The Kumquat Alchemist

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  1. The Kumquat Alchemist

    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Alright, I've finally uploaded the pics, here's my take on a CCBS torso with gearing. Front Back above Back below On a CCBS Toa Pros: Leaves room for CCBS snap-on armour for the back Gears slip very little Cons: Dissimilar to what will likely be on official sets Is a large backpack No easily-locking mechanism, arms dangle
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Things like this? To justify this trash post, let me add that I've had the time to work on my own geared CCBS torso. Instead of being driven by a single gear, it has two separate knobs that control each arm, similar to what might be implemented on Onua. So far it works swimmingly, hopefully I'll get some pics up in a bit.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    I just got a chance to try that gearing mechanism; unfortunately, the teeth do grind against the CCBS frame.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    I like to look at it like this: If you have to replace all the trans-yellow CCBS bones with opaque parts, then that nets you a bunch of trans-yellow pieces to MOC with without needing to disassemble Pohatu.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    If the playsets portrayed a building, fortification, or geographical location of some sort, I'd think System would be the primary construction material, but any giant rahi, or mecha, or titans would likely be CCBS.
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    Hero Factory 2014 Discussion

    It's a shame HF couldn't continue as a series of minifig-scale sets making use of the robofigs introduced in IFB. Those figures have such potential; I hope we see some BIONICLE playsets that use them, or something similar.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    When I first heard rumours of BIONICLE's return, I hoped HF would continue into 2015 alongside it, becoming a more System-based theme that would use the IFB Hero minifigures. It's a pity that won't happen. I can only hope that we'll see BIONICLE playsets that make use of similar robofig skeletons. Otherwise, the IFB robofigs are just wasted potential.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    My problem with Hero Factory is similar to yours with that slogan; thankfully Aanchir has displayed how little meaning that slogan has, otherwise my thoughts of HF's story would be even lower. My issue stems from Hero Factory's implied lack of care for sentient life. I first noticed this when reading up on the minimal story material for Ordeal of Fire, in which fully sentient "mining robots" raid a fuel plant. This was triggered when Fire Lord, the leader of the rebellious 'bots, had his "circuits fused" by new fuel absorption technology, given to the mining 'bots in the name of further efficiency. Eventually driven to complete madness, he and other similarly damaged miners went on a crime spree, culminating in said fuel raid where the Heroes defeat them. Perhaps this is just my headcanon seeing inhumane treatment where there is none, but to me, it looks like in this universe it's A-OK to create unnecessarily sentient machines for the purpose of menial labour, and then install potentially harmful upgrades, all for the sake of efficiency, all while the "Hero" factory stands by and does nothing, so long as danger doesn't threaten all the other sentient robots who have civil rights. Do the software engineers in this universe not know how to avoid throwing in a fully-fledged consciousness every time they make an AI for something as simple as a mining robot? I can't just write them off as being philosophical zombies; if they were, they'd be destroyed and scrapped, not imprisoned, as shown in Breakout. I'm not denying that the Heroes needed to stop Fire Lord and his gang; it's just that the setup itself is utterly unacceptable. Throw in the mass murder in Invasion From Below, and Hero Factory loses some of my respect; don't take this is a hate rant, I thought the Heroes themselves are alright folks, up until IFB. Sources: http://hf.biosector0...ki/Mining_Robot http://hf.biosector0.../wiki/Fire_Lord
  9. The Kumquat Alchemist

    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    The nostalgia goggles say no, but the action figure enthusiast says yes!
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    MOC: The Wanderer

    When fate gives me a large portion of the day to myself, I get to messing with things; Inspired by the recently-leaked pictures of the 2015 Protector sets, I made this: The old Turaga known only as The Wanderer has been traveling the Matoran Universe for countless millenia, never stopping in one place, and remembered by few. Shortly after the final defeat of Makuta and The Reformation of Spherus Magna, he vanished completely. It is said he was last seen in a small southern village, arguing loudly with a Matoran named Velika. The build is nothing special, just a quick duplication of the Protector torso design, and it's intentionally obscured beneath the cape. The head is attached via this piece, and a rubber band hidden beneath the chain clasp holds the hooded cloak (a Knight's Kingdom cape) in place.
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    Future DC & Marvel Character as Ultrabuilds

    I'm always happy to see new Superhero ultrabuilds, though not for their designs; I just appreciate the variety of rare elements they come with.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    I'd assume that either the outer piece is spun, running the tops of the studs one-by-one over an internal fixed ridge that pushes them outwards and launches them, or a hidden wheel with a ridge mounted onto its surface spins inside of the assembly, pressing the studs out. Think of how the minifigure-sized guns introduced in The LEGO Movie sets work, for reference. Either way, if it works as well as the minifigure-sized guns, it's going to be great; it'll be like a Cordak Blaster whose ammunition I don't have to worry so much about losing!
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Oh, I remember those, they looked marvelous for knockoffs. I recall that in 2009 I noticed a similarity between the Skrall leg armor and the armor on these KOs.
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    Hero Factory 2014 Discussion

    I too have noticed a sad lack of summer IFB sets at my nearby Wal-Mart. I suppose it's for the best, since I ought to be keeping my finances tight to prepare for BIONICLE's return.
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    I'm seriously considering quitting Lego.

    As someone who has gone through a similar ordeal, let me say that you will likely regret a complete renunciation of LEGO, but that it might be beneficial to get rid of a large portion of your collection, to make the remnants manageable. When I went through my dark age, I knew I would regret getting rid of everything, so I took the messiest, most unused part of my collection, and got rid of it. About a year later when I regained interest, I was able to come back to the remains of my collection, sort it, and turn it into something useable. This has also made later acquisitions more easy to handle, since I already had a storage plan set up. In the long-term, I'm not sure how I'd recommend dealing with your minifig collection habit. The only parallel in my life is my fondness for CCBS figures, and I've focused all of that passion into re-collecting my old Toa Mata collection.
  16. The Kumquat Alchemist

    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    As far as I can tell, they all do, but with varying means of mounting the arms and heads.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Well, I saw these pics earlier and participated in a bit of discussion, but haven't talked much about my thoughts on them, so I suppose I ought to fully realize my opinions. I'll be looking over the pics and writing this up while listening to on a loop.Protecters (sic) Protectors (in order of appeal) Earth: The parts alone make this figure a definite buy, and his chest-mounted launcher is a really neat design choice. Huzzah for purple Kanohi! Stone: Though one of the simpler-looking Protectors, I adore this guy's color scheme, especially the re-introduction of brown. Where Pohatu seems to have a disproportionate amount of silver, on Stone it meshes well with the brown, trans. yellow, and bley. Fire: This figure would have been further up the list if not for a distinct lack of arm. Trans. orange hands are great, I like the look of the shoulder-mounted launcher. Ice: Again, a distinct lack of arm shoves this fine fellow down the list. His redeeming quality is his boon of trans. blue elements. Jungle: This lad just looks messy. Silver feet and armor, trans. green shells, Keetongorange and black legs, topped off with a bright green Kanohi? I really hope his color scheme is up for a rework, otherwise he's in for a major color scheme overhaul whenever I get my hands on him. Water: The color scheme is lacking, though not as bad as Jungle's. However, something about it just isn't as cool to me as Jungle with his crossbow, so poor Water finds themselves on the bottom of the list. Masters/Toa (in order of appeal) Kopaka: Sporting one of the most 2001-accurate masks of the lot, Kopaka is a beautiful figure whose only downfall is the lower leg design. I'm surprised to see how nicely the gold and white go together without making him look like anything other than a Toa of Ice. Tahu: Again, the Kanohi is what gives this figure such high praise. The build looks decent enough, and if Tahu were my favorite Toa he'd likely have made #1 instead of Kopaka. Onua: Though arrayed with questionable color choices, I like Onua's bulky look, and he along with Tahu and Kopaka bring me hope that future BIONICLE figures will stay well away from the cookie-cutter designs seen from 2002 to 2006. I'll likely pick this figure up and replace all the purple shells with black or silver. Pohatu: As I've said before, I'm glad to see that we're getting brown back, but I'm sad to see it in such small quantities. He hardly looks like a Toa of Stone with all the silver on him, and I wish to heaven that his color scheme is reworked. Gali: Ugh, that Kanohi. Other than that, she looks fine, providing a source of what look to be turquoise shell pieces. Lewa: What is up with him? He shares the scrambled color scheme of the Jungle Protector, along with an ugly printed chest piece and a mask that is somehow a larger travesty to me than Gali's. It looks great, but not as a Miru. Other Lord of Skull Spiders: This would look great as a normal Rahi, but sadly seems to be the big bad of this wave. The use of transparent technic beams excites me, so at the very least I'll be picking it up for parts; at best, it will find a home among my 2001 Rahi.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Sacrifices must be made for the price point, I guess? Though that's hardly a good excuse when the Fire Protector's piece count is a below all but two of the other Protectors.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    It looks like the silver chest armor is attached to what would be the usual arm connection point, with the arms being connected by these parts.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    I think we're just calling it that to easily differentiate between the original and new BIONICLE line, when comparing the story and sets of the old to what we see potential for in the new.
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    Bionicle 2015 Discussion

    Too many? There are only three Legendaries, the masks of Creation, Life, and Time. Though arguably parts of BIONICLE's story could have been written without their inclusion, I never found any of the Legendary Kanohi completely unnecessary. The Vahi gave us the needed setup for the marvelous book Time Trap, and the Mask of Creation is never used as a MacGuffin, being spoken of only in relation to Artakha, and having so little impact that I fail to see how it clutters the story or makes it needlessly weird. I am also confused why you say the Legendaries should have stopped at the Ignika, when the Vahi was introduced before the other two Legendary Kanohi. It would indeed be dull if, starting in 2015, we were treated with an endless string of Kanohi MacGuffins, but a single Kanohi MacGuffin to start off BIONICLE 2.0 with wouldn't be bad, if it were sufficiently different from BIONICLE 1.0's Ignika MacGuffin. Even then, the idea that there will be a Kanohi MacGuffin in 2015 is pure speculation. This mysterious mask for 2015 could be something as useless and low-power as the Copper Kanohi that Matoran got for winning Kohli games. I am confused that you think the Mask of Light cheapened by the inclusion of the Legendaries, going by some vague concept of power levels. Different Kanohi are for different jobs, so it hardly seems unreasonable that the Mask of Light would be used to fight a being of Shadow, even if technically weaker than the Legendaries. Indeed, the very fact that the Legendaries are so powerful makes them near-useless in direct combat. Breaking them wreaks havoc on the force that they embody, and using them is difficult and sometimes disastrous, if not completely fatal. The only Legendary constantly worn in the Mask of Creation, and that's worn by a being equally legendary and powerful. Looking at it this way, it makes perfect sense that the Toa wouldn't "Go after that one" if its location is unknown, its use is incredibly difficult and unfitting for the situation, and there is a far better alternative already on-hand.
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    Hero Factory 2014 Discussion

    Thanks! That's what I get for focusing on sets over story.
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    Hero Factory 2014 Discussion

    Designed to be a craze? I can see that for BIONICLE, but as someone who didn't look closely into Ninjago, I'm curious were you see that aspect of it. The named characters and world-building were evident in Ninjago even early on, but I never payed close enough attention to its marketing media to see a parallel between it and BIONICLE's massive hype. Do you mean at the start, or end of 2003? Because LEGO meaning to end it at the start of 2003, only to see its popularity continue, would explain the lazily-made Bohrok Kal.
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    Favorite Bionicle (or any constraction figure) Titan?

    http://img4.wikia.no...s/f/f8/8924.jpg Maxilos would be my favorite. Instead of following the tried-and-dull formula of using an Inika torso to join his arms to his body, he actually sees some unique construction, all pleasing to the eye and highly poseable. I keep him put together at all times just because I love his upper body construction so much.
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    Well.....It finally happened!

    So far, I have yet to see a single HF socket of mine crack, and some of the joints I've had since 2011 from the HF 2.0 wave. I also have some transparent Brain Attack head pieces and Jaw Beast trans-blue bone pieces, all of which have been connected and re-connected over 10 times each with no apparent issues, which is a noted improvement over my 2007-2010 BIONICLE and early HF joints, over ~50% of which have developed cracks on their 2nd or 3rd separations. Hopefully my bad luck with those is partially due to bad storage methods and lack of use for some years; it makes me feel less envious of those who claim to have no issues with the 2007-2010 sockets.