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About CyclonatorZ

  • Birthday 01/11/1993

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    Tennessee, USA, North America, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe
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    Lego and Bionicle (though not as much as earlier years), collecting Transformers, reading, writing, watching movies, spending time with my friends and family, and trying to figure out what my purpose is in this strange, beautiful world.

    Some favorites of mine, in no particular order -

    Top Five Movies: Inception, its a Wonderful Life, Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Incredibles, The Matrix.

    Top Five Books: Out of the Silent Planet, Reaper Man (by Terry Pratchet), Unbroken, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Star Wars: Heir to the Emperor.

    Top Five Video Games: Lego Island, Team Fortress, Metroid Prime 3, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Super Mario Galaxy

    Top Five Comic Book Characters: Batman, Spiderman, Green Lantern, Dr. Manhattan, Swerve (from Transformers IDW)

    Top Five Movie Soundtracks (Seeing as though I don't listen to any other kind of music regularly): Inception, Tron Legacy, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Singing in the Rain.

    Top five Lego Sets: King's Castle Siege (Castle, 2007), Striking Venom (Exo-Force, 2006), Patriot Jet (Town, 1996), Brutaka (Bionicle, 2006), Granite Grinder (Power Miners, 2009)

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  1. There is no flaming. Flaming makes for a negative atmosphere and it will not be tolerated. That means you should avoid yelling at and needlessly criticizing other members.
  2. It was Sapphire Studio's awful management, end of story. The two brothers that co-owned the company were shady as all get out, and didn't actually know how to run a company. Not that this was a big deal to them. They evaded taxes for a long time after Sapphire Studios "shut down," by re-opening the company under a new name multiple times, and each time "owned" by a different family member. One of the two brothers - the one that was theorized for a while to be the infamous Deep Brick - ended up going to jail over this. The other retired from the gaming industry and became a mormon minister
  3. They did. It was called Journey's End. Far as I'm concerned, the post cancellation serials never happened. (Cause I'm totally not bitter about Greg turning one of my top 5 Bionicle characters into a serial killer or anything.)
  4. The reason it wasn't gonna be finished in time was because the final build they showed Lego was a disaster, owing to Sapphire Studio's mismanagement. So Lego pulled the plug. The Beaverhouse - aka the folks fixing and finishing the game - can attest to this. It's taken a herculean effort on their part to get the game into a semi-functional state, and there are still quite a number of game-breaking bugs.
  5. Well, this isn't a blog post I'd suspected I'd be making, even up to just a year ago. But, It's time for me to face the facts: I'm actually gynesexual. In case some of you don't know what that means: well, the definition seems to vary a bit, but in my case, it means I'm attracted to "femininity" and the "feminine" form, but I'm not picky when it comes to people's sex, sexual organs, or gender identity. A bunch of LGBTQ+ friends have told me this officially means I'm under that banner as well. So, uh, hi everyone. I hope you'll all give me a kind welcome. I'm really excited about this, but understandably also quite terrified. Cause I live in semi-rural Tennessee. People around here are not gonna take it well if/when I make this public. In fact, I really can't at the moment - not if I wanna keep my job. And this is while I'm currently still single. I'm sure ya'll can help me figure this out along the way, though. People from this site already have helped so many other people come to terms with their non hetero-normative sexualities. It's good to know I'm not alone. Anyway, that's all for now. Peace out, ya'll!
  6. Together at last, Adaptus be praised. I've had Drift in my collection for over two years now. His husband was long overdue.
  7. Chima and Knights Kingdom (the constraction figure line) received endings. Themes that did not include Exo-Force and Nexo Knights. Both of those latter properties were similar, in that their second years reportedly saw a steep drop-off in sale, resulting in their third years being heavily truncated, particularly from a marketing standpoint
  8. I'm gonna interpret the title of the thread a bit differently than everyone else, and start with fleshing out the first and second years. Firstly, 2015 would have two additional sets: Makuta the Mask Maker, to go with Ekimu, and a sixth skull creature corresponding to Water. Skull spiders would also be expanded to Skull Spawn, with unique forms for each element. So in addition to the scorpions that we got in the stone sets, we could have skull swimmers (with webbed feet), skull striders (water striders-esque legs, but able to stride over magma), skull swarmers (with wings), and skull skiers (treaded rears like the Muaka and Kane Ra from G1). Then, 2016 would have two additional elemental beasts, corresponding to ice and air. I'd also allow Umarak the Destroyer to double as a stone beast, with an alternate beast head included. And finally, we get to 2017, the canceled third year. II have no idea what they were planning, but I'll tell you what I would have wanted: Dark Masters and Dark Protectors. The Shadow Toa never got a chance to shine in G1, and the evil Tohunga plot was cut entirely apart from Ahkmou, so bringing back thesae concept and fleshing them out as the elite minions of Makuta in G2 would have been rad. As such, I actually built Dark Masters for my personal G2 collection, mostly out of the parts that were left over after I combined the Masters and Uniters into singular forms. Meanwhile. the third versions of Tahu and Co would be called Lords. Lord of Fire, Lord of Water, etc. Not sure where they would go from a design perspective. But one thing that would have been cool to see, would have been for them having official combiner forms ala Toa Kaita, and the design process taking this into account far more than the Toa Mata did. Finally, the minions included with the Toa could be an evolution of Skull Spiders, but each taking a dark form of the Lord's masks. If successful, I'd also leave the door open for a longer plot that would eventually culminate in Makuta turning out to not be the true big bad, but the Mask of Ultimate Power itself, ala the popular fan theory at the time. A several year arc would involve the Toa hunting down several additional great masks. First the mask of Time, which had flung itself forward into time to hide itself from Makuta. In a cool inversion of G1's Metru Nui arc, Tahu and co would chase after the mask of Time, first into Okoto's high tech future, and then an alternate, dark future where Okoto has become a wasteland. After that, Tahu and Co would hunt down three other masks over an Ignition length trilogy involving pirate raiders, a far away island kingdom, and culminating in an actual final battle against the Darkness, with Makuta fighting alongside the heroes, and the six great masks being spiritually forged into the Mask of Unity, a flawless version of the Mask of Ultimate Power that rightfully can not be wielded by one being alone. I could go into greater detail about all of this, but my post is already long-winded as it is.
  9. There is apparently an explanation for this, and it's a doozy. I don't have the quote on me, but back when DeeVee was a lego ambassador, he claimed that he had been told that G2's marketing budget was slashed considerably at the last minute. The reason for this was that lego needed the funds to undo what I would argue was their dumbest business decision since greenlighting Galidor: canceling Ninjago at the height of its popularity. You will recall that Ninjago was canceled in 2013, and was revived the next year with a much smaller number of sets. 2015 was when the theme once again kicked into full gear, with two separate subthemes, each with a season of the television show. And that year was also the year Bionicle G2 launched, conspicuously with extremely bare-bones marketing considering how much Lego had initially hyped up its return.
  10. CyclonatorZ


    Where do you live? I'm currently attending one of the top five IT programs in the country, and we're not doing any programming, because there are many other jobs in the IT sector that don't require that specific knowledge - at least in this area. The program's rate of employment upon graduation is 98 percent, BTW.
  11. That's because they were winging it the whole time. There was a very simple way to make sure that they actually had answers to all the mysteries in the show: they should have had a darn story bible and planned things out from the beginning. I can speak to the effectiveness of this. James Roberts planned out literally all of the twists in Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye from the start. And apart from one controversial reveal that involved a whole bunch of red herrings, every single twist was received very positively, and many of them were outright predicted by fans because of all the subtle foreshadowing - including one twist involving the backstory of a character that was planned but didn't even make the final cut.
  12. This is the first of many G2 MOCS I have already posted on my Twitter account (@CyclonatorZ). They are part of a G2 headcanon I have devised that throws out basically everything written by a third party (so, yeah, pretty much everything other than the shorts.), and also changes or expands upon many other story elements. My Kopaka is based heavily on the Warcraft character Jaina. I got the inspiration from the massive shoulder pads both Kopaka Master and Kopaka Uniter with Ketar have. (Please excuse the slightly poor quality of the picture. This was the first I took using my smartphone camera. I've gotten much more adept at using it since then.)
  13. CyclonatorZ


    Dystopian future, yes.
  14. I've legitimately not heard of any headlines comparing Green Book to Gladiator. The headlines I've seen have made the much more sensible declaration that Green Book is the worst Best Picture winner since Crash.
  15. I think I'm getting deja vu. Is there any reason you posted this entry twice with two different names?
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