Thursday, March 6, 2014
[Source: InnerRayg, Hahli Husky]
BZPStuck Spawns Point-and-Click Adventure
Our latest spotlight is on Forum Leader InnerRayg and Global Moderator Hahli Husky, who have just finished an impressive point and click game called STORM AND SAND. Part of the collaborative comic BZPStuck
, the game features 21 digitally painted backgrounds, four animated characters, and some really terrible Bionicle puns! Even if you don't read the comic, the game is built with some serious love and laughs abound. You can't help but feel nostalgic for the original MNOG while playing, so go check it out
LEGO Following 3D-printing Developments
As ToyNews reported earlier this week
, LEGO is keeping a close eye on 3D-printing technology and the opportunities it may create. While it is currently not looking into using 3D-printing for its own products, there's certainly a lot of areas where the technology could be used while playing with our favorite bricks. Who here has never wanted a plate with studs on both sides or some other piece that doesn't quite exist in the LEGO palette? As the technology continues to mature hopefully LEGO will make the most of it!
LEGO Panel at SXSW Tomorrow
In Austin for South By Southwest? Well you should free up your calendar tomorrow from 12:30PM - 1:30PM to check out Online LEGO Fans & the People Who Love Them
, a panel about The LEGO Group's interaction with adult fans and how they have embraced our community. Among others, the panel will feature David Robertson, author of Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry
, who did a great presentation at BrickCon last year. You should definitely check it out if you're in the area!
Chima Miniland Coming to LEGOLand Malaysia
Starting on March 12, a new exhibit will be opening in LEGOLand Malyasia centered on the popular Legends of Chima line. As SuperAdrianMe reports
, there will be seven interactive displays and creations utilizing over 3000 LEGO bricks. The park already has a Chima 4D movie, so it seems like the line is having a big impact and helping to bring in a lot of visitors. Personally, I'd like to see the Chima characters at Miniland scale and wish this display was a bit closer!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
BBC Contest #67: Super Smash Builders
It's that time again - I hope you are all ready to do some building! We recently announced our 67th BBC Contest, Super Smash Builders
for everyone to enter. Your goal is to build a character (or characters) from a videogame out of constraction pieces. Your deadline is Tuesday, March 18th, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The winners will get some lovely prizes, courtesy of LEGO - Tuma, Malum, and Tarix. So what are you waiting for? Put some bricks together!
[Source: BZP Members]
Chima Video Peaks at Scorpion Design
The LEGO YouTube page has posted a new set designer video
straight from the world of Chima: Showing off how Scorm's Scorpion Stinger came into fruition. Watch as LEGO Designer Hans presents the set's features and the decisions he made in the development process. This little bit of background info makes the set even cooler now!
[Source: Convention Goers]
Bricks Cascade This Weekend
Here's a final reminder for the latest LEGO Convention in Portland, Oregon. Bricks Cascade
will be located in the Oregon Convention Center, Hall A, and be open to the public 9 AM - 4 PM this Saturday and Sunday. (And the first 1,000 kids to show up get a free minifigure!) If you can make it there, stop by the Bionicle table and say hi! And if you can't, stay tuned to BZPower for coverage from the event, including details on the exclusive set LEGO is going to unveal there.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
[Source: LEGO CEE Team]
Answer Questions for LEGO
It's that time again - LEGO has put together a survey for the fan community and they'd like you to answer it. So go head on over
and put in your responses. This information is really valuable to the LEGO company, and to the community as well, since it helps justify their continued support of us through free products, bulk bricks, attending events, and more. Help us all out and take the survey! (In case anyone is wondering, I am still BZPower's LEGO Ambassador and do as much as there is for an Ambassador to do, like share this survey.)
Fan Creations on the Big Screen
If you keep in touch with the wider LEGO community, you probably noticed some familiar creations while you were watching The LEGO Movie (for the third time?). ReBrick recently put together a gallery
collecting the MOCs and short films all in one place. Check out each one on its own, and then keep your eyes peeled for them when you go see the movie for the umpteenth time! Congrats to those who had their works immortalized on celluloid (or a solid state drive somewhere)! Is it out on Blu-Ray and DVD yet?
Monday, March 3, 2014
Faber Remembers the Bohrok
The Faber Files have recently been updated with a couple posts recalling the so-called-villains from Bionicle's second year. The first post
has a brief video of the Bohrok on a billboard in Times Square, New York back when Bionicle was huge. The second post
talks about the idea behind one of the ads for the Bohrok campaign. It's some cool stuff - go check it out!
Upcoming Stuart Sayger Appearances
Former Bionicle comic artist Stuart Sayger recently stopped by BZPower to let us know of some events he'll be attending soon. This weekend (March 8th and 9th), he'll be at Brickworld Indy
in Indianapolis, Indiana, where in addition to having artwork on hand, he'll be creating an original piece of Axonn so fans can see him at work! Later this month, from the 28th to the 30th, he'll be at Emerald City Comicon
in Seattle, Washington at table 1521. Bring your comics, posters, toys, etc - Stuart says he'll be happy to sign them!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
If you paid close attention to my Toy Fair coverage you'd know that there was a set I already had waiting to be built. Now that I'm done with that event, I have turned my attentions to review 60046 Helicopter Surveillance
from this year's LEGO City line. Strongly resembling the Sikorsky S-61R (Sea King or Jolly Green Giant), this helicopter seems like quite the set. Is that really the case though? Read on to find out!
Martian Merch in March Market and More
The LEGO Stores and Shop at Home strive to always find a deal for buyers, but March seems to stand out in particular. First, you can expand your Justice League collection by simply making a purchase of $75 or more. This will yield you a free Martian Manhunter minifig
, previously seen in the LEGO Batman games and movies. Next, there are a handful of perks for going to your local LEGO Store, as a store calendar
will note. Merely buying a Legends of Chima set gets you Ewar's Acro Fighter! March is shaping up to be a good deal!
UK-based photographer Andrew Whyte, specialized in light art and long exposure photos, has finished his year-long project of photography which he called "Legography", starring minifigure photographer Leg O'Grapher in a series of adventurous shots. Andrew took the minifigure with him and, with his iPhone, took some shots of the minifigure itself taking pictures. The photos were posted on Facebook
as he took them and now they've been uploaded as a collection of 114 photos on his website
. They are certainly worth a look, both for the excellent photography itself and for the interesting perspective.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Making of the LEGO Movie Credits
Did you know that the end credits of The LEGO Movie were done entirely in stop motion using all real bricks? Neither did I, until I read this story
on Art of the Title (who knew there was a website dedicated to movie credit sequences?). It's a great look behind the scenes at the creation of the credits, with lots of pictures and video to help you see how things progressed. Plus they have the full sequence available for you to watch, so you can listen to 'Everything is Awesome' again and again!
Bionifight Signups Open
BZPower Forum Leader -Windrider- wanted to let you all know that signups for Bionifight Ultimate are currently open over in the Games & Trivia forum! You can check out the topic here
to get all the details, but from what I hear it's a lot of fun, there's a whole bunch of possible game modes, and member-created content and updates are encouraged to help make things even better. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up and play!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Mattel to Buy Mega Brands
In a move I didn't see coming but which makes perfect sense, Mattel today has announced their intentions of buying Mega Brands, creators of MEGA Blocks and possibly The LEGO Group's biggest rival in the construction toy market. As Reuters reports
, Mattel has offered $460 million for the company, in a move that likely indicates a desire to stay ahead of LEGO as the world's largest toy company by sales. Sales of LEGO products have been seeing growth in the double-digit percentages for the past few years, while Mattel has been in the low single-digits - it seems to me that they're threatened by our favorite toy company and are looking to increase their competitive stance. With any luck it will just drive LEGO to make even more awesome products!
LEGO 2013 Sales Figures and Numbers
It seems nothing can stop LEGO from improving its figures year after year after year. With a 13% revenue increase, a global toy market share of 8.8% (0.2% more than 2012), a 9.1% energy efficiency increase, 39% of female employees hired as Directors or higher (5% more than 2012) and more, all good numbers have increased while almost all bad numbers, like Lost Time Inury rate, have decreased. The increases came mostly due to a high growth in Asia and succesful Legends of Chima and Friends themes. With The LEGO Movie coming out this year, I can imagine 2014 becoming an unprecedented success for the company. Read the full press release here
Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's a couple days later than anticipated, but here it is, the last of our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. In a first for BZPower, I recorded some video during the event, and put together a wrapup
to check out some of the themes and talk about the experience. It was a great time and I thank LEGO for the opportunity and look forward to Toy Fair 2015! Click through to watch the video!
Another Cuusoo Project Hits the Mark
Today a new project achieved the milestone of 10,000 votes, and just so happens to be the third Back to the Future creation to meet that goal. The BTTF Jules Verne Train
is the lucky model and will be going into review by the Cuusoo team soon. While it's not as iconic as the DeLorean, it's still a great model and it's clear the market for 80s nostalgia is strong.
LEGO Fan Clubs Help Kids With Austism
The Age down in Australia has an interesting story about the impact playing with LEGO has on autistic kids. Rob Deakin started a LEGO club in 2011 and has received a lot of positive feedback from parents on the effect playing with bricks can have on developing social skills for children who don't fit in with sports, scouts, or similar activities. You can read the whole story right here
to learn even more about the program and its benefits. It's great to see our favorite toy being used to help people the world over!
Legends of Chima Online Available for iOS
Grab your iPhone or iPad, it's time to jump into the world of Chima! After its release last October
for computers, today marks the release of LEGO Legends of Chima Online for iOS. You can download it for free from the app store
now! While the description in the store doesn't mention any fees or microtransactions, they're still prominently listed on the game's website
. There's still plenty of free content though, so go check it out!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
LEGO Cuusoo Opens Doors to the Doctor
With this news breaking, we need to set a timer to see how long it takes before such a project hits 10,000 votes. The LEGO Cuusoo Team has recently updated their License Conflicts and Resolutions page
to indicate that projects based on Doctor Who are now welcome to be submitted! I know Doctor Who previously had a license with Character Building, so perhaps that has now expired. Whatever the case, I for one would love an official Doctor Who TARDIS set!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
New Hero Factory Polybag Discovered
A listing for a new set has recently appeared over at Brickset. The set is 40116 HF Hero Minimodel
and features a small mech along with a Breez herofig. While the build is nothing to write home about, it could be a good source of certain pieces and is possibly the cheapest way to get a Breez figure. No word on how this set will be made available, but when we hear more, we'll let you know!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Straight from the Faber Files we've got some news that will likely be of interest to Bionicle fans. As he posted
about in his blog, Christian Faber recently assisted at an acoustic recording session for Cryoshell, the band behind Bionicle songs such as Creeping In My Soul and Closer to the Truth. You can read on to watch a sneak peek, or check out the video here
LEGO Movie Still On Top
The LEGO Movie has been out for three weekends now, and it's been the highest grossing movie for each one and is currently the biggest movie of the year (admittedly there's still a lot of year left)! Box Office Mojo reports
that the movie made $31.5 million domestically, for a total of $183 million in the US so far. That's pretty great considering the budget was only $60 million. While it saw a 37% drop from last weekend, it's still going strong and should stay near the top for a few more weeks at least!
Ninjago and Hero Factory DVD Sale
Here's a pretty good deal if you're a fan of Ninjago and Hero Factory. Overstock has a four-pack of DVDs on sale for only $15.75 right here
. The set includes Masters of Spijitzu, Rise of the Green Ninja, Rise of the Rookies, and Savage planet. Not a bad deal for all four shows!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
LEGO Looking to Replace ABS
By 2030, LEGO is hoping to replace the ABS used in its bricks with a new, sustainable resin. As Plastc News
reports, Allan Rasmussen, senior project manager for LEGO, recently gave a talk at the Innovation Takes Root conference to discuss the progress so far and the many challenges they face. As long as they are able to meet their strict quality standards I think this is a great move and look forward to seeing how they progress.
It's time for our last Toy Fair 2014 photo coverage story. Closing things out are some products coming out of LEGO Licensing and the Toy Fair booth itself. If you enjoy completely immersing yourself into the LEGO lifestyle, you need to read on!
As per usual, we're saving the best sets for last. For a long time, LEGO has been making 'Bricks & More' sets, targeted at kids who have moved on from Duplo but aren't yet ready for the more advanced System builds. This year, they've rebranded that line as 'LEGO Juniors' and have introduced licensed sets into the mix. And of course there's also many new Duplo sets, including quite a few based on licensed themes. Read on to check them out!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The heroes in a half shell are back in green, with more sets based off the cartoon as well as sets based off the upcoming movie. Additionally, while the sets weren't on display, we do have some information about prices and piece counts for the upcoming Hobbit sets. Read on to check it out!
What would LEGO be without City? A bestseller year after year, in 2014 LEGO goes north into the Arctic. There's plenty of all-season sets to have fun with too though, including some collectible minifigures! So read on to see what City sets were on display at Toy Fair 2014!
Friday, February 21, 2014
While not everyone may be interested in Friends and the Disney Princess lines, they're still very popular in the market. They also tend to include pieces in colors you wouldn't normally find, and introduce plenty of new elements too. So why don't you come check out what LEGO has in store for fans of the mini-dolls!
LEGO Movie Sequel Release Date Released
While I had read some rumors, I didn't even know that the sequel for The LEGO Movie was officially greenlit yet, but now it has a release date: May 26, 2017. Yep, over three years away and they already know exactly when it'll be in theaters - so mark your calendars! As SuperHeroHype reports
, the only other information we have is that Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan will be writing the screenplay. I'm glad the movie is still three years away, because it suggests they're going to take their time and do it right. Let's start the countdown and cross our fingers for another hit!
LEGO Movie Meetup Tomorrow
We thought you could use a reminder of our BZPower meetup taking place tomorrow, February 22nd. A group of us will be going to the AMC Theater in Potomac Mills, Virginia to see the 4PM showing of The LEGO Movie. Everyone is welcome to attend, and you can find more information in this topic
. I may even have some things to give away to people who show up, so if you're in the area, come on by! I hope to see you there.
The Technic line doesn't seem to be a huge seller in the US, but LEGO was still showing off some of the sets at Toy Fair 2014. What we did see had lots of functions and cool styling, as we've come to expect from the line. Let's read on to see what was there!
I think that Creator sets often get overlooked, but LEGO keeps churning them out and many were on display at Toy Fair 2014. These models often have great designs and a good selection of parts, making them worth looking at. So what are you waiting for? Read on to check them out!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
LEGO Movie Livestream Tomorrow
Just a reminder that BZPower's livestream discussing The LEGO Movie will be taking place tomorrow, February 21st, at 8:30PM Eastern. Subscribe to or visit our YouTube channel
to watch. We look forward to chatting, interacting with you guys, and giving away free stuff. Who doesn't like that? See you tomorrow!
In 2014, LEGO is continuing their partnership with DC Comics and is releasing some new Batman-centric sets. While I hope they continue to branch out in the future, what they've come up with is pretty cool, and may see a surge in sales after Batman being a main character in The LEGO Movie. So let's see what they showed off at Toy Fair!
Sometimes LEGO makes products that it doesn't sell through its normal retail channels, and those products are called 'Direct to Consumer' or 'D2C.' They usually don't get displayed at Toy Fair, but this year LEGO decided to show off a few, including revealing the Ghostbusters Cuusoo set! It was a nice change of pace that I hope to see continue moving forward. To see what was on display, read on!
LEGO and Star Wars are celebrating fifteen years of partnership this year, and they have a great lineup of sets to commemorate the anniversary. From the classic trilogy to the new Rebels TV show, there's a little bit of everything. LEGO and Disney just want to steal more of my money, so if you don't want to spend some of your own, don't read on! (But seriously, you should go check out the sets.)