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Master Inika

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  • Birthday 03/18/1996

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  1. Awesome builds! I know Lobsterror is objectively the more advanced MOC, but Frustacean is just so adorable. Their anime head icon looks like a cute little bow, and I just want to pick him up. Now to start working on my own crab.
  2. Yesterday, I went to Target intending to pick up the new Y-wing Microfighter for the Captain Rex minifig, but in lieu of that coveted set was instead drawn to the surprisingly low $15 price tag of the new 2024 Flying Ford Anglia, from the Harry Potter line. Compared to LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Harry Potter has never appealed to me that much. Perhaps it is because my main fascination with Star Wars is the vehicles, both fast-looking and swooshable ones as well as the clunky and utilitarian designs. Pretty much anything that looked designed to travel in a certain direction was an attractive toy to me when I was a child. Star Wars primarily consists of vehicles, with some location set pieces, while Harry Potter seemed to be the other way around: overwhelmingly buildings with only some vehicles. Even the Harry Potter sets I did want as a kid, I mostly only wanted for the minifigures. Aside from the Flying Ford Anglia and Knight Bus (and to a lesser degree, Durmstrang Ship and Hogwarts Express) sets, Harry Potter sets mostly flew under the radar for me. This is the third Flying Ford Anglia (featured in the 2002 film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) released by LEGO. In both previous cases, the car itself (the only part that really appealed to me) was bundled together with a much less attractive set piece, Harry Potter's aunt and uncle's house in 2002 (4728 Escape from Privet Drive) and the the Hogwarts grounds in 2018 (75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow). As cool as the car looked in both of those sets, the extra fluff attached to them meant that whatever money I had went to Star Wars starfighters instead. That changed with this year's 76424 Flying Ford Anglia. For the first time, this tiny blue car receives the attention it deserves. Starting with the instruction manual, I could not help but notice that, despite the model itself feeling adequately challenging for both children and adults (the package identifies its audience as 7+, which does in fact include 28-year-olds), the instruction manual added only a few pieces per step. For example, these two pages could easily have been condensed into one. Given LEGO's recent interest in sustainability, printing shorter instruction manuals seems like an intuitive way to do that. The model itself comes together in about 20 minutes. The model is quite beautiful to look at, closely resembling its movie counterpart. Though it looks similar to the 2018 Anglia, especially in the front, the 2024 appears to me to be slightly larger and more detailed, fitting for a standalone set. It will fit right in as part of any LEGO Harry Potter collection or pass nicely as a generic, albeit old-fashioned, car in a typical LEGO City display. Both front and back license plates list "7990 TD." A reference to the original 4728 LEGO Flying Ford Anglia would have been nice. 7990 as a LEGO set numbers refers, of all things, to a cement mixer set from 2007. If the number and "TD" have any meaning to Harry Potter, I do not know it. The model comfortably fits all its minifigs and accessories: Harry, Ron, Hedwig the owl, Scabbers the rat, and a single piece of luggage. The model contains three stickers: the two license plates and some detailing on the inner console. The doors each come printed with a white stripe, completing the white stripe created by the layer of white plates. The model employs some engaging SNOT building techniques to achieve the iconic American-inspired swoosh design of the 105E Deluxe (the type of Ford Anglia used in the movie). At the end of the building process, what remains is this handful of tiny parts (plus an extra wheel, but not tire, which I neglected to photograph). The choice to give Harry and Ron differently-colored wands is a nice movie-accurate touch, and means you also receive two extra wands to give to other minifigs. Some particularly interesting building techniques are used to give the model a central divider. It's impressive, despite how much work goes in to getting that tiny single-stud bar separating Ron and Harry, how mundane and seamless it looks in the finished product. I will also point out the steering wheel used in place of the usual steering wheel piece I have come to associate with LEGO City cars. The trunk, nicely unobstructive while closed, is surprisingly spacious, containing enough room for Harry's bag and, with some finagling, Scabbers. (Note: do not transport your pet rat in the trunk of your Ford Anglia in real life). Interestingly, while Scabbers does fit back there, he is not actually advertised as being stored there, or anywhere else in the car. Nor, unlike Hedwig, is he seen on the cover art, leading me to believe he may have been a last-minute addition to the set. The minifigures are excellent and adorable. Ron and Harry's frightened reverse faces are perfect for reenacting the Anglia's wild ride through the air to Hogwarts. The Flying Ford Anglia among a variety of other LEGO land vehicles, offering a bit of British sensibility to the unruly lot. In my final analysis, this set is a fantastic buy, offering an enjoyable building process, two cute minifigures plus two animal figs, and a pleasing finished model that will appeal to Potterheads, classic car enthusiasts, and general LEGO buyers as well. It is all the more impressive that all this is available for only $15, a steal for a LEGO model offering so much in 2024. I recommend this set. Let me know if you have also happened to pick it up and found it as excellent as I did. Off to Hogwarts!
  3. I had some more BIONICLE dreams last night: Friday, June 14, 2024 At home, I went to Target and dreamed of BIONICLE on the shelves. It was updated versions of the 2004 Matoran. There were two of them, Nuhrii and another one. They looked exactly like the originals, only with mech suits like Exo-Force. The boxes advertised that the BIONICLE portions were the same molds as the originals. Even though I did not have a lot of money, I wanted to buy them, plus a new Star Wars set. Tuesday, June 18, 2024 I dreamed I was digging through old LEGO sets/parts. Some of them were broken. There was a slightly broken Takadox, a variety of Avohkiis and Kraahkans in various colors, and some Star Wars advent calendar sets, including the magnetic train from Solo.
  4. Another excellent chapter. Widrek did not stand out too much as a character to me before, but seeing what has happened to him is creepy and I love the unsettling mystery vibes in this chapter.
  5. Probably the biggest LEGO specials are the Star Wars ones, which are already on Disney+ and I doubt Disney would be interested in changing that anytime soon. Same goes for the theatrical LEGO movies, they're probably on whatever platforms their distributors run. The BIONICLE movies are currently free on YouTube and at this point, everyone who wants to watch them legitimately (like me) probably already has them on DVD. They're just four movies less than 90 minutes each, so it would be a lot of investment for a comparatively small runtime of content. I find it kind of hilarious that this is how you end your LEGO streaming pitch. You are the single biggest Hero Factory fan I have ever encountered; if you are not willing to actually pay money for the HF specials in high quality, I doubt anybody is. I'm in the same boat, everything I watch are mostly DVDs or pirated.
  6. They are very cute. I love them.
  7. This was a beautiful art piece, both the model itself and the video. Your humor and timing are impeccable.
  8. A most well-earned brag. I can only hope to one day have such a bragworthy collection.
  9. Very cool. I especially admire the two-piece shields with the sliding function.
  10. Another great chapter! I have found myself having to google certain words, like ichor in Chapter 3 and detritus in this one, but I mean that in a positive way. It gives the story an ancient feeling, like I am reading a modern translation of something like the Odyssey. The exploration of intelligent Rahkshi was the most interesting aspect of this chapter to me. They remind me of the exploration of the Tusken Raiders that Disney has been doing lately (only, you know, depressing). I am particularly enjoying Talok and Rost, but that's just because I'm a sucker for guys who are so obnoxiously polite it's creepy and unsettling.
  11. I didn't mean to fall so behind on this series, and I am only catching up now. Chapter 3 review: another excellent continuation. I find complex battle scenes difficult to write and you did a good job keeping the reader's attention focused on a few concepts giving an idea of the general chaos. The Toa of Gravity having to mentally fight the Gravity Rahkshi was particularly creative and felt like an unusually hard sci-fi take on Bionicle powers, like the powers are radar beams that can have stronger or weaker signals. In general seeing the secondary Rahkshi in action was great. I always wished we got to see them more in canon. The few glimpses we got in the 2004 books was great and I was disappointed not much was done with the Rahkshi of Heat Vision in 2010, so this chapter really scratched that itch. Chapter 4 review: Pira is such a fascinating character. I'm curious to see what "Brother" capitalized like that specifically means. (On a lesser note, the consistent capitalization of "Of" in mask names throws me off.) Chapter 5 review: I knew I had read about Takadox's species being the original species of Odina on another topic, I looked it up and did not realize that was also you. I was going to ask if you got the idea from them, funnily enough. Chapter 6 review: this new Makuta is awesome. I've always been fascinated with the idea that the Makuta were ostensibly supposed to be "good" at some point and you've done a great job exploring this implication, plus everything about evidence vs. faith is well done and thought-provoking. I look forward to what's next.
  12. You're right, sorry. I'm not really sure. As he is written, Kalama sounds almost neurodivergent to me, thinking Agni is his friend and just being oblivious to how Agni really feels about him. I honestly feel pretty bad for him. To me at least, this reads like it is the introduction to a longer story about Agni and Kalama having a buddy adventure where they learn to see each other's points of view and gain a newfound respect for each other. As a complete story, though, with it ending abruptly with Agni just miserable and Kalama unaware that Agni isn't really his friend, it comes off as a little mean-spirited. To use another example from modern pop culture, some middle season episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants really get SpongeBob and Squidward's relationship wrong and just make it about SpongeBob annoying Squidward for no reason. Those episodes have an unofficial fan name that it would not be appropriate to say here, but you get the idea. It's a testament to your writing and the story's potential that I come away feeling so bad for both characters, but I found it frustrating how abruptly it concluded with no change in their relationship. Truthfully, I think the problem in the story is too fundamental to be fixed with just one or a few extra lines.
  13. Another great batch. I especially love the unmutated Mohtrek.
  14. This has even less to do with your story, because what feels deficient about the story is something that was equally deficient in canon, so it not fully making sense in your story is precisely because it fits in with canon. But the Kaukau being a lesser mask because of its hyperspecialization makes zero sense to me. It sounds like someone wanting the sexist stereotype to exist but trying to make up an in-universe reason for it. If someone cannot swim, like Po-Matoran can't, wouldn't a mask that lets you breathe water be extremely useful on the off chance you did have to cross a body of water? Like how Pohatu wears the Mask of Speed because he is the slowest Toa on his own. Like if you're being attacked by a Rahi a Mask of X-ray Vision isn't going to be super helpful either. Personally in MNOG II I always thought the Akaku looked the strangest on characters other than Matoro and Kopaka. Of all the masks, because of its asymetry I think the Akaku is the hardest to decouple from the characters it was designed to look normal wearing it.
  15. This one got me thinking with the last line. Why does Agni ignore Kalama's declaration of gratitude? Is he just tuning out everything Kalama is saying by this point? Or is it too little too late for Agni to care even if he wanted to? I have been on both sides of this dynamic before and I was curious to see if this plot would go anywhere. More than any of your other brief snippets of everyday Mata Nui life, this one has the potential to be the most interesting but as is leaves the most to be desired.
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