Saturday, March 31, 2012

Taking A Stand

Oooh. Crappy pun in the title, sorry. I've had a few requests to part out my Slave 1 display stand. There's really no hard and fast requirements and you can mix and match the pieces with what you have on hand. Although you will need a few Technic bricks and pins so you can get the angle.

Here's a side view:

Slave 1 Stand

Close up of the stand by itself.

Slave 1 Stand

These are the Technic pieces I mentioned earlier. It's what allows for the 45 degree angle of the stand.

Slave 1 Stand

Here's all of the parts that I used but again, these are easily interchangeable.The slopes were just a personal design choice and can be swapped out for regular bricks.

Slave 1 Stand: Parts

Considering how easy it was to build this stand, I think I might make more for the other Star Wars ships. Everything looks better off the ground - especially sets that were meant to fly.





Friday, March 23, 2012

Super Sexy

I was looking around our living room a week or so ago and thought to myself, "this room needs a large, grey triangle". So we drove off to the Lego store and brought home the UCS Super Star Destroyer. Which shouldn't be mistaken with the UCS Imperial Star Destroyer. Although one may ask how many large grey Lego triangles does one need? At least 3 is the answer.

Also - yuck on the photos of the ISD! So glad my camera and photo taking skills have improved. Though it was fun to see how much of the dining room has changed/stayed the same over the years.

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

One thing we noticed right away was how organized it was - numbered bags within numbered boxes. This made it MUCH easier to sort and build. Almost too easy.

UCS: SSD Opening the box

UCS: SSD Numbered bags

This also helped take up a lot less room so I was able to do a side build of Joker's Funhouse. And we still had room to spare!

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

Stats on the SSD: it's 19,000 meters long and has a crew of over 200,000.

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

I really like the look of the greeblings (yes, that's a word) - those are all the little doodads. They add texture and dimension to an otherwise flat and grey surface.

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

And here it is complete, safe and sound in its place of honor. It's so looooong and lean and takes up the entire length of the coffee table.

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

I have often wondered what purpose coffee tables serve and now I know. It's for displaying ridiculously large Lego models.

UCS: Super Star Destroyer

Overall build impressions from James (he built it first):

It was a quick build which was a little disappointing especially given its price. Definitely, one of the reasons why it went so quickly (compared to the ISD) was because the bags were organized. There wasn't a lot of time spent pre-sorting. You just went right to the building. Which is both good and bad.


The design is fairly solid. Much more so than the ISD which was a joke - that thing fell apart if you looked at it funny. I had no problems moving the SSD from the dining room table to the coffee table.


Overall, the build experience was enjoyable - it wasn't too repetitive (again, unlike the ISD which had you build 22 of this or that). Although it's impressive, I don't think it's a very attractive ship. It's a giant slab of grey. This is why I prefer the #8039 Venator because it has some dark red to break up the monotony.

I have to disagree with James. I think the SSD is absolutely freaking gorgeous!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Videos Of Kitten

Technically, Lucy really isn't a kitten anymore - what's the cut off? 6 months, 10 months, a year? Anyways, still ridiculously smitten. Too much so for Lucy's taste - why so much cuddling ALL the time, woman?! Get away from me!

Here she is chirping and clicking away at those nasty birds who think the backyard belongs to them.



And when it's sleepy time, she prefers to be cocooned. So, she'll scratch at the blankets until we lift them up so she can go hide and sleep inside. I took a peek.



Melt.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

No Pictures, Please

Lucy has been sleeping like this lately...

Sleepy Lucy

You can see her pink, glitter nail caps. I think she's dreaming up ways to be cuter, plotting in her sleep. And still the softest, silkiest cat I've ever met.

Monday, March 05, 2012

SWTOR

I mentioned this game yesterday. Star Wars: The Old Republic.

This is a cinematic trailer (keep in mind that the actual game play is not as realistic as this video - it's more cartoony).

This is called Hope.



The verdict so far: B+/A-

It's an MMO and plays like one: quests, crafts, raids, pets, combat etc. So the interface and concept are infinitely familiar even if the story lines and worlds are not.

They've taken a lot of great ideas from earlier games and reinterpreted them. There are some definite tweaks - the most notable is implementing a companion for every class, one that complements your initial class choice. Interesting concept and it has made soloing far more enjoyable.

I also like the voice acting for the quests. Definitely adds a bit of drama and flair to the game.

But for me, the most important change has little to do with game mechanics, it's more about the moral aspects of the game. In the past, the games that I've played have been very careful to avoid saying "you are evil and they are good". It's always been 2 or 3 realms/races at war. Neither had the moral advantage and there were always 2 sides to every story/conflict.

Not so much in SWTOR. There is most definitely an EVIL SIDE. Which happened to be the side I selected to play first. Errrr...of course. And then I was introduced to the concept of choosing the outcome of each quest. Option A: slightly okay/netural or B: kinda bad or C: burn in the eternal hellfires of damnation...

Holy. Moses.Was not prepared for that. And then having picked the darkest of the dark paths, I had to continue along, wincing inwardly at the choices I had to make.

But there are shades of evil and good and it is possible to be a "light" Sith. The best analogy I could come up with is this internet meme of the classic D&D alignment (listen, this post is so geeky already, a Dungeons and Dragons reference isn't going to hurt):


There's a Muppets version of this somewhere.

Anyways. I think my character is more like the Joker...

It's been a hard adjustment.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chaos and Calm

Where have I been lately?

Well, coupled with long 10-12 hour work days (and the occasional weekend) and Star Wars: The Old Republic, I haven't had much time for anything. Even Lego!

I knew it was dangerous getting involved in another MMO - they have a tendency to become addictive. But in my defense, it's ummm...well... Star Wars! While it has sucked up most of my waking hours at home, there's been a strange positive financial impact: we're no longer buying Lego by the pallet.

Unfortunately, that's the only benefit since everything else is being sorely neglected. Here I am, keeping it real. Last weekend, the kitchen and family room looked like this:

Chaos

And yes, this is just from the two of us, two full-grown adults who should know better. You'd think we'd have an easier time. But things have a tendency of piling up - paperwork for taxes, another 35 lb purchase of Lego from Craigslist to be washed and sorted, laundry etc. You know the drill.

Sure, it's easy in theory if you're disciplined and not easily distracted by red light sabers (as an aside, my respect and admiration for parents just increased tenfold) but those are not my strong suits.

I dreaded coming into this room. This weekend, in between playing SWTOR (some enjoyment is necessary, after all), we got this done.

Calm

Ahh. Much better. When it's that messy, I can't even think straight.

I don't know if I should post photos of the dining room aka the Lego clearing warehouse. It's just a tad too embarrassing, plus we haven't finished tackling it yet. As James says, "one room at a time".

Oh, I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of time to work on some Lego projects. Here's a sneak peek - this special guy has a new home. "Hello, Chrome Stormtrooper, you sexy, shiny beast!"

Chromie

I'll be updating photos of that project in a few days.