JUNE 01 2001 - FRIDAY

More New Figures added in their Dioramas

I am slowly catching up to the latest waves - ;) - I took more pictures last night of new figures in their proper environments. Added are Queen Amidala Theed Gown, Aura Sing, Fode and Beed, Anakin Mechanic's Pit Droid, Qui Gon Mos Espa, Eeopie, Watto Box Seat, Graxol and Shakka.Woohoo - I got my Sebulba's Pods
Why am I excited about a 2 year old toy you ask? Well I will finally be able to FINISH my Leia's Plans Diorama this weekend. Pictures should be ready for Monday's Post !

 

 

JUNE 03 2001 - SUNDAY

DVD Weekend Suggestions

Released last Tuesday, it's a no brainer to choose Steven Spielberg's 1977 classic Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind. If you are too young to have seen this in theaters and have never seen it, go to the video store NOW!!! :) To read my thoughts on the movie head on over to my Home Cinema section and click on the DVD Reviews Icon.

Remember you can also participate in the reviews. At the bottom of each DVD review are links to place your votes and let other readers see what you thought of the movie as well.

 

Moulin Rouge - Amazing Eye Candy

WOW, After Shrek this is my second favourite movie of the summer so far. The visuals are amazing and who new Obi Wan could actually sing! It's a bit weird in the begining but you quickly get drawn in. I think it helps if you are older and actually listened to 80's pop because it is very amuzing to recognise the songs they sing, though in new arrangements.

 


JUNE 05 2001 - TUESDAY

Top 6 Results - Did your votes make the cut?

Did Vader's Secret remain at #1? just head on over to the Top Six Favourite Dioramas and Top Six Wanted Dioramas Sections to find out the results from las months votes.

 

Another New Visitor Added

You want to see how Hasbro should make Vehicles? Check out the pictures of Michael Fright's work. Simply Awesome. You might have gotten a peek of his work on other sites last week. You can see 19 pictures of his work as well as other visitors amazing dioramas in Niubniub's Visitors Section.

 

Been a while - 3 people found secret page

Congratulations to Melanie, Donna231 and Wedge77 who found niubniub's Secret page. If you have yet to find the secret page, practice your skills it might come in handy at the end of the month ;)

 

JUNE 06 2001 - WEDNESDAY

Character VR Wednesday

Going back in time a little for this week's VR is Death Star Trooper. He looks like he wants to go jogging - LOL. Check him out for yourselves and the other cool stop motion animated figures in the Virtual Characters C:VR section.

 

Finally went to see Pearl Harbor

Well my co-workers finally dragged me to go see Pearl Harbor. After all the bad reviews I had lost the desire to see this film and wanted to wait for the dvd. Well it wasn't as painfull as I expected, though we did groan a lot. The best part of course as if I have to say...ILM's effects for the attack on Pearl Harbor. WOW. Simply Awesome. Ah to think I almost worked on this film. If you aren't sure about seeing this film, go on cheap night. The battle is a BIG screen must see.


 

 

JUNE 09 2001 - SATURDAY

Improved News Archives

I spent a good part of the morning making things easier for those of you who wish to see what you might have missed in the past year. There are now direct links in the News History Archives that will bring you directly to the past updates. I think you will find it very user friendly.

 

Return Of The Jedi Consoles - Tease

Well you might have seen the Death Star Consoles I made based on Episode 4. Many of you have been asking me if I plan on making a version that appeared in Episode 6 in the Emperor's Tower. Well YES of course - LOL. Here is a peak of the decals I made. On monday I will show you what they look like on actual consoles .


JUNE 14 2001 - THURSDAY

No I am NOT dead - Yet! LOL

For the last 4 days I have been in bed with the flu, sleeping and eating chicken soup until it came out my ears. NO MORE SOUP!!!! ;P

Finally yesterday I was feeling better and took advantage of my last day home from work. Below you will see all that I have prepared for you. With the overtime that consumed the month of May and now getting sick begining of June I can understand why A LOT of people were asking...Where are the Diorama updates? - LOL
Well one thing I did figure out was that I started way too many things at the same time. Work a little on this, a little on that. You get the feeling you haven't done anything because nothing is complete. Thus also making gaps in the updates. So I have figured out my battle plan to get back to what you like best about niubniub's...Dioramas Updates!


1- Finish Tantive IV, Leia's Plans Diorama
2- Sculpt the Jedi's Legs and Finish Phase 2 of Jedi Council.
3- Finish my Return Of The Jedi Death Star Consoles
4- Finish organising my BIG 1rst Anniversary Contest for June 30th
5- Start Niubniub Year 2 with a BANG - Millenium Falcon

How does that sound? If you think I am nuts let me know. On second thought maybe you shouldn't ;)

 

New Diorama Rebel Hangar Pictures

I uploaded new Yavin Rebel Hangar pictures including newly released figures like our friend Porkins. Check them out when you have a moment.

 

Finally NEW updates Leia's Plans

Okay, A lot of you know I was waiting for Sebulba's Pod to finish this Diorama but could not figure out why?. Well today you SEE the brilliant reason for using the Pod's Engine. For NEW pictures of Leia's Plans go to Page 13, Page 14, Page 15 and Page 16 in Niubniub's Sneak Previews Dioramas Section and click on the Leia Thumbnail.Want even more? How about ...

 

NEW pictures Jedi Chair B

Been sooo long since an actual Diorama update you still want more eh? How about seeing the steps I took to finish sculpting the Jedi Chair Model B. New pictures are on Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 and Page 10 in Niubniub's Sneak Previews Dioramas Section and click on the Jedi Council Thumbnail.

 

Secret Page Detectives

Congratulations this week to JD, Les, Jaco, Paul D. and John who managed to find the infamous Niubniub Secret Page. Way to go guys!. If you had fun trying to find it, You will LOVE the hunt on June 30th ;)

 

JUNE 17, 2001 - SUNDAY

Summer Movies - saw myself a double feature :)

This weekend we saw the release of 2 possible blockbusters, so you knew I had too go see both of them right? :) Maybe you decided to do the same.

3:00 pm - TOMB RAIDER
What can I say. Yes I played all the video games, Yes I was expecting to see live action versions of the games cut scenes and Yes, I was hoping this would be as cool as Raiders of the Lost Arc. Let's Just say Steven Spielberg has nothing to worry about LOL.

Angelina is very good as Croft and her british accent is pretty impressive. The action scenes with the bungee was my fave. The temple interior was cool until water spurts out and makes a piece of the stone tablet float in the spray. Yikes, soo fake. Even 1967 Sinbad is better.
The story is sometimes slow but nowhere as PooPoo as Aint It Cool News suggests. Is it worth $12, well not really but certainly on a half ticket Tuesday or matinee it is worth a peak.


5:30 pm - Atlantis
Every summer I go see Disney animation. No, not just because I work in movie fx, because I am very impressed with their visuals and quality of the animation. I must sadly say that Atlantis BORED me. I hated the drawing style of the characters. Not one of them had me hooked. The story seemed to take forever. This was nowhere as impressive as Aladdin or Hercules or Mulan. Maybe it's because there were no songs in the movie. Maybe Disney needs to take a break.

I know I won't be adding this movie to my DVD collection when it comes out at Xmas. Do yourself a HUGE favor and go rent Titan A.E. instead. A much better movie that better captured the use of 3D and 2D animation. Plus Titan is a way better story. Sorry Disney but this is no Lion King.

 


JUNE 19, 2001 - TUESDAY

More updates Leia's Plans - almost complete :)

I am very very close to finishing this diorama. It will have some really cool pictures when ready. A lot more then I had originally thought possible. To see this weekend's NEW pictures of Leia's Plans go to Page 17, Page 18 and Page 19 in Niubniub's Sneak Previews Dioramas Section and click on the Leia Thumbnail.

 

Finished the mold - pictures Jedi Chair B

Sure worked long and hard for you guys this past sunday :) I finished making the mold of the Jedi Chair Model B. New pictures are on Page 10, Page 11 and Page 12 in Niubniub's Sneak Previews Dioramas Section and click on the Jedi Council Thumbnail.

 

JUNE 20, 2001 - WEDNESDAY

Character VR Wednesday

You ask and you shall receive :) This week's VR courtesy of Logan Spain's request is Darth Vader Dagobah. You can see Luke's face exposed if you pause the animation. Check him out for yourselves and the other cool stop motion animated figures in the Virtual Characters C:VR section.

Wanna see your favourite figure animated next week? E-mail me your suggestions.

 

"Boiler Wrap" Downlaods - Leia's Plans

I added the Boiler Wrap texture to the Tantive IV Downloads Section for those of you following along my instructions. You now have all the needed textures to recreate the Leia's Plans diorama.

 

New Visitor pictures Added

I am way behind in this section. I am trying to catch up as quick as I can. Today you can check out the pictures of Paul Dye's work. His Star Wars room is really cool, he's almost as nuts as I am - LOL.

Today I noticed that another site has premiered it's own Diorama section and even asks for visitors to submit pictures....hmmm....I wonder where they got that idea? :) - LOL

I just want to mention that I do not judge your work. Everyone who sends in pictures to niubniub's gets their own section. Choosing one instead of another to me is not a good way to motivate or encourage people into creating their own dioramas.

You can check out Paul's as well as all the other visitors amazing dioramas in Niubniub's Visitors Section.

 

Star Wars Episode 1 DVD - Finally October 16 :)

You guys know I am not a news site - I leave that to the other pro's. But this item has got me too excited. Place that date in your calenders and if you we're waiting for a good excuse to buy a DVD player - This is a great one ! Check out the Official Star Wars Site for the AWESOME details.

 

JUNE 23, 2001 - SATURDAY

DVD Weekend Suggestions

Today I have added my reviews for the classic Superman. A must own DVD if you like comic book movie adaptations done right. Nils also sent in his thoughts on many favourite lists...The Matrix. Head on over to my Home Cinema section and click on the DVD Reviews Icon to read these and other titles from my collection.
Remember you can also participate in the reviews. At the bottom of each DVD review are links to place your votes and let other readers see what you thought of the movie as well.

 

1week left until june 30th ;)

Next Saturday will be my first anniversary online and the beginning of the "Where's Niubniub?" contest. So I thought what better way to countdown then to catch up with all the pictures you guys have sent me, and post 1 New Visitor Section every day starting now...

 

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 1

I have never seen anyone attempt this diorama before, yet a great scene in Empire Strikes Back. Check Jason Miller's Bespin "Won't you join us for dinner" Diorama. If you have made a diorama, Remember to send them in and shre them with the rest of the world to see in Niubniub's Visitors Section.

 

JUNE 24, 2001 - SUNDAY

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 2

Today you can view Brent Gothold's amazing Sarlaac Pit. Brent used my Making Of as inspiration and made the Sarlaac even better. Check it out now! If you have made a diorama, Remember to send them in and share them with the rest of the world to see in Niubniub's Visitors Section.

 

JUNE 25, 2001 - MONDAY

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 3

Today I have updated new Cantina pictures of Daniel Elmore's cool diorama. Check it out now!

 

Leia's Plans are finished :)

Today is a holliday in Quebec, so I am organising the last of the Leia's Plans Sneak Preview that will be online tomorrow. I will take a lot of cool pics recreating the scenes from Star Wars and post those Wednesday. Be sure to come and visit.

 

JUNE 26, 2001 - TUESDAY

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 4

Today I am happy to share the work of Justin Cook. He has made a very cool Cantina including customs that Hasbro should definately make. Just head on over to Niubniub's Visitors Dioramas Section. If you have made a diorama, why not share them with us. It's really cool to see how others use their creativity.

 

Last Leia's Plans Sneak Previews

As promised, you can now see the last 2 pages of Leia's Plans Sneak preview. Just go to Niubniub's Sneak Previews Section. The New pictures are on Pages 20 and Page 21. Tomorrow I will post the finished movie pictures.

 

JUNE 27, 2001 - WEDNESDAY

Character VR Wednesday

In honour of Leia's Plans I thought what better figure for this week then Princess Leia Commtech herself. You can see her in 360 degree stop motion animation in the Virtual Characters C:VR section.

 

Leia's Plans in Star Wars Diorama Section.

Well it took me 2 months longer then I had planned - LOL - but I am verry happy with the finished result. It looks just like the movie set. It's final home will be in the Star Wars Dioramas Section, Episode 4, Tatooine.

Click on Tantive IV - Leia's Plans to see 10 NEW pictures of the finished diorama.
Send me an E-mail, let me know what you think. Was it worth all the wait? :)

 

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 5

I have updated NEW pictures to Max Custer's Section. You can now see finished pictures of his Jedi Council Chairs as well as his cool Sarlaac pit. Head on over to Niubniub's Visitors Dioramas Section and check them out.

 

JUNE 28, 2001 - THURSDAY

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 5

Today you will find updates in James Garner's existing section. 11 new pictures of a really cool Jabba's Palace. Just head on over to Niubniub's Visitors Dioramas Section.

 

JUNE 29, 2001 - FRIDAY

Hi-Res Leia's Plans Pictures

If you enjoyed the pictures from Tantive IV - Leia's Plans diorama but wanted to see more details look no further then Niubniub's Hi-Res Dioramas Section. Click on any of the 5 Leia's plans links.

 

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 6

I have updated Lars Intemann's section. Lars made a very nice Dagobah Vader Tree Diorama. Check it out now!


Have you made a diorama?

Why not send them in and share them with the rest of the world to see in Niubniub's Visitors Section.Tomorrow is THE BIG DAY !

Tomorrow will mark Niubniub's First Anniversary Online and the start of the Annual "Where's Niubniub?" Contest. You will freak when you see the Grand Prize ;) and will definetaly want to play the game. I promise :)

 

JUNE 30, 2001 - SATURDAY

Niubniub's Universe is 1 year old today !!!


393,497 Visitors and 1,197,534 Page Views Later, It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I've created my site. Time sure flies when you are having fun :)

I am in awe that so many people have come by to check out what I love to do in my spare time. I never imagined that the site would become so popular this fast. It also makes me happy to know that so many of you have been motivated into creating your own dioramas. This tells me it was a good idea to share my work with all of you. However be warned...Once you make your first diorama, you will NOT be able to STOP! You will make another, then another, then another - LOL.

I also want to thank everyone who has sent pictures for the Visitors Dioramas. You might not know it, but by doing so, have also helped spark the imagination of others into joining our hobby. So everyone who has been here from the begining and to all you newbies.....Get ready for one heck of a year 2 :)"Where's Niubniub?" 1rst Anniversary Contest...

I wanted to do something special to thank you all for visiting during the past year. So Iam happy to announce the first annual "Where's Niubniub?" contest. Make sure to click on the banner at the top of the page and check it out. Not only is it fun, it's also verry funny. And where else on the net do they offer you a Diorama of the Senate Chamber as Grand Prize!!!!! :)

 

Top 6 Faves and Wanted - Time to vote

I have a feeling I can prdict what this months Favourite diorama will be :) But I still need your votes. I will count the votes next week. Head on over to the Top Six Favourite Dioramas and Top Six Wanted Dioramas Sections to vote.

 

Visitors Diorama Blowout Week - Day 7

Last but not least in the Blowout is Othmell Rodriguez. Othmell creations include Yoda's Training and Jedi Council. Show your support and check it out now! Want to share your diorama creation with us? Why not send them in and show the world your talents in Niubniub's Visitors Section.


 

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