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'Lego Ninjago Movie': See How Designers Turned Film's Setting Into Epic Model

With 2014’s blockbuster (pun intended) The Lego Movie and this year’s spinoff, The Lego Batman Movie, the toy brickmeisters have become a force in Hollywood. This fall’s The Lego Ninjago Movie will try to keep up the momentum. Based on an original toy line-turned-TV series launched in 2010 about a group of heroic minifigure martial artists, the movie version supersizes the premise. Lego designers worked hand in hand with filmmakers to make sure the film matched the toy aesthetic, and vice versa. There are 18 different Lego Ninjago Movie sets in the pipeline; Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look at the flagship model: Ninjago City. Comprising nearly 5,000 pieces, the set is based on one of the film’s key locations (as seen in the trailer) and will be available Sept. 1 — just in time for the film’s Sept. 22. release. Click through for an up-close tour of the insanely detailed set, along with some never-before-seen concept art that illustrates how closely the toys and film align.

Ninjago City Concept Art Split-Level Overview

“To capture the scope of Ninjago City, we split the model into three sections, each representing a different chapter of the city’s evolution,” the designers, Nicolaas Vás and Christopher Leslie Stamp, explain in the set’s notes. “However, this led to the challenge of blending the levels together into a complete model. For example, we positioned the tower further back on the model, to give the impression of it rising from behind the buildings.” (Credit: Lego)

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Ninjago City Film Concept

“In the movie, Ninjago City is unlike anything we’ve seen before in a Lego set. One of the main challenges with a model like this is the difference in size between the vast on-screen location and the smaller model version,” the designers explain. (Credit: Lego)

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House Detail

“As both [the movie’s set and the toy model] are built from Lego bricks, our approach was to choose key silhouettes and details which could be rebuilt at a smaller scale and still match the overall look [of the film],” the designers say. (Credit: Lego)

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Top Level

Features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout solar panels, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element. (Credit: Lego)

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Lego Ninjago Movie Concept Art

Storyboard panels show the characters in action. “I found the most fun aspect of this model was how easy the size allowed me to visualize the characters’ movements and interactions around the city,” says Stamp. (Credit: Lego)

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Ninjago City Concept Art

“My favorite part of designing this model was the opportunity to include things which we wouldn’t normally have in a Ninjago set, such as the pufferfish or the pink bonsai tree,” says Vás.(Credit: Lego)

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Level 2

Includes modern fashion store with two mannequins and assorted Ninjago products, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with collectible training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with that “crab-grilling” function, a cash-dispensing ATM, and a display stand with interchangeable movie posters. (Credit: Lego)

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Lego Ninjago Movie Ninjago City Concept art – BI 1 – 4

“We shared a lot of the same inspiration that the moviemakers used, but we also drew inspiration from real-life places we have visited, amazing cyberpunk creations in the fan community, and of course the Ninjago TV show,” the designers say. (Credit: Lego)

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Level 3

Features a radio tower, rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure. (Credit: Lego)

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Pufferfish and Squid Detail

(Credit: Lego)

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Overview of Ninjago City and Element Details

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Complete Set

A look at the fully assembled 4,867-piece three-level set, which includes a traditional fishing boat and 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon, Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot. It will retail for $299.99. (Credit: Lego)

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anonymous asked:

I get many are upset. But I've never been one to read into every sam/cait interaction. There are times I've even thought the speculation on meaning of things went too far. Which is why I can't look into their conversation last night either as some dig to fans. Is that wrong that I just can't go to the negative regarding this?

Nah. I don’t believe it is negative in any way. It is a song. That they both know the lyrics too. They were exhausted and trying to keep their momentum up. He knew exactly what song she was, talking about immediately though.

I’ve been so busy, sorry for the silence on my blog! Here’s a quick life update:

I’m down 15 pounds so far with Weight Watchers (the cake in the picture is sugar free with sugar free cool whip as the frosting. It was delicious. 😎)

I’m testing for my advanced red belt in taekwondo later this month. I’ll test for dan bo (black belt candidate) in the fall and test for black belt in the spring. I didn’t go to nationals this year as planned (only three people in my division, didn’t seem worth it) but I’m fully planning to go next year assuming I qualify at state.

At work I’m in an acting leadership role while a manager is on maternity leave. I’m contracted through the summer. I’m loving every minute of it and secretly hoping they don’t return 😅

Still no condo. I’ve put offers down but nothing. Broadened my search to houses as well and continued saving the equivalent of a mortgage payment each month. I have about $11k saved for a down payment.

So far every day in July I’ve hit 10,000 steps on my fitbit. I’m trying to keep that momentum going. My mom found a new hobby in painting and hiding rocks (it’s a huge deal?? They have Facebook groups?? It’s like middle aged adult version of Pokémon Go??? I don’t get it but she loves it so…). I like that it gets her out of the house. We’ve visited like 6 different parks in the last week. Makes getting those steps easy.

I think that about sums life up! How are all of you? I miss you! Sorry I haven’t been around. Reply to this and let me know what you’ve been up to! Okay bye 😘

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DAY 21: BOUND HEADSTAND

HOW TO ⬇️⬇️⬇️

🌟 IF YOU CANNOT DO THIS! I encourage you to at least try :) but if you prefer, you can modify by practicing any of the prep poses we have done in the past 3 days: straight leg, one knee tuck, or full tuck. Remember to USE A WALL if you need to! And a pillow/blanket under your head if needed. 🌟

Start on your hands and knees. Bring your forearms to the mat, make sure your forearms and elbows are parallel to each other. Clasp your hands together, interlacing your fingers. Your head is going to go right in between that clasp, so your hands are almost clasping your head. You don’t want to grab onto your head, but you can feel then there. Make sure the crown of your head is completely on the mat.

Come up to your toes with straight legs, and walk your feet in as close to your body as possible. If you are using a wall to help, try to get your hips to come to the wall, directly over your shoulders or possibly a tiny bit past your shoulders.

Option to press up by gently drawing your knees to your lower abdomen and then straightening or legs OR option to kick up if you cannot press up. Do not kick too hard, try just a little hop to give yourself momentum.

Keep your core engaged and your shoulders constantly pushing straight down to not crunch into your neck. If you feel pain in your neck, STOP.

BENEFITS ⬇️⬇️⬇️

🌟 Strengthens the core and arms.
🌟 Engages the lower abdominals.
🌟 Gets your blood flowing.
🌟 Energizes and warms the body.
🌟 Prepares you for other inversions.
🌟 Builds balance and endurance.

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I can’t believe @vkazweek is almost over! Today’s part is longer than the others. Tomorrow’s will be mostly wrap up and cute stuff.

This is a collaboration with @hayyie! Click here to see her wonderful art.

Please enjoy Part 6: A Faraway Place.


And so the months pass. The sunflowers bloom deep into September, the last one holding out till the first week of October before it, too, gives in to the ever-cooling temperatures.

Kaz seemed sad about seeing them wither; V makes a mental note to plant new ones once the frost thaws again.

Until then there’s still enough to do – Kaz set his mind on updating their heating system, among other things. Where the hell Kaz gets all this energy from V doesn’t know, but he lets him go ahead and helps him where he can.

It’s not much, most days. Kaz tells him to not to worry about it.

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Writing Quickly From the Start

Anonymous asked: I’m having trouble actually writing my story. I know what I want, but I can’t seem to type it out! What’s a good way to flow through my writing and get it all down quickly?

Right before Camp NaNoWriMo begins, let’s discuss how to write the story you have already prepped and planned. There are different methods and ways you can go about it based on where you’re at in your writing process. I’ve been through all of them and I can tell you, all take a slightly different mindset for getting started: 

  • You already know how the first scene is going to start (you even know your opening lines). You may not know what will happen in the next scene though and that is a scary thought. The key is to start writing and just keep going. Start writing. Don’t worry if the scenes are short. Follow that initial spark and see how long you can run with it. When the inspiration runs dry, start a new scene. Try just to keep writing if you can. That is always what I do, and it tends to work out best for me that way. 
  • You know generally where you want to start, but the words aren’t coming. You even know what’s going to come next, but you don’t know how to start the actual writing of it. Envision a scene. Don’t fuss over trying to introduce all the characters all at once. Focus on one - maybe two if they’re together in the scene. I’m working on a project know with six main characters. I couldn’t think of how to introduce them all at once, so I didn’t. They’re mentioned. Semi-present. But the scene wasn’t about them so I didn’t try to make it about them. 
  • You have a premise but little else. You don’t know where it’s going to go, don’t know where to start, but it’s all very exciting. Also come up with a scene, focus on the premise. You’ll get to know the character and can edit the opening later, but focus on what you already know. What’s the coolest way to showcase that premise in your first scene? 

Once you’ve started, try to keep up the momentum by writing what comes into your mind. Don’t fuss over small details and things you’re not sure of - leave it for editing unless you’re sure you already have something you want to say instead. I highlight lines I don’t love so I can go back and change them out later. You want to also make sure that you keep up a regular schedule where you can write when you need to. It’s easiest to keep momentum if you write every day. You’ll start to notice that your writing is improving faster, you have an easier time coming up with ideas, and you’re less intimidated by a blank page. 

Bound By Chains - Chapter 2

Pairing: Eric/OC *Sarah*
Fandom: Divergent
Rating: M -  This story portrays sensitive subjects with multiple trigger warnings. Read on with caution.

She’s bound to a monster. And he has personality issues.

A/N: I’m so happy with the reaction of the first chapter. Speechless actually. So thanks, thank you all so very much.


Snippet“No?"… His whole face turns into a spiteful frown. "No?” Then he feigns sincerity, turning her in the chair to face him and crouching low, watching as the tears roll down her face. “Don’t cry.” His voice low and too sweet for normality. “Sometimes we do things that we don’t want to do. But sometimes it’s for the best.”

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Mean Queens Ch.3 (Group Fic) - NymphCAMP

Nymph’s A/N: Do we get too excited to write this and spend basically every evening doing just that? Yes, yes we do. But again, the feedback has been amazing, we’re so happy people are enjoying our little piece of shit and really getting at what we’re trying to do and we couldn’t be more thankful. It truly keeps the momentum going. In this chapter, we get to know the mean queens a little better, and find out if they truly are who they’re said to be. Toot it or boot it bitches, we’re real women standing by in real time waiting for your feedback.  

PureCAMP’s A/N: Today at school, the feedback made me gasp out loud and lifted my mood by 72943596%. Kinda feeling blessed that you guys are enjoying this, it’s really spurring us on (and the fact that we kinda love it too.) I can’t wait for you to delve deeper into the mean queen’s world and we hope you like what you see (read?) PURECAMP OUT

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“I believe you can learn a lot from looking at your previous work and choices but it is important to keep forward momentum. I try not to dwell too much on what has been, instead focusing my attention on what is happening here and now. I also like to have an idea of my goals whilst trying to remain flexible, it’s important to learn to improvise and adapt because life intervenes every step of the way.”

January 1, 2017 - 207., and nothing’s gonna stop me now!

As I more or less promised, here is my beginning of month (and in this case beginning of year) selfie. I weighed in this morning at 207.2 lbs, and I feel like I’m on a roll!

The weight is probably the lowest I have been this millenium. I still have a journey ahead of me, but I made some progress in 2016, especially in the last two months. Now I’m gonna try to keep the momentum going and see if I can meet a few goals this year!

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CS AU Week #3: beloved tropes - a coffee shop/blind date au.

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“Are you serious?”

Mary Margaret looked absolutely sheepish as Emma paced back and forth across the room, holding a crumpled piece of paper in her hand.  She had only seen Emma this angry on two other occasions: when she’d gotten spoiled on the most pivotal episode of Game of Thrones, and when Mary Margaret had made her hot chocolate with salt instead of sugar.  

“I thought it would be good for you, Emma.  You’re always inside–”

“And what’s wrong with that?”  Admittedly, she did spend a lot of time inside. But that was hardly her fault; plenty of her friends passed the time indoors, doing all kinds of things.  But Emma didn’t really have that much of an excuse. The truth of the matter was, she just wasn’t up for social interaction most of the time.  Outings were so… icky.  It was like a debate match, always trying to come up with something else to say while blurting a comment out simultaneously, all while smiling and laughing at the appropriate moments and listening to what the other person was saying.  Conversations in the modern age had been degraded to nothing more than lines on a script.  And dates? Dates were a nightmare.

It was for this specific reason that she was particularly peeved at Mary Margaret for setting her up with dinner for two tonight.  This was the last thing she needed, and the last thing she was looking forward to.

“I’m sorry, Emma, I didn’t mean to upset you.  It’s just that… “ Mary Margaret thought for a moment.  “Okay, how about this.  Just go for five minutes.  If you’re still not interested after that, text me and I’ll come and bail you out. I won’t do it again.  But you have to give it a shot for those five minutes.”

It wasn’t the ideal way to spend her Friday night, especially considering the extensive list of television shows she was planning to binge, but she would humor her mother at least for that long.  “Fine. But just five.  No more.  Promise?”

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the hardest part is that we can’t just “wait for next season.” we lost the WC in 2011 but we had the olympics that next year. this one hurts because it’s 3 years. there’ll be retirements, injuries, roster changes, people falling out of form, fans losing interest, trying to keep together a league that’s struggling, lost momentum on the fight for fair pay… until 2019 when we can finally show something on the world stage again. idk man it just sucks??? I am so gutted for the girls because they of all people knew how much was riding on this.

they should be proud tho. what they’ve done for this sport and especially for women in this sport is incredible and i know they will continue to do that. idk im not gonna try to be fake positive because i don’t even know how to feel…just empty and numb i guess. but i do love them and i am so so proud of them. sorry for the dramatics, it’s just when you’ve invested so much of your livelihood into a team…they’ve done so much for me i really couldn’t put it into words how much they mean to me

13K followers!

This is absolute madness! It was only two weeks ago I was making a post for 12K followers lmao where the hell are you all coming from??

I can’t express enough how much I appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement. It means so much to me and seeing all your messages and tags genuinely fills me to joy. Having you guys backing me and my art motivates me to try so much harder <3

My experiment with streaming and using a mic to chat to viewers was a resounding success! Once I got over my nerves I had so much fun discussing Very Important Topics such as whether mermaids need nipples and why power tools and DIY analogies are used as euphemisms for sex. I definitely want to continue to stream as I draw in the future and I think Fridays and Saturdays are the likeliest slots because of my job/commute. Keep an eye out for streaming posts if you’re interested in watching!

A quick PSA: I’ve created an art tag (”pussycat draws”) and added a link to my sidebar. I’ve also started tagging all my message replies with “pussycat responds” so you can blacklist it if you don’t want to see them. Please do let me know what else I can do to make life easier for you! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THE BEST FOLLOWERS A PERSON COULD ASK FOR ; w ; 

Guys, seriously, if you haven’t sent any physical letters to Disney, I’d certainly encourage it. You can get the addresses here. I’ve already sent five, so I can’t really send anymore unless I think of something new to say. Also: To those who think that letters to big companies like Disney just get tossed, I am living proof that they don’t. I’ve sent letters to Cartoon Network and Dreamworks Animation as a kid, and all three times I was answered. And even if none of our letters get answered personally, I am almost certain that someone at Disney is reading them. So send letters, and if you’ve already sent letters, then maybe send postcards or SaveWoY fanart! Let Disney know that you still care about your show in a short and sweet way!

Also, make sure to participate in some of the fan projects. I know that I’m going to try to make a video for Operation: Fan Boom as soon as I get home this weekend, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t sent in a video or a picture to do so.

The biggest WoY petition has nearly 13,000 signatures! So keep spreading it around! Make sure to buy the episodes on iTunes if you haven’t already. And, since we’ve got a month until the new episode anyway, make sure to just spread the word about the show. Make fanart, make AMVs, tell people irl - I showed my friends in Anime Club a clip from ‘My Fair Hatey’, and I even convinced one of my friends to give the show a watch and even sign our petition! Keep making POLITE requests to youtube channels and Channel Awesome, and just try to keep the momentum going. I know it’s always hard when there’s no new material, and I can understand a bit of slow down, but we can’t let #SaveWoY completely stop.

So keep spreading the word, keep supporting the show, keep talking about it, and just keep trying! Even if we don’t get a Season 3 or a TV movie right away, let Disney know fully well that WoY has a ton of fans and a ton of love, because it might just be the next Samurai Jack or Hey Arnold one day and it’ll get the ending it deserves.