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Helmet-masks >.<

You go to a costume shop. There are plenty of Halloween costumes still strewn about, including a variety of rubber masks.   You go to the counter and say, "I'd like that Frankenstein helmet, please."   The clerk is confused. She pulls out a Roman soldier helmet with bolts on the sides. "Is this what you mean?"   "No," you say, "that rubber helmet over there."   The clerk laughs at you. "You doofus," she says, "That's a mask"   DO YOU... Insist that it's a helmet, because it goes on over y

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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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On The Aqua Blaster Blade

When I first began to see the entries for the Aqua Blaster Blade contest, I was very concerned. Many were cluttered, lacking stylistic consistency between their parts. Many used too many non-BIONICLE components such as Technic beams, rendering them awkward as Toa tools. Many were enormous and unwieldy, which makes it perfectly clear that at least half of the entrants must have seen this as a second chance after losing the Xian Weapons contest, completely ignoring the purpose of the contest to gi

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The Pohatu That Might Have Been...

I discovered today that it's really easy to make a clean edit from the posters in the "Downloads" section on BIONICLE.com. I discovered it rather fortuitously, having copypasted some hi-res Mistika and Phantoka pics from there with the intention of making some generally simple edits. You know, a quick negative and then a complete hue reversal, which in essence kept the colors the same but swapped the light and dark areas of the original image.   The point to this, of course, was to sort of get

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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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Hi. << >>

Errr… glad to still be alive?   Many apologies for not having been on any of my usual sites in weeks. My laptop’s adapter is broken and has been for a very long time, but the most direct reason for my inactivity is that my brother’s adapter has broken as well! It still functions when you line it up right, but… since I’m uncomfortable on any computers besides my own laptop and the school computers (maybe in part because of this “tab” business I have to deal with on more recent versions of Intern

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Klakk Review

Again, a pictureless review. But hopefully there won't be enough to say about it that it needs pics. I've seen a couple decent reviews of this, but I will try to surpass them in adequately explaining this enigmatic set.   Presentation From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.   For those familiar with Brickmaster magazine, you probably know that the set arrives in a corrugated cardboard box. However, recently (I forget h

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Takanuva 2008 Review

Sorry, still pictureless. Forgot to get pics of the building process, and I'm sure you can find plenty of poses and comparison pics to smaller Toa, as well as pics from different angles, on Brickshelf. In fact, building-process pics should be easily accessible thanks to LEGO's highly convenient online building instructions. Anyway, on to the review!   Presentation From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.   The front of

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Rockoh T3 Review

Presentation From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.   Rockoh's box is a real beauty. On the front you see the Ignika-styled Vitruvian man surrounded by the concentric circular carvings of the Codrex, just as on the Mistika canisters. The difference here is that Little Iggy Faceman is lined up perfectly with the "O" of the word BIONICLE. This touch is made slightly less amazing by the imperfect roundness of the O (or ap

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Brickfair, Etcetera.

Everyone loves the Takanuva. He is a terrific athlete.   Now back to business.   I attended Brickfair yesterday. I had lots of fun, but I'll probably wait to describe it in-depth until the official BZPower coverage does a good deal of that for me. But I'll tell you that I got to meet Omicron and Roa McToa, plus got to see ChocolateFrogs again. A worthwhile experience.   At the event my family managed to purchase the Tarakava set, and afterwards got to go to the Tyson's Corner LEGO store, wher

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Chuck Norris Jokes

This concerns all of the people who post "anti-Chuck Norris Facts" or just post the "truth" about Chuck Norris to spoil everyone's fun   News flash: No one takes Chuck Norris Jokes seriously.   They are not meant to tell the truth about an aged martial-arts film actor. Their only purpose is to parody the butt-kickin' attitude and aura of the characters Chuck Norris portrays, and in some cases to parody the egotism he is accused of having. No one truly thinks Chuck Norris is some omnipotent bei

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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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A Tahu And A Job

...I has them.   First, the job. I'm interning at my local paper (which my family essentially owns). I've mostly been doing copy editing, and managed to catch at least two instances where LEGO was not in all caps as it should have been. But two days ago I also got to check out the new hospital being built in a neighboring county with the photographer, which was a neat experience. And yesterday I got to meet the editorial staff.   Now, for the Tahu, or rather the Tahu and Krika. I has them, and

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Shoutout

Can anyone give me a reason that the Faxon is feminine? Because seriously, the Elda is feminine. The Faxon is hardly so. Its eye holes are jagged rather than rounded. In fact, its whole design is jagged. And while the Elda has a "mustache" that doesn't look at all like one, the Faxon has two bizarre entities sprouting from its cheeks.   I'll be impressed if anyone can provide one reason the Faxon is more feminine than a typical mask.   EDIT: I'm officially impressed, not with the mask (it'll t

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Basis Of The Makuta Mistika

Alright, because I've seen a great number of ridiculous ideas of what the Makuta Mistika are based on, I figured an entry on this would be worthwhile.   Remember that at this stage, these ideas are not laid in stone. Most are merely ideas, albeit ones which I think to be true, and I would be overjoyed if someone can come with a vastly different idea and demonstrate why they feel theirs is correct. Seriously, however awkward some might be, there is a reason you think them to be true, and perhaps

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Mata Nui Preserve Us...

There's TWO of them now...   A quick analysis of this MOC: It is not called the Great Ice. It is called the Brackacksis. The model was built by bionicleminotaur for this website's own BBC contest #9. bionicleminotaur may not have his name captalized, but based on his entry post he seems to have a good grasp on the English language. Thus the original (dare I call a plagiarized MOC original?) GREAT ICE is undisputably fake due to its poster's poor grammar and desparate (perhaps disparate would be

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Bionicle Height Resource Center (last Update: 7/4/08)

Anyone who read my last entry on Mistika height might get the impression that I have dabbled before in BIONICLE heights for set and story, and so I have. In fact, a few of my recent PMs to Greg have dealt with the height of certain characters in story. But anyway, I've managed to get a decent word document together for my own reference when dealing with issues of height, and decided today while updating it with tentative information on the canon height of Takanuva that it was worth posting here,

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On Mistika Height

A lot of people have formed opinions of these sets based on height. Some of these are reasonable. Some of these are not. I'd like to offer some of the info I managed to put together from the newest images.   "Bitil/Gorast is too short" Hardly. The base of Gorast's head when the legs are stretched out (You have to assume a knee joint on Matoran legs, but this is typical of all accurate height measurements) is exactly the height of the base of an Inika's neck. Her legs, when outstretched, are li

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On Bionicle Language

It doesn't make sense.   It's not supposed to make sense.   Names are usually chosen arbitrarily from words that sound like an English word with a related meaning and do not exist as brand names for any company, nor as sensitive words to any culture.   The Official BIONICLE Languages Topic is perhaps one of the largest breeding grounds of misinformation on BZP. Today and a few times before I have had to explaint to people that the BIONICLE language, if it does make sense, perhaps only does so

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Eye Color Observations

There are two colors used for the eyes of most 2006-2008 sets. Many have begun to think these eye colors are tiresome. Their official LEGO names are Transparent Neon Green and Transparent Neon Orange, and they are unique in having the distinctive addition of "Neon" in their names. Why is this?   First, let's look at a peculiarity of the Shop-At-Home catalog advertisements for the Av-Matoran and Shadow Matoran sets. The page screams, "Av-Matoran have yellow eyes...!" and "Shadow Matoran have red

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Inconceivable!

New art. I has it   It's some of my best work, too (imo), and certainly some of my cleanest. Please look and offer me your opinions. Think of the kittens... .

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One Reason Debating Helps Us Learn

Sometimes, all it takes is a narrow-minded person for us to realize that we're sometimes as wrong as they are.   I had disliked the Mistika Makuta Kanohi and was holding out for some story explanation that might rectify what I thought to be a grave injury by the set designers. After seeing one person fervently debate the point in the official 2008 sets topic (and very well, I might add, as he certainly had ample reason for his views and little opposition proposed that truly conflicted with them

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On Clonism

Dear Reader,   The ethics of cloning is an issue that comes up often these days, and the cloning of BIONICLE sets is no exception. Whether you are an MOCist, an artist, or a stockholder, you have no doubt noticed a significant change in BIONICLE since the phasing out of clone sets. In this post, however, you will find a tedious degree of math and basic counting which serves to confirm that, while it may seem that the sets for 2006-2008 have been repetitive, many things have not changed. Among t

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Recent Thoughts

I've recently been compiling piece lists for Phantoka versions of Tahu's half of the team. While I can't MOC these or even perfectly envision them until the Mistika come out along with the parts I need, I've managed to make some crucial decisions based on such mundane statistics as number of new parts, number of parts in new colors, and overall number of parts.   For the record, Tahu and Gali so far have 54 parts inventoried, including a wicked sword for Tahu that doesn't call for a new part (b

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Lariska Looks Nothing Like Roodaka

Well, perhaps not nothing like her, but enough that it is blatantly obvious that Lariska is not a Vortixx.   Evidence is present in "Birth of a Dark Hunter," the short story featured at the end of the first BIONICLE encyclopedia. For people who never bought the BIONICLE encyclopedia, have lost theirs, or were intelligent enough to wait for a later edition, the story can be found here. Of course, there is one paragraph that serves as the least debatable evidence.   Clearly, unless Vortixx hav

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