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Bone Thugz Disclaimer: Credit to the photo-editing work belongs to: Scott Wilhelm, on Flickr A band of rugged bandits who seek to wrest control of the wasteland race tracks, whether by air, land, or sea. Having clad their vehicles with the bones of a long-fallen dragon, they are as dreadful as they are fast! Built for Space Rally Racers (Space Jam 2020 Collab category). Dragonwing Sailship by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Dragonheart Racer by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Dragonsbane Wheelbike by Scott Wilhelm, on Flickr Dragonsong Speeder by Scott Wilhelm, on Flickr As indicated in the collab page, I took on the Dragonheart Racer and Dragonwing Sailship, while Scott was responsible for the latter two (Dragonsbane Wheelbike and Dragonsong Speeder.
"Desolate Jewel" Adventure Brickfilm!
CommanderKumo posted a topic in Fan Created MediaHello again Friends! Today I have come to share my latest Lego stop-motion film "Desolate Jewel" it is a sequel to my film Desolate Sands, so I recommend that you watch that first: This sequel Take place immediately after the original, our Hero recollects his previous adventure and it's link to his current one. Please tell me what you think of it and any other thoughts you might have
Bonkle set thoughts
Trijhak posted a blog entry in Unspoken WordsSkull Grinder looks good from the front and the back, but the sides... could definitely be improved. Pulls off the skull theme as well as Warrior does while still feeling decently tall. In fact, feels taller than Tahu does, even if they are the same-ish height. Probably due to the skeleton stuff. Ekimu is, as everyone knows, a protector with a gearbox. Specifically, a gold and trans-blue Protector of Fire with a gearbox. Except with lower arms this time. And infinitely nicer to look at. Colours are so nice. Nice shoulder pieces. Shame they seem to be so rare. Would like to see them more, but between the skull armour attachment, the piston attachment, the round HF attachment, the square HF attachment, and that round attachment the SW figures are introducing, it seems like we have a fairly wide variety of attachments now. Have to wonder how Ekimu'd fire that gun-hammer though. Rotating the back half doesn't seem that practical. My guess it's for using the hammer at long ranges and allows for precision shooting of nails. Skull Slicer. Four arms are nice. Gearbox seems lower than other sets to accommodate the four arms. Gear function is fun. Only negative I find is the gunmetal shell on the upper left arm with the spike - seems out of place to me. Everything else fits but I think a smaller gunmetal shell without a spike would work better. Or maybe mirroring the upper right arm's armour - maybe that would add too much transparent orange though. I've really grown to appreciate transparent orange. It's so attention-grabbing and really shines even without much light. Actually, apply that to any set with a large amount of one transparent colour - it would seem transparent colours work best when there's quite a large amount of one transparent colour, as seen on the Skull Skeletons. Otherwise, IMO, they don't really get to shine - the non-transparent colours... 'drown' them out, maybe? I notice that I barely notice Tahu's trans-orange, but on Skull Grinder it's so much more noticeable. Same with Skull Warrior- transparent blue more noticeable than on Kopaka. Really glad the Skeletons don't have 'regular colours'. Hope we see more transparent colours in the future of BIONICLE - I see why the designers have used them in increasing frequency over the past few years.Maybe one day we'll get transparent shell attachments? ...Thinking about it, maybe not. Opaque attachments work on transparent shells, but I doubt it would look quite as good the other way around. One last gripe: the chest armour attachment on all of the skulls (on Warrior, Slicer, and Grinder at least) are way too detailed compared to other pieces, even the chest attachments of the Toa. They 'contradict' the other shells.
The Undead Bonkles
Trijhak posted a blog entry in Unspoken WordsIf they continue the undead enemy theme, we might end up with GHOST BONKLES. You know what that means: Glow-in-the-dark CCBS shells.
Skull Bonkles Adrenaline Modes and a G1 Image
Trijhak posted a blog entry in Unspoken WordsAs we have come to the conclusion that the Skulls do not in fact have adrenaline modes, I'll make some up myself: Skull Warrior's adrenaline mode is riding its bow like a surfboard Skull Slicer's adrenaline mode is putting a 6-stud length axle between its arms to allow it to soar majestically like a Potoo to enable it to chase after Lewa Skull Scorpio turns its stinger into two separate wings, becoming a Skull Hornet instead of a scorpion and thus terrifying us all Skull Basher remains the same except for the bashing function being applied to the legs, allowing it to mock Pohatu with a kick function and remind him of his old days as a G1 Mata/Nuva Skull Grinder does nothing and consumes the mask of creation but because it's a skeleton it falls right through the nonexistent digestive system of Skull Grinder (SKELETONS DON'T HAVE ORGANS (BOTH THE BODY KIND AND THE MUSICAL KIND)) Ekimu's hammer turns into a unicycle, foreshadowing the Clown Invasion of Okoto in 2016. As a bonus, this happened in G1. Can someone remind me when this happened? I sure don't remember it.
I'm just going to call this one season 1, and the Serpentine one season 2, and so on to avoid confusion. And I'll see how well this works: feedback on my reviewing style is welcome, since I'm dealing with comedy here. Episode 1: Way of the Ninja We open with Kai and Nya. Kai is super-determined to become a good blacksmith. It’s evident that Kai’s father is dead, perhaps a recent passing, but not too recent. Some other things suggest that Nya might have had more training in actual blacksmithing, and that Kai is trying not to be outdone by his sister in anything. It’s possible that Nya and Kai still have weapons their father made that they’re selling. This especially shows when Sensei Wu shows up. His comment about “the fire that burns inside” obviously refers to Kai’s out-of-control emotions. Wu also wears a hat similar to the agricultural laborers in the scene, which could indicate that he actually did this sort of work for a while to avoid calling attention to himself. There’s got to be brilliant engineer in the Underworld somewhere to make those cool-looking vehicles. Those boneheads didn’t make them (given their level of intelligence), and somehow I don’t think Garmadon is big on mechanics. Garmadon Engineering Inc. Also, why did Garmadon want Nya? Later we learn that Garmadon was turned evil by snakebite; he doesn’t want to be evil. In some cases, I think he wants the ninja to defeat him so he isn’t quite so evil. But mostly, it has to do with an evil motive of wanting to lure the ninjas (particularly Kai), into a trap, using Kai’s greatest weakness. If he really wanted to win though, sincerely, I think he would have kidnapped Kai – with the ninja weakened by a third, the Green Ninja would have been less well-trained and Garmadon probably would have won. Anyway… Why try to take the weapons? If they’re well-guarded by the dragons, why go to the trouble of training ninja, if the weapons’ safety is number one? Are the skeletons such a threat that you need ninja with Golden Weapons? I suspect Wu has some “future-seeing” method that would predict a greater threat than the skeletons that would necessitate training ninja. (We do see the sacred fire later, but the Serpentine seem to take Wu by surprise. I suppose that this is not the case.) Episode 2: The Golden Weapon Dude, that dragon must have some muscular control in the jawbone area. Either that or its muscles were frozen somehow – it is possible to do that. More evidence for the “Garmadon wants the ninja to win” theory, although it can be, again, interpreted to mean G’s plan to exit the underworld. (Which is probably what the writers wanted us to think. ) Episode 3: King of Shadows Okay, this boat appears once in this episode and is never seen again… However, perhaps it turns into the Bounty by the middle of Season 2. It’s also possible that Zane is related to the secret society of engineers in Ninjago that builds stuff like this. Hence the boat’s association with him. (Zane and boats seem to go hand in hand anyway... ) It's also possible that the boat was destroyed during the events of "Home" although it isn't shown. Or maybe Sensei just borrowed it from one of Zane's friends. Who knows.) Also, we have the frozen dragon thing going on again. Someone must be freezing these dragon’s muscles. Although, in this case, it could be due to real ice. * * * As usual, the challenges to obtain the golden weapons reflect the nature of each ninja, as these things tend to do. Cole’s weapon required strength to obtain, and following orders was a part of it, and since Cole is the strong guy, and the leader, it makes sense. Zane’s required his inventiveness, more of the split-second type, whereas Jay’s used his invention. Kai’s required an intensely emotional gambit, which his character has already been established as having that problem. * * * I don’t buy that three ninja going through trees can catch up to high-speed moving vehicles. This is sort of funny on the fact that the chief skeleton can’t get his car to move fast enough to keep up with them, so it’s slightly redeemable, I guess. It’s also possible that all ninja have a super-speed power which is sort of consistent with later stuff, and would save this scene, so I’ll go with that. And what happened to Gamedon’s cool shadow power, which might have helped him later too? Oh well. I guess the shadow-face intimidation thing only works from the underworld. Episode 4: Weapons of Destiny It’s really unclear where this portal transports Garmadon to, exactly. Considering that Sensei Wu has to really get him out of the underworld later. Mini Movies: Secrets of the Blacksmith: If you watch this video in detail, you can notice some of the items that Nya uses to build the Samurai armor/suit thing later. (It’s also sort of implied that Nya is one of the secret engineers that keep contacting Zane.) “Just getting some Samurai helmets and stuff.” Also, rice paddies. Really? The New Masters of Spinijitzu: Jay loves his nunchucks. And Zane fell asleep mediating. Kai is a light sleeper, or a sleepwalker. And those boneheads did not invent those cycles. Dur. An Under Worldly Take Over: Dark Spinjitzu exists. Also the skeletons had an ancient beef with Garmedon over something before he got sent to the Underworld, which was never explored. Also Ninjago has a thing with helmets that allow people to control armies. Return to the Fire Temple: This one doesn’t make any sense. If there was an underworld exit in the Fire Temple, why didn’t Garmadon just use it? Battle Between Brothers: This one’s a good episode, nothing much insightful to say about it. I recommend watching it after the reveal that Garmadon was bitten by the Great Devourer for added effect. Final Thoughts: These early episodes of Ninjago show some of the story’s seams. Some powers/elements of these early bits seem to have been forgotten in later episodes, like the portal that was supposed to get Garmadon out of the Underworld. Also the boat. While they have some amazing moments, like the training course, there are a few logical underpinnings that are a bit loose.