Tuesday, July 29, 2014
BZPower @ BrickFair Virginia 2014
BrickFair Virginia is nearly here! For those of you in the area, the event will be open to the public on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. If you're a BZPower Member, we've got some great activities going on that you can partake in!
- Fancy Dinner - Put on your Sunday best and join us at Long Horn Steakhouse on Sunday, 8/3 at 8 PM for a group dinner.
- Parts Draft - Take part in BZPower's first parts draft of 44021 SPLITTER Beast vs. FURNO & EVO on Sunday, 8/3 at 11 AM.
- Laser Tag and Pizza Party - There's still time to sign up to play 3 games of laser tag and eat pizza with BZPower members on Saturday, 8/2 at 7:15 PM.
I'll be heading out later today with a car full of MOCs that you guys sent in. I look forward to putting them on display and hanging out with everyone who comes!
Ms. Front Page at the Right Time
Today the BZPower front page spotlight lands on Nihi, a Menti warrior from the BZPRPG
, created by Nuju Metru. Using a clever combination of Bionicle, Hero Factory, and System pieces, the character exudes strength and agility in a clearly feminine frame. I'm a fan of the gold armor and accents making use of Sensei Wu's hat from Ninjago as well as the design of the skirt. What's more, if you're going to BrickFair Virginia later this week you're in luck - the creation will be on display for you to check out in person!
Round Two: Vote!
Recently we asked you all to vote in the July 2014 Flickr Contest. Well, it's time to do it again
! Due to some unfortunate issues, we have restarted the poll and are trying things a second time. You have until July 31st at 11:59 PM Eastern to let us know which MOC is your favorite.
We are also testing out some new settings, so you may or may not be able to see the results of the poll after you vote. This is perfectly normal.
Monday, July 28, 2014
New Mixels Revealed at San Diego Comic Con
It's been a crazy weekend of new LEGO exclusives at SDCC, and here's one more for you: Joe Meno, editor of Brickjournal
, has posted pictures of three new brand-new Mixels revealed just yesterday. Nurp-Naut
, and Globert
will all be released this February for $4.99 USD apiece. Will these googly-eyed wonders never cease?
[Source: BZPower Members]
The Aggravation of Smaug Video
Want to see a cool video featuring the new Smaug model from the upcoming Lonely Mountain set that was recently revealed? LEGO has one posted here
, which was commissioned by the stop motion masters at BrotherhoodWorkshop. In addition to that, you can see a cool Behind the Scenes
piece on how they made it. Very fun to watch.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
[Source: Bionicle Raptor]
Grab a BZPower T-Shirt at BrickFair
After a few months of contest entries, shirt color choices and final creation, member Bionicle Raptor is happy to announce that this year's BZPower t-shirts are all ready for sale at BrickFair! Check out all the details in his blog
, including prices and the final design by member Silverglass. The shirts are always a hot item, so be sure to pick yours up as soon as you arrive. Luckily, any leftovers will be for sale on the forums after the convention. BrickFair
starts this coming Wednesday in Chantilly, VA, and is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Preview of Comic Con's LEGO Star Wars Minifig Display
A massive task was placed on Erik Varszegi, as the LEGO Master Model Builder was assigned to build a display case for every LEGO Star Wars minifigure made since the theme began 15 years ago. Holding over 600 LSW minifigs, a slot for every fig made and maxifigs like Jabba the Hutt and Tauntauns, it has been on display at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. StarWars.com
has posted official pictures previewing the case, showing just what a feat it is. More stats can be found on the site, and stay on the lookout for detailed photos.
LEGO Pieces Keep Washing Ashore in Cornwall
A LEGO story trending this week has been about nautical-themed LEGO bricks that continue to wash up on shore in Cornwall, England. It started almost twenty years ago when a huge wave struck a container ship off the coast of Cornwall, resulting in about five million LEGO bricks going overboard, reports NPR
. Since then, all kinds of LEGO pieces, usually those found in water-themed sets, keep coming ashore for beach-goers to find. It is a great example of how ocean currents are active and that things do not necessarily go straight to the bottom of the ocean, noted BBC
. More pictures can be found through those links. Keep your eyes peeled next you go to the beach to find some LEGO yourself, you never know what might wash up!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
LEGO Batman 3 Trailer Released
The trailer for the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game was released at San Diego Comic Con. With an array of characters to rival the LEGO Marvel video game, the trailer boasts heroes, villains, and all kinds of different outfits as you take to the cosmos to stop Brainiac and anyone else determined to make the world a less-than-ideal place to live (and probably steal a city for historical cultivation). Check out the trailer on Comic Book Resources
, and preorder yours for an exclusive promotional item
[Source: BZPower Members]
All Series 12 Collectible Minifigures Revealed
In a reveal that didn't come from Comic Con, the full lineup of the twelfth series of Collectible Minifigures has been found. You can see the group shot on TheBrickFan's page
, and figure out which ones you'll be searching for. They're set to be released in October, but will continue to sell at the higher price of $3.99.
Wrapping Up our Anniversary Celebration
Today is the last day of our anniversary week, and I think it's been a great week to celebrate thirteen years of BZPower and to start our fourteenth year! We had a lot of great announcements
that I hope make everyone's experience on our site more fun! If you haven't yet, there's still time to enter our raffles
where you can win some awesome sets, including some Legends of Chima constraction sets not available in North America! I'd like to take this final moment to thank everyone again for keeping BZPower going for thirteen years and for being so awesome that I look forward to logging on every morning. Let's hope we keep going for many more years to come!
Friday, July 25, 2014
Vote in the July Flickr Contest
The poll for the July 2014 Flick Contest has now opened
! There's eleven great entries, but only one can win its builder a copy of CHI Mungus. You have until July 27th at 11:59 PM Eastern to cast your vote, so head over, check out each one, and help decide which will grace BZPower's Flickr group for the next two months!
Forum Perks Changes
In a couple of days, our anniversary week will be over, and all the Premier Perks will be turned off again for members. Or will they? Today we're announcing that the following features that were formerly perks for Premier Members will now be available for all:
- Poll creation
- Games & Trivia topic creation
- Calendar event creation
Of course we want to keep the Premier Membership program compelling, which is why the following perks have been added or changed:
We hope you all enjoy your new perks, whether you're a Premier Member or not! (And if you're not, we have a sale
going on right now if you'd like to help support BZPower!)
Thursday, July 24, 2014
This review is coming to you at lightspeed, thanks to Star-Lord and his new friends in keeping the galaxy safe! Equipped with some sharp weapons and Star-Lord's Element Gun, the Guardians of the Galaxy take to the skies in the new set The Milano Spaceship Rescue
. Just who or what are the Guardians rescuing? Will they survive the encounter against Ronan the Accuser and the Sakaaran? Read the review, and watch on, to find out!
Let's take a short break from San Diego Comic Con news, because it's time for another BZPower set review! Today BZP Reporter Xccj critiques 76014: Spider-Trike vs Electro. Is this worth slinging you way to the store for, or did they blow a fuse when they made this? Read on to find out.
Forum Policy Changes for Embedding Images
As our anniversary week continues, today we're realizing that after thirteen years, one hundred kilobytes of space is pretty small for your avatar and signature. So starting today, avatars and signatures can take up a combined 250 kB of space. Additionally, embedded images can now go up to 750 kB before they need to be linked to instead of 500 kB. What cool things will you show off with all this space?
LEGO Minecraft Now an Official Theme
I think we all knew this was coming (or thought it had already happened), but now it's official. According to Toy News
, LEGO will be releasing a full range of Minecraft sets in normal minifig scale. Teasers of such sets have already appeared, so hopefully we'll be seeing the final sets soon. A cool part of the deal is that LEGO has been working with Minecraft players to design the look of some of the characters, animals, and items. It's always great to see such collaboration.
BrickFair Virginia Party Update and More
BrickFair Virginia is less than a week away! This fun-filled fan convention hosts the largest gathering of BZPower members and staff each year, and 2014 looks to be no exception. We try to plan some things off the official schedule for us, and there's still time to join! While we reached the goal for our crowdfunding campaign
, you can still sign up to reserve a spot during our laser tag and pizza party. The party will start at 7:15 PM on Saturday, August 2
, a little later than anticipated, but with as little overlap as we could manage. Additionally, there's still space in our parts draft of 44021 SPLITTER Beast vs. FURNO & EVO
. You can pay for both of these in person, but signing up online (even if you select that you'll be paying in cash) helps us know how many people to anticipate so we can plan accordingly. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril
A new LEGO game is available in the iTunes store. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril
is available for USD 4.99 and features over 91 playable super hero characters in 45 action-packed missions to chase down Cosmic Bricks across the Marvel universe. If you download it on your computer and then sync, you'll need "only" 1.1 GB of space, otherwise you'll need 2.2 GB for the installation. For that price and size, make sure the game is something for you before you get it, but it looks pretty cool from the screenshots (reminiscent of the video game, as you would expect). Check it out!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Unveiling the Quiz System
For the past few years at least, we've been trying to add a new feature to BZPower during the anniversary. This year is no different, and today we're unwrapping the Quiz System
! Are you the ultimate font of LEGO knowledge? Now you can see if you know more than everyone else! In the long term, only Premier Members will be able to make polls, but while everyone still has Premier perks, anyone can make one! Of course, all members will be able to take quizzes and compare your scores to the rest of the site. Head over there now, and you might see a couple of old favorites to help get you started.
Free Set Raffle for Premiers - Part Two
Today to celebrate our anniversary today it's time for our final raffle. Premier Members now have a shot to win a copy of 70212 CHI Sir Fangar
, one of the Legends of Chima constraction sets that's not available in North America. Don't forget we have a Premier Member sale
going on right now and there's a three month Premier Membership available
in our store. Support BZPower - get a chance at a free set that's not widely available - go!
Green Lantern Finally Gets a Set
Seriously LEGO, MORE
Comic Con reveals? Kotaku has word
of 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro, featuring Green Lantern and his spaceship, Space Batman, Sinestro, and of course, the power ring. The set will retail for $19.99 and be released in January 2015. It looks like it's be a great little set and probably a huge seller. Alright, is that everything? Or is there more San Diego Comic Con stuff to come?
The Lonely Mountain Revealed
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain
, a set that will tie in to this winter's The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies coming to theaters December 17th. I can't say I'm a big fan of the Smaug figure, but the interior of Erebor looks pretty rad. The set will retail for $129.99, contains 866 pieces, and comes with five minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Balin, Dwalin, Ori, and Gloin.
San Diego Comic Con Summary
I want to stop posting these stories, but I know more will probably be coming today and I don't want to get too far behind. From Bricks to Bothans has a press release from LEGO
giving a good overview of the events, activities, panels, displays, and exclusives that will be at San Diego Comic Con. There's a huge amount of stuff, but the thing that stood out to me (for all of us not attending) is that if you follow @LEGO_Group on Twitter, you'll have a chance to win the exclusive minifigs! LEGO sure is pulling out all the stops this year, and the show hasn't even started yet!
Every LEGO Star Wars Minifigure to be on Display at SDCC
The official Star Wars website has a cool story up
. Apparently at San Diego Comic Con there will be a massive display case showcasing every single minifigure and character from the LEGO Star Wars line over the past fifteen years - over six hundred of them! The ever-awesome Erik Varszegi designed and built the case, which is over 6.5 feet high, contains 54,404 LEGO bricks, took 500 hours to design and build, and weighs 268 pounds. What's more - many of the figures came from Erik's own collection! That is dedication to your trade.
Classic Batmobile Set Available at Comic Con
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah - Batman! Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, LEGO will be selling a set based on the Batmobile from the classic TV show at San Diego Comic Con, Complex reports
. Unfortunately it's a cartoony take on the vehicle, and more unfortunately it's a convention exclusive. It's still a pretty awesome set though, and I'm sure it'll sell out fast!
Star Wars Rebels Reveals at SDCC
LEGO loves spreading the news around - this time, MTV drops the bomb
on a 2015 LEGO Star Wars set, 75084 Wookiee Gunship. Based on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV show, it will be available in January 2015, contains 570 pieces, and will retail for $69.99. Additionally, they've revealed a sculpture of Chopper, the astromech droid from the show, made up of 11,774 bricks, taking 143 hours to design and build, standing 36 inches tall, and weighing 58 pounds. I have a feeling the LEGO booth is going to be a hot spot of excitement this weekend!
Zur-En-Arrh Exclusive Fig Coming to Comic Con
The final exclusive Sand Diego Comic Con minifigure has been revealed! Over at USA Today
they're showing off Zur-En-Arrh, one of the more interesting Batman variants from over the years. Along with The Collector, Bard the Bowman, and Uni-kitty, they'll be in high demand over the next few days. Which one is your favorite? Will you get them all?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Free Chima Constraction Sets
It's day three of our anniversary week, so why don't we give out some more free sets? (Fair warning, we can only do this for so long.) Today we're starting up a new raffle for two Chima constraction sets
! 70206 CHI Laval and 70207 CHI Cragger aren't available in North America, but you can win one by entering on BZPower! The raffle is open to all members at no cost, so there's no reason not to go do it right now. Good luck!
Explore the Darkness
The Bionicle RPG forum is full of some great storytellers, all working together to play a game and write a story at the same time. One of the canvases for these endeavors is The Lorax's City in the Dark
, one of the winners of the most recent RPG contest. The mining city of Katipo has been having a lot of strange things happening lately - can you figure out what's going on without disappearing like many of the other villagers? You'll have to go play to find out!
Unleashing the Flood
Recently, for no apparent reason, we asked you about flood control
. It seems a majority of you are fine with the current setting for posts, but that search flood control could use some help. So as a test, we are adding a new perk for Premier Members - no flood control for searches. Depending on how the server responds to this change, we may tweak the settings a bit more and change them for non-Premier members as well. Or we may have to turn it on again if the server buckles under the pressure. We'll have to wait and see. If you're a Premier Member though, go enjoy some new freedom with the search feature! Not a Premier Member? We have a sale right now
and a new, cheaper package available
Exclusive LEGO Comic at San Diego Comic Con
We know you're a fan of LEGO, but how do you feel about comic books? If you're a fan and you'll be at San Diego Comic Con this Saturday, July 26th, you're in luck! From 5 PM to 6 PM, freelance LEGO artist Paul Lee and writer Rachel Lareau will be at the LEGO booth signing and giving away an exclusive LEGO Batman comic. You can see some previews of the comic in Paul Lee's Flickr photostream
. It looks like it'll be a really cool issue!
Shredder is Coming to Comic Con
I'm sure we've missed an announcement or two about San Diego Comic Con, but let's attempt to catch up. If the Guardians of the Galaxy and Hobbit statues revealed last week weren't your preferred IPs, then how about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yesterday IGN unveiled
a life-size statue of Shredder that will be on display at the con later this week. The massive construction is 7 feet tall, weighs 174 lbs, contains 35,322 LEGO bricks, and took LEGO master builders 269 hours to complete. With all these statues, will there be any room for actual LEGO sets or employees at the booth?
Monday, July 21, 2014
Yesterday we shared the news
of the new UCS set coming out later this year. Today we bring you the full press release and designer video, giving you an even better look at the set. If you wanted even more good news, LEGO VIP Members will be able to order it starting August 18th - that's less than a month away! Read on to check out the video, pictures, and press release.
Free Set Raffle for Premiers
It's day two of our anniversary week, so why not celebrate with more free things? For Premier Members only, we're giving away a copy of 70814 Emmet's Construct-o-Mech
, everyone's favorite Master Builder's awesome creation from The LEGO Movie. Not a Premier Member yet? Well it just so happens we're running a sale
and we even have an inexpensive three-month membership now
. Help support BZPower and get a chance at a free set today!
Introducing the Three-Month Premier Membership
Over the years we've had requests to introduce a less-expensive version of our Premier Membership
and today we're doing just that. Now for $6 you can get all the perks of the program for three months - that's just $2 per month! Of course, if you buy one between now and August 9th, you can get an extra 10% off by using the coupon code BZPLucky13, as we announced yesterday
. Head over to the store
now to pick one up to support BZPower and get some cool perks while doing it!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Some may call thirteen an unlucky number, but here BZPower is thirteen years later and we're still going strong! I can't think of many other websites that I've been visiting for thirteen years, and so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands upon thousands of visitors and members BZPower has had over the years - especially those of you who think we're still worth visiting over a decade later. But you don't really care about all that, the anniversary is about fun and cool stuff! We'll be using this news story to keep track of everything, so read on to see what we're up to this year!
Let the Raffles Begin!
Last year during the anniversary we announced our new raffle system, and with over twenty under our belt I think it's safe to say that that it's been a success. Today, to celebrate our anniversary, we're starting two more. Do you like spaceships? We thought you might, so we're giving away a copy of 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!
For only $1 per ticket, you can have a chance to win this hugely awesome set. Free more your style? We also have a set of Frosticon Mixels
that any member can enter to win. Not a member yet? What are you waiting for? Register now!
Premier Perks for All Plus a Sale
Let's kick off our anniversary like we always do - for the next week, all members will gain access to a majority of the features listed here
. Always wanted to have a blog, make a poll, or start a game? Well now's your chance! What's more, should you decide to buy a Premier Membership between now and August 9th, you can use the coupon code BZPLucky13 to get 10% off the price. You can head over to our store
now and pick one up!
UCS Tumbler to be Unveiled at Comic Con
[Source: Nuju Metru]
The Comic Con news keeps coming - it's like you don't even have to go there. This time, it's USA Today with the reveal
of the next UCS-scale set - Batman's Tumbler. Straight from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the set will contain 1,869 pieces, retail for $199, and be available in September. The best part, however, is that it contains minifigs of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker. It's sure to be a hot seller!
It's time for another set review today, today we present 70815 Super Secret Police Dropship
from the LEGO Movie line. BZPower Forum Assistant Nuju Metru has taken a look at this set from every angle, and has been kind enough to share his thoughts on it with you. To see if this is a set worthy of adding to your collection, read and watch on! (Oh and if that wasn't enough of an incentive, we're giving away some polybags in the video too!)
Chronicler's Company Rebuilt by Click
It seems there must be a collective 2001 nostalgia rush or something but if you thought we were done with that kind of MOC after the last two, you were wrong. Today we spotlight the Chronicler's Company Rebuilt
by Click. I have a weak spot for little MOCs that use few parts in original and effective ways so this collection caught my eye. I'm very fond of the torso design (especially the one four of them use) and some of the small but very detailed weapons like Taipu's or Tamaru's. If you like small MOCs, I'm certain you'll like these.
- About Contest Entries
This isn't an official statement but a kind request. If your creation is an entry for a running contest hosted on BZPower, please make it clear in the topic title/description/post so we don't miss it if we plan to feature your creation on the front page, which would be an unfair advantage to other contestants while the contest is running. Thank your for your understanding and cooperation. -- Adrian
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Adam West to Appear in LEGO Batman 3
Brick Fanatics picked up an interesting story
the other day. If the full gamut of DC Universe superheroes in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham wasn't enough for you, it turns out Adam West has a part to play in the new game as well, as himself. Based on the teaser image TT Games posted, it looks like there will be a playable Adam West character in the game, perhaps in a similar vein to Stan Lee appearing in the latest Marvel release. The full details will be revealed at Comic Con, so we'll have to wait and see!
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Comic Con Reveals Continue
At the rate they're going, LEGO isn't going to have anything left to show once San Diego Comic Con kicks off next week. The Hollywood Reporter has a story
revealing some of the Hobbit-related goodies that will be at the event. Of the four exclusive minifigs that will be given out, Bard the Bowman will be one of them, in addition to The Collector. More impressive though is the over six foot tall model of Smaug the Horrible from The Hobbit, built by the amazing Erik Varszegi over the course of 625 hours, made out of 83,433 LEGO bricks, and weighing in at 411 pounds. That'll be quite the sight to see!
UCS AT-AT Gets Ten Thousand Votes
Over at LEGO Ideas, the UCS All Terrain Armored Transport project
has recently reached the milestone of ten thousand votes from the community. This means it will become a part of the next review panel the Ideas Team holds, and will be considered to be released as a set. It's an amazingly impressive model on a huge scale, which personally tells me that it won't make it past the review - it would just be too expensive to reach a wide market. But who knows, we'll have to wait and see, and maybe some day you'll be able to buy a two-foot tall AT-AT set.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
More San Diego Comic Con Reveals
There's been some more information released about LEGO's presence at the San Diego Comic Con. Over at The Wallstreet Journal again
, they showed off a seven foot tall sculpture of Groot and Rocket Raccoon that will be on display. They also announced that four exclusive minifigs will be given away, one of which will be The Collector. In addition to Rocket's Warbird, there will also be an exclusive set of the Batmobile from the original TV series and a Ghost from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels show. Yahoo! has most of the same info
, but also has a picture of the Ghost set and a teaser for an upcoming LEGO Movie set too! All told, there will be over 20 exclusives to the show, including special sets, life-size models, and more.
Two Cool LEGO-related Kickstarters
BZPower is no stranger to crowdfunding, and neither is the LEGO fan community at large. Two new projects have recently appeared on Kickstarter that AFOLs will be interested in. The first is SBrick
, a Bluetooth-powered intelligent brick that you can use to bring your LEGO creations to life and control them from your iOS, Android, or Windows phone. There's also Brick-A-Pic
, a service to turn any image you desire into a LEGO mosaic and have the parts and instructions delivered to your door. They look like some great additions to the LEGO ecosystem and I wish them both good luck!
Back in May we announced
the BZPower Referral Program
to help encourage you to get your friends to join the site. While we've definitely seen the system used and have had a bunch of new people join as a result, we thought now would be a good time to remind everyone about the program. Both referrers and referee get some cool perks for participating, including trial Premier Memberships, Proto Boosts, and custom member titles. Help BZPower grow and help yourself out too!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Comic Con Exclusive Set Revealed
The Wallstreet Journal has broken the news
about the exclusive set LEGO will be selling at San Diego Comic Con next week. Rocket's Warbird comes from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and features Rocket Raccoon because he's awesome. The set contains 145 pieces and will sell for $39.99, which may seem like a lot but isn't too bad for such a limited edition set. If you're going to the event, do your best to get one!
Amazon BOGO Sale
If the Toys 'R' Us Sale we mentioned earlier this week didn't trip your trigger, perhaps this one will. Amazon is running a Buy-One-Get-One 40% Off
sale on select toy brands, including LEGO. You'll find a lot of Marvel and DC Superheroes sets (including the new Guardians of the Galaxy!), as well as Star Wars, Legends of Chima, and The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Some of the sets are already discounted from their MSRP too! And you don't even have to leave your house to take advantage of it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Who doesn't like LEGO sets? The CEE team recently sent us a box full of them so I did what any reasonable person would do - I made an unboxing video. If you want see what we got and how you can get your hands on them, read on or check out the video on YouTube
Take on the Metroids with Samus
As we continue to shine the spotlight on member creations, today we look back at one of the winners of the last BBC Contest. DeeVee built an excellent interpretation of Phazon Suit Samus Aran
from Metroid Prime for BBC Contest 67 that managed to place second. He does a great job capturing the suit, with the trademark large shoulders and hemispherical helmet. Personally I'm a fan of the use of older parts, such as Throwbot heads and Roborider wheels, alongside newer Hero Factory elements. Go check it out!