Friday, August 23, 2019
Two Looks Back at Ninjago
Our favorite Ninjago creator Tommy Andreasen has shared some nice artifacts of the history of Ninjago recently over on Twitter. First we've got a sketch from April 15, 2010
that shows early versions of the Serpentine - before the TV show had even begun airing with its skull villains! We also have the cover of the 2014 Ninjago canon bible
that was provided to the creators of The LEGO Ninjago Movie and, from what we saw on the screen, was promptly discarded. It's always fun to get a peek behind the scenes at how the theme develops, even if one of them has some less than fun memories to go with it.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Pre-Registration Open for LEGO Legacy
The team at Gameloft has released a new trailer for LEGO Legacy
advertising that pre-registration is open. If you head over to the official site
you can sign up for more info and vote for your favorite out of three minifigures. The more people who pre-register, the more free goodies registrants get when the game launches, potentially including the most popular minifig. The game looks to be of a similar vein to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Marvel Strike Force, so in addition to "creative and strategic battles," expect lots of grinding to unlock and power up characters. They haven't announced any multiplayer modes, but if there are guilds, maybe we'll start one for BZPower. Let us know on the BZPower Discord
if you'd be interested.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2 That Almost Was
There's been an interesting discovery made recently that I'm sure will cause a lot of speculation in the Bionicle community. Intrepid trawlers of the Internet discovered Jose Garibalidi's LEGO Move 2 Portfolio
, which contains concept sketches of characters, creatures, and more for the film. One image in particular, Rex, Raptors and Bionicle
, contains a very familiar face. It appears that at one point, Takanuva was considered to be a character in the film, possibly working with Rex Dangervest! (Does that mean all the Bionicle sets were lost under the washing machine?) There are also leaked images floating around out there that show a potential set design for a very-different-looking Takanuva. Based on that, while it would have been cool to have a Bionicle reference in the film, I think it's a good thing it didn't happen.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Update on BZPower Server Woes
While trying to install the latest and greatest forum software, we discovered that the version of PHP we are running on the server is not recent enough. This means we can't get the forums online until we upgrade PHP again. To double the trouble, the newer version of PHP is not compatible with BZPower's ancient front page software. Since having the forums and not the front page or vice versa is not an option, we have come up with a new plan for the time being. Introducing BZPower.INFO
. This site will house the 'classic' front page and continue to be updated while we work on the forums and get them up and running. Eventually, we will have a new front page on the .com domain and the .info domain will be more of an archive of the old front page. At some point during this week, hopefully, bzpower.com will start redirecting to bzpower.info and the work on the forums will resume. Many thanks for everyone's continued patience and understanding!
- Live Build Canceled
Due to technical difficulties, the planned live stream build has been canceled tonight. We apologize for the sudden drop of service and look forward to building with you as soon as possible
Monday, August 19, 2019
One Idea Enters, Two Ideas Leave
There have been some interesting developments over on LEGO Ideas. On the good news side, The Seven Dwarfs' House
by Hanwasyellowfirst achieved the coveted ten thousand votes of support. The model looks like it has tons of detail both inside and out and is sure to appeal to Disney fans. On the downside, two other projects, Gravity Falls Mystery Shack
by Figura and Japanese Tea Garden
by Coosey__Goosey that achieved support in June and July respectively, have had an interesting comment left on them. Despite not having been through a review phase yet, both are being archived and will not be considered for production as actual sets. Hopefully this doesn't become the norm and the Dwarfs' House gets reviewed as usual.
Lunar Live Stream Tomorrow
In place of Twitch Tuesday tomorrow night, as the forum's server move continues, BZPower Staff Reporters xccj and ChocolateFrogs will be hosting a live stream build at 8 PM EST. CF will be building the new Lunar Lander Creator Expert set, and xccj will choose something equally exciting from his backlog of sets. We haven't streamed in a while and are excited to build and banter for BZPower and chat with you all during the stream. Be sure to join us and hang out!
Sunday, August 18, 2019
LEGO Movie World Coming to LEGOLAND California
LEGOLAND California is getting its largest expansion ever, The LEGO Movie World. It will be "an interactive experience that fully immerses guests into a world that was so brilliantly created by LEGO," says the press release, which can be read on The Brick Fan
along with promotional images. It will have a virtual reality ride giving you a tour of several movie locations, a "Unikitty's Disco Drop" ride, "Benny's Play Ship" and more. The LEGO Movie World will be finished in 2020, giving you plenty of time to start planning your trip now. What do you most hope to see appear from the movies?
Saturday, August 17, 2019
LEGO Star Wars Designer Heading to Fan Expo Canada
If you'll be in the Toronto area next week, you should swing by the Metro Toronto Convention Center, where Fan Expo
will be taking place. In addition to all of the pop culture panels, guest stars, and swag, LEGO is sending Michael Lee Stockwell, the design manager for LEGO Star Wars, to help celebrate twenty years of the two franchises teaming up. As the Windsor Star reports
, this will be a bit of a homecoming for Michael, who grew up further south in Ontario. They also took the time to do a brief interview with the designer, learning about his path to joining LEGO and what the experience has been like. It's a fun read that reminds you of the passion the designers have for the toy and the care that goes into every model they build.
LEGO Hidden Side Sets Available in Apple Stores
The LEGO Hidden Side sets feature an interactive element with a smartphone or tablet app, turning the set into a virtual puzzle and game. To further emphasize the pairing, Apple Stores are selling the LEGO Hidden Side sets in their stores. A list of stock can be found on the Apple website
, and hopefully in a store near you.
Friday, August 16, 2019
The Biggest Unboxing Ever
LEGO and Microsoft recently teamed up with popular YouTube channel EvanTubeHD for a pretty impressive publicity gag. As you can see in the video
, Evan starts out by building LEGO Speed Champions set 75892 McLaren Senna. Then he shows off an awesome brick-built Xbox One console that's been given a sweet Speed Champions overhaul, complete with a McLaren-themed controller. Then, the stakes go even higher when he finds a 400,000 piece model of the McLaren in his driveway and plays Forza Horizons 4 while sitting in the driver seat. It seems like a pretty surreal experience, but I guess that's just a day in the life of YouTube stars.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Massive LEGO Xbox Sale
There's still a few days let on a massive Xbox game sale that includes just about every LEGO game released on the platform (except Bionicle Heroes, of course). You can find all of the details on Major Nelson's blog
, where most games are at least 50% off, with some as much as 75% off. I need to do a better job keeping track of what I have so I know which deals to zoom in on when these events happen. Hopefully you guys have a better idea of what you want and can snag some savings!
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
LEGO Breaks Down Sustainability Plans
In a short video posted to their YouTube channel today
, LEGO has gone over their strategy for using sustainably-sourced materials in their products. It does a great job of explaining why this is a good thing and why it won't effect the quality of the toy bricks we know and love, hopefully assuaging any lingering fears that people have. It's a quick watch, but with any luck it will spread the message far and wide!
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
BZPower Stream Update
It's Tuesday, and that means after a BrickFair break we should be returning to our weekly gaming streams. But we're not. My primary focus on BZPower for the time being is getting the forums back online, which is continuing to prove more and more challenging. So some things, like streams, are going on the back burner for a while until we get our other technical issues straightened out. Other staffers may do their own streams like we've had in the past, so hopefully our YouTube channel won't be completely dead. We appreciate everyone's understanding while we work to make this downtime shorter than the last one.
Today LEGO and Disney are revealing the latest results of their long-running partnership, a new set that is sure to be iconic for anyone who has visited the Disneyland theme park in California. Following in the footsteps of 71040 Disney Castle, today we get our first look at 71044 Disney Train and Station, a massive 2900-piece set with an equally massive $330 price tag. If that seems like a lot, it's because in addition to the model, the set also includes a new Powered Up Hub and Train Motor, which allow you to control the train with your smart phone or tablet. The set is releasing next week on August 19th for VIPs and September 1st for everyone else. For more information and hi-res images, read on!
Monday, August 12, 2019
10K Club Interviews Return
It's been a while since the LEGO Ideas team sat down with some of the builders whose projects have achieved ten thousand votes of support on the platform. Earlier today, however, Hasan shared a chat with Caio Gandolfi
, the builder of the Museu Nacional - Rio de Janeiro model. It was interesting to learn how similar the backgrounds of some South American builders are to those of us up North, and it's always great to learn how successful projects came together. Give it a read, and you can expect to see more 10K Club interviews over the next couple of months!
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Kickstarter's Munchkin Bricks 2 Ending Soon
Fans of the card game Munchkin will be pleased to learn that a Kickstarter campaign is going on for a series of minifig accessories based on franchise. Guy Himber of Crazy Bricks is making a second wave of Munchkin LEGO loot, and there are only a few days left to pledge. Check out Munchkin Bricks 2
on Kickstarter for fan favorites such as Spyke's Hammer, Dragon Flagon and Chibithulhu. These will come in a variety of colors and add a touch of humor to any diorama. Backers also get free Munchkin cards with brick-built pictures! Hurry, the Kickstarter ends on Thursday, August 15, at 8:00 AM EST.
When LUGs Meet HOGs
At some point in the past, you may have been looking for a LEGO Users Group online using the acronym 'LUG' and come across a Linux Users Group instead. But what other fan groups are out there? Chinese AFOLs were recently introduced to their local HOGs - Harley Owners Groups - in an event that coincided with the release of 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. LEGO Community Team member Jacky Chen recounts the experience
where the two groups of fans met, learned about one another, built together, and celebrated the launch of a new set! It's really interesting to see and makes me wonder what other sorts of fans LUGs have interacted with over the years!
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Happy Bionicle Day!
Today is August 10th, or 8/10, as we like to fashion it in America. If you were a kid fifteen years ago and into leet, you'd read that as 'bio,' as in 'Bionicle.' Somehow it took the community nearly twenty years to figure that out and do something about it, but hey, better late than never. Several Bionicle fan communities are organizing streams and giveaways and other activities today to celebrate, a schedule of which can be found BIONICLEsector01
. So make sure you tune in, check it out, and celebrate! And for those of you in the rest of the world where today is 10/8, check back in come October.
BrickFair Virginia took place last weekend, so to keep with BZPower's timely responses, we now have a new video from BricksCascade 2019. Back in March, a bunch of builders put together a awesome display of Bionicle builds at the premier LEGO Convention in Portland, Oregon. This Not-Live Stream
by BZPower Reporter Xccj showcases all the cool MOCs that were there, some which have stayed on the convention circuit to show up in other cities this year. Check out the video, complete with non-landscape footage, and stay tuned for more LEGO Convention coverage on BZPower.
Friday, August 9, 2019
Install LDD on the Latest Version of Windows 10
Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft has built in Adobe Flash Player, which causes issues when some programs try to install. One of those is LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). Hopefully LEGO comes up with a fix for this, but until then, the Greek Recognized LEGO User Group (RLUG) Breeks has created a solution. Head over to their community
to download the batch file and read the instructions required to make this work. Even though TLG's support for LDD has been a bit lacking, the software still has lots of users, so it's good to see that they won't all be stuck due to the change Windows introduced!