I just have to wonder if the designers were just a teeny weeny inspired
by my site :) Things that make you go hmmmm :P. All I have to say is WOW
- WOW - WOW - how ultra cool !!! and they beat me to my own idea for interactive
placement of figures on backgrounds. If only I had a found a flash programmer
friend to do the same LOL.
When thinking of concepts, there is nothing better then brainstorming
with others, so I got the idea to create a contest to find a slogan for
my site - example: NiubNiub's Universe... "Come
get your hands dirty". The winner will receive a really cool
prize that was ONLY available at SIGGRAPH. I'll spill all the info end
of this week. Start getting your pens out :D
Since brainstorming as a group is always more productive, I decided to
create a contest to see who can come up with the Best Slogan for my site.
All you need is to put your thinking cap on - No sleepless nights searching
for NiubNiub's this time - LOL.
The Winner of
the contest will receive a Grand Prize of an OFFICIAL Industrial Light
& Magic (ILM) T-Shirt, Available ONLY to those attending SIGGRAPH
2004. They were in short supply and a great addition to your Star Wars
To warp to the Official Contest Page and view what the actual T-Shirt
looks like, simply click below.
Thursday - September 16 - 2004
Busy Busy NiubNiub
As you know, I am between contracts which means lots of free time and
I am having a BLAST working on all kinds of really fun stuff for the
site. My Death Star Conference Room Diorama is taking shape and I have
been preparing the pictures for the Sneak Previews section. The reason
they aren't up yet is that when I went upstairs to download the camera
to the computer, I could not find the cable. The HORROR when I realised
I left it at my friends apartment in California. He has mailed it to
me so as soon as it gets here, I can dump the pics and share them with
In the meantime...I finalised the design for the Making Of section.
I am making sure the links are all ok then will upload those before
weeks end. Also, Eva and I have finalised some code for the Choose a
Character reviews...wait till you find out the ultra cool feature that
has been added :P Hee hee. Apart from code also comes graphics...
Since the Saga cards have come and gone, Hasbro is now in full swing
with the Original Trilogy figures, so I thought why not spice things
up a little for the 2004 reviews. Here is a small peak at what you can
look forwards to. can't wait to post these up. Stay tuned...
Saturday - September 18 - 2004
NiubNiub Summer Movie Reviews
Finally, after 2 long weeks, I have updated my 2 cents worth (along
with a slight redesign facelift) on all the movies I have seen during
the summer months. I am sure there are some that many of you went to
see as well. Perhaps we share the same taste? In the 2004
menu I have added Reviews for Spiderman
2, The Day After Tomorrow,
The Village, Alien
VS Predator, The Bourne
and Exorcist the Beginning.
Simply visit NiubNiub's Summer
Movie Reviews to see if you predicted what I thought of the films.
Speaking of thoughts...There is now a very cool NEW
feature in EVERY review. At the bottom are 4 boxes for you to type your
name and share with the world what YOU thought of the movie. Once your
name is typed, click SUBMIT and with the
magic of technology ( and Evablue.com)
your name is instantly uploaded to the database. You no longer have
to email me and wait till i find time to copy paste. How cool is that?
Oh, one more thing :P I get an email of each submission so I can see
if you typed in any naughty words not suitable for NiubNiub fans of
all ages :) Respect that and I won't have to use my Ewok Spear :P Have
fun entering your names and remember you can do so for 2001,
2002, and 2003
films as well.
Monday - September 20 - 2004
Choose a Character : 2004 OTC unveiled
I went to Legends
last friday and picked up a TON of new OTC
figures, it's fun for once that Montreal is first in North America
to get these newest waves. Having new figures got me thinking...Yes,
can it be...NiubNiub has written some new reviews :) Not only that...but
I have created a special design that is inspired by the OTC:
Original Trilogy Collection cards. I think you will like them a
lot. At least I hope so with all the hours this weekend it took me to
make them. LOL.
If you remembered a couple months back when I started the SAGA
Reviews design, you will feel at home navigating these new pages.
well, almost :P You see I have changed a few little items. Gone are
the 1,2,3 on the side. Now there is a Navigation Bar at the bottom of
the review that let you view FRONT, SIDE, BACK and ACCESSORY (if the
figure comes with a cool item, like a bar counter, or stools, or Hoth
Next is a PRINT link that will open a 200 DPI version of the review
for you to save to your desktop. You can then PRINT it like a reciepe
card and collect them side by side. (they really look cool printed if
I do say so myself :) You can even use the prints as a list to give
Mom or Aunt Ida for your holliday wishlist. With a picture, they are
sure to pick up the right figure you want . LOL.
The CHARACTER VR is found next to the PRINT button and will be active
when a VR has been created.
The last button MORE PICTURES warps you directly to GalacticHunter.com's
Image Bank of that particular figure. Here you can vie what the figure
looked like Carded, card back, side, top, upside down, close up...it's
the closest thing to having the figure in your hands.
So today let's get the ball rolling with OTC
Wave 2 (holograms will come soon) Check out...R2-D2,
Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi,
Princess Leia bespin, Coud
Car Pilot and Lobot. See
what figures are worth buying a second time or if they are just the
same rehash...Oh...I almost forgot...
The BEST is saved for last as they say :) Thanks to EvaBlue.Com,
you can now input your own comments to the reviews LIVE without waiting
for me to copy/paste your emails as in the past. Just fill out the boxes
at the bottom of each review and click SUBMIT. Your page will reload
(speed depends on your internet connection) with your input for the
whole world to see :) How cool is that? Now be patient with me as the
plan is to redo all the pages in this manner. Hopefully it won't take
10 years LOL. Enjoy the reviews, I'll have more surprises for you later...
Tuesday - September 21 - 2004
Finally !!! Star Wars Trilogy DVD and TOY Jackpot
Wow, is it Christmas? LOL. Check out what I got at Legends
today...Not only did I pick up the long awaited Star Wars DVD but also
a brand new shipment of over 20 new OTC
figures, I am in shock :) LOL. Talk about great timing. If you can't
find these figures in your stores, there are TONS of cases still left
at the store. Tell Steve
that NiubNiub sent you :)
I will be taking pictures of the figures and have reviews up ASAP.
May the Force be With You :D
Thursday - September 23 - 2004
NiubTeam - Please contact me
I need my guys to send
me an email - I've just noticed my address book is corrupt from
last summers crash.
Saturday - September 25 - 2004
NiubNiub Weblinks sections - 2004 design
Slowly but surely, every section is getting a facelift this year and
this week happens to be the entire Links section. I know it's not as
exciting as a completed diorama :P but maybe I will make you discover
a cool new site or two that you didn't know was out there. Perhaps we
share some in common :)
When you click on the 09 WEB
LINKS buttons, you will notice 4 choices...NiubNiub's
Favourite Websites. These are sites I visit every day or so. Other
Cool Diorama Sites speaks for itself. When you finish visiting here
and still crave to see more dioramas, this is the place to check out
other great work. Star Wars Fan Sites
is where other fans like yourself share their display for the love of
toys and the movies. Finally if you want to place a NiubNiub link on
your site you will find some graphics in NiubNiub
If you have information, your own site, or a cool site you've discovered,
send me an email, tell me about it and I will add it to the apropriate
Slogan Contest CLOSED - Selecting Finalists
WOW, I am blown away by the number of submissions I received, you guys
sure have some creative thoughts :) I am going to go over all of them
with some friends tonight and try and select 5. If that is too hard,
maybe I will increas to 7 or 10. there were some really good ones .
I will post my favourites Monday morning and you will have 1 week to
vote for the winner. This is so exciting :)