Friday, April 28, 2017
Exclusive Wonder Woman Figure in Upcoming DK DC Guide
Coming Tuesday, May 2, is DK Publisher's newest LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes book: The Awesome Guide
. What's more, the exclusive minifig for this book is Wonder Woman, the Amazon warrior with her own feature film coming this summer. Exclusive to this book, Wonder Woman sports a recent costume that appeared in her comics a few years back. The Awesome Guide
says it has answers to your DC Comics questions, from super heroic origins to gadgets of choice. Check out the preview
, and then head to your local bookstore for a copy next week.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Today at the Time To Play Media event in New York City, LEGO is announcing the newest addition to its Creator Expert 'fairgrounds' collection. Joining the Fairground Mixer and the Ferris Wheel on June 1st of this year will be 10257 Carousel. The model features a collection of interesting animal to ride on and has a ton of detail, great and small. To check out the designer video, official images, and press release, read on!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
New Project Hits Ideas Mark
Earlier this week on LEGO Ideas another project achieved the dream of ten thousand votes of support. Go check out the Medieval Watermill
by fishingtwister, which will be joining the next review phase. The build uses a variety of techniques to make it look like the building has stood around for centuries making flour for the local villagers. I love the roof, and of course the paddle wheel looks great too. I look forward to seeing how the model fares and wish it the best of luck!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Toa Lhikan Arrives
Although the Bionicle franchise gave us four animated movies and a Netflix series, you don't see too much fan-made 3D animation out there. That's why when I saw ToaRider21's Bionicle 3D Animation-Toa Lhikan Arrival
I felt like it was definitely something worth sharing with you all. The video was made using Blender over the course of a week and although it's not perfect, it's certainly worth a watch. Once you're done checking it out make sure you let ToaRider21 know what you think.
Batman Goes Virtual in This 360 Experience
LEGO Batman, yes, that LEGO Batman, gives the full Batman experience in a 360-degree, VR capable video tour of the Batcave and Gotham City. Posted to Facebook
, the video is filled with the humor we've come to expect from The LEGO Batman Movie
. Using your mobile device, changing the direction it's pointed will
give you different views of your surroundings, and arrow keys work just as well on a desktop. Strap in to a virtual headset for a more immersive experience. As they say, always be yourself, unless you can be Batman.
What a wonderful world we live in, where every seven days it becomes Tuesday again. It's certainly reason to celebrate, because it means that tonight we'll be heading over to the BZPower Twitch channel
to stream some LEGO videogame fun. Join us at 7:30 PM Eastern to watch as we face the challenges that TT Games put together for us in whatever game it is we put into our Xbox. You can help us decide what game that is by heading over to the discussion topic
and voting for your favorite. While you're there, you can leave us some feedback on the stream as well! We look forward to our activities this evening and hope you'll join us too!
One of our favorite LEGO fan conventions in recent years is BrickFair
New England, which is anchored by our friends in NELUG
and blessed with a location convenient for employees of LEGO's Enfield office. While that proximity to Connecticut has made BFNE a special event in years gone by, this year we're being treated to something more exciting than the standard community team staff - new CEO of The LEGO Group Bali Padda is hosting a "LEGO CEO Meet and Greet". The Meet and Greet is currently scheduled
(subject to change) for 2:30 PM on Friday, May 5th. This is one of several exciting seminars blurbed on BrickFair's Volunteer page
- there are four more hosted by LEGO employees, and a panel featuring a few storied BZPower reporters. Registration for BrickFair New England closes on May 5th.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Landrover 4 x 4 10K Club Interview on the LEGO Ideas Blog
It's already that time again - another builder whose model received over 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas has been interviewed
for the LEGO Ideas Blog. Today's interviewee is Terry Fisher
, whose Landrover 4 x 4
model is currently in review. You can also see additional photos and models from Terry Fisher (and his son - this is "Dad and lad", after all) on his Flickr photostream
Sunday, April 23, 2017
May the 4th Building Event Coming to TRU
On Saturday, May 6th, Toys R Us stores across the country will be running a May the 4th LEGO Star Wars Event. Two days late, yes, but the micro Princess Leia build will make up for that. No pictures yet of the build, unfortunately. TRU LEGO events are always popular, so be sure to find your local store and sign up online
soon. Of course, may the Force be with you.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Surf's Up For This LEGO Idea
Yet another project recently reached ten thousand votes of support on LEGO Ideas. Surf Rescue
by LEGOSurfRescue is hardly just another project though - it's a collaboration between a son and his father who was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma last year. It's a touching story that deserves a read before you even go and look at the model. One you do though, you'll find a cool beach set with lots of stuff going on to offer a wide range of playability. The most important part though is the surf rescuers all wearing some combination of hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect themselves while outside. We wish this project the best of luck during the next review phase!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Building a Rebellion
This Saturday, April 22nd, will be BZPower's next live stream on the BZPower YouTube channel
. Join us starting at 1 PM Eastern time as we build a collection of sets from Star Wars Rebels, the fantastic TV show set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope chronicling the exploits of the crew of the Ghost. There will be plenty of discussion about the show and Star Wars in general. Of course we'll be doing some giveaways as well, so be sure to tune in for a chance to win! I look forward to seeing you there and chatting as I build!
Explore the Forbidden Forest
Today we have the pleasure of sharing a new episode of Bfa Plays with you all, giving you a look at some LEGO gaming fun. It also means you get the pleasure of watching Episode 6: The Forbidden Forest
as Bfahome continues to play through LEGO Harry Potter. What will Harry and his friends find when they have detention with Hagrid? What sort of puzzles will they be forced to solve? We'll have to watch to find out! Make sure you head over to the discussion topic
when you're done to let us know what you think!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Last Chance to Build With the Force
Don't forget, you only have until April 20 at 11:59 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) to submit your entries to Build With the Force
, our Star Wars character building contest. That's less than two days! While the entries we have so far are fantastic, the more the merrier (plus we don't want to be giving out de facto prizes). Good luck everyone, and happy building!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Power to Do Anything You Imagine
A lot of the time the creations we showcase here are characters or vehicles or even buildings. It's not often that we showcase MOCs that a person can wear, such as the Infinity Gauntlet
by 16N1K4. He makes use of parts from old and new Bionicle sets as well as Ninjago and a smattering of System elements to get the job done in fine fashion. Of course all six Infinity Gems are present, giving the wearer unlimited power, so it's a good thing Thanos doesn't have it. I hope this trend of wearable MOCs continues - it's great to see people showing off their creativity in new and different ways!
Tuesday of Twitch
We would love to have you all join us tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern on the BZPower Twitch channel
for an hour of LEGO videogame fun. Lately we've been playing LEGO Jurassic World and last week made our way into the second film. We might continue where we left off or we might not - you guys get to pick what we play by voting in the discussion topic
! Whatever we end up playing, it's sure to be a lot of fun for everyone, and I'm looking forward to it. See you guys there!
LEGO Tree Planted at LEGO House
There's a headline I never thought I would type. No, a tree is not growing by putting some bricks in dirt and watering it daily. Rather, the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, HQ of LEGO, recently received an addition to its LEGO Square public area in the form of a giant LEGO tree. Standing over 15 meters tall using over 6.3 million bricks, the LEGO tree is a sight to behold. Read more in the LEGO House announcement
, where all the little details are given from roots to the tip. This is just another amazing thing LEGO has installed to its LEGO House.
Red Dwarf 10K Club Interview on the LEGO Ideas Blog
Robert Turner (Legobob32
), builder of the "Red Dwarf LEGO" LEGO Ideas project
was recently interviewed on the LEGO Ideas blog
. Hasan Jensen
asks the usual questions about the builder's background as a LEGO fan and about how the popular model in Robert Turner's Ideas project came to be. Check out his interview
to learn more, see his insights on LEGO Ideas, and even see a picture of the builder with one of the actors from the British sci-fi series.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Celebrating 20 Years of Brickset's Database
One of our favorite resources for information on LEGO sets is Brickset
, a site that has matured into a definitive (and constantly updated) guide for modern LEGO sets, but started with humbler beginnings on a personal site in 1997. In a post recognizing 20 years
since the database was first announced on RTL
(that's rec.toys.lego for you young whippersnappers, it was a neat NNTP newsgroup on USENET, and fine I'll stop with my radical 90's-speak now). In addition to recounting some of Brickset's history, today's retrospective post
also recounts some history of the online LEGO fan community and other set references we've used over the years.
On behalf of all of us at BZPower, congratulations on 20 years, Huw, and here's to the next 20!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
LEGO News Show Goes Jurassic
The latest episode
of the LEGO News Show goes big with their Easter Eggs! Since dinosaurs created the biggest eggs around, and only the largest would be best for decorating, the LEGO scientists whipped something up that has some unintended consequences for our reporters. Check it out to see what kind of mischief is happening in the LEGO world this week!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Two LEGO Conventions Next Weekend - BrickCan & Philly Brick Fest
Now that it's April, LEGO convention season is underway. Next weekend, there are two exciting LEGO fan conventions going on - BrickCan
in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and Philly Brick Fest
in Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States. While BZPower won't have an official presence at either event, both promise to be a fun time and we'd love to hear if you plan to attend - we have threads for both BrickCan
and Philly Brick Fest
in our Convention and Event Planning forum
Friday, April 14, 2017
BrickFair New England is Coming
Somehow it happened that we're only twenty days away from BrickFair New England
, the next stop on the BZPower convention circuit. The event is taking place from May 4th to May 7th at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts and is shaping up to be a packed show! If you're going to be there in person let us know
so we can hang out. If enough BZPower members are there, we're hoping to host some games or set drafts. If you can't be there, your creations still can by sending them on the 2017 Convention Circuit
, which gets your MOCs in front of the eyes of thousands of people and gets you some neat perks. I'm definitely looking forward to the event and hanging out with LEGO friends new and old. I hope to see some of you there!
10K Club Interview at the LEGO Store
Achieving 10K Club fame on LEGO Ideas is So Youn Kim for her Modular LEGO Store model, which lines up with other modular sets that have become quite popular. The Korean builder likes creating things with her hands, whether it be LEGO or paper, and is really passionate about the modular sets that inspired this build. Her love for transparent pieces and the real stores' Pick-a-Brick walls played heavily in the design. Read the interview
, and then stay alert for the next review phase for LEGO Ideas.