Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
LEGO Batman Movie Home Release Dates Announced
Warner Bros recently let everyone know when we can expect to get The LEGO Batman Movie digitally and on physical media. You'll be able to get it from iTunes, Amazon Video, and others on May 19th, with the DVD, Blu-Ray, and Ultra-HD versions coming on June 13th. You can find a list of places you can preorder it from right here
. You might want to wait a bit though, in case any of the editions come with exclusive extras. But at the very least you can mark your calendars so you don't miss it!
Enter the 2017 BZPower T-shirt Contest
It's that time of year again! Our good friend Brappy Hour recently kicked off the BZPower T-shirt Contest 2017
, asking for designs for an underwater-themed shirt representing this silly site of ours. You have until May 31st to submit your design, and if you win you get a free shirt! We always appreciate Jamison putting this together every year, and I look forward to seeing all of the awesome designs people come up with! Good luck!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Build With the Force Deadline Extension
The LEGO Star Wars building contest that we're hosting with our friends over at Jedi News
is having the cutoff for submitting your MOC extended by a week to allow people to put the finishing touches on their creations. Build With the Force
will now run until Thursday, April 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific time, giving people more time to share their Star Wars builds on our Flickr group. That means you've still got another week to build and give yourself a chance at some awesome prizes! Good luck to all and may the Force be with you!
LEGO has announced on Facebook
that LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Season 7: Hands of Time will be airing on Cartoon Network in the United States as a special two-week event, with new episodes every weekday from the season premiere on Monday, May 15th to the season finale Friday, May 26th! The announcement is accompanied by a new one-minute trailer
for the upcoming story arc, which pits the six ninja against the villainous Hands of Time and their army of Vermillion warriors. Follow the link above or read on to watch the trailer!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
LEGO Games on Sale for Xbox One
Microsoft has kicked off their Spring Sale with some great deals on Xbox One games, which includes some LEGO titles. You can see all the deals on Major Nelson's blog
, but be warned it's a long list. Falling under our purview are: LEGO Marvel Superheroes for $6.60 ($5 for Gold Members), LEGO Marvel's Avengers Deluxe Edition for $15 ($12 for Gold), LEGO The Hobbit for $8 ($6 for Gold), LEGO Worlds for $22.49 ($20.09 for Gold), and The LEGO Movie Videogame for $8 ($6 for Gold). Definitely some good bargains here if you're looking to beef up your LEGO game collection!
We've come to that time of week again, that day where we boot up our Xbox, load up the BZPower Twitch channel
, and play a LEGO videogame while you all watch! We don't know what game we'll be playing yet: we're counting on you guys to go vote in the Twitch Tuesday discussion topic
to let us know what you'd like to see us play. It should be fun as always and I look forward to chatting with you guys as I play!
It's Still a Real Thing
If you're lucky you've forgotten about WHAT IS THE POTOO?!
, the silly and rather absurd comedy from a couple years back. The author, Voltex, has not though, and has recently released WHAT IS THE POTOO?! 2
, a smash followup to the original. Join a varied cast of BZPower characters as they go on a quest to find a missing member of their group. Hijinks, hilarity, and at least one 'moooom' follow in their wake. It looks like this may be the start of a renewed attention to this fictional world, so get yourself caught up now before the future parts come out!