Laura Takayama

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About Laura Takayama

  • Birthday 07/12/1978

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    Female
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    Amish Paradise
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    LEGO (duh!) Electronics, Plants, Anime, LOTR, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Avatar the Last Airbender and a few other things.

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  1. Laura Takayama

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    OOooh! I hope that they're included in the after-Christmas sales that Voldemart & Target usually have, since my budget is going to be rather tight for the foreseeable future due to needing some serious dental work done.....
  2. Man, this crazy experimental locomotive looks way cool! Both in real life & your LEGO interpretation. Excellent work, as always!
  3. Laura Takayama

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    While we're on the subject of getting duplicate figs, I just realized that if I get all of the "absolutely must buy" sets in this wave, I'll end up with 3 Sweet Mayhem minidolls.... Which I'm 100 billion % cool with, because I'm sure I can work a squad of power-armored amazons somewhere into my setting. Also, when I saw the trailer the other day, and she introduced herself as "General Mayhem", I just had to smile: When my brother & I played with our own LEGO world & were fighting against some major villain, we'd end up naming mid-tier enemy unit commanders with rank-based punny names. I.e. Gen. Chaos, Gen. Confusion, Col. O'Corn, Maj. Catastrophe, Maj. Disaster, etc, and Gen. Mayhem would have fit right in with the rest of them.
  4. Laura Takayama

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    I'm hoping they have some more Apocalypseburg characters in the CMF series, because my wasteland raiders faction has been sadly neglected for the past several years & needs some love (although I am in the process of making a custom Lord Humungus fig), but some more Classic Space figs would always be welcome. Also, since I brought up my wasteland raider factions, I'm probably going to also be adding the Escape Buggy to my "must buy" list, because if I'm going to have roving bands of Mad Max-style raiders in the wastes, they need rides, which they're sorely lacking right now, and this thing would be a GREAT starting point for making some wasteland raider vehicles (need to festoon it with spikes, guns & maybe some skulls & ragged banners).
  5. Laura Takayama

    Chinese New Year’s sets -2019

    I really hope they release some sets with that pigtials hair piece the girl has in redish-brown, because it would be perfect for my new, improved non-minidoll sigfig.
  6. Laura Takayama

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    And I'll have to disagree with you, because, aside from Benny's Spaceship and Metalbeard's Sea Cow, which I couldn't afford to get as well as the Spaceship, and one of my biggest regrets as a kid was never being able to afford one of those big o'l Classic Space sets, so I went with that, there was absolutely nothing from that line that interested me whatsoever. I mean what else was in it? Emmet's Construction mech was ok, but not my thing, and it was entirely made out of colors I rarely use, so it was a pass for me, the rest were things like the flying ice cream truck or the flying castle plane thing (which in retrospect was probably the evil harbinger of the Nexo Knights theme) & other stuff that had absolutely zero interest for me, and in most cases (the evil Nexo Knights precursor being the sole exception, since it at least had proper Crown Knights figures in it), the figures that came with the sets didn't appeal to me either. This lineup, on the other hand, has a lot more of the stuff I like, like cool retro-style spaceships & post-apocalyptic vehicles (On a side note, they're not exactly Dieselpunk: Dieselpunk is essentially retro-futurism based on 1920's-40's technology & science fiction: Like how steampunk is based on the works of late 19th century science fiction authors such as HG Wells & Jules Verne, Dieselpunk is based on things like Flash Gordon, the Shadow, the first Tom Swift series, etc. A perfect example of the dieselpunk genre would be the movie Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow, in fact, Sweet Mayhem's Systar Ship would fit nicely in the dieselpunk genre due to how it looks like it came straight out of Flash Gordon or the original 1930's Buck Rogers). Heck, even the figures in this series have far more utility for my (generally post-apocalyptic dieselpunk) builds. So it basically comes down to personal preference. I like minidolls, space stuff & post-apocalyptic stuff, so this of course would appeal more to me than the rather bland (IMO) offerings from the last movie's sets.
  7. Laura Takayama

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part 2019 Set Discussion

    I gotta say I'm really impressed with the sets they're releasing with this movie: The first LEGO movie's sets were all pretty "meh" to me, with the single stand-out exception being Benny's Spaceship (which of course was the one set from that series I actually got). This time around there are at least 4-5 sets I would really like to get, and not all of them are Benny/Classic Space related: Yes, I do want both Benny & Emmet's Build & Fix as well as Benny's Space Squad, but I also want Metalbeard's Heavy Metal Trike for modding into an Orcish (Well Ork, since it's going to be based on Warhammer 40K) heavy Warbike, Gen. Mayhem's Systar Ship, Introducing Queen Whatevra Wa'Nabi (mainly for the figs) and possibly Rex's Rexplorer, money willing.
  8. Laura Takayama

    train wheel question

    Yeah, after seeing The Technic Gear guy's use of the PF train motor with the large driver wheels on the Toy Story train, I realized I could adapt this method to my 4-6-0 Wasteland Express locomotive as a way to power it as well (I'll have to increase the total length of the locomotive a bit, but that is probably going to be a good thing, since it will look even more like a beefy, steampunk, post-apocalyptic locomotive that way).
  9. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] No. 111

    Thanks for the info. I think I'll see about downloading & installing Stud.io here in a bit.
  10. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] No. 111

    Looking really good so far! And thanks for the info about Stud.io... Just out of curiosity, what are the load times for startup & loading model files compared to LDD? I've been thinking about moving from LDD to Stud.io for roughing out/designing MOCs that I don't currently have the bricks for, but have been hesitant due to how clunky the AI of programs like L-CAD & similar that I tried to use before LDD were, not to mention how slow they were in comparison... I do like the fact that Stud.io can tap into BrickLink & give you a price estimate based on the average price for each element used, though.
  11. Laura Takayama

    What Video Game(s) are you playing?

    Lately (as in the past few months), when I play video games, I tend to rotate between Final Fantasy XIV, Battlefield 1, Minecraft & since it just came out, Battlefield V. As a matter of fact, I just finished recording my latest episode of my Wak Ká Muúl Chronicles Minecraft let's play series & should hopefully have it edited & uploaded sometime either tonight or tomorrow morning...
  12. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] Laura's Narrow-Gauge Rolling Stock Roster

    Slight update to this topic & the first post: I recently discovered that LEGO made black 1x1 tiles with white lettering, so I ordered some sets that would allow me to turn my 2-bay hopper car into an East Broad Top RR 2-bay hopper car (instead of it just being based on one): EBT Hopper in a train by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr I also came up with an improved design for the Balin & Sons passenger coach that uses a standard 6x24 LEGO train baseplate, but with custom narrow-gauge bogies that are connected using 2x2 turntable plates: Narrow Gauge Coach WIP v2 by Ben/Laura Bonebrake, on Flickr
  13. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] NYC J3A 4-6-4 Hudson - Empire State Express

    Really nicely done! This looks fantastic, and instantly recognizable for what it is, even with the placeholder wheels. Even though I've always been more of a Pennsylvania RR fan myself, I have always kinda liked these sleek Hudson streamliners that the NYC built.
  14. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] Dome Car for 60197

    @AE bricks I was actually thinking about using pretty much the same technique as you for when I got around to making a dome car for one of my standard-gauge passenger trains. I'm glad to see that it does do the job fairly well.
  15. Laura Takayama

    [MOC] Dome Car for 60197

    Nicely done! Very elegant design. Just curious as to what for track you have the train & car sitting on? It definitely isn't LEGO, but it appears to be compatible with standard LEGO train wheel bases.