero Factory and BIONICLE, but today I was thinking about some of the story-related decisions made by the Hero Factory creators that really did do favors for the theme and its fans. Unlimited Heroes: There was something poetic about BIONICLE's "Six Heroes, One Destiny" tagline in 2001, but when you think about it, it was a creative limitation on fans that later BIONICLE story arcs did well to do away with. Back in 2001, there were a lot of

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