Friday, November 24, 2017
In addition to the Black Friday offers we've previously plugged
, LEGO also has a new set out today - The Joker Manor!
To encourage you to brave the crowds for it (or order it online) this first weekend, LEGO is also offering FREE Exclusive Disco and Clown Batman Minfigures with purchase of the Joker Manor.
With 3,444 parts for $269.99, the set weighs in at 7.8 cents per part, making it a bargain even before the various weekend promotions.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Over e-mail, LEGO has announced to VIP cardholders three of the sets that will have additional discounts in-store only (while supplies last) Friday morning: 10232 Palace Cinema
, 40172 Iconic Brick Calendar
, and 40174 Iconic Chess Set
- all of which are already below 10 cents per piece even at full price. Those of us who'd rather sleep in or don't live near a LEGO store can still enjoy FREE Shipping on all orders
, as well as the offers under the fold that will be valid both in-store and online.
It's been a busy holiday for me, but before it's over I wanted to make sure I wished everyone at BZPower a happy Thanksgiving! Even if you're not from the USA, I hope everyone can take some time today to think about what they're thankful for. I know that every day I think about how awesome it is to be a part of our community and how thankful I am for the people I've met and the experiences I've had as a result of being a BZPower member. So enjoy your turkey and football and try not to get trampled tomorrow during all of the Black Friday sales!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Toys 'R' Us Pre-Black Friday Sale
These days waiting until Black Friday to start your sale puts you behind the times, apparently. Plenty of retailers have been lowering prices on LEGO, but right now Toys 'R' Us is actually among the best. Go check out their LEGO offerings
for prices from 20% to 50% off. Included in there are a few Bionicle sets, plenty of Star Wars buildable figures (including the new The Last Jedi ones) and other recent sets like those from The LEGO Ninjago Movie or the upcoming The Last Jedi. You have until November 25th to make your purchase, and all LEGO orders ship free. If you're looking to pick up some sets you've passed on all year, now is a good time to do it!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Mafia Continues Its Reign
Without a doubt one of the most popular series seen in the Games & Trivia forum is Mafia, with a dedicated group keeping it running round after round. But new blood is always welcome, and if you've thought about playing then you're in luck! Bionicle Mafia XLI: The People's Choice
is now underway, and signups appear to still be open. So what are you waiting for? Head over, throw your name in the hat, and get ready to do whatever it takes to win!
Pre-Turkey Twitch Tuesday
As we approach Thanksgiving here in the states, fear not: we're not skipping out on our weekly gaming stream. So make sure to head over to the BZPower Twitch channel
tonight at about 7:30 PM Eastern to watch us play! LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 has finally arrived, but you can help us decide what we play by voting in the discussion topic
. Whatever is chosen, it'll be lots of fun for all and I'll do our best to pick superheroes that can fly so I don't fall off too many cliffs!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Way of the Departed Continues
Father of Ninjago Tommy Andreasen is at it again sharing his unofficial fan fiction based on the universe he helped create. Head on over to his Twitter feed
to check out Chapter Four of Way of the Departed. Once you're done reading, make sure to reply to Tommy to let him know you want more, and let us know what you thought of this installment in the Talkback!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Buy a MOC from a LEGO Designer
Every winter, AFOLs across the globe band together to raise money to make the upcoming holidays better for children in need. Creations for Charity
organizes top builders to donate creations for sale, where the proceeds go towards buying new LEGO to donate. This year, they are lucky enough to have LEGO Designers (the pros that make LEGO sets) donate quite a few MOCs to support the cause. Check out those MOCs
, shop around for other cool items, and see how you can help Creations for Charity make this another memorable holiday season.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Last Chance for Current VIP S@H Deals
An email sent this morning from LEGO reminds us that some special VIP promotions are ending after the weekend. First, purchases earn you double VIP points. Second, all orders get free shipping. Third, orders over $99 receive a free nutcracker promotional set. If any of these are deals you want to take advantage of, check out Shop@Home
for your LEGO needs.
Friday, November 17, 2017
For the Nexo Knights, it's go big or go home...unless your home is big! The Knighton Castle is one of the biggest Nexo Knights sets out, and it has to be if it is to inspire an entire kingdom. Filled with several rooms, fearless knights, and a few attacking baddies, the castle wants to make a statement across the land. But is that statement favorable? Read, and watch, the review by reporter ChocolateFrogs to find out.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
LEGO Ideas Launches a New Idea
Nope, it's not a new set coming from a fan designer, it's a whole new part of the site! Dubbed "Contests (beta)," the team is trying out running competitions instead of open crowd-sourcing. The first contest to go up is Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo
which, simply enough, challenges you to build a new logo for LEGO ideas out of physical or digital bricks. You have until December 15th to enter, and there are some great sets up for grabs as prizes. Check it out and get imagining, and maybe you can win!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
BZPower Builds Last Jedi Figures
This Friday, November 17th, at 5 PM Eastern we'll be kicking off our next live build! Since we're under a month until Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, it seems only right that we build the CCBS sets based on the film! We've got Rey, Chewbacca, the Praetorian Guard, and the TIE Fighter Pilot plus a bunch of giveaways to hook you up with cool free sets! We'll see you all over at the BZPower YouTube channel
in less than two days for some building fun!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Today is that day of the week again: Twitch Tuesday! That means tonight at about 7:30 PM Eastern we'll be heading over to our Twitch channel
to share some LEGO videogame fun. You can vote for what game you'll watch us play by voting in the discussion topic
, where you can also share your general thoughts and feedback on the stream. Just a note before we wrap up: while LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 was released today, Amazon seems to have dropped the ball in sending me my copy, so if that's what wins we'll have to pick another game to play (probably the original Marvel Superheroes in free-play mode). Regardless it should be a lot of fun and saving the day from the forces of evil!
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Out Today
The latest LEGO video game from Tt Games drops today: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. The story involves Kang the Conqueror pulling cities and heroes from across the multiverse, allowing fan favorite characters from multiple timelines to team up with the heroes we all know and love from the comics. The story is based on a Kurt Busiek Avengers story, and he even wrote the plot for this game! Check out the latest trailer
, then grab the game for one of the many current gaming systems. Tt Games has a great track record for the LEGO games, and I expect nothing less from this.
Check Out this Hot Bot
Like, literally hot. Vern Vermilious, Furnace Repair Bot
is designed to work in environments that humans would likely find difficult to tolerate, and features some design cues to accommodate its function. The builder, Primus, made use of a variety of parts from over the years to complete the build. My favorite element is the Technic seat used as the head, but the Masks of Fire on the shoulders, the Bohrok shield on the chest, and the discs on the forearms all give it some interesting shapes. It really has an industrial look with a great color scheme and is worth your time to check it out!
Monday, November 13, 2017
Women of NASA Have Launched
This week on the LEGO Ideas blog, the team has shared a recap
of a very special launch event for the recently-released 21312 Women of NASA set. Maia Weinstock, the creator of the idea, invited friends and family to a party at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston. Among the guests were none other than Margaret Hamilton and Nancy Grace Roman, two of the space pioneers who have been turned into LEGO minifigures. It looks like it was quite the event and I'm glad we got a sneak peek behind the scenes.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Build Your Name Big and Buy Some DUPLO
A new service offers a great gift for any young children in your life: blocky DUPLO letters spelling any name you choose. DUPLOBrickNames
will send the right bricks and instructions for making a custom decoration fit for a child's room, like one might have with wooden blocks on a shelf. While many of us are adept at building letters out of LEGO and DUPLO, getting all those parts in the right colors can be time consuming and costly. This service keeps to a standard in shape and color with no hassle to the fan. Check it out to see just what is offered.
Tis the Season to Build
Now that Halloween is behind us, it seems like many are already turning their sights on the holidays and festivities that fill the month of December. That includes the LEGO ReBrick team, who recently launched the Winter Wonderland Worlds
contest. LEGO is challenging builders to create a diorama or vignette capturing that most wonderful time of the year. You can use bricks, LEGO Digital Designer, or the LEGO Worlds game as your media of choice, and the winner walks away with a prize package including a Playstation 4 and some LEGO Ninjago Movie sets. You have until November 28th to enter, so get building now! And while you're over there, make sure you check out the winners
of the LEGO Batman's Return to The Justice League contest!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Ninjago Fanfic From Theme's Creator
Late last month Tommy Andreasen, one of Ninjago's creators, began posting a Ninjago story on Twitter in celebration of the 'Day of the Departed.' Officially it's not part of the canon, but coming from where it does, it definitely presents the characters accurately, although it's a bit darker than the show usually is. Go read chapters one
, and three
of 'Way of the Departed' and let us know what you think of it in the Talkback!
Friday, November 10, 2017
LEGO Trademark Gains Recognition in China
Recently LEGO shared some great news out of one of their fastest-growing markets: the LEGO trademark is now recognized as a 'well-known' trademark in China
. Check out the press release for all the details, but in short, due to some recent court rulings, the LEGO logo we all know and love is in a better position to protect itself against infringement by other companies looking to piggyback on our favorite toy's reputation. This is great news and hopefully a stepping stone for action against counterfeit products that seem to be proliferating in China and elsewhere.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sell Your LEGO Idea (Figuratively)
Earlier this week, the LEGO Ideas team shared another video where set designers give tips on creating a project for the platform. Go watch Sage Advice From Savvy Designers - Part 4
to learn how to target your idea and present it in the best possible way for your desired audience. There's definitely some useful information in there as always, so give it a watch and hopefully learn some things you can use in your creative endeavors!