As most of you didn't notice, we weren't on last week. After 182 consecutive episodes, I needed a little break from the kid, you know.
We haven't done 182 episodes.
It sure feels like it. You know, it's odd, but it seems like we're not broadcasting.
You know what it is... it's those little lights on the cameras. They aren't on.
That's odd. Let's check this out.
imperialshadows walks over to the nearest camera and begins talking to the operator.
So, uh, why aren't you filming?
I got a note from the owner of the station saying not to use the cameras.
They say it's a waste of electricity and with the price of things today, it's more economical not to run them.
I see. It's more economical to run a tv station without tv cameras.
Like, we're a radio station now?
Oh no, I don't think so. We never play music, that would take licensing fees.
Too expensive, again. Guess we're on a pretty tight budget.
Why are we paying you to be here and not film then?
I, uh... I have a contract! That's it.
Staudie doesn't even have a contract.
Is that a problem?
Nope, makes sense to me. Well, enjoy the show, you're about the only one that will get to see it.
Well, I wasn't really watching, I'm working on a crossword puzzle.
Really? Do you know a 10 letter word starting with U that means 'out of work'?
Hmmm... Unemployed! I see what you mean. I look forward to watching today's show, boss!
So, folks, at least you can still hear me. I guess we'd better get started, and maybe we'll get them to let us put up some slides during the show occasionally, so you can see something.
Is that my cue?
*smacks Staudie with a broom* No, that is.
Sorry I asked.
Q. Why the name Brainbox? Are you a box in a brain? A Brained box? Also what is up with the sigfig?
A. Well, at school (I'm at college now) I was always 'the clever one', both amongst my friends and just other people in general. This was reflected in my exam scores, coursework marks, etc. and that view of me stuck. Now at college, my two best friends are both of a similar 'intelligence level' to me, so it's not always that noticeable.
The name though, I don't really know why I chose it. It's not something I've ever been called, save once or twice by people. I guess it was just the first thing I thought of when I joined. Yeah, the story's that boring.
The sigfig is just me. It's quite boring compared to some people's I know, but I like him/me. It enables me to use him as me Brainbox when I'm on here, and as me Sam when I'm not. And of the few people who've seen him, all have commented on how much he actually looks like me. It's scary!
You should have your liver checked.
It's a joke.
I don't get it.
You never do. Here... Jaundice.
Q. What is this I have been hearing about your mini vigs?
A. Ah, yes. I quite like displaying minifigs, on my desk and such, and I wanted to come up with a way of doing it that wasn't just "stand them there". So I came up with these mini-vigs, a minifig on a 4x4 base (hence the mini- part) with a small scene or something around them (hence the -vig part). The challenge is creting something that looks good, does your favourite mini-fig(s) justice, and is relevant to said fig. I've only got 5 at the moment (although the one of me has been folded into something else), and you can see them here. I plan on doing more in the future, just as soon as I get a bit of desk space back! Oh, and everyone feel free to try it.
Oh yeah, I like those. I kept meaning to build some more. And take pictures of the ones I did.
Q. DOCTOR WHO?
A. "Just The Doctor."
Sorry, couldn't resist. No, it's a fantastic ( ) programme, the best British sci-fi has to offer. And it's been going 44 years last November. It's basically about a 900-1000 year old alien (there are some discrepancies in his true age) who travels through time and space in a space-time machine called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space), usually with at least one human companion. He can regenerate, gaining a new body if a fatality befalls the current one, but this can only happen 12 times (13 incarnations). Possibly his greatest enemies are the Daleks, but I don't think I need to tell you who they are. There... the whole of Doctor Who in 5 lines!
It must seem to people around me that I have an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Doctor Who, not to mention DC Comics and to a lesser extent Transformers. Perhaps I do, perhaps I don't, but it seems like it. So what if I can name 16 types of Kryptonite, and read and write translitterated Kryptonian? No really, I can.
We were planning a sci-fi baseball team.
Oh really? Who's on first?
No, I'm asking, Who's on first?
Yes, he is.
Right (if we're going to be a radio show, we might as well act like one!)
Q. How long have you collected lego?
A. Since I was about 4 or 5, so about 12-13 years. I was into Duplo when I was young, and my parents ordered these two sets as part of a Ready Brek promo, a Castle catapult and a Pirate raft. This was when I was about 3, but they kept the sets till I was a little older. Sadly, they didn't keep the boxes or the instructions, and if they're promo sets I certainly can't trace them. Of course, they may not be promo sets, in which case I'd better keep looking. I know they were a raft and a catapult, as there are pieces in my collection I can't account for set wise, other than these. Yes, I even have an encyclopedic knowledge of my collection.
After that, I got a building tub, and the rest is history.
Q. What are your 3 favourite sets?
A. It's difficult to say, especially as I have so few official sets (MODed or otherwise) actually on display. But if I had to choose, I would say, in no particular order:
1. 7015 Viking Warrior challenges the Fenris Wolf. I don't really know why I like this set so much, but I just do. It was one of the first Viking sets I bought, along with 7017 (Nidhogg Dragon), so maybe that's part of it. I do have a fondness for the small sets in general though.
2. 7783 The Batcave. This was the first Bat-set I bought, and I was really impressed. It's Batman and it's Lego, two of the things I love, so what can be better than that? And it's what inspired me to develop my (currently WIP) Batcave shelf.
3. 4483 AT-AT. It's one of the few of my official sets on display that hasn't been excessively MODed. The only changes I've made are small and can be seen here. Okay, yeah, so the neck connection is a little fragile (the number of times the head's fallen off ), there are yellow parts visible if I open the side door, the head panels are a bit 'flappy', there are only two Snowtroopers... but I love it. I bought it shortly after it came out, with birthday money, and it's just a fantastic set.
I guess I could have just said "It's an AT-AT"
Q. What is your Favourite Theme?
A. I'm not one of those people who devotes to one theme and one theme alone. I like a mix of everything. But at the moment, I'd probably say Batman. Like I said before, it's Batman and it's Lego. You really don't know how long I've wished I could own a Lego Batman, ever since I first saw the 60s movie all those years ago. And now it's happened.
Q. Best In Real Life Lego Moment?
A. I'm tempted to say something that's a bit of a cliche, like "finishing building [a MOC]" or "finding [a set] on sale". But I won't. I can't say "meeting a fellow AFOL" because sadly it's not happened. So instead, I'll settle for "people I know taking an interest in my hobby."
At school, people knew about my hobby, but didn't really make anything of it. If I showed my friends something on my BS, they'd just look at it, tell me it was good, and get on with whatever they were doing. Even when people came over to my house, the Lego issue was tackled, then ignored.
But now I'm at college, it's a whole different ball-game. People are generally more accepting of others hobbies, etc. One of my friends, for example, likes to go shooting (not gangland), while another likes football. Now, I'm not a fan of either, but I will listen to them talk about it. Similarly, they listen to me talk about my hobbies; comics, Lego, Doctor Who, etc. That's always a good feeling, because save for here, I've never had that before.
My best friend came over to mine for about an hour the other week, while he waited for a train (my house is nearer the station than his is). That hour was basically spent with him looking at all my Lego. And that felt really good, because I could get all enthusiastic about it. He said the day after that I had more than he'd imagined, even after I'd said several times before that I "had a lot."
Q. And, for that matter, your best EB moment?
A. Again, it's just nice being here, talking about my hobby and stuff. But it's always fun to talk to Batbrick in the numerous threads we manage to railroad into a discussion about Batman or Super-hotties (if you don't know, don't ask ) or whatever.
It's also a good moment finding out that we've got away with it for another day.
Q. What sets would you like to see TLC produce?
A. More Batman. Simple as. I want, more villains, more locations, more allies, more Bat-vehicles, the lot.
I'd also like to see the Batman licence expand into a full DC licence. Maybe some have a couple of sets for each major hero, a simple hero/villain set, a mid-sized set dependant on the hero and a location set, and pack a few villains and allies in each set. Say for Superman, have Supes versus a few villains as the small set, the Fortress of Solitude as the base set, and the Daily Planet offices as the 'other' set. For Wonder Woman, have Diana versus some villains as the small set, her invisible plane as the mid-sized set, and some buildings from Themiscyra or the DEO as the base set. There could be some special 'team' sets with a base and some rogues as well, for the League, the JSA, the Titans, etc.
All wishful thinking though.
Q. Star Trekkin' Across the universe?
A. Of course, but only in the NCC-1701 original. Never much cared for the spin-off series.
It's worse than that, he's dead, Jim, dead, Jim, dead, Jim... it's worse than that he's dead, Jim, dead, Jim, dead... Ahem.
Q. Can we see your lair?
A. I prefer to call it a 'control centre'
But yes, you can. I'll just go and find the camera...
*much photographing, photo editing and uploading later*
Here we go: my lair aka my bedroom.
Points of note:
1. My bin needs emptying
2. I don't like all that stuff on the left hand side of my desk. It needs to go on a shelf, but I don't have one free. I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to order and tidiness.
3. That's this PM on the screen.
4. There's a water stain near the fron left corner shaped remarkably like a Lego pirate ship hull. That's because it is.
5. There are some very dusty areas of my desk aren't there?
6. See if you can spot any previewed MOCs in there.
The first of the missing walls. And the second.
More pics here.
Q. How's Castle month lookin to you?
A. I'll be honest, I've never been much into Castle. But the new sets, both this year and last (but more this year) are really changing my mind. Castle month is looking nice, and I may see if I can rustle something up before it finishes.
Q. Am I Annoying?
A. Mate, my best friend doesn't always know when to shut up. If I can put up with that, I can put up with anything!
Staudie knows when to shut up.
Yeah, when that vein in his neck ... hey, it's doing it now. Oh...
Q. Who should we Interview Next?
A. Oh there are so many nice people here, who can I suggest? How about more of our younger generation, like Lord Thrawn, JoeM16 or The Kid?
And there you have it! You know, it wasn't really so bad doing this as a radio show, matter of fact, it was a lot easier not having to put on all that makeup and stuff.
Yeah, I didn't even have to dress for the occasion.
True, though I wish you'd worn pants...
*the camera, despite not actually being on, falls over*