Monday, December 11, 2017
Ninjago's First Draft
Apparently December 5th was International Ninja Day, and apparently that was a good enough reason for Dan and Kevin Hageman to lift the lid on some cool behind-the-scenes of the Ninjago TV show. Over on Twitter they shared
the beat sheet from the pilot for Masters of Spinjitzu from all the way back in January 2010. It's an interesting read to see how the story started and compare it to what it became. Go give it a read and let us know what you think of it in the Talkback!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
LEGO Nominated for Several Top Toy Awards
Several LEGO sets have been nominated for the Toy of the Year Awards through the Toy Foundation, a group that "helps bring joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play," says their website. Some top sets this year are in the Collectible
, and Tech
categories. It is no surprise that LEGO can be considered a toy of the year, but it is nice to see it recognized. Check out the votes and check out just what The Toy Foundation is all about.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
BioniLUG Display in Timonium, Maryland Right Now!
On December 9th, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, BioniLUG will have a display at the Baltimore Toy & Collectible Show
at The Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD. Look for our original creations and familiar faces in the lobby outside the show.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Cole's Story Continues
Today Tommy Andreasen, Ninjago creator, has shared the seventh chapter of his totally not-canon fanfic. Go keep reading
Way of the Departed to see who Cole runs across next and what trials and tribulations he must face. I feel like this is the modern day equivalent of Greg Farshtey's Bionicle serials and I love it! Let us know what you think of this story in the Talkback!
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Bionicle Soundtracks Coming Soon
Nathan Furst, composer of the soundtracks for the first three Bionicle movies, had some great news to share on Instagram recently. In a short video
he revealed a sneak peek at the remastered Legends of Metru Nui soundtrack, which should be releasing in a few days. What's more, next week will see the release of the soundtrack for Web of Shadows! No details as far as where or how much they'll be, but my guess is you should keep your eyes on the iTunes store if you want to get them as soon as they come out!
We last reported on the LEGO Elves webisodes in August
, but since then, LEGO has released the final three webisodes for this year's story: "Inside Job
", "The Confrontation
", and "The Final Battle
". The story in these last two webisodes diverges somewhat from how things transpired in the Netflix series LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale
, so even if you've already seen that series, this take on Emily and Cronan's final showdown might wind up surprising you. Follow the links above or read on to watch the webisodes!
LEGO Wins Case Against Chinese Knock Off Brand
In the LEGO fan community, we have low tolerance for non-LEGO brick building brands. Sure, fan-made products like custom minifigs and accessories are beloved by many, but when a brand tries to harm The LEGO Group, we will not stand for it. Which is why the latest ruling in China against BELA is such a victory. As the press release
reveals, two Chinese companies had been infringing upon TLG's products, packaging, and logos, and the ruling protects TLG's identity. Check out the whole report for the full effect of the court's ruling.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Double LEGO VIP Points December 7th-9th
Yes, it's back: you can Earn Double LEGO VIP Points on all purchases December 7 - 9!
It's the perfect occasion to grab that set you want that never goes on sale - VIP points are normally the equivalent of getting 5% back on your purchase, but when doubled, it's like getting 10% back. You get it back on a future purchase, anyway, but you were going to buy LEGO again sooner or later, right?
Brick Model Railroader finds 25 Days of Holiday "Trainvertising"
Brick Model Railroader
has kicked off 25 Days of Holiday "Trainvertising"
while we've been looking back at this year's Toy Fair and other "LEGO Fan Media" outlets have been reviewing the mini-builds from this year's advent calendar sets. While train-based, this look at classic seasonal LEGO catalogs and other advertisements is a fun trip through a variety of themes and a few decades (spanning from 1982-2000 so far). The first 6 days of this unusual advent calendar have been a pleasant surprise, and there are still 19 to come - and if this is your first look at Brick Model Railroader, be sure to take a look around at the new standard-bearing publication of the LEGO train community.
We might be LEGO-obsessed here. As such, we took pictures (with permission!) of the LEGO booth itself, which is of course completely opaque to protect the secrecy of new releases inside. The booth's exterior keeps up the look-and-feel and maintains the brand style that you'd expect. We just wish we could build with bricks this size.
Technic Live Build on Sunday
This Sunday, December 10th, at 4 PM Eastern our next live build will begin over at the BZPower YouTube channel
! For the first time in a while we'll be assembling a LEGO Technic set, namely 42066 Air Race Jet. This should be a nice departure from our recent System builds and I look forward to checking out all of the cool functionality in the model. Of course there will be some giveaways as well, so it should be a fun time for all! I look forward to seeing you there!
With 2018 sets starting to appear on shelves and images showing up online, many have noticed some interesting changes. A couple of the characters have an updated appearance for the new year with varying degrees of notability. There have been a lot of questions about why this change has happened, and now the LEGO Friends team has released an official statement. Read on to learn more!
Bfahome Saves Sirius Black
A new episode of Bfa Plays: LEGO Harry Potter came out yesterday, finishing up the storyline of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Go watch Episode 20: This Kills The Game
to watch him fight with game crashes and other technical issues as well as solve puzzles and defeat enemies. When you're done, head over to the discussion topic
to let us know what you thought and what games you'd like to see him play in the future!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Bionicle Comic in Motion
Back in the early days of Bionicle, the comics were an awesome (and free) way of keeping up with the story every other month. They were a pretty fantastic addition to the line and helped set it apart from other LEGO offerings. Recently BZPower member Toatapio Nuva has decided to revisit the comics and add his own twist - turning them into motion comics
! Not only has he added simple animation to the artwork we all know and love, he's gathered together a cast of fellow members to perform all of the characters as well! Go check out BIONICLE Motion Comic: The Bohrok Awake (Comic 4)
and let the creator know what you think. I for one can't wait to see more of these!
Twitch Tuesday Back on Tuesday
After a change in schedule last week we're back on our normal Tuesday this time around for our regular gaming stream. Tonight at 7:30 PM you can head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to watch us play! You get to help us pick what game goes into our Xbox by voting in the discussion topic
to make your opinion known. We also look there for other feedback on the stream and what we can do to make them better in the future. Whatever we play, tonight should be a blast and I look forward to seeing you all there!
Monday, December 4, 2017
is another robotic toy company that heavily emphasized LEGO compatibility. Interestingly, they have a (sturdier-feeling) clone version of Technic axles as their main shared component with LEGO, and connecting to the bottom of bricks requires an adaptor element with a 5-stud square footprint. Fortunately, this platform doesn't rely on that unusual approach to compatibility - it's essentially a robust, kid-friendly, shield-and-soldering-free way to get kids quickly building robots with ready-made components programmed through either custom apps or the Arduino IDE. They weren't available in the US yet when we saw this colorful booth (pictured below) at Toy Fair, but the kits and parts are now available through their website.
LEGO has dripped out a few more new releases lately. We have a list of a few newly available sets from The LEGO Ninjago Movie after the break. Plus, if you spend more than $35 from LEGO Shop-at-Home by December 7th, you can get a free Master Wu Key Chain (double VIP points also starts on the 7th, but you risk not getting your order in "while supplies last" of the keychain). Most importantly, the garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!
set comes with an M-Tron fan minifigure.
More Ninjago Creator Fan Fiction
Over the past week or so, Tommy Andreasen has been sharing some more of his LEGO Ninjago fan fiction. Go check out Chapter Five
and Chapter Six
of Way of the Departed (even though both are labeled as six) to see Cole's non-canon adventure continue! Once your done, let us know what you think in the Talkback. How long do you think the story will go on for? How do you think it will end?
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Today's Toy Fair find, CircuitCubes
by Tenka Labs
is a direct replacement for LEGO's Power Functions system. They've already got LED lights, motors, rechargeable batteries, and jumper wires, along with readily-accessible conductive connection points that work side-to-side (with magnets) or stacked in a manner reminiscent of LEGO's old "9V" system connectors. The price points are competitive with those of comparable modern LEGO electronics, but the appealling form factor of CircuitCubes makes them a serious alternative. Combining the readily-understandable (and easily hackable/exandable) aspects of the classic LEGO 9V electronic system of the 80s and 90s with an easy-to-handle 4-stud square footprint, they have that "grow with you" feel. We've got pictures of the CircuitCubes elements themselves, their proportions, and some examples of ways to use them with LEGO pieces.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
ONCE Kids Eco Bricks
was one of a few toy lines at Toy Fair attempting to bill itself as an environmentally-friendly alternative to LEGO. We're apparently supposed to believe that wooden blocks are better because they can decompose and be easily painted/carved/otherwise modified, as compared to things that maintain their value and usefulness for generations and already have detailed features. We could cynically point out that we found an eco brick marked "made in China" after we heard their representatives talk about how these wooden bricks are made in the USA, but that doesn't matter. Setting aside things like nationalism, brand loyalty, and the need to take care of your toys, these bricks are a non-starter because they cost much more than LEGO and exhibit extreme variation in clutch power. These were still interesting to observe, and we appreciated the chance to get our hands on them to try them out - and yes, we've got a few pictures for you.
- Free Sets Gone for Now
All of the sets that were put up for grabs ended up claimed within eight or so hours, so I think it's safe to say that this is the kind of thing that people are interested in us doing! I have a lot of sorting and printing and packing and shipping ahead of me now. Once that's done we'll look to announce our next activity to share some more of these sets with the community!
Friday, December 1, 2017
Free Sets - Just Pay Shipping
If you've been following our social media today, you might have seen that LEGO sent us just
constraction sets. We are always grateful for their support, and look forward to finding ways to share it with as many people in the community as possible. Right now though, I'm looking forward to finding the floor of my garage! In the spirit of the holidays, we have decided to give away a number of these sets if you all are willing to pay for shipping. There are three sets available right now in the store
, and anyone can get one of each until we run out of the current allotment. If this is something you guys are interested in, we'll look into offering some more sets in the future. Happy holidays!
In the interest of wrapping up our coverage of New York Toy Fair 2017 before we start our coverage of the 2018 event, we're going to do a pseudo-"Advent Calendar" of blurbs on toys we saw there. Think of it as a chance to add some non-LEGO items to your Christmas list, and see all the ways that ideas we know from LEGO appeared in places that the LEGO Group didn't.
Today's feature: Mu by Morpx
. This exciting electronics line is compatible with seemingly everything. We were in a bit of a rush and didn't get a look at how this magic happens, but the gist is that this $37 camera module is compatible with both LEGO's Power Functions system and LEGO Mindstorms motors. Presumably you need to build a certain way for the motors to be where Mu's IR output expects them to be - in light of how rushed we were, it really did look like magic.
Check out more photos after the break.
Winter Village Station Live Build
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 2nd, at 6 PM Eastern we'll be continuing our holiday season celebrations with a very appropriate build on the BZPower YouTube channel
! Adding to the Winter Village tradition is 10259 Winter Village Station, the latest Creator Expert addition to the theme. In addition to the station we'll show off last year's Winter Holiday Train and see how the two work together. And of course there will be a bunch of giveaways! See you there!
BZPower Holiday Raffles Begin
The holidays are a special time of the year when people come together and give gifts. It's something we've done several times before on BZPower and 2017 is no different. Starting right now everyone can enter to win 71315 Quake Beast
and Premier Members have a shot at 71312 Ekimu the Mask Maker
and 71309 Onua - Uniter of Earth
. Finally, if you're able to give a little to BZPower to help us keep the lights on, you can have a shot at a Trans-Clear Mask of Fire
. These are just the first four of many raffles we'll be doing this month, so stay tuned for more holiday cheer!
Ends Today: No Starch Press Running 50% Off All Print Books
Through the end of the day December 1st, No Starch Press
is running 50% off all print books (including many LEGO-related titles) with the code "CYBERELF50". This is your chance to catch up on all those hot AFOL-written books you've skipped because there are just too many of them now - and No Starch's popular titles include recent hits like The LEGO Animation Book
, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book
, and The LEGO Trains Book
(I sense a theme in how they title these). Hurry, this sale only runs for the rest of today.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Build the Best Alternate Model
The team over at LEGO ReBrick has recently announced their latest contest: Be An Expert Rebuilder
. This time around they're challenging us to take a set from the LEGO Creator Expert Modular, Fairgrounds, and Winter Village themes and build something else - whatever you want - out of it. As an added rub, you need to make a thirty second stop motion video of the process of you rebuilding it. To make it worth your while, the winner will get a copy of the just-announced 10260 Downtown Diner and 5000 VIP points (which comes out to $250 to spend on whatever LEGO sets you want)! You have until January 12th to submit your entry, so go decide which Creator Expert set you're taking apart and get building!
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Today LEGO is announcing the latest set in their Creator Expert Modular Building series. Check out the 10260 Downtown Diner, a model that looks like it's plucked right out of the 1950s with some classic architectural details and awesome interiors. Also, for the first time the minifigures in a modular building don't just have smiley faces! To see all of the images and read the full press release, continue on!
A Crabby Creep From the Deep
It's been a little while since we saw a new creation from Chro, so I'm happy to see his latest work doesn't disappoint. Most recently he's built his take on Carapar
, one of the Barraki first seen in 2007. Ten years later, using new CCBS pieces and the original signature Keetorange and Black parts, we get a new fearsome version of the undersea warlord. I love how the old and new parts work together, and the overlaps of the shells give the model a very solid-looking appearance, which is quite appropriate. Be sure to go check it out and then let Chro know what you think!
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
LEGO Ideas Review Results Revealed
Hasan and the rest of the LEGO Ideas team have recently shared the results of the first batch of ideas
that made the cut in 2017. The next set that is coming out of the program is the Tron Legacy Light Cycle by BrickBros UK! The 80s nostalgia continues with a model based on a movie that's a sequel to an 80s film, and for old farts like me that's cool! Will you be picking up this set when it releases sometime next year? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback!
Monday, November 27, 2017
10256 Taj Mahal Now Available
As we've mentioned before
, LEGO is re-releasing the Taj Mahal set
today. Although little has changed since it was discontinued as set 10189, it remains an impressive landmark with more parts than the price would suggest.
Additionally, the Black Friday
promotions are valid through the end of the day and LEGO may celebrate Cyber Monday by putting discounts on more sets - so don't forget to Save up to 30%. See what's on sale!
Due to some scheduling conflicts, I won't be available to stream tomorrow night. Rather than cancel the stream outright, we're going to have Twitch Monday instead! Join us at the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight starting at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play a LEGO videogame for a bit. You can help us pick the game by voting in the discussion topic
for what you'd like to see us play. So far LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 has been a lot of fun, but we are open to suggestions! I look forward to seeing you there to watch me succeed at entertaining you by falling off cliffs while I try to defeat villains and solve puzzles.